Come One, Come All! Everyone is welcome to the Novena to Saint Peter.

In honor of the 90th anniversary of Fiesta, all the saints that are honored in the Fiesta Sunday procession have joined Saint Peter on the altar at the American Legion Hall.

The Novena Ladies are Jeanne Marie Linquata (center), Caryn Ryder, Grace Cusumano, Ann Sanfilippo, and Faye Quinlan. The altar and the Legion Hall look especially, especially beautiful this year, thanks to the dedication of the Novena Ladies.

The Novena begins Monday, June 12th, at 7pm, and ends Tuesday June 20th, when Saint Peter will be returned to the club. The Novena Ladies would like everyone to know that all are welcome!


2017 Saint Peter’s Fiesta Schedule


Novena to Saint Peter

Monday, June 12 – Tuesday, June 20
7:00 p.m.
American Legion Hall

Wednesday, June 21

7:00–10:00 p.m.  Musical Entertainment….St. Peter’s Park:    
Barry Mooney and The Sounds of Legends ”                                                            


Thursday, June 22

6:30 p.m……      Fiesta 5K Road Race – with Cape Ann YMCA –
Starting location Stage Fort Park,
Finish line at St. Peter’s Park.
For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

8:00–11:00…      Entertainment, Dance and Music featuring…..
“WILD FIRE” …. St. Peter’s Park


Friday, June 23

4:45 p.m…….    Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

6:30 p.m…….    Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremonies

7:00 p.m. ……    Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square

Entertainment immediately following to 11:30 p.m….                                                          featuring   Paul London” and “Jimmy Geany


Saturday, June 24

10:00 a.m…….     Pavilion Beach…Seine Boat Race: 
U.S. Coast Guard vs
Gloucester Fire Department and
Gloucester Police Department 

3:00 p.m……    Children’s Games…. Beach Court

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events… Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races..&..Greasy Pole Contest

8:00–11:30 pm. Musical EntertainmentSt. Peter’s Square….


Sunday, JUNE 25

10:00 a.m……     Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER….. at St. Peter’s Park

12:00 noon…..  Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

3:00 p.m……    Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

3:00 p.m… …   Concert….Cape Ann Big Band…St. Peter’s Park

4:45 p.m……    Sports Events…at Pavilion Beach –
Seine Boat Races..&..
.Greasy Pole Contest

6:30 p.m……    Children’s  Pinata Contest –  Pascucci Court

7:15 p.m…….    Awards Ceremony – Trophies awarded to winners of the Sports Events

8:30 pm     Musical entertainment.. St. Peter’s Park… featuring  Franco Corso

11:00 p.m……  Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

Save the Date:  Next Year….
St. Peter’s Fiesta, June 27 – July1, 2018

Book Launch Party for Alice Gardner’s Wonderful Saint Peter’s Fiesta Children’s Book

Over the winter, we got a sneak preview at a Good Morning Gloucester podcast of Alice’s wonderful and whimsical illustrations for her Saint Peter’s Fiesta children’s book. St. Peter’s Fiesta Gloucester, Massachusetts has been published just in time for Fiesta. Even without baby granddaughter Charlotte on the way, we would cherish a copy of this delightful book. I cannot wait to purchase ours.

St. Peter’s Fiesta Gloucester, Massachusetts is available at the The Book Store of Gloucester
located at 61 Main Street (978-281-1548). When at The Bookstore, be sure to check out Alice’s illustrations for St. Peter’s Fiesta Gloucester, Massachusetts. They are framed and on display. Each year Alice is the featured artist at The Bookstore during the month of June for her many paintings over the years of Fiesta.

Please join us for Alice Gardner’s BEAUTIFUL St. Peter’s Fiesta children’s picture book launch party! The daughter of the founder of St. Peter’s Fiesta will be reading the book. Details below. Mark your calendars! Please share!
90th Anniversary Party for Saint Peter’s Fiesta
Saturday, June 17, 2017 10-11:15
Book reading: 10:30
The Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, Massachusetts
The Children’s Room and The Friend Room

Please join us for the debut of St. Peter’s Fiesta, a beautiful children’s book by artist and author Alice Gardner, commemorating our favorite time of year.

