The Weekly Catch From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce

THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET will be open every Thursday through October 7, 3-6:30pm at its new location– I-4/C-2 on Rogers Street.

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 7-week session starts Wednesdays, September 1 & 8, 7-9pm at 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495 or

INN MAGNOLIA presents the Travel Channel’s Most Haunted star Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe to benefit the Magnolia Historical Society on Wednesday, September 1, 7pm. Ciarán will regale us with horror stories from the world of paranormal investigation, including some of his most unusual cases, a behind-the-scenes look at television investigations, and examples of mysterious and comical equipment faux-pas. $25/person. 978-525-3642

ROCKY NECK ART COLONY’S final Nights on the Neck of the 2010 season will be held on Thursday, September 2, 5-9 pm. Featuring: JoeAnn Hart, Gordon Baird, Thomas Hauck, Margi Green and Her Delightful Assistants, Rick Drost. Specific showtimes and locations will be posted in the parking lot on the Rocky Neck Ave causeway, and at the various venues around the Neck.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF GLOUCESTER presents its Fourth Annual Comedy Show at Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, September 2. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Dave Rattigan will host the show again this year and DJ Hazzard, Patty Ross and Jim Colliton have been lined up to perform. Tickets: $30, table of 10: $250. Tickets available at the Chamber or by from Ruth Pino.

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents an eclectic mix of classic, independent and art films in the Shalin Liu Performance Center through September and October. Tickets are $9 and may be purchased at the door starting 30 minutes prior to the start time. Thursday, September 2, 7pm, Friday, September 3, 7pm, and Sunday, September 5, 5pm: The Secret in Their Eyes. 978-546-7391

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION is holding a 50/50 Raffle for RAA Art Certificates– first prize is $15,000 in RAA Art Certificates. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be held on Friday, September 3, 5-7pm. 978-546-6604

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL, Gloucester Harbor, September 3-6. Click here for information on riding a schooner during the Mayor’s Race on September 5.

DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER BLOCK PARTY. Friday, September 3, 6-11pm. Main Street Gloucester from Pleasant Street to Washington Street. Come One Come All. Free Downtown Block Party. Get ready to dance and play. Free presentation by Cape Ann Community Cinema of "Captains Courageous" at 8:30pm on an outdoor screen.

THE GLOUCESTER MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER will celebrate Gloucester’s relationship with the sea with Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 4, 10am-4pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. 978-281-0470

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM is happy to offer a discounted entry fee of $6 on Saturday and Sunday, September 4-5, which is $2 off our regular out-of-town admission rate. We will be offering "schooner" related docent tours of the Fitz Henry Lane Gallery and the Maritime Fisheries Galleries at 11am and 2pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. The tours are included with admission. 978-283-0455

Come join SCHOONER ADVENTURE for a Working Waterfront Walking Tour starting at 10am at the Fisherman’s Statue and ending at Fitz Henry Lane House on Saturdays, September 4, 18, and 25. Using old maps and photographs, we will journey back to the 1880’s -1920’s and visit the old wharves and businesses that once lined our inner harbor. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes. 978-281-8079

THE SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON will host Michael O’Leary & Friends for a sailing ‘seisiun’, an evening of traditional songs ‘n tunes, as she takes a sunset sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Saturday, September 4, 5-7:30pm. 978-281-6634

View the Parade of Lights at Mile Marker One at CAPE ANN’S MARINA RESORT’S waterfront tent on Saturday, September 4. Mile Marker One is open Thursday-Sunday, noon-10pm each day. Live music, food, and the best view of the parade. 978-283-2116

THE SEAWARD INN, Rockport, presents the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester at Sunday Morning Live on September 5, 9am-noon, during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea. Sheila, Barbara, Caroline and Elaine will sing doo-wop hits and take you for a fun filled journey through the 60’s era. 978-546-3471

CELEBRATE GLOUCESTER, on September 5, sponsored by National Grid is the first ever concert and celebration on the I4-C2 property at 65 Rogers Street, recently purchased by the City of Gloucester. Volunteers needed! Please contact Donna Ardizzoni if you can help out at Celebrate Gloucester.

