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What’s your favorite poem?

Do you have a favorite poem, and can you tell a five minute story to go with it? There are still a couple of spots open for the Fish Tales/Gloucester Lyceum event at the Sawyer Free Library Tuesday evening at seven o’clock. Tell us why it’s your favorite, or something that happened when you shared it with someone. Maybe it got you in trouble, or it made you a friend, or a mentor introduced you to it. You’ll have about five minutes to tell the story and read the poem if you email

Schooner Adventure Volunteer Session

I received the following from Captain Willy Leathers:

“Our Thursday April 6th Intro session will be held at the Maritime Gloucester classroom, located on the lower floor as you walk towards the main pier.  It will run from 1800-2000, with some pizza and refreshments provided. This session is intended to welcome everyone back for the operational season, check in regarding our up coming training and volunteer opportunities; it is intended for existing and new volunteers alike.  If you have a friend who may be interested in joining Adventure as well feel free to bring them along!”

from aftThis is a great opportunity to get involved with one of the true gems of Gloucester. I’ve been volunteering aboard for a while now and it’s one of the most satisfying and exciting things I do. You don’t have to know anything about sailing to get started and the training is always well done. We’ll be starting Saturday work parties next weekend as the winter cover comes off and the ship is up-rigged for the jam-packed sailing season ahead. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the gang that keeps this National Historic Landmark sailing.

Derek Walcott Quote of the Week

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott (1930 – 2017)

CaptureA native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Walcott was one of the most decorated of modern poets and playwrights. A winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, he began writing in his teens, attended the University of Jamaica and moved to Trinidad to teach. He was hired by Boston University in 1981 and was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant the same year. He later taught at the University of Alberta, (Canada) and the University of Essex, (England). Thrice married, thrice divorced, Walcott had two daughters. He died last week in St. Lucia.

I heard Tom Hiddleston read this on NPR last Sunday and wished my radio had a repeat button.

Greg Bover

Quote of the Week


After a long hiatus this one just cried out to be shared:

“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February…Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. It is the very three a.m. of the calendar.”

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 – 1970)


A Knoxville native, Krutch received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and then a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s he was the theater critic for The Nation, a prominent magazine of the time, and also published well received biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau. It was his study of the latter, and a move to Tucson, that lead to his own nature and conservation writing for which he is perhaps best known, including The Desert Year in 1951 and The Great Chain of Life in 1956. There is a cactus garden at the University of Arizona named in his memory.


This timely quote was stolen from the Sawyer Free Library’s excellent February newsletter which can be subscribed to here. My thanks to the uncredited author.

Greg Bover

Fish Tales at Gloucester Stage Friday

This is the live storytelling event that has been keeping Gloucester entertained for the last four years. This time the theme is therapy and therapists, so there are sure to be special stories that are funny or poignant by turns. And how do you really feel about that?

It’s a joint fundraiser for the Writers Center and the Stage Company, just the sort of collaboration that makes our town the vibrant art and culture scene that it is.

So come hear folks you know speak from the heart, you’ll be glad you did.


Save the Date – Fish Tales – December 2

Save some time to attend this special edition of Fish Tales, Gloucester’s own live storytelling event. The theme is all about therapy and therapists so there will be great stories, some hilarious, some poignant, and this time told at the Gloucester Stage Company so there’s plenty of room. You know you’ve been meaning to catch one of these, don’t miss it.


Quote of the Week



“In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.”

Raoul Vaneigem (1934 –     )

Born in Belgium, Vaneigem studied philology (the study of written history) at the Free University of Brussels in the 1950’s. He and Guy Debord were the principal theorists of the Situationist International, which had wide influence on radical artistic and political thought in the 1960’s. His best known work, The Revolution of Everyday Life, expounds the situationist belief that capitalism promoted “passive second-hand individual expression through the consumption of commodities over directly lived experiences and first-hand fulfillment of personal desires” and inflicted profound damage on the quality of human life for both individuals and society.

Fish Tales – Call for Storytellers

The Gloucester Writers Center’s live story telling program Fish Tales is looking for storytellers for the upcoming show on Friday, October 7th, 7:30 PM at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

The theme is Tag Team, stories told by two people taking turns. Sisters, brothers, friends, spouses, any two people who share a tale. Please get in touch with Maureen Aylward ( if you have a story to tell with a partner. Don’t delay, only a few spots left in the line-up.

Fish Tales Storyteller Guidelines

  • Stories should be true and from the personal experience of the storyteller.
  • Stories must be stories, not personal narratives about a subject/theme.
  • Stories are most effective if told without reading a script. If this seems difficult, make an outline and tell the story to the mirror a few times, then try it without the outline. Experience tells us that a story that is told and not read has greater lasting power.
  • Stories must be five minutes. Keep an eye on the time keeper who will signal when you are approaching the end of your time. In some venues we only have 1 hour for the show so your help is appreciated in keeping to the 5 minute limit.
  • Storytellers who are far over the 5 minute timeline will not be included in the final cut of our film that appears on Cape Ann TV and posted on the GWC website.
  • Arrive at the venue ten minutes before the start time to find out where you are in the line-up and to get comfortable.
  • See also
  • To see a sample show:

Fish Box Derby Postponed

Dear Friends of the Fish Box Derby,

For the first time in 23 years, the Fish Box Derby Race scheduled for Sunday, September 18th has been postponed indefinitely due to the likelihood of rain. Because the rented hay used to line the racecourse cannot get wet, it is not available, therefore there is no way to safely run the race.

