Over the last year I have been researching and writing a historic seafood cookbook, which, unfortunately will not be ready in time for Christmas. It is by far the biggest writing project I’ve ever attempted and contains hundreds of recipes going back hundreds of years.
While the book is being finalized, I have also been working on a new website dedicated to seafood information as a tie-in. As part of the research process for the book (From Head to Tale) I have been compiling lots of vintage seafood illustrations and advertisements, which I’ve started to turn into a line of gifts and apparel over at my new store: Vintage Seafood. If you get a chance this busy holiday season, check out my new projects and let me know what you think.
Join us on October 7 to support the work of the Shipbuilding Museum. Sign up online for this annual fundraiser with amazing wine, food, auction items and friendly atmosphere! Support the museum!
If you have not joined us on one of these sails I highly recommend it, a bit of history, a gorgeous backdrop and plenty of liquid refreshment. A few weeks ago I joined Captain Harold aboard his pinky Ardelle for a Fiesta history sail and we had a great time as always. I’m really appreciative of Harold and his family for inviting me back again for two more history sails this summer. These days I don’t get too many opportunities to be on the water, but every time I’m on Ardelle as we coast past our fabled waterfront, it stirs up old memories.
I love my town, I love its history, but I like to have fun too! No script, no set route, and everyone is invited to spin their own yarns. If he’s up for it, I’ll bring my partner in crime Jim Lynch along as usual. Forget the guy from Dos Equis, this 92-year old is the real “most interesting man in the world.” and has seen it and done it all. So come join us as we knock back a few and talk about what makes this place so special. Space is till available so get your tickets here!
To kick off the monthly summer history sails aboard the Ardelle, Captain Harold Burnham has invited me on his evening sail, 6/22/16 from 6-8pm. But this isn’t just an ordinary Wednesday evening sail, it is also the first night of St. Peter’s Fiesta! So in honor of our patron saint, all the Gloucester fishermen – past and present, and my Sicilian-American brothers and sisters, I’ll be including Fiesta history as well. Growing up down the Fort, the Fiesta was as exciting as Christmas and it makes me proud that I get to watch my son, now 6, eagerly await the rides, the food, the family and the fun. Whether you are a part of the celebration, a local resident, or a visitor wondering what all the commotion is downtown, come join us as we get the party started under sail. Viva!
It’s gotten bigger – the Essex-Built Schooner ADVENTURE has agreed to join the annual Schooner Challenge! HUGE! Grab up a bunch of your friends and add to the fun and join the crews of the ADVENTURE, The ARDELLE, and the LANNON in the famous Schooner Challenge to help to support the preservation of the museum‘s EVELINA M GOULART. Tickets will go fast! Sign up now.
This past summer I got to meet and work with a great group from New Bedford that is creating a much-needed fisheries museum in their famous port. In anticipation of their grand opening on June 25, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center website is now online. With the help of Executive Director Laura Orleans and members of their industry advisory group, I researched over a century of New Bedford fishing history. In the process of creating an historical timeline of the port, and writing essays of New Bedford fishing evolution, it was fascinating to learn how much of what we see as modern commercial fishing began in “the whaling city.”
My only regret (besides not eating my weight in scallops)? Not being able to spend more time in New Bedford. But with the new museum opening up shortly, I have yet another reason, to get down there.
It’s that time of year again, the Essex Shipbuilding Museum begins its 2016 season this Saturday. It still a little chilly in the shipyard, but at least we don’t have snow and ice in the yard like last year. As always, we will be open on weekends during the spring from 10-5. The guided tours, including the ship model collection at the Schoolhouse, happen 3 times a day at 10:30, 1 and 3, but self tours of the shipyard are available all day long. Our newly refurbished signage for the EVELINA M. GOULART will be installed shortly and our gift shop has both new items and some of your old favorites. So come by this weekend, either for a tour, or maybe just a cup of our great coffee. Hope to see you in the shipyard in 2016!