GloucesterCast 354 with Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Maureen Aylward, Sandra Williams, Susan Lipsett, Michael DeKoster, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/25/19

GloucesterCast 354 with Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Maureen Aylward, Sandra Williams, Susan Lipsett, Michael DeKoster, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/25/19


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Topics Include:
Pre-order the new GMG Coozies at this link The coozies will be arriving Wednesday and immediately shipped out.
Riverfest recap
Dogtown Writers Festival “Finding Words In Place” -Gloucester Writers Center Event
Yellow Tomato Bloody Marys Yellow Snappers & Jaundiced Marys
Pat became an Uber driver for an injured Northern Gannet this week at the request of SeaPort Veterinary Hospital.
Gloucester schooner festival Information Page-
Schooner Fest is looking for volunteers! Email Kelly at
Colby Farm Sunflower Field in Newbury now open, though not yet in full color. $10 parking fee. Follow field progress at
Hoping for a Bloody Mary update!!
MBTA Pre-Pay Is A Ripoff.  Downloaded the app, they charged me $11 to pay on my cell phone.  People behind me paid $10 directly and the conductor told them the tickets were good all weekend.  WTF?
Jim shares KUDOS to the DPW for their amazing work keeping up with events, clean up and set up.

Gloucester Schooner Fest and Maritime Heritage Day

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Schooner Fest is only a week away, and we here at Maritime Gloucester are diligently getting ready for the festival, especially Maritime Heritage Day on August 31st, taking place right on the pier on Harbor Loop.

Heritage Day features vendors, educational activities, demonstrations and music, bringing together people of all ages to celebrate Maritime culture across our community before the schooners head out on the water.

Musicians playing during at Heritage Day

Where:Maritime Gloucester (23 Harbor Loop) & I4C2 Lot (dirt parking lot between the Building Center and The Gloucester House)

When: Saturday August 31st 10 AM-4 PM

Price:Free and open to the public

In addition to our exhibitors we will have music, schooner charters, and delicious local fare. Many of the Gloucester Schooner Festival’s visiting schooners will be open to deck tours and charters. This festival will take place over two locations on the Gloucester…

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Everything You Need To Know About The @925theRiver 2019 Riverfest Seaside Music Festival

Lineup & Schedule

92.5 the River and Bud Light present
Riverfest Seaside Music Festival
Saturday, August 24, 2019 | 12:00-6:00 PM
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA

2019 Riverfest Seaside Music Festival Lineup

12:00 – 1:00 PM Tall Heights
1:30 – 2:30 PM Mt. Joy
3:00 – 4:00 PM Noah Kahan
4:30 – 6:00 PM Guster


Getting There / While You’re There



The Riverfest Seaside Music Festival is held at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester — America’s Oldest Seaport — 35 miles northeast of Boston. The expansive, historic park overlooks stunning Gloucester Harbor — and is a fantastic venue to enjoy live music! (Take a look!)

Grab some friends and join us for this annual celebration!


Stage Fort Park
24 Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
 Google Map & Directions

A limited number of on-site parking spots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis at the park ($20 for non-residents and free for residents with beach parking stickers). Festival attendees are encouraged to rideshare/carpool to the event, use ride hailing services (Uber/Lyft/Taxi), take alternative transportation to the event, and utilize the free shuttle service to/from satellite parking (see below).

The satellite parking locations below will be serviced by a free shuttle bus, provided courtesy of 92.5 the River:
■ Magnolia Woods Recreational Area , 474 Western Ave.  map/directions ($10 parking, Free Shuttle)
■ O’Maley Innovation Middle School, 32 Cherry St.  map/directions ($10 parking, Free shuttle)

Shuttle hours of operation: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The shuttle drop-off/pick-up is adjacent to the The Cupboard Restaurant, 41 Hough St, right next to the festival.

Additional Satellite Parking is available at Gloucester High School,  map/directions ($10 parking, No shuttle service). This location will NOT offer shuttle service, but it’s only a one mile walk to Stage Fort Park.

