Boston Globe Memorial Day 1927: Coast Guard seaplanes circled and scattered flowers to honor WWI fallen airmen Maxwell Parsons and Eric Adrian Lingard #GloucesterMA Harbor

The Boston Globe included Gloucester among its beautiful Memorial Day roundup in 1927. Inspired by Gloucester’s annual Fishermen’s Memorial service, a new addition was incorporated into Gloucester’s Memorial Day observances that year. Perhaps this gesture could return for future programs.

“Airplanes Strew Flowers Over Gloucester Harbor”

“This maritime place which some time ago adopted the custom of strewing the waves at an annual (Gloucester Fishermen’s) memorial service inaugurated another feature today.     

“During the exercises at the Cut Bridge, in honor of the Naval dead, two seaplanes from Coast Guard Base 7 commanded by Commander Carl C. Von Paulson and Ensign Leonard A. Melka, circled over the outer harbor strewing flowers.     

“Gloucester lost two airman during the WWI, Ensign Eric Adrian Lingard and 2d Liet. Maxwell Parsons.      “Members of the G.A.R. Spanish War Veterans, Legion, and auxiliaries proceeded to Oak Grove Cemetery this morning where exercises were held after which the veterans moved to the Cut Bridge. Details from the servicemen’s posts had previously decorated the graves with flowers and foliage. The main exercises were held this afternoon in City hall auditorium, which was filled to its capacity…”

Boston Globe, May 31, 1927

In 1937, the Gloucester Playground Commission dedicated the Maxwell Parsons Playground in East Gloucester, the neighborhood of his youth:

Named in Honor of

Lieut. Arthur Maxwell Parsons

U.S. Flying Corp

Born Dec. 11, 1895

Died July 3, 1918

Inscription on the tribute plaque


Eric Adrian Lingard

Have you watched Atlantic Crossing on PBS Masterpiece?

Local airman, Eric Adrian Lingard, was part of a daring and brave crew that drove a German U-Boat from the shores of his home state during the July 21, 1918 attack on Orleans, off Nauset Beach.

In 2012, Fred Bodin shared this dynamite photo with Good Morning Gloucester

Lingard Seaplane 1919 Gloucester Harbor – one he had flown

“On October 18th, 1918, Lingard’s plane went down in heavy seas due to engine failure, and he died of pneumonia 11 days later. The Lingard home is diagonally across Washington Street from the Annisquam Church, and was later the home of the renowned Crouse family (Sound of Music lyrics and actress Lindsey Crouse).”

Fredrik D. Bodin, Good Morning Gloucester, 2012

After suffering more than a day in rough seas off Cape Cod, all the while assisting another brother in arms, Lingard and others were rescued from the frigid deep. Later, he succumbed from pneumonia exposure [and/or 1918 flu epidemic, still present that late. For example, the “two brothers who co-founded the Dodge Bros. automobile manufacturing company contracted the flu in New York in 1919: John died at the Ritz hotel in January 1920, and Horace in December 1920 after a wicked year battling its complications.” Search “Notables- Flu Cases and the Arts” Influenza Epidemic 1918 of Gloucester]

Open space in Annisquam, Soldiers’ Memorial Woods, was given by Lingard’s sister, Olga, his sole family member.

NAME: Annisquam Soldiers Memorial Wood
LOCATION: Washington Street, along Lobster Cove
TYPE: Bronze tablet in granite stone
DATE DEDICATED: July 7, 1929
Soldiers Memorial Wood
In grateful remembrance of
John Ernest Gossom
Eric C. Lingard
Bertram Williams
who gave their lives for their country
in the World War

-from Gloucester, Ma. Archives Committee

Lingard’s name can be found WWI | Harvard Memorial Church

Where is the hull of Seaplane HS 1695, decommissioned by then Sect. State FDR to Gloucester’s park commission? GMG reader Bill Hubbard commented on Bodin’s photo, surmising:

“Nice old photo, Fred. For years before and during WW-II, the hull of a similar plane was in the lower level of the Twin Light Garage on East Main Street. The garage was owned by the late Ray Bradly who lived on Rocky Neck. As kids, we often played around it and I remember Ray telling us that it had been a WW-I airplane – I believe it was an old Coast Guard bi-winged seaplane. There were no wings or rudder, just the hull which was shaped very much like the one in the picture. Not long after the end of the war, they dragged it out to the flats on Smith Cove and burned it.”

Bill Hubbard, GMG reader comment reply to Fred Bodin, 2012

Fred Buck selected Joan of Arc photographs from the Cape Ann Museum for the HarborWalk Joan of Arc marker. We liked this one. The parade retinue includes a truck carrying wreckage from Lingard’s plane.

Joan of Arc in Legion Square. photog. unknown. date unknown. Lingard’s plane.

