Smith Cove and Jet-skiing — pat morss

No, they aren’t related. Smith Cove in the inner harbor reminds me of a coastal Maine town, only short on pine trees. And the swells from Hurricane Earl, way off shore, brought out the Jet-skis on Sunday.

Handsome houses along the East Gloucester shore…
…have a view across Smith Cove to Rocky Neck, one of the country’s oldest art colonies
Gloucester Marine Railways, at the tip, is the oldest coninuously operating railway in the US
Full moon rising over the cove during dinner at the Studio on Rocky Neck
A little later, and a little darker
The swells from Hurricane Earl were modest on Sunday
And the Jet-skiers appeared
1) First of a sequence, with one skier racing the swell
2) Passing, with one going up and the other going down
3) Ski jump
A Catbird glanced up curiously from below saying “Whatcha lookin’ at?”

Fish Printing at the Manchester by the Sea

During the Art Reception at the Manchester by the Sea Historical Society on Sunday, there was a demonstration on the art of fish printing.  Such fun.

Gyotaku (魚拓, from gyo “fish” + taku ” stone impression “) is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own.

Discover Gloucester Mug Up with Guest Speaker Michele Cota, Discover New England Executive Director

September 14, 2022 | 5:30-7:30pm | Cruiseport Gloucester

RSVP Required:

Discover Gloucester’s September Mug Up Event is all about the international visitor! Join Discover Gloucester and Cape Ann tourism industry leaders in welcoming Discover New England Executive Director Michele Cota for a discussion on the International Tourism Market at Cruiseport Gloucester on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30pm. 

Discover New England (DNE) is a regional destination marketing organization, nonprofit (501c6) association dedicated to promoting travel to and within the member states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. DNE provides cooperative marketing opportunities to reach the global market and attract more international visitors. It works with travel trade professionals (travel agents, tour operators and receptive operators) to showcase New England, while providing regional tourism businesses with the tools they need to competitively market themselves internationally.

Michele Cota, Discover New England Executive Director

By connecting the industry with the latest research, educational tools and travel trends, it also helps ensure that New England’s tourism offerings remain appealing to international consumers, and travel planners have the resources they need to showcase the best New England has to offer. Be a part of this discussion on the changing nature of the international tourism market with DNE’s Michele Cota to learn how best to reach and welcome international visitors, and to understand the resources available to your business within these networks.

Discover Gloucester hosts “Mug Up” events regularly, with support from business partners and event sponsors, to engage local tourism industry businesses in collaboration and networking with each other, and to provide educational experiences to support our work together. This September Mug Up event is open to all local tourism industry professionals. Newcomers are encouraged to attend! The event starts at 5:30pm with a presentation starting at 6:00pm. Cash bar available. RSVP required. Space is limited. RSVP today:

Firebird Pops Orchestra returns to Hammond Castle Museum for a night of music from the silver screen this Friday evening!

Cape Ann Community

Firebird Pops Orchestra returns to Hammond Castle Museum for a night of music from the silver screen this Friday evening!

A smaller, chamber orchestra division of FPO will perform creative existing and custom arrangements of iconic film scores on our seaside lawn. Conductor Brendan J. Kenney will lead the chamber orchestra through the sweeping, magical scores of films and tv series such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, The Avengers, Game of Thrones, The Wizard of Oz, and more!

General admission is $40. Tickets are available at

As always, special event ticket holders are eligible for a 20% discount on self-guided tours prior to 3pm on the day of the ticketed event. Parking is free.

All proceeds from this program will support the restoration and preservation of the 13th century, French cloister archways which are located at the front of the museum.

Photo by CMO Photography…

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