Tag Archives: Maritime Gloucester
Friday, August 29, 2014
Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net and on
All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels
Mid-afternoon Arrival of U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Mayor’s Reception for Invited Guests
Sponsored by First Ipswich Bank
and hosted by U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester
6:30 pm Maritime Gloucester’s “Under the Spars” Gala (ticketed
8:00 pm Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours Concert at
Mile Marker One at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort (Rt. 133).
(ticketed event) Proceeds to benefit Cape Ann YMCA
Camping & Teen Services
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather condions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
9:30 am – 3:00 pm Marime Gloucester Heritage Day at Marime
Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester.
Free to the public. Over 25 arsan vendors and
community organizations with demonstrations and
family activities. The traditional Celtic band, Meridian,
will play on the Boat House stage at 11:30 am and 1:00
pm. Schooners will be at the dock for visitors. Food will
be available onsite. Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and
aquarium will be open throughout the day for half-price
10:00 am – 7:00 pm Open House Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle
at Americold, 1 Rowe Square on Gloucester’s harborfront.
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House. Stop by the
Station on Harbor Loop to learn all about the Coast
Guard and its important role in Gloucester.
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 2nd Annual Public Lobster Bake. Enjoy freshly steamed
lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio’s roll. Relax with
your dinner at Marime Gloucester and on the slopes of
the Fitz Henry Lane lawn. Also available: hot dogs &
hamburgers, soda, spring water, beer & wine.
7:00 pm Fireworks Viewing at Beauport/Sleeper McCann
Museum. Ticketed event. Registration is required. Info:
7:00 pm Concert on the Boulevard (time subject to requirements of
Parade of Lights and Fireworks)
7:30 pm Boat “Parade of Lights”
9:15 pm Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following
Parade of Lights, me approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more
donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks.
Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45
Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate
“fireworks” on your donation.)
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Schedule of events subject to change based on wind, marine, and weather conditions.
If needed, schedule changes will be announced at http://www.gloucesterschoonerfesval.net and on
8:30 am Skippers’ meeting for all schooners sailing in the
Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, adjacent to the
U.S. Coast Guard Station
10:30 am – 12:00 noon Parade of Sail as the schooners proceed from the Inner
Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy
Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point
11:00 am – 1:30 pm Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from
Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point
Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to
watch the start of the Mayor’s Race,
courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation
1:00 pm Start of Mayor’s Race off Eastern Point for the Esperanto
Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy, and Bey Ramsey Trophy
3:00 pm Departure of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle (me
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception and Awards Ceremony for captains & crews
and invited guests
Monday, September 1, 2014
11:00 am Amistad presents “Refuse to Do Nothing” about
contemporary slavery issues
“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF
For the last few summers I have come out of summer retirement to run a two-week summer session at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School. The camp is focused on both Marine Science and Maritime History and the goal is to get the kids out on the water/waterfront as much as possible. I am fortunate that my boys have that opportunity often and that they are naturally drawn to the ocean and all it has to offer. That having been said, I know that isn’t true for all children who are growing up in this area. Most importantly, I wanted to help educate these children on the history of the fishing industry and how important the ocean is to the community’s livelihood and to the creatures that call it home!
This year’s camp was a large success thanks to many local businesses. I’m happy to be able to fire off a quick post to thank some of those places/individuals.
While one day took us into Boston to explore the New England Aquarium and watch a Journey to the South Pacific IMAX movie, all other days were spent outside experiencing the waterfront hands-on.
Our students spent a couple of days aboard the Sea Station vessel, Endeavour, in Salem Harbor. This unreal floating classroom afforded us the opportunity to haul lobster traps, observe ocean life in its giant glass holding tank, sink the underwater camera to observe the ocean floor and eel grass beds + observe our discoveries on the giant flatscreen TV, and preform beach landings on Misery Island to go hiking, swimming, and tidal pooling. If you haven’t explored Misery Island, you’re missing out!
We had a fantastic day at the Nahant Marine Science Center where the children were given the opportunity to become scientists while recording their tide pool findings and the properties of the water in small groups. They also had a wonderful tour of the facilities and the gorgeous property that the science center calls home. The Northeastern graduates/students that took care of our group were fabulous!
One day was spent onboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s vessel, the Hurricane. We saw several humpback whales and enjoyed a fantastic trip. The naturalists, as always, added a wonderful educational component with small group lessons throughout the trip in addition to the narration while observing the whales.
We greatly enjoyed a morning at Maritime Gloucester and were incredibly pleased with the workshops that Mary Kay had planned for our students…who ranged in age from 1st grade to 8th! Maritime Gloucester was, as always, a must-do on our excursion list!
We enjoyed a visit from a wonderful artist named Kathy Abbott, who helped the children learn about caring for our beaches, waterfronts, and oceans while adding the element of art. Learning about the Angry Ocean Project inspired many of our students to go home and create masterpieces of their own with debris the discovered on local beaches.
