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September 20 BLOCK PARTY HarborWalk – Trails and Sails – Harbortown – Committee for the Arts

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Thanks to Ringo, MBT Electricians, Parsons Street was ready and lit as darkness fell.

Downtown Block Party overlapped with the first weekend of Essex National Heritage annual Trails and Sails (Sept 19-21 and 26-28). James Owen Calderwood, the artist who created FISH NET, was here to experience both events, help set up and answer questions.

There were hours of great LIVE and local music by the stage in front of Bank Gloucester. I’ll add the entertainer names and sponsors for that stage into the comments below. Parents dining al fresco at Ohana watched their kids engage at the YMCA kid town area. 4Square dominates, effectively trapping all kids. The YMCA staff is excellent!

We enjoyed working with Don and Francis of FABOLA and the guys from Surfside Subs. Throughout the Block Party, happy customers lined up for Surfside Subs pizza (the biggest slices ever!) and it was non-stop at Markouk’s booth with City Hall rising beyond. (The next morning, Markouk would be up and at it again for Appleton Farms.) 

FABOLA enlivened the sidewalk and parking space with mid-century modern “parklet” seating areas. A cozy chair and ottoman upholstered with a touch of Provence did not sell, but a trio of friends paused on FISH NET with their new modern lamp purchase.

I didn’t get to Smokin Jim’s Barbecue in the back garden by Dog Bar, nor Cape Ann Community Cinema to see Charade with Cary Grant, or the cheese tasting, or…well, there’s no way to get it all in. I did see the King, Fred Bodin! Congratulations to Judith Brackley, Valerie Markley, Lucinda, and others for their professionalism and attention to detail for these top notch street festivals.

CREATIVE AWARENESS: PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS ON UTILITARIAN SURFACES New York Water Towers- Vancouver Silos- Gloucester Streets

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SELECTION OF TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART ON EXHIBIT NOW

See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

Sept 26 27 28 Gloucester to Honor its Own Monuments Man: Sculptor Walker Hancock

Hi Joey,

During the weekend of September 26-28, the City of Gloucester will celebrate the life and work of Sculptor Walker Hancock. The celebration, sponsored by the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, will feature events in several venues, including The Cape Ann Museum, The Cape Ann Community Cinema, and Gloucester City Hall. Other partners include Essex National Heritage Area and Cape Ann TV.

“It’s a three part celebration,” said Judith Hoglander, Event Chair.  “We want to showcase not only Hancock’s great talent as sculptor and his contribution to great art as we know it today as a Monuments Man, but to show his private side as well.”

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The Cape Ann Museum showcases Hancock’s art with an exhibit titled A Chosen Place-Walker Hancock and His Friends.  This exhibit features works by Hancock and by other nationally known artists who lived and worked on Cape Ann during the period from the 1940s until the 1980s. One of the better-known artists in this group is Hancock’s friend, and colleague, sculptor Paul Manship. Manship is best known for his towering golden Prometheus in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.  Manship called Hancock, “The last American Master Craftsman in Sculpture.  [He is] equally at home in every branch of the art from medals to monuments.”

On Friday evening (9/26) the Cape Ann Museum will host a Conversation With Deanie Hancock French, Walker Hancock’s daughter, and Jonathan Fairbanks, Director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. This event is free to Cape Ann Museum members with a $10 charge for non-members.

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On Saturday (9/27) from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Museum will conduct private tours of the Hancock exhibit.  Space on the tour is limited to 25 persons and is on a first-come first-served basis.

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On Saturday afternoon (9/27) at 2:30 PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema, in downtown Gloucester, will show the film Monuments Men with George Clooney, Matt Damon and John Goodman. Hancock was one of the first to be called to join the now famous Monuments Men. As one of the Monuments Men, Hancock was a key player in the rescue of works of art and priceless relics (including the coffin of Frederick the Great), from the mines at Bernterode in Southern Germany. The mines were packed with an enormous cache of dynamite. The Monuments Men arrived just in time to stop their destruction by order of the Nazis. This event and others during the weekend are part of the Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails weekend and are free to the public.

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On Saturday evening (9/27) at Gloucester City Hall at 7PM there will be a special event featuring –ROBERT EDSEL– the author of the book Monuments Men- on which the film was based – will talk about the book and the great importance of the work these men and women did to preserve many of the priceless art treasures we have today. Mr. Edsel is founder of the Monuments Men Foundation, created to “raise public awareness of the importance of protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict.”  A “Meet and Greet” and book signing by Mr. Edsel will follow the talk.  This event is free to the public with donations accepted to defray costs.

