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Vote For Your Favorite Local Charity To Get Money Raised By Celebrate Gloucester


Celebrate Gloucester Sponsored by National Grid Raises $15,000 for Local Charities
Thanks to support from National Grid, the City of Gloucester and many sponsors and volunteers, Celebrate Gloucester raised $15,000.00 for charity, which was donated to The Gloucester Fund today.
“We all saw how music brought people down to the property to party at the end of Summer,”  said Gloucester Fund Treasurer, Ringo Tarr.  “It’s a great use of the property.  Letting the public decide how to spend the money we raised helps get people involved in making our City a better place to live.”
The Gloucester Fund will award grants to the top 3 vote-getters among the 24 charities who have been nominated since August 1.  People can go to CelebrateGloucester.com to vote for their favorite charity through September 30th.  Each of the three winners will receive $5,000.00.
“We could not have raised this money without help from our sponsors led by National Grid,” said Celebrate Gloucester producer, Peter Van Ness.  “Celebrate Gloucester was truly a community event featuring local music, local sponsors, local food and a mostly local audience.  I encourage everyone to support our sponsors.  You can see who they are when you go to CelebrateGlocuester.com to vote for your favorite charity.”
Celebrate Gloucester will be releasing a feature length concert DVD sometime in October.  A portion of the DVD sales will also be donated to the three winning charities.

Net proceeds will be donated to The Gloucester Fund. The Gloucester Fund will award grants to charities nominated on this website. Voting ends September 30th. The Gloucester Fund will divide the proceeds equally among the top 3 vote-getters.

Vote for your favorite nominee. You have one vote.

If you would like to nominate a charity or project dedicated to revitalizing Gloucester that is not on this list, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Each charity only needs to be nominated once.

Jane Gibbs Labor Day Gloucester Pics

Hi Joey!

Just wanted to send a pic or two along to you for your scrapbook!

What a fabulous day for the Schooner Festival and Celebrate Gloucester concert!!!

You were great as the MC J   !!! The pics of you on the stage were taken by my S.O. Bill Heckenkamp (whose photo was on the front page of the Times on Tuesday, a photo taken by Desi of Bill clapping his hands overhead!!!)…  (Incidentally, it was his sister Linda Colman who was with me when we visited your office for stickers on a pouring rainy day a while back. She said that the visit to meet Capt. Joey was the the “most favorite” thing of her two week visit from Michigan). J

So, here are a few photos we took on Sunday. Will send you a link to additional photos if you would like to see more of the concert and schooner festival.  Hope you have a wonderful day!!!









I sat next to this guy at the concert, Sheridan. Don’t know his first name,

but I believe you do J

More Photos From The Celebrate Gloucester Concert Set Up From Donna Ardizzoni


From3-10PM for more information – http://www.celebrategloucester.com/

Dear Joey,
You can still get advanced tickets for $15 at Atlantis Oceanfront Inn (great breakfast too) from 7:30am till Noon.  Then at Liquor Locker from Noon until 2pm.  After that tickets are available at the gate for $20.
Over 20 charities have been nominated to receive money raised by Celebrate Gloucester.  DON’T FORGET TO VOTE for your favorite!
See you there.  We’re gonna party under the stars tonight.
2 Grammy Award winners on the same stage in Gloucester.  Perfect Weather.  Amazing Local Talent.
This could be the biggest musical event in Gloucester’s History!

Peter Van Ness

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Ringo Tarr Prepping The Stage

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Setting Up The Stage

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Gloucester’s Own Half Shell

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Donna and Rick- Volunteer Corps

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Celebrate Gloucester Prep Video

Preparations Are Under Way For Sunday’s Celebrate Gloucester.

In depth interview with Vickie Van Ness by our Ed Collard-

Hope to see y’all there.  I’ll be the dopey guy with the microphone emceeing once I get out of work.

BREAKING NEWS: Nelson Bragg of the Brian Wilson Band and Anny Celsi will be Dan King’s special guests during the KBMG set at Celebrate Gloucester. Nelson Bragg, originally from Rockport MA, has toured the world with former Beach Boy Brian Wilson and appears on the grammy winning album Smile
News comes from Peter Van ness

Celebrate Gloucester Is On Baby!

If you live in the eastern US, you’re likely watching Hurricane Earl, which has already canceled many events this Labor Day weekend. But Earl will be far away from Gloucester, MA by Sunday and the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert will go ahead as planned. GET TICKETS HERE. 7 hours of music starts at 3pm  featuring Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, Roomful of Blues and some of the best local talent in New England — all for $15.
Over 20 local charities have been nominated to receive funds raised by Celebrate Gloucester. Click here to vote for your favorite. Check out the Concert Lineup and details below:

Celebrate Gloucester Sponsored by National Grid

Gloucester’s New Poet Laureate Rufus Collinson Will Premiere Special Poem At Celebrate Gloucester

Gloucester Poet Laureate, Ruthanne (Rufus) Collinson will open Celebrate Gloucester with a world premiere poem written especially for the occasion. Having been recently appointed Gloucester ’s Poet Laureate, Ms. Collinson agreed to prepare a poem specifically for the opening of this historic concert and celebration, which immediately follows Gloucester ’s annual Schooner Festival on Sunday September 5th.

