Gloucester Waterfront Festival August 18th and 19th–The Mrs and Sista Felicia Will Be Selling Their Killer Mason Jar Iced Teas, Look For Them

9am to 6pm each day

Meet the Artisans at the Gloucester Waterfront Festival …

Sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Where to Park?
Free parking along Stacy Boulevard or at the High School.
However, please note that there is small fee to park across the street at Beach Parking.

Directions Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA
Easy to find … From Route 128 North, take Exit 14, follow to end.
Weather … Held Rain or Shine! …and it’s gonna Shine!
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Area info dining, shopping…


Donna Ardizzoni photo

Click for the slideshow below-


Featured TOP 20 SUMMER EVENT in Yankee Magazine!

Gloucester Image

Historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will come alive with color, flavor and music for the

32nd Annual


Waterfront Festival

Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19

9am to 6pm daily

Over 175 Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique American made creations, craft demonstrations, live musical entertainment, children’s activities plus delicious ethnic foods.
A pancake breakfast, famous Gloucester Lobster and a huge assortment of Antique Cars complete this
picture perfect Seaport event!

Are you ready for this?….  this is a big one folks!

Come on out and meet the Artisans … Exhibits include Fine Jewelry, Original Watercolors, Pottery, Quilts, Silk & Dried Floral Arrangements, Wildlife Art, Dolls, Doll Clothes and Accessories, Custom Signs, Plush, Acrylic Sculpture, Tile,

Wire Mesh Buffalo by

Peter Robinson Smith

Pressed Flowers, Painted Antiques, Photography, Candles, Metal Sculpture, Intarsia, Carved Birds,  Maps, Fiber Arts, Tapestry, Stained Glass, Vintage Chic, Scroll Work, Wood Burning, Slate, Scarves, Nautical Crafts, Aromatherapy, Pewter, Soaps, Wearable ArtFrances Henderson, Oil Paintings, Blown Glass,  Ornaments,

Tide Clocks, Stone, Fleece, Calligraphy, Pet Gifts, Fragrance, Primitive and Folk Art, Mosaics, Wire Mesh, Stone, Candles, Stained Glass, Turned Wood, Basketry, Leather, Glass Chimes, "Sports" wear, Felting, Handbags, Walking Sticks, Accessories, Flags, Burl Wood, PVC Birds & more.

Come and sample gourmet delights such as Herbal Dips, Jams & Jellies, Honey, Nuts, Home-made Fudge and Candies, Oils, Vinegars, Maple, Pickles, Fruit Sauces, Wine Slushies, Cupcakes, Hot Sauces and more.

Ginger Sargent Westminster Whimsy Hebert Honey

Bring your appetite … Food Vendors include traditional American Fare and Lobster Rolls, plus Fried Dough with all the fixins, Fabulous Kettle Corn, Gourmet Lemonade, Brick Oven Pizza, Trolley Dogs and Fresh Healthy Paninis, Guzpacho, Soups, Crab Cakes and Cup Cakes!

Live craft demonstrations include Basketry, Decorative Painting, Fiber Art, Red Work Sewing, Pottery, Tile Making, Leather Embossing & Acrylic Sculptures.

The Rotary Club starts us off Saturday morning with their fabulous       Pancake Breakfast! From 7:30am to 10am

Lobster Bake

North Shore Old Car Club will display over 75 Antique or Vintage Autos on Sunday ….

The Gloucester Waterfront Festival runs from 9am to 6pm each day.

Handicap Accessible and friendly pets are welcome, on a leash. Sophia Puppy

Directions: From Route 128 North take Exit 14. 

Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave Gloucester

Admission is FREE! Rain or Shine.

Free parking along Stacy Boulevard or at the High School. However, please note that there is fee to park  across the street at Beach Parking.

ROSEWAY Racing in Gloucester From Al Bezanson

Hi Joey…… I managed to get this photo of ROSEWAY in the 2006 Gloucester Schooner Race from GREEN DRAGON.  She is Essex-built, in 1925, and was purchased by the Boston Harbor Pilots in 1941.  The pilots also worked from the schooner PILOT built at the same yard in 1924.  Now that schooner is called HIGHLANDER SEA, berthed right here at Rocky Neck Railways. 