New Music Hitting Gloucester this Week

DENNIS BRENNAN returns for another week with the Woodpeppers at Jalapenos Tonight.  The Woodpeppers are always great but adding Dennis Brennan to the mix is something you don’t want to miss – check out his video below and get over to Jalapenos tonight

FLY AMERO WITH SPECIAL GUEST JOHN HALL at the Rhumbline on Wednesday.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Fly & John.  Who knows if it’ll ever happen again.  The Orleans concert at North Shore Music Theatre last summer was great.  Orleans_gli

LITTLEWOLF  All the way from the great state of Texas!!  Alternate Roots Magazine 2013 Debut Artist of the Year @ Captain Carlo’s – Friday May 3rd.  LITTLEWOLF fashions a unique, dynamic roots/blues/rock explosion: a fusion of Steve Lett’s 35 years of experience and Kristi Clanton’s youthful exuberance.  You have to check them out, Friday at Captain Carlo’s 

LOIS LANE & THE DAILY PLANETS  at Minglewood on Saturday May 4th.  Lois Lane & the Diaily Planets specializing in classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues (R&B), funk, jazz, rock, soul and pop music, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets are sure to satisfy even the most demanding audiences!  Check out the video

There is so much great music happening on Cape Ann that there is no reason you are not out enjoying some great music.  See the full lineup of music here:

Weekend starts now ~ Don’t be fooled

And what a weekend it is!  First, there’s the Harbor Loop Concert Series Finale TONIGHT.  You simply cannot miss this extraordinary gathering of some of Gloucester’s best talent.

Tomorrow “our boy” (as Joey would say) Allen Estes interrupts his vacation to open for “our boy” Fly Amero and his touring band ORLEANS at North Shore Music Theatre.   Now, don’t be fooled.  Just because you can’t get a VIP seat (they’re sold out) doesn’t mean you can’t get a great seat! Here’s a trick to using their ticketing website:
1) Choose “Best Available” where it says “Select Price Level”
2) Put the number of seats you want in the line that says Regular under Ticket Type (see example, below).

Remember, all seats at North Shore Music Theatre are good seats — even the BACK ROW! This picture of Chris Isaak on June 28th was taken on Vickie’s phone from BEHIND the last row! Get your tickets now and LET THERE BE MUSIC!

Then on Saturday, it’s a FREE concert at the Boulevard featuring FULL CIRCLE from 7-11pm with breaks for the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

And Sunday Morning, you’ll want to sleep late in order to recover from all this fun, but you’ll be happier if you get yourself out of bed for the Parade of Sail led by the Lannon.

OK, now you can sleep  . . .

Why does Fly Amero play guitar upside down?

No, Fly’s not upside down.  The guitar is.

If you look carefully, you can see that the thin strings (higher) are at the top in this picture.  That’s upside down from the norm.

But why?  Well, this question has generated much speculation over the years and Fly clears it up in an excellent interview on  Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up show this past Sunday on 104.9

Listen to a podcast of the show here.

You can see Fly tomorrow at the Rhumb Line and next Friday with his touring band Orleans at North Shore Music Theatre.

It’s another excellent week of music on Cape Ann leading up to a weekend of two sold out Tom Rush shows at Shalin Liu.  See the full live music lineup here.

Sunday Gloucester Waterfront Festival Drawing Winner Picked at The GMG Tent

If you entered the free contest watch the video to see if it was you who won!

Also bonus points for anyone who can pick out the snots that I wiped on my shirt prior to filming this piece.  Question- What’s worse watching a video with a guy with snots running down his face or watching a video with snots on his shirt that he wiped from his upper lip before filming said video?

The Contest was sponsored by Sista felicia and The Mrs Mason Jar Co

We have a Saturday Winner ~ You could be the Sunday Winner!

Congratulations Lisa Clark.  You won 2 tickets to ORLEANS at Northshore Music Theatre plus 2 GMG killer mason jars.

Zip Line Kid picked the winner.  He’ll pick another winner tomorrow.  So come down to the Waterfront Festival between 9am and 6pm tomorrow and enter to win.  Remember, it’s FREE!

Larry Hoppen, one of the founding members of the band Orleans, passed away last night.

July shows are cancelled, but Lance Hoppen intends to finish the rest of this year’s tour in his brother’s honor with the first East Coast show at North Shore Music Theatre on August 31.   Our thoughts and prayers are with Fly and all of the band during this dark time.

Official press release from the desks of Lance Hoppen and George T. Gilbert, Esq

Larry Hoppen, one of the founding members of the band Orleans, passed away on July 24th, 2012. Born on Long Island, New York, Hoppen was 61 years old.

Larry Hoppen

Between 1969 and 1971, his Ithaca, NY- based band, Boffalongo, made two LPs for United Artists. The second included the original recording of “Dancin’ in the Moonlight”, later a hit by friends King Harvest. Soon after Boffalongo disbanded in late 1971, Larry got a call from (former US Congressman, D-NY, 19) John Hall, inviting him to come to Woodstock, NY to join with the late Wells Kelly and John to form Orleans which he did in early 1972. Larry’s younger brother, Lance, joined the band the following fall. Tens of millions know Larry’s uplifting tenor from the Orleans hits “Still the One”, “Dance With Me” and “Love Takes Time”.

