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Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2

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Glimpses of The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race in Portsmouth, VA – Part 2


Mystic Seaport’s BRILLIANT, first in the medium class this year in Gloucester, was among the few that finished early.  Most of the fleet was well astern dealing with light air, then heavier headwinds.


WOODWIND runs public sails out of Annapolis and is a consistent winner in this race. She is of lightweight construction, built by John Scarano in Albany in 1993.  Every year, after the pig roast, there is a famous rum party aboard for all the crews and volunteers.


APELLA, 2nd in class in Gloucester this year, with PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.  She is a Shearwater 45, designed by Dudley Dix and built in South Africa.


This was the 25th GCBSR and LADY MARYLAND has sailed in most all.  She is a pungy, built in 1985 by Living Classrooms in Baltimore and used for hands-on multidisciplinary education for students of all ages.


A J MEERWALD of Bivalve, NJ is the state’s official tall ship.  Built in 1928 for oyster dredging, she is fully engaged in educational programs with the Bayshore Discovery Project.


FAREWELL, built in a backyard in Annapolis and launched in 1972, is a scaled down Grand Banks schooner design by Peter Van Dyne.  FAREWELL and GREEN DRAGON were rivals in Class C in six of these races between 1997 and 2009.


Brett Ramsey took time out for a high speed drive to VA over the weekend to talk to boat owners and sample the legendary hospitality that is the feature of the GCBSR.


On  the inside, TOM BOMBADIL, Pasadena, MD with ISTAR, the 37 ft schooner launched this summer in Provincetown by Stormy Mayo.  ISTAR has been a project for nearly forty years, and would have been at the Gloucester race this year had she not been held back by headwinds as she returned from Maine.


Dr. Al Roper, President of the GCBSR Executive Committee, was up all night managing docking and seeing to it that every schooner got a full measure of southern hospitality.

More to come, including the race results in Part 3 of this series.

Al Bezanson

GMG via the Weather Channel From Samantha Wood Goddess

Hi Joey,

When I checked my Weather Channel app on my iPhone this morning to see how the day’s weather was looking (rainy), the attached ad was placed in the middle of my forecast.  Not surprisingly, I thought of you!  Estee Lauder has stolen your tag line!
See you soon!

GMG Estee Lauder

First Parish Burial Ground and Clark Cemetery Volunteer Group Looking For Help From Crystal Daley

Good Morning,

I am part of a volunteer group working on First Parish Burial Ground and Clark Cemetery.  There has been a lot of talk around about the goats that have been placed there to help out and I was wondering if you would publish my article more about the humans who are working there.  We are in need of more volunteers and would love to segway from the goats into that. 

Thank you very much.

Crystal Daley



Goats are awesome but we need people too.
Up at the First Parish Burial ground the team of goats is happily munching away a section of the brush.  The volunteers however don’t have such luxury.  The overgrowth and neglect that the cemeteries have suffered is great.  We are only three out of town people who are hard at work reclaiming the proud lost history of Gloucester’s people and military service.  It is true that these cemeteries were not designed as more modern one with space for people to visit but we would like the change that.  The first step is getting them cleaned and safe.  We have been working diligently every weekend over the summer and have made giant strides towards that goal.
Now that a lot of the clearing for First Parish has been done it is time to focus on the smaller Clark cemetery behind it.  Rose bushes, berry bushes, trees and bamboo have overtaken this sacred space.  Using the website we have started to connect people with their ancestors in Clark and First Parish.  Those connections to our past are why it is important for us to do this work.
On our first day of clearing a few months ago in First Parish we met a family that had come down to see a grave of one of their ancestors.  They were unable to find it as the age of the stones makes it hard to read them.  But over the course of the day we were able to find it for them and emailed them the location for them to visit again.  The next time we were there a lovely bunch a flowers had been left.
More recently after the first article ran in the Gloucester Times I contacted an online commenter on the article.  He had said that his family owns a plot in Clark Cemetery.  Through a few emails I asked him where the plot was and invited him to come down to show us where to clear out.  By the time he got there last Saturday we had already figured out the location of his family and had cleared it for him.
Robert had not been able to go to his family’s plot since before 2008 due to the overgrowth.  He told us that he used to come a few time a year to see the plot of his Great Grandmother and kin to leave geraniums.  Originally we were told that the last person buried in either cemetery was in the 1920’s but Robert informed us that the last person laid in his family’s plot was in the 60’s. We were so happy that he is now able to go to the plot without having to wade through tough overgrowth and that he is able to come back to continue his tradition of honoring his history.
There are other stories like this but we do need the help of the community.  There are only the three of us doing the work usually (light)rain or shine, with the exception of lighting.  You can find us there on Saturdays after noon; we are Rachel Meyer, Josh Gerloff and myself Crystal Daley. Anyone coming to volunteer their time is only asked to dress for work.  Jeans or other work pants, comfortable shirt (you will get hot working) and comfortable sneakers or boots.  Tools are also welcome to be brought and used.  The most helpful tools we have found are trash bags, tarps, rakes, clippers of all sizes, brush cutters, weed whackers, saws and we could use one or more people with chainsaws for some dead trees that have fallen over.
If you are interested in helping out we are excited to work with you.  We would love for anyone to come down to help out.  There is something for any skill level to do.  If you would rather donate instead of volunteer that is also helpful.  You may email me at and I can answer any questions you might have on donating or volunteering with us.  I look forward to having more stories like Robert’s in the near future.

