More than 300 party-goers kicked off summer at The Captain’s Party, the Cape Ann Museum’s annual fundraising event on June 15 at the museum, 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester.

This year, the evening included festive music, fare by Timothy Hopkins Catering, and creative cocktails. All proceeds supported the museum’s educational programs, exhibitions, and community collaborations.

The party is celebrated every year in honor of Capt. Elias Davis (1758-1821), who in 1804 built the three-story Federalist-style home known as the Captain Elias Davis House, which is now part of the museum. In 1775, Gloucester-born Davis enlisted in the Continental Army at age 17. Five years later, he was in command of the armed brigantine, Fair Play, which was commissioned as an American privateer. Following the Revolution, Davis commanded commercial maritime ships in the Caribbean.

The “BASH” theme was inspired by Gloucester’s Leslie Buswell, A. Piatt Andrew, Henry Davis Sleeper, and John Hays Hammond, who were well-known in the early 20th century for their alternating house parties. Neighbors would hear their music cast across the water and know a bash was stirring, and they are said to be the first in America to coin the term “bash,” based on their surnames.

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