Tax Free Weekend coming

The Massachusetts sales tax holiday is back in August. Here’s what to know.


Remember it is the 2019 Waterfront Festival this weekend at Stage Fort Park.

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Name: Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Date: August 17, 2019August 18, 2019
Event Description:
Over 200 booths featuring juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations. Live music and delicious food including a Lobster Bake! Family style entertainment free through the day.
Hours are 10am to 6pm each day. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Free Admission. (Fee to Park)
On Saturday enjoy a Lobster Bake put on by Ipswich ClamBake, along with beer by Ipswich Ale!
Lobster Bake, $25:

  • Steamed Lobster with drawn butter
  • Steamed Corn on the Cobb
  • Fresh home-made cole slaw
  • Chilled Watermelon Slice

Add one half pound steamed clams with broth and butter, $30.
A La Carte:

  • Lobster with butter:  $21
  • One pound Steamed Clams with broth and butter:  $12

39th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Massachusetts
August 17 & 18, 2019 Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 17
7:30am to 11am Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast
9am to 6pm Festival Opens: Arts, Crafts, Food Booths & Kids Area
9am to 11am Jazz in the Air – Food Court Stage
11am to 3pm Alter Ego – Food Court Stage
3pm to 6pm Two Weeks from Everywhere – Food Court Stage 1pm to 4pm Performance Art – Roaming the Festival
12pm to 6pm Cape Ann Chamber Lobster Bake and Craft Beer Truck Fund Raiser
Sunday, August 18
9am to 5pm Festival Opens: Arts, Crafts, Food Booths & Kids Area
9am to 12pm Jazz in the Air – Food Court Stage
11am to 4pm North Shore Old Car Club over 100 antique/vintage autos 12pm to 5pm Funbucket Band – Food Court Stage 1pm to 4pm Performance Art – Roaming the Festival
• Numerous Artisans will be demonstrating their and craft.
• Dozens of Specialty Food booths will offer samples including herbal dips, jams, jellies, sauces, mustards, maple, honey, oils, vinegars, fudge and much more. • A wide variety of International Foods will be available including traditional American fare, wraps and panini’s, Ice cream, kabobs and seafood. • Several non-profit Agencies will be participating. • Designated Children’s Area with bounce castle, giant inflatable’s, make your-own-craft and more. • Please be sure to visit our Sponsors who help make this wonderful event possible: Engle&Völkers by the Sea, BMW of Peabody, Atlantic Fish and The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Everybody loves a deal.

And if there’s ever a prime opportunity to scoop one up in Massachusetts — maybe for that new couch or television you’ve been eyeing — that moment is coming soon.

For one weekend in August, the state’s sales tax holiday returns, giving shoppers a chance to make some big-ticket purchases without fretting over the Commonwealth’s usual 6.25 percent cut of the bill.

Here’s everything to know about the two-day, tax-free affair, including when it is and how you can use it.

When is the tax holiday?

This year’s holiday is set for Aug. 17 and 18.

Stage Fort Park | that darn grass and topics galore for proposed plans

Scenes from last Thursday’s public display and discussion about proposed plans to Stage Fort Park, held during the Cape Ann Farmers Market.


The plans are similar to ones you may have seen over the last year, though it is always something else to inspect them in person, walk through a site, and hear feedback, input and questions. I’ve considered the plans before, but had not realized that the parking lot was going to be shifted and expanded double wide at the top abutting the dog park. Some neighbors liked the idea of an altered viewshed, others not so much. People talked about cleaning up the broken glass, trash management (great praise for DPW dealing with this every day), repairing the stone steps, the beach, bringing back some of the fanciful playground elements, trees and maintenance. There was pretty much universal praise for the Rotary and the farmers market. I was told there was mention of altering the Tablet Rock plaque, which does not need it, though I did not hear any. I was there for the duration of the meeting and even a tad beyond as Steve Winslow was kind enough to lead a tour into the field and perimeter afterwards. A great challenge is maintaining the meadow expanse which many feel is ragged around the gazebo while serving crowds. The proposed plans center about the gazebo and parking lot, and did not cover the area along the harbor (across from the cupboard) where the annual Waterfront music festivals occur as well as elements listed above.