Community Stuff 10/23/14

Jewels of Gloucester Moving-


Jewels of Gloucester is excited to announce that in 2 weeks we are moving to 242 Main St. Next to Stone’s Pub and across from the Liquor Locker! Over the next few months we will be upgrading our workshop so we can provide even better and faster jewelry and watch repairs. As always we will continue making beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as offering our Cash for Gold service.

Thanks for your support,

Jim Hyatt
Owner, Jewels of Gloucester

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Last Three shows-


Oceanside Hotel Info

I am writing the history of an organization called the Southern Industrial Educational Assoc. 1905-1926. Part of their mission was to provide a marketplace of selling Appalachian craftwork. 

The woman in charge of marketing the crafts outside of Washington DC was Augusta S Stone. I know she spent summers with her daughter in Magnolia and that the large hotels sold Appalachian crafts in their gift shops. She may have stayed at the hotel.

Do you know the contact information for someone who might have photos of the old hotel, possibly interior shots, or other memorabilia that might help me with my research. I notice that George Krewson III seems to be interested in the hotels history. Is there a phone number or email where I could reach him?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. 



Resident Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Kathleen Curtis Wilson

Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Hello we at dawns studio of dance is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The fundraiser is for our dancers to go to disney nxt oct. We were wondering if u cld just put the add up for us. It will be November 13th at the D.E.S hall from 5-8. There will be a raffle basket with the frozen characters and more. Cld u plse let me know if u can do that for us, my email is ty very much

Help Eastern Point Day School “Drive Toward the Future”


Eastern Point Day School, formerly Saint Mel’s, needs your help! More to the point, future students do! EPDS is hosting a fundraiser event and silent auction to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. 

Why should you help out EPDS?

We offer an outstanding academic experience in a safe and nurturing environment, where students learn respect for others and blossom with self-esteem. We embrace local partners including YMCA, Maritime Heritage Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester Stage Co. and NOAA. Our students work together across all grades – supporting each other and learning critical problem solving skills as a team. It truly is a place where kids can be themselves and genuinely cultivate a love of learning.

1/3 of the families at EPDS last year received some form of financial assistance and/or scholarship.

When you support EPDS, you are keeping educational diversity alive on Cape Ann and giving a child in our community the gift of a bright future. Thank you. 

How can you help?

A variety of ways! Volunteer your time and talents to the school. 

Or, donate to our fundraising efforts. 



Tickets for this event on November 8th, can be purchased HERE

Your contribution to the EPDS scholarship fund extends this opportunity to children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford tuition.

With your support, we can continue to promote the advancement of Cape Ann’s next generation of inventors, artists, environmentalists, athletes, politicians and humanitarians.


