Author Archives: Bridgette Mathews

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.”


Eastern Point glimpses

A little Fog and rain make for some pretty glimpses around Eastern Point Blvd.   A single tree in the fog caught my eye while driving through as well as some Loosestrife (I think that is what it’s called!) on the side of the road…like rippling waves of purple.   I’m enjoying this little break from the heat and humidity!  blm_8652-3031-edit-edit-edit


Looming Oliver Hazard Perry

Before I headed out of town Sunday for a few days I thought I’d get up for sunrise and see if I could catch the Oliver Hazard Perry in the early morning light.   It took me a while to even make out the shadow of the ship looming in the dense fog, but I did get a few clicks in between fog banks before I had to hit the road.


Joey, Eloise & Maddie throwing it down!

Last night the boss and his beautiful girls matched up with Peter Zappa and his sons from the Causeway in a BBQ Throwdown at the Bluefin Blowout helping to raise money for Alzheimers research.   Both using two of Joey’s prized Weber Performers they fired up the grills and got to cooking!   It was clear that Eloise and Maddie have the family cooking gene as they took control and banged out some awesome bacon wrapped tuna with avocado and cracked pepper, and a delicious Kobe beef burger with siracha mayo.  Peter and his boys put out a flavorful marinated grilled tuna and a Kobe beef burger with grilled onions that was a judges favorite.   All in all the judges deemed it a tie….ultimately The Alzheimer’s Foundation was the winner!!

Views from the Paint Factory

A few views from the Paint Factory over the weekend while we enjoyed visiting “There’s More to Sea” Art show which, by the way, was a great turnout and hopefully an annual event.  A big thanks to Melissa Cox and Jessica Biker Organizers!

Beyond Beauport Book Launch

It was standing room only as James Masciarelli launched his Novel and book signing, “Beyond Beauport” at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center last night.


Shannon Clarke raised a family and worked waterfront jobs in America’s oldest seaport. Her childhood dream to become a sea captain is revived when her long-lost seafaring uncle Patrick visits with a salty tale of their maritime family ancestry of pirates and privateers. He shares recovered family letters and artifacts from the Golden Age of Piracy. They take to the sea in Patrick’s brigantine to follow the siren song of their ancestors in quest of destiny, truth and treasure. The voyage is fraught with raw forces of nature, past traumas and present day sea robbers, as their talents and beliefs of family, identity and purpose are shaken to the core.

To purchase a copy of Beyond Beauport:

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“There’s More to Sea” – sneak peek

Pulling a few things together for this weekend’s Multimedia Art Show at the Gloucester Paint Factory….swing by and take a peek at the awesome talent we have in our beautiful island and see the latest renovations to the Gloucester Paint Factory!   Proceeds from sales of any pieces benefit the Ocean Alliance and the restoration of the Gloucester Paint Factory.

JULY 27, 2018
Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

JULY 28, 2018
SATURDAY, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
JULY 29, 2018
SUNDAY, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

Ocean Alliance
32 Horton St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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