*Additional information about the shuttle service and satellite parking locations will be posted here as it becomes available.

MBTA Commuter Rail’s Newburyport/Rockport Line services points between North Station and Rockport, with a stop in Gloucester. Check MBTA Schedules & Maps for up-to-date train schedule and service info.

If you live nearby, why not leave the car at home and ride a bicycle to the festival? After all, riding a bike is good for your health, the environment, your wallet, and your soul!


Keeping this event free and open to the public requires us all to share the space respectfully. Feel free to bring chairs or a blanket (no plastic tarps please), but leave your umbrellas at home. Please be mindful of other attendees and our shared desire to see the stage, dance, and have a good time! The festival is held in an open park, and attendees must obey all park policies.

Stretch your legs and stroll around Stage Fort Park. Check out the booths of the various sponsors — whose support helps keep this event free for the public! To make sure you don’t miss anything, check out the 2019 Festival Map.


■ Help keep Gloucester and Stage Fort Park beautiful! Please do not leave behind cigarette butts, trash, food, etc. Put all trash/recycling in proper barrels.
■ Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Stage Fort Park, except within the designated age 21+ area(s) specially permitted during this event.
■ Dogs and other pets must be on a leash at all times.

Stage Fort Park is home to a Visitor’s Center, where information and maps are available. Additionally, Discover Gloucester and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will be sharing a sponsor’s booth at the festival, and will be providing local information and tips!

The Information Booth will function as a “lost & found” during the event. However, items left after the concert will be either disposed of or recycled following the conclusion of the event.

Lineup Sampler-

JAZZ BRUNCH, Tuesday, August 25: Jose Allende at Feather and Wedge!


Feather & Wedge is delighted to feature Jose Allende for this week’s Jazz Brunch. Allende delivers a captivating mix of jazz standards and Latin American music featuring improvisation, South American rhythms and classical music influences.

Reservations highly suggested!  978.999.5917

Sunday, August 25
10:30 Am – 2:30 PM

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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Stage Fort Park Advisory for Saturday, August 25

August 22, 2019

Stage Fort Park Advisory for Saturday, August 24

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 22, 2019) – The City of Gloucester has issued an advisory for Saturday, August 24 in and around Stage Fort Park (SFP) for the Riverfest Seaside Music Festival. The festival is scheduled from 12 PM – 6 PM and additional event details can be found here:

Residents should be aware that general event parking will be available at SFP, at the Little League parking lot and lower lot adjacent to The Cupboard Restaurant. Free parking is available for residents with a beach parking sticker at SFP, O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Magnolia Woods, and Gloucester High School. Free shuttle service will be provided from O’Maley and Magnolia Woods. The City is encouraging the use of taxi’s and or ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft) from any MBTA station. CATA will be running its standard Saturday routes, including shuttle service to SFP, downtown and beaches.

For the safety and enjoyment of all residents and guests visitors should take a moment and review SFP’s rules and regulations. That complete list can be found here:

Local traffic and access will be managed with lot attendants, posted signs and police details. Lane shifts and/or alternating one-way traffic may be required and implemented based on the work and direction of the detail officers. By mid-morning Hough Avenue will be restricted to one way, beginning from the Stacey Boulevard entrance.

The Gloucester Police Department will be implementing a traffic management plan that will mitigate traffic and pedestrian impact on the community and that will facilitate a safe and orderly egress at the conclusion of the event. “No concert parking” signs will be posted at the beginning of more than a dozen streets in and around the SFP Area. Officers will be out enforcing traffic and/or parking violations.

Residents should follow the City of Gloucester and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Facebook pages. Traffic, parking and event updates will be posted periodically throughout the day.

At times, traffic may be extremely congested. As always, drivers and pedestrians should exercise caution and patience navigating through and around Stage Fort Park. The City of Gloucester appreciates everyone’s patience and cooperation.

