Schooner Festival Cancellation Announcement

It is with much sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 36th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester and the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee worked diligently to create alternative options and try to keep this signature celebration going, but the realities of the pandemic and growing concerns for participants and spectators made this a necessary and timely decision.

by Len BurgessThe Gloucester Schooner Festival is one of Cape Ann’s most beloved cultural events. This gathering of schooners, hosted by Maritime Gloucester, is made possible by the volunteer efforts of over 30 people and local organizations who serve as committee members, as well as the many sponsors and donors who fund the event. Raising money and planning for this weekend is a year-long process and we do not take cancelling it lightly!  We had held out hope that there would be a window of opportunity by Labor Day, but it is time to make the call.

“No one is more disappointed than Maritime Gloucester, the Committee, and the Schooners to not be able to offer the Festival this year,” states Michael De Koster, Executive Director of Maritime Gloucester. “While it is a difficult decision to make, we all know that this is the right call and needs to be done sooner rather than later. For the sake of our volunteers, organizers, sponsors, visiting schooners, crews, and city officials, the time to cancel has to be now.”

This year’s Festival would have commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the International Fisherman’s Cup race. “Maritime Gloucester had planned a summer-long series of exhibits, visiting vessels, and programs that would have culminating in one of the best Schooner Festivals to ever grace Cape Ann,” added De Koster. “But the pandemic has changed those plans. We need to make sacrifices and smart decisions now so that we all can return to school, work, and promote the general health of our community.”

Adventure (Len Burgess)Maritime Gloucester is looking forward. The 37th Annual Festival planning has started.  “Without the revenues and sponsorships from this year’s events, we will need to work twice as hard to raise funds for next year’s celebration,” states De Koster. “Although we are cancelling our event, we cannot cancel the cultural importance and love of this Festival throughout the community.”

Maritime Gloucester plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the International Fisherman’s Cup race by repackaging this year’s cancelled exhibits and programs into a series of events, virtual programs, and lectures throughout the coming year, leading up to a great 101st Anniversary and 37th Annual Festival in 2021.

We thank ALL of the wonderful sponsors, donors, volunteers, City officials and workers, and the Cape Ann community for their efforts and support!

Michael De Koster, Executive Director, Maritime Gloucester

Daisy Nell Collinson, Chair, Maritime Gloucester Schooner Committee

Gloucester Gig Rowers host Blood Drive on Nov 24 to fight Leukemia and honor one of their own

Show your gratitude thia pre-Thanksgiving weekend by helping Maritime Gloucester’s Gloucester Gig Rowers during our blood drive. We are saluting those who battle Leukemia, specifically honoring our own rower, Suzyn Ornstein who is fighting this battle today. All who give receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

We are pleased to partner with Dana Farber, Brigham Health, and Dunkin Donuts to make this effort possible.GGR Blood Drive

2 Weeks Left until the Deck the Docks @ Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is working hard to get ready for the 2nd Annual Deck the Docks, December 4 through 7!

  • Visit the Deck the Walls Art Show co-hosted by seArts (see below)
  • Select and get your Christmas tree from us this year, direct from Maine and loaded on your car by our helpful staff
  • Buy a beautiful Holiday Wreath from us and you can decorate it in our DIY workshop
  • Visit our Pop Up Gifts Shop with local makers, crafters, and artisan bringing you unique holiday gift ideas and options
  • Come and make your own gifts in our Holiday DIY Workshop, including fish printing, lobster buoy ornament painting, wreath decorating, and pre-school crafts for the kids.  Also, come and do fish buoy painting with our Art Haven partners!
  • Take pics with Santa in a Dory
  • Get your signature gifts in our own Maritime Gloucester Gift Shop.
  • Enjoy music from roaming Christmas Carolers with Gloucester Stage’s Holiday Delights.
  • There will be hot cider, cocoa, and a lighted pier at night.

Deck The Docks! Nov 11

Today’s Star feature:  Our “Deck Your Walls” Art Gallery (thanks to partner group seARTS!) seARTS put it best:

We put out the call for art and were FLOODED with response. So the walls will be FILLED with incredible works from incredible artists from Cape Ann and [way] beyond!
It’s a perfect way to get a great gift for the holidays, support Artists and support Maritime Gloucester, and we hope you’ll join us for the show, the reception, and do some of your gift shopping in the BEST way possible!