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On Sunday (9/28) at 1PM, the Cape Ann Community Cinema will have another showing of Monuments Men

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On Sunday (9/28) at 3PM in Gloucester City Hall there will be a panel discussion featuring friends and neighbors of Hancock’s in Lanesville, The panel will be moderated by local artist and former Cable TV host, Sinikka Nogelo.  Panelists will share memories of Hancock as friend and neighbor.  Among the panelists will be Hancock’s daughter, Deanie Hancock French and Gloria Parsons, Hancock’s long time cook.  The audience will also be invited to contribute their memories. © Matthew Green photo

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Segments of the weekend’s events will be filmed in order to preserve memories of Hancock’s life and work for the future.

Sponsored by:      the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, its Partners and Friends

Photos from Committee for the Arts Trails and Sails and Block Party

Hi Joey,

During two Trails and Sails weekends and the last Block Party, the Committee for the Arts (CFTA ) was pleased to participate and spread awareness about municipal art.  One event: during the block party we were at Main and Parsons, near a very busy Markouk booth (always busy at Cape Ann Farmers Market, too), fried dough and candy truck (not just kids buying!), Dress Code’s charmingly illuminated booth, and Joe Ciolino’s. What a gorgeous night! We spoke with dozens of folks including the group of twenty youth from Ocean Classroom en route from Maine to Puerto Rico with a stop in Gloucester and a night out downtown. Parsons Street public art mural by James Owen Calderwood.

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Send us your photos and we’ll add them in! gloucestercfta@gmail.com

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Enjoy photos from Saturday’s Gloucester Committee for the Arts/Block Party/Trails and Sails!

Gloucester Block Party is making some “best of” and “top” event lists. Here are a couple of nice mentions:

http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-massachusetts.html

http://www.sheknows.com/living/articles/992709/top-8-summer-block-parties-in-the-us

The Essex National Heritage Commission is the organization that ran the fantastic Trails and Sails weekends (34 towns, and hundreds of FREE events!) Don’t miss it next year!

Catherine Ryan submits City Arts and Gloucester updates for September

Hi Joey,

With Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City’s leadership and support, here are some September updates for City Arts & Gloucester covering the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Downtown Work Plan, Harbortown Cultural District and the Committee for the Arts.

From now through October 15th submit a design for a Cape Ann license plate!

· The single most successful MA specialty license plate is…the one celebrating Massachusettsother Cape. The Cape and Islands plate, created in 1996, features an image of Eastham’s Nauset Lighthouse and the cliffs of Siasconset and Aquinnah. It has raised $20.1 million and was ordered for 45,000 cars in the state. At that time, the Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed backgrounds. The new image space requirements are smaller squares to the left of the number.

· Feeling competitive? There are currently more than 216,641 specialty license plates in circulation in the state now, according to the Registry. The five top sellers?

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· What do you think the 2 letters should be?

· For more information on how to apply, see GMG announcement http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/cape-ann-chamber-launches-drive-for-special-cape-ann-license-plate/

News from Community Development and the Downtown Work Plan

The Downtown Work Plan group continues! Come to City Hall for the third and final public meeting Tuesday September 17, 2013. Like the others, this meeting will also be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall and run from 6-8PM. You can check out the results from the 2nd public presentation on line http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=760&ART=2142&ADMIN=1. It is a large file and may take a couple of minutes to load. Community Development will also post the other presentations to the website as well. If you have any comments or questions, email Community Development Director, Tom Danieltdaniel@gloucester-ma.gov

Enjoy this August 8, 2013 Boston Globe article on Mayor Kirk’s  efforts for Community Development for downtown Gloucester. You can see it here

News from the downtown Harbortown Cultural District

Mayor Carolyn Kirk has committed the City’s major support as lead partner for our two Gloucester Cultural Districts!

