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Eating Lobsters At The Gloucester Schooner Festival Lobster Bake This Saturday= Good / Getting Eaten By A Shark In Cape Cod = Bad

Don’t get eaten by a shark this weekend in Cape Cod.  Come enjoy the beauty and tradition of Gloucester’s Schooner Festival and turn Eat Some Lobster!  Schedule of Events Here





Not Good



Wednesday August 27th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today SW winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms this afternoon.
Tonight SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming NW after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.

Beach Forecast :
Water Temps 69°
Air Temps 84°
Dew points 66-71°
Mostly Sunny with chance late Storms after 5pm …

Pod Cast weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 8/27/14


The Book Starring pete Mondello

Hi Joey
Just a reminder–“Caught Dead Handed” will be in stores (Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Book a Million, etc.) beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 2 (online too at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Kensington.
Cape Ann folks will enjoy reading about Salem and witches and ghosts and all that good stuff, but especially because the hero happens to
have the same name as the author’s favorite son-in-law. Here’s a picture of the cover.

Carol J. Perry

Carol Perry, Gulfportcaught dead handed cover

For seventh year BankGloucester will donate
to the community! This time they’re giving more money than ever before to even more organizations!

BankGloucester is very pleased to announce that they once again will be offering their very popular “Banking For the Community” progam. Over the past six years BankGloucester has given $90,000 to non-profit and community organizations through their “Banking for the Community” Program. 

Over the past six years they have donated at total of $15,000 to 15 organizations. This year they will award – a combined total of $20,000 to nineteen organizations. As always, voters decide how the funds are allocated.  The organization with the most votes will receive $5,000. The organizations receiving the second and third most votes will receive $3,000 each. The organizations with the fourth and fifth most votes will receive $1,000 each and 14 other organizations (with the next highest number of votes) will receive $500 each. This year, all voting will take place through the Bank’s website.

Voting began at 8:00 am on Monday, August 25, 2014 on BankGloucester’s website:  One entry per person/email address – you may vote for up to three organizations. Voting ends on September 30, 2014. Winners in this years’ program will be announced at a “Winners Reception” at the Bank on Tuesday, October 7th at 5:00 pm.

“BankGloucester, prides itself on giving back to the community and our “Banking For The Community” program is one way we do that. We are delighted to be able to support local non-profit organizations and community causes” states BankGloucester President and CEO, Patrick Thorpe.

The following organizations are included on this years’ ballot:  Action Inc., Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund, Art Haven, The Brain Candy Project, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Cape Ann YMCA, Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice NS & Greater Boston), The Educational Foundation for Rockport, Essex Historical Society, Gloucester Education Foundation, The Gloucester Fund, Healing Abuse/Working for Change (HAWC), Manchester Essex Education Fund, Natl. Assoc. for Mental Illness – Cape Ann (NAMI),  Old Farm Rockport, Open Door Food Pantry, Rocky Neck Cultural Centers, Rose Baker Senior Center.  There is also a space where voters may write-in an organization of their own choice. Information about the organizations is available on the Bank’s website and in the Bank’s lobby located at 160 Main Street in Gloucester.


Photographer Dan Hendrickson will be having a show at the Pleasant Street Tea Company on Saturday, August 30 from 5:30 – 8:30 and Sunday, August 31 from 5:30 – 8:30.  He will be there to talk about his photography including many Cape Ann landscapes. Dan was the first of many artists to show their work on the walls of the Pleasant Street Tea Company and he is happy to be returning there for this show. All are welcome to stop in.

Dan is a Cape Ann native who began taking photographs in the early 70’s with a Polaroid camera that he got for Christmas as a child. In addition to taking photos of family and friends, this also marked the beginning of Dan’s lifelong passion for capturing Cape Ann’s natural beauty in photographs. Quickly seeing the limitations of the Polaroid, he saved up and bought a Pentax K1000 camera which he used for his photography until switching to digital around 2004.

