HAPPY ST. JOSEPH’S DAY!

Wishing everyone a blessed St. Joseph’s Day!  Last night we finished up our 9 day Rosary at Sista Felicia’s, as she and Barry graciously open up their home to us each year. This year’s altar was a true labor of love and devotion and it may not be perfect, or exactly how our grandmother’s and great grandmother’s experienced it, but I can certainly tell you that “our elder village” was with us, guiding us and praying over us…and ok…maybe having a few chuckles with us along the way too! To sit and view the photos on the altars of the people we pray for is especially moving.  All of the altar breads were made by hand over the last 3 months by our Novena “Village” of women and are the focus of this year’s altar.   Our feast was held last Friday night and all of our 47 Novena Comare’s invited their families and friends to celebrate and honor St. Joseph.  Over 175 guest enjoyed an evening of prayer, friendship, faith and lots of delicious food!!   There just aren’t any photographs I could take that would do it justice but here are a few! Viva! Gesu, Maria, Giuseppe!

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Sails on Parade from my seat

The Schooner Fest could not have had a better weekend!  The city was bustling and it seems like everyone was out enjoying these last few days of summer.  As we all head back to work this week I share my photo dump from my spot on Ten Pd Island…just me, my coffee and the seagulls!

Let the games begin!

As I sit here at my desk overlooking the inner harbor, with my long lens poised toward the ocean awaiting a glimpse of any schooners arriving for the weekend, I share some pics of one of our own beloved Schooners, Ardelle as she headed out in the warm light and the Lannon’s flag reflection on Wednesday.   Looking forward to the sights and activities of this long beautiful weekend!! 

1775 Battle of Gloucester Re-enactment

You don’t have to be a History Geek to be totally wrapped up in the Battle of 1775 re-enactment Saturday morning off Pavillion Beach!   The narrated re-enactment, having the 3 Schooners, Lewis H. Story, Fame and Ardelle, all authentic to the period, and the smell of gun powder gave you a taste of the battles that our Fort defended in her early years.   I’ll be looking forward to reading Joe Garland’s book “Guns off Gloucester.”  Published in 1975, as it told the tale of what Garland wrote as “Gloucester’s resolute role in America’s fight for freedom.”

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