No date has been set for another attempt as the parking lot used for the pit area is not available in the coming weeks, and city permits for road closures must be resubmitted. A race in the spring is possible.

Funds received for charitable advertising along the racecourse will carry over to the next race.


Fish Box Derby – September 18

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The twenty-third annual Fish Box Derby race will run down Rogers Street Sunday, September 18th at High Noon. Each year dozens of kids between 8 and 14 build cars with their families or friends and compete for bragging rights and great prizes. Rules, details and used cars for sale can be found at

 There is no entry fee for the kids, but you must register before September 11.fisk carfinish line

If you would be proud to have your company’s name prominently displayed on the bales of hay lining the racecourse with the scores of other underwriters of the event, visit the website above or call Greg at 978-283-1932. With your help, the committee can continue to award multiple $1,000 college scholarships each year to former racers.

Awesome Gloucester Video

Here’s a link to a video John Cooney made about Awesome Gloucester, an organization that has quietly raised nearly $40,000 and distributed it to the community in various ways over the last three years. The twenty trustees each chip in $50 a month, review and vote for their favorites out of the 10 to 15 proposals we receive every month, and then hold a public Pitch Night to decide among the top three. The best idea gets $1,000 in cash. It’s very simple to make a proposal, fun to attend Pitch Night (3rd Mondays at Gloucester House (Thanks, Lenny)), and sometimes we are looking for new trustees. Even more info at our website.


Quote of the Week



I know the cure for everything: saltwater…in one form or another: sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke) 1885 – 1962

Born into an aristocratic Danish family with close ties to royalty, Dinesen was home schooled by her strict Unitarian grandmother, and then continued her education in Rome and Paris. She married her second cousin in 1914 and moved to Kenya, then known as British East Africa. The couple established a successful coffee plantation in Kikuyu tribal lands staffed by local people, but divorced in 1925. Dinesen had a close relationship with Denys Finch-Hatten, an English hunter, safari leader, and aviator who suffered a fatal crash in 1931. The plantation did not survive the world-wide economic depression and Dinesen returned to Denmark, where she concentrated on her writing, producing several books, the best known novel Out of Africa, and the story Babette’s Feast, both of which were later made into films. She was an important literary figure in Denmark and America through the 1950’s, hobnobbing with other intellectuals including Hemingway, Miller, and Capote. She was short listed for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Community Sailing on Adventure

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You know summer is fleeting by, so come sailing on Adventure while the weather is still perfect. The next two Saturdays, the 20th and 27th we are sailing from 2 to 5. It’s just $30 for members, ($60 for non-members so it is worth joining up). Because of the harbor dredging Adventure had to move from Maritime Gloucester, but now you can board the shuttle next door at Solomon Jacobs Landing for a short ride out to the ship. I’ll be on the crew both days, ask for me and I’ll show you the ropes, (yes, literally).

Here’s all the info:       Purchase Tickets Here

 Experience the magnificence of Gloucester’s flagship schooner! A National Historic Landmark, Adventure is an icon of the American fisheries and a floating classroom for maritime history. Adventure is a 122’ historic wooden fishing schooner built in 1926 in Essex, MA — it is truly a destination not to be missed! Bring a picnic and help our crew hoist the sails, and learn about her legacy, restoration, and life aboard one of the Fast and Able fishing schooners. 

Boarding will begin at 1:30 PM  via the Harbor Launch from Solomon Jacobs Park at 19 Harbor Loop, Gloucester.  

Become a Supporting Member      JOIN NOW!

 Members get free tickets to sail and discounts on unlimited guest passes. Becoming a Member of Schooner Adventure is the best way to support our mission to preserve and operate Adventure for the enrichment of our community and for future generations. Schooner Adventure is operated by The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization established to be the stewards of Adventure, to preserve and operate her as a living symbol of Gloucester’s maritime heritage and provide educational programs for students and adults that explores our sea heritage and teaches skills in the art, language, and science of sailing.


Quote of the Week


“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken (1880-1956)

An essayist and critic for the Baltimore Sun, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Mencken was a founding editor of the influential American Mercury. Often referred to as the “Sage of Baltimore”, Mencken’s notoriety was solidified by his acerbic coverage of what he called the Scopes Monkey Trial and his widely read book The American Language (1919). He was a follower of Nietzsche and counted Twain among his heroes. His support for Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, etc.) helped to launch her career. His distrust of the democratic process is on display in the above quote as well as the following: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

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