Historical Commission 2019 Gloucester Preservation Awards | Ceremony May 19th at Cape Ann Museum

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Gloucester Historical Commission annual awards ceremony takes place at Cape Ann Museum

The 2019 Gloucester Preservation Awards
Press Release from the Gloucester Historical Commission

The Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual 2019 Preservation Awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2 to 4 pm at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. The event features a slide show of winning projects and comments by recipients.

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and each year the Historical Commission recognizes outstanding cultural heritage preservation, restoration, and education projects.

This year’s award recipients are:

Bryan Melanson
Restoration & Rehabilitation, for his cooperation and responsiveness as a developer to historic preservation on the Back Shore.

Ross Burton & Lanesville Community CenterRestoration & Rehabilitation, for their reconstruction of Virginia Lee Burton’s writing cottage.

Lillian Olmsted Stewardship, for her research and vigilance as a citizen seeking to preserve the historic character of her neighborhood.

Magnolia Historical SocietyAdaptive Reuse, for the rehabilitation of the Blynman School as their headquarters and a local history museum.

Bernadette Fendrock & Alan D’AndreaRestoration & Rehabilitation, for restoration of an architecturally significant house at 24 Beach Rd.

1623 Studios Education & Outreach, for their programming on the history and historic preservation of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Manship Artists Residency + StudiosAdaptive Reuse, for their rehabilitation of the Paul Manship estate as working space for artists and sculptors.

James Ryan Preserving Gloucester History, for his annotated hand-drawn maps of Cape Ann’s granite quarries and neighborhoods.

Richard & Kathy Clark Stewardship, for their faithful volunteer efforts on the restoration of the Civil War-era Clark Cemetery.

Annisquam Yacht Club Restoration and Rehabilitation, for their extensive rehabilitation of a historically significant recreational facility.

Meetinghouse Foundation
Education and Outreach, for its cultural programs and collaborative preservation of a historic church building.

Appreciation Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement– To be announced.

Certificates are awarded based on the following criteria:
Preserved neighborhood history through research, writing, or art

  • Preserved a property that is historically significant in age, style, or use.
  • Restored using traditional materials or methods.
  • Preserved historical integrity or appearance.
  • Protected from present threat or future harm.
  • Completed project within the past two years.
  • Accomplished by individual, family, group, or company, or through community advocacy or fundraising

Award categories include the following.

  • Archaeology
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Stewardship
  • Education and outreach
  • Landscape preservation
  • Restoration and rehabilitation
  • Local preservationist
  • Individual lifetime achievement
  • Documentation of Gloucester’s history

THE FISK CONNECTION | A PROGRESSIVE ORGAN CONCERT ON APRIL 14 Gloucester Meetinghouse UU and St. John’s

high res Fisk facade photoGloucester Meetinghouse Foundation shares news about its upcoming special event

“The the first half of the concert is performed on the historic 1893 Hutchings/Fisk organ in the Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Unitarian Universalist Church) and the second half is performed on the innovative 1989 C. B. Fisk organ in St. John’s Episcopal Church next door.  Six professional organists, related in various ways to Gloucester, will perform diverse repertoire on these two fine pipe-organs.  The concert will include narration about the work of Charles Fisk, the relationship of the players to the Fisk legacy, and a bit about how the two instruments sound.  A reception will follow the concert.”

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Mayor Romeo Theken can’t wait! UU Gloucester Meetinghouse Summer Concert Series resumes July 7th!

FREE! “Nine Friday Nights. Nine Great Outdoor Concerts to benefit nine local non-profits.” 

Mayor Romeo Theken likes to remind everyone that “There’s always something going on in Gloucester!” including all the free performances for most every Gloucester Summer Night

Gloucester MA Free Outdoor Performances Daily
Mondays farmers market Magnolia
Wednesdays HarborWalk Summer Cinema Cape Ann Community Cinema and 104.9
Thursdays Farmers Market at Stage Fort Park and Harbor Loop summer concert series
Fridays Meetinghouse Green concert series United Universalist Church
Saturdays Main Street Block Parties Cape Ann Chamber
Sundays Stage Fort Park concerts at the bandstand

Gloucester Meeinghouse Foundation announces their 2017 line-up

UU summer 2017

First up Berklee Be-Bop Guitars on July 7 to benefit Pathways for Children

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From Gloucester Meetinghouse printed matter:

“The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the free, outdoor concert series ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’​ starting with the Berklee ensemble Be-Bob Guitars to benefit Pathways for Children on Friday evening July 7th.  

