Rockport Fire Department responds to Long Beach cottage ūüĒ• fire smoke call

Area residents murmuring that the smoke is possibly due to a refrigerator electrical fire. Rockport firefighters are assessing the situation on the ground. Simultaneous scene of spectators and beachgoers

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smoke rising visible from a distance- from window of front row cottage Long Beach

 

 

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL SCHEDULE!

Schedule of Events for the 34th Annual Gloucester Labor Day Schooner Festival 

Friday, August 31, 2018

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum open to the public‚Äď free of charge.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party on Main Street in downtown.Welcome Columbia and Bluenose II sail aboard the Schooner Thomas Lannon on Friday at 10am. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Heritage Day at the White-Ellery House
The 1710 White-Ellery House (245 Washington Street, Gloucester) will have a slide show of schooners and have other fishing & racing related activities. The event is free to the public.

4:30 pm ‚Äď 8:30 pm
Lobster Bake at The Gloucester House
Music, food and a whole lot of fun. The cost is only $17
for Lobster, Corn and Cornbread.

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert on Stacy Boulevard
Enjoy a community concert on The Boulevard before and after the Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate ‚Äúfireworks‚ÄĚ on your donation.)

 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Columbia Trophy, Ned Cameron Trophy; and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event)

Monday, September 3, 2018

‚ÄúRain Day‚ÄĚ for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF REQUIRED.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL WEBSITE HERE.

 

Mayor’s Reception at Maritime Gloucester and Block Party

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It was a really pretty night for last evening’s special events: the Schooner Festival Mayor’s Reception hosted at Maritime Gloucester¬†and the Main Street Block Party.

 

Mayor Romeo Theken with Daisy Nell. Mayor Theken holds a new original Sam Parisi painted oar that would be auctioned off later for the Schooner Festival. I heard Senator Tarr but did not hear the results!

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The connecting dock between Maritime Gloucester and Solomon Jacobs Park is awesome!

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BLOCK PARTY

Stores on Main Street had the Schooner Festival spirit and even some special schooner “sales”.

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And there was business at on trend Cape Ann Slime

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Pop Gallery

Main Street Art and Antiques 124 Main St, Phone: (978) 281-1531

Cape Ann Auction 

I was most delighted to see two Davids

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Full sail save the dates #SailBoston #schoonerfestival #sailghs

Gloucester 33rd Annual Labor Day Schooner Festival Sept 1 Р3 2017

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June 17 – June 22, 2017 –¬†SailBoston17 Participating Ships

sailboston sign up for updates

SailGHS race schedule from Hilary Frye

April 12 Swampscott at Gloucester
April 13 Beverly at Gloucester
April 25 Winthrop at Gloucester
April 27 Landmark at Gloucester
May 5 Concord at Gloucester
May 10 Pingree at Gloucester

Look for local summer camp sailing options SailGHS, YMCA, Eastern Point Yacht Club, Rockport and Annisquam!

David Cox racing photos Main Street Art and Antiques

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SAVE OUR FIREWORKS!

TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT THE DECISION WILL BE MADE. PLEASE DONATE TODAY. THANK YOU!!

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HELP SAVE THE FIREWORKS!

WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the¬†Gloucester Times, reports that¬†Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate¬†with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the¬†fun!

 

URGENT HELP NEEDED OR LABOR DAY/SCHOONER FESTIVAL WEEKEND FIREWORKS WILL BE CANCELLED

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithHELP SAVE THE FIREWORKS!

WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the¬†Gloucester Times, reports that¬†Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate¬†with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the¬†fun!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim Smith

 

PEACHES RIPENING IN THE WARM SUN ~ DO I HEAR BELLINIS, ANYONE?

Today was simply a fabulous¬†day, and it began¬†very early with picking the first batch of ripe peaches from our peach tree. While washing the peaches, I turned to the large terrarium on our kitchen table and there were Monarchs galore beginning to¬†emerge from their chrysalides.¬†I had asked our gang¬†of neighborhood kids if they would like to watch the¬†butterflies as they emerge and help me with my film project and soon our home was filled¬†with their wonderful selves.¬†I’ll post the photos from our Monarch Day after the long weekend and don’t have time to get a new post together¬†so here’s a favorite post from last year’s Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend.belle-of-georgia-peach-c2a9kim-smith-2014-copy

Reblogged from Kim Smith Designs September 2014

Our ‚ÄėBelle of Georgia‚Äô peach tree never disappoints. Each and every year without fail, and always around Labor Day,¬†this¬†semi-dwarf white-fleshed peach tree gives us mouth-watering sweet peaches. Not all of the peaches are perfect and the ones that are not¬†eaten out of hand are whipped into smoothies, cooked in confections, or macerated with Prosecco.¬†

Bellinis make a festive addition to your Labor Day/Schooner Festival weekend brunch or dinner, especially at this time of year when the farmer’s markets and grocer’s shelves are brimming with tree-ripened fresh fruit.

bellinis-from-our-peach-tree-c2a9kim-smith-2014~ Bellini Recipe ~

Marinate peeled, pitted, and sliced (halved or quartered) peaches in Prosecco for several hours. Just before serving, puree the peach-Prosecco mixture. Spoon the puree into champagne glasses, about 1/3 to 1/2 filled, and to taste. Gently add more Prosecco to the puree. Add a drop of raspberry liquor, Chambord, or a few fresh raspberries to the puree, to give the drink that beautiful pinky-peach glow.

Bellinis are traditionally made with white-flesh peaches such as ‚ÄėBelle of Georgia,‚Äô but any variety of sweet peach will do.
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In flower and in fruit, the peach is a pretty tree for your landscape ~

Read an excerpt about the ‚ÄėBelle of Georgia‚Äô¬†from my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden here ~

 

Prunus persica ‚ÄėBelle of Georgia‚Äô

Cultivated by the Chinese for thousands of years, the peach tree is grown for its fruit as well as for its exquisite flowers and gracefully shaped branches. To better understand the significance of the peach tree in the Chinese culture it is worth noting that the development of the Chinese garden with its ying-yang symbolism was essentially Daoist in origin.

Read More Here Continue reading “PEACHES RIPENING IN THE WARM SUN ~ DO I HEAR BELLINIS, ANYONE?”

Live Blogging: Around Cape Ann 25k Road Race

What did you do after 3 days of partying?

Head of the pack above (just past Willow Rest, heading north).

That’s my cousin (above) Kristin Palasota Collins, all the way from Texas!! Sent from my iPhone

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The guy above was in the lead at 10:40 am near Good Harbor Beach.

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This cat is the Juggling Jogger, yep all the way baby.

Beach Party on LONG BEACH – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st

Labor Day 2013 – Beach Party – Sept. 1, 2013 4-5 pm Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester open for the amazing dance band, GARFISH who will play 5-8 pm for an old fashioned beach party end-of-summer celebration on Gloucester’s own Long Beach.

2012 Freshwater Cove Annual Labor Day Cookout From Jerry Ackerman

Not to be outdone, the Fresh Water Cove Yacht Club rallied for a summer‚Äôs end celebration ‚Äď the 12th annual, this year honoring Jimmy Lane , a Covie cut from the best of cloth ‚Äď finest kind!

Labor Day Sunflowers from Kim Smith

Labor Day Sunflowers–visit my blog for more photos of sunflowers, Joe and Helen Garland, moving the kids to college and grad school, and of course, butterflies! Also, a beautiful illustration found while looking online for Rockwell Kent images of the Labor Movement. TitledGodspeed, it is a wood cut of an angel watching over a sailing vessel, with Northern Lights in the distance.

Enjoy this gorgeous weather and Happy Labor Day to you!

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