Photoshop classes At Cape Ann Giclee


Hi Joey,
If you could post this we would appreciate you more than we already do which is alot.
Not a week goes by that we don’t hear “When are you going to do that Photoshop class you keep talking about?”
So due to popular demand and to not have to hear that question anymore we have set the dates for a Photoshop for Photographers I workshop and sign ups are online on our website at
This is a beginner/intermediate workshop and will cover chip to print how to make the most of your photography files for print and web. It is not a photography class but a what do you do once you have the image file workshop. We will cover file management, color balancing, shadows and highlights moves, how to send and save files, why shooting in RAW is best and more using Photoshop and Bridge. We will also be announcing more advanced workshops in the near future so stay tuned!

Anna Baglaneas Eves
Cape Ann Giclee
20 Maplewood Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930

2014 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Recap From Al Bezanson

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race finished last weekend in Portsmouth, VA and here is a glimpse of goings on there.  Brett Ramsey and Al Bezanson from the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee attend on a regular basis.


Night crew tended to the schooner bait, aka slow roasted pork.  No need to hurry, for the wind was contrary and most of the boats were a long time getting there.


In due time it was roasted to perfection


Transportation to Norfolk was compromised for a worthy cause


The Dockmaster’s Command Center was set up while the Schooner Liaison Crews kept the coffee flowing.  It was going to be a very long wait for the arrival of most of the boats.


The race this year was hosted by four boat/yacht clubs, and the Portsmouth Boat Club stood by the docking area.


Early arrivals were BRILLIANT, LIGHT REIGN AND WOODWIND.  They are docked at the North Landing, adjacent to the Renaissance Hotel and Portsmouth Visitor Center.

More to come, including the race results, in Part 2 of this report.

Al Bezanson

Local Colors artist Cooperative Will Be Celebrating 25 Years This saturday!

COME CELEBRATE with the artists of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative our 25th anniversary on Main Street – Saturday, October 25th from 6 to 8 pm. Included will be all new original artwork, live music, refreshments and a raffle to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid. The raffle item is a stained glass nautilus piece donated by original founding member Donna Amero. All new artwork is on display from October 18 through November 7. The seventeen current artists invite the public and all former artists to come help them celebrate! 121 Main St. Gloucester, MA.


Nancy Goodman Takes Home $1000 For Her Youth Employment Program At GHS

Last night Awesome Gloucester gave Nancy Goodman $1000 for her pilot youth employment program at Gloucester High.


See attached press release & images.  This idea is awesome because it will give kids real world experience while giving local businesses a chance to conduct on site extended “interviews” risk free.  And –  the kids are paid in Gloucester gift certificates – so the $$ go back into our local economy!

Win – win – win :)

The Awesome Gloucester trustees all expressed how proud and grateful they are be able to support the local community in this way.  They also highlighted the need for continued community involvement saying, “Pitch us your ideas, we can’t give money away without them!”

Learn more about Awesome Gloucester & how you can “pitch” at

Awesome Gloucester is a group of local folks who contribute $50 of their own hard earned cash each month to fund ideas they think will make Gloucester more awesome – no strings attached.


GloucesterCast 99 With Legendary Comedian Gallagher and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/21/14


GloucesterCast 99 With Legendary Comedian Gallagher and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/21/14

Famous Comedian Gallagher Stops By To Talk About His Show At The Larcom Theater October 25, 2014.  Lots of fun in our interview.

For Tickets:

Anyone that buys a ticket from this point on gets a free Gallagher Shirt at the Larcom and Gallagher said he would be signing them.





Community Stuff 10/22/14


What’s Happening at GHS 10/22/14

Our Scheduled Common Application Workshop will be taking place on October 23rd, this Thursday. If students have any questions or concerns about the completion or submission of the application then this is the perfect time to get all of your questions answered and your common application completed. We will begin promptly at 2:15 in the Guidance Office, and we will be available until the process is completed. Please remind your seniors that we are available and it is a great way to check the application process off their list!

The ACT will be offered at GHS , this Saturday, October 25, for any students who have registered. Please remember to bring pencils, a snack, calculator, ID and admission ticket. Please be well rested and ready to produce some college admissions work!