I feel slightly connected to these two schooners for in 1962-63 I lived on Long Wharf with GREEN DRAGON right adjacent to the pilots office.  The schooners alternated on station for a week, year round, and were a regular sight standing off Nahant under trysail.  I think it was Monday mornings one or the other came alongside Long Wharf briefly to drop off or board pilots, and on one occasion I caught a glimpse from our window of ROSEWAY during a whiteout snowstorm.

Here is a 1963 Polaroid photo from our  Long Wharf apartment looking over GREEN DRAGON’s masts at T-Wharf.  The cooling water outflow from the Quincy Market Cold Storage warehouse kept the slip ice-free and we sailed year-round.  This site is now occupied by Larry Cannon’s Waterboat Marina.

Long Wharf114Roseway at GSF 06-2

Al Bezanson

Junior Olympics







Had a great day out yesterday with Skipper Paul Gilman on his 23 foot Grady White media boat “Rebait”, Daphne Papp, Annisquam Yacht Club photographer, GDT reporter, Nick Curcuru and GDT photographer, Allegra, capturing the first day of the Mass Bay Junior Olympics Sailing Regatta out of Annisquam Yacht Club.  Each year a different club hosts the event with north and south shore host yacht clubs switching from year to year.  This is the first time in 15 years that Annisquam has hosted the event.  The day started off pretty calm and the races were delayed a bit, but then the wind picked up and off they went.  We raced back and forth across Ipswich Bay from one race area to the other to catch them as their races started.  A fun day for everyone involved.

E.J. Lefavour

Name that tune – for our friend Allen Estes

Well, Allen’s done it yet again — another new song.  This one’s perfect for summer and could well be on its way to becoming a summer anthem for Gloucester and Cape Ann.

As Allen says in this clip, he doesn’t yet have a name of this song.  If you feel like suggesting one, just leave a comment and we may mention your name on a future Local Music Seen regardless of what Allen finally decides to call the song.

This was recorded yesterday for a brand-new Local Music Seen show that will premiere tomorrow (Wednesday, 8/15) on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 at 6:30pm.  John Rockwell is Allen’s guest. Two excellent voices singing wonderful harmonies and reveling in Cape Ann’s burgeoning music scene.  So watch the show and then run down to Alchemy to see John Rockwell live at 7.

And don’t forget about all the music available tonight.  See the full live music lineup here.

Sony RX100 Takes Some Damn Fine Photos

Check out these amazing photos taken by Charlie Carroll with his new Sony RX100. They were taken at the Beach at the Western end of the Boulevard, opposite the Tennis Courts.  The first few shots were taken at Buswell’s Pond.  The camera was hand held and the conditions were overcast with rain approaching.  The average details for each shot were

F 5.6…  1/160th sec…  ISO 125… the Focal length was 10 mm… and no flash or tripod was used. 
Charlie says he is still learning how to use this camera and hopes to be fluent soon.  I can’t image what he will be getting when he becomes “fluent” with this camera.  These are some insane shots.  Of course, Charlie has a great eye and learns every minute detail of whatever equipment or program he works with.
E.J. Lefavour
Edit by Joey:
I can’t emphasize enough what stuffing this large sensor into this small of a camera can do for even the most average of photographers.  imagine a camera you can carry around with you everywhere which can capture the same kind of photos as cameras with huge lenses that you have to hang around your neck or off your shoulder all day long.  It’s a revolutionary camera.  I can’t recommend it enough or give Sony enough props for producing it. To me, the most exciting camera announced in 10 years. The Sony RX100 here

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Alert!!!

Last week the Giant Swallowtail butterfly visited our garden for a brief moment. I ran indoors to get my camera but it had departed by the time I returned. This morning my my friend John, who lives across from Folly Cove, emailed to say he too has spotted a Giant Swallowtail. John and I correspond regularly about butterfly sightings–I love to hear about what he is seeing on the other side of the island– and this is the first time both he and I have observed Giant Swallowtails in our gardens.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes)

Photo Courtesy Marti Warren

One of my readers, Marti Warren, wrote in on Monday that she spotted a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly last week in her garden in Amherst, New Hampshire. 