Following Ms. Collinson’s poem at 3pm will be 7 hours of music featuring local rising stars and culminating with national recording artist Roomful of Blues followed by Grammy-Award-wining saxophonist Charles Neville, who joins Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Stanton Davis.

Tiickets and info at http://www.celebrategloucester.com/





Oops, there’s a spelling mistake — just one.  It’s on a Celebrate Gloucester poster somewhere in Gloucester.  Only ONE poster has the spelling mistake.


We will give 2 FREE TICKETS to first person who tells us where it is.  Just leave a comment on this blog post (see below).  The first person who correctly identifies the location of the poster with the misspelled word wins the tickets.


It gets better.  After you find the poster with the misspelled word, just tell us what the misspelled word is and how to spell it correctly and WIN 3 TICKETS TOTAL.

Good Luck!

Peter Van Ness, Producer

Celebrate Gloucester

Community Announcements- Murder Mystery – Celebrate Gloucester-YMCA Gymnastic & Cheerleading Summer Rec Programs


Celebrate Gloucester Sponsored by National Grid is the first ever concert and

celebration on the I4-C2 property at 65 Rogers Street, recently purchased by the

City of Gloucester.

Grammy-award winning national recording artists will join local legends in a

celebration of music, local food and the working waterfront to kick off Gloucester’s

downtown revitalization.

Net proceeds will be donated to The Gloucester Fund earmarked for downtown

revitalization. The Gloucester Fund will award grants based on input from the

public. Beginning next week, anyone can nominate an existing project or charity

dedicated to revitalizing downtown Gloucester. Go to CelebrateGloucester.com and

complete the Nomination Form. Beginning September 1st, people can vote for their

favorite project or charity. Voting ends September 30th. The Gloucester Fund will

divide the proceeds equally among the top 3 vote-getters.

Much of the costs are being covered by National Grid, BirdsEye, the Gloucester

Daily Times and our supporting sponsors BankGloucester, Circle Consulting, M.B.T.

Electric and RMD, Inc. These generous donors make it possible for more proceeds

to be available for The Gloucester Fund. A few sponsorships are still available.

Sponsors will be heavily promoted in traditional and new media.

Entertainment Lineup

Grammy-Award winning Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers will join local singer,

Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends and Flavours.

National recording artist Roomful of Blues “swings as convincingly as it rocks”

(Washington Post) and “makes for a rollicking good time” (Chicago Sun Times).

Several of Gloucester’s best local musicians – details TBA.

Fresh Local Food & Seafood Throwdown with Local Celebrity Chefs

Local lobstermen will offer lobsters to be cooked and eaten at the concert. Local

restaurants and vendors will provide an array flavors for sale to concertgoers.

Popular local chefs will compete in a Seafood Throwdown cooking a mystery fish

selection provided by local fishermenGeneral Admission Tickets are $15. VIP Packages are available for $95. VIP

Packages include exclusive access to the VIP tent, meet & greet with performers

free on-site parking, free food, and a few surprises. Tickets are available on-line at

CelebrateGloucester.com and will be available at various Gloucester locations soon.


Gymnastic & Cheerleading Summer Rec Programs at the YMCA!

Ages: Varied, see below

Session Length: One week, Monday-Friday

Sessions offered:

Session 6 Gymnastic Coed, ages 6-11-  July 26th0 30th

9 Cheer-Fit Coed. age-13-17    August 16-20th

10 Gymnastic Coed, ages 6-11    August 23rd-27th!

Time: 9:00am-12:00 Noon

Our trained and experienced staff will help your child realize thier potential while participating in this fun-filled week. Camp will also include time in our pool!

Fee: $135

Location: Cape Ann YMCA Program Director: Katy Milne, 978.283.0470 , milnek@northshoreymca.org

Celebrate Gloucester Video Documentary

This is the documentary we made to Celebrate Gloucester at Latitude 43.  It features interviews with Mark McDonough , Fisherman Peter Libro , Nicole Duckworth- from Duckworth Bistrot, Debbie Clarke- artist, Dave Anderson from The Black Swan, Ashley From Lat 43, Lobsterman Joe Mondello, Joe and Mary Ellen Borge from The Lone Gull, Lobsterman Mark Ring, Chef Zach Sears, Cape Ann Community Cinema’s Rob Newton, Stephanie From Lat 43, Lobsterwoman Renee, Real Estate Tycoon Ruth Pino, Ryan and Wood Distiller Bobby Ryan.

I hope you enjoy it.  there are some pretty touching moments in here.

Click the Picture For The Video Page


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