Visit www.gloucesterharbortown.org

2/3 of the Harbortown partners have filled out a survey to prioritize goals with a focus on arts and culture. Other partners will complete theirs as they meet with their committees/boards. Example of one of the questions (‘in progress’ screen shot)

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Harbortown partners and stakeholders attending the August meeting at Cape Ann Museum were lucky to hear an outstanding update from Director Ronda Faloon:

Reaching Out and Strengthening Within, Cape Ann Museum’s recently announced Capital Campaign will raise funds to make essential and innovative changes, dramatically improving the Museum’s ability to care for its nationally significant collection, as well as to tell the Cape Ann story and the pivotal role it has played in the American experience. Dynamic new interior and exterior spaces will be created. Outdated systems will be updated and underutilized spaces will be maximized to provide secure, more cost-effective and visitor-friendly settings for the collection. The Campaign will also support efforts to make the Museum’s collection more accessible by digitization, allowing it to be viewed on a redesigned website. Whether you are a physical or virtual visitor, the Museum hopes to transform your experience. http://www.capeannmuseum.org/support/capital-campaign/

We also participated in a special hands-on discussion and workshop about the goals for our district which was facilitated by Rebecca Borden Art Haven’s interim director. Art Haven and Cape Ann museum are founding partners of the Harbortown Cultural District.

News from the Committee for the Arts

On behalf of Mayor Kirk and the City of Gloucester, we’re in the process of updating the Committee for the Arts page on the City website and all these logos are at play!

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The Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that James Owen Calderwood’s temporary public  artwork, his abstract ‘Fish Net’ street mural covering Parsons Street, is the first of three 2013 HarborWalk public art awards to be completed.

INSIDER gHW ARTWORLD NEWS: New Parsons street signs are being designed and produced by Tricia O’Neill, Signs Unique, of Gloucester. Tricia is currently collaborating with world renowned British born contemporary artist, Matthew Ritchie, on his new mural commission for the Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston and Rose F. Kennedy Greenway’s Dewey Square. We are thrilled for Tricia and grateful she is helping with the gHW. AND Red Sox fans have long seen her sign work there!

INSIDER BLOOMS: Along with James’ wonderful net mural, also look forward to some lighting, a new fence on the west side of the street, and tucked along its edge, an additional patch of gHW butterfly and sustainable gardens with more of Kim Smith’s planting design!  You can see the relation of mural/fence/garden spot and more from Kim’s fabulous Good Morning Gloucester posts

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The end of September heralds the 12th year of Trails and Sails weekends. This year, the third and final Block Party is timed perfectly with the first Trails and Sails weekend. Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts is thrilled to take part in these weekends.

WALK Parsons Street to experience James Owen Calderwood’s Parsons Street mural for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge

Before/after

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Send us your photos!

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Leaping © Cruz Ferreras

Thank you, Marty Luster! http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/great-public-art/

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Stop into City Hall and cherish our City’s major murals.

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Over the 2nd weekend of Trails and Sails, July 27-29th, the Committee for the Arts is also hosting 3 special days of mural celebration and recognition! Art conservator, Peter Williams, who recently completed the first phase of mural restoration at City Hall, will be speaking about restoration and Charles Allan Winter on Friday September 27 at 7PM in City Hall. Mark your calendars for his lecture:  “A Restorer’s Intimate View of Paintings and Murals by Charles Allan Winter”. Sign up too for guided tours Saturday and Sunday by Gloucester artist, historian, scholar, independent curator, adjunct professor, and former Committee for the Arts member, Susan Erony!

For more information on the restoration and photos see GMG posts including http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-gloucester-committee-for-the-arts-announces-13200-in-new-private-donation/

Trails and Sails North Shore Kid Picks 2011

Hi Joey,

The Essex Heritage Trails & Sails is in it’s final weekend, and we have cherry-picked their huge event catalog for the best FREE family events on Cape Ann and the North Shore.  There’s something for everyone, from museum exhibit tours to schooner sails to ghost hunts!  So if you’re looking fun FREE family-oriented things to do this weekend with the kids, check out our list here: http://northshorekid.com/story/north-shore-kid-trails-sails-2011-picks

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Weekend Picks From Your Boy Joey

Here’s my top picks for the weekend (weekends started on Thursdays when I was in college)-

Thursday Afternoon-

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market

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Friday

The Last Weekend Of Trails and Sails

Historic Ice House Tours

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Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made – up to 350 tons per day, fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester’s working waterfront. www.capepondice.com