The registration deadline for the December 6 SAT is November 6, 2014, so if your student would like to take the SAT then please register for this test at
The registration deadline for the November 8 test has passed however the late registration is still available until October 28 for an additional late fee.

MCAS English and Math retests will be given at GHS on November 5 and November 12, respectively. If your child will be taking these required tests for their graduation requirements please ensure they are present in school at this time.

Please return all Biographical verification forms which were distributed with the Progress Reports to

Mrs. Andrewes in the Dean of Student’s office as soon as possible and if your student has misplaced their copy please ask them to stop by the Dean’s office for another copy.

The Nurse’s office is still missing over one hundred Blue Student Health and Emergency Forms so if you can find it at home please return to the Nurse’s office as soon as possible so we may have updated medical information for your students in the case of an emergency.

Upcoming Dates of Interest

First Term Ends Thursday, November 6,
Report Cards Mailed Home, Wednesday, November 12
Sawyer Medal Night   Wednesday November 12,
MEFA Financial Aid Night Thursday November 20

Guidance Department 978-281-9874
– Option #8


To Learn more or Register go to :


ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH will be presenting Godspell, Jr. on November 14th – 16th.  Co-directed by St. John’s staff members Jay DiPrima (director of youth ministry) and Mark Nelson (Music Director), the cast features a group of young talented performers from Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester.
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew, the musical uses major episodes in the life of Jesus – including his baptism, the Last Supper, his arrest and crucifixion – to explore important ideas like compassion, love, forgiveness and sacrifice for the greater good. The show draws on various theatrical traditions and musical styles, including pantomime, charades, acrobatics, vaudeville, folk and rock to create a unique reflection on the parables of Jesus.
The role of Jesus (and assistant director) will be played by Jack Favazza whose performances are well known in Gloucester and at the North Shore Music Theatre. The double role of John the Baptist/Judas will be played by Tess Burnham whose talents have also been displayed at the stages of O’Maley, GHS and currently Bishop Fenwick. Both Jack and Tess perform a number of solo songs as well as a powerhouse duet (All for the Best). The other thespians share both soloist and ensemble roles – Cara Stockman (Day by Day), Hanna Conlon (Learn Your Lessons Well), Gabrielle Cros (All Good Gifts), Jillian Osmond (Oh Bless the Lord my Soul) and Kaylee Parker. Choreographed by Carson afklinteberg, the dances reflect a joyful and upbeat story theatre approach.
All tickets ($10.00) can be purchased or reserved by e-mailing or calling Betsy Levick, Parish Administrator – or 978 – 283 – 1708 ext. 14. Tickets can also be purchased at the door twenty minutes before each performance.
(All proceeds will be used exclusively for future children and youth programs)
All performances will be held in the beautiful sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle St, Gloucester, MA.  Parking is available in our lot at 33 Washington St.
Show times and dates:
Friday, Nov 14th – 7pm
Saturday, Nov. 15th – 7pm
Sunday, November 16th – 3pm

Godspell JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and its collection of musicals for younger performers.

Joey —

Chorus North Shore is hosting a family event to raise funds for our upcoming holiday concert. Many of our singers are from Gloucester and Rockport and we’d love to see our friends and neighbors there.  We’d appreciate it if you could post this notice.

Chrous North shore

Community Stuff 10/21/14

Gallagher’s Farewell Tour visits Beverly’s Larcom Theater on October 25th

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M.E. Productions presents comedian Gallagher for the last time at the Larcom Theatre.
“Rolling Stone Magazine” calls the famous watermelon smasher, “One of the greatest comics of all time.”
He pioneered the television stand-up comedy special, racking up 14 Showtime specials during the height of his career in the 80s.  Gallagher also captured headlines as a candidate for governor in the freewheeling 2003 California recall election. In one of his campaign appearances, he lamented the state of the nation’s collective IQ. “Don’t you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence?” he asked. “There’s one marked ‘brightness,’ but it doesn’t work.”
Gallagher’s stage show has evolved over the years, and he now interacts more with his audiences. People from the crowd are often invited up on stage to share in the fun.  One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Gallagher’s reputation as an audience-friendly performer who genuinely enjoys his gigs.  He always takes extra time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with every fan in theater lobbies before and after performing.
Tickets to see Gallagher’s Farwell Tour are $29, $39, and $44.  For tickets and more information visit  or call 978-525-9093.