Eleventh generation shipwright HAROLD BURNHAM will start construction on a new schooner – the Pinky Schooner Ardelle on Monday, September 6. The keel will be signed and frames will be raised. In celebration of the birth of this new schooner, THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM will have demonstrations on traditional boat building techniques and food will be available for purchase, including ribs, chowder, hot dogs, beverages, and more. 978-768-7541

NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY DIVISION is holding a Career Night on Wednesday, September 8, 6:30pm at 100 Cummings Center, Suite 121E in Beverly. Learn about short-term high-tech and green job training, health careers and trade certification. Free admission, priceless information. 978-236-1200

THE ENTERPRISE CENTER AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY, located at 121 Loring Avenue in Salem, presents a series of workshops for businesses in September, including Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts on September 9, So You’re Thinking About Starting a Business on September 10, and Mastering the Sales Process on September 21. 978-542-7528

THE EMERSON INN BY THE SEA will host "Tunes on the Town" 6-9pm in the Parlor Restaurant. Thursday, September 9: Amberly Moody, Friday, September 10: Joe Blanchard; Saturday, September 11: Bob Allison; Sunday, September 12: Amberly Moody; and Wednesday, September 15: Joe Blanchard. 978-546-6321

ROCKPORT MUSIC presents an eclectic mix of classic, independent and art films in the Shalin Liu Performance Center through September and October. Tickets are $9 and may be purchased at the door starting 30 minutes prior to the start time. Friday, September 10, 7pm, Saturday, September 11, 7pm, and Sunday, September 12, 2:30pm: The Art of the Steal. Sunday, September 12, 5pm: Bruce Springsteen: London Calling. 978-546-7391

LOCAL COLORS ARTIST’S COOPERATIVE, located at 121 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, will host a reception for painter Lawrence Martin-Bittman on Saturday, September 11, 6-9pm. This unique artist is presenting a collection of recent still-lifes, figuratives and scenery paintings of Cape Ann. 978-283-3996

Paul St. Germain, President of the Thacher Island Association and author of the newly published book entitled "Twin Lights of Thacher Island, Cape Ann" will hold a book signing and discuss the history and background of the many vintage photographs used in the book. The event will be held on September 11 at 1:30pm at THE ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY. The presentation is free and open to the public. 978-546-6934

THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS in Cape Ann is hosting a "Wilderness to Special Place" Walk at Ravenswood Park, Gloucester, on Sunday, September 12, 1-3pm. Once a main thoroughfare, then a backwoods, and now our favorite local refuge–join us for the story of Ravenswood through the centuries. Please preregister at 978-281-8400.

Rescheduled due to rain. ANTONIO GENTILE BANDSTAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, September 12, at 7pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, featuring Old Cold Tater (Acoustic Bluegrass).


DREAMTIME WELLNESS, located at 66 Summer Street in Manchester, hosts a Reiki Clinic on the second Tuesday of each month. Next Reiki Clinic will be 9/14. Advance registration required. $10 Reiki Practitioners. $20 Non-Reiki Practitioners. Reiki Circle at 5:30 pm. Half hour sessions at 6pm, 6:40pm, and 7:20pm. 978-283-4258, 978-526-4400 x-5

NORTHEAST SENIOR HEALTH and ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL will host a free Health Fair on Tuesday, September 14, 10am-1pm at the Rockport Council on Aging, 4 Broadway in Rockport. Free health screenings, Sun damage screening, Balance screening, Blood Pressure, Educational materials, Take-away materials, and more.

THEATRE IN THE PINES presents "Hamlet" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, located at 37 Main Street in Rockport, on September 17-19. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, matinee: Saturday 2pm and Sunday 3pm. Tickets available at Toad Hall Bookstore, The Bookstore of Gloucester, Shalin Liu box office. 978-546-7391

Join THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM for Salty Dog Day On Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm. The day will be filled with things to do for adults, children, and dogs all in celebration of the long history between the maritime trades and dogs. Admission: $3/person (well-behaved, leashed salty dogs – free). 978-768-7541

THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, located at 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester, presents the first annual Lanesville Music Festival on Sunday, September 19, 1-6pm. Five hours of great music performed by some of the North Shore’s best. The setting is outdoors, under the tent in the field next to the historic barn that houses the Lanesville Community Center.

