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Rubber Duck says, “Yeah, yeah, Schooner this, Schooner that …”


It would be insane to miss any of the Schooner doings all weekend and RD has a plastic card she will carry so as not to miss one event but remember Cape Ann has other stuff going on. Rockport Farmer’s Market stop by Saturday at 9AM and get a jump on the weekend. Pick up Anadama, Abbott Honey, Sasquatch Smokehouse Salmon or mussels. Then go to Schooner festival but take thick slice of Anadama, butter, honey, add smoked mussels and stuff that in your face while watching the Schooners. Do it early so you have room for the lobster mania at Harbor loop later int he afternoon. Almost forgot the tomato jam stuff which sounds as weird as my above sandwich but it’s crazy good.

Gloucester Welcomes Schooners with Loaves of Warm Virgilio’s Bread!

Joe Virgilio ©Kim Smith 2014 -2.This past spring while working on Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph film project, I filmed Joe Virgilio making Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls and wrote a post for GMG about Virgilios. At that time, Al Bezanson, owner of the Green Dragon Schooner, shared that during Schooner Festival, Joe Virgilio welcomes the schooners with warm loaves of freshly baked bread as they sail into Gloucester Harbor.

Al provides more details:

“Hi Kim

Virgilio’s started donating bread to the visiting schooners two years ago, and it now threatens to become a popular new tradition.  The first year Brett and Max Ramsey, in Brett’s high speed inflatable, met up with schooners as they entered the harbor and presented them with a loaf or two along with a pineapple.  In some cases the bread was still warm from the oven.  When that happened with Adventurer, out came the butter, and the bread was enjoyed in a flash. Last year Max and Dom Nesta made the deliveries, and more of the Sea Scouts may be handling it this year.”

Schooner welcome

In the photos Al provided, Green Dragon had just received a delivery in the outer harbor as she entered from Manchester.

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I was so struck by the Virgilio’s generous, welcoming gesture and thought what better time to pass along Al’s story than the night before the Schooners begin to arrive. As Al points out, “When you get around schooner people you may hear them talking about the need to have extra butter aboard in Gloucester. This is a very big deal in fending off other ports that are vying for schooners that same weekend. Thanks Joe and the high speed Ramsey/Nesta delivery guys!”

Joe Virgilio bread gloucester ma ©Kim Smith 2014

Virgilio's ©Kim Smith 2014

10606178_718995488173406_6058799094986917975_nDuring summer months Virgilios makes fabulously delicious and delightfully refreshing Italian ice, created only with pure fresh fruit juices and cane sugar (not corn syrup).

For store hours and menu visit their Facebook page here.

Read more about Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls here.

Joe Virgilio St. Joseph Bread ©Kim Smith 2014Joe Virgilio Making Saint Joseph Rolls




Don’t You Have Better Things To Do Than Get Eaten By a Shark In Cape Cod? It’s Schooner Festival weekend In Gloucester!!!!

You know you can avoid getting eaten by a shark in Cape Cod by attending Schooner Festival this weekend don’t you.  The way I see it, it’s your only option really (unless of course you’re one of those thrill seekers who like to jump in shark tanks and cages with lions in which case by all means head on down to the trafficky Cape Cod).


Click here to view or print the entire program



Marty Luster Photo

Gloucester’s Small Green Schooners (Did You Know It’s Schooner Festival weekend?)

There’s a little event you may have heard about that’s going down this weekend-


Check Out The Gloucester Schooner Festival Web Page For All The Info About The Schooner Race, The LobsterFest and The Parade Of Sails!!!!

Al Bezanson submits-

There are three size classes in the Gloucester Schooner Race and here are some entries  this year in the Small (under 45 ft class).  Sub-category “TOOGAG” meaning Traditional Out Of Gloucester And Green.


Bald Eagle, launched 1955, designed by Sam Crocker, built by Bud McIntosh in Dover, NH, owned by Judy Nast & Paul Cole


Green Dragon, started 1939, launched 1951, designed by Scotty Gannett, built by Chester Spear in Scituate, MA, owned by Al Bezanson


Sugarbabe, launched 1975, designed by Tom Colvin, built by Alan Vaites in Mattapoisett, MA, owned by Ed Boynton

(All photos by Al Bezanson)

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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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


Enjoying Schooner Festival In Gloucester = Good


Click Here for Schooner Festival Program and Visitors Guide

GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/24/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/24/14


Topics Include:
Guest Kim Smith, Sea Shanty Clarification,How Great A Guy Pete Souza, The Monarch Migration Prediction and JourneyNorth Monarch App, Chargers Football Having Trouble Fielding A Team, Criticizm of The HarborWalk, Our Weather Guy Pete Lovasco Is ready For The Big Leagues, Seagull Poop, Saint Patrick’s Day Songs, The Ukeladies, Schooner Festival, Kim’s Daughter Has a New Beau,The Dip Test

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GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14


GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.


