Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day September 3

Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day

Maritime Gloucester, formerly known as The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, will hold its 8th annual Heritage Day celebration on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10 am ‘ 4 pm. Maritime Gloucester exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day.

The Schooner Ardelle will be berthed at its new home, the Maritime Gloucester. The Ardelle, built and operated by Harold Burnham, will be joined at the dock by other visiting schooners in Gloucester for the schooner races.

The festivities will feature music by Honky-Tonk Women of Gloucester from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. Caroline Haines, Barbara Jansson, Sheila Schrank and Elaine Persons will take the stage to create harmonies heard in the 50’s and 60’s eras when ‘girl groups’ like the Ronnettes, the Supremes, the Crystals, and the Shirelles captured Motown. It’s a musical journey back to the style of acapella and Doo Wop. The Honky-Tonk Women will be performing ‘classic hits’ and chart busting songs of the females groups who powered up the stage back then and now again.

Master craftsman Geno Mondello will demonstrate traditional dory building techniques. Local crafters will demonstrate their skills and sell their work. Windrush Books will feature vintage local history and maritime related books.

The Cape Ann Ship Modelers will offer ship model building and ship-in-a-bottle demonstrations. Art Haven will help the visiting children create their own work of art. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum will display its 15′ long model of the schooner Evalina Goulart. The schooner Ernestina, the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, the Whale Center of New England and the National Marine Fisheries Service will also provide exhibits.

Lunch food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event.

Maritime Gloucester is located at 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester. For further information, call 978-281-0470.