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Live blogging- passengers come ashore in Gloucester from Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam.

Happy travelers are such a joy! Meet Dean and Cathy King from Adelaide. They went to Washington and New York where they caught this Holland America cruise to Canada. They said the entertainment director outlined the demographics: 110 Aussies, 700 or so Canadians, 700 or so Americans, many countries represented by 10+ passengers and 13 New Zealanders, “to be precise.” They were squaring away their plans in Cruiseport until an 11:45AM tour to Rockport, and later walking downtown Gloucester. Their friends signed up for an 8AM tour. I spent time in Adelaide and loved it. I hope they have as great a time here, and memorable trip all around.


Before reaching Cruiseport, passengers like the Kings are shuttled ashore by tender boats.


The tenders hold more people than you think!


As they came ashore they were greeted with soaring vocals of Three Sheets to the Wind.


What a reception! Many visitors stopped to take their photo.


Passengers stream upstairs to happy greeters.


The lines ebb and flow with every tender.



Maps and brochures are selected as passengers head outside to enjoy a day in Gloucester and Cape Ann.


Volunteers like Peter Webber, Kathie Gilson, Lorre Anderson,  Charlene, Linn, Jeanne, and Elizabeth helping passengers


CATA trolley route



HarborWalk map is popular

Happy helpful greeting at the CATA table. How could it be otherwise–Heidi Dallin!





Passengers heading downtown on the CATA trolley while others stand waiting for a CATA scenic bus.



Unidentified American artist, “It’s good to be on a well-run ship, Holland America Line,” mid 20th century, ink on paper, gift of Stephen S Lash, 2010, collection of Peabody Essex Museum. The museum is featuring the art of Ocean Liners: glamour, speed, and style on view May-October 2017


special Gloucester offers for 3 ships cruising for fall foliage Sept 9, 24 and 29! See the welcome poster to print and hang for Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam

Here’s the current list of Gloucester stores, museums, and organizations with special offers for the Zuiderdam passengers coming this Friday September 9th!

Peter Webber and Ken Riehl of the Cape Ann Chamber will be walking down Main Street in Gloucester tomorrow to hand out these festive welcome flyers for Holland America passengers. If you don’t see Peter or Ken, please print them out from the photo and display on doors and windows, or contact them and they can email you a PDF.

Ships arrive Friday September 9, Saturday September 24th–which is also a big Essex Heritage  Trails & Sails day in Gloucester and Cape Ann– and Thursday September 29th as part of fall foliage cruising.

Three Sheets to the Wind will perform from the Cruiseport deck. CATA will be making bus stop locations and selling all day passes for $3. Some passengers remain on ship and 40% have pre-arranged day trips. After processing through security, 1000 remaining passengers or so will be guided to CATA’s special trolley downtown (including one stop at Western Ave and Middle Street for walking over to Stacy Boulevard) and regular routes to Rocky Neck and downtown Rockport. CATA doesn’t loop to Stage Fort. Steve Douglass runs water shuttle service to Rocky Neck. Local taxi and car services have been alerted. Please reach out to Peter@capeannchamber.com for details. Crew come ashore and in the past have numbered in the hundreds.

If you are ever interested in volunteering contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail.com to sign up for welcome cruisers, the visitor center, and/or the Chamber. Lorre has managed the cruiseship volunteer brigade for the Chamber for years and is fabulous.



10-day fall color route from Holland America

Gloucester’s Downtown Welcomes Holland America Zuiderdam passengers! Enjoy these special offers:

  • DIVA; 161 Main St.: 12% off all purchases. Vintage and curated jewelry


  • Cape Ann Museum; 27 Pleasant St.: $2 discount on our regular admission (currently admission is $10 for adult and $8 for seniors so admission for cruise ships would be $8 and $6 respectively) contemporary exhibits and permanent collection with world class holdings including Marsden Hartley, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, Umberto Romano, Paul Manship, John Sloan, Katharine Weems, Viginia Lee Burton, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and many more.






  • Harbor Loop Gift/ Building Center; 1 Harbor Loop; 10% off all nautical merchandise for the Cruise ship arrivals


  • Kids Unlimited; 123 Main St: Take an additional 10% off all summer & winter clearance, already 50%-80% off



  • The Brass Monkey; 85 Main St.: for a “TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND”.  Sample a wide variety of New England specialty foods and explore our two floors of unique gifts, antiquities, clothing, jewelry and much more.



