With 29 schooners participating and a three day stretch of perfect weather, the 34th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival was a magnificent success. Congratulations to all the schooners, to the captains, crew, festival committee members, and to all the volunteers and organizations who make possible this most stellar of maritime sailing events. 

Captain Amanda Madiera was honored with a trophy to be given annually in her name: The “Amanda Maderia Award for the George Nichols Cup for Women Skippers.”


Mayor’s Race Large Schooner: Adventure

Columbia Trophy: Columbia

Medium Schooner: Tree of Life

Medium Schooner with a Marconi-rig: Brilliant

Small Schooner: Malibar

Small Schooner with a Marconi-rig: Blackbird

Amanda Maderia Award for the George Nichols Cup for Women Skippers: Hindu

Massachusetts Cultural Council announces new cultural district funding: Gloucester eligible for $10,000


Announcement from the Massachusetts Cultural Council:

“Some good news to share: As the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) allocation was increased this year we are able to provide financial support to all the designated cultural districts for Fiscal Year 2019. Each district is eligible to receive a grant of up to $5,000 based on the submission of a plan of action and budget outlining the use of funds. The use of funds must be in line with the goals of the cultural district initiative…(such as) fees for professional consultants; hiring staff to manage or coordinate district activities; marketing and promotion of district activities and events; and fees connected to new cultural programs. Grant funds cannot be used for capital improvement projects or non-arts related activities…We are very delighted to be able to offer this small investment to support your work.”

Gloucester is eligible to apply for up to $10,000 because the city features two cultural districts: Rocky Neck and downtown. The application will be LIVE this week, due October, and awarded December.

Serendipitous Sunset

My sister was here visiting recently, and we found ourselves admiring the beauty of Our Lady of Good Voyage church.  As we were getting into the car intending to hunt for some sunset photos, a gentleman approached us to offer to share his view of Gloucester harbor at sunset.  We gave it careful consideration and took him up on his generous offer.

Our new friend, Bob, was not kidding around about the spectacular view. Although the sunset that evening was hazy, his hospitality was anything but! Our hesitance was rewarded with great conversation and new friendship.  It’s always wonderful to meet new people and share stories.  Thank you Bob for sharing your home and mostly for just being a nice guy!  I hope we meet again.



Book Signing Celebration Illustrated children’s book, “Let’s Go, Animal Tracks in the Snow”.

Book Signing Celebration


What: Illustrated children’s book, “Let’s Go, Animal Tracks in the Snow”. Award

winning entry in the past year’s Cape Ann Reads contest, written by Diane Polley

of Essex and beautifully illustrated by Marion Hall of Manchester. This sweet

book encourages children and their families to use their imaginations and

explore the natural world right outside their door.

When: Saturday September 8


anytime between 11:30-1:30

Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema 21 Main St, Gloucester

Free family friendly event . Meet Diane Polley, author and Marion Hall,

illustrator, who will be signing and selling copies of their book. (discounted

price at this event)

Light refreshments, activities for the kids and something special to watch on the

big screen as well.