Among Dan’s favorite subjects to photograph are Cape Ann and Bar Harbor landscapes, including sunrises, sunsets, and reflections in water bodies. He has taken many photos of the Cape Ann Tool Company and Motif 1. He also enjoys photographing birds of all types and has an extensive collection of hummingbird photographs which show his great patience in capturing the moment.

Dan has previously shown his photography on the North Shore, including in Salem. He was the first artist to have his photographs hung on the walls of the Pleasant Street Tea Company when they opened. That began a tradition there of many other artists showing their art for all to enjoy. Dan is especially happy to be returning to the Tea Company for this show.


august 30, 2014

Hi Joey –

I hope you can share this announcement.  The first sessions of each class are scheduled to begin on September 3.
Folks can get in touch with me, Rose Sheehan, at, at 978-879-6826, or on Facebook at

“Sing through the Seasons”, a new program by Rose Sheehan of Folk Life Studio, is now enrolling for the autumn. Focused on seasonal folk and traditional songs, games, chants and rhymes, the current offerings include Wednesday morning classes for young children birth through five years with an adult caregiver, and a Wednesday after-school folk songs and games class for children entering grades one through five. The after-school program includes an option to participate in a public performance. All classes meet at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA.


Rose Sheehan, Folk Life Studio

Autumn Session Flyer SECOND

Dory Racing Lunenburg
Young US Team returns defeated but hopeful to beat Canada in June

After a relaxing trip and some PR work aboard the Nova Star, team USA supported team Canada in an historic Stamp launch depicting dory rowers, newly built dory dedication with rum salute, a parade through the streets of Lunenburg on race day, and the 62nd annual dory races.  With inexperience taking it’s toll on the young US teams of Tyler Edmonds/Thomas Beaton (Juniors), Lindsey Rogers/Amanda Palazzola (Women), Donny Favaloro/Alex Thomas (Over 50) and Dylan/Clayton Morrissey (Seniors), the Canadians were able to win all divisions on their home harbor.  “Team Krazy” Elin DiAngelo/Mike “Gappa” Frontiera rowed hard and straight but were also bested in a rematch with 2013 opponents.  All of our young teams have made amazing progress in a short period of training which is very encouraging for future racing events.  Congrats to rowers and thank you to all rowers and supporters who made this trip possible!

Team USA promoting the races like never before in the picturesque town of Lunenburg, NS.

Luxurious accommodations provided by Nova Star Cruises transporting rowers to Canada.

Labor day weekend and Fireworks Cruise On The Beauport Princess


Wednesday, August 27
Luncheon Buffet Cruise!

Enjoy a lovely afternoon with a buffet of chicken piccata, baked haddock and much more while cruising the harbor in style! Music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac makes for a fun afternoon! $39adults/ $19 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, August 27
Sunset dinner cruise!

Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise, a wonderful buffet of carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more. All this and live music from rising star AJ Edwards! $49 adults/$24 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, August 28
Lobster/Clambake Luncheon!

Enjoy fresh steamed lobsters, fresh clams, baked haddock, corn on the cob and more! All this plus a lovely harbor cruise and music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac! $44adults/ $22 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Thursday, August 28
Sunset dinner cruise!

Join us for a sunset dinner cruise, a fabulous buffet of carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more, and live music! $39 adults/$20 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Friday, August 29
Schooner Festival Cruise!

Enjoy sailing with the schooners in style on a delightful sunset cruise! Price includes a great buffet with carved prime rib, baked haddock and more, plus music from High Society! 7:00-10:00pm. $49adults/ $24 children.

Saturday, August 30
Labor Day Weekend Lobster/Clambake Cruise!

Enjoy fresh steamed lobsters, fresh clams, baked haddock and much more! Add a harbor cruise and music for a fun afternoon! $44adults/ $22children.


Saturday, August 30

Fireworks Cruise!!

Watch the fireworks over Gloucester Harbor with the best view!! Enjoy a great buffet of carved prime rib baked haddock and more. Music from Mari Martin band, and a harbor cruise! Dance the night away

$54 adults/$27 children. 8:00-11:00pm.