We headed North to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH where we did a self-guided tour of the exhibits, participated in a 60 minute Whale presentation (the highlight of which was definitely seeing the entire skeleton system of the Fin Whale that washed ashore on Cape Hedge Beach several years ago) and then explored the rocky shore of Ordione State Park with a naturalist who helped the children learn about all of the amazing things they found in the tide pools. Stunning scenery!
Captain Steve Douglas, from Cape Ann Harbor Tours, agreed to a custom designed trip on his King Eider. I really wanted the students to see the waterfront from the water. I asked Steve to point out the many different types of vessels that call Gloucester Harbor home and to explain the different type of fishing gear that we saw along the way. I wanted the children to get a feel for the history and the diversity of the fleet. They also learned about the Cut Bridge and Annisquam River, Cape Pond Ice, the schooners, the state fish pier, the auction house, Capt. Joe and Sons (of course), Ten Pound Island, and so, so much more.
And a day that exceeded all expectations was the day that we visited the NOAA offices up at Blackburn Circle. I was floored with the presentation and hands-on activities that had been prepared for our visit and the number of staff that was able to make themselves available to work with our students. With several different learning stations, knowledgable staff, a large inflatable whale, an amazing interactive game that helped the children learn about sustainability, and much more, hey truly went above and beyond to help educate our students. Their efforts were a perfect match for what I was hoping to achieve throughout the summer session. I can’t thank them enough!
This summer session served as yet another reminder of the wealth of resources that we have in our area. How lucky we are to be able to take advantage of such a wide array of fun and educational resources. I am well aware, that a longer camp session could have visited so many other amazing destinations and that the places I have included are certainly not the only amazing choices that we have. There’s always next year
GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14
Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.
From Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:
Awesome Gloucester- The TV Show
The series premiere of “Awesome Gloucester” airs tonight, Thursday, July 10 at 7pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. Explore Gloucester and its awesomeness with host David Wesson and get an insiders look at baking bread at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery; explore the Maritime Gloucester tide pools with kids; and learn about distilling rum at Ryan & Wood Distilleries. This show is created by Lanesvillian Matt Morris, a filmmaker who loves this town and decided to make a television show about one of the coolest places on Earth.
The show also airs on Fridays at 3:30 pm; and Sundays at 5:00 pm. See full Cape Ann TV Schedule here.
Wednesday was a busy day for the Adventure. Her crew finished repairing the stem and getting her ready to move. She was re-launched at the evening high tide, and left GMR for her new at Gloucester Maritime on the Harbor Loop. We had some friends and family come by to see us off. Graham Makay once again captained the Adventure for her short ride across the harbor. We were welcomed by our newly expanded family from Gloucester Maritime, with board members, family and friends from both organizations joining in a champagne toast. A row crew also came out to give us an all oar salute. Despite a bit of rain, the mood at the wharf was quite festive. The Adventure’s Sarah Tuvim recognized that between the 2 organizations, we made a wonderful rainbow of raincoats to brighten our evening.
Cat Ryan submits-
Whether you fall on the side of these commercials are a prime example of greenwashing, this is SUCH a landmark PSA, let’s make another parody, or hey wait a minute Iron Eyes Cody was Sicilian?—people of a certain age remember seeing the Ad Council’s Keep America Beautiful ads. Lassie and Lady Bird Johnson were helping the campaign, too. Wildflowers and THE dog.
I was a kid. This tv spot was memorable and effective.
And this one. William Conrad voice over.
The Rozalia Project lecture at Maritime Gloucester for the kick-off event of the first Harbor community clean up reminded me of these ads. In a positive way! Highways look better. Now on to our shoreline and ocean floors. There was a photo of a crab trying to maneuver past sunglasses and various beverage cans in Newport that specifically brought those commercials back to me. Oh, and check your toothpaste and skin polishers – no poly anything ingredient. Trust me.
The next day following that lecture, clean up happened all around the harbor, right at the water’s edge, different neighborhoods, and even by boat. Kudos to Maritime Gloucester for organizing and Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts and other partners and volunteers.
At Maritime Gloucester, the Rozalia Project robot, Hector the Collector, went to work while Audie Tarr and others set out in boats for some surface retrieval. Gig Rowers in action, too.
GloucesterCast With Guest Tom Balf From Maritime Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/27/14
A Note from Tom Balf…
Maritime Gloucester has a fundraising dinner planned for Monday, March 31. Chefs from Turner’s Seafood and Latitude 43 will prepare a three-course meal highlighting underutilized, local seafood to showcase the best of what the waters off Gloucester have to offer.
This is an important event for Maritime Gloucester and, quite honestly, it’s more than a fundraiser. Let me explain.
Over the last two years, Maritime Gloucester has been increasingly active in supporting conversations and information sharing with respect to fisheries issues. We hosted a month long series of programs on sustainable seafood; we supported GMRI’s Trawl to Table workshop at our harbor campus; we hosted college groups from Endicott, Boston University and University of Rhode Island who wished to learned about Gloucester fisheries issues; and we taught lobster biology and the art of lobster trap building to high school students. We continue to work with various partners in the City in support of a sustainable fisheries and a thriving working waterfront. We have a clear role — Maritime Gloucester can convene, engage, provoke, facilitate and educate. We plan to begin that task in earnest this summer with a new, fisheries exhibit.
