Gloucester Schooner Festival 8/31-9/2

Want to come check out some of the most famous, majestic schooners left in the world? Then you should definitely come check out the Gloucester Schooner Festival.  The participating schooners include: Adventure, American Eagle, Bald Eagle, Adventurer, Ardelle, Brilliant, Estrela, Fame, Green Dragon, Irena, Lewis H. Story, Liberty Clipper, Sugar Babe, Summerwind, Spirit of Massachusetts, Thomas E Lannon, HMS Bounty and Tyrone.

Come for a whale watch with Capt. Bills this weekend and enjoy breathtaking view of all the schooners, some even underway for the race!

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
(subject to change) from CACC

Friday, August 31, 2012

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests. Sponsored by the Schooner Adventure.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day Maritime Gloucester (formerly the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center), located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. Free to all.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

7:30 pm
Boat “Parade of Lights”.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting for all Schooners sailing in Mayor’s Race at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

11:00 am to1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free of Charge.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum visiting hours.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

10:30 am
Parade of Sail Breakfast at Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House. Come for the best view of the parade of sail. Coffee and light breakfast will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. $3 Historic New England members, $5 non-members. Reservations required. Call 978-283-0800.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum visiting hours.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony for contestants and invited guests.

Monday, September 3, 2012

“Rain Day” for recovery from postponements caused by inclement weather. ONLY IF REQUIRED.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester visiting hours.

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