From my favorite butterfly book, Butterflies of the East Coast by Cech and Tudor, “Although they are not regular migrants, Giant Swallowtails have appeared with some consistency as vagrants in the North, and occasionally form colonies.”
On the range map provided in the above book, the northern border of Massachusetts is at the end of the Giant Swallowtails range so I think it is fairly unusual to see one in central New Hampshire.

Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilo polyxenes)

Three easy ways to know whether you are seeing the more common male Black Swallowtail or the Giant Swallowtail.

1) The wingspan of the male Black Swallowtail is approximately 3.2 inches; the Giant Swallowtail’s wingspan nearly five inches.

2) Both the male and female Giant Swallowtails have a band of yellow spots that converge near the apex.

3) Additionally the only blue irredescence on the Giant Swallowtail is a semi-circular “eyebrow” over the orange and black eyespots.

Let us know if you think you have seen a Giant Swallowtail in your garden recently. If you have a photo, even better!

First $9.99 Fresh Lobster Meat Roll Of The Day Served At Surfside Subs And To A FOB

@Surfsidelb: @Joey_C Happy customer, and GMG reader Tony Ashdon picks up the first $9.99 lobster roll of the day at Surfside!


Matty Picked Those Lobsters This Morning at the Dock. Doesn’t get any fresher. No frozen meat at Surfside baby.

LIVE 80S BAND AT HARBOR LOOP CONCERT SERIES & Souls of the Sea ~ August 16, 2012

This Thursday, August 16 Dan King and SAFETY 80s band will rock the Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series in Gloucester, MA with special guest, Allen Estes. The evening will will feature live 80s covers by the Cape Ann’s most radical 7-piece cover band. Free for all ages.


Produced in the summer of 2008 by Dan King, of Gloucester, SAFETY has fast become a local phenomenon. Lead singers Ann Marie, Kascia Murray, Guy Fiero and Brian King make your favorite 80s hits all their own, singing spot on renditions of everything from the Bangles to the Pretenders, Cindi Lauper to David Bowie, Talking Heads to the rarely covered neo-soul group, Soul II Soul. Keep an eye out for new covers from Michael Jackson, Human League, The Cure, The Clash, and Billy Idol.

SAFETY also features a dynamic rhythm section with Tony Goddess on Guitar and Keyboards, Dan King on Bass, and Dennis Monagle on Drums and Vocals. Add the fine keyboard work of Fiero, Brian King and Murray and this 7-piece group becomes a powerhouse of sound.

Thursday, August 16 • Harbor Loop • Gloucester, MA • free • bring a blanket!

Safety and
Souls of the Sea…

The Souls of the Sea performs musical tributes to the lives and experiences of the fishermen of the Gloucester and their families. The original songs co-written by Allen Estes and Frank Tedesco are unique interpretations of life around the working harbor, both yesterday and today. The group performs throughout the Northeast and features: local artist,  Allen Estes, who has lectured in songwriting and performance at THE BERKLEE

SCHOOL OF MUSIC in Boston, MA, and has co-written songs with Tammy Wynette and Shania Twain; and Matt Leavenworth, was voted best fiddler and best mandolin player in numerous Boston Country Music Awards.

More taekwondo in the streets

These folks impress me no end… From Demetri’s Taekwondo Academy at the street bazaar.See the top piece of the board flying away in the photo below?

I bet her kids say, “Yes, ma’am!” when she tells them to clean their rooms… (although her son was also there breaking things during this demo).

Fr. Matthew Green

Gloucester Dog Park Info Booth at Stage Fort Park

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will be staffing an information table in front of the  Visitor’s Center at Stage Fort Park on the following Thursdays from 3pm-5:30 pm: August 16, 30 and September 13 and 27.  We will have lots of activities and dog park merchandise for sale including t-shirts, bumper stickers and our red signature bandanas for the dogs.

Back by popular demand on August 16 will be David Feldman of Skillful Hands, a certified dog massage therapist.  He will be givng free dog massages and talking to pet guardians from 3- 5pm. You are also encouraged to walk around the dog park site and let your best friend ‘sniff’ it out for themselves. It’s a great opportunity to get an up close and personal glimpse into the entire process behind the makings of Cape Ann’s first dog park. Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about.

The dog park is being built entirely by private donations.  Please consider making a donation by mailing a check to The Gloucester Fund (in memo line write dog park),

45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930.  Also visit our website at for information, updates and to join our mailing list.