Tag Archives: Gloucester

Don’t Miss the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial!

July 9, 2015 @ 10:00 amJuly 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Fuller School
4 Schoolhouse road off rte 128 at Blackburn Circle
Gloucester, MA 01930

“The Wall That Heals”

Gloucester United Veterans Council and the City of Gloucester are proud to present The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Museum.

“We Must Never Forget!”

Dates:  July 9-12, 2015

Times:  Opening 10:00AM July 9th thru 5:00PM July 12th, 2015

Location:  Fuller School, 4 Schoolhouse Road, Gloucester, MA  (off rte 128 at Blackburn Circle)


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.


Business Education Golf Tournament

On 18 May held our 26th Annual Business Education Golf Tournament, a portion of the proceeds from which go to supporting our college sponsorships and other eductional initiatives. With about 100 golfers participating, food on multiple holes, and over 20 items raffled away, a free fantastic afternoon has had by all on a great course and for a wonderful cause!

The scholarship winners will be announced at the Small Business Luncheon, Friday June 5th, at Castle Manor Inn – please feel free to join us it is open to the entire Cape Ann community.

Member Spotlight: Harbor Tours, Inc.

Harbor Tours, Inc. ushers in a new member to the business, a fourth generation of the family’s salty bloodlines: Captain Evan Douglass, great-grandson of the late Fred (“Daunty”) Douglass, a Gloucester mackerel fisherman during the late eighteen hundreds.

Evan’s grandfather was Harbor Tours’ founder Captain Fred Douglass (a fixture on the waters of America’s Oldest Seaport for many decades). The young Douglass has sailed throughout Central and North America and the Caribbean Sea as a crew member on a luxury yacht for the past few years. Prior to graduating from college with a business degree, Evan crewed on one of Gloucester’s whale watch boats for several years. His Dad, Captain Steve, who has been running the company since 1983, welcomes him aboard this 2015 season.

Harbor Tours offers narrated sightseeing trips on their two boats, and also private charters. M/V KING EIDER carries passengers on the Lighthouse Cruise, a 2.5 hour fascinating journey that circles the island, as well as the Gloucester Harbor Tour, a 1.25 hour lovely cruise that tours the entire harbor and features a lobstering demonstration. Harbor Tours also operates the Inner Harbor Water Shuttle. Passengers can hop on and off the M/V LADY JILLIAN at four locations, from St. Peter’s Park to Smith’s Cove in Rocky Neck, and explore Gloucester’s Inner Harbor at their own pace with a $10 all-day ticket. Discounted season’s passes are now available.



A Message from Chamber CEO, Ken Riehl

A quick update on our three mission platforms!

1) Promotion of our members and the region: In addition to our networking and community events, our focus has been on the 2015 publications – the Cape Ann Visitor Guide and Map, Rockport and Essex Maps, and 2015 Membership Directory – almost 300,000 printed pieces in total! We are on schedule to deliver these even earlier this year, well in advance of Memorial Day.

2) Economic Development: We have been busy meeting with the elected officials and businesses (members and non-members alike) from all four communities. We do this by walking the streets and through our community “Division Meetings”. In Gloucester, we meet more regularly with the Mayor and CAO, and monthly with Community & Economic Development. We are always looking for better ways to connect with all our communities, and welcome your feedback. Northeastern Professor and renowned economist Barry Bluestone has been back to both Rockport and Gloucester (the latter visit co-sponsored by the Chamber) to help garner consensus on areas for economic improvement. We also held our first Cape Ann Caucus since 2012, where all local state representatives and local elected, education, and public safety officials met to better collaborate on issues and opportunities affecting all of Cape Ann.

3) Education: We are so excited to announce our first regional Cape Ann Career and College Fair – 20 May at the Gloucester High School Field House. We have over 70 colleges signed up already, and about 50 business leaders representing a dozen major career fields – stay tuned – much more to follow! Cape Ann License Plate: we are just over 1/3 of the way to getting the plates on the road, and are spreading the word with a new Facebook site (facebook.com/CapeAnnLicensePlate); please like us and share. Remember, the proceeds from the plates will go back to the four communities to support Community Development and Education initiatives.