, Gloucester, MA

August 31, 2013

Cape Ann kids sailing on schooners during festival

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — As the vessels negotiate the harbor for the 2013 Gloucester Schooner Festival this weekend, some special sailors and passengers will be aboard.

The festival, which celebrates and honors Cape Ann’s maritime history, works to ensure the future of that heritage by supporting youth programs that put youngsters on Cape Ann waters.

This past year, the festival committee chose to institutionalize the event’s educational component by providing opportunities for kids to sail on some of the 22 participating schooners — the Adventurer (not Adventure, Adventurer) will not be here due to mechanical difficulties. The Adventure, Gloucester’s flagship, will be the leading schooner in the Parade of Sail, not the Thomas E. Lannon as was previously reported, and racing for the first time in 20 years.

The festival committee is also offering financial support to local programs that put Cape Ann children on the water throughout the year. In 2012, the committee provided two grants of $1,500 to the Gloucester High Sailing Program and The Museum School to support their on-the-water programs.

Beyond the costs of producing the Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend, the committee is raising money to offer similar support to youth-on-the-water organizations to be used in their 2014 season. Persons or organizations interested in donating should contact Maritime Gloucester Executive Director Tom Balf at 978-281-0470 or

Maritime Gloucester auction

Speaking of Maritime Gloucester, the organization’s online auction is now open and will remain open until Sept. 3.

Auction items include a framed block print by Folly Cove Designer Isabel Natti titled “Plankton”; a weekend getaway in Jackson, N.H.; a garden consultation; a “Perfect Storm” trip; a schooner Ardelle charter sail with live music; a children’s birthday party at Maritime Gloucester; and a half hull model of a favorite boat.

Proceeds support Maritime Gloucester’s efforts to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences.


Cookbook kickoff

On Wednesday evening, the black tie dress for guys and long gowns for gals came out of the closet, when some 200 people walked the red carpet —literally — to attend Sista Felicia’s Cookbook Launch Gala at Cruiseport Gloucester.

Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan of Gloucester hosted the party to celebrate the publication of her new cookbook, “Gifts of Gold: In a Sicilian Kitchen with Sista Felicia,” designed by guest Cathy Kelley.

Among the guests were her brother, lobster dealer Joey Ciaramitaro of Capt. Joe & Sons and, Cape Ann YMCA’s Executive Director of Camping and Teen Service Rick Doucette, Donna Ardizzoni, Paul Morrison, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Gianni Gallo of the Gloucester-based Gallo Productions, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce President Ed Collard, and many family and friends.

“Gifts of Gold” is the first in a series of four books preserving and celebrating the culinary heritage passed down through the generations in Mohan’s Sicilian family.

Heidt headed for Arizona

When Robert Heidt leaves Cape Ann and his job as CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 1, he’s headed back to a warmer clime.

Heidt came to Cape after working in the Las Vegas and Austin, Texas, chambers. Now, he’s headed to Arizona, Glendale, Ariz., that is.

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce has hired Heidt as its president and CEO. The Glendale group said it conducted a nationwide search and chose Heidt over 19 other candidates.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of Vietnam War veteran David Lee Allen. Born May 14, 1948, he entered the U.S. Army on May 9, 1968.

The specialist 5 medic served with B 15th Medical Battalion 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam.

Allen was twice awarded the Purple Heart Medal, and also received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Air Medal.

He was discharged Dec. 21, 1969, and died Sept. 8, 2007.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Anne Allen, and family of Gloucester.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans Services at 978-281-9740.