An oldie from the blog and the poem still holds up I think.
An oldie from the blog and the poem still holds up I think.
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:
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.”
In the photos Al provided, Green Dragon had just received a delivery in the outer harbor as she entered from Manchester.
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!”
With it being Labor Day Weekend and all that is going on with the Schooner Festival, etc., we are not going to hold a Mug Up this weekend. Look for one next weekend though! Have a great, fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!
We Need Your Vote!
We are excited to learn that RNAC was chosen to be on the ballot for BankGloucester’s 7th Annual Banking for Community Program. BankGloucester is giving $20,000 away to nineteen organizations based on the number of votes received: the organization that gets the most votes will be awarded $5000, 2nd and 3rd places get $3000, 4th and 5th get $1000 and the remaining 14 organizations will each receive $500.
You can only vote through BankGloucester’s website, one vote per email address (although you can vote for three different organizations when you vote). Friends, relatives and colleagues can vote.
Your vote will help us
· Encourage free expression and open mindedness through our creative programming and exhibitions
· Provide opportunities for educational and professional development in the arts through lectures, worshops, scholarships and residencies
· Work to keep the traditions upon which the Rocky Neck Art Colony was founded to keep them vital in the context of contemporary culture
So you think the Schooner Fest starts tomorrow? Think again. You’ve gotta consider a free concert at Harbor Loop right in the heart of Gloucester’s waterfront, as the beginning of Schooner Fest. (Complete Schooner Fest Schedule here. Henri Smith Tickets here)
Last year I saw crew coming off visiting schooners who were charmed by the Harbor Loop concert and astounded when I told them we have these every week. Thank you Bradley Royds!
So come on down to Harbor Loop tonight and party with one of the most creative local bands, What Time Is It Mr. Fox?
Music begins at 6:30pm with Piano Forte opening. Just in case you’ve never seen Mr. Fox, read this:
“Time has come for Mr. Fox”
– Barry Thompson, Boston Herald
“Catch him as his star rises”
– Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)
“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.”
“can simmer in blues, tremble with high drama, and faint into a yawning croon”
– Michael Brodeur, Boston Phoenix
An ironic place for some seagulls to snack on lobster legs, isn’t it?
Brazen little buggers sat right on top of our live lobsters to dine on some of their cousins. Well, I can’t really prove that they’re actual cousins…but, you know what I mean.
I can almost hear the lobsters in the crate….”Enough already. I can’t take it. STOP! Why are you doing this? What more do you want from me?”
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Hi Joey: Hoping you could post something about our fireworks cruise here at Cape Ann Whale Watch aboard the” Hurricane 2″!! Once again we have been chosen to be the judges boat for the boat light parade. Our cruise will depart Rose’s Wharf at 7:30 with boarding at 7:00. The cost of the trip is $15 per person (cash only) which includes synchronized patriotic music to the fireworks by DJ Tracey F. Sousa. His selection of music is dedicated to my father the late Capt. Fred Douglass. This was my dad’s favorite weekend of the summer as he was one of the chambers original members of the Schooner committee which started this weekend. The trip will also include a cash bar along with a cash snack bar. People are welcome to bring their own munchies if they wish, just no alcohol. Happy Labor Day and keep up the good work at Good Morning Gloucester!!
Regards, Capt. Jim Douglass
The excitement in the store is infectious between employees and MB loyal customers happy to be back in their store!Currently streaming live coverage of Artie T speech on TV on loud speaker in the store! Patrons are cheering and clapping listing to Artie T Speech ! Simply Amazing ! The bakery manager reported fresh persian bread will be available tomorrow!
Market Basket Employee parking lot is already full while a steady stream of trailer trucks with inventory and shoppers pull into the lot…Im heading into shop now!!!
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).
Marty Luster Photo
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