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January 19, 2013

Talk of the Times: Lobster tree buoy auction at Cruiseport today

Did your enjoy this year’s Lobster Trap Christmas Tree in downtown Gloucester?

Would you like to have a piece of it — or two — for your own?

Cape Ann Art Haven, which coordinates the construction and decoration of the tree, is hosting its fifth annual buoy auction — putting the more than 300 hand-painted buoys that adorned the tree on the auction block for the benefit of the Art Haven today.

The auction, to be held at Cruiseort Gloucester, is set to run from 5 to 8 p.m., with state Sen. Bruce Tarr set to be “feverishly accepting bids” in a live auction, with children holding up their beautifully painted lobster buoys for sale, said Cape Ann Art Haven’s David Brooks.

“For those of you whose interest lies in the traditional and not so traditional artists of Cape Ann, we (also) have 20 hand-painted or sculpted buoys created by local artists, which will be our silent bid auction items,” Brooks added. “And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied, you can enjoy a buffet of local food from restaurants around Cape Ann.”

The event serves as a major Art Haven fund-raiser, and celebrates the annual Lobster Tree presentation adjacent to the Gloucester Police Station on Main Street. Admission to the event is priced at $25 for a family, $15 for individual adults, and $5 for children.

GHS students means business

Students in Gloucester High School’s DECA program — an international organization in which students compete in a variety of business-related categories such as marketing, finance, hospitality and management — showed last week that they can operate with the best of them.

Competing with a total of 640 schools in the District DECA Tournament at the Hilton Hotel in Danvers, Gloucester placed 15 students into the next round, the state championships scheduled for March at the Copley Plaze Hotel in Boston, said team adviser Ann Grassetti.

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