Join the crews for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

THE SCHOONER CHALLENGE out of Gloucester Harbor on Monday, June 17th 6pm-8pm.

The three Essex-built schooners are, Thomas E. Lannon, Ardelle and Fame.

This fun-filled Challenge will benefit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s 86 year-old

Schooner Evelina M. Goulart. This would make an ideal club, association or family team event!

For more information, and to buy tickets now, please visit our Museum’s secure web site:

Don’t Delay–Limited tickets are available so sign-on NOW.

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D.E.S.Portuguese Club – Prepares for Trinity Sunday

This years Emperor are Mr. and Mrs. Jose Dias Ferreira, they have been hosting the crown in their home for the past year.

A week of prayer to be held at the DES Club, procession and Feast of the “Holy Spirit” on Sunday May 26th.  See Full schedule below.

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Fun at Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery

fun at khan studio and GMG Gallery

No one can say we don’t have lots of fun at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at Madfish Wharf on Rocky Neck.  In case anyone is wondering what the bunch of us are doing – we’re downing these amazing jello shots made by Alicia Penderosa. 

The gallery is now open and the first major event will be our Grand Opening Mug Up on Sunday, May 26th from 9:00am-11:30 or so.   Most galleries have their openings in the evening so they can feed you lovely little tidbits and ply you with alcohol to entice you to buy something.  Since this is Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, we’re going for a Good Morning grand opening with deviled eggs, cheesecake and mimosas (in memory of Evelyn), so some plying will take place along with good morning fun and food.  There will of course be coffee and tea for those who don’t imbide that early in the day – but as Wendie Demuth always said, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

E.J. Lefavour

The Mary Prentiss Inn

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Last fall I began a new project, The Mary Prentiss Inn, located on Prentiss Street off of Harvard Square. The old garden had grown up and out and the plants had become too over-sized for the little borders out front of the Inn.

mary prentiss inn before ©Kim Smith 2012Mary Prentiss Inn ~ Before

Jennifer Fandetti, who runs her family’s Inn, had wanted more color throughout the growing season, as well as flowers to bring indoors to decorate the rooms.

Jennifer fandetti and helper ©Kim Smith 2012Jennifer and bulb-planting helper

Mary prentiss Inn fall planting ©Kim Smith 2012Our awesome fall crew planting the borders

We are all so weary of winter’s drab hues that when spring at long last arrives the tulips and jonquils are a wonderfully welcome sight. I make a special mix of color and variety for each client and later this season we’ll add perennials and annuals. The boxwoods give the borders a neat appearance and the hollies and magnolia provide structure and beauty throughout the year. Coming soon is a little cutting garden along the side of the building. For now, everyone, including guests and neighbors, are enjoying the new look at the Inn!

Mary Prentiss Inn spring tulips ©Kim smith 2013

Harvard and MIT are just around the corner from the Mary Prentiss, and with all the graduations and events, if you need a wonderful place to stay, or recommend to a friend, The Mary Prentiss Inn is an absolutely perfect and delightful inn in the heart of Cambridge. The staff is gracious and helpful, the building has been beautifully renovated and restored (and is meticulously maintained) and all the rooms are charming and beautifully appointed, with decor by Charlotte’s Forsythe. Amenities include high speed internet service (wired and WiFi), cooked to order breakfasts, and 100 percent cotton bed linens. Every afternoon tea is served with super delicious homemade cookies and other sweet treats. Around back is a stunning secret garden and sunny courtyard used for breakfast, afternoon tea, and relaxing.

Mary Prentiss Inn spring tulips -1 ©Kim smith 2013

I watched as these two women were were walking down Mass Ave. They looked down Prentiss Street, and continued to walk by, but on second thought turned around and came back to photograph the flowers!

Mary Prentiss Inn spring tulips -2 ©Kim smith 2013

Block Party Dates Announced. Will Hunt New Artistic Director.

Block Party Head, Valerie Marcley, sent along the good news . . .