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Fri 09-17 2:00-3:00pm
Sat 09-18 11:00-12:00pm  1:00-2:00pm
Sun 09-19 11:00-12:00pm
Fri 09-24 2:00-3:00pm
Sat 09-25 11:00-12:00pm  1:00-2:00pm
Sun 09-26 11:00-12:00pm

Location: 104 Commercial Street Gloucester 01930. 978 283 0174 I-95 to 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Turn right onto Middle St, left onto Angle St, right onto Rt. 127/Rogers St, and right onto Commercial St. Cape Pond Ice Company is at end on left. MAP IT

Saturday

On Saturday, September 25 from noon to 3p.m. Cape Ann TV is having a unique fundraiser event at the Gloucester home of Virginia Lee Burton, a Folly Cove artist and beloved children’s book author. The events will include a sing-a-long with the Plum Cove School children; Jojo from the children’s television show “Jojo’s DreamCart” will lead children in interactive drama games based on “Katy and the Big Snow”; arts activities with Art Haven and Valerie McCaffrey; storytelling with Lucille LePage; scavenger hunts; picture taking with wooden cut outs of Burton’s storybook characters; and a chance to bid on a rare original Virginia Lee Burton linoblock print, printed by the Sarah Elizabeth Shop. No on site parking, parking is available at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester where a CATA trolley will pick you up and bring you to the event.

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Schooner Sail

First come First Served so get there early!

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Welcome aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for a 1.5 hour sail about historic Gloucester Harbor. Help Captain Tom Ellis and his crew raise the sails or just relax and enjoy the views of castles, lighthouses, and the working waterfront. Let your imagination take you back 100 years when Gloucester’s harbor was full of working Schooners. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. First come, First Served. No advance reservations will be accepted. Come to the Schooner Sails shed to get tickets before lining up to board the boat.  Event capacity: 45. www.schooner.org

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Sat 09-25 9:00-10:30am
Sun 09-26 9:00-10:30am

Location: 63 Rogers Street Gloucester 01930. 978 281-6634 I-95 to 128N to Exit 11 (1st right at rotary), go .8 of a mi to Legion Building and bear right. Take a quick left onto Angle St. and proceed to stop sign. Down hill and turn left onto Rt. 127 (Rogers St.). Schooner Sails office is one of three sheds to right of Gloucester House Restaurant.Parking in the adjacent municipal (metered) lot is $.50/hr. Note: Parking in the adjacent municipal (metered) lot is $.50/hr. MAP IT

Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester

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Join the Cape Ann Museum for a walking tour of Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester. Stroll through this nineteenth century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood. Walk past some of the views captured in his landscape paintings and learn about Lane’s active participation in the community. Finish at the Cape Ann Museum which is home to the preeminent collection of paintings and drawings by Fitz Henry Lane.  Event capacity: 20. www.capeannmuseum.org

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Sat 09-25 11:00-12:30pm  2:00-3:30pm

Location: 27 Pleasant Street Gloucester 01930. 978-283-0455 I-95 to Rte 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Pass over railroad tracks, and take 4th left onto Prospect St. Take 4th right onto Pleasant St. Museum is on left across from municipal parking lot. MAP IT

Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

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Join Schooner Adventure for a walking tour of Gloucester’s working waterfront during its fishing heydays. Using maps from the 1880s and historic photographs, we will go back in time to visit the former buildings and businesses that once occupied our harbor. Tour will start at the Fisherman’s Statue; walk from the Boulevard, down Rogers St., ending at the Fitz Henry Lane House. Tour will be about 90 minutes.  Event capacity: 30. www.schooner-adventure.org

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Sat 09-18 10:00-11:30am
Sat 09-25 10:00-11:30am

Location: 57 Western Avenue Gloucester 01930. 978-281-8079 I-95 to Rte 128N to Exit 14 and take Rte 133 W towards Essex-Ipswich. Turn left at Rt.127/ Western Ave. Metered lots on Rogers St. and near City Hall off Pleasant St. Metered street parking along Main and Rogers St. Limited free parking at St. Peters Square. Public restrooms are at the ending point. MAP IT

Sunday

Talking Walls of Gloucester

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The Gloucester Committee for the Arts will be conducting tours of Gloucester City Hall’s renowned and extensive wall murals, created by the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. Don’t miss the chance to spend time with these stunningly vibrant paintings that add yet another unique flavor and richness to Gloucester’s artistic history.