Mayor Romeo Theken regrets missing the 2017 kick off concert due to a prior family commitment,  and  she’s ever thankful that this fantastic series at such a grand and special venue is continuing after the pilot program last season! She’s asked Ward Councilor Melissa Cox to be on hand to open the first event. Mayor Theken is especially calling out old friends to come downtown to the old stomping grounds for all of them…especially August 11th!

July 7::Berklee Be-Bop Guitars
July 14:: Peter Souza, 3 Sheets to the Wind
July 21:: Melanie Bresnan & Friends
July 28:: Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra
August 4:: Gordon Michaels
August 11:: Scanzonati Band
August 18:: Hye Fusion

So don’t miss the second season of Music on Meetinghouse Green featuring 9 great musical events in support of 9 terrific local non-profits via free-will offerings (please bring a folding chair, blanket, cash or check).  Shows start at 6:00pm and run until 8:30pm.  In case of inclement weather events will be held inside the historic 1806 Meetinghouse at the corner of Church and Middle Street.

The sponsors of ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ pre-pay the expenses so all contributions go to our non-profit partners.  Special thanks to Linzee & Beth Coolidge (matching gift) plus Tom & Susan Andresen, J.J. & Jackie Bell, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan, Harry & Mary Hintlian, Dick & Doris Prouty, Charles Nazarian, Sandra Ronan, and our corporate sponsor: Cape Ann Saving Bank.”

More info:  www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 GLOUCESTER CITIZENSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS!

DSCF3689To receive a Gloucester Citizenship Awards is a very special honor. Each May the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church recognizes outstanding Gloucester citizens for their selfless good work. The citizenship award is a “celebration of civic pride and a reminder that each of us can make a difference.”

Congratulations to the 2016 Gloucester Citizen Award winners Pauline Bresnahan, Ellie Cummings, Nome Graham, George Hackford, Charles Nazarian, Patti Page, Save Our Shores Gloucester (Pam and Mark Poulin), Peter Souza, Dolores Talbot, and Alice and Mike Wheeler.

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From Charles Nazarian

Hello Joe-

I just wanted to thank you for posting the flyer for our benefit concert on Sunday, February 22nd.  This was part of our Rockin’ the Meetinghouse! Series in celebration of Black History Month.  Despite the wet and cold weather we had a fine audience and Gordon Michaels gave a stunning, humorous and wonderfully musical performance of Fats Waller songs.

Although some of the original lyrics were a bit naughty for a church performance, Gordon reworked them to suit and had the congregation roaring with laughter.  The ticket receipts were $1,065!  Even after expenses and sharing the proceeds with the performers a good sum was added to our Meetinghouse Restoration Fund.

The exterior of the 1806 landmark structure, which is on the National Historic Register and Gloucester’s oldest standing church building, is now nearly complete.  We are intent upon restoring the Federal Period interior to its original glory, including the beautiful horse-shoe gallery, for a total of 600 seats.  In the process we will be making the building accessible to ADA standards, adding practical elements like a lift, off-street parking and lavatories.  The auditorium has wonderful acoustics and we hope that it will be used for all kinds of community events, theatre productions and concerts.

If any of your Good Morning Gloucester members would like more information they can visit the website www.gloucesteruu.org or they can make a tax-deductible donation to ICC Meeting House Restoration Fund sent to 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Thanks again for the publicity on your website, which has become the pride of Gloucester!

Charles L. Nazarian

Sunset Barn

956 Washington Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

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Rocking The Meetinghouse, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Charles Nazarian writes-
I am the events coordinator for the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Gloucester and a recent subscriber to GMG. We have a concert this Sunday afternoon, February 22nd at 3:30PM to benefit the Restoration Fund. It is the third in our series called Rockin’ the Meetinghouse! that started with Willie Alexander last summer. The current concert is called “I’m Misbehavin’”, Fats Waller Songs I never Got to Sing.

The 1806 meetinghouse at the corner of Middle and Church Streets is Gloucester’s oldest standing church building, is on the National Historic Register and has wonderful acoustics. Attached is a press release, photo of the feature artist Gordon Michaels, and a color poster. We would greatly appreciate a posting. If you use the flyer please credit Seaside Graphics.

Thanks for creating GMG. It is a terrific site that gives people close and far a taste of our town.