Gloucester Meetinghouse


1)  On Saturday, February 16th the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a Free Family Movie Day at the Cape Ann Community Cinema from 10:00am to 4:00pm with games, prizes, face-painting and a pizza lunch.  There are two feature movies, the animation thriller ‘Spider-Man, Into the Spider-Verse’ at 11:30am and the hilarious Disney sequel ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ at 2:00pm.  The fun starts with refreshments and making decorated indoor snowmen from white socks at 10:00am.  Community partners Maritime Gloucester and Pathways for Children will participate with presentations, displays and program information. The movies and activities are best-suited for kids 6-12 years old.  Admission is free for children and their parents or adult guardians (no drop-offs please) thanks to the sponsors of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation 2018-19 Winter Series as a special mid-winter treat.  Free-will donations to Pathways for Children to support their terrific early education programs are encouraged.  Popcorn with additional treats and refreshments will be available at the theater counter all day.  At 4:00pm we will take a short walk up to visit the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse for a brief educational tour, demonstration of the pipe-organ, and ringing of the Paul Revere bell. The Cape Ann Community Cinema is located above Mystery Train at 21 Main Street.  More information at gloucestermeetinghouse.org

(2)   On Saturday, March 2nd at 3:30pm the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will host a concert by the Albany Pro Musica with Camerata Coral from Puerto Rico in a choral program called ‘The Americas, Land of Many Cultures.’ Making their first appearance in Massachusetts, the combined choral groups of Albany Pro Musica and Camerata Coral will present a stirring and inspirational concert in Spanish as well as English with distinctive harmonies and thrilling rhythms that will transport you in a journey celebrating the diversity, multiculturalism, inclusiveness, and acceptance: the values that hold the Americas strong. The program will consist of carefully selected works from the best contemporary composers in the western hemisphere. With the ravages of hurricanes and political discord that afflicts all countries in our hemisphere, this concert provides the beauty of classical choral music that can overcome turmoil, warm the heart, and provide hope.  Tickets: $45 Preferred seats, $30 General, $10 Students, Under 12 free (note: no one turned away for lack of funds) available at the door and on-line.  The Gloucester Meetinghouse is located on the green at the corner of Middle and Church Streets with accessible side entrance at #10 Church Street.  More information and advance ticket purchases at gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Charles L. Nazarian, president

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

10  Church

Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

cell: 978-821-5291

TODAY: GMF’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration 2019 is ON and here’s the program!

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Update from the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation:

2PM It’s on but use caution!

We regret that Meetinghouse Green is now frozen over solid and is not safe for parking or walking, so allow time to find on-street parking or use one of the lots in the Historic District.  The front steps will be clear and sanded but please exercise extra caution when coming up from Church Street.  You are also welcome to use the side entrance instead, close to the intersection of Church and Pine Streets, where there is an interior staircase and an elevator.

The 2019 GMF Martin Luther King Day Celebration event is in four segments separated by breaks with refreshments.  You are welcome to attend part or all of the Program:

SCHEDULE

  • 2:00-2:15 Introduction: ‘Why Are We Here? Sandra Ronan
  • 2:15-2:45 ‘Shadowed Lives,’ Effects of Slavery on Cape Ann Stephanie Buck
  • 2:45-3:00 Break with Refreshments 
  • 3:05-3:50 The Honorable Seth Moulton United States Representative, Massachusetts 6th Congressional District
  • 3:05-3:50 Alvin Foster and his band Soul Eclectic, music that underpinned Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality and growth in the face of racism
  • 3:50-4:00 Break with Refreshments
  • 4:00-5:00 Keynote Speaker: Clennon L. King, ‘MLK’S Boston Years’ The award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Clennon L. King will present a slideshow, focusing on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s movements in Boston and New England, from the fall of 1951 to the spring of 1954, to be followed by Q&A with the audience
  • 5:00-5:15 Break with Refreshments
  • 5:15-6:00 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech accompanied by a slide show of period and present-day images
  • Conclusion Audience invited to join in ringing the Paul Revere Bell for freedom

This free annual civic event is hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. GMF mugs, caps, totes, shirts, and memberships are available along with refreshments all through the afternoon and your support is greatly appreciated.
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Front stairs open but approach is icy. Approach from side entrance. Many have suggested a temporary winter ice skating rink on this glorious spot but not in this way.

