Loved seeing the smile Fiesta Committee member Al Millefoglie was wearing as the Procession got underway. 

Photos from Saint Peter’s Fiesta Sunday morning Procession, and a splendid and grand procession it was. There were so many beautiful moments. Thank you to the Saint Peter’s committee for a magnificent Fiesta. Viva! 

Thank you to the Saint Peter’s Fiesta Committee President Joe Novello and to all the Fiesta Committee members for making this year, and every year, a truly beautiful and unique tradition for Gloucester. The committee members are as follows, and if you see them around town, please thank them:

Joseph Novello –  President

Michael Linquata – Vice President

Anthony Cusumano  Treasurer

Rose Aiello  – Clerk

Christopher Palazzola – Committee Member

Salvatore Ferrara – Committee Member

Ralph Puopolo –  Committee Member

Carlo Barbara – Committee Member

Rose Aiello – Committee Member

Alphonse Millefoglie – Committee Member

Tom Favazza – Committee Member

Lucia Sheehan – Recording Secretary

Photos from Saturday and from Sunday’s closing ceremony are still to come, and then there will be time to go through the footage and we can post the winning walks.




Additionally Sherri Casey from the Rockport Garden Club writes: All RGC members and guests are welcome to attend our July 9 evening meeting at the Rockport Art Association. This should be a beautiful, informative talk by Kim Smith titled, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.” The evening starts at 6:00 with a wine and cheese reception followed by Kim’s presentation. If you would like to attend but do not drive at night we can arrange for a ride. Please contact Sherri Casey.

One Hour at a Time Gang Clean Up

I think we should clean the Back Shore on Saturday by Mooreland Avenue.

When:                  Saturday, July 7, 2018

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Back Shore near Mooreland Ave.

Thanks kids



George Nick: 75 Years of Painting – Evening Talk & Slide Presentation on July 11

George Nick: 75 Years of Painting

Evening Talk & Slide Presentation with George Nick
Wednesday, July 11th, 6:30 PM at Rockport Art Association & Museu

RAA&M Members: $8.00 / Non-Members: $12.00

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(Images courtesy of Gallery NAGA – photos: Bill Kipp)

George Nick is a nationally recognized realist painter based in Boston. Blurring the line between realism and expressionism, Nick has described his painting style as intuitive and inventive. What we see between the frames is not a moment frozen in time, but a collection of moments that unify in our mind’s eye. Nick’s paintings are complicated, he is constantly running in circles, following ideas that lead to moments of clarification which, in turn, give birth to a new set of problems and intangible thoughts waiting to be chased down and painted. Nick taught painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for twenty-five years. His work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Hirschhorn Museum; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., as well as many others.

The varied subjects in George Nick’s paintings – ranging from vintage automobiles to Back Bay street scenes, from Venetian waterways to Maine landscapes – reflect his appetite for experimentation. “I’m always reaching out for left-field ideas and approaches, trying to understand what I can do and what I can’t do,” says Nick. This freshness is reflected in Nick’s paint handling, which, always lively and luscious, veers from crisply detailed strokes to broad swaths of color, sometimes within the same piece.

In his 2004 essay on the painting of George Nick, John Stomberg, the Deputy Director of the Williams College Museum of Art, coined the term “existential realism” to describe the particular arena in which Nick operates. Yes, he is a realist, a painter in love with the world and its appearances, and, yes, he is, like the first generation abstract expressionists who were his peers in the 1950s, a painter whose work is a document of his moment-by-moment encounter with the art of painting.

“…George paints like a young man just discovering the appearances of things, discoveries that have nothing to do with the ego of the artist but everything to do with the world’s constant overflow of color and form.”   – John Updike



Huge shout out to underdogs Iron Village for winning the most nail-biting, neck-in-neck, toe-to-toe men’s seine boat race ever seen in the history of the Saint Peter’s Fiesta races. Congratulations Iron Village!!!!

Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2018 Starts Tonight! 6pm with Piere Ave then Local 28


Chris Fritz-Grice, Jake Pardee, Jay McGuinness, Thad Fulmer and AJ Maynard make up Pier Ave writing uplifting, soulful and heartfelt reggae tunes

Twangadelic Jam Core
Get your boogie on with Local 28’s jammy mix of Dead, Stones, Alt-twang and even some A.M. radio gold. Entertaining Boston’s North Shore for over 10 years, a LOCAL 28 show is not to be missed!


Gloucester Schooners – The Adventure, Thomas Lannon, and Ardelle

2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival Friday August 31st to Monday September 3rd

Beauport Hospitality Group Major New Sponsor of the 2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival

