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NEW FILM: Scenes and Vignettes from the 32nd Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

2016 Gloucester Schooner Festival – Dedicated to Kay Ellis

Highlights from Gloucester’s magnificent Schooner Festival, including the schooner welcome, Parade of Sail, the schooner race from a rocky cliff outpost, awards ceremony where Fly Amero and Daisy Nell honor Kay with a song, Daisy tells a funny joke, Adventure Captain Stefan Edick wins a special award, fireworks from Stage Fort Park, and more. The film opens with scenes of Cape Ann schooners, participating schooners, and Gloucester fishing boats, shot all around Gloucester Harbor during the weekend of the festival.

With special thanks to Al Bezanson, Daisy Nell, and Schooner Welcome Committee members Brett Ramsey, Max Ramsey, and Nick Ramsey.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is held each year over Labor Day weekend and organized by Maritime Gloucester and the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee. The Schooner Festival celebrates the role the fishing schooner has played in the maritime heritage of the east coast, especially Cape Ann.

Race Results

2016 Particpating Schooners and Captains

Adventure – Stefan Edick

Ardelle – Harold Burnham

American Eagle – John Foss

Apella – Dan Hall

Bald Eagle – Paul Cole/Judith Nast

Blackbird – Peter Thompson

Columbia – Karl Joyner

Eileen Marie – Peter Houston

Fame – Mike Rutstein (not raccing)

Green Dragon – Andy Bezanson

Hindu – Josh Rowan

Ishmael – Fred and Sarah Murphy

Istar – Josiah Mayo

Lettie Howard – Colin Graham

Liberty Clipper – Dylan Saltzman

Light Reign – Mike Lawrence

Malabar II – James Lobdell

Narwhal – Bob Bernert

Principles – Derek Durling

Redbird – Daisy Nell/Stan Collinson

Roseway – Tom Ryan

Sugar Babe – Ed Boynton

Thomas Lannon – Heath Ellis

Tree of Life – Paul Morse

Tyrone – Matt Sutphin


THE FIREWORKS ARE A GO!!! Hold onto your hats, we’re going to be treated to an extra fantabulous spectacular display!

Barry Pett shares that the response for requests for assistance with the Schooner Festival/Labor Day Weekend fireworks show has been tremendous. He gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions. He’d also like folks to be aware that the City contributes greatly, with support from Mayor Romeo Theken’s administration, the Police and Fire Departments, and the DPW.

Barry provided some history about the fireworks, which have been annually displayed from Stage Fort Park since at least 1880. This beautifully poetic Winslow Homer watercolor titled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, dated July 4th, 1880, was painted during the year that Homer lived on Ten Pound Island. Unfortunately, the painting is currently hidden away in storage at the Fogg Art Museum. It is Barry’s hope that for Gloucester’s quadricentennial the painting will travel to Gloucester and be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum.

Barry Pett has been creating Gloucester’s fireworks shows for over twenty five years.


Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea


The view from the Beauport Hotel restaurant looking towards Stage Fort Park. Happy 4th of July!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -9 copyright Kim Smith

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Red, White, and Blue Grand Finale

I thought the fireworks this fourth extra stupendous. If you agree, the Gloucester Fireworks Committee is looking for donations, small and large, for the fireworks display during Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend.  If you haven’t already contributed, they would appreciate your help. You can donate by clicking here or sending a check to:

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Please make the notation on your check “Fireworks.”

A few more

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 copyright Kim SmithSpectators Along the Boulevard

FREE Boulevard Concert JULY 3 featuring Cape Ann Big Band, Runaround Sound

Runaround w/ Laser Light Show on the Boulevard

Once again, the Gloucester Fund and gimmesound.com present a FREE CONCERT ON GLOUCESTER HARBOR featuring Cape Ann Big Band and Gloucester’s #1 Party band Runaround Sound, plus we have some surprise featured vocalists TBA.

Ringo Tarr, Gloucester’s hardest working behind-the-scenes organizer, has done it again. He’s bringing his stage to the Boulevard for a rousing celebration of our independence through music, parade, fireworks and one of the most powerful laser light shows in New England– Best of all, it’s all FREE thanks to Ringo’s hard work and the musicians’ generous spirit.

Here’s the schedule:
5:00 Music Begins (band TBA)
6:00 Music breaks for Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround after parade
9:30 Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor
10:00 Spectacular LASER LIGHT SHOW by RK Lighting Design
Then dance with Runaround under the stars & the lasers.

There’s nothing like dancing on the Boulevard to the Runaround Sound with RK’s lasers overhead. DON’T MISS IT!  Here’s a video of Runaround at Capt. Carlos.

You can get into the party spirit with Runaround tonight at 9 at Minglewood Tavern.  See Cape Ann’s complete weekend live music schedule here.

Chickity Check It! Gloucester Fireworks Facebook Page


Would you be willing and able to assist us in getting the word out to MORE people? Our next fireworks show is Tuesday, July 3rd at 9:30pm. I have a link, I think will work, that you can share on your goodmorninggloucester facebook page (and/or your blog page?)
Please let me know if there is anything else you would need from me.
Thank you,

Fantasmagorical Fireworks!

A fantasmagorical show of fireworks over Stage Fort park! Did we witness controlled fires exploding in a multitude of colors and shapes projected high up into the sky with cascading sparkles trickling overhead for the pure act of enjoyment? Why yes we did!

Click for a slideshow of oohs and ahhs: