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Gloucester and Fiesta at Peabody Essex Museum

As I frequent museums and collections for work,  and Gloucester art abounds, I suffer bouts of ‘Gloucester acquisition affliction’ . Relative newcomers at PEM include a St. Peter Fiesta scene by Gifford Beal and one of Portuguese Hill by Olga Itasca Sears.  As much as I am fond of PEM– and I mean no disrespect to this august institution– I sorely wish the Cape Ann Museum had received the art or funds for acquisition. There are few major historic paintings of Gloucester (and the greater region) which remain in private hands. They include works by Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. I’m trying.

While at PEM for special exhibits, I often check the permanent installation. Are the Frank Benson works and Norman Rockwell on view?  Check. I make a point to spend time in front of the Philip Reisman 1951 Tuna Shed, another Gloucester painting and one that Wicked Tuna fans may like to scrutinize.  Reisman was a masterful, versatile painter, and a smart gentle man. I was lucky to know and work with him. The Cape Ann Museum has examples of his Gloucester paintings in their collection and a binder of slides, photographs he took, many Fiesta. I remember labeling some.

I paused more than I ever have at the John Trumbull portrait of Alexander Hamilton. (Hmm. Have museums tagged works representing Alexander Hamilton? It would be a mastery of quick edits matched up to the Lin Manuel Miranda song.)


GIFFORD BEAL (1879-1956), Fiesta of Saint Peter, Gloucester, c.1930                                              Oil on masonite, Gift of the family of Gifford Beal, 2006. Peabody Essex Museum.


OLGA ITASCA SEARS (1906-1990). Portuguese Hill, Gloucester. ca.1950s. Oil on canvas. The Sheila W. And Samuel M. Robbins Collection. Peabody Essex Museum. (2015 acquisition)


PHILIP REISMAN, Tuna Shed, 1951, oil on masonite. Gift of Louise K. Reisman. Peabody Essex Museum.


#Hamilton, @ Lin_Manuel, #PEM                                                                                                     John Turnbull, Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, 1792, oil on canvas, gift of George A Ward, 1918, collection Peabody Essex Museum

I am looking forward to the upcoming Childe Hassam show opening July 16th at PEM. I went to see the Rodin exhibit.

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Do You Have Your Fiesta Sunday Whites Ready For Today?




Buona Fiesta Sunday Everyone!

I will be Snapping Photos along the parade route of all the kids wearing their “Traditional Fiesta White Outfits” again this year!  Look for the Fishing Boat Oars & flag me down for your photo! Photos captured today will be posted tomorrow!




Water balloon baseball? 9:30 Saturday YMCA Fiesta at GHS Newell Stadium. It’s on!

And hula hoops?! Thank you Garrett Coler, Sports and Recreation Director at the Cape Ann YMCA, for giving Good Morning Gloucester the scoop on the details. Sounds like something will be going on for all ages! From Garrett:

This Saturday at Newell Stadium at Gloucester High the YMCA will be hosting a Family Activity Day where kids of all ages can come by and play pick up sports games with our staff as well as participate in parachute games, face painting, water balloon baseball and more. The event is free for all and will be followed up by a hula hoop show! 

Come on down to Newell Stadium from 9:30-12 and join us! Parents welcome!”



Do You Have Your Fiesta Whites Ready For Fiesta Sunday?


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The clock is ticking…Only 7 shopping days left to purchase your Fiesta Whites”!

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For generations it’s been customary to wear “White” clothing on Fiesta Sunday. As far back as l I can remember during the weeks leading up to fiesta in early June, our mother Pat, aunts, and grandmothers on both our paternal and maternal sides of our family shopped for Fiesta White clothing, for the entire family. They were not alone. Our entire Fishing Community was out shopping for white clothing. The Big question around town was “Do You Have Your Fiesta Whites and Wardrobe Yet?” Growing up the streets of downtown Gloucester on Fiesta Sunday looked like a sea of white. Last night while leaving the St. Peter Novena, I overheard a group of women talking about how they had their families, children and grandchildren’s “Fiesta Whites” all ready for next Sunday, along with their traditional Nautical theme outfits for Fiesta Saturday’s Races, on Pavilion Beach. I love that today this customary tradition continues!


I look forward to capturing everyone again this year in their “Fiesta Whites” & Nautical Theme clothing at next Saturday Races and Sunday Parade…Get shopping, and smile for the camera!

Shop Local For Fiesta Whites! 






Marshalls at Gloucester Crossing has a great selection of Fiesta Whites for men, women, and kids! 

Click Read More for  complete photo gallery of today’s post and last years Fiesta Sunday Whites photo Gallery

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Fiesta Videos from Cape Ann TV

See all 3 days of Fiesta Sports on Cape Ann TV Channel 12!

Beginning Friday night at 8:00 p.m. with Friday Sports.


Friday Sports Continue:

5:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.,& 11:00 p.m. on July 5th


Saturday Fiesta Sports Air:

11:00 p.m. on July 4th

8:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. on July 5th

2:00 a.m.on July 6th


Sunday Sports air:

2:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 8:00 p.m. on July 5th

5:00 a.m. on July 6th


For Further Air Times see www.capeanntv.org/schedule

BREAKING NEWS: Henri Smith @ The Studio on Saturday featuring Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell

Henri Smith at the Larcom Theatre   March 2014

This is a big coup for the new Studio — and it’ll be your last chance to see Henri Smith anywhere around here without buying a ticket for quite some time.

Joining Henri will be many of the guys who were on stage with him at The Larcom Theatre in March, including Grammy-Award winning Amadee Castenell on sax and a big surprise!

Don’t expect there to be any tables left on Saturday, so you’d better call (978) 879-4896 to make a reservation.  Do it now!

Henri will be back at the Larcom Theatre in December for a very special Christmas show.  If you’ve signed up for our free Concert Club, you’ll be able to get tickets before they go on sale to the public (click here if you haven’t signed up).  More details on this concert coming in a few days . . .

Here’s a taste of what you can expect this Saturday — check out Amadee’s sax and flute solos!


Mother Grace Club Fiesta 2013 Photos from Anthony Marks

St. Peters Fiesta 2013 Submissions (Part One) From Jay Smiledge

Hi Joey & GMG:

Here are my submissions for this years St. Peters Fiesta.

Have a great day.

Jay Smiledge

Cape Ann Imagery


St. Peter’s Fiesta on Cape Ann TV TONIGHT Starting at 5

This just in from lisa Smith along with a little video she shot on Sunday featuring Sefatia!

Fiesta tonight on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 — with commentary by Phil Nicastro
5:00pm – Friday Greasy Pole
9:00pm – Saturday Greasy Pole & Seine Boat Races

8:00pm – Procession and Blessing of the Fleet
8:30pm – Sunday Greasy Pole and Seine Boat Races

Check their website for more details.

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