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Schooner Challenge and Luncheon to Benefit the Phyllis A Marine Association


You are invited to attend:

Schooner Challenge and Luncheon to Benefit the Phyllis A Marine Association

Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 AM5:00 PM

Kick off a year of celebrating the Phyllis A‘s 90th Anniversary with a day of fun and food!

Join the crews of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Schooner Ardelle as each ship’s captain challenge their teams to knot tying, sail raising, a sea chantey sing-off, and more!

Following the sail, join us for a luncheon in the Gloucester House function hall (Seven Seas Wharf, Gloucester, MA). Special tickets are available for those who can only join us for lunch. Luncheon begins at 1pm.

The Phyllis A Marine Association would like to offer our gratitude to the owners of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Schooner Ardelle, and The Gloucester House restaurant for their support of our efforts.

All proceeds benefit the mission of the Phyllis A Marine Association: to promote the heritage, culture and folk life of the fisheries of Gloucester, MA, through the display and preservation of the gillnet fishing vessel, Phyllis A.
To reserve seats and pay by cash or check, please call the Phyllis A Marine Association at 978-381-3901.

Additional notes: Please arrive at the wharf 30 minutes before departure. The Schooner Lannon is berthed at Seven Seas Wharf (Rogers Street, Gloucester). The Schooner Ardelle is berthed at Maritime Gloucester (Harbor Loop, Gloucester)

Seven Seas Wharf

Rogers St

Gloucester, MA

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American Heros

Virginia McKinnon submits-

HI Joey, Sharing this picture with your readers of American Heroes. All are veterans. Picture was taken ten years ago
at my husbands 80 Birthday Party on Halloween 2004. Bob Beard, Gordon Hilshey, Charlie Dickman and Tony Rao in the back row
have all died. Surviving veteran of WW2 in the front row are Elmer Miller, Bob McKinnon and Joe Orange. God Bless our Heroes..

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Oscar Wilde Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)  

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Born in Dublin to intellectual parents, Wilde was a leading light of the Aesthetics Movement, which included Whistler, Pater, Swinburne and Waugh among others, and celebrated beauty for its own sake rather than the social uplift it might provide as championed by Ruskin et alia. Better known for his incomparable satiric plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s sole novel was the darkly Faustian The Picture of Dorian Gray. Although very successful as an essayist and lecturer, he died penniless in France after being jailed and then hounded from England for his sexual preferences. His last words, perhaps apocryphal, as he lay on his death bed surrounded by creditors: “Well gentlemen, I seem to be dying beyond my means.”

Greg Bover

Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee is hosting a fundraiser Saturday May 30th at O’Malley school

The Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee is hosting a fundraiser Saturday May 30th at O’Malley school parking lot from 9am to 2pm.

The Touch a Truck event has been a great success for us and we hope to continue this streak.  All the proceeds go directly to the operational cost of the July 3rd Parade.

There will also be a Chowderfest with some local restaurants participating.

We are a nonprofit organization that needs the community’s help in our quest to put on an exciting Parade each year.

Thank you.

David Harvey, Treasuer

Fishtown Horribles Parade Committee

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GloucesterCast 139 With Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager Visitation #GloucesterMA, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 139 With Carol Thistle Senior Project Manager Visitation #GloucesterMA, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro


Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Carol Thistle Senior Project Manager Visitation #GloucesterMA, Huge Fans of Gloucester’s Community Development Department, Community Development Involvement In the International Boston Seafood Show,  More Great Hires By Carolyn Kirk- Tom Daniel, Community Development Calendar Now Integrated with GMG Community Art Calendar, Explaining One Third Of Hotel and Restaurant Tax Will Go Toward Promoting Tourism, What The Difference Between How Hotel and Restaurant Tax Will Be Handled vs How It Was Handled In The Past, Mayor Sefathia All In As Far As Supporting The Arts and Tourism, Explaining The Five Year Tourism Plan, How Do You Keep Different Tourism Groups Working Together, The Importance of Social Media, The Phenomenal Job John McElhenny Did Placing Positive Gloucester Stories In Big Time National Media Publications PR, Pitching Gloucester Outside Of Gloucester vs Pitching Gloucester to People Who Already Know How Great Gloucester Is, With The Addition Of The Beauport Hotel, the Opportunity To Market Gloucester For More Than Just The Summer Months, Opportunities To Team Up To Market Gloucester, The City Has Offered Office Space, Gloucester and Salem Taking Similar Tourism Marketing Initiatives vs Beverly, Comparing Pride In Gloucester To Pride In New Orleans, Paris or Gloucester?, Talking About The Block Parties, Please Thank Block Party Organizers, Pleading With Powers That Be To Remove Obstacles For Restaurants to Serve Food/Alcohol Outside.
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Fun Facts About Gloucester’s Breakwater From Terry Weber