About the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts

As America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of approximately 30,000 residents. Its sharp focus on economic development has helped build its reputation as the ideal location to live, work, and play. An important center for the fishing industry, the City is also proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage. Gloucester is a destination for thousands of visitors who come to the harbor and its beaches during the summer months. The City will be celebrating its 400th Anniversary in 2023. For more information, please visit:

MEDIA ALERT – Stage Fort Park Advisory for Riverfest.pdf

Sedona, AZ Retreat ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Honor yourself, commit to yourself and return to your Authentic Selfin Sedona, AZ… January 22 – 26, 2020

Meet Marleen Wood, a Usui and Lightarian Reiki Master, who will share her light and healing energy in clearing the path for you to return to your true inner self during the Authentic Self Retreat of the Invisible Soul, giving you tools to help you develop and safeguard your sublime energy. Your heart will start to open as Marleen guides you through Aura and Chakra balancing, yoga and reiki, as you let go of ways that are no longer supporting you.

Join Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC, Marleen Wood, Tia Crystal, and Earth Medicine School of Healing Arts, as we hold space for you and witness your true magnificent in the scared land of Sedona, AZ as you return home to your true Authentic Self.


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Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg, Jr. to receive Edgar B. Caffrey Award

Cape Ann Community

Tribute to a career dedicated to maritime heritage;
ceremony on August 24, 2019

Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Sr. (1909–1988) and Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. (b. 1944), Model of 1902 Mackerel Seiner Schooner Benjamin W. Latham, with Seine Boat, Cape Ann Museum, Gift of Earl Felton Harris, 1998 (1998.6)

The Cape Ann Museum’s esteemed Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg Jr., who for many years worked as a shipmodel maker on Cape Ann, will be receiving the Edgar B. Caffrey Award during the 37th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 24-25, 2019 at the Hawthorne Marina in Salem, Mass.  The award will be conferred on Saturday August 24 at 11am. 

Ronnberg, the son of a Swedish-born Master Mariner who arrived in
America in 1939, grew up in a household where he and his father would make shipmodels
together. After graduating with a degree
in biology, Ronnberg decided to pursue a career in model…

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State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante Announces Availability of JOE-4-SUN Solar Credits


State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) today announced the availability of $300 in annual household electricity savings through JOE-4-SUN, the state’s largest Low-Income Community Shared Solar program.

The initiative from Boston-based Citizens Energy Corporation, launched earlier this month, offers discount solar credits to about 2,000 low-income Massachusetts families each year.

“This is a terrific new program from my good friend, former Congressman Joe Kennedy, who has been helping low-income families in Massachusetts, the U.S., and around the world meet their energy needs with innovative programs for over 40 years,” said the six-term representative. “I encourage Gloucester families to look into this program before the subscriptions fill up.”

As a participant in the state’s SMART (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target) initiative, Citizens Energy is building five solar arrays on capped landfills around the state – in Bridgewater, Ayer, Springfield, Spencer and Ashland.

The 16 megawatts of electricity generated from the five projects will produce bill credits to be sold at a 50% discount to subscribers. As the largest Low-Income Community Shared Solar initiative in Massachusetts, JOE-4-SUN will offer guaranteed savings of about $10 million to 35,000 low-income Bay State families over the course of its 20-year lifespan.

Ferrante, a strong supporter of clean energy, played a key role in marshalling support for the legislation creating the state’s Low-Income Community Shared Solar programs.

“Rep. Ferrante has been a great advocate for renewable energy and finding ways to bring low-income families into the green revolution,” said Citizens Energy Chairman Joseph P. Kennedy II. “I welcome her support of JOE-4-SUN and our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and extend the benefits of renewable energy to low-income households while cutting their electricity costs.”

In order to be eligible for JOE-4-SUN, renters or homeowners must be R-2 discount customers in the National Grid or Eversource service territories. Subscribers will continue to receive their R-2 discount on top of the savings from JOE-4-SUN. Citizens Energy will enroll households in the JOE-4-SUN program for at least 12 months.

Households interested in subscribing to JOE-4-SUN must apply on-line by visiting the Citizens Energy website at If questions arise not answered on the website, they can call the toll-free number 855-JOE-4-SUN (855-563-4786) or send an email to for further information.