There will be a reception for local artist, Anita Johnson, on Saturday, September 27, at BankGloucester at 160 Main Street, Gloucester. You can meet the artist in the bank’s lobby between 11:00 and 1:00, and enjoy light refreshments. Anita’s paintings include scenes of New England and Italy, still-life’s, and portraits. Her work will be on view until Nov. 8th.
Gloucester maritime culture to be featured at New Bedford ’s Working Waterfront Festival
Master boat builder Harold Burnham to bring Pinky Schooner Ardelle
Gloucester ’s maritime culture will be well represented at New Bedford ’s 2014 Working Waterfront Festival. A celebration of the commercial fishing industry, the free festival takes place on the working piers of New Bedford ’ historic waterfront on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28.
The Pinky Schooner Ardelle, designed and built by master shipwright Harold Burnham, will be at the event on Sunday. Pinky Schooners were a common type of fishing vessel that sailed out of Cape Ann harbors from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. Burnham bears a family name that is virtually synonymous with Essex , the birthplace of approximately 4,000 schooners. He is the 28th Burnham to operate a shipyard in Essex since 1819. Growing up in a family of shipbuilders in a town where shipbuilding is a tradition handed down over the generations, Harold has learned the traditional techniques of his forebears, carving out a place in history as a master designer, shipwright, and sailmaker. He twice has been a recipient of a Traditional Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was the 2012 recipient of a National Heritage Award, the highest honor bestowed on traditional artists.
Gloucester based author JoeAnn Hart will be signing copies of Float at the Festival Bookstore on Saturday from 1:30-2:00. The novel is a wry tale of financial desperation, conceptual art, insanity, infertility, seagulls, marital crisis, jellyfish, organized crime, and the plight of a plastic-filled ocean. Essex based musician and children’s author Daisy Nell will read from her latest book Moxie and the Whale aboard Schooner Ernestina on Sunday at 11:30. Ernestina was originally the Effie M. Morrissey, a Gloucester built Grand Banks fishing schooner. She will also read The Stowaway Mouse on the deck of the Schooner Ardelle from 2:30-3:00 about a mouse who sneaks on board as the Burnham Boatyard launches a new schooner.
Angela Sanfilippo, President of the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association will represent the Port of Gloucester as a cook in the Seafood Throwdown which takes place on Sunday at 3:30. She will compete against Vera Carvalho, representing the Port of New Bedford . The two cooks will compete to create a winning seafood dish using a surprise local seafood ingredient which is revealed to them at the event. The Seafood Throwdown is a collaboration between the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and the Working Waterfront Festival.
The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA, a non-profit organization. The FREE festival, a family friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, films, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford , MA , America ‘s #1 fishing port, on the last full weekend in September. Navigate to us at www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.
Laura Orleans, Director
Working Waterfront Festival