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This Week’s Community Events


6/24/2015 St. Peter’s Fiesta!
6/25/2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center: Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Emanuel Ax, piano
6/26/2015 Rockport Garden Club’s Annual Garden Tour
6/26/2015 Schooner Thomas E. Lannon: Fiesta Sunset Music Sail
6/26/2015 Frank Federico Pastel Workshop: “Enhancing The Art of Seeing”
6/27/2015 Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester Walking Tour
6/27/2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center: Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu, piano
6/28/2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center: Cuarteto Latinoamericano
6/28/2015 North Shore Arts Association: Nella and Steve Lush Special Exibit
6/29/2015 Summer Pottery Classes at Cynthia Curtis Pottery
6/30/2015 National Theatre in HD: The Audience
7/2/2015 North Shore Arts Association: Juried Third Members’ Show
7/2/2015 North Shore Arts Association: Carole Loiacono Solo Exhibit “Reflections of Cape Ann”
7/3/2015 Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor
7/3/2015 Rockport @ Night!

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Upcoming Events: Independance Day Celebrations

July 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pmJuly 4, 2015 @ 9:00 pm


July 3

6:00 p.m. – Gloucester Horribles Parade

9:30 pm – Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor

July 4

10:00 am – Manchester-by-the-Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 pm – Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:30 pm – Rockport Legion Band Concert – Back Beach

9:00 pm – Rockport Bonfire – Back Beach

Upcoming Events: Saint Peter’s Fiesta

JUNE 24 – 28, 2015

The St. Peter’s Fiesta has long attracted visitors from all over the country. It is an annual celebration in Gloucester, MA taking place on the weekend closest to the Feast Day of St. Peter, June 28. The event is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester.

St. Peter’s Fiesta is a five-day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman, St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The festival involves a carnival, seine boat races and the Greasy Pole contest, and attracts people from all over.

Each June, on the weekend closest to the Feast Day of St. Peter, the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester comes together to celebrate the patron saint of fishermen, St. Peter. The Fiesta opens this year in St. Peter’s Square on the Gloucester waterfront on Wednesday, June 24 and ends on Sunday, June 28.  At the turn of the century many Italian families settled in Gloucester. Having been fishermen in Sicily, these families were attracted to this famous fishing port. When they arrived here they brought many customs from the old country including paying homage to their patron saint. In 1927 one of the local Italian-American fishing captains had a life-sized statue of St. Peter enshrined in the heart of the Italian district. It wasn’t long before the wives and mothers of the fishermen began formulating plans for a religious procession to be held annually in honor of St. Peter. Gradually, this annual procession grew into the internationally renowned celebration we have today.

The St. Peter’s Fiesta of recent years provides a varied program certain to be of interest to all. The entire Italian-American section of Gloucester is decorated with flags, bunting, colored lights and streamers. An enormous altar and bandstand form the focal point of the celebration. The life-sized statue of St. Peter, lavishly decorated with hundreds of flowers, is carried to the altar in a huge procession that moves through the neighborhoods of the city. Music is played on the bandstand every evening of the Fiesta and on Sunday morning an open air mass is conducted in the square. Later in the afternoon, the crowds witness the blessing of the fishing fleet. Street vendors and a small carnival create a festive experience.

Various sporting events are held each day. The Greasy Pole is a contest where brave young men run across a grease-covered pole high above icy waters of Gloucester Harbor trying to capture a flag. The winner is the first to capture the pole. Thousands watch from Pavilion Beach off Commercial Street right behind the Chamber of Commerce.

Another event is the Seine Boat Race. Here, twelve-man crews prove their strength and stamina by rowing against each other in old seine boats in a grueling mile long race.

St. Peter’s Fiesta is a long-standing Gloucester tradition and a feast for the senses.


Upcoming Events: The Rockport Navy Weekend July 10-12

The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Off shore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS), aboard five NA-44 foot sailboats, will drop anchor on Friday July 10th in Rockport Harbor to take part in the Rockport Navy Weekend 2015. The midshipmen and their advisors will be joined for the weekend by sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts and the Navy Band in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Rockport Navy Weekend is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee, which is comprised of volunteers who have worked to bring the U.S. Navy to Rockport since 2007. The enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport helps make the Rockport Navy Weekend a success. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy.