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neptunea_decemcostata_liveWhile at Gloucester Maritime during the Schooner Festival Maritime Heritage Day I learned that Massachusetts has a state sea shell! We have a state bird, the Black-capped Chickadee, a state flower, the Mayflower (Epigaea repens), friends of mine are working to have the Great Spangled Fritillary named the state butterfly, and how exciting to learn from a member of the Boston Malacological Club that our state flower is the New England Neptune (Neptunea lyrata domcemcostata).

The shell is found from the Grand Banks off Newfoundland to North Carolina. According to the BMC, the shell is rarely found on beaches but is commonly taken in lobster traps. Next time when beach combing I’ll be on the lookout and am wondering if any of our Cape Ann lobstermen find them in their traps. Please write if you do. And if you have any spare shells to share, that would be wonderful🙂

1126d Neptunea lyrata has many common names including wrinkled whelk, ribbed Neptune, inflated whelk, and lyre whelk. The New England Neptune is a marine gastropod mollusk, a type of large sea snail. 


About the Boston Malacological Club, from their website: The Boston Malacological Club was founded on March 14, 1910. They are the second oldest continuously active shell club in America (after the Pacific Conchological Club) and just celebrated their centennial. The Club was the proud host of the 2010 Conchologists of America Convention.

The BMC is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer group, whose charter is to promote the study of land, freshwater, and marine mollusks, related creatures and their environments. The BMC participates in basic research (through local field trips), welcomes guests to its monthly meetings, and sponsors educational programs such as shell shows. In 2005, the Club donated $10,000 to malacological research through the grants program of the Conchologists of America.

BMC members practice responsible shell collecting in accordance with the COA’s Conservation Resolution.

Meetings are held in room 101 of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA (Directions) on the first Tuesday of each month from October to May. Meetings run from 8pm to 10pm, unless otherwise noted.

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A Windy and Wet Parade of Sails…Beautiful as Ever

The boys and I were lucky enough to catch a ride with some friends yesterday to get up close and personal with some of the schooners that paraded in the harbor yesterday afternoon.  The other side of the breakwater was a bit unforgiving in regards to photo ops, but it is always…regardless of the weather…wonderful to be in the midst of those gorgeous ships.


Snapshots from the Schooner Festival Mayor’s Reception held Friday night on the grounds of the Coast Guard station. After the reception guests headed over to the Maritime Gloucester gala, An Evening Under the Spars, this year held at the Beauport Hotel. The gala sold out early and was a grand success. Proceeds from this event directly support Maritime Gloucester’s Ocean Explorers program and educational marine science outreach to all Cape Ann public schools.

Schooner Festival Mayor's Reception Schooner Lannon copyright Kim Smith

Schooner Festival, Downtown Block Party, Gloucester Stage YAW, casual tiki at Watson & the Shark, POP Gallery, Bookstore, and dancing at Dogbar

20160902_205850Mixin’ Matt at Watson &the Shark–Short & Main’s 2nd floor lounge  has a super cool steampunk vacation vibe that made waiting for an outside table for a group of 10 easy. Will be great in the winter months, too


John Singleton Copley’s epic, Watson and the Shark, 1778, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Downtown block party – fire juggling, Gloucester Stage YAW, and YMCA games were great stops



Three Graces, the check in at Mayor’s Reception 




Nichole’s Picks 9/3 + 9/4

Labor Day Weekend on Cape Ann is all about

Schooner Festival!

That having been said,

Pick #1

is getting as close as you can to the exquisite schooners!


Pick #2

is heading to Maritime Gloucester to see all of the amazing activities they have to offer during their Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday


Pick #3: 

is to hit the block party on Friday night!


Pick #4: 

is to watch the Boat Parade and Fireworks on Saturday night!


Here is the schedule as listed on  gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

Festival Schedule

(Gloucester Schooner Festival schedule subject to change)

Click here for downtown Gloucester parking information.

Friday, September 2, 2016

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party, The Gloucester Block parties are fun, festive events that bring downtown to life! A portion of Main Street is closed off between 5:00 and 10:00 PM, allowing for music, entertainment and outdoor dining and shopping. This family-friendly event has something for everyone! Find Details information at gloucesterblockparty.com.

6:30 pm
Maritime Gloucester’s Gala (ticketed event)  Contact Maritime Gloucester for reservations and information.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

4:00 pm
Lobster Bake @ The Gloucester House
Enjoy the open air dock atmosphere of the Cafe Seven Seas with lobster, corn and chips for $15. Cash bar. Entertainment.

7:00 pm
Private Fireworks Viewing from Beauport Museum
Watch Gloucester’s annual Schooner Festival fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport. Treat yourself to an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. $12 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers.  Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 to purchase tickets.

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor. Click here for information on joining the Lighted Boat Parade.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time 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, September 4, 2016

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:30 am
Private Parade of Sail Viewing from Beauport Museum
Sunday, September 4, 10:30 a.m.
Visit Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers.
Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 to purchase tickets.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 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. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event)

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid


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



Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim Smith


WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the Gloucester Times, reports that Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the fun!



Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithHELP SAVE THE FIREWORKS!

WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the Gloucester Times, reports that Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the fun!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim Smith


Set Sail: Schooner Festival

The most gorgeous day on Gloucester Harbor….

Thank you so much to all of the individuals who commit themselves to making Schooner Festival such a success and to the participating vessels, crews, and volunteers.

We are indeed blessed.  Schooner Festival 2015 was a huge success.

Please see a video and photos below.

