NEW FILM: Scenes and Vignettes from the 32nd Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival

2016 Gloucester Schooner Festival – Dedicated to Kay Ellis

Highlights from Gloucester’s magnificent Schooner Festival, including the schooner welcome, Parade of Sail, the schooner race from a rocky cliff outpost, awards ceremony where Fly Amero and Daisy Nell honor Kay with a song, Daisy tells a funny joke, Adventure Captain Stefan Edick wins a special award, fireworks from Stage Fort Park, and more. The film opens with scenes of Cape Ann schooners, participating schooners, and Gloucester fishing boats, shot all around Gloucester Harbor during the weekend of the festival.

With special thanks to Al Bezanson, Daisy Nell, and Schooner Welcome Committee members Brett Ramsey, Max Ramsey, and Nick Ramsey.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival is held each year over Labor Day weekend and organized by Maritime Gloucester and the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee. The Schooner Festival celebrates the role the fishing schooner has played in the maritime heritage of the east coast, especially Cape Ann.

Race Results

2016 Particpating Schooners and Captains

Adventure – Stefan Edick

Ardelle – Harold Burnham

American Eagle – John Foss

Apella – Dan Hall

Bald Eagle – Paul Cole/Judith Nast

Blackbird – Peter Thompson

Columbia – Karl Joyner

Eileen Marie – Peter Houston

Fame – Mike Rutstein (not raccing)

Green Dragon – Andy Bezanson

Hindu – Josh Rowan

Ishmael – Fred and Sarah Murphy

Istar – Josiah Mayo

Lettie Howard – Colin Graham

Liberty Clipper – Dylan Saltzman

Light Reign – Mike Lawrence

Malabar II – James Lobdell

Narwhal – Bob Bernert

Principles – Derek Durling

Redbird – Daisy Nell/Stan Collinson

Roseway – Tom Ryan

Sugar Babe – Ed Boynton

Thomas Lannon – Heath Ellis

Tree of Life – Paul Morse

Tyrone – Matt Sutphin

Gloucester on Today Show: Municipalities balancing cost and efficiency vs aesthetic and health questions LED street lights

NBC news correspondent Tom Costello tapes Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Washington DC, and…Gloucester. Matt Coogan and Gloucester on the Today Show as positive example.



Gloucester photos from Zuiderdam cruise guest Larry Stock!

Thank you for sharing your perspective, Larry! The collage of 8 photos is followed by the ‘read more’ link for closer inspection of each of his terrific shots. His photographs document highlights from his visit including City Hall, climbing the tower, the murals, and a Cape Pond Ice tour. The September 24th visit was a full day into night port of call, and coincided with Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails. The welcome volunteers had prepared a list of things to do on that fun and busy Saturday. By 1:30PM, over 1200 Holland America passengers and crew had come through Cruiseport on this second September visit. (That clicker count does not include the package tours booked in advance.)



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Upper Deck Warming/Smoking/Grilling Accessory For 22 inch Kettles

Check Out The Updated Pics From This Smoke at

Northeast BBQ

Teaser for my review- (I haven’t even taken it completely out of the box but initial impressions from the quick peek are how thick and sturdy the build quality is)


Found on Amazon Here-

Stainless Steel Warming Rack and Grill Grate- For Use with 22.5 Inch Weber Kettle- Charcoal Grilling Accessory

As I said before the build quality is thick like Weber’s Gourmet Grate System.

Here is how I started out.  A regular smoke set-up using the snake method.  The Country Style Pork Ribs offset of the coals with apple chunk and cherry wood chips.


Next to add the Upper Deck.  It fit right in place and there were no issues with clearance of the lid.


The Upper deck provides a whole lot of extra space.  it is billed as a warmig rack but I think where it will shine is with that huge amount of extra space it affords…

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Walking the Dog

While going through some photos last night I found this pic that I snapped one evening at the end of the Merrimack River near Salisbury Beach.  I have no idea who the couple is, but I love that they’re out walking their four-legged friend.  Maybe they’ll see this… I’d love for them to have it.


