Community Stuff 9/12/13


Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929


(circa 1916) Henry C. Burnham stands with his three pecks of clams.

Join us in celebrating the Essex River Cultural District and its new Historic Essex Walking Tour. Take a walk through time, connecting past and present and experience over three hundred years of Essex history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour.  The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue.

Located along our new sidewalks, over a dozen interpretive signs mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century – including the Old Burying Ground and the First Congregational Church, which houses an original Paul Revere bell, cast in 1797. Journey forward in time to the Victorian Era and view our unique Shingle Style Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library as well as other century old structures. Learn how over 300 years of shipbuilding in Essex produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels. Gain insight into the history of clamming and the antique and railroad industries, and the importance of the Essex River and Great Marsh.

The Essex River Cultural District, Historic Essex Walking Tour Committee, the Essex Historical Commission, Essex Merchants Group, and Essex Shipbuilding Museum invite you to a free ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street.

Local and State officials will be in attendance to cut the ribbon on both the Essex River Cultural District and Historic Essex Walking Tour. This will be a great opportunity to mingle with friends, neighbors and local artists. Lobster, corn and hot dogs along with beer and wine from Chebacco Market will be available. Enjoy live music and demonstrations, and take the Historic Essex Walking Tour with our new brochure as your guide. A special Historic Essex Walking Tour “Kid’s Quiz” will give children an opportunity to win gift certificate for a free ice cream from DownRiver Ice Cream.

Experience historic Essex as you never have before. Join us in celebrating Essex’s rich history and exciting new Essex River Cultural District!

About Essex River Cultural District

In 2012, Massachusetts Cultural Council recognized Essex as a “…district that presents a dynamic and active relationship between history and the river, not one that is frozen in the past: residents are encouraged to get out on the river; the shipbuilding tradition is alive and well; and early antiques share shelf-space with more recent memorabilia and present day crafts.”

Writer Meg Kearney to speak at Gloucester Writers Center

Contact: Chloe Martin, 949-677-2451,

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Gloucester Writers Center, 126 East Main Street

The Gloucester Writers Center presents Meg Kearney, poet and author on September 19, 2013, at 7:30pm at 126 East Main Street. She is the author of two collections of poetry An Unkindness of Ravens and her most recent Home By Now. Home By Now was winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award; it was also Foreword Magazine’s book of the year and a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. She has written two books for teens: The Secret of Me, a novel in verse, and The Girl in the Mirror. Meg’s first picture book, Trouper (the three-legged dog), is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2013 and will be illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

Founded in 2010, the Gloucester Writers Center’s mission is to preserve, promote and celebrate Cape Ann’s rich literary legacy and to encourage writing and citizenship in the belief that all voices count. For more information about GWC go to

The announcement of our race that you ran on Sept  has drawn all kinds of attention. Thank you so much for running it!

I am attaching  it again, with a different photo, hoping you are willing to run it again before Saturday. However, if you think that once was all you can do, that’s totally fine. We appreciate your support and regular features of our club!!

Best, Debe


The Gloucester Gig Rowers and Maritime Gloucester are planning their 5th Annual Harbor Race for Sunday September 15. The 3+ mile triangular course is open to Pilot Gigs, Whaleboats, Dories and other traditional rowing craft. The course will start and finish at Niles Beach.  Registration opens  at 8AM,  at Niles Beach, at 9:00 there is a Captain/Cox meeting and heats will start at 9:30am. Pre registration is strongly encouraged, contact Debe Holland at or 781 608-9006. The cost is $30 per person, $25 with advance registration received by August 30th

Pizza! Pasta! Piano! Come eat great food at Giuseppe’s (2 Main St., Gloucester) to help raise money for the Docksiders. Sunday, September 29th, 4pm to close, 10% of all sales will go to the fund for the band to play on the Carnival cruise ship Victory. We will have CDs for sale, as well as a 50/50 raffle and other goodies. Plus entertainment! Annette Dion will be performing from 6pm to 9pm!

One comment

  • Very informative here and the picture of clammer-1916 steamers where pretty good supply then by the looks of it…some days are better than others…Now if you can just beat the tide coming in your alright!


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