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Sat 09-25 1:00-2:30pm
Sun 09-26 1:00-2:30pm

Location: 9 Dale Avenue Gloucester 01930. I-95 to 128N to Gloucester. At first traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary) take first right onto Washington St. Turn left on Railroad Ave. Turn left at buoy marker onto Prospect St. Turn right on Dale Ave. Gloucester City Hall is on the left. MAP IT

Til Next week…

Get Lost In Adventure- This Weekend And Next Trails and Sails

click the banner for the event listings and you will be astounded at the number of things you can do at Trails and Sails

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Here’s just a listing of the Gloucester events-

 

A Hermit’s Tales on the Trails

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Meet the "Hermit!"–a hermit lived in Ravenswood Park for 33 years. Walk in his footsteps sharing tales from his book "A Hermit’s Wild Friends."  Event capacity: 50. www.thetrustees.org/pages/357_ravenswood_park.cfm

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Sun 09-26 1:00-3:00pm 

Location: 481 Western Avenue Gloucester 01930. 978.281.8400 From Route 128, take exit 14 (Route 133) and follow east towards Gloucester for 3 mi. until it dead ends into Route 127. Turn right onto Route 127 and follow for 2 mi. to entrance and parking area (12 cars) on right. Parking on the roadside of 127 is also available. MAP IT

 

Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester

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Join the Cape Ann Museum for a walking tour of Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester. Stroll through this nineteenth century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood. Walk past some of the views captured in his landscape paintings and learn about Lane’s active participation in the community. Finish at the Cape Ann Museum which is home to the preeminent collection of paintings and drawings by Fitz Henry Lane.  Event capacity: 20. www.capeannmuseum.org

restrooms wheelchair accesible family friendly scenic byway

Sat 09-25 11:00-12:30pm  2:00-3:30pm 

Location: 27 Pleasant Street Gloucester 01930. 978-283-0455 I-95 to Rte 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Pass over railroad tracks, and take 4th left onto Prospect St. Take 4th right onto Pleasant St. Museum is on left across from municipal parking lot. MAP IT

 

Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

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Join Schooner Adventure for a walking tour of Gloucester’s working waterfront during its fishing heydays. Using maps from the 1880s and historic photographs, we will go back in time to visit the former buildings and businesses that once occupied our harbor. Tour will start at the Fisherman’s Statue; walk from the Boulevard, down Rogers St., ending at the Fitz Henry Lane House. Tour will be about 90 minutes.  Event capacity: 30. www.schooner-adventure.org

restrooms family friendly scenic byway

Sat 09-18 10:00-11:30am 
Sat 09-25 10:00-11:30am 

Location: 57 Western Avenue Gloucester 01930. 978-281-8079 I-95 to Rte 128N to Exit 14 and take Rte 133 W towards Essex-Ipswich. Turn left at Rt.127/ Western Ave. Metered lots on Rogers St. and near City Hall off Pleasant St. Metered street parking along Main and Rogers St. Limited free parking at St. Peters Square. Public restrooms are at the ending point. MAP IT

 

Historic Ice House Tours

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Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made – up to 350 tons per day, fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester’s working waterfront. www.capepondice.com

parking restrooms family friendly scenic byway

Fri 09-17 2:00-3:00pm 
Sat 09-18 11:00-12:00pm  1:00-2:00pm 
Sun 09-19 11:00-12:00pm 
Fri 09-24 2:00-3:00pm 
Sat 09-25 11:00-12:00pm  1:00-2:00pm 
Sun 09-26 11:00-12:00pm 

Location: 104 Commercial Street Gloucester 01930. 978 283 0174 I-95 to 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Turn right onto Middle St, left onto Angle St, right onto Rt. 127/Rogers St, and right onto Commercial St. Cape Pond Ice Company is at end on left. MAP IT

 

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Join Greenbelt at Tompson Street Reservation! Bring your 6+-year-olds and join us on a treasure hunt in nature. You will need a stamp pad, a notepad and a sense of adventure. Limited to 20 participants; RESERVATIONS required. Reservations Available 9/9 AT 9AM online or phone Essex Heritage at 978-740-0444.   Event capacity: 20. www.ecga.org

parking family friendly scenic byway reservations required

Sat 09-25 1:00-3:00pm    Reserve a spot online or call 978-740-0444

Location: Fernald Street Gloucester 01985. 978-768-7241×10 I-95 to 128N, Exit 14. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 133. After about 1/2 mile, turn right onto Fernald Street. Drive approximately 0.2 miles and park in the cemetery lot on right. MAP IT

