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What is the Gran Prix of Gloucester? Take a dramatic harborfront park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by a dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester.
The Gran Prix of Gloucester is two days of international caliber races where competitors from all over the US, Canada & Europe converge to race on the most beautiful race course in North America.
The 2014 dates are 27 & 28 September.
Amateur Races: 8:00am-2:30pm (both days)
Kids 5-12 race 2:20pm (Sunday only)
Elite Women: 3:00pm (both days)
Elite Men: 4:00pm (both days)
Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA
August 24, 7pm
Cape Ann Big Band (Big Band Jazz)
Don’t miss the last concert in the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park. Grab your chairs, your dinner and enjoy Cape Ann Big Band under the stars at Stage Fort Park.
Enjoy a great Jazz Big Band, with friends at Stage Fort on Sunday, August 3 at 7pm.
WOW! Good news is you don’t have to choose because they’ll ALL be at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 3 1/2 weeks. And if you get your tickets now (right here), you’ll save $12. You really don’t want to miss this one . . .
On a beautiful foggy Thursday morning I spoke to Patti about the new trash barrels at Stage Fort Park.
So, you don’t think you benefit from tourists coming to Gloucester? Well …. do you like: having a choice of world-class restaurants you can walk to; our extraordinarily hot music music scene in all kinds of venues, including schooners; guaranteed parking at some of the most gorgeous beaches anywhere on Earth all summer long for only $20; living among award-winning museums, studios & galleries, Broadway-quality theatre; a thriving cultural economy … I could go on and on … OR perhaps your an artists, musician, photographer, writer, actor, chef, carpenter, plumber, contractor, fitness instructor, diver, ship’s captain, etc … OR you own or work in a hotel, restaurant, gallery, museum, boat, theatre, school or any retail store in Gloucester … or your business supports these people, like a lawyer, accountant, banker, realtor … Let’s face it, there’s really no business nor person in Gloucester who doesn’t benefit directly when tourists come here to share the City we all love. So come to Stage Fort Park on Thursday and see what the good people who work so hard to make tourism possible do every day to make your life better!
Every year the Rotary Club spends a day scraping, painting, cleaning and landscaping around the Anthony Gentile Bandstand to ready it for the tourist and wedding seasons as well as the summer concert series. One of Greg Bover’s jobs as the club member most comfortable with working up high is to go up on the roof to the cupola to spruce it up and change the light bulb. He learned to do this job from the late Herb Goodick, and remembers his dedication to citizenship, “service above self” and his deep love of Gloucester every time he climbs up there.
A few years ago Greg noticed that the cool one-of-a-kind weathervane with its two homies was not turning and took it down for repairs. Only then after cleaning it did he realize that it was a memorial to Yvette Suzanne York. She was a young woman who died of leukemia some years back, and her family gave this nicely conceived piece of work for this windy spot.
The copper birds both have inlaid glass eyes and the lighthouse has a little mirror where the light would be, it shines out if you see it from just the right angle. Greg would love to know who made it, if anyone knows.
It has now been greased and is ready for another year’s service.
This is an update to this post I wrote in May 2012. Following is the story by Linda York-Robbins, Yvette’s mother, who desiged the weathervane that Greg was repairing:
My new swimsuit arrived today from Coastal Dog Apparel in plenty of time for the New Year’s Polar Plunge. These thing are pretty snazzy and might be just the thing for a cold dip. Comfy and loose outer swimsuit with an inner swimsuit that is form fitting. Keeping those kibbles and bits all snug is key when diving into 42° F ice water.
The tourists and the snowy owls all flew away. I wonder why?
To prepare for the chill the Rubber Duck went off to Stage Fort Park to check out the snowy owls.
This is a photo of a sexy potato which has nothing whatsoever to do with this post.
While walking this morning at Stage Fort Park with Elynn Kroger, we encountered this beautiful snowy owl. A little later, I ran into Peggy Russell from Pop Gallery, who also had seen him, but hadn’t been able to get a shot of him. This is for you Peggy. Merry Christmas. What a special treat on Christmas morning.
Of course it never fails that I encounter something magical when I carry my chumpy little pocket camera. I wish I’d brought the nice one Paul Frontiero gave me, as I had originally intended. Lesson. Never second-guess your first impulse.
On Saturday we took Avery (2) and Cole (4) to Stage Fort Park and Half Moon Beach with Auntie Ericka. So much fun.
Stage Fort itself was used during the American Revolution, which is evident in the cannons that line the path to the top of he rocky cliffs.
Can you feel it? People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year. It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do. Take today for instance. Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets. See the full live music schedule here.
Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria. Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!
See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.
August 11th at 7pm for an afternoon of Latin and World Music with the band Grupo Fantasia at at the Stage Fort Park bandstand.
This is a FREE concert.
For more information visit www.davidlbenjamin.com or http://www.gimmesound.com/Venue.cfm?vID=127
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MUSIC IN MASCONOMO PARK – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 9, 2013
HARBOR LOOP – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
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