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David Cox vs Sports Illustrated

Catherine Ryan Submits-

Hey, Joey,

GMG photographers serve up passion and inspiration daily, so no surprise Joey recognizes local sports and talent on his blog.

Decisive shots by sports photographers freeze and interpret the best of sports moments: elements of beauty, determination, athleticism, emotion. GMG contributor, David Cox, is one hard-working pro photographer, known for just that. FOBs and residents know his shots of local school sports, crowds, events, nature and people.



Both are great photos and deserve high resolution inspection. See the stands in David’s– all the ohs and awes. The second photo is by Damian Strohmeyer on assignment from Sports Illustrated, published in the October 14, 2013 issue, pp 30-31 double page spread. We could do this comparison for the Koji Uehara leap-lift seen round the world, seconds after the Red Sox advanced to the 2013 World Series Game (various angles made it on many “pictures of the year” lists for 2013.) Sports Illustrated, national print media, game on! When Cox has a chance to be in the right seat at the right time, he doesn’t miss.

More David Cox photo examples

Somehow David Cox can shoot a clean background and direct our focus to the main event. Not easy to do. We look exactly where it’s needed, and have the bonus luxury to take our time for any all-over mosaic or atmosphere. 

David Cox, Gloucester’s BBB sports + more photographer. When he’s not crouching and climbing around for careful framing and action shots, he’s a fixture downtown as the proprietor of Main Street Arts and Antiques. You can visit there to see his art while browsing an eclectic mix of consignments. If you know David, his pictures and his store suit him.







Gloucester Schooner Festival 2010

Here are a few shots from the Gloucester Schooner Festival in 2010.

Can’t wait for Summer



VIDEO: Schooner Adventure Sails Again

Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith sent this video by Josef Hnulik, filmed aboard Schooner Adventure during this year’s Schooner Festival  featuring Daisy Nell & Captain Stan on the soundtrack.

Come aboard the Schooner Adventure for a sail in Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Mayor’s Race. It is the Adventure’s first race after she underwent a restoration project lasting two decades. The crew is proud of this historic fishing vessel, as they are the ones who restored her to her former grandeur.

Mayor’s Reception at the Schooner Festival

Intershell provided the oysters and clams on the half shell, jumbo shrimp, and tab legs. It was all so awesome, I didn't eat anything else.

Intershell Seafood provided the oysters and clams on the half shell, jumbo shrimp, and crab legs. It was so awesome, I didn’t eat anything else. Very Classy.


USCG Station Gloucester Commander Robert Lepare samples the oysters.

USCG Station Gloucester Commander Robert Lepare samples the oysters.

Nancy Gaines and Mayor Carolyn Kirk at the reception.

Nancy Gaines and Mayor Carolyn Kirk at the reception.

The Mayor's Reception was held at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station. They were extremely hospitable.

The Mayor’s Reception was held at the Gloucester Coast Guard Station. They were extremely hospitable.

Jimmy T. and his wife Laurel row the dory back home to the Fort.

Jimmy T. and his wife Laurel row their dory back home to the Fort.

Schooner Tyrone takes Line Honors and Medium-class category

Kathy Chapman submits-

Schooner Tyrone took Line Honors and placed first in the Medium-class Schooner category on Sunday in the Mayor’s Race. Today Captain Matthew Sutphin (pictured) with Mate Lisa Goodwin and crew will compete in the Fisherman’s Cup race which starts in Gloucester, with the finish line in Provincetown. She races against Schooner Ardelle among others. 


This is the first time Tyrone raced in the Gloucester Schooner Festival thanks to Al Bezanson of Schooner Green Dragon. Tyrone’s home port is Chatham, MA. http://chathamclassicyachtcharters.com/

Online portfolio for more images: 


Photos and video © Kathy Chapman 2013


2013 GMG Community Schooner Fest Photos

FOB Carol McKenna writes-

Who needs to travel anywhere when you live on beautiful Cape Ann ~ Happy Labor Day.


