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The 1926 Schooner Adventure has returned to Gloucester after furthering its educational mission with the World Ocean School and about 400 Boston school kids. The 122-foot National Historic Landmark vessel also made a two-week voyage up the coast of Maine, showing the Gloucester flag at Portland, Boothbay, and Rockland and welcoming hundreds of visitors aboard.

Now back at our home port we are continuing our community sailing program three times a week: Wednesdays at 4pm, Fridays at 5pm, and Saturday mornings at 11 for the rest of the season. This Wednesday there is a special deal with reduced ticket prices.  Just visit the Calendar and click on July 11. Add the promo code SAILNOW18 and join us at Maritime Gloucester’s Webster Pier for a fun and relaxing experience. Kids sail free on Wednesdays.

Albert Camus Quote of the Week

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960)




Born to poverty in Algeria, then a French colony, Camus lost his father the following year in the First World War. His precocious brilliance was recognized with scholarships to the University of Algiers where he studied philosophy. During the 1930’s he was active in the French Communist Party and the Algerian People’s Party and began WWII as a pacifist, later joining the fight against the Axis. He gained prominence for his books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus and is often linked to the existentialism of Sartre, although Camus himself referred to his philosophy as Absurdist, which posits that we ourselves must create meaning in our lives. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, but was killed in an automobile accident two years later.

Greg Bover

The Awesome Gloucester Foundation Gives Away $1000 Every Month


Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler. Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen.

Our next proposal deadline is THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH. Get your proposals in on time

Applying is easy and you can do it here:


Quotes for Christmas

“Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.”– Kin Hubbard

“For Christmas this year, try giving less. Start with less attitude. There’s more than enough of that in the world as it is – and people will usually just give it back anyway!”– Anne Bristow

“Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.”– Richard Lamm

 “Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”– Harlan Miller

Two Great Events Friday Night

You are cordially invited to join us at our Gloucester workshop to celebrate the creation of a new pipe organ. Come see and hear Opus 147 and learn about the craft of organbuilding.

Friday, December 1
4 pm – 8 pm

C.B. Fisk, Inc

21 Kondelin Road
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
978 283-1909  •
click here for map147 model portrait


Fish Tales Road Trip (2)

Some Quotes for Thanksgiving

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all the others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”          Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933)

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Melody Beattie (1948-    )

“By holding up a fancied golden era of yesteryear, we can devalue where we are and who we have become. Thanksgiving aims at gratitude not for what was, but for what is.”   James Carroll  (1943-     )

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”                                         Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)



Fish Tales – Road Trip Stories – Dec 1

Fish Tales Road Trip (2)And after you visit the Fisk Open House, head on over to Gloucester Stage for Fish Tales, the live story-telling program from the Gloucester Writers Center. This is the big yearly show that benefits these two great arts organizations. The Road Trip theme is sure to bring out some amazing true tales, all told by local folks you know. If you like NPR’s Moth Radio Hour, you’ll love Fish Tales.

Last year this show was completely sold out, buy your tickets early.

Fisk Open House, Friday December 1st

147 model portrait

You are cordially invited to join us at our Gloucester workshop to celebrate the creation of a new pipe organ. Come see and hear Opus 147 and learn about the craft of organbuilding.

Friday, December 1
4 pm – 8 pm

21 Kondelin Road

Cape Ann Industrial Park

OPUS 147

for the


3 manuals
61 stops, 55 independent voices, 73 ranks
(scale model 1:16 shown)

Dear Friends,

This one is so big it’s in sections all around the shop. I hope you will come, and feel free to bring along anyone you think might be interested. Please note that the event will be on a Friday afternoon and evening this time.


Emily Dickinson Quote of the Week


Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops -at all-

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Born to an Amherst Massachusetts family with deep Puritan roots, Dickinson was better known in her lifetime as a gardener and a baker than as a poet. Famously reclusive, she spent decades brooding on the mysteries of life and death, and became more and more preoccupied with the latter. A few of her poems were published in The Atlantic Monthly, but the vast majority of the more than 1,800 she wrote were not known to the public until after her death. A complete collection did not appear until the 1950’s.

Greg Bover

Saul Bellow Quote of the Week


“When we ask for advice we are usually looking for an accomplice.”

Saul Bellow (1915 – 2005)

Born in Quebec to parents of Lithuanian-Jewish ancestry, Bellow moved to Chicago as a child and was educated according to the Anthroposophist tenets of Rudolph Steiner. He attended the University of Chicago and Northwestern, and later received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which made it possible for him to move to Paris, where he wrote The Adventures of Augie March to great critical acclaim. He won a Pulitzer and received the National Book award three times. His later novels include Herzog, and the incomparable Humboldt’s Gift, both best sellers, the latter winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976. He taught writing at many universities throughout his life including Bard College and Boston University. He was married five times and had four children, the last when he was 84. He died in Brookline.

Greg Bover

Adventure has returned – and is sailing from Gloucester

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After an early summer of intense activity showing the Gloucester flag in other ports, the 1926 Schooner Adventure has returned and is taking passengers sailing for the rest of the season. In her role as ambassador for the city, she was in the thick of the Tall Ships Parade at Sail Boston in early June, went north for the Portland Schooner Festival, and then on to Boothbay for Windjammer Days, welcoming thousands on board for deck tours and daysails.

Now she is back at her home berth at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop and offering sailing opportunities several times a week, typically Wednesdays and Fridays in the late afternoon and Saturday mornings, as well as special events and group outings. Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark fishing schooner is fully restored and Coast Guard certified, sailing aboard is a satisfying and exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Information and schedules at


What’s your favorite poem?

Do you have a favorite poem, and can you tell a five minute story to go with it? There are still a couple of spots open for the Fish Tales/Gloucester Lyceum event at the Sawyer Free Library Tuesday evening at seven o’clock. Tell us why it’s your favorite, or something that happened when you shared it with someone. Maybe it got you in trouble, or it made you a friend, or a mentor introduced you to it. You’ll have about five minutes to tell the story and read the poem if you email