 

Schooner Sail

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Welcome aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for a 1.5 hour sail about historic Gloucester Harbor. Help Captain Tom Ellis and his crew raise the sails or just relax and enjoy the views of castles, lighthouses, and the working waterfront. Let your imagination take you back 100 years when Gloucester’s harbor was full of working Schooners. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. First come, First Served. No advance reservations will be accepted. Come to the Schooner Sails shed to get tickets before lining up to board the boat.  Event capacity: 45. www.schooner.org

parking restrooms wheelchair accesible family friendly scenic byway

Sat 09-25 9:00-10:30am 
Sun 09-26 9:00-10:30am 

Location: 63 Rogers Street Gloucester 01930. 978 281-6634 I-95 to 128N to Exit 11 (1st right at rotary), go .8 of a mi to Legion Building and bear right. Take a quick left onto Angle St. and proceed to stop sign. Down hill and turn left onto Rt. 127 (Rogers St.). Schooner Sails office is one of three sheds to right of Gloucester House Restaurant.Parking in the adjacent municipal (metered) lot is $.50/hr. Note: Parking in the adjacent municipal (metered) lot is $.50/hr. MAP IT

 

Talking Walls of Gloucester

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The Gloucester Committee for the Arts will be conducting tours of Gloucester City Hall’s renowned and extensive wall murals, created by the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. Don’t miss the chance to spend time with these stunningly vibrant paintings that add yet another unique flavor and richness to Gloucester’s artistic history.

parking restrooms wheelchair accesible scenic byway

Sat 09-25 1:00-2:30pm 
Sun 09-26 1:00-2:30pm 

Location: 9 Dale Avenue Gloucester 01930. I-95 to 128N to Gloucester. At first traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary) take first right onto Washington St. Turn left on Railroad Ave. Turn left at buoy marker onto Prospect St. Turn right on Dale Ave. Gloucester City Hall is on the left. MAP IT

 

Yankee Whale Watch

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Join Yankee Fleet for an exciting whale watch trip leaving from our new location in downtown Gloucester. Our mission statement is to preserve marine life and their habitats through education and research. Join us for an opportunity to view and photograph Humpback, Fin and Minkie whales in their natural habitat. Bring sunscreen, rubber soled shoes, and dress in layers. Guaranteed sightings since 1944. Limited availability. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. This EVENT is FULL.  Event capacity: 50. www.yankeefleet.com

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Sat 09-25 2:00-6:30pm    Boat will leave the dock at 2:30 – return at 6:30
Sun 09-26 2:00-6:30pm    Boat will leave the dock at 2:30 – return at 6:30

Location: 44 Commercial Street Gloucester 01930. 800-942-5464 I-95 to 128N to Gloucester take Exit 14. Continue on Rt. 133 toward W.Gloucester/Gloucester Harbor. Turn right onto Essex Ave/Rt. 133. Yankee Fleet will be on your left. Free parking is at 44 Commercial St. Our dock is located behind the restaurant Latitude 43 @ 25 Rogers St in Gloucester. MAP IT
 

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Dory Rowing With Jimmy T -Gloucester’s Survivor Nicuragua Fan Favorite!

In this Video Jimmy Donates His Time To Get People Out On The Water And Show Them How To Row Dorys.

Trails and Sails just so happens to be this week where there are going to be a ridiculous number of things to do for free around Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Here’s the Site For More Info- Trails and Sails

Trails and Sails is two weekends filled with free walks and water.  An incredible time to come to Gloucester and get lost in adventure.

Jeff Muise Participates In Trails and Sails

Yesterday I took my dad down to the Heritage Center during my coffee break to get him out on a dory.  Jeff Muise and Jimmy T were giving folks free rides on dories and teaching them a little about how to row and how you can get involved in the waterfront.  It was part of the Trails and Sails program thats going on this weekend all around Essex County.  After in the truck on the way back to the dock Dad must have said 5 times about how much fun it was.

I agree, getting out on the water in a dory is really a whole lot of fun.  When you are on the dory all the sounds of the world around you seem to disappear and all you hear is the oars slapping against the pins and the water lapping against the hull.  It’s amazing and to think that you can use these dories all year long for only $50, it’s just a ridiculous value.