Downtown Gloucester’s To Host Halloween Trick or Treat!

Calling all Gloucester goblins, ghosts, gargoyles and Lady Gagas – Gloucester’s Downtown Association is hosting its annual late afternoon trick or treat event tomorrow from 4:00-6:00 p.m.


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All kids in costume are invited to walk Main Street, visit local businesses and take part in traditional Halloween festivities.

For more information, please contact the Gloucester Downtown Association


Brewing Up Innovation on Cape Ann

Cape Ann Brewing - a symbol of innovation in Gloucester.

By Jeremy Goldberg

When starting a brewery in Gloucester, the team at The Cape Ann Brewing Company really wanted to pull our inspiration from the people and the city itself. Gloucester is a fiercely loyal community with a diversity that is second to none. Most of all, it is hardworking and honest. That’s why we decided to offer a diverse beer selection here at the Pub (where we have more than a dozen varieties on tap), creating a product that is unique, yet true to style and heritage.

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Our innovative approach was inspired by Gloucester itself. We wanted our brand to reflect the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. By offering balanced and hearty lagers and ales while other brewers chase the latest trends, Cape Ann Brewing chose our own path, one that pays tribute to hard work and enduring friendship.
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In essence, we wanted our brand to embody the innovative spirit of Gloucester, through and through. We are passionate about making unique beers with bold flavor and character. Our flagship lager, Fisherman’s Brew, salutes an under-represented style in a craft beer market overloaded with super hopped India Pale Ale (IPA) and light Golden Ale. Our Pumpkin Stout was the first of its kind, full-flavored, rich and dark, a proud Stout that focused on the beer, rather than the special ingredient.
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This past summer we took yet another step in building our brand in Gloucester’s image by opening a canning facility in the city. This innovation reflects our Fisherman’s product line, made up of the Brew, IPA and Pils. These are go-to types of beer that reward a hard day’s work. Introducing the Fisherman’s line in cans was a next logical step. This not only ensures superior quality, our Fisherman’s line now comes in a simple, approachable format.

As the Cape Ann Brewing Company continues to grow and expand our brand, we will always look first to Gloucester. We shall never stop living by the old fisherman’s creed, “Share and Share Alike.”

Jeremy Goldberg founded The Cape Ann Brewing Company in 2008.

Calling all residents: the City needs YOU to help improve the Oval Playground

Ward 3 City Councilor Steve LeBlanc and the Community Development Department need your help on November 6th, 7th and 8th when the “Community Build for the Oval Playground” will take place. This is a great opportunity for civic-minded folks to roll up their sleeves, have some fun, and help install a new playground at Palazola Field!

Volunteers are asked to be available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on one of the three community build days. Work will include installing concrete foundations, sorting, erecting and assembling playground equipment. To ensure safety and quality, volunteers will be trained and supervised by an experienced playground site specialist.

Dress in comfortable work clothes and closed toe shoes. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

The “Re-shaping the Oval Playground” project, which is funded by the Massachusetts “Our Common Backyard” program and federal community block grants (with project management funded through the Mass in Motion program), will not only improve the play area off Centennial Ave. near Harvard Street, it will provide more opportunities for kids to play and get fit.

The City is seeking 20 volunteers a day to help in the three-day effort (with an alternative extreme weather day on November 9.) Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk notes that with the “Renewal of Newell” last year and September’s completion of the update to Burnham’s Field, the City continues to build on its successes and create more opportunities for recreation, play, and support of active lifestyles.

Councilor LeBlanc, who reports that the existing equipment will be reused at Riverdale Park, hopes that community members, neighborhood associations and other community groups/organizations will sign up as community build volunteers.

Online volunteer registration is available at

Community members can also contact Councilor LeBlanc at

Community Development Department Senior Project Manager Stephen Winslow also can be reached at or at 978-282-8007.

Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween With Marine Mysteries And Sea Monsters

Ghosts and goblins have nothing on the monsters of the sea this Halloween thanks to the folks at Maritime Gloucester, who are hosting a “Marine Halloween – Planktonstein’s Lab” bash on Saturday, October 25th. between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

The event, which is free for Maritime Gloucester members and $7 for non-members, will treat kids (Pre-K to 12 years of age) to a mysterious, monster-filled Halloween party that includes adventures in the mad scientist’s lab, hands-on encounters with creepy creatures and a close-up look at spooky sea science.

