Schooner Adventure Presents:
The Sixth Annual Gloucester Seaport Festival
July 29, 2006 10AM-4PM
Held at Harbor Loop, the 2006 Gloucester Seaport Festival will have a variety of hands-on maritime-based learning activities, free children’s activities, displays and demonstrations of various marine-based businesses, and all day music. Come see the Snakes of Massachusetts & the World presented by the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, learn how whales stay warm in the icy waters of the seas with the Whale Center of New England, experiment with the Museum of Science team. Enjoy the ocean breezes while listening to Michael Kouroubaclis, a nine year old musical wonder from Topsfield, local musicians Deb Hardy and the Schooner Adventure chantey singers ‘Three Sheets to the Wind’ This family oriented festival will celebrate the rich heritage of Gloucester and the North Shore. The Seaport Festival will emphasize the history and cultural diversity of Cape Ann, featuring educational programs, traditional music and good old fashioned, family fun.
The Gloucester Adventure, Inc a 501(C)(3) non-profit historic preservation and educational organization, was established to restore the schooner Adventure as a historic community resource and living classroom. Volunteers help year-round with vessel restoration, innovative educational programs, events and fundraising.
One of the last five surviving Essex-built dory-fishing schooners, the Adventure is an icon of the nation’s fishing industry and a centerpiece of America’s oldest fishing port. Adventure is a destination site on the Essex National Heritage Area Maritime Trail–the only National Historic Landmark vessel in Essex County. It serves as a living memorial to the more than 5,000 Gloucester fishermen who perished at sea. Built in 1926, the Adventure was the last American dory-trawler, fishing in the North Atlantic when she retired in 1953.