In case you missed the Mayor’s Facebook page, here is a summation from the evening and invitation to join in.


Stage Fort Park three nights later plus historic photos 

Raising the GMG tent @ the Waterfront Festival

Zip Line Kid films as we raise the tent and set up the contest at about 8:30 this morning.  Come down for your killer mason jars w/ crazy straws AND enter to WIN 2 more jars (they make great gifts) plus 2 tickets to ORLEANS at North Shore Music Theatre.

OK it rained for a bit, but it’s not raining now, so COME ON DOWN!

Live Community Blogging The 2012 Gloucester Waterfront Festival

We will be posting updated pictures all day long from the Gloucester Waterfront Festival.

If you wander down there snap a picture or two. if you are a vendor down there send in your photo in front of your booth and we will post it.  Send in your iphone/android phone pics from the waterfront festival to

If you don’t have a camera or the ability to take a picture head to our GMG booth(Booth 88) and Amanda will take your picture and send it in.

9am to 6pm each day

Where to Park?
Free parking along Stacy Boulevard or at the High School.
However, please note that there is small fee to park across the street at Beach Parking.

Directions … Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave, Gloucester, MA
Easy to find … From Route 128 North, take Exit 14, follow to end.
Weather … Held Rain or Shine! …and it’s gonna Shine!
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Area info dining, shopping…

Meet the Artisans at the Gloucester Waterfront Festival …


7:30AM getting set up.


There are a limited number of the new GMG T Shirts for sale in these sizes-

M, L, XL Pink

L and XL Sunwashed  Blue

L and XL Navy

S, M Lg Youth

Dri Fit Long Sleeve Navy (Bad Ass)  Limited number of these and once they are gone we probably wont be getting more.

Mason Jars with Iced Tea



Report From The Waterfront Festival and Rotary’s Pancake Breakfast From Ron Gilson


12:00PM Update From Bill O’Connor

Taken from High above on Tablet Rock


12:20PM Update Latest Mason Jar Iced Tea Customers- The Melvin Family


12:40PM Update

B represents at GMG Live!


Pictures From Around The Waterfront Festival Taken By Amanda

Big weekend starts NOW ~ Get ready to DANCE, PARTY, SHOP & WIN with this Classic, Camera-Swinging Video!

It all starts tonight with live music at 14 venues.  See the full schedule here.  Don’t worry about sleep (“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” – who said that?  Leave a comment if you know).  Get up tomorrow (Saturday) morning and go to the Rotary Pancake Breakfast — best deal in town and for a good cause.  To get you in the right spirit, I thought it would be fun to reprise Ed Collard’s classic, camera-swinging coverage from 2010 (pants, shoes, turf & all).

Once you’re full of pancakes, walk down to the Waterfront Festival (click the STOP button on the video camera before you start walking — unlike Ed).

Be sure to stop by the GMG booth where you can enter to Win 2 free tickets to ORLEANS at North Shore Music Theatre PLUS 2 Killer GMG Mason Jars of Iced Tea.

Head right from the Waterfront festival to the Block Party for an evening of al fresco dining, dancing, shopping, music, kids’ games & prizes, street performers, life-sized street chess, robot squirt gun fights & more.

Then take the Block Party inside @ 8 local clubs until the wee hours.  Check the complete live music listings for Saturday here.  You’re guaranteed to find something you like — even if you don’t like to party.

Waterfront Festival and Rotary Pancake Breakfast Covered By Ed Collard

Ed Collard flashes some fancy camera work in this piece.

Let’s just say that the on/off button and Ed are not seeing eye to eye and leave it at that. (anyone for some coverage of the turf conditions at Stage Fort?)

I’d like to propose a new GMG drinking game.  Whenever Ed says the word “fantastic” everybody chugs!