Annisquam Exchange to open soon!

The Annisquam Exchange will open for the season on Thursday, June 24th, with Covid precautions and scaled-back days/hours:

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Only, 10 am to 4 pm

Furniture Sale and season closing date to be determined.

Note: There is no in-shop phone. Please contact us by email at and we will get back to you ASAP , In case of an urgent message, call Sandra at 610-955-9088.

ASC at the Annisquam Farmers’ Market July 2nd

Bake Sale

The talented bakers of the Annisquam Sewing Circle are again offering delicious items again at the Annisquam Farmers’ Market. In addition to the baked goods, there will be a large selection of beautiful, cut flowers again!

Friday, July 2, 9:00 am – Noon
On the lawn between The Annisquam Exchange and the Village Hall
32 Leonard St., Gloucester  MA  01930

Summer is nearly here…

4th of July PieThe Members of the ASC take to summer off from regular meetings which were held online. That does not mean they are not busy with ASC projects!

They will be busy preparing for a repeat of the successful Bake Sale as part of the Annisquam Farmers’ Market.

Stay tuned for details!

Fishermen’s Woolen Nippers


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

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

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.