Monthly Archives: August 2014

Enjoying The Last Evenings Of Sunset Dinners At Niles!

WARM OCEAN WATER ALERT!

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.

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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.

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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

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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 www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and on
Facebook.
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
event)
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

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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 http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
Facebook.
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
admission.
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:
978-283-0800
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 http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
Facebook.
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
Authority
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
approximate)
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
REQUIRED.

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

http://www.ernestina.org/

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Tuesday August 26th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather

Marine Forecast :
Today S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft.
Tonight S winds around 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Beach Forecast :
UV Index 10
Water Temp 68°
Winds light onshore SE 5-10^mph
Mostly sunny …
Beach temps 77°- 84° Degrees

Pod Cast Weather :

http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/4892550

Hourly Forecast :

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Why Go To Cape Cod And Get Eaten By A Shark When You Can Come To Gloucester For Schooner Festival This Weekend!

Getting Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod = Bad

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Enjoying Schooner Festival In Gloucester = Good

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Click Here for Schooner Festival Program and Visitors Guide