The frightening fun begins with mad scientist Planktonstein’s “Monster Mash,” where kids will mix and match different sea creatures to create “Frankenfish” monstrosities. That is followed by the “Create Feature,” an activity where kids hang out with strange sea creatures like spider crabs and sea stars. This hands-on experience is sure to frighten and enlighten. The event concludes with the “Haunted Plankton Lab” where kids will search for sea monsters under the microscope, including skeleton shrimp and sea worms.

Click here to register or visit Maritime Gloucester for more information.

Innovation in Gloucester? Then, now, always

By Tom Balf

Innovation? Truthfully, I love the idea. But in the 21st Century, the word is trite, to the point where it has become almost pedestrian (much like the word sustainability.) Words not only lose meaning when overused, they lose impact. After all, humans have reshaped the world and solved problems since the dawn of opposable thumbs and large cerebral cortex. In other words, to be human is to innovate.

Today, the word innovation connotes “technology” and a subsequent patent, license or trademark. Or it implies an idea that fuels visions of future financial gain. This is all well and good, but I find myself increasingly attracted to retro “old school” innovation, especially as it relates to Gloucester and the harbor.



A good idea, developed by an experienced mariner, solves a problem. Financial reward may or may not follow, but that’s not the point. Everyone knows about frozen food and Birdseye in Gloucester, or the technological wizardry of John Hays Hammond. But the history of our community is the story of many (hundreds? thousands?) of innovations that have changed our working waterfront over the years.

For example, the marine railway comes to mind, given that we have the oldest continuously operating one in the country at Maritime Gloucester. Its invention helped to expand the boat repair business that, in concert with Essex shipbuilding prowess, powered the fishing and maritime economy of Gloucester for a solid 75 years.



There’s also copper paint and the Tarr & Wonson (now Ocean Alliance) Paint factory, where anti-fouling paint was first created. Fish distribution and marketing innovations begun by Gorton’s and the Frank E. Davis companies more than a century ago are the roe of seafood industry marketing innovations pursued today by companies such as Gortons, Ocean Crest, Intershell, Mortillaros, Proteus, as well as organizations like Cape Ann Fresh Catch and initiatives around Community Supported Fisheries.

Add gear technology innovations, marine research, food processing advances and boat innovations like Rule Industries’ bilge pump and, well, you see the wealth of intellectual innovation capital in this community, both then and now.



Maritime Gloucester is here to tell the tales of innovation, present today’s fishing, ocean and maritime challenges, and, most importantly, prepare the next generation with science process skills, mariner’s perspective and hands-on experiences. An important component of that preparation means hours.

In his book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell argues that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.  With more than 1,500 kids on Cape Ann putting in a total of 12,000 hours in our Ocean Explorers program, both at our campus and in the classroom, we hope that students are discovering their world and developing the skills to continue the great tradition of innovation on Gloucester Harbor.

Practice makes perfect. Understanding unleashes improvements. And hours on the waterfront matter to both. Innovation in Gloucester? Always.

Tom Balf is the Executive Director of Maritime Gloucester, a working waterfront museum, a marine and maritime educational organization and a visitor destination.


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Nothing says fall quite like cozy candlelit evenings, crisp mornings, and fallen leaves crunching beneath your boots. This week, Good Morning Gloucester has a bushel of family-pleasing festivities to keep everyone in good seasonal spirits.

Tonight (October 20th), the Thomas E. Lannon Schooner will set sail at midnight for a very special opportunity to view the meteor shower away from the city lights. A local astronomer will be on deck to provide some insight into this cosmic lightshow. Adults and children are invited to bring a sleeping bag and get comfy for a truly unique sailing experience.

Come watch the Gloucester Boys Soccer team hit the field for a good cause this Thursday (October 23rd) at Newell Stadium. Donations collected at the stadium door will benefit cancer research.

This Friday (October 24th) stretch your body and mind with some candlelight Vinyasa flow at Treetop Yoga Studio. Berklee graduate Eden Forman will provide live violin music to help participating yogis unwind with instructor Jamie Robbins.

For information on these events and more, check out Good Morning Gloucester:

Working Waterfront Writers Group Kicks Off On Oct. 21st

The Gloucester working waterfront has inspired a legion of artists, not to mention literary works like Captains Courageous, and The Perfect Storm. Now the Gloucester Writers Center and Maritime Gloucester are teaming up to help waterfront workers past and present channel their literary talents. Amanda Cook from The Working Waterfront Writers Group  will lead the group, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21st at the Sarah Fraser Robbins Classroom at Maritime Gloucester (located down the walkway to the pier.) This FREE program, which is limited to 10 writers, will meet every other Tuesday through December 16th. Register here or by calling (978) 281-0470. If you have questions, please contact Amanda at or Melanie Murray-Brown at