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Fun Facts About Gloucester’s Breakwater

Because I am a research geek, I present to you some fun facts about Gloucester’s breakwater.

This 2,250 foot breakwater was built by the Army Corps of Engineers aided by the Rockport Granite Company between 1894 – 1905.

Its official name is the Dog Bar Breakwater.

It was built partly because after Eastern Point Lighthouse was lit in 1832, ships continued to run aground on Dog Bar Reef. Residents also wanted to keep rough water out of the harbor during storms.

The substructure is a rubble hill made from grout, broken granite and the refuse from quarries, averaging 100 feet wide at the base and gradually narrowing to about 30 feet. 

The rubble was dumped overboard in a line and allowed to “settle” for several years until it was ready for the top structure, or “superstructure.”

The superstructure is composed of seven tiers of cut granite, placed on top of each other in pyramid-like fashion.

Each of the top capstones weights at least ten tons.

Further extension of the breakwater was considered, but officials at the time could not agree whether it was necessary, or would have adverse affects on the harbor.

Cost at the time was $300,000 to $500,000; now it would cost an estimated 14 million.

The breakwater was described in a 1905 Boston Globe article as a “delightful promenade for the people.”

Dog Bar Breakwater is now part of a 53-acre nature preserve owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Monarch butterflies and seabirds can be spotted there.  

Nearby the breakwater, towards the Eastern Point lighthouse, you can find “Mother Ann’s Rock”—a rock formation similar to New Hampshire’s Old Man of the Mountain. You can find a great post about Mother Ann’s Rock from E.J. LeFavour on GMG, just put the words “Mother Ann” into the Search Box, and you will see it about three posts down.

Did you know? A short loop trail through a nearby “forest“ is located across from a cul-de-sac named Aileen Terrace. It’s public and you can walk it if you can find it!

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Rotary donation for Seacoast improvements

Joey C:

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Originally posted on Cape Ann Wellness:

On Thursday, Patrick Thorpe, President of the Gloucester Rotary was on hand with fellow Rotarians to present Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation with a check for $1,000.  The Gloucester Rotary donated the funds to aid in the renovation of the living room for the short term residents. 
Seacoast Executive Director, Stephen Doyle accepted the donation, and expressed his and the staff’s gratitude in allowing Seacoast to improve the stay of their patients.

Rotary presents check to Seacoast for patient area upgrade Rotary presents check to Seacoast for patient living room upgrade

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20′ x 30′ Amer.Flag on Stacy Blvd. From Pauline Bresnahan

Hi,
   Our city’s Veterans agent Adam Curcuru had a dream of having a Garrison Flag, 20′ x 30′
flying in Gloucester MA
Because of the generous contributions from the following a Garrison Flag is now flying for Memorial Day on Stacy Boulevard. I have attached a photo of the flag.
Thanks go to :
7 Seas Whale Watch
Vista Motel
Family of Frank D’amico killed in action Vietnam
  Glen and Pauline Bresnahan of Paulines Gifts

I am also honored to tell you that :

More the 100 flags have been donated by individuals and businesses and delivered to Ringo Tarr for our beautiful display on the boulevard.
And also after our request this past month we have received 12 6’x10′ American Flags in donations from many businesses and individuals to be flown throughout the City of Gloucester.

My sincere thank you for all of the support from this wonderful community..
Happy Memorial Day, always remember…
Pauline Bresnahan

20 x 30 ft. American Flag on Stacy Blvd.

Narragansett Del’s Shandy Is My New Official Beer Of The Summer

Not too sweet, refreshing and tasty.  I’m all in on the Del’s Shandy.

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