THE 7TH ANNUAL LYONS AMBULANCE SERVICE GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, September 20, at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit Gorton’s Specialty & Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Foursome Scramble Format. For sponsorship and player Information, please contact: Amy Sullivan at 978-236-1600 or

THE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ROCKPORT GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, September 20, at Rockport Golf Club. For sponsorship and player information, please contact: Bob Krause at 978-546-5135.

NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE is offering Chamber members a 2-for-1 discount for tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which opens on September 21. If you would like a night of music, dancing laughs, and romance on the French Riviera, call the Box Office at 978-232-7200 and ask for the Cape Ann Chamber Two-for-One.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTHEAST MA 13TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC will be held on September 21 at Turner Hill in Ipswich- Highly acclaimed golf course, live auction, awards, and more! Bring spouse or friend for dinner & auction only! Event supports disaster victims in Cape Ann and surrounding communities. 978-922-2224

BUSINESS BRIEFS – News and Special Offers from Chamber Members

CAPE ANN ART HAVEN will offer an exciting new variety of classes this fall. Now offering drop-off classes for grades 3-12 as well as Family Studio time and Adult Classes, there’s something for everyone. 978-283-3888

River cruises on the Annisquam from CAPE ANN’S MARINA RESORT will continue to run after Labor Day on Thursday through Sunday. Call 978-283-2116 for times and to sign up.

THE MANCHESTER CRICKET is recruiting Manchester Essex Hornet "Fantastic" Fans. You or your business name, phone number or website, plus a short message will be listed at the bottom of the Manchester Essex Regional High School full page sports schedule to be printed in the September 10th newspaper. Deadline: September 8. Call for details. 978-526-1122

PATHWAYS FOR CHILDREN is holding a car raffle for a 2010 Mini Cooper in support of all Pathways programs. Ticket price is $100 and only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are selling quickly so don’t miss your chance! Tickets can be purchased in Gloucester at: Pathways for Children, the Willow Rest, Gorton’s, and Deborah Coull Salon. The raffle drawing will be held on October 20. 978-281-2400

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Gloucester MA Beach Closure Friday September 3,2010

Due to impending Hurricane Earl, all city beaches will be closed on Friday, September 3, 2010. No lifeguards will be on duty. Dangerous conditions continue and residents and visitors are urged to stay out of the water.
The beaches are expected to re-open on Saturday, September 4, 2010. For more information, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-281-9785.

Weekend Cancellations as of Wed 3:17PM

Good afternoon,
With the hurricane roaring in tomorrow, we
have some schedule changes for the Schooner Festival:
1)     The
Mayor’s Reception is cancelled.
2)     The
small boat races scheduled for Saturday will be cancelled at the Saturday
morning skipper’s meeting and not rescheduled.
3)     The
fireworks and lighted boat parade have been cancelled (Barry Pett).
4)     We
will make a call on running the Schooner race on Sunday at the Sunday morning
Skipper’s meeting.  Monday will be the alternate date.
5)     The
awards banquet (captains and crew only) will take place Sunday night as scheduled.
6)     The
Essex Frame-Up will take place on Monday
Call if you have questions/concerns.
Bob Hastings
Ann Chamber of Commerce
Commercial Street
MA 01930

Celebrate Gloucester Line-Up

Here is the Line-up
for Sunday’s Concert can you post this?
 Gates open at 2pm.  Food is available when gates open from The Gloucester House, Smokin’ Jims B-B-Q, Popo’s,
Sebastian’s, Lat 43, Alchemy, Common Crow To-Go, Kettle Corn, Nana’s 
Fried Dough, Joe’s Slush  see details at
3:00 Opening Poem by
Rufus Collinson (Gloucester’s Poet Laureate)
3:05 Pete Lindberg      

4:00 Chelsea Berry      

4:45 Inge Berge          

5:30 Allen

6:30 KBMG with
special guests               

7:30 Roomful of Blues   
8:45 Charles Neville with
Henri Smith New Orleans Friends &

Striped Bass Tournament to Benefit Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester


Striped bass tournament to benefit Open Door food pantry in Gloucester

Tournament, now its eighth year, has raised $30,000 to fight North Shore hunger

Tickets are now on sale at Winchester Fishing for a striped bass fishing tournament to benefit the Open Door food pantry in Gloucester.

