Annual ASC Plant Sale

Mark your calendar!

Annisquam Sewing Circle Plant Sale

SATURDAY – May 21st – 8:00 to 12:00 noon

Come early for the best selection!

On the grounds between
the Village Hall & the Annisquam Exchange
Leonard Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Cash & charge cards. Handicap accessible.
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In 2012 the ASC Celebrated its 175th Anniversary

But do they sew?

Members of the Circle and their husbands answer this question.

To celebrate the Annisquam Sewing Circle on its 175th Anniversary a delightful evening was held in the Village Hall with delicious food and this entertaining skit.

1837 – 2012 The longest, continuously meeting Sewing Circle on Cape Ann

Fishermen’s Woolen Nippers


Earlier members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle knit nippers like this pair.

Fishermen working trawl lines in the 19th century often suffered cuts and rope burns on their hands. They typically wore mittens or gloves to protect themselves when hauling the long lines aboard and removing the fish. These sturdy but soft rings, called nippers, are knitted of woolen yarn and stuffed with more wool. They would have fit around a fisherman’s palms, protecting his hands while his fingers remained free for tasks requiring dexterity.

These nippers were probably made in Gloucester, Mass., for use by local fishermen working on offshore schooners. The shallow, fertile banks stretching from Georges Bank east of Nantucket to the Grand Bank off Newfoundland, Canada, were prime fishing areas for Gloucestermen. Cod, haddock, and halibut were the principal species caught by fishermen working aboard schooners in these waters in the late 19th century.

These nippers were among the fishermen’s clothing, tools, and apparatus featured by the United States in the 1883 International Fisheries Exhibition in London.

ID Number:
Place Made:
Gloucester, Massachusetts
5 in x 3.365 x 1.7717; 12.7mm x 85 x 45 mm
U.S. Fish Commission

Preparing for a Nor’easter

Annisquam Talent Show

Let it snow, let it snow… Twenty-four inches in twenty-four hours are predicted.

In the meantime, there are rumors that a Talent Show is in the works. This photograph is from an earlier time when the Talent Show was held in the Village Hall. Recognize any of the performers?

Cry Baby Cookies & More

7th Cry BabiesCentury A.D. – The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran), one of the first countries to cultivate sugar (luxurious cakes and pastries in large and small versions were well known in the Persian empire).  According to historians, sugar originated either in the lowlands of Bengal or elsewhere in Southeast Asia.  Sugar spread to Persia and then to the Eastern Mediterranean.  With the Muslim invasion of Spain, then the Crusades and the developing spice trade, the cooking techniques and ingredients of Arabia spread into Northern Europe.

Cookies as we know them in America were originally brought to the United States by our English, Scottish, and Dutch immigrants. Earlier names for cookies such as Snickerdoodles and Cry Babies originated with the New England states. Even with its early history, cookies did not become popular until about a hundred years ago.

From: What’s Cooking America- History of Cookies

Cry Baby Cookies – recipes – /cry-babies

These molasses cookies are a family tradition. Frost with buttercream frosting in the color of your choice when just warm enough to melt the frosting; if you frost them too soon the frosting will run.