Our Hearts and Prayers are with Judy, the Goetemann Family, and Rocky Neck Friends


1138821847-1Gordon Goetmann Obituary

Gordon Goetemann, 83, Educator, Painter, Rocky Neck Art Colony Community Activist, passed away peacefully at home on September 29.
To all who wander throughout the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the courtyard with yellow-cushioned wooden benches in front of Gordon and Judith Goetemann’s art gallery is a warm, welcoming place–a colorful thread in the tight-knit neighborhood, an inviting space for locals, tourists and art patrons from near and far to share low-key banter or debate the meaning of life.
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO., Gordon earned his BFA at Notre Dame and his MFA at the University of Iowa. During the summer of 1953, following his junior year at Notre Dame, he found his way to Gloucester where he studied under Umberto Romano, a formative experience which influenced his future works. It was also where he fell in love, with the dramatic light, the shoreline, the culture of Cape Ann, and with Judy Steele, a fellow Romano student who later became his wife and partner of 58 years. Together they raised 4 children.
In1977, Gordon and Judy opened the doors to their gallery at 37 Rocky Neck Ave, put the yellow cushioned chairs out, and joined one of America’s oldest working artist colonies.
Aware that the colony’s strength ebbed and flowed, Gordon became active in its steerage committee and dedicated himself to making the community strong and able to resist East Gloucester’s gentrification pressures.
He helped inspire key players to get involved in the creation of SeArts (Society of the Encouragement of the Arts on Cape Ann), the Rocky Neck Cultural Center and the Artist Residency Program at RNAC, renamed in 2010 in his honor. Thanks to their joint efforts, the Colony’s strength is flowing again.
Summers on Rocky Neck were the treat that followed 9 months of hard work teaching, painting until 3 a.m. and shoveling chest-deep snow drifts in St. Joseph, MN, where Gordon taught art history and studio courses at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
He was most fulfilled by his 40 year teaching career, working within a culture steeped in Benedictine values alongside many dear friends and colleagues. Former students would often recall that they had signed up for an easy course titled “painting”, then got bowled over by “the toughest class they ever loved”.
Gordon taught by example, challenging his students to live an “examined life”, to question and define their values, often within the context of their religious precepts, then create their artwork based upon what they had learned.Gordon’s studio contained as many papers filled with longhand notes on his philosophical queries as it did tubes of oil paint. He thought long and hard before he’d pick up the paint brush. Transfiguration of form and spiritual resurrection were common themes of study, examples being his Celestial Islands series and his magna opus on Gustav Mahler’s Symphonie II (Resurrection).
Though raised in a devout Catholic home, he was, at heart, a humanist, a moralist and a seeker of truth. Knowledge was a tool used to facilitate the examination process. And knowledge was a commodity Gordon rarely lacked — except when it came to the fate of his hallowed Notre Dame football team’s end-of-season scorecard, or the answer to the twelve letter word on 23 across, third and seventh letters being Q… (He loved his puzzles!)

Students who traveled with him to the Louvre, the Uffizi or the Prado would often try to stump him on the names of the most obscure paintings, to no avail. He’d name it, then study the work silently for a long minute and expound on the work’s uniqueness, origins and influence on movements to follow. He possessed encyclopedic knowledge and total recall, a pristine mind, even while his body was failing him.

Of his art, he told Art New England in an interview two years ago: “I always see myself as a synthesizer of the past, working to keep it vital in terms of contemporary culture,” he explained. “My expertise is in the history of the visual form. “There is no experience anywhere else that is like it. Love would be the closest comparison…it gives me a reason for living.”
Judy Goetemann and the neighbors invite all readers to come visit the galleries on Rocky Neck, have dinner, take in an event at the Cultural Center. While there, please come have a seat on the yellow cushioned benches and celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood, the Colony, and Gordon.
In addition to his wife, Judith Steele Goetemann, he is survived by his four children, Elizabeth Scholes and husband Garrett of Kittery Point, ME., David Goetemann of Gloucester, Mark Goetemann of Lincoln, Chris Goetemann of Gloucester; grandchildren Ava and William Scholes, Owen Goetemann, Theo and Adelle Goetemann; and his brother Gerald Goetemann of Parkersburg, W.V.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 7, from 4 to 7 pm at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
A private family service will follow at the Greely Funeral Home on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.
A celebration of Gordon’s life gathering will take place at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at a future date.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center to support the Goetemann Artist Residency Program.
For online condolences, please visit

Golden Age of Fishing – R. Gilson video at the Sawyer Free Library, 10/29, Sat., @ 2 p.m

Hi Joey:

We are on for a showing of my video at the Sawyer Free Library, 10/29, Sat., @ 2 p.m.

