Gloucester Rotary Club Photography Contest 

The Gloucester Rotary Club will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2018 as a fundraiser.  All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s efforts to raise money that supports the many community and international activities in which the club is involved. 

 In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that show the unique beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year– landscapes, seascapes, harbor scenes, sunrises/sunsets, boats, wildlife, etc.  As we will be featuring one photo per month, we need images from each season:  winter, spring, summer and fall.  Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted.     

Full contest rules and requirements are available online at www.gloucesterotary.org.  All entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.  

More information about the Rotary Club of Gloucester is available online at www.gloucesterrotary.org and www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA .  

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. 

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Gloucester Rotary Club Photo Contest

The Gloucester Rotary Club will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2018 as a fundraiser. All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s efforts to raise money that supports the many community and international activities in which the club is involved.

In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that show the unique beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year– landscapes, seascapes, harbor scenes, sunrises/sunsets, boats, wildlife, etc. As we will be featuring one photo per month, we need images from each season: winter, spring, summer and fall. Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted.

Full contest rules and requirements are available online at www.gloucesterotary.org. All entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017.

More information about the Rotary Club of Gloucester is available online at www.gloucesterrotary.org and www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA .

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Gloucester Schooner Festival Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

This year’s promotional artwork generously donated by John Caggiano of Rockport

The Schooners return to Gloucester on September 1, 2, and 3, to celebrate the thirty-third Gloucester Schooner Festival. Maritime Gloucester will welcome twenty-three schooners to its recently rebuilt Harriet Webster Pier.

This year’s fleet includes the beautifully maintained Essex-built schooners Lettie G. Howard, launched in 1893, sailing from South Street Seaport in New York City, Gloucester’s flagship Schooner Adventure, built in 1926, joined by her sister Schooner Roseway, from 1925, owned by World Ocean School. Other large schooners include Rockland, Maine’s Schooner American Eagle, originally a Gloucester dragger, and Liberty Clipper, part of the Liberty fleet from Boston. The Schooner Columbia, a 2014 steel replica of the 1923 Essex Schooner Columbia, and based in Panama City, Florida, will return to Gloucester for a third year. She is a stunning example of the link between the schooners of old and the sustainable design of the iconic fishing schooner rig, the emblem of Gloucester. The original Columbia was a Starling Burgess design, built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts in 1923, as a fishing schooner, as well as a swift competitor against Nova Scotia’s Bluenose.

Twenty-three schooners are expected, ranging in size from the Lewis H. Story at 30 feet on deck to the majestic Columbia at 175’ sparred length. Of the seven Essex schooners, three were built before 1927, and four were built by 11th generation shipbuilder Harold Burnham since 1997.

The weekend offers a wide range of sights and sounds. On Saturday, September 2, Maritime Heritage Day takes place from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Harbor Loop and under the First Ipswich Tent located in front of Maritime Gloucester, and on down to the waterfront. There will be vendors, food, music, and activities for the entire family. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits alongside of local crafters demonstrating their art. Several of the historic Essex Schooners at the pier will be offering sailing trips, and others may be offering deck tours. Admission to Maritime Gloucester’s galleries and Sea Pocket Aquarium will be free this day. Toe tapping tunes from Old Cold Tater and Down-Home Swing will soar over the scene all afternoon. In the evening folks can enjoy a Lobster Bake at the Gloucester House, a lighted boat parade in the Harbor, and Fireworks over Stage Fort Park to end the day. Sunday morning offers the spectacular Parade of Schooners at Stacy Boulevard, starting at 10:00 AM with small boat demonstrations. The 1 PM race on Sunday features the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup and the Columbia Trophy, for the large schooners, and the Ned Cameron and Betty Ramsey Trophies for the medium and small schooners.

This year the Gloucester Schooner Festival was pleased to award a scholarship of $1000 to Corryn Ulrich, a 2017 Gloucester High School graduate, to assist with her tuition at Mass Maritime Academy. The goal of helping the future leaders of Cape Ann pursue a career in maritime-related endeavors was realized through the generosity of the Gerondelis Foundation, made possible by festival committee member Russ Smith.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is possible due to the generosity of our sponsors, including our lead sponsors First Ipswich Bank, the City of Gloucester, and Market Basket. For a full list of sponsors, schedule of weekend events, and more, go to www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net or like us on Facebook. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering a Schooner Festival raffle in addition to corporate support. Raffle tickets are available at Maritime Gloucester or from committee members. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water.

About Maritime Gloucester

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.

 

Volunteers Needed for EverWalk New England Event in September

Cuba swim endurance mavericks Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll are committed to leading Americans away from sedentary lifestyles into the great outdoors. Their goal is to turn American into an EverWalk nation of walkers. This vision is being realized through epic EverWalk events around the country. The first Ever Walk was held in 2016, with walkers traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego in one week!

The second EverWalk will take place in New England, departing from Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday, September 10, walking up the beautiful north of Boston coastline, arriving at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Hundreds of volunteers will be needed along the EverWalk route throughout the week. Volunteers will be asked to register walkers, provide assistance along the walking route, call emergency services if needed, and a variety of other services. Monetary stipends are available for volunteers.

For more information on this exciting EverWalk through New England or to learn more about volunteering for one day or the entire week, contact event Coordinator Kelly Knox at kayknox@live.com or 860-301-6205. To learn about the EverWalk vision and future events, visit www.everwalk.com.

Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Come for the Pancakes, Stay for the Waterfront Festival!

RotaryPancakeBreakfastThe Rotary Club of Gloucester MA will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Stage Fort Park, located on Hough Avenue in Gloucester, MA. This popular event takes place concurrently with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival, which is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and is held in Stage Fort Park on Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. A special FREE parking area is available for Pancake Breakfast attendees.

Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $8 per person and are available from any Gloucester Rotarian or at the following Gloucester locations:

  • North Shore Health Project, 5 Center Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Bank Gloucester, 160 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Institution for Savings, 4 Parker Street, Gloucester, MA

Tickets will also be available on the morning of the breakfast.

Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will benefit the Rose Baker Senior Center, North Shore Health Project, the Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders and projects of the Gloucester Rotary Club. More information about this event and the Rotary Club of Gloucester is available online at www.gloucesterrotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Elder Abuse Hotline Change

Beginning Friday, June 30, 2017, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will centralize the Elder Protective Services abuse reporting system (Elder Abuse Hotline) to a single phone number. The 24/7 single phone number will simplify the process for elder abuse reporting.

All calls (day or night, 7 days a week) will go directly to the Massachusetts-based call center at 1-800-922-2275, regardless of the location of the reporter or the elder. While the initial report intake will be centralized, all reports will continue to be referred to and handled by local Protective Services Agencies for screening, investigation, and service planning.

Beginning June 30, 2017, to report suspected elder abuse, please call the statewide 24-hour hotline at 1-800-922-2275.

More information about Protective Services can be found at www.seniorcareinc.org/services/protective-services.