The Leo Almeida Memorial North Shore Striped Bass Tournament is celebrating its eighth year this Labor Day weekend. It is the only tournament that combines the North Shore’s fishing heritage with the fight against hunger on Cape Ann and in other local communities.

The tournament will be held this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6. Prizes up to $500 will be awarded in various categories, including boat, shore/surf and for youth 15 and under.  A raffle of dozens of prizes will also be held. Those who wish to donate to the pantries without fishing can enter and will also be eligible to win raffle prizes.

Entry fee is $15. Tickets are available at Winchester Fishing in Gloucester. Ticket sales end this Friday, Sept. 3.

The Open Door on Emerson Avenue has been feeding local residents for over 25 years. The tournament will also benefit the People to People Food Pantry in Danvers and Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury.

Leo Almeida was a lifelong North Shore resident whose commitment to public service was matched by his love of fishing. He died in 2003, shortly before the first North Shore Striped Bass Tournament that he organized. In the past seven years, the tournament has raised over $30,000 for food pantries in Gloucester, Danvers and Amesbury. More than 800 people have participated since the tournament began.

To enter or for more information, see  or call Tournament Chairwoman Amy Almeida at (617) 501-1659.

Magnolia Rocks!

Shots of Jim Cook giving an awesome historic bus tour. The Magnolia Library Center with artisans and rummage sale, and the library. Vintage cars from the Magnolia Roadshow of Antiques Sidewalk Bazaar on August 22nd. (Sometimes it takes a while to get the photos from the camera to the compy.)

Kudos to Jim for encouraging people to get involved in the town and help keep it a community. Click for the Magnolia Library Center website…

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Things To Do- Dog Day September 12th!

Join dog lovers of all ages at Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Dog Day on September 12th, 2010 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA from 11am to 3pm. (Rain Date 9/19).
This popular celebration of all things canine features a expo with vendors and community groups, doggy games and contests, demonstrations, activities for kids, bouncy house, raffles and prizes, food and drinks, low cost micro-chipping clinic, doggy nail trimming, agility course and more!
The event is free to attend! $10 participation fee for dog activities; the first 100 participants receive a free Dog Day t-shirt! All proceeds benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. For more information, please visit or call 978-283-6055.
Attached: Dog Day 2010 Poster
Media Contact:
Rebecca Shatford



Tunes On The Town From The Topside Grill

Hello, here is an update for this weekend for The Topside Grill…

Who: John Jerome

When: Thursday 9/2/10. 8:30pm

Where: Topside Grill

Who: Ryan Faraday

When: Friday 9/3/10: 9:00pm

Where: Topside Grill

See below for more info…

Thursday September 2nd
John Jerome
Gloucester’s own John Jerome has been one of the best acts across Gloucester hands down! He is well known for his talents playing along with his brother and has many reasons to be so well thought of. He has played at pretty much every local spot that plays music in town and many more. He plays a nice mix of cover songs and some of his own original music and can wow you with either.

