This year’s Gloucester Schooner Festival will set a record for number of schooners participating. Twenty five schooners will descend on Cape Ann to participate in the 32nd annual Festival.
In the large schooner category, Columbia returns to defend her title as fastest schooner in the fleet, while Adventure, Roseway, Lettie Howard, American Eagle and Liberty Clipper will attempt to dethrone last year’s champion. Adventure is particularly excited about this year’s race as it seeks to celebrate its 90th birthday with a win on Sunday.
We welcome five schooners that have not been here before, or have not been here in some time. These vessels include Ishmael, Principles and Tree of Life in the mid-sized schooner category, and Ishtar and Malabar II in the small schooner category. A complete list of participating schooners is included with this press release.
“This is my favorite weekend of the year,” says Tom Ellis, long-time schooner captain and one of the patriarchs of the local schooner community.
The celebrations begin Friday evening. The City will be hosting a Block Party on Main Street and Maritime Gloucester, host of the Schooner Festival, will host its annual Gala, Evening Under the Spars at Gloucester’s new Beauport Hotel (sold out).
Festivities on Saturday start at 10:00 am on Harbor Loop under the First Ipswich Pavilion Tent at Maritime Gloucester. Maritime Heritage day celebrates our fishing and schooner heritage with an array of organizations offering interactive exhibits as well as local vendors and artists who will be in attendance. Heritage day is fun for all ages and is a great way to kick off Schooner Festival Weekend. Maritime Gloucester’s museum will be open free of charge throughout the day. Schooners will be located around the Harbor and information about the schooners and their locations will be available at Heritage Day. For example, the Schooner Adventure will be located at the State Fish Pier and will be open for deck tours.
Additional Saturday activities include a lobster bake at the Gloucester House Restaurant followed by the Boat “Parade of Lights” which kicks off at 7:30pm and Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor around 9:15pm
Sunday’s Parade of Sail Kicks off at 10:30 am, proceeding from Gloucester’s Inner Harbor past Stacy Boulevard to the starting area of the Mayor’s Race on Eastern Point. Key viewing areas include the Boulevard and Stage Fort Park. The Mayor’s Race starts at 1:00pm. The race is a remembrance of the rekindling of the schooner race of the 1920’s off the coast of Halifax, Nova Scotia between the Canadian Schooner Delawanna and the U.S. Schooner Esperanto. A press boat is available for a limited number of photographers.
Lead sponsors of the Festival include: First Ipswich Bank, the City of Gloucester, Market Basket and Institution for Savings. For a full list of sponsors, go to the Schooner Festival website. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering a raffle in addition to corporate underwriting support. Please purchase raffle tickets at Maritime Gloucester or during Maritime Heritage Day.
Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to www.maritimegloucester.org or like us on Facebook.
On September 20 I will be interviewed by John Ronan for The Writer’s Block.
Trash/Recycling Update: 8/26/16 4:00 PM
We would like to thank the residents for their patience and understanding during this past week. All trash routes for the week are complete.
Currently we are running 2 days behind in the recycling routes. Wednesday’s recycling in the down town area,(Maplewood Ave and surrounding side streets) is complete. They are currently working in the Wheeler’s Point Area. We hope to complete the Wheeler’s Point section. In the event that it is not completed, this will be the first area that gets picked up tomorrow morning. They will then continue with Thursday and Friday’s recycling routes.
City Offices are currently closed. If you would like to report a missed trash or recycling stop, please use our See Click Fix feature and city staff will be notified.
Again, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter and will keep you updated as new information becomes available.
Rose LoPiccoloExecutive Secretary to
The Director of Public Works
City of Gloucester
Department of Public Works
28 Poplar Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
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Our next event is our Fireworks Cruise on September 3. I have attached information about the event.
Tickets are moving fast. Don’t miss the boat.
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THIS IS OUR TIME TO SHINE
ESSEX COMES ALIVE EVERY FALL WITH MUMS EVERYWHERE
LET’S DECORATE THE TOWN
LET’S MAKE MAIN STREET COME ALIVE
LET’S ADD SOME DRAMATIC LOCAL COLOR
LET’S ATTRACT SOME ATTENTION
LET’S SHOW SOME LIFE…SOME TOWN SPIRIT
LET’S MAKE THIS A GREAT EVENT
THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK OUR VERY BEST
The Essex Merchants Group, the Essex Division of the Chamber of Commerce, the Essex Enhancement Committee and the Essex River Cultural District will be sponsoring this event again this year. Thousands of colorful potted mum plants will be delivered to the parking lot of Main Street Antiques on September 19th. These locally grown plants will be sold for $5.00 each to those taking part in the MUMS THE WORD campaign. (Checks payable to Essex Merchants Group)
Decorate your store front, porch and yard. Everyone is invited. Please let us know that you, your business or organization will be participating and how many plants you want us to order for you. In addition, if you are an individual, a business or an organization and would like to adopt a site or make a donation to the Mums Fund you can send it to
For more information call Bob Coviello (978-768-7039) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wonder if you might post this for some people looking for lost glasses – REWARD offered if found.
- Lost – Brown Costa Sunglasses with bi-focals. Thursday 8/11 at Corliss Landing.
- Lost – children’s prescription glasses over the 8/6 weekend at Good Harbor Beach
Thanks! Enjoy the cooler weather this morning. Karen