RESULTS Week 4 INVENTORS | #greatteacher Mr. Goulart’s local history hunt #GloucesterMA #TBT

Gloucester, Mass.  Great teacher at Gloucester High School, Shaun Goulart, creates a local history scavenger hunt trivia game for his 9th grade students that takes place weekly for 6 weeks. We’re taking the challenge paced one week after the students.


How did you do? Week two delved into Gloucester’s famous inventors. Stop here if you prefer to go back to see Week 4 questions only

Mr. Goulart’s Local History Trivia Scavenger Hunt Week 4 Inventors

1.John Hays Hammond Jr. “Jack”

  • Go to the location of his home and take a picture with a member in it.

  • What did he invent?

Answer: “Over the course of his professional career, he was awarded over 800 foreign and domestic patents resulting from over 400 of his inventions.  Many of these began in radio control before extending to electronics, naval weapons, national defense, as well as various consumer products.” – Hammond Castle

“In connection with his radio researches Jack obtained most important patents for receiving and broadcasting and these he sold to RCA…” John Hays Hammond, Sr

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Hammond first radio boat off Gloucester_The boat is run from the shore as no one is aboard_photograph Boston Public Lib

Hammond Castle – I hope that one day the Trustees and Historic New England add this as a shared property among their preservation jewels, along with the Natalie Hammond property and much of the parents’ estate, Lookout Hill, with some portion of admission for the City. At one point Hammond Castle was one of the top attractions in Massachusetts.



2.Clarence Birdseye

  • Go to the location where his company was and take a picture with a member in it.

  • What did he invent?

Answer: flash freezing

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Ma_former site Birdseye_25 March 2019_photo copyright Catherine Ryan
photo: Beauport Hotel, March 2019 ©catherine ryan 

3.Augustus H. Wonson

  • Go to the location of his grave and take a picture with a member in it.

Answer: Mt. Pleasant cemetery

  • What did he invent?

Answer: Augustus S Wonson invented antifouling copper paint to protect boats. Tarr & Wonson’s was established in 1863.  The former factory and harbor icon is now Ocean Alliance.

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Paint Factory Past/Present


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Paint Factory Ocean Alliance_2018 09 28_ Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood public art – whale’s tail in process_Gloucester, MA © catherine ryan

4.William Nelson Le Page

  • Go to the location where his company was after it moved from Rockport and take a picture with a member in it.

  • What did he invent? 

Answer: Le Page’s glue from fish waste (established 1876)

  • Go to the location of Le Page’s company co-founder Ruben Brooks’ manor and take a picture with a member in it.

Answer: Castle Manor Inn

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YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

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“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)


Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)


Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.


Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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Great Places to Stay – Travel Gloucester

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Here’s a map of the Gloucester hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast and you name it lodging that I whipped up in 2014 when I was serving on the tourism commission. I was curious where all these places were in relation to downtown. Laura Dow of Vista Motel and Laura Baker of Castle Manor Inn booked very full dance cards for us: two days of back-to- back lodging tours (any that signed up), speed dating style. Conclusion: there are great places to stay to suit anybody’s needs and preferences. I included some that we did not see.

This year, I added Beauport Hotel — which can handle a 400 person conference capacity!

Other news this year: Vista Motel has a new pool; Cape Ann Marina Resort initiated Boatsetter (‘Uber on the water’) and… send in updates and I’ll add it to the post.

Cape Ann SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard ) is right in there by Beauport and Long Beach for visiting guests.

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Castle Manor Inn Cape Ann Chamber Small Business of the year Awards



Nice annual event. Gorgeous day at the Inn.

Congratulations Gloucester’s Mark Nestor. Last year it was GMG  Joey Ciaramitaro, “longtime co proprietor of Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Company in Gloucester and the creator and driving force behind the blog GoodMorningGloucester.”

read more about the four 2016 winners from the Gloucester Daily Times article:


Fun Night at Stage Fort Visitor Center and yes that’s Joey’s photograph

On a cover.

