Gloucester Little League Fields Temporarily Closed

Gloucester Little League would like to remind you that Boudreau Field (front of Stage Fort Park along the end of the boulevard), Rogers, and Wilson Field (two fields at the entrance to O’Malley Middle School) are currently off limits to the public as they are being repaired and maintained for the upcoming Massachusetts State Championship. They ask that between now and the end of July that you kindly keep your children and dogs off the fields. They thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Remember to come on down and enjoy the tournament as well!

How Many “Gloucester” Things Can You Find in This Photo?

It occurred to me when standing on the boulevard yesterday that there are so many things that scream “Gloucester” in this photo. What can you see? I see the bridge up, the boulevard, the flags, the Paint Factory (barely), a yacht docked at Ocean Alliance, a schooner, lots of fog, the harbor, Ten Pound Island, the Beauport Hotel, a dog going for a walk with its owner, Pavilion Beach…

TONIGHT! Cultural Splash and the Cape Ann Makers Market on Rocky Neck! The place to be.

Don’t forget that Tonight is your chance to enjoy a Splash of Culture from 4:00-8:00 on Rocky Neck. The CATA trolley and the Cape Ann Harbor Tours water shuttle are both offering complimentary rides to and from destinations for your further ease and enjoyment. Also, don’t forget that the awesome Cape Ann Makers Market will be held at Ocean Alliance (the Paint Factory Building) so you can also purchase a wide variety of amazing locally maid goods! What a way to spend the night. Read more about both events below.

Gloucester’s Culture Splash!

“Experience firsthand, the artistic, creative spirit of Gloucester this summer with Culture Splash! From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings throughout July and August, Rocky Neck Cultural District and Harbortown Cultural District are co-hosting a myriad collection of art demonstrations, live musical performances, and imaginative exhibitions for all to experience and enjoy.

Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) is offering free trolley rides from one cultural district to the other, featuring a hop-on, hop-off loop route. As well, Cape Ann Harbor Tours is providing a complimentary water shuttle to get you from one district to the other — You select your “by land or sea” excursion!

DiscoverGloucester.com features a direct link to the Culture Splash landing page and Google Map to assist you in “making a Splash” with us this summer. We invite you to check out the list of participants, shows and activities, and join us!

Culture Splash is brought to you by Rocky Neck Cultural District and Downtown Cultural District, and the support of the state’s grant supporting this multi-week event.”

Surf’s Up

Finn had a great time at his first surf lesson with TM Sports and Tadhg Morgan yesterday. He can’t wait for his next session.

TM Sports does really fun Sports Training for kids + adults; surfing, hockey, mountain biking, soccer, lacrosse, hiking, tennis, skiing… and adventure. m.signupgenius.com

Check out their instagram here and see what adventure suits you….or your kids.

https://www.instagram.com/tm_sports_training/

Help Us Knock it Out of the Park by Listing Your Business

The Massachusetts State Little League Tournament is less than 3 weeks away. Please consider having your business included in the preferred listing of Things to Do while visiting Gloucester! This guide to activities and restaurants will be sent to all incoming families of the players/teams who will be competing during the tournament weekend. Four teams from around the state of Massachusetts will be visiting our city that weekend…and with them come lots of friends and family members who will be looking for meals and activities during their stay!

A huge thank you to all of the businesses that have already chosen to support Gloucester Little League!

Kops ‘n Kids Fishing Program

How great is this. Gloucester just keeps getting better and better.

The old adage goes “a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work” but our new Gloucester Police Departments’ Kops n Kids fishing program is our work and there are no bad days. That is because our work is so much more than just fishing.

We use fishing as a tool to connect police officers and our youth in Gloucester. Officers work side by side with kids, helping them bait, cast, hook and release fish all while bonding and learning that they are not so different from each other after all. We will also teach kids about fishing conservation and boating safety. Our fishing experience will create opportunities to instill patience, ingenuity, preparation and humility. Fishing is an activity most anyone can do and afford. We will provide all fishing equipment and life jackets. We will be using our police boat, life jackets must be worn, waivers must be signed. One parent per child may attend. We will be fishing from the inner harbor to Ten Pound Island only. Children will also haul one lobster trap and officers will teach the children how the lobster trap works. Everyone is welcome to sign up, but preference will be given to children who have never experienced fishing or boating before. You can sign up by visiting (in person) at the Community Impact Unit inside Browns Mall.

Gloucester residents only, three children per fishing trip. Trips will last two hours. Weather permitting first trip Monday July 19th two groups;10am and 12pm noon, pick up and drop off from the Harbormaster’s Office. Mass Division of Marine fisheries will be supplying junior fishing log books and educational materials.Deadline to sign up for our maiden voyage is this Thursday July 15th by noon, we will randomly choose three children for each trip Friday July 16th at noon via random wheel on Facebook live. More trips to follow.

Feel free to call 978-325-5471 or email Lieutenant Jeremiah Nicastro jnicastro@gloucester-ma.gov

Also visit the Kops-n-Kids Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Kops-n-Kids-180479725833208

Giant Seagull

This giant seagull photobombed my harbor photo today. I have a tendency to take photos every day…no matter where I’ve been. So, I’m trying to get in the habit of deleted any unwanted photos each night. This giant seagull surprised me tonight. I thought I was just taking a photo of the inner harbor from Capt. Joe & Sons…. I didn’t even see the seagull

Overnight Oats Game is Still Strong

I’m still loving the ease of making a half dozen mason jars on overnight oats on Sunday evenings and having them midmorning at work. Super easy…..super yummy….and really filling. Some of you shared great recipes before. I’d love to hear more. My go to is oats, chia seeds, and almond milk overnight…..with shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, and fresh fruit added on top in the morning…and a little bit of honey drizzled on top.

Gloucester Little League Looking for Sponsorship for State Championship Tournament

Want to be included in a Game Day Program including local business advertising and a things to do list as Gloucester hosts the State Championship? We are always happy when people share stories with us so that we can share them with you. Kristin Michel let us know that these boys have been out and about working hard to solicit donations from local businesses who may want to be included in an awesome Game Day Program of things to do in our City as we are honored to host the Little League State Championship. Thanks to the businesses who have participated…..and it is not too late for others!

“These handsome fellas and their teammates are visiting local businesses to get support for the Gloucester Little League. They are hosting a big deal tourney at the end of July. The State Championships will be held at Boudreau field and 4 teams from across the state will be playing here for 4 days and visiting our amazing island. The kids are soliciting businesses to be included in the program as well as the team packet which will include participating restaurants and activities.”

Beachfront at Cape Ann Motor Inn

You absolutely cannot beat the beachfront location of the Cape Ann Motor Inn at the end of Long Beach. Each room directly faces the ocean and the long expanse of beach….as well as Thacher Island and its twin lights. Hotel guests are treated to their private section of beach and the convenience of being able to run back into your room (several with efficiency kitchens) makes for a perfect day! We just treated ourselves to a two-night stay-cation along with several other friends and their families. It was a wonderful way to kick off summer together! Check out Cape Ann Motor Inn here.

Bocce Ball

I love the boulevard for so many reasons and we should all be super appreciative to those who take such good care of it. One of its treasures are the bocce ball courts! Sunday was both Father’s Day and Finn’s birthday. After breakfast at the Mile Marker we played a few games of bocce and then went out for ice cream.