Here’s my top picks for the weekend (weekends started on Thursdays when I was in college)-
Historic Ice House Tours
Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made – up to 350 tons per day, fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester’s working waterfront. www.capepondice.com
Fri 09-17 2:00-3:00pm
Sat 09-18 11:00-12:00pm 1:00-2:00pm
Sun 09-19 11:00-12:00pm
Fri 09-24 2:00-3:00pm
Sat 09-25 11:00-12:00pm 1:00-2:00pm
Sun 09-26 11:00-12:00pm
Location: 104 Commercial Street Gloucester 01930. 978 283 0174 I-95 to 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Turn right onto Middle St, left onto Angle St, right onto Rt. 127/Rogers St, and right onto Commercial St. Cape Pond Ice Company is at end on left. MAP IT
On Saturday, September 25 from noon to 3p.m. Cape Ann TV is having a unique fundraiser event at the Gloucester home of Virginia Lee Burton, a Folly Cove artist and beloved children’s book author. The events will include a sing-a-long with the Plum Cove School children; Jojo from the children’s television show “Jojo’s DreamCart” will lead children in interactive drama games based on “Katy and the Big Snow”; arts activities with Art Haven and Valerie McCaffrey; storytelling with Lucille LePage; scavenger hunts; picture taking with wooden cut outs of Burton’s storybook characters; and a chance to bid on a rare original Virginia Lee Burton linoblock print, printed by the Sarah Elizabeth Shop. No on site parking, parking is available at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington Street, Gloucester where a CATA trolley will pick you up and bring you to the event.
Chickity Check it!
First come First Served so get there early!
Welcome aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for a 1.5 hour sail about historic Gloucester Harbor. Help Captain Tom Ellis and his crew raise the sails or just relax and enjoy the views of castles, lighthouses, and the working waterfront. Let your imagination take you back 100 years when Gloucester’s harbor was full of working Schooners. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. First come, First Served. No advance reservations will be accepted. Come to the Schooner Sails shed to get tickets before lining up to board the boat. Event capacity: 45. www.schooner.org
Sat 09-25 9:00-10:30am
Sun 09-26 9:00-10:30am
Location: 63 Rogers Street Gloucester 01930. 978 281-6634 I-95 to 128N to Exit 11 (1st right at rotary), go .8 of a mi to Legion Building and bear right. Take a quick left onto Angle St. and proceed to stop sign. Down hill and turn left onto Rt. 127 (Rogers St.). Schooner Sails office is one of three sheds to right of Gloucester House Restaurant.Parking in the adjacent municipal (metered) lot is $.50/hr. Note: Parking in the adjacent municipal (metered) lot is $.50/hr. MAP IT
Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester
Join the Cape Ann Museum for a walking tour of Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester. Stroll through this nineteenth century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood. Walk past some of the views captured in his landscape paintings and learn about Lane’s active participation in the community. Finish at the Cape Ann Museum which is home to the preeminent collection of paintings and drawings by Fitz Henry Lane. Event capacity: 20. www.capeannmuseum.org
Sat 09-25 11:00-12:30pm 2:00-3:30pm
Location: 27 Pleasant Street Gloucester 01930. 978-283-0455 I-95 to Rte 128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. At 1st traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary), take 1st right onto Washington St. Pass over railroad tracks, and take 4th left onto Prospect St. Take 4th right onto Pleasant St. Museum is on left across from municipal parking lot. MAP IT
Gloucester’s Working Waterfront
Join Schooner Adventure for a walking tour of Gloucester’s working waterfront during its fishing heydays. Using maps from the 1880s and historic photographs, we will go back in time to visit the former buildings and businesses that once occupied our harbor. Tour will start at the Fisherman’s Statue; walk from the Boulevard, down Rogers St., ending at the Fitz Henry Lane House. Tour will be about 90 minutes. Event capacity: 30. www.schooner-adventure.org
Sat 09-18 10:00-11:30am
Sat 09-25 10:00-11:30am
Location: 57 Western Avenue Gloucester 01930. 978-281-8079 I-95 to Rte 128N to Exit 14 and take Rte 133 W towards Essex-Ipswich. Turn left at Rt.127/ Western Ave. Metered lots on Rogers St. and near City Hall off Pleasant St. Metered street parking along Main and Rogers St. Limited free parking at St. Peters Square. Public restrooms are at the ending point. MAP IT
Talking Walls of Gloucester
The Gloucester Committee for the Arts will be conducting tours of Gloucester City Hall’s renowned and extensive wall murals, created by the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. Don’t miss the chance to spend time with these stunningly vibrant paintings that add yet another unique flavor and richness to Gloucester’s artistic history.
Sat 09-25 1:00-2:30pm
Sun 09-26 1:00-2:30pm
Location: 9 Dale Avenue Gloucester 01930. I-95 to 128N to Gloucester. At first traffic circle (Grant Circle Rotary) take first right onto Washington St. Turn left on Railroad Ave. Turn left at buoy marker onto Prospect St. Turn right on Dale Ave. Gloucester City Hall is on the left. MAP IT
Til Next week…