Live Band

Sunday, August 31

Jazz Brunch!

Enjoy live jazz, a wonderful brunch buffet and a harbor cruise! It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday! $45 adults/$22 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday, August 31
Dance Cruise!

Live music, a carribean style buffet and a sunset cruise around the harbor! Bring your friends and dance the night away!

$49adults/$24 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Monday, September 1

Labor Day Luncheon Cruise!

Say goodbye to summer in style! Join us for a delightful lunch buffet cruise with music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac and a harbor cruise. 1:00-4:00pm. $39 adults/ $20 children.


Enjoying The Last Evenings Of Sunset Dinners At Niles!


Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2014Good Harbor Beach ~ Click to view width-wise

If you are anything like me, its difficult to enjoy swimming when the water is icy cold. For the past three days, its been delightfully warm, even late in the afternoon, which is the time of day when I usually take a break from work to go for a walk (or swim). I’m heading over to the beach again this afternoon and hoping for four swimming days in a row!

Coffins Beach Shipwreck Update

See previous posts on this subject here and here.

I’ve been touch with Victor Mastone of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaelogical Resources and he has provided this further update:

“Right now, nothing conclusive from background research or initial fieldwork except the wreck remains extend much deeper into the beach than we anticipated from our visit in July. We initially thought perhaps 2 feet of sand over the keel. However, we found waterline markings on the stem (“VI” and “V” meaning 6 feet and 5 feet respectively). So, we anticipate more ship structure buried in the sand. We could not definitively find the stern despite probing and digging. Further, no metal fittings were observed.”

Vic also told me that he expects to be back at the site in September. Stay tuned as this mystery continues.img_3389_thumbPhoto by Jim Salem

Friday is your last Chance to “Celebrate Gloucester” in the BIG TENT on the water

If you haven’t yet been to a concert at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion, now is the time — and if you’ve been to a concert in this gorgeous waterfront venue, you know what I’m talking about.

It’s the perfect summer music experience — ask anybody who was at the packed James Montgomery show last Friday.

Henri Smith

Henri Smith

This Friday (8/29) we’re bringing in the same concert stage and state-of-the-art sound & lights for Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours to kick off Schooner Festival weekend — get tickets here.

There’s a wonderful parallel between James Montgomery and Henri Smith.  Both bandleaders are major talents, they love to surround themselves with the best players available and both are committed to furthering their musical traditions by nurturing young talent.

Henri is bringing Grammy-winning saxophonist and flautist Amadee Castenell (who appeared in the HBO hit series Treme) along with Berklee professor Herman Hampton and top New England Conservatory trombonist Eric Stilwell — 3 generations of top musicians on the same stage!

And Mile Marker One will have a full bar along with perfect summer food: Lobster Rolls, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Sausage/Peppers/Onions and of course Clam Chowda!

Don’t let summer pass you by without dancing a second line with Henri and his stellar band at the largest waterfront tent in Gloucester!  Don’t wait until it sells out.  GET TICKETS NOW!

Amadee Castenell

Amadee Castenell

Herman Hampton

Herman Hampton

Amadee Castenell

Eric Stilwell

Eric Stilwell

Yes, that was the Roseway doing doughnuts in the outer harbor.


Roseway doing some doughnuts then exit stage right for a little practice.

A neat way to track some of the schooners coming to participate in the Schooner Festival this weekend. Go to MARINE TRAFFIC.COM and create a free account. Now you can make “My Fleet” and find some of the schooners. You can then see realtime where the schooner is. This only works for boats out there with AIS transponders so some have them, some don’t. If anyone comes up with a more inclusive way to follow the whole fleet before the Mayor’s Cup race post in the comments.


Amistad is departing New London and heading this way!