Below is a brief description,  but the second piece (The Golden Age of Fishing) is the actual opening statement to my video,  Part 1 (of two parts). 

This video has been 6 months in the making; we are quite excited about the factual content of the material and hope for wide dissemination  in our Cape Ann community (including GMG).

Thanks, Ron

GLOUCESTER’S GOLDEN AGE OF FISHING – Part 1   (Sat., 10/29/16, SFL)told by Ron Gilson

A film by Jim LaBelle

…..traces Gloucester’s fishing industry from the age of sail to diesel power.

From the 1920s and the International Fishermen’s Races to the life and times of Ben Pine and his early influence on Gloucester’s fishing industry. The end of dory fishing and the 1930 beginnings of the great fleet buildup of the 1940s and ‘50s, ….“Gloucester’s Golden Age of Fishing”.

Ron Gilson

second more detailed description:


The film you are about to witness depicts a “window moment” in a much larger history of Gloucester’s 400-year fishing saga dating back to 1623.

For a brief 15-year, 1940 – 1955 period, “The Golden Age of Fishing”, Gloucester’s fishing fleet supplied our domestic market, fed armies, and subsequently provided the much needed protein to a recovering WW II Europe.

This (not-for-profit) historical account focusing on “The Golden Age of Fishing” is presented by Ron Gilson, who actually worked the wharfs, fished the vessels, and insured the fleet. Gilson documented this era as he lived it. His intention here is to reflect accurately on the industry as it processed hundreds of millions of pounds of edible seafood products annually, employing over 2,000 unionized seafood workers. This record production was accomplished on a fraction of our post depression waterfront.

Gloucester has been blessed with many notable historians, all too often they have presented embellished storytelling accounts that have not factually reflected the actual happenings as they went down. For decades, politicians, lobbying associations, and local activists have frequently advanced false narratives, misinformation, and proposed restrictive zoning that prohibited mixed-use growth on our harbor front.

This “Golden Age of Fishing” was a phenomenal period, it was pivotal. Times have changed, and for 100 different reasons, our fishery of the ‘40s and ‘50s will never repeat itself.  Years later, this one era would prove to be a turning point in Gloucester’s way of life.

Ron Gilson, 7/31/16


sonicsea-w528On Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Maritime Gloucester is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary Sonic Sea at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Leila Hatch, marine ecologist at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and cast member and panelists Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President and Senior Advisor, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium and Dr. Kathleen Vigness Raposa, Director of Environmental Services, Marine Acoustics, Inc.

Sonic Sea delves into the issues of ocean noise and its effects on the marine environment. Experience this film surrounded by the stunning acoustics at the Shalin Liu and become part of the conversation as we explore noise pollution in the marine environment and the cutting edge field research. Tickets are $15 for Maritime Gloucester members and students; $20 general admission and can be purchased HERE.


Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series:

“The Canon FX-105 Camcorder–Beyond Automatic”


Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 12pm with “”The Canon FX-105 Camcorder–Beyond Automatic”” presented by Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

Cape Ann TV has several Canon FX-105 HD camcorders available to its members for shooting projects outside our studio. They’re light, easy to run around with for action shooting, and produce great pictures and sound as a “point and shoot” video camera.

But this camera can do a whole lot more once you take the settings off automatic. Join us for our next “Lunch and Learn” at Cape Ann TV and see how to take this remarkable tool to the next level in picture control, audio and much more. Ted Reed, Emmy-award-winning TV director and cinematographer and Cape Ann resident, will lead this session.


Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to to reserve your spot.