  • Trident Gallery; 189 Main St.: free exhibition poster ($25 value) to first 50 visitors


  • Weathervane; 153 Main St.: 25% off sweats (excludes Cape Pond Ice)


Please note: Additional specials may be available at other businesses. Passengers are encouraged to ask merchants for details.  City Hall tower tours may be available September 9th and definitely offered on Sept 24th and 29th. 


flashback to 2014 prep

MA Film and Television opportunities, State Director Lisa Strout speaks at Woodman’s

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (NBCVB) and Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a special visit featuring Lisa Strout, the Director of the Massachusetts State Film Office.

Woodman’s Essex Room served a lovely luncheon– great chef and venue for events. (I wish I had a second raspberry tart.)

Lisa talked about film and media production in the state and how her department works with cities and towns. The crowd was mostly North Shore but I did speak with people who drove from Lowell, the Cape and western Massachusetts.


Surprising locations are shot here in MA and passed off as elsewhere. Mt. Fuji stood out as one example.

The mostly business crowd reacted favorably upon hearing that Disney engaged more than 1500 MA vendors for one movie production.

Speaking of vendors: Woodmans called out a list of vendors they work with who have generously contributed to their scholarship fund. You can see that on the back of their anniversary clam sign.




Cape Ann Chamber Spring Tourism Mixer Mile Marker1





Live blogging: it is a gorgeous night and packed — ready for discussing upcoming season plans! Mile Marker One looks beautiful — getting all their outdoor decks ready to roll.


*news update: I amended the post to update it with some names and businesses seen in the photos and at the party–which I couldn’t manage live blogging.

So who was there and who helped?

Peter Webber, Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna were there for the Chamber. The photographs show a range of businesses and organizations across Cape Ann coming together on such a nice evening like: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Cape Ann Camp Site, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cruiseport, Gloucester Stage,  Vista motel, artist Melody Phaneuf, Mile Marker One, North Shore Music, Pauline’s Gifts, Rocky Neck Art Association, Ryan and Wood, Schooner Adventure, seArts, Seven Seas Whale Watch, and Woodmans.

The Spring Tourism Mixer was presented by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Council. Members of the Tourism Council are:

Sara Young (Chair) Schooner Adventure;

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites;

Laura Dow, Vista motel;

Tony Sapienza, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn;

Bonnie Scatterday, Woodman’s;

Jim Douglass, Cape Ann Whale Watch;

Meredith Anderson, Cape Ann Museum;

Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Rockport Cultural District;

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester;

Steve Frisch, Loblolly Seal Cruises;

Richard Nestel, Lantana House;

Ted Marshall, Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters;

Carol Thistle, City of Gloucester Community Development/Tourism;

Mike Storella, Central Street Gallery;

Charlie Brackett, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant;

Tony Beadle, Rockport Music 

Art Haven 7th Annual Buoy Auction!

Colleen Apostolos-March Homegrown ©Kim Smith 2015Colleen Apostolos-March “Homegrown”

Fabulous Buoys, Super Delicious (Donated) Food, Wonderful Venue (Donated), Exquisitely Organized, with a Roomful of Friends ~ Outstanding Event for an Outstanding Organization!

Traci Corbett Buoy ©Kim Smith 2015jpgTraci Corbett’s “Draggers”

Blue Lobster Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015Lily Linquata’s “Blue Lobsters”

Glitter fish Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015Shelly Bradbury “A Fish Created”

Art Haven Buoy Auction -2 ©Kim Smith 2015

Art Haven Buoy Auction -3 ©Kim Smith 2015Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015David Brooks Muffy White Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015Organizers Muffy White and David Brooks

David Brookks Ann Margaret Ferrante Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015

David Pratt, David Brooks, and State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante

Lotus Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015Lotus

Harold Burnham ©Kim Smith 2015

Harold Burnham

Nancy, Casey, Heidi Dallin LGloucester Stage Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015Gloucester Stage Company’s Nancy, Casey, and Heidi Dallin

©Kim Smith 2015Common Crow’s Kate

Muffy White Art Haven Buoy Auction ©Kim Smith 2015Muffy White


GloucesterCast 115 With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Tommy Burns and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/23/15 #GloucesterMA

GloucesterCast 115 With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/23/15

Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett, Hosted By Joey Ciaramitaro, Mid-Week Podcast, If Kim Had To Keep One Person In Her Life, Kim Compares Santa Monica to Gloucester MA, Bucket List Destinations, Art Haven Lobster Buoy Auction, David Black Proposed Sculpture Once Again Proves My Theory That Getting Local Art Installations Is Always Filled With Animosity- Kim’s Take, Toby’s Take and Joey’s Take, Kim’s Energy Assesment, Yorkshire Terrier Killed By Coyote, More Info About What Nonni’s Is Supposed To Be, What Would It Take For Nonni’s To Succeed, Lobsterman Tommy Burns Stops In And Lights The Place On Fire, Destinos, Mike’s Place, Yellow Subs, Bridal Show At Cruiseport, Tommy Talks About His Ex-Wives’ Dimensions, The Winner of Clarke Snow’s Book Waltzing With Lady Luck Is Debby Lloyd- Must Be Picked Up Here At the Dock, This Weeks New Subscriber To the GloucesterCast Prize Is A Fleece Lined Good Morning Gloucester Logo Jacket Donated By Paulie Walnuts- Subscribe Here For a Chance To Win. Jacket Must Be Picked Up At The Dock, Paulie Walnuts Personal Blog Here.

GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14

Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby’s Attractive Nurses At Salem Hospital, GMG HOLIDAY Party (bring booze not food) is December 19th , Melissa Cox On The Stripper Pole, Those People That Come To The Party Just To Eat the Food and Not Socialize, Congratulations To Brian O’Connor and Family On Birth Of His First Masculine Child, Thanks To Leslie Heffron For The Nice Cards, Thanks To Jess and Dennis Alves For The Dinner Dealer Deck Which Ellen Landrigan Won,Middle Street Walk and the Awesomeness That Is The Art Haven, Art Haven Buoy Auction January 23 At Cruiseport, Art Haven, Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester, Men’s Night Thursday Dec 18th, Pinoli Opening December 18th, Mark McDonough and His PR Person Samantha Porter Get Social Media, Breaking The Pinoli News, Breaking  The La Trattoria News, Passports Restaurant 20% Off On Gift Certificate Purchases, Joey’s Top Local Gift Ideas, Bex’ Micro Lobster Trap Tree, Group Text Messaging Hell, Kim Asks A Facebook Question Shout Out To Sefathia and Lillian LoGrasso, Whole Foods Lynnfield Review,(J Pace, Sclafanis and Virgilios) >Whole Foods, Describe The Ultimate Meatball Based On Size, Ingredients and Cooking Method, When Having Pasta With The Zugu Do You Mix The Zugu In Before Serving Or Ladle the Zugu on Top, Crack Cocaine Romano Cheese, GMG Christmas Holiday Party December 19th At Bodin Historic Photo.


GloucesterCast Podcast New Subscriber Contest #5 Will Win A Copy Of Sista Felicia’s Cookbook. A Copy Of Sista Felicia’s Cookbook Will Go To One Of The First Ten New Subscribers To The GloucesterCast. Subscribe For A Chance To Win Here
To Purchase A Copy Of Sista Felicia’s Cookbook Order Here Winner Needs To Pick Up Cookbook At The Dock

Nichole and Toby, Madeline drawing Podcast 107 ©Kim Smith 2014

Cruiseship coming May 4th: let’s roll out a welcome downtown THIS ONE

Cat Ryan submits-


Hi Joey,

A cruiseship is coming! A cruiseship is coming! Sunday, May 4, 2014, Holland America will be arriving at Cruiseport

Calling all Main Street, downtown, shops, restaurants, cultural districts, Rocky Neck:

v Open up if you can on Sunday May 4, and maybe at an earlier time (see flyer)

v Print out and hang up a welcome sign that’s being created for this day (coming soon!)

v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle  if you will be open, cthistle@gloucester-ma.gov

v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle if you can offer a special discount or have a creative theme you would like to share.

o Gloucester doesn’t need too much help in that department but if you’re needing last minute oomph ideas, search GMG and see what Toodeloos and Pop Gallery and so many others come up with for holidays and block parties!

v Some of downtown is open Sundays anyhow (Island Art & Hobby); it would be good for all of us to know who is open on Sundays

v Passengers won’t be able to visit everywhere, of course. Residents: this might be a fun day to come together to support downtown, your favorite store, restaurant, gallery– and some great people watching!

Gloucester is one port of call. Hundreds of passengers have pre-booked, arranged itineraries– day or ½ day trips that will depart directly from Cruiseport.  Some  passengers remain on board. Many passengers specifically selected disembarking and exploring Gloucester.

Stage Fort Visitor Center will be open. Maritime Gloucester will be open. Cape Ann Museum is closed for renovation. How about you?


6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction & Family Fun Night January 24th



Looking for a fun event the whole family can enjoy tonight? Come to the 6th Annual Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction and Family FUN Night.  There will be art activities, live music, open buffet, silent auction of our amazing artist buoys and much more!


$20 Family | $10 Adult | $5 student. [@ DOOR: $25 Family | $20 Adult | $10 student]

The YMCA Taste of Cape Ann At Cruiseport October 3, 2013

Thanks Jen Amero and Rick Doucette for the invite Smile


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