Community Diaper Drive

The City of Gloucester Health Department, the YMCA, The Open Door, Pathways for Children and Sawyer Free Library are hosting a community diaper drive during the month of September. All diapers donated will benefit Gloucester families attending the Community Baby Shower on Saturday, October 5, 1 PM to 3 PM, at the Sawyer Free Library. We accept new packages of diapers and wipes, perferably sizes 1-3. For more information, contact Public Health Nurse, Kelley Hiland, 978-325-5266 or khiland@gloucester-ma.gov.

Diaper Drive Press Release

You’re invited to the Great Gloucester Growdown!

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Join us for a groovy night out at the Great Gloucester Growdown to support Backyard Growers‘ Community, Backyard, and School Garden Programs! Enjoy delicious farm fresh appetizers, dinner and cocktails, plus music, performances and a live auction.

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Generous local farmers, business sponsors and our amazing friends at Short & Main help us keep event costs very low so that 85% of proceeds go right back into our local programs, helping kids, families and older adults to grow their own healthy, organic food.

Tickets go fast for this event – get yours today!

Thanks to our awesome Growdown sponsors:

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Now’s Your Chance To Get A Low Number Cape Ann License Plate!

The second Online Auction for Low Number Cape Ann License Plates is open now through Sept 9!

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Low number plates between C/A 2 and C/A 100 will be available to the highest bidders through an online auction Beginning today, Monday, August 26, 2019. All proceeds will go to the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF).  The auction will conclude on Monday, September 9, 2019. Very soon every Massachusetts resident who wants to display their love and support for Cape Ann will have a second chance to secure a coveted low-number Cape Ann license plate.

CLICK HERE to view the Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction.

“This is a great way for people to express their love for Cape Ann while supporting many worthy causes,” said Ruth Pino, President of the Cape Ann Community Foundation.  “The proceeds from the auction will build the Foundation’s reserves and enable us to do even more for Cape Ann non-profits, schools and communities,” she added. CLICK HERE to see who the plate has helped so far!

This will be the second annual low number Cape Ann license plate auction held by the CACF.  During the first auction last summer, the Foundation raised $80,000 from the sale of 33 low number plates, including C/A 1.

The CACF is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation. It was established by the Chamber to receive funding from Cape Ann license plate sales and renewals and make grants to Cape Ann communities and non-profit organizations.

For more information about the upcoming low number license plate auction and for assistance in obtaining a Cape Ann license plate, call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or visit the Chamber office at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester. To view the available low number plates and place your bids, visit lovecapeann.com.

Gloucester Schooner Fest and Maritime Heritage Day

Gloucester Schooner Fest is only a week away, and we here at Maritime Gloucester are diligently getting ready for the festival, especially Maritime Heritage Day on August 31st, taking place right on the pier on Harbor Loop.

Heritage Day features vendors, educational activities, demonstrations and music, bringing together people of all ages to celebrate Maritime culture across our community before the schooners head out on the water.

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Where: Maritime Gloucester (23 Harbor Loop) & I4C2 Lot (dirt parking lot between the Building Center and The Gloucester House)

When: Saturday August 31st 10 AM-4 PM

Price: Free and open to the public

In addition to our exhibitors we will have music, schooner charters, and delicious local fare. Many of the Gloucester Schooner Festival’s visiting schooners will be open to deck tours and charters. This festival will take place over two locations on the Gloucester Waterfront, our own Harriet Webster Pier on Harbor Loop as well as the new Schooner Docks at the neighboring I4C2 lot.​

This is an exciting day with something for everyone from the budding marine biologist to the maritime history enthusiast. An ever growing list of our vendors can be seen below and a schedule of events will be posted soon. 

​VENDORS

Non-Profit and Community Organizations

  • Art Haven
  • Cape Ann Museum
  • Cape Ann Vernal Pond
  • City of Gloucester
  • Discover Gloucester
  • Essex Shipbuilding Museum
  • Gloucester 400
  • Great Salt Marsh Project
  • Lowell’s Boat Shop
  • Maritime Gloucester
  • Ocean Alliance
  • OLLIE Ocean Labs
  • Sawyer Free Library
  • Sea Scouts Ship 5
  • Seaside Sustainability
  • Schooner Adventure
  • Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association​

Food Vendors

  • The Eclectic Clam
  • Gig Rower Hot Dog and Veggie Burger Stand
  • Kim Gregory Pure Pastry

Artisan Vendors 

  • Melissa Cox Photography
  • Design of Mine
  • Fast Food Prints
  • John Bergmann Art
  • Karol Peralta Art
  • Sonal Henna and Sand Art​​​

​Hope to see you there!

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is a program of Maritime Gloucester and made possible by:

Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg, Jr. to receive Edgar B. Caffrey Award

Tribute to a career dedicated to maritime heritage; ceremony on August 24, 2019

Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Sr. (1909–1988) and Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. (b. 1944), Model of 1902 Mackerel Seiner Schooner Benjamin W. Latham, with Seine Boat, Cape Ann Museum, Gift of Earl Felton Harris, 1998 (1998.6)

The Cape Ann Museum’s esteemed Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg Jr., who for many years worked as a shipmodel maker on Cape Ann, will be receiving the Edgar B. Caffrey Award during the 37th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 24-25, 2019 at the Hawthorne Marina in Salem, Mass.  The award will be conferred on Saturday August 24 at 11am. 

Ronnberg, the son of a Swedish-born Master Mariner who arrived in America in 1939, grew up in a household where he and his father would make shipmodels together.  After graduating with a degree in biology, Ronnberg decided to pursue a career in model making, firstly as an apprentice at the Newark Museum and then as an Assistant Curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  Today Ronnberg’s models are in many private collections and Museums including the Smithsonian Institution, MIT Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Cape Ann Museum.

A model (above) made by Ronnberg together with his father is currently on view at the Cape Ann Museum as part the Museum’s recently opened “Homer at the Beach” exhibition which features 51 works by original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The exhibition is the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. The Cape Ann Museum will be the sole venue for this exhibition, which includes loans from some 50 public and private collections.

Following a decline in the shipmodel market in 2014, Ronnberg joined the Cape Ann Museum as Maritime Curator and has carried out extensive research about the Museum’s Fishing and Maritime industry collections.  Ronnberg’s deep maritime knowledge was instrumental most recently in preparations for the “Homer at the Beach” exhibition, and his research and writings were integral to the Museum’s creation of an online catalogue raisonne of the works by Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), a Gloucester born artist who is today known as America’s preeminent marine artist of the mid-19th century. 

“We applaud Erik for this award in recognition of his lifelong passion and deep maritime knowledge,” said Oliver Barker as Director of the Cape Ann Museum. “This is a wonderful accolade for Erik who is one of the most highly regarding model makers in the country” said Barker.