SELL OUT ALERT: Roomful of Blues Schooner Fest Cruise — only 30 tickets left


As promised, we’re here to warn you of an impending sell-out.  All 3 of our previous concert cruises have sold out and this one will too — the only question is when?  So please don’t be one of those people calling at the last minute asking us to break Coast Guard rules to get you on a full ship! Get your tickets RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!

Perfect weather will help us party with 5-time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues as we cruise beautiful Gloucester Harbor full of tall ships

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Atlantic Vacation Homes, Building Center and Beach Gourmet — you help us keep live music alive in Gloucester!  And thanks to North Shore 104.9 for being a great media partner.

Check out how much fun we had last time Roomful of Blues came aboard The Beauport Princess.

For information on reserving space on a schooner during the 2015 @GlSchoonerFest :

Plus all the information including downloadable 2015 Festival programs check out the Schooner Festival Website-


Info from The Gloucester Schooner Festival website-



For information on reserving space on a schooner during the Festival:

Adventure, call 978-281-8079
Ardelle, click here
Mystic, click here
Roseway, click here
Thomas E. Lannon, call 978–281–6634

Click here for downtown Gloucester parking information.
Click here to download the 2015 Festival Program (printed programs will be available Sept 4)

Tickets now available for Festival Raffle.  Grand prize is an oil painting by John Caggiano!

What? You’ve never been aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship? Rectify that on Schooner Festival Sunday!

This is NOT a small whale-watch or fishing boat.  It’s a fully-loaded CRUISE SHIP featuring 2 enclosed decks with dance floors, 3 full-service bars (wine, beer & top-shelf liquor) and an open-air top deck — theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the second deck and couches on the top deck.

The weather will probably be great, but even if it’s not, you can party in luxury and comfort on both of the air-conditioned (or heated if need be) indoor decks with bars and dance floors.

Plus you’ll be partying with 5-time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues and cruising historic Gloucester Harbor full of tall ships on Schooner Festival Sunday!  Our last three concert cruises sold out, so please don’t be one of those people who calls us begging for a spot we can’t give you.  Get your tickets RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Then you can relax and enjoy Schooner Festival weekend!

The 2015 Schooner Festival poster is avail for sale for $5 (+postage/handling). Contact @MaritimeGlou #GloucesterMA

You Asked for Schooner Fest Sunday Night Activities … We Listened

Back in 2010 we presented Celebrate Gloucester featuring Roomful of Blues at the City’s newly acquired I4-C2 property on Schooner Festival Sunday because we were told there’s nothing to do on Sunday after the race. Here we are five years later bringing Roomful of Blues back to Gloucester aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship for an evening Blues Cruise @ 7:30 on Schooner Festival Sunday.

The Schooner Festival has always been one of our favorite Gloucester events and we’re honored to add our little piece of cruising fun to one of the world’s major maritime spectacles!

GloucesterCast 127 With Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

GloucesterCast 127 With Guests Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Shoutout To Earl and Arch for Our Intro Music, Lil Earls, Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Gilligan, The Atlantics, Mike Costello’s Historic Retirement Party Speech When He Went Ballistic, Bruce Tobey, Waterfront Owners Harbor Planning Group, I4C2, Ramada Inn Project, Jeffrey Cohen, Fuller School, Cape Ann Symphony, Sam Park, Windover, Schooner Festival, Clam Festival, Waterfront Fest, Sidewalk Bazaar, Blackburn Industrial Park, Gortons, Regionalizing the Chamber of Commerce, Mike’s Perspective Of The Chamber Since His Retirement, Joey’s Perspective On the Importance Of The Chamber, Tax Classification, Snow Removal Downtown, Free Parking Tolls Downtown, Downtown Employees Taking Up Downtown Parking Spots, Would The YMCA Be A Great Spot For A Parking Garage?, New Downtown Group Doing Great Job Promoting Themselves, Toodeloos, TBT Post, Pop Gallery, Premier Imprints, Harbor Goods, Where Do You Stand On The Windmills?, Cell Phone Tower In West Gloucester, Solar Incentives, Caciattore’s To Open Doors Saturday at 4 PM Please Show Them Your Support!

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New Film: Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls

Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls is a wonderful addition to Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. So many thanks to Joe for taking time from his busy work day to allow filming! Highlights include Joe sharing stories about the early days working alongside his grandfather and cousins, when the thousands of rolls needed for Saint Joseph’s Day were made by hand. 

For store hours and menu visit Virgilio’s Facebook page here.

Read more about Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls here.

Community Photos Tuesday After Schooner Festival weekend Edition 9/2/14

Plenty of close-up action at the Gloucester Schooner Festival Race this year. -Len Burgess


Annisquam Sunset, photos from Anthony Marks

The Adventure (plus the diminutive Lannon) in Gloucester Harbor From Nancy LeGendre

Some firework images from Saturday night including my traditional photo montage to mark the event. 

Cheers and Happy Labor Day, Judith

Thought you might enjoy these photos I took yesterday during the
schooner races at Eastern Point,  came up from Salem for the festival
and races and had a great time.
Rick Matthias

Homie Picture From Susan LaRosa

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Hi Joey,

The Parade of Sails and Schooner Race were magnificent as viewed from the Schooner Adventure.   We had a couple of Sea Scouts aboard helping with the lines and a great variety of past and present Adventure supporters.   Capt. Stefan Edick and crew did a magnificent job and were delighted with the 2nd place finish in such an esteemed field.   Here are a few of photos of our day.

Mary Barker

Yacht Sea Farer, photo from Anthony Marks




Good seeing you quickly today. If you would like feel free to use attached on Good Morning Gloucester. Attached pics taken 9/1/2014.

Eric Schwartz

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