Maritime Gloucester is proud to announce an exciting one-year sponsorship deal with Beauport Hospitality Group in support of its annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. This establishes Beauport Hospitality Group as the premier corporate sponsor for the event. The partnership between Maritime Gloucester and Beauport Hospitality Group will have far-reaching implications for community access at the Festival. Now in its 34th year, the Festival seeks to expand its public engagement through additional public dockside access to visiting Schooners. This significant support from The Beauport Hospitality Group will help to underwrite Maritime Gloucester’s plans to construct sets of temporary dock space for the duration of the festival. These floats are expected to provide dock space again next year and for many years to come.
The Gloucester Schooner Festival is an annual event scheduled each Labor Day Weekend. This year’s dates are Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3, 2018. Once again, this year’s Schooner Festival will be an historic event for the Cape Ann Community, with the arrival of Nova Scotia’s recently restored Schooner Bluenose II and the breathtaking replica of the 1923 Essex-built Schooner Columbia. Along with 26 other schooners coming from Maine to Maryland, the Festival hosts tens of thousands of people for a unique and inspiring four-day event.
Whether through the award-winning marine science initiatives offered at Maritime Gloucester or the Schooner Festival’s Youth Scholarship program, the Schooner Festival’s impact is felt beyond its four-day span. A true city-wide celebration of Gloucester’s maritime heritage, the festival captivates the imagination and provides opportunity for community engagement. The Beauport Hospitality Group’s Sheree Zizik expressed particular interest in this impact on the Cape Ann Community beyond just the event. “Beauport Hospitality Group has grown on a foundation of community involvement. We cherish the City of Gloucester, her history and her devotion to the education of her children. We are proud to be a part of the Cape Ann Community, who holds on to her heritage so dearly and yet is moving forward into the future with ever-changing maritime innovation. We are proud to contribute to the Gloucester Schooner Festival and be a part of its continued growth, and to see the educational and scholarship programs develop even more.”
Being part of the community and celebrating the people of Gloucester has been the bedrock of this Festival from the start. Each year, since 1985, the Mayor of the City of Gloucester has welcomed the arrival of the schooners, a magnificent link to the story of Gloucester and the community and vessels that fueled the economy of a growing country. This year Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will again officially welcome the schooners on Friday evening, then present the Esperanto Cup for the winner of the Mayor’s Race onSunday, Sept. 2.
 “As the mayor of America’s Oldest Seaport, I take pride in honoring our rich maritime history. It is an honor to serve such a proud and vibrant community, especially when unique collaborations bring people together. The Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates our cultural and maritime heritage; it honors our fishermen and the sacrifices they and their families have made. The historic schooners in Gloucester Harbor for our festival will provide cultural enrichment for citizens and visitors to our wonderful city.”
The Festival is coordinated by a committee of volunteers plus the staff of Maritime Gloucester. Michael Costello, former Executive Director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, served as the original coordinator of the festival, now chaired by local author and folklorist Daisy Nell. Finding a partner who sees the value in not only the event, but also the community engagement around the event, is a key component for Chairwoman Nell. “I am so grateful for this gift of support from the Beauport Hospitality Group. This will allow us to offer more opportunities for people to experience, up-close, a variety of schooners. They can see why these authentic vessels still matter in today’s world. We want to show our young people that we have a meaningful touchstone to history, in a way that is thrilling and engaging.”
Michael DeKoster, Executive Director at Maritime Gloucester agrees. “The love of our collective maritime heritage and the sense of place that we celebrate resonates through the spirit of this festival. I have been an avid attendee for years, along with thousands of other locals and visitors from far and wide. A signature weekend in America’s Oldest Seaport, this is a must-see event for all. With the excellent and generous backing of our local partners, and now The Beauport Hospitality Group, festival-goers will be able to see more, do more, and engage more than ever before. It is a real pleasure to be working with partners who share our community goals.”
The City of Gloucester and many local banks, businesses, and individuals, make annual gifts of support and services, without which this festival could not take place. The Gloucester Schooner Festival wholeheartedly thanks each of its sponsors, and warmly welcomes the Beauport Hospitality Group as this year’s primary sponsor. For more information on the 2018 Gloucester Schooner Festival, please visit or
               Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
                  Friday, August 31, 2018 to Monday, September 3, 2018
Maritime Gloucester
A 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, Maritime Gloucester’s mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station.
About Beauport Hotel Gloucester
Situated on the Gloucester waterfront, with sweeping views of Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the quintessential New England seaside getaway. With uncompromising service, beachfront location and world-class amenities, the 94-room Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the perfect setting for guests to escape the everyday and experience a unique, authentic perspective of the North Shore and Coastal Cape Ann. Luxury features include a seasonal rooftop swimming pool overlooking Gloucester Harbor, award-winning waterfront restaurant and bar with al-fresco dining, business center and fitness facility, oceanfront event spaces featuring floor to ceiling glass walls and decks with spectacular vistas of the harbor and more. Beauport Hotel Gloucester is located at 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester MA 01930. For more information, please call (978) 282-0008 or visit

Visitors to Gloucester

So many visitors to Gloucester from as far away as Australia, California, and China.. We do have a great place to visit.  I totally enjoyed meet these nice people, giving them directions, places to eat, and  see.  Most of them become Friends of the Blog (FOB), and enjoy Gloucester year round through the blog.


This couple from California, were stay at the Beauport Hotel.

See many more below:


Season Three of Music on Meeting House Green

Season three of Music on Meeting House Green kicks off on Friday, July 6th with a benefit performance supporting Pathways for Children by Berklee Be-Bop Guitars. (Corner of Middle and Church Streets) This summer series is free and in the spirit of giving each concert is partnered with a Cape Ann non-profit organization. The public is invited to make a free-will donation, cash or check.

The music begins at 6PM and runs to 8:30PM so bring a comfy beach chair, a picnic or food is available to purchase from a local favorite: The Causeway Restaurant!