So you see, while this is a fundraiser, we are looking for strength in numbers – no easy task on a Monday night in March – to validate Maritime Gloucester’s instinct that it can honor 400 years of maritime fishing history, utilize contemporary communication tools and educational techniques, and host in this community the setting for a seafood table that has the potential to nourish all.
We hope you can join us at that table. Plus, it will be fun and tasty.
2nd – 5th Grade, weekdays 1:00-3:00$20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members, all are drop-off programsAll programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MATo register, click the sessions below or call 978-281-0470
Monday, February 17: Recycled Boats
We’ve all heard of a ship in a bottle, but what about a ship made from a bottle? Students will build their own boats using recyclable materials. What makes a better boat, a water bottle pontoon boat or a juice carton skiff? As we discuss the importance of recycling, we’ll learn about real boats that have been built from recycled materials.
Tuesday, February 18: Scrimshaw and Whale Tails
Did you know that humpback whales are named after patterns on their tails? We’ll look at whale bones and learn about whale and dolphin species found in New England and beyond. Students will also learn about sperm whales and scrimshaw by handling real whale teeth and creating their own scrimshawed candles to take home.
Wednesday, February 19: Recycled Sea Creatures
Can you transform a water bottle into a fish, or a plastic plate into a sea turtle? Using a variety of recyclable materials, students will create their own sea creature sculptures to take home. We’ll look at a vast collection shells, bones, and exoskeletons for inspiration and discuss sea creature adaptations. As we talk about the importance of recycling, we’ll look at pictures of sea creature art made from recycled materials, such as marine debris and water bottles.
Thursday, February 20: Ice and Snow Science
Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow? Students will learn all about ice through a variety of icy experiments, challenges, and projects. After looking at how salt affects ice, students will create saltwater paintings to take home. We’ll also learn about how arctic and Antarctic sea creatures have adapted to survive at extreme temperatures.
Friday, February 21: Rube Goldberg Machines
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was known for drawing complex yet impractical machines, involving multiple steps to accomplish simple tasks. After looking at Goldberg’s humorous comics for inspiration, students will engineer a Rube Goldberg machine. Using marbles, Lego bricks, wooden blocks, dominoes, and much more, we’ll build and test intricate machines as we learn about energy, momentum, and engineering.
Sail boats and the Lynx Schooner in the background on the pier.
To see more information on The Lynx check out their website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_(tall_ship)
Shaped like a flying saucer, the UFO Pleco looks like something straight out of a fifties sci-fi movie! These Chinese fish, part of the loach group, are found in fast-flowing streams rather than outer space.
The scary yet harmless vampire squid’s scientific name literally means vampire squid of Hell! Survivors from the Jurassic period, these mollusks have characteristics of both squid and octopus and shoot glowing mucus when alarmed.
The witch flounder is one of many flatfish found in local waters. We love teaching our Ocean Explorers about these amazing animals!
You can easily see the skeleton of the X-ray tetra! These fish are found in the Amazon River and live in large schools.
Named after the legendary monster, the Yeti crab was first discovered in 2005. These blind crustaceans live at depths of over 7,000 feet!
Zombie worms bore into whale bones using acid! These strange sea creatures remove nutrients from the bones in order to feed.
These sea ravens were photographed in our Aquarium! Local lobstermen often find these bottom-dwelling fish in their traps.
Skeleton shrimp are small relatives of crabs and lobsters. Commonly found along our docks, this creepy crustaceans was photographed in our digital microscope lab.
The highly aggressive terror cichlid lives up to its name, as it will eat any fish that fits in its mouth and will even attack its own kind! This Halloween-colored fish is found in South American rivers.
The monstrous New England sea serpent, also known as the Gloucester sea serpent, was allegedly seen in Gloucester Harbor in 1817. Kids painted a 20-foot long wooden sea serpent during our Marine Halloween party!
The ornate ghost pipefish is related to seahorses. These tropical fish use their long snouts to feed on tiny crustaceans, such as shrimp.
Pumpkinseeds are a type of freshwater sunfish found throughout North America. These fish are named for the seed-shaped spot on their gill covers.
Gecarcinus quadratus is commonly known as the Halloween crab. Found from Mexico to Peru, these nocturnal crabs live on land but must return to the ocean to breed.
The legendary kraken was said to live off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Many believe the myth was based on sightings of actual giant squid, which are known to reach about 40 feet in length!
Much like Jack O’ Lanterns, lanternfish are known for lighting up the dark! These deep sea fishes have numerous light-producing organs called photophores.
The masked pufferfish lives in coral reefs of the Red Sea, and it looks like it’s always in costume! What do you, or your children, have planned for your Halloween costumes this year?