 

 

‘Christmas with the Bach Family’ magical Musicians of the Old Post Road with opera soloists coming to Gloucester Meetinghouse UU Church

GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION presents The Musicians of the Old Post Road ‘Christmas with the Bach Family’ Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30pm Corner of Middle & Church Street, Gloucester, MA

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First Gloucester Invitational, a classic car show hosted buy the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, has been moved to our rain date: Sunday, October 14th.

Hi All:

Due to predicted rainy weather on Saturday the first Gloucester Invitational, a classic car show hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, has been moved to our rain date:  Sunday, October 14th.

Please note the time of the show on Sunday:  from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Set-up and car arrival on the green is between noon-1:00pm. The Sunday show retains the same festivities:  live Dixieland music by ‘John’s Giddy Gang,’  delicious chowders and lobster rolls by the Causeway Restaurant, and hourly tours of the historic Meetinghouse with a demonstration piece on the 1893 pipe-organ.

Trophies in 9 categories based upon the audience voting will be given out in an award ceremony at 4:30pm.

Please help us to get the word out in any way you can.

Thanks,

Charles L. Nazarian, president

Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

 

10  Church

Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

cell: 978-821-5291

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Cars on the Green Oct 13

Gloucester Meetinghouse Invitational, October 13th, car show to benefit Meetinghouse renovation

The opening event in the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s 2018-19 Concert & Lecture Series is a vintage car show, to be held on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 13th.  The event is free to the public but a $5 donation per adult is requested.

A set of over 30 very special classic cars will be on display!

This event will be the first annual classic car show displaying vintage or significant cars owned by North Shore collectors to benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

It’s a competition! Vote for your favorites!

The audience will judge the cars in 9 categories, including Best in Show. The event will conclude with trophies given to the winners in an awards ceremony.
PRIZE CATEGORIES
1 FIRST PRIZE Best in Show, the People’s Choice
2 ELEGANCE The most elegant car
3 LUXURY The car with the most luxurious interior
4 GRAND TOURING The best road-trip car
5 SPORT The best racing car
6 OSTENTATIOUS The showiest car
7 PRACTICAL The most useful vehicle
8 BEAUTIFUL The car with the best styled exterior
9 DELIGHTFUL The most fun to drive

Hourly tours of the Meetinghouse

will include a performance on the historic 1893 Hutchings pipe organ. Food and beverages will be available. A Dixieland band, ‘John’s Giddy Gang,’ will perform on the Meetinghouse steps.

Car owners are asked to pre-register at info@gloucestermeeinghouse.com with a suggested contribution of $25. For more information please see:  www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

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Gloucester Meetinghouse UU symposium- Finding Common Ground: American Culture, Gun Violence, 2nd Amendment

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press release shared with GMG:

Upcoming symposium hosted by Gloucester Meetinghouse foundation at historic Gloucester UU  Church (Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church) May 19, 2018 FINDING COMMON GROUND: A SYMPOSIUM ON AMERICAN CULTURE, GUN VIOLENCE AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT

SATURDAY, MAY 19, FROM 2 TO 6 P.M., AT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE

Spurred by national concern about mass shootings, a symposium in Gloucester on Saturday, May 19, will put a fresh focus on gun violence, examining both the intent and application of the Second Amendment and the differences among us that led to an impasse in addressing the problem. The afternoon program, at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, is sponsored by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. It will include:

  • Students from Gloucester High School speaking about the growing youth movement against gun violence;
  • A presentation by former Essex County District Attorney Kevin Burke on issues surrounding the intent of the Second Amendment’s language on the right to bear arms and its application today;
  • Remarks by Mark Nestor, a Vietnam veteran who as commander of Gloucester’s American Legion Post 3 oversaw a unanimous vote by Post members favoring tighter regulation of firearms;
  • Discussion by Cape Ann clergy on the moral imperative for action with diverse approaches;
  • A panel discussion that will include John Rosenthal, a Boston businessman and Gloucester resident whose national organization, Stop Handgun Violence, campaigns to reduce firearms deaths.

The keynote speaker is Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.” The Washington Post described this book as “a compelling and informative attempt to make sense of the regional divides in North America in general and this country in particular.” MaineBusiness.com said it “explodes the red state-blue state myth” and describes how conflicts between cultures “have shaped our country’s past and mold its future.”

This symposium is occurring as our country experiences outrage over the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting and a powerful new youth movement is taking shape with the intent to make sure it never happens again. Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation vice president Sandra Ronan describes it as “an event to help restore civic dialogue by seeking common ground on an emotional and difficult subject.” Richard Prouty, a lifelong educator and former director of Project Adventure in Beverly, will be moderator.

The program begins at 2 p.m., is separated into four segments with 15-minute breaks, and will conclude at 6 p.m. with a ceremonial ringing of the church’s Paul Revere bell, for freedom. The community is welcome to attend all, or only some, of the segments. Written questions will be welcomed and reviewed for replies from the panel in the final segment.

The program is free with voluntary donations invited. Refreshments will be available. The event is part of the Meetinghouse Foundation’s 2017-18 Concert & Lecture Series. The nonprofit, IRS-recognized Foundation was founded to help preserve and increase public use of the 212-year-old Meetinghouse. The structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the church founders are recognized for their role in establishing religious freedom in Massachusetts, well before that guarantee was made in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

            The Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in downtown Gloucester and has easy access for persons with disabilities at the side entrance at 10 Church Street. Parking is available on the Meetinghouse Green, in lots nearby in the Central Gloucester Historic District, and at St. Peter’s Square.

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Gloucester portion of Massachusetts 2017 $9,000,000 arts funding celebrates Paul Manship and…

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Sculpture Garden outside Paul Manship residence/studio Lanesville village of Gloucester, MA  (photo taken after 1943 when he bought 14 acres abandoned quarry)

How did Gloucester stack up? $375,500

From the release (May 18, 2017 – New Bedford, MA) – 

“The Baker-Polito Administration and Massachusetts Cultural Council today announced $9.3 million in new awards from Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), celebrating over $100 million in total cultural sector investments since the fund was established ten years ago. An additional $10 million in funding was included in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Budget Plan released last week…Over $100 million in CFF awards since 2007 have supported 772 building projects in the nonprofit arts, sciences and humanities, with total development costs of $2.6 billion, driving cultural tourism, job growth, and community vitality in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Over ten years CFF-funded projects have supported 8,512 full time jobs and $492 million in wages, employed 23,778 architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers, and created 2,092 new permanent jobs…The new round of awards today includes 61 capital grants totaling about $8.9 million and another 18 planning grants totaling nearly $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources. Learn more about the CFF.”

Scroll on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $367,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $8500 breakdown for Gloucester.  Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category OPEN NOW.

MCC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP -$0

MCC BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS  – $400

O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip

CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND (CFF) – $367,000

Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Complete list of the winners announced May 18, 2017. Gloucester received 3 awards:

UU is MA cultural facilities fundGloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, Gloucester
Project: Fire Safety and Detection Systems
Grant:
$130,000

About the Facility: The Federal Style edifice, completed in 1806, is the largest, oldest and last remaining historic Meetinghouse in Gloucester. It serves as a welcoming civic center, distinguished concert hall and hub for community events. About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation $130,000 for the installation of a comprehensive fire-sprinkler system, fire-proof insulation and new detection systems.

