PAARI Concert Update

Hi Joey,Any chance of getting this out one more time?
Last chance for tickets…they are selling out. Would love to see all of our friends at this great benefit featuring delicious food from Tonno and a fantastic line-up of singer songwriters:
 Leonard Campanello

Chief of Police

City of Gloucester, Massachusetts


gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooners-with-schooner-eileen-marie-in-the-foreground-copyright-kim-smithGloucester Harbor Schooner Festival 2016

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-redbird-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Redbird and Gloucester City Hall

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-green-dragon-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Green Dragon and UU Church

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-ardelle-schooner-istar-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Ardelle and Schooner Istar


Schooner Eileen Marie and Gloucester City Hall


Schooner Light Reign and Schooner Narwahl

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-narwhal-schooner-fame-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Narwahl and Schooner Fame 

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-istar-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Istar

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-eileen-marie-our-lady-of-good-voyage-church-copyright-kim-smithSchooner Eileen Marie and Our Lady of Good Voyage


Schooners Paint Factory

ten-pound-island-gloucester-schooner-race-2016Schooners Ten Pound Island

All photos in the gallery are labeled with the Schooner name; click the image for the caption. If any of the labels are amiss, please let me know. Thank you!


Snapshots taken on race day, at the morning meeting of the captains and the evening’s closing ceremony, and a few the day before. So many thanks to Al Bezanson for introductions, his much appreciated knowledge and advice generously shared, and for being an all around great guy. I’ve tried to accurately caption; click on the photo to read the captain’s names and their schooners.

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2016 Ardelle Captain Harold Burnham, Malabar Captain James Lobdell copyright Kim Smith

Captain Harold Burnham, Schooner Ardelle, and Captain James Lobdell, Schooner Malabar II


Captain Matt Sutphin, Schooner Tyrone and Captain Al Bezanson, Schooner Green Dragon

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2016 Captain Al Bezanson Schooner Green Dragon Captain Peter Houston Schooner Eileen Marie copyright Kim SmithMike McManus, Captain Al Bezanson Schooner Green Dragon and Captain Peter Houston, Schooner Eileen Marie

Gloucester Schooner Festival 2016 Adventure Captain Stefan Edick, Captain Matt Sutphin Tyrone copyright Kim SmithCaptain Stefan Edick, Schooner Adventure, receiving the George Nichols Cup from the Schooner Committee Chair Daisy Nell

gloucester-schooner-festival-2016-schooner-tyrone-captain-matt-sutphin-2-copyright-kim-smithCaptain Matt Sutphin the day before the race painting the hull of the Schooner Tyrone

Cruise Ship coming in on Friday

Volunteers needed to welcome cruise ship’s 2,000 guests

Almost 2,000 visitors will be coming to Cape Ann on Friday, disembarking from a large cruise ship, and the local Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to greet them and offer information on local attractions.

The visitors are passengers on the MS Zuiderdam, a Holland America cruise ship, which will arrive in Gloucester on Friday, Sept. 9. The ship will return to Gloucester for two additional fall visits, on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 29, according to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 1,800 passengers will be on board and an estimated 40 percent have pre-booked excursions, the chamber said. The remaining 1,000 vacationers will be shopping, dining, and visiting Gloucester’s and Rockport’s museums, attractions, shops and cultural districts.

On Friday, the first passengers coming in from the ship on tenders are expected to arrive on shore at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, at 9 a.m. and reach downtown Gloucester by 9:30 a, ■ , and Rocky Neck and Rockport by 10:30 a.m., the chamber said.

Volunteers are needed to help chamber representatives welcome this group to Gloucester and Cape Ann.

At Cruiseport’s upper entrance, there will be eight tables staffed by volunteers with a wide array of local maps and brochures. CATAtrolleys will be on hand to transport visitors around downtown Gloucester and CATA buses will be available to take passengers on their regular routes to Rocky Neck and Rockport. CATA will be selling all-day passes for their trolleys and buses for $3.

All other Cape Ann area transportation companies (e.g. taxis, rental car agencies, tour services, etc.) are being alerted to the ship’s arrival and will be invited to transport cruise ship passengers to all Cape Ann locations.

Many local businesses will be offering special discounts and other promotions for cruise ship passengers. The chamber has created a “Welcome Zuiderdam Passengers” sign that business owners may download from and hang at their business entrance.

The Cape Ann Chamber is working collaboratively with the city of Gloucester, CATA, Discover Gloucester, Cruiseport and downtown merchants in Gloucester and Rockport to help make these visits memorable and fun experiences for all and build the demand for more cruise ships to visit Cape Ann.

For more information or if interested in volunteering, people are encouraged to contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail. com or Peter Webber or 978-283-1601.

Quintessential Cape Ann

Every once in a while (that’s probably an understatement) a weekend ends and I am left feeling so incredibly appreciative of where we live and the people I am fortunate enough to consider friends and/or family.  This weekend was one of those weekends.

While we had to miss the block party on Friday night, we made the most of Saturday with quarry jumping with great buddies, some long overdue downtime with our favorite neighbors, an evening walk along the waterfront, a Wicked Tuna run in down the docks with two bluefin, a pitstop at Salty Franks for some grub to eat on the beach in front of the Beauport Hotel, the Parade of Lights, and the best fireworks display that I have seen in a long time…with great friends. A quick run in with “Grampy and Sherry” topped off our night.

Sunday spoiled us with a trip out with friends to see the Parade of Sails and brilliant views of the schooners that graced the harbor.  One of very best days in Gloucester Harbor each and every year….which says a lot because there are so many great days that Gloucester can boast about.  After a bit of downtime reading on the deck, we were lucky enough to be treated to a sunset concert on Long Beach.  The Cape Ann Motor Inn hosted such a fantastic evening on the beach and Garfish entertained the crowd with three sets of some pretty great songs.  We sat on the beach with some of our favorite peeps well into the evening while the kids played football in the sand.  One of the most perfect ways to spend a summer evening for sure.

I have to admit we ventured over the bridge on Monday.  The horror  😉      I took the boys down to the final PawSox game of the season.  While it may not count in the “where we are blessed to live” category….it does fit into the “how blessed we are” category.  Baseball, whether at Fenway Park or a minor league team, has always held a special place in my heart and it was a perfect way to end a Labor Day Weekend.  The PawSox do a great job of making sure their fans enjoy an inexpensive day at the park….and we sure did!

A weekend this perfect gives perspective.

Booze Cruise Fundraiser For Team Barbara’s brigade Sept 10th

Since the passing of my mother in 2014, Team Barbara’s Brigade have participated in the Walk To Defeat ALS. This year I wanted to create an event that would be fun but also raise ALS awareness to keep my mothers memory alive❤
A Booze Cruise Fundraiser will be held On September 10th.
The tickets will be $50 each or 2/$75  Proceeds will go towards Team Barbara’s Brigade in the fight against ALS❤
DJ will be on board for dancing the night away! Please message me if you are interested and I will personally deliver the tickets to you!
Bring a friend it will be a fun night⚓️
Thank you for all your support every year!!
Tanya Frost