UPDATE: for more images please see Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken’s 40+ photos of the event


Carol Thistle thanking Joey for the Discover Gloucester cover photo.

Stage Fort Visitor Center is officially open for the season. It was a full house last night.

Speaking of generosity: I recognized many of the returning volunteers who fill the shifts necessary to greet and assist all who walk through the door. Or around the gorgeous wrap around porch. The volunteers are a fun, dedicated group.

The opening always feels optimistic and festive. Local restaurants provided tasty signature appetizers and munchies. Laura Baker, proprietor of Castle Manor Inn, kept the table looking great all night.

Everyone takes a few moments to announce their business and any updates. Last night was no different, for instance: Vista Motel has a new, big pool; Cape Ann Marina will be making it easier for people to rent boats by matching clients with captains and vessels; the upcoming schooner race is not ‘competitive’, right?; the new concierge for Beauport Hotel put up his hand and a hello; and Sarah Oaks is fabulously readying the Maritime Gloucester shop.

I let people know that one HarborWalk marker may not be available for Hunt the HarborWalk tracing. It’s the marker at Norman’s Woe in Solomon Jacobs Park and public landing. The park should be open this weekend– and throughout the summer. Keep in mind it’s only a temporary look and opening. The park will close back up after the busy summer season. They may install that HarborWalk marker for the summer, too.



Tonight ToniAnn Enes with Guest: Inge Berge @ The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM



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Hello Friends,

Hope all is well with you, just giving a heads up on my week!
I’ve been rehearsing a few new tunes that I’d love to play for you this week! 
Wednesday, 9/10,  I’ll be at The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM performing with the one and only…Inge Berge.
We’re still having the $6.00 Specials for Ladies Night so if you going to hang on for dear life to this  beautiful weather please come  and pay us a visit!
As always I appreciate your support!
Thank you,
Toni Ann
The Seaglass Restaurant @ The Castle Manor Inn
141 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 515-7386

Castle Manor Inn’s live music starts up again tomorrow night, with Toni Ann Enes! 7pm 5.23.2014




Dear Friends, 

We’re baaaaaaack!!!!!
Tomorrow night, 5/23/14, is the kick off for Friday nights at the Castle Manor Inn, 7:00 to 10:00PM.
I will be there with the incredible….Thad Bernard and my dear friend Deby Wantman! As beautiful as the Castle may be, make no mistake, this is a very casual and comfortable atmosphere with the friendliest staff and a view that is beautiful!
On another note, last night I had gone out to see the best of the best of local talent, there we’re some tourists
in the audience asking questions about our little city of music and they were in such awe of the support and
the connection we all have, I was so proud to be part of this, again I say, I take none of this for granted!
Hope to see you,
Toni Ann
PS  The new Pub Menu Rocks!
Castle Manor Inn
 141 Essex Avenue
Gloucester, MA

Hillary Clinton in Gloucester Today

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Did you know that Hillary and Bill Clinton were in Gloucester today.  We didn’t see Bill, but Hillary came to the women’s breakfast in support of Carolyn Kirk at Castle Manor Inn this morning, along with her entourage of secret service gals.  It was very impressive.  

E.J. Lefavour

A Huge Thank You To Our Buddy EJ and The Castle Manor Inn

EJ put on a spectacular show at Castle Manor Inn, curating the East Meets West show showcasing 8 of of fellow East Gloucester artists traversing the Great City and showcasing in West Gloucester’s castle Manor Inn.

First off the castle Manor Inn might be my first choice for a summer soirĂ©e out on that back covered deck.  the views, the set-up, the food- all spectacular.  Joey C A+ recommendation.

But on top of that I can’t thank our buddy EJ for all the hard work she put in curating this show.

I don’t sing her praises nearly enough.  But she really is one very special lady for all she does not only for herself but for everyone around her.

Thanks Laura Baker from Castle Manor and Thanks EJ

You rock!

