A low flying helicopter overhead prompted Charlotte and I to head to the Harbor this morning. A fishing captain we met suggested it was a Wicked Tuna film crew, but I don’t recognize the boat Kraken from the show. By the time we got there, a dense fog bank was rolling in and filming quickly ended. If any of our readers know more, please write. Thank you 🙂

What is a Kraken I wondered? From wiki: The Kraken is a legendary cephalodpod-like sea monster of giant size in Scandinavian folklore. According to the Norse sagas, the Kraken dwells off the coast of Norway and Greenland and terrorizes nearby sailors. Authors over the years have postulated that the legend may have originated from sightings of giant squids that may grow 13-15 meters (40 to 50 feet) in length. Read more here.

Stage Fort Park Advisory for Saturday, August 25

August 22, 2019

Stage Fort Park Advisory for Saturday, August 24

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 22, 2019) – The City of Gloucester has issued an advisory for Saturday, August 24 in and around Stage Fort Park (SFP) for the Riverfest Seaside Music Festival. The festival is scheduled from 12 PM – 6 PM and additional event details can be found here: https://theriverboston.com/attend/riverfest/.

Residents should be aware that general event parking will be available at SFP, at the Little League parking lot and lower lot adjacent to The Cupboard Restaurant. Free parking is available for residents with a beach parking sticker at SFP, O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Magnolia Woods, and Gloucester High School. Free shuttle service will be provided from O’Maley and Magnolia Woods. The City is encouraging the use of taxi’s and or ride-sharing services (Uber, Lyft) from any MBTA station. CATA will be running its standard Saturday routes, including shuttle service to SFP, downtown and beaches.

For the safety and enjoyment of all residents and guests visitors should take a moment and review SFP’s rules and regulations. That complete list can be found here: https://gloucester-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5647.

Local traffic and access will be managed with lot attendants, posted signs and police details. Lane shifts and/or alternating one-way traffic may be required and implemented based on the work and direction of the detail officers. By mid-morning Hough Avenue will be restricted to one way, beginning from the Stacey Boulevard entrance.

The Gloucester Police Department will be implementing a traffic management plan that will mitigate traffic and pedestrian impact on the community and that will facilitate a safe and orderly egress at the conclusion of the event. “No concert parking” signs will be posted at the beginning of more than a dozen streets in and around the SFP Area. Officers will be out enforcing traffic and/or parking violations.

Residents should follow the City of Gloucester and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Facebook pages. Traffic, parking and event updates will be posted periodically throughout the day.

At times, traffic may be extremely congested. As always, drivers and pedestrians should exercise caution and patience navigating through and around Stage Fort Park. The City of Gloucester appreciates everyone’s patience and cooperation.

About the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts

As America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of approximately 30,000 residents. Its sharp focus on economic development has helped build its reputation as the ideal location to live, work, and play. An important center for the fishing industry, the City is also proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage. Gloucester is a destination for thousands of visitors who come to the harbor and its beaches during the summer months. The City will be celebrating its 400th Anniversary in 2023. For more information, please visit: www.gloucester-ma.gov.

MEDIA ALERT – Stage Fort Park Advisory for Riverfest.pdf

When Lightning Strikes

We drove down a long and narrow dirt road to get to Lake Tashmoo Beach near Vineyard Haven on Monday night so that Finn and my nephew could fish while my mom, sister, and I enjoyed some drinks and a picnic on the beach for the sunset.   The sky was overcast…but it still did not disappoint.   Both boys are in their element while casting no matter what the conditions.   As they walked out onto the jetty, the skies changed and the lighting started to strike.  They were in no rush to leave… but we made them anyway.


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The 43rd Annual Magnolia 5K Road Race and 1K Fun run

Magnolia Road Race

Join us for the 43rd Annual Magnolia 5K Road Race and 1K Fun Run – Saturday, August 24, 2019

Magnolia’s Annual 5K Road Race Map

Come and cheer on the runners.

Hope to see you there.

Lap 1

START Magnolia Library

(Est. Lap Time: 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM)

Magnolia Square

Left: onto Shore Rd.

Right: onto Hesperus Ave.

(through Stone Pillars unpaved street)

left: onto Norman Ave.

(pass the library)

Lap 2

(Est. Lap Time: 9:10 AM – 10:15 AM)

Magnolia Square

Right: onto Magnolia Ave.

u-turn: at Blyman School

straight: onto Shore Rd.

left: onto Hesperus Ave.

right: onto Lexington Ave.

Finish: Magnolia Library

Summer Traffic Woes

Everything old is new again. Some of you may have experienced the congested traffic near Stage Fort Park and Blynman Bridge last weekend and muttered to yourself that  you’ve never seen it worse. Here’s an article from the Gloucester Daily Times Aug 22 1938 saying pretty much the same thing. I find it interesting that we can easily see history repeating itself. Get ready though because Riverfest is coming up this weekend!

Bridge Traffic worst GDT Aug 22 1938