Schooner Festival Morning From FOB Alice Gardner


Eleanor Lawler Submits-

FOB Charlie Carroll Submits-


I was fortunate and was able to get out to view the Mayors Race today… 

I thought your readers might like to see a few of the shots I was able to get this afternoon.

More will follow on my PhotoSite tomorrow afternoon.



1st Annual Gloucester Schooner Fest Lobster Bake A Smashing Success- Don’t Forget Today Is Race Day!

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. DSC00383

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.

#Killed it!



More Schooner Fest Info here-

For More Info www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and to get tix www.maritimegloucester.org/visit/events.php

Sunday, September 1, 2013

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
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.

10:30 am
Parade of Sail Party at Beauport/Sleeper McCann HouseEVENT 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 CATACharge, 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.

1:00 pmRace Info
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)


Today’s The Day!!! Call For Volunteers For The 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival 1st Annual Lobster Bake This Afternoon!!!!

Mike Costello,Brett Ramsey and Daisy Nell Could Use A Hand Putting On A Hell Of A Time At The First Annual Public Lobster Bake At Maritime Gloucester.

If you would like to be part of this inaugural event head on down to Maritime Gloucester and have yourself a ball and 30 years from now you can say- “I was there at the first one!”

Sista Felicia will be there helping out and she will also have copies of her cookbook for sale.

The Details-

For More Info www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and to get tix www.maritimegloucester.org/visit/events.php


Saturday, August 31, 2013

10:00 am
Working Waterfront Walking Tour
Starting at Fishermen’s Memorial ($5 per person) Sponsored by the Schooner Adventure.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. Free to all.

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.

Lobster Bake

Click image to purchase tickets in advance.

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
1st Annual Public Lobster Bake
Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll– all for $12 per person. Relax with your dinner on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends. Also available for sale: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggies burgers, cold sodas & spring water, beer & wine.Tickets available in advance from Maritime Gloucester or at the event.

7:00 pm
Fireworks Party at Beauport/Sleeper McCann House (ticketed event, reservations required)
Watch the lighted boat parade & fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport and enjoy an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. Registration is required. 978-283-0800 for more information.

7:00 pm
Concert on the Boulevard
Featuring the band “Full Circle”

7:30 pm
Boat “Parade of Lights”
Boat owners interested in participating in the Parade of Lights can register online athttp://www.capeannmarina.com/Forms/BoatParadeSignUp.pdf. For additional information, contact Tobin at 978-283-3293 or tobin@capeannmarina.com.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time 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.)

2013 Gloucester Schooner Fest Info! Get Down There- You’ll Be Glad You Did!

This Year Schooner Festival is Gonna Be Huge, Just Huge!

The First Annual Lobster Bake, the Races, The Activities, the Photo Taking Opportunities, the Weather, The Facilities, It’s A Total No-Brainer!

I have tickets to the $12 1st Annual Public Lobster Bake Saturday August 31st here at the dock or you can go to www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for more info on that


Curtis Sarkin From Maritime Gloucester Forwards This Info-


Thanks so much for all the Gloucester Schooner Festival posts!  Maritime Gloucester can’t wait to host this weekend!  

The festival was highlighted in Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday!  
The Gloucester Schooner Festival was named best Festival/Fair of 2013 by Northshore Magazine! Be sure to visit this weekend and see over twenty schooners in Gloucester Harbor.  Northshore Magazine writes, “Given the long history of commercial and recreational boating in North Shore waters, it makes sense to recognize Gloucester’s Schooner Festival as the ultimate celebration of our maritime ties (in its 29th year, its glory is undeniable). With the goal of involving young people and supporting programs that get them on the water, all manner of vessels — new and old, large and small — take to the waters with sails flying high.”
Sail on a visiting schooner this weekend during the Gloucester Schooner Festival! Schooner Roseway, Schooner Virginia, and Schooner Tyrone will all be offering special sails out of Maritime Gloucester. You can also sail Schooner Ardelle, the flagship of Maritime Gloucester, for a great view of visiting schooners. Tickets are selling fast, so reserve a spot today!
Friday tickets: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/orders1.php?date=30.8.2013
Saturday tickets: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/orders1.php?date=31.8.2013
Sunday tickets: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/orders1.php?date=1.9.2013
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Curtis Sarkin
Marine Science Educator
Maritime Gloucester


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