Celebrating Gloucester’s Joe October 1, 2011


The Garland family and the City of Gloucester welcome everyone to a celebration of the life of Joe Garland, Gloucester’s historian, writer, and civic-proponent who died August 30th at age 88.
The all-volunteer event will take place on October 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the center of town at 65 Rogers Street, the harbor-front property formerly known as I4-C2. 
The event celebrating not only the man but the colorful and vital city he loved will include: music, a brief program with speakers, a variety of tents featuring the causes and activities Joe cared about, along with some of his favorite foods, and a gathering of boats—fishing and sail alike—which will salute him from the harbor.

The opening program will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m., and will conclude with an open-mic session so that those who wish may share what Joe meant to them and to Gloucester. Any who prefer to offer a written or illustrated remembrance may bring a page (8.5 x 11”) to be included in The Book of Joe.
Donations in his name to worthy literary, environmental, medical and civic causes will be accepted at the various tents.
Seating will be limited so celebrants are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Parking for disabled and seniors (70 and older) will be available on site.
In case of rain, Celebrating Gloucester’s Joe will be held at City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, where parking for elders and disabled will also be available.

For further information
Office of the Mayor: 978-281-9700    Peter Van Ness: 978-525-9093
Email: unknownsoldiersmemoirs@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Celebrating Gloucester’s Joe October 1, 2011

  1. I, as a visitor, and wanna-be Gloucester (okay in particular Rocky Neck) resident starting in 2006, had the sincere pleasure of meeting and spending some really quaiity time with Joe and Helen and just want to say how lucky i feel to get to know Joe as I did. I told him many times that if he needed help with anything, to please call me, but of course he never did, and the simple reason was because I think there were probably at least a hundred people who were standing in line ahead of me to help Joe with anything. Much love to you Helen and thanks Joe for the memories. You honored me by signing my book you wrote with the inscription: “A man obviously after the heart of Howard Blackburn” but the reality is Joe that it is you who was, and always will be our modern day Howard Blackburn. RIP Joe.


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