The Annisquam Exchange

August 12, 2013 The Annisquam Exchange

The Annisquam Exchange – Fall Hours and Furniture Sale

After September 6th, the Annisquam Exchange will be on Fall Hours Schedule: Fridays and Saturdays only: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The annual Furniture Sale will be on Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another bonus from the Annisquam Exchange is their 20% off RED DOT sale. The Exchange is a nonprofit, fine consignment shop offering items for the home: china, silver, antiques and collectibles, including many estate pieces, jewelry, gifts, toys, cards, as well as Annisquam apparel and souvenirs. Located at 32 Leonard St., Annisquam Village, Gloucester.

Water Shuttle Faces Aug 2014

IMG_4810This group of faces on the Water Shuttle include; tourist from Scotland, India, Canada, and many places through out the US, enjoying what Gloucester has to offer.  A special couple from Newton, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary, on the water shuttle.

For your next ride see CAPE ANN HARBOR TOURS




Thirtieth Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Program and Visitor Guide Is Now Online

Click here to view or print the entire program


Friday, August 29, 2014

Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at and on
All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels
Mid-afternoon Arrival of U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mayor’s Reception for Invited Guests
Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank
and hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester
6:30 pm Maritime Gloucester’s “Under the Spars” Gala (ticketed
8:00 pm Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours Concert at
Mile Marker One at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort (Rt. 133).
(ticketed event) Proceeds to benefit Cape Ann YMCA
Camping & Teen Services


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather condions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at and on
9:30 am – 3:00 pm Marime Gloucester Heritage Day at Marime
Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester.
Free to the public. Over 25 arsan vendors and
community organizations with demonstrations and
family activities. The traditional Celtic band, Meridian,
will play on the Boat House stage at 11:30 am and 1:00
pm. Schooners will be at the dock for visitors. Food will
be available onsite. Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and
aquarium will be open throughout the day for half-price
10:00 am – 7:00 pm Open House Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
at Americold, 1 Rowe Square on Gloucester’s harborfront.
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House. Stop by the
Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast
Guard and its important role in Gloucester.
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 2nd Annual Public Lobster Bake. Enjoy freshly steamed
lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll. Relax with
your dinner at Marime Gloucester and on the slopes of
the Fitz Henry Lane lawn. Also available: hot dogs &
hamburgers, soda, spring water, beer & wine.
7:00 pm Fireworks Viewing at Beauport/Sleeper McCann
Museum. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Info:
7:00 pm Concert on the Boulevard (time subject to requirements of
Parade of Lights and Fireworks)
7:30 pm Boat “Parade of Lights”
9:15 pm Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following
Parade of Lights, me approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more
donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks.
Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45
Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate
“fireworks” on your donation.)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at and on
8:30 am Skippers’ meeting for all schooners sailing in the
Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, adjacent to the
U.S. Coast Guard Station
10:30 am – 12:00 noon Parade of Sail as the schooners proceed from the Inner
Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy
Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point
11:00 am – 1:30 pm Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from
Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point
Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to
watch the start of the Mayor’s Race,
courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation
1:00 pm Start of Mayor’s Race off Eastern Point for the Esperanto
Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy, and Bey Ramsey Trophy
3:00 pm Departure of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle (me
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception and Awards Ceremony for captains & crews
and invited guests

Monday, September 1, 2014


11:00 am Amistad presents “Refuse to Do Nothing” about
contemporary slavery issues
“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF

It’s Schooner Festival week!!!!!! (Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina)

For The Who When What Where Check Out The Schooner Festival Website Here

Al Bezanson submits-

Effie, the pup at the helm of Ernestina, (ex Effie M Morrissey) will be greeting visitors at the SEMA table from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday at Maritime Gloucester.  This Effie is a Newfoundland, no longer a pup, and there’s no missing her.   The Schooner Ernestina Morrissey Association (SEMA) has important news to share on a restoration schedule and subsequent plans to put her back to work.  Now owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Schooner Ernestina Commission, she was launched as Effie M Morrissey in Essex 120 years ago to fish out of Smith Cove for the J F Wonson Fish Company.  We are very interested in talking to anyone with information on her early years working out of Gloucester.

We hope to see you at MG on Saturday!

(Mary Ann McQuillan photo, 2003)

Al Bezanson

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