Larry also performed and/or recorded with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Livingston Taylor, Lulu, Graham Parker, Blues Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Michael Franks, Levon Helm, the late great Michael Brecker, the late great Chet Atkins, the late great Artie Traum, John Sebastian, Bela Fleck, Felix Cavaliere, Edgar Winter, Robbie Dupree, Spencer Davis, Rick Derringer, Mark Farner, John Ford Coley, Jimi Jamison, John Cafferty and many more notable artists.

Larry released 2 solo albums: “HandMade” and “Looking for the Light”, the latter being a flagship fundraising vehicle for his 501(c)3 nonprofit Sunshine for HIV Kids.

Larry was still touring with Orleans, including brother Lance and youngest brother Lane, and was scheduled to appear on Fox TV’s nationwide “Fox & Friends’ All-American Concert Series” show this coming Friday, July 27th.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Hoppen and his daughters, Claire and Maeve, as well as his bothers, Lance and Lane and his sister, Lynda.

The Family asks that since Larry’s passion was feeding hungry people, his friends and fans can honor his memory by making a contribution to their local food bank in his name.

Patricia Smith Hoppen and her daughters ask the media to please respect their privacy at this difficult time.

See Gloucester Legend, Fly Amero, on TV Friday Morning

Tune in to Fox & Friends All-American Concert Series Live from Manhattan at about 7:30am this Friday (7/27) to see Fly’s band, Orleans, perform and be interviewed.  

The show starts at 6am.  Orleans will be interviewed at about 7:30am.  Then you’ll hear  portions of 4 to 5 tunes for lead-ins and lead-outs of the show.

At around 8:50, Orleans will perform and entire song for live broadcast.  The show ends at 9am, but immediately following there’s an on-line segment called After the Show Show, where Orleans will perform another 2 or 3 songs and be interviewed again.  Not sure if that will stream live or be posted later.  Here’s a link to it (Craig Morgan, featured guest on Friday 7/13, is at that link now).

If you’re not up that early, just tape it and watch at your leisure.  It’s always fun to see local talent on the National stage.  Way to go, Fly!

Got kids? Take ’em to the Block Party. It’s Free and Fun on Saturday.

I just spoke with Rick Doucett, whom you all know and love from the YMCA.  Rick reminded me that he and his wife, Loren, will be running Kids Town at the Block Party on Saturday (just like last year).   Kid’s Town is between Pleasant St. & Hancock St. near the Sovereign Stage (see map here).

Balloons, face painting, giant chess and more.  Every year kids connect with friends at the Block Party that they haven’t seen in a while (just like adults do).  How many things can you do that are just as much fun for your kids as they are for you?

Speaking of kids, don’t forget Y summer camp is in full swing (see here).

Don’t forget that the Orleans concert on Aug 31 — featuring Gloucester’s own Fly Amero along with Rhode Island’s John Cafferty of the Beaver Brown band and Eddie and the Cruisers movie will help raise money for the North Shore YMCA Summer Camp program.

And just in case you missed Monday’s announcement (click here if you did) Allen Estes will open the show.  You won’t want to miss this!

You and your kids can see Allen Estes at the Block Party on Saturday at the Sargent Stage.

And if we’re lucky,  we may also get to hear Fly sing with his sister at the Franklin Stage.

See Block Party Entertainment Schedule here.

SNAFU Fixed ~ VIP Tickets added to Chamber Live Auction

It’s been one of those days.  First I learned that a poster and banner that I had proofed and approved had the wrong song title on it.  Then I find out we somehow didn’t get the information on our donation to the Chamber Auction to the right person.  But Vickie raced around, made a bunch of phone calls, opened up PhotoShop and was able to save the day.

Why do you care?  Because you can now go to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Auction on Thursday at 5pm at Woodmans and bid on 2 VIP Tickets to Orleans LIVE in concert on Friday, August 31 at North Shore Music Theatre.  And if you’ve been following GMG today, you’ll know who’s opening (click here if you missed the announcement).

VIP tickets are really the way to go to a concert.  You get the best seats, 3 course gourmet dinner (see menu here) Meet & Greet with the stars, pre-show party, free premium parking, a special gift from Orleans’ personal vault and more.  See details here.

The Auction has other spectacular items too and you always get a good deal, so if you like getting good stuff for less than it’s worth, be sure to go.  If you don’t already have Auction tickets contact Tim Burton at or call 978-283-1601.

Now, have a look at the poster to the right.  Leave a comment correcting the incorrect song title and we’ll enter you into a contest to win free tickets.

Allen Estes will open for Orleans at North Shore Music Theatre on August 31

You know that being an FOB means you’re the very first to get the scoop on what’s up in Gloucester.  Well, Allen Estes just agreed to open for Orleans and we’re telling you BEFORE we even update the website.  We’ll do that later tonight.  In the meantime, you can get tickets here.

Here’s a video of Allen singing one of his new songs The Trouble with Me — destined to be a hit.  If you like the song, you can catch Allen with his son Dylan at the Block Party on Saturday and ask him to include it in his set at North Shore Music Theatre.