Killer Beer Battered Fish Tacos at The Castle Manor Inn


Castle Manor Does it With Flair

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Last evening was the opening reception for the East Goes West exhibit of works by Rocky Neck artists at Castle Manor Inn.  All I can say is, Castle Manor knows how to put on an event with a flair.  The function space looked beautiful, as did every other space in the Inn and restaurant, and the grounds are peaceful and meticulously maintained.  Appetizers and champagne served by a very professional and friendly staff were delicious.  Attendees were treated to tours of the exhibit and a sampling of rooms in the Inn, which are lovely and tastefully appointed.

If you have a wedding, anniversary or other function coming up, or friends, family or business associates coming to visit, you owe it to yourself to check out Castle Manor Inn.  On a more regular tip – check out Sea Glass restaurant or just stop by the pub for a drink.   The exhibit will be up through August, so stop by any time and check out the artwork and Castle Manor Inn. 

E.J. Lefavour

East Goes West- A GMG Event At Castle Manor In Tuesday Evening! Be There!

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Eight of East Gloucester’s Rocky Neck artists exhibit 44 pieces of work throughout the reception area, lobby, dining rooms of Sea Glass Restaurant and function area of West Gloucester’s elegant Castle Manor Inn at 141 Essex Ave.   The exhibit runs July 2 – September 2 with an Opening Reception on Tuesday, July 23rd from 5:00-7:00.  A great reason to visit the Inn and Sea Glass Restaurant.  Hope to see you at the opening being put on by the Inn – it will be great.

E.J. Lefavour

Did You Know? Castle Manor and LePage’s Glue

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Did you Know that the Castle Manor Inn at 141 Essex Ave in West Gloucester was originally called Spruce Manor.  The manor was built during the turn of the 20th Century, completed in 1900, taking two years to build.  The cost of its construction was $14,200.00.  The manor was built for Ruben Brooks and his family, a co-founder of LePage’s Glue, then called Russia Cement.  In the foyer of Castle Manor Inn, you will find a glass display case holding samples of LePage’s glues, pastes, cement and tape, as well as some history about the place and a cool Saturday Evening Post ad about LePage’s Signet Permanent Inks .

The 20 room Queen Anne Victorian with its twin turret towers has 10 lovely guest rooms, as well as 16 detached motor lodge units.  They also have an excellent restaurant, Seaglass @ The Castle, serving breakfast daily from 7-10:00am and weekends from 8:00am-noon, and dinner served daily from 4:00pm in their elegant wood paneled dining rooms, or on their romantic wrap-around porch.  I had an excellent veggie omelette there yesterday, which, as always, I dove into before remembering to take a photo, so it is half-eaten looking.  They also have a grand sheltered function deck with lovely marsh river views and a picturesque gazebo.  The deck can accommodate up to 120 guests for weddings, business conferences, meetings and celebrations of all types.  For more info, visit

E.J. Lefavour


GloucesterCast 4/30/13 With Chamber CEO Robert Heidt

GloucesterCast 4/30/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Chamber CEO Robert Heidt

Click to listen- Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:
Seaport Grille, Alchemy, The Landing, Calas, Lobster Land, Castle Manor Inn, Ohana, The Franklin, Lat 43, The Patio,, Golf Tourney, Small Business Week, Secretary of Education, Pleasant Surprises, Death Row Sub, Death Row Meal, Free Activities,Contact The Chamber

For More Info On Cape Ann Spring Restaurant week Deals-

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Video- Castle Manor Inn First Look With Owner Laura Baker

Visit the open house Grand Opening May 18th- 5/18 from 6-10pm.   There will be food & wine tastings, musicians and tours.

Click below for the video tour-


also here for their website-

Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide Unveiling This Evening!


Join us later today, 6PM at The Castle Manor Inn, to see who took the cover picture of the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide… It’s a beauty!

Drinks and munchies, and great networking- with a sneak peek of the work that’s been done at this lovely Inn, before it opens to the public May 18.

We’re so proud of the Visitor Guide and of all the partners represented in it.

They’ve invested in their businesses and in the bigger tourism picture so that

Discover Gloucester can take on the challenge of promoting the entire destination.

See you at 6 today, The Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Avenue!