Parents of USTA Juniors Invited to Strategy Session with Hall of Fame Tennis Coach

This week, Nick Bollettieri—professional tennis’s outspoken, passionate, fearless and inspirational coach—will visit the Manchester Athletic Club’s MAC Tennis Program, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Regional Training Center of New England.

On Thursday, October 23, Bollettieri will host a parent session at Manchester Athletic Club’s tennis facility at 6:30pm. The session is free and open to all parents of USTA New England tournament players. Space is limited to the first 60 parents who call for a reservation.

During his annual visit to the club whose tennis program he helped design 12 years ago, Bollettieri will also give private and group lessons, as well as host a 10-and-under Green and Orange Ball Day on Saturday, October 24, from 12:00-2:30pm, and High Performance Tennis Academy Days on Saturday from 2-5pm and Sunday, October 25, from 9am-12pm.
Bollettieri recently received the highest honor in tennis when he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, earlier this year. He has coached ten #1 players in the world including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams—as well as the current #6 player in the world, Kei Nishikori..

“Our affiliation with Nick gives us some high-level opportunities, said Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis at Manchester Athletic Club. We’re fortunate to be able to extend this invitation to our tennis members, as well as the USTA junior community and their parents.
For additional information on Nick Bollettieri’s parent session and other weekend activities, contact Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis, at Manchester Athletic Club: 978-526-8900 ext. 238 or
Manchester Athletic Club is located in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is the only USTA Training Center in New England and only one of 12 USTA Regional Training Centers in the country. MAC is also home to New England’s professional tennis team, The Boston Lobsters.

Nick Bollettieri, Hall of Fame tennis coach, with Sasha Wood, an up-and-comer from Topsfield, at the Manchester Athletic Club

Cape Ann TV (, a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series – Getting Started with Abode Premiere to be held on October 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930).

Seating for this event has filled up fast, but there are still 6 seats available. (RSVP: Lunch & Learn events are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Here to guide us through the basics is Henry Cooper. Henry has a Graduate Certificate in Digital Video from Northeastern University and has worked as a Production Assistant with Rockport Music for 3 years.  He has a wonderful and informative presentation to help us navigate through getting started with Adobe Premiere. Questions are welcome during the presentation.

About Cape Ann TV: Cape Ann TV is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to the Cape Ann Community. Cape Ann TV is an important community resource that gives everyone a voice. We strive to produce programming and educational content for the community, by the community.

A catered lunch will be provided by Wally’s Blackburn Bistro.

Hi Friends,
LaVoce di New York wrote a lovely piece about my current exhibition in NYC:
And below is an invitation to a roundtable discussion at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in conjunction with this exhibition.
A presto,
Paul Cary Goldberg

Try To Look Worse Keene State. You Can’t.

What happened to getting going to parties and trying to hook up when you were in college?

What’s with the violence?

Doesn’t look like my idea of any kinda fun at all.  If the demographic displayed in these videos are the student population from Keene State then their PR department better have some magical wizards or something.  Right now people sending their kids off to school you gotta figure Keene State just raced to the very last pick in the US.  Like if you gotta pick between Keene State and garbage collector you almost gotta go garbage collector.  Beats getting smoked in the head with a bottle.  Not sure how you recover from this kind of bad look.

The kids in this video make the drek that hangs out in the MacDonalds /7 Eleven Parking lot look like the Debutantes and future rulers of America. Mutant City at Keene State Pumpkin Fest.  Mutant City.

Shout Out To J & L Welding- Thanks For Getting Us Back In Biz with The Quick Turnaround

I can’t say enough good things about Jeff and his crew at J & L Welding.  The cart that we use to transport our lobsters (and save our backs) busted mid-day.  Call Jeff, drop it off at J&L, back in business within a half a day.

Thanks Jeff  and Co-

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