Friday September 3rd
Ryan Faraday:
At 24 years old, Ryan Fardy has had a fantastic start to his 9-year career.  He has played to crowds all over New England and the United States (Las Vegas, California, Florida…etc), and even Canada.  He has opened for the legendary Chaka Khan, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, Mountain, Snoop Dogg, Rick Derringer, Hoobastank, and more.  He was also the featured cover story for Boston Blues Magazine at the age of 18. With an upbringing on the Boston Area blues scene, Ryan has created his own genre, mixing Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, and Pop.  He is striving to make his songwriting ability known even though he still holds the “guitarslinger” tag throughout the Boston area.  His shows combine the inventiveness of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, the passion of Eric Clapton, and the on stage intensity of Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Audiences typically find themselves in awe of his command of the guitar and of the stage, and have trouble believing that they are witnessing the talents of someone so young.  However, they don’t have any trouble believing that they are seeing a performer who has a very bright future. Check out more at


Doug Silva

General Manager

Topside Grill

50 Rogers St.

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-1399 (Business)

(978) 335-1014 (Cell)

Charlene Peters Is Crushin’ On G-Town

Charlene Peters, who visited Gloucester this past weekend and stayed at Bass Rocks,  has posted two articles so far about her stay:


Romancing myself

On occasion, one needs to recharge, fall back in love with oneself in order to love others. So when my husband stopped speaking with me and exited on a night of romance in Gloucester, I decided to embrace the opportunity to romance myself.

Before I checked in to Bass Rocks Ocean Inn, I headed to Main Street for lunch at a hotspot called Passports. With a name that no doubt would attract a travel writer such as myself, the name is actually a reflection of the menu, which lists worldwide offerings from local fish to Mediterranean dishes to Thai dishes. But what Passports is really known for is their complimentary popovers served at lunch and dinner. This place is packed with customers before 12:30 on a Saturday afternoon. And everyone is enjoying their popovers. I drove by later and noticed that the place was once again full with dinner patrons. Perhaps it’s the hefty serving sizes that draws the crowd.

To read the rest of her entry click this link

Tonight Bring Your Cameras To The Neck For “Kids Dancing With Lighted Hula Hoops”

Nights On The neck Tonight- Rock Neck that Is Sucka!

This just in from Jim Dowd-

Tonight- on rocky neck across John Nesta’s gallery- nightfall.  Kids dancing with lighted hula hoops and christmas lights.  Margie Green’s fun idea.
should be good photos- do long exposures!!!!
Rock on, brotherman!!!!

From Margi-
Hello Joey !
I met you briefly at the BEAUX ARTS BALL not too long ago -I was the Queen of Spades ! Jim Dowd had said he would contact you about videoing our 5 minute event , but I think he’s gone off working in Chicago, and may have forgotten.

At 8:30 , in front of Gully Hand’s studio, myself and 17 kids from in and around Rocky Neck will be donning battery-pack Xmas lights , and moving around to a wonderfully upbeat piece of music !  The kids are age 3-14. The piece is less than 5 minutes. We’d love it if you’d record it – what do you think ?

“Sarto Shoes” by Clarke

from Deb Clarke;

Shoes by Wyeth:  “Trodden Weed” 1951
Shoes by Van Gogh:  “Shoes 1888”
Shoes by Clarke:  “Sarto Shoes”  2010
the wyeth and van gogh paintings are 2 paintings that i subliminally reference every time i draw some shoes.  wyeth’s work is egg tempera, van gogh’s is oil, clarke’s is mixed media:  drawing materials/oil paint/aluminum leaf.
c’est finis!

Van Gogh "Shoes" 1888

"Sarto shoes, a drawing" by Deb Clarke c'est finis.


"Sarto Shoes" by Deb Clarke 2010


At last weekend’s Inter-tribal Pow Wow, we were asked to not photograph certain aspects of the ceremonies taking place,but we were given permission for these dancers.

Photographing the smudging ritual was a no-no. So I asked one of the elders about smudging. Here is a good explanation:

From Virginia Graverette Pigeon, Tribal Elder of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, member of the Cedar Women’s Society, Elder of the Mide Lodge

“In the first place, tobacco (a-say-ma) was a gift of the Four Manido (Spirits of the Four Directions).  It was the father of Nanabush who gave the tobacco (ah-say-ma) and shared the custom of smoking with his son after their epic battle in war, as a symbol of peace.  Nanabush in turn passed on the custom to the Anishnabe as a ceremony.  Thereafter, the Anishnabe smoked the Pipe of Peace before great councils, after war, and before other ceremonies.  The Anishnabe adopted the custom and made it part of their daily lives to compose their minds and spirits.  It is said that it will chase away feelings that are bad or negative and bring on thoughts that are good or positivie.