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Project: Acquisition and Establishment of New Artist Residency
Grant: $207,000
About the Facility: Manship Artist and Residence Studios will preserve a local treasure with national significance and continue the legacy of Cape Ann’s historic community of artists by establishing an artist residency program at the renovated 15+ acre property of sculptor Paul Manship. About the Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded Manship Artist and Residence Studios $207,000 to purchase the Manship property in Gloucester, which will be transformed into an artist educational facility and gallery place. In 2016, MARS received $30,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program.

Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
Grant: $30,000 Feasibility & Technical Assistance Grants
About this Project: The Cultural Facilities Fund awarded the Cape Ann Museum $30,000 for architectural studies and strategic planning assistance to explore expansion and facility improvements, informed by programmatic need and a 2016 Systems Replacement Plan.

MCC CULTURAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO- $0

MCC JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS ART PROGRAM – $0

FESTIVALS PROGRAM– $500

St Peter’s Fiesta

–NEW GRANT OPEN–Festivals Taking Place September 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Online application available: June 2017
Preliminary funding decisions begin: September 1, 2017
Application deadline: September 15, 2017 at 5 PM (ET)
Grants announced: October 2017

MCC LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC)-  $7600

Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks LCC volunteers on the committee for processing the applications every year

Alicia Quintano, Lucille LePage and

2017 / 2016

$911 / $450

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe $295 / $348
Cape Ann Symphony $200
Community Band, Cape Ann $500
DiPrima, Jay $300 / $250
East Gloucester Elementary School PTO $500 / $300
Ethnic Arts Center $400 / $400
Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library $500 (1 grant) / $964 (2 grants)
Gloucester Writers Center $300
Mark Chester Diversity Project and MIRA Coalition, a 501(c)3 $300
Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary $200
Northeast MA Youth Orchestras, Inc. $500
Rockport Music $250 / $400
Sarah Slifer Swift $400 / $400
Sheehan, Rose $960 / $500
Sheehan, Rose $800 / $450
Sheehan, Rose $800
Summer Concert Series, Antonio Gentile Bandstand $500
Wendy Manninen, Vicki Marsh & $400 / $300
Windhover Foundation $500 / $700

LAST YEAR’S GMG POST: 2016 THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE! NEARLY $310,000 GLOUCESTER PIECE OF MA’S ART FUNDING PIE *some of the grants announced in 2016 span more than one year (if they were listed last year I did not repeat them into this year)

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Paul Manship Gloucester property

GMG Post- Gloucester at the MET Paul Manship Three Bears, Anna Hyatt Huntington…

2016 Summer Concert Series ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’

Postcard Face, 2016 Meetinghouse Summer Series-finalThe Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a series of 9 free concerts on Meetinghouse Green, corner of Church and Middle St., Gloucester, from July 8 to September 2, 2016.  The family-friendly concerts begin at 6 pm.  Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets.  In case of rain, the events will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink.)  The public is invite
d to make free-will donations to Cape Ann non-profit organizations partnered with each concert (bring cash/check!)  Parking is available next door at St John’s Church.

 

The concert schedule and non-profit partners:

 

July 8    Berklee Jazz Quintet & Linda Amero to benefit Pathways for Children

July 15  Ken Steiner Presents the Music of New Orleans to benefit Gloucester Stage Company

July 22  Peter Souza, 3 Sheets to the Wind to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 29  Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus to benefit The Kestrel Educational Adventures

Aug 5    Willie Alexander and the Raztones to benefit Opioid Angel Program

Aug 12  Dory Mates + Brian King  & Nathan Cohen to benefit Gloucester Writers Center

Aug 19  The Milkhouse Heaters, Vermont to benefit The Grace Center

Sep 2      Cape Ann Big Band (Ensemble) to benefit GMF Fire-Sprinkler Project

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The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve the City’s oldest church building (1806), centerpiece of the Historic District on the National Register, and to expand its non-religious use as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.