Well the original idea hatched last year came to fruition under stewardship of Brett Ramsey, Mike Costello, Daisy Nell and the Rest of The Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee.
We had to reload them three times with lobster as the line for lobsters at times stretched all the way from Maritime Gloucester to The Building Center.
I knew it could be big but never imagined in the first year out of the box just how big.
Next year Brett promises more cookers, more serving stations and even more fun (if that’s even possible).
Best part of it all and the reason for the idea in the first place was what made me most happy- It got the public down to Maritime Gloucester to check out one of Gloucester’s premier events- The Gloucester Schooner Festival!
Big time thanks to my Schooner Fest promoting partners in crime Al Bezanson and Tracy Arabian.
More Schooner Fest Info here-
Sunday, September 1, 2013
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race. Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.
Parade of Sail Party at Beauport/Sleeper McCann House — EVENT IS SOLD OUT
11:00 am to 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. Free of Charge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.
12:00 noon to 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.
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point. Click here for information on reserving your space on one of the schooners during the Mayor’s Race.
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests.
Fred Bodin adds-
Lobster Delivery Completed!
Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester. At $12 for a lobster dinner, we cooked and served over 800 lobsters, all from Captain Joe and Sons. I collected a scary amount of money for them. You gotta’ give back to the community.
Len Burgess submits-
Lobster Bake a giant success!!!
Sharon St Claire submits-
What a fantastic Schooner Festival so far! We are up from Florida and saw so many GMG folks at the Lobster Bake! Not only did we see you, but Sista Felicia was serving lobsta plates, Fred Bodin was selling tickets, and photographer Len Burgess was sailing on the Roseway. Here is a photo of the photographer enjoying the sail (center). The Festival continues tomorrow!
Cheers, Sharon St Clair
Jane Gibbs catches Ed Eating (What a surprise)