Sara Favazza has graciously offered to read the book to all those, young and old, who love St. Peter’s Fiesta! Sara is the daughter of Salvatore Favazza, the Gloucester sea captain who founded Fiesta in 1927 to thank Saint Peter for keeping the fishermen safe.

Preceding the reading, there will be special activities for children.

Following the reading, please stay for the book signing outside in the garden where refreshments will be served.

Prayers to Dominic Nicastro and Family


catherine-dominic-nicastro-saint-peters-fiesta-copyright-kim-smithCathy and Dominic Nicastro Saint Peter’s Fiesta 2015

Gloucester Times

By Ray Lamont

The man who for years was St. Peter’s guardian and played a central role in St. Peter’s Fiesta has passed away.

Dominic Nicastro Sr., 66, who went to work as a commercial fisherman right after graduating from Gloucester High School, died early Thursday morning at the Golden Living Center after a lengthy illness.

For decades, Nicastro played a central role in Fiesta’s salute to the patron saint of fishermen, first as one of the carriers of the St. Peter’s statue and then, from 2000 through 2015, as its primary guardian, said Joe Novello, head of St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee. Nicastro was the statue’s fifth guardian in the festival’s 89-year history, handing over the duties to Joe Orlando in 2015.

“He was a genuine man, just a very good guy,” said Novello of Nicastro on Thursday. “He was a very proud man, but he was very respected as a leader.”

Novello recalled that Nicastro eventually bought his own lobster boat, then later worked as a diesel mechanic with the Cape Ann Transportation Authority. But his heart, he said, was always with Fiesta.

“He so loved St. Peter,” said Sara Favazza, 86, whose father, Capt. Salvatore Favazza, commissioned the statue in 1927 and is among the founders of Fiesta.

Nicastroserved for years as president of the St. Peter’s Club, and played a role in organizing Fiesta’s sporting events. He regularly joined his wife Catherine in attending each night of the nine-day Novena to St. Peter, Novello recalled.

“He was do dedicated, I never saw such a dedicated man,” added Favazza, who is Catherine Nicastro’s cousin. “Even with all the (health issues) he had, he kept going. He took care of St. Peter. He was very very meticulous. After my father, I’d say he was the best guardian we ever had. My father would have been so proud of him to have seen him as guardian.”


Adventures of the Crazy Hat Ladies!

Fiesta Hat ladies copyright Kim SmithThe Crazy Hat Ladies write, “The Crazy Hat Ladies of Fiesta have been invited to the largest folk festival in the US in Lowell, Massachusetts over the weekend of July 29th and 30th. This is our 2nd time being invited to come and share our love for the St. Peter’s Fiesta and our love for our community. We will be representing Gloucester and with our hats with people from all over. We will have our hats and a photo display of the history of St. Peter’s Fiesta.. We will also proudly distribute Gloucester Visitor guides to promote our beautiful city. We hope you can make it to this cultural event that has lots of music, cultural cuisine and entertainment and of course…”


SAINT PETER'S FIESTA 2016 PROCESSION Bruce Tarr Amy Robyn Clayton fiesta hat ladies copyright Kim Smith

Gloucester’s Spectacular July 3rd Fireworks!

The view from the Beauport Hotel restaurant looking towards Stage Fort Park. Happy 4th of July!Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -9 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -11 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithGloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -5 copyright Kim Smith


Red, White, and Blue Grand Finale

I thought the fireworks this fourth extra stupendous. If you agree, the Gloucester Fireworks Committee is looking for donations, small and large, for the fireworks display during Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend. If you haven’t already contributed, they would appreciate your help. You can donate by clicking here or sending a check to:

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Please make the notation on your check “Fireworks.”

A few more

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 copyright Kim SmithSpectators along the Boulevard

Ali D’Angelo Sunday’s Walk

Greasy Pole Sunday Walker Ali D’Angelo touches the flag during Sunday’s courtesy round.

Ali D'Angelo 2016 Sunday Greasy Pole courtesy round -3 St. Peter's Fiesta copyright Kim Smith