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Launch Ceremonial Poem and Press Release From Tony Gross


The City of Gloucester is proud to announce the start-up of a launch service in its beautiful harbor.  The launch is a first-class, 26-foot, 24-passenger, solid fiberglass “Duffy” built by Atlantic Boat Company.  “This launch service will provide boaters a convenient gateway to Gloucester’s shops, museums, the Rocky Neck and the Gloucester Harbortown Cultural Districts, restaurants and shore-side amenities,” said Mayor Carolyn A Kirk.    

Gloucester Welcomes Cruising Boaters

The launch will provide cruising boaters with a safe option for bringing bulky loads to and from shore – e.g., laundry to the laundromat, groceries, or a mechanical part that was repaired in one of Gloucester’s marine repair shops.  As a cruiser’s port-of-call, Gloucester also has showers available for $2 at the YMCA for those who really want more than a sailor’s shower.  We offer pump-out service to your vessel.  Ice and water can be purchased at the local icehouse.  Gloucester has always been the best port on the North Shore for servicing all types of vessels, and now with the launch service, cruising boaters have a safe, dry and convenient option for getting ashore.

Day Boaters Can Enjoy Gloucester

Day boaters will now be able to come to Gloucester and have access to downtown using the launch.  Boaters will be able to pick up available City guest moorings or drop anchor in the large Federal anchorage conveniently located in the center of the inner harbor, under the watchful eye of the Harbormaster’s staff.  From these locations, boaters will be able to hail the launch on VHF channel 72 or call 978-942-0660 for a lift to one of Gloucester Harbor’s three public floats or the Historic Art Colony at Rocky Neck.

From these landing points boaters can enjoy:

  • A meal in one of our many excellent restaurants

  • A relaxing cup of coffee or tea in the coffee and tea houses

  • Shopping in the many fine shops

  • A visit to the museums

  • A visit to one of our salons and spas

  • A stroll along the historic and picturesque Harbor Walk

City Mooring Holders

The launch service will also be provided for Gloucester’s mooring holders that are within its service area. The ability to get to and from your vessel conveniently will enhance the enjoyment of the day.

Contact: Jim Caulkett, Harbormaster



Ceremonial Poem read By Tony Gross At Launch


For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. This boat will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call her “she.” To them we ask to celebrate the Gloucesterman.


The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this boat be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong and she keeps out the pressures of the sea.


Today we come to name this lady and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for the Suffern Crew. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea to accept this name, to help her through her passages, and allow her to return with her crew safely.


We now pour champagne over the bow to appease King Neptune, and lay a branch of green leaves on the deck to ensure safe returns.


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Samuel Ina sent me this photo-

In the subject line of the email-

“Acrylic painting”

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I replied-

sam is there something you wanted to say about this particular painting?

To which Sam sent this incredibly informative press release-

Yes    Giclees available for sale from June thru Oct.   Thank You  Sam

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Secret Shopper Gig At Mark McDonough’s Restaurants- Press Release


Press Release-

Love Food? Know Food? Win this Contest and Eat Well – FREE
Do you love food?  Do you think you “KNOW” food? Then you could become a secret shopper and eat for free at local restaurants. Serenitee Restaurant group is running a contest to find 20 new secret shoppers to go out to eat and write about their experience.
Serenitee Restaurant Group employs a small army of secret shoppers to constantly monitor the quality of the food and service at its restaurants.  Periodically, new recruits are sought to grow the foodie army and bring fresh new eyes to the focus on service.  With summer approaching, new shoppers are needed to polish up service and skills before the tourist volume pours in.
Secret shoppers are given a $50 gift certificate to go out to dinner with friends to act as a secret restaurant critic.  Taking mental notes on the flavors and points of service, they fill in a two page questionnaire about their experience and email it to Serenitee owner Mark McDonough.  “We are constantly changing our recipes and retraining servers based on feedback from Secret Shopper reports.  It is one of the most important management tools we use to make sure we are giving great food and service.”   
And there’s a Grand Prize.  The participant turning in the quiz with the best, most detailed and most accurate answers will also earn a free seat at The Alchemy Bistro May Foodie Dinner on May 5th at 6pm .   This special monthly event is a limited seating extraordinary culinary journey with Chef Jeff Cala.  Attended by culinary artists, food writers and amateur aficionados, and anyone who just loves food, Foodie Night is a guided tour of plate and flight in an intimate and convivial atmosphere. Seating is limited to 16 guests.
Here are a few sample questions from the foodie quiz:

  1. Which popular alcoholic beverage is made from the agave plant?
  2. What type of wines do you pair with cream sauces?
  3. What are your pet peeves around bad service?

To get a 20 question Foodie quiz please text “FOODIE” to 72727 or email owner Mark McDonough with the subject line “FOODIE” to  NorthshoreRestaurantGroup@gmail.com.  For reservations to Foodie Night without taking the quiz, please call Alchemy at 978-281-3997.
Serenitee Restaurant Group includes
Alchemy Bistro in Gloucester, a from-scratch tapas restaurant with musical brunch and art-centric events and atmosphere.
Latitude43, Oceanside in Gloucester, cosmopolitan New England seafood and authentic sushi pit.
Minglewood Tavern, adjacent to Lat43 Gloucester, boasting a wood-fired pizza oven, great live music and access to the Lat sushi menu.
Cala’s in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a great place for exceptional pub food and pizza
15 Walnut Bistro in Hamilton, farm-to-table dining, Boston quality presentation, in a comfortable neighborhood bistro atmosphere
Backstage Bistro at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, upscale menu, after theater bar snacks, prop filled room creating the perfect dinner and a show experience
Hale Street Tavern in Beverly Farms, an unpredictably casual and fun place for burgers, oysters, sushi and craft beer in one of New England’s oldest and wealthiest Yankee neighborhoods.