Gloucester Harbor History with Local Historian Justin Demetri

Wednesdays, August 9 & 30, from 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for an evening of stories and relaxation as we explore the history of Gloucester's working waterfront with local historian and author Justin Demetri!

Growing up "Down the Fort" in one of the many families that comprised Gloucester's Italian fishing fleet, Justin spent his childhood among the fishermen, the boats and the wharves. Justin's friendship with author and historian Joseph E. Garland sparked his love of writing, and appreciation for the special place he still calls home.

Justin holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts/Boston and is the Director of Visitor Services for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

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Sea Serpent Sails with the Cape Ann Museum

Thursday, August 10th from 3:30-5:30pm & 6:00-8:00pm

The Cape Ann Museum and Maritime Gloucester are pleased to present this special bicentennial tour of the August 1817 sighting of the Gloucester Sea Serpent. Sail where the sea serpent swam. Will he be back? Keep a sharp eye peeled! The Cape Ann Museum and Maritime Gloucester proudly and jointly present “Sightings of the Sea Serpent in August, 1817.” This special guided tour on the Ardelle (Captain Harold Burnham) will be narrated by Wayne Soini, the author of, The Gloucester Sea Serpent of 1817 (History Press, 2010). Separate myth from marine animal, fiction from fact as Soini recounts contemporary reports, quoting from affidavits of prominent locals who swore that they saw something amazing in the harbor in August, 1817. Take part yourself and relive on site the most extended and best documented series of sea serpent sightings ever. During the tour, Soini will point out each location of sea serpent sightings – and where Gloucester's own top gun Matt Gaffney, a ship's carpenter, took aim and fired at the two-ton creature on August 14, 1817.

Cost is $40 for CAM and Maritime Gloucester members / $50 nonmembers .

Space is limited; registration required.

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Music Sails with Down Home Swing

Fridays, August 4, 18 & 25th, 6:00-8:00pm

DOWN HOME SWING delivers the finest in jazz, blues, country, and so much more, in a heartfelt and rousing way. Their act features traditional and contemporary tunes, thrilling harmonies, and expert picking, delivered with flair and enthusiasm. DOWN HOME SWING is Jay & Laurie and Chick & Ellen - two married couples, four professional musicians, friends for many years. When they began performing together as a quartet, their sound came together quickly, fed by their abiding friendship and stellar musicianship.  

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Gloucester Schooner Festival Fireworks Sail

 Saturday, September 2nd from 8:30-10:30pm

Enjoy the spectacular Gloucester Schooner Festival Fireworks from a front row seat aboard the Schooner Ardelle!

Tickets are $60 per person.

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Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sails 

 Sunday, September 3rd from 9:30-11:30am

Join us as we participate with over 20 Schooners in the Gloucester Schooner Festival Parade of Sail.

Sail is 2 hours and does not include the Schooner Race. Tickets are $85.

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