It’s Party Time Gloucester! Block Party Dates Announced
Will Hunt Accepts Artistic Director Position

Will HuntThe Downtown Gloucester Block Parties will be held July 20, August 17 and September 21 beginning at 6 pm. Main Street transforms into an entertainment mall with live performances, al fresco dining, stores open until 11 pm and Kids’ Town for the youngsters.

Block Party organizers are thrilled to announce Will Hunt as the new Artistic Director. Hunt is a skilled musician familiar with performers from Cape Ann and beyond. He has equipped and been technical director for Block Party stages. Hunt contributes innovative vitality to the Block Parties.

“I’m pleased to take on the role of artistic director this year. I’m planning some exciting new bands and performers as well as favorites from previous years.”

Chief Blockhead, Valerie Marcley states, “Will has the talent and knowledge we need to become an even better event.”

Lucinda Seigel has accepted the post of Merchant Liaison, helping the stores organize for the three parties. “Lucinda is very sharp, has international business experience and is a skilled organizer with wonderful enthusiasm!” states Marcley.

To take part in the dynamic Block Party Series please contact the following.
Those who wish to perform contact Will Hunt
Main Street Merchants contact Lucinda
Restaurants contact Mark
Sponsor and donation inquiries to Judith
Press, Vendors, Suggestions & all other inquiries contact:

The Block Party welcomes performers in all genres including theater, comedy, music and dance. Street performers are also invited. 

The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Series is a project of

the non-profit Cape Ann Business Incubator.

CBS and Boston Magazine Cover Our Darth Maul Lobster

Here Is a Lobster that Looks Like Darth Maul
Because Monday.

By Eric Randall | Boston Daily | May 20, 2013 11:52 am

Gloucester Lobsterman Lands Darth Maul Look-A-Like

May 20, 2013 11:13 AM

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Darth Maul Lobster (Photo Courtesy & Darth Maul (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Darth Maul Lobster (Photo Courtesy & Darth Maul (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Make Room On The Trophy Shelf- Gloucester Brings Home The Gold Again, Natch

Sarah Garcia forwards-

The results from the national competition for the MUSE awards are in:

The HarborWalk Walking Cinema won the GOLD!  Go Gloucester! 

In our category – "Audio Tours & Podcasts" – the winners were:

Gold – Walking Cinema: Posts from Gloucester, Maritime Gloucester and Untravel Media

Silver – Riddle of the Room family, Barnes Foundation

Bronze – The History Explorer, National Museum of American History

Peter Sollogub from Cambridge 7 Associates tells us that in the history of the MUSE awards, they have only won a gold once:  for the Patriots Hall of Fame!  We are in good company.  (and aren’t we in the Patriots Hall of Fame too?!)

Thank you Cambridge 7 Associates for designing a Walk with the originality and quirkiness of Gloucester.  The Walking Cinema are great fun!

Best to all,

Sarah Garcia

Catherine Ryan adds-

h, my goodness. The nomination itself is an achievement. Gold– Congratulations!  2013 HarborWalk = MUSE AWARD WINNER

2012 Last year’s winner in the same category went to 2 museums partnering: the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the African American Museum of Philadelphia (gold). The silver went to the Getty (as it did in 2010).

2011 gold was LA Museum of the Holocaust

2010 gold was Chicago History Museum

2009 gold was Mauerguide: Walk the Wall (Berlin Wall)


There’s always competition and big players vying (eg Whitney and MoMa last year winning in other categories). It’s definitely good company to be in. I can’t wait to hear the complete 2013 list and see Gloucester in the mix.



Community Photos 5/20/13

Nubar Alexanian submits-

Chris Thomas on the board early this morning all the way over here in the Essex River.  His first first of the season: 29 inches.  We had an excellent morning of fishing.


New Launch Boat Submitted By Judy Caulkette


The View That Never Disappoints from Ann Kennedy-

Could stand here forever watching whatever comes and goes.