Volunteers for the event are still needed.  Contact us at info@maritimegloucester.org if you would like to be part of this great event.

Gloucester Gig Rower Blood Drive – Nov 24 @ Maritime Gloucester

This Thanksgiving, show your gratitude by helping Maritime Gloucester’s Gloucester Gig Rowers during our blood drive.  We are saluting those who battle Leukemia, specifically honoring our own rower, Suzyn Ornstein who is fighting this battle today.  All who give receive a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card.

We are pleased to partner with Dana Farber, Brigham Health, and Dunkin Donuts to make this effort possible.GGR Blood Drive

Cara Pekarcik goes to Antarctica and tells us all about it at MARITIME GLOUCESTER LECTURE SERIES – Thursday 7pm

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The Maritime Gloucester Spring Lecture Series Leading Ladies: Defining the Discussion of Maritime Science and History starts Thursday April 11 at 7:00 pm.  The first in this series is Cara Pekarcik, 2018 Mass Teacher of the Year, 2019 NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, and a marine educator and high school science teacher.  She will be presenting “When The Ocean Meets The Classroom: A science teacher’s experience in Antarctica.”  Cara took her curiosity and passion for ocean science on an unforgettable adventure to Antarctica and shares her thoughts on her research and appreciation for our blue planet.

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Maritime Gloucester Spring Lecture Series starts April 11 at 7pm

2019 MG Lecture Series - FINAL

Come join us at Maritime Gloucester for 5 weeks of lectures. The Spring Lecture Series presents “Leading Ladies: Defining the Discussion of Maritime Science and History”. This series will tell stories of exploration, science, research, historical preservation, adventure and the working waterfront from the perspective of the women who engage and lead in these issues every day with a view to the maritime science and history.

WHERE: Maritime Gloucester’s Gorton Schooner Gallery, 23 Harbor Loop

WHEN: Thursday nights starting April 11.  Doors open at 6:45, lecture starts at 7pm.

INFO: visit maritimegloucester.org or info@maritimegloucester.org

Maritime Gloucester and Ocean Alliance team up for LIVE event from Domican Republic

SNOTBOT LIVE!

Maritime Gloucester is teaming up with Ocean Alliance to bring Gloucester on location for their current research expedition.  This is a first-of-its-kind LIVE webcast where YOU the audience gets a front row seat to the action.  Ask questions LIVE and check out the status of their current research as they gather data in the Dominican Republic.

WHAT:  The Ocean Alliance team is on a humpback whale research expedition off the coast of the Dominican Republic! They are studying the breeding behaviors of the very same whales that feed just off of Cape Ann in the summer using their innovative SnotBot drone, which has revolutionized whale research.

Join us at Maritime Gloucester for a live webcast conversation with Ocean Alliance CEO and lead scientist Iain Kerr. Find out what the team is learning about Gloucester’s humpback whales in the Dominican Republic, and ask Iain everything you always wanted to know about SnotBot!

WHERE:  Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop.

Sunday, March 3

DOORS OPEN AT 4:30pm, live feed starts at 5:00pm.

EVENT IS FREE. Space is limited.  Registration is required! To register please go directly to humpbacks.eventbrite.org.

Maritime Gloucester benefit at Councilors 4 Causes this Thursday

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Come have some fun and support Maritime Gloucester this Thursday as Scott Memhard serves up the drinks at Cape Ann Brewing.  Live music, chances to win some fun prizes, a good opportunity to support the educational programs at Maritime Gloucester and some great food and beer from Cape Ann Brewing.  mg pennant new sm

15% of all proceeds goes to Maritime Gloucester, so bring your friends and your appetite!  The fun runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

Maritime Gloucester all lit up for DECK THE DOCKS night #1!

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The first night of Deck the Docks was a great beginning to our event!

Special thanks to Captain Stefan Edick for capturing and sharing the campus lights from the Fitz Henry Lane house!  Our pier is all decked out for holiday cheer.

The gallery saw the opening night of “Deck Your Walls Art Show” with some great works by local and regional artists.  Over 141 pieces are in this show and each one of them is for sale!  You will not want to miss seeing the Schooner Gallery all decked out for this show.

AND WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED!  Trees, wreaths, art, crafts, gifts, good friends and a lot of fun are all in store for the next 2 days!  Get your tree or wreath any time Friday, Saturday or Sunday — while supplies last!  Take a picture with Santa from 11 to 1 on Saturday.

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