In the second place, tobacco (ah-say-ma) was in the nature of an incense, sweet to the taste and fragrant to smell.  No other plant is endowed with such qualities.  Cedar was offered to the fire to smudge the lodge and people.  It is also used to waft the smoke to ward away sickness.

There are no absolutes with sage and sweetgrass.

In the above medicine wheel which we convey as the wheel of life, there are Four Directions.  When we are born, life begins in the East.  The teenage years are in the South.  Then mid-life is in the West.  When we reach the North, we are grandmas and grandpas and nearly ready to go to the Spirit World as we have done our many deeds on Mother Earth.  The journey does not end in the North because we go to the Spirit World and then the cycle continues.

We gain knowledge with our tobacco (ah-say-ma) and we grow spiritually.  Our hearts feel and our spiritual eyes have to see what our Creator wants us to learn.  We feel the knowledge in our soul, and we know it comes from our Creator.  When we pray, we get answers, then we are nurtured and we grow spiritually.

Smudging helps us center ourselves with the four sacred herbs mentioned: tobacco (ah-say-ma), sweetgrass, sage, and cedar.  We begin by using a shell or bowl with a fan or feather.  We then smudge the room, slowly walking clockwise around the perimeter of the room, fanning the smudge pot, keeping it lit and wafting the smoke about.  Smudge any medicine tool you will be using such as pipe, jewelry, outfit, etc.

It is a good practice to smudge each person in a group, circle, ceremony, and lodge.  Starting from the East and holding the smudge pot lit, each person can bathe themselves in the smoke.  Many people smudge the heart area first, next the head area, and then the arms, then downward toward the legs.  This isn’t the only way you can smudge.  It isn’t wrong to smudge another way.  We can purify and cleanse fairly regularly in this day and age with so much sickness and bad feelings around.”

To read more of the article by Elaine Lunham, click here.

Spirit Of Massachusetts Arrives For Schooner Festival

From the Spirit Of Massachusetts Website which you can find by clicking here

Built by New England Historic Seaport at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
*Launched in 1984*

Length Overall:
125 feet

Length of the Waterline:
81 feet

Length on Deck:
100 feet

11 feet

Height from Waterline to Main Topmast Truck:
100 feet 6 inches

24 feet

Gross Tons:
90 tons

Mainsail, Foresail, Jumbo, Jib, Jib Topsail, Fore Gaff-Topsail, Main Gaff-Topsail,Fisherman

Sail Area:
7000 Square Feet


Long Leaf Yellow Pine and White Oak

White Oak

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir

Main Engine:
220 h.p. John Deere

Freshwater Capacity:
600 gallons

Diesel Fuel Capacity:
570 gallons

Number of Students:

Number of Crew:

Spirit of Massachusetts was launched on April 28, 1984 at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. She is modeled after the 1889 fishing schooner Fredonia, designed by Edward Burgess. The Gloucester fishing schooners were widely known as "fast and able" vessels, and Fredonia was widely known for her speed. Spirit of Massachusetts proudly upholds that tradition to this day.

Spirit of Massachusetts was built by her original owners for service as a sail training vessel for young people. She also served as a good-will ambassador for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1984 until 1987. Ocean Classroom Foundation began chartering Spirit for our own educational programs in 1997, and subsequently purchased her in 2000.








Amateur Weather Fanatics- Most Amusing

There is this one guy on twitter who tweets about North Shore Weather.  The excitement in his postings about extreme weather and potential disaster are wild. Since the first rumblings of Earl he’s been tweeting and retweeting just about every local TV weatherman update and I swear this guy would have an orgasm if the eye of the hurricane went straight through his house.

I would simply unfollow him in my twitter stream if it weren’t so amusing so watch him kvetch around with every new report.


Insane weather guy- Don’t be that guy.





I’m An Idiot!


Chase The Dream Baby!