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:
- 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.
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
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.
from Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation press release:
Sunday matinee, Silent Horror Movie with Organ Accompaniment – Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 3:30pm in the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse
MAESTRO OF THE PIPE-ORGAN RETURNS
As Halloween approaches, maestro of the pipe-organ and sonic artist Peter Krasinski returns to the Meetinghouse to accompany the scary silent movie ‘Waxworks.’ As in past years, Peter will perform on the sonorous 1893 Hutchings-Fisk organ to the delight of the audience, young and old. A short film, featuring Douglas Fairbanks, called the ‘Electric House’ will open the show.
‘Waxworks’ is a 1924 German horror-fantasy film (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett) directed by Paul Leni. The plot is about a poet hired by the owner of a wax museum in a circus to write tales about Harun al Raschid, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper. While writing, the poet and the daughter of the owner, Eva, fantasize the fantastic stories and fall in love for each other. Its a thrilling horror movie for the whole family to enjoy.
General Admission $20; Students with ID $10, Under 12 Free (no one turned away for lack of funds; limited free tickets) Tickets at the door (cash, check or credit card) and online with more information at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
The Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, is located on the green at the corner of Middle & Church Street. Accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street with an elevator to the Sanctuary level. Parking on the green is allowed.
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.
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.
WOW! Son of a gun we had big fun on Middle Street Friday September 8, 2017.
There was an ensemble mix from Cape Ann Big Band self dubbed ‘Jambalaya Horns’ at Gloucester’s famous UU Church for the last Friday Night concert of this popular summer series. “Music on Meetinghouse Green” passed the hat for the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF) fire sprinkler project, part of the UU restoration efforts.
Middle Street was alive with the sounds of New Orleans thanks to the Cape Ann Big Band players:
Gary Wolsieffer – Tuba/bass
Carlos Menezes Jr. – Saxes/Vocals
Zach Gorrell – Keys/Saxes
Rick Geraghty – Drums/Vocals
Jon Persson – Trumpet
Tom Bones – Trombone
Joe Wilkins – Guitar/Vocals
Anthony Rocco – Trumpet/Vocals
sound snippet solos:
Jon Persson trumpet (9 sec)
Zach Gorrell sax (19 sec)
Joe Wilkins guitar (13 secs)
I missed hearing the students from Gloucester’s O’Maley Innovation Middle School jamming with the Cape Ann Big Band. Carlos Menezes has to be among the coolest school music directors in the country.
There was a soccer game at Gloucester High School, a short walk and many pleasant route options away. I marvel at Gloucester’s amazing public spaces.
About the concert series
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…
Foggy early morning scenes around the Harbor.
Castle in the Fog
City Hall and the Paint Factory
Cruise Ship American Constellation with Ten Pound Island and the Greasy Pole
The American Constellation is a 175-guest room cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. From the company’s website, “Designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can’t access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.”
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
First up Berklee Be-Bop Guitars on July 7 to benefit Pathways for Children
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.”
Access for everyone at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church as todays ribbon cutting ceremony unveils 2 new platform-lifts. The installations of the platform-lifts makes access to all 3 levels possible. The construction effort included: Installation of an outdoor ramp, 2 platform-lift installations, widening doorways & hallways and bathroom relocation. The funding making all of this possible came from private donors and a grant from the City of Gloucester’s Community Preservation Committee. The new Chairman, Dick Prouty announced that the Gloucester UU Church will be looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the church.
The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is planning another “Night of Recognition” to honor those who give generously to make Gloucester a better place. Nominations are now being received of men and women who have worked quietly and diligently, on their own or within an organization, often behind the scenes and with no expectation of pay or public notice. These are people who have by their actions have improved the quality of life in their neighborhood or anywhere in Gloucester . Teenage to old age, there are no age restrictions.
Some examples – an individual who:
- embodies the ideals of friendship
- gives a helping hand to those who need to get back on their feet
- has helped keep a cultural/community program alive
You probably know someone who deserves this recognition. Tell us about her or him.
Nominations are due by Friday, April 13. Awards will be given May 20, at a ceremony at the church starting at 7 p.m. Come one, come all!
Mail to Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church , 10 Church St. , Gloucester 01930
or email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
J Souza Writes-
I have been a random contributor of things I might think were of interest. Appreciate all that have you have done – and how you have remarkably brought this community together… I must say I am PASSIONATE about the UU Gloucester Church online auction (biddingforgood.com/uu auction). An amazing of not only cool people but a collection of goods and services that are relevant to today’s economy and also very indicative to the community we live in. This is a historic institution that needs to be maintained….the barest necessities.
Give it a look. I am a member of the church…but am also incredibly impressed by the selection of talent and and a critic that is amazingly impressed. Appreciate it if you could pass the info along as the auction only has 9 days left…and it’s awesome! I’m a tough judge, so I do not say these things casually. It is an incredible church with a national history that makes Gloucester proud..appreciate all you might do to illuminate this incredible institution.
The Closing the Gap is now open! Let’s bid! The auction will run from 8:00 a.m. June 1, 2011 to 9:00 p.m. June 15, 2011, with proceeds to benefit the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.
We have a wide array of unique and utilitarian items, with something for everyone. Think Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries. Think weddings! Auction items range from dog toys to doggy acupuncture, oil changes to heating oil, glorious meals, cakes and chocolates, vacation homes and overnight stays. Have your guitar tuned, your tires rotated and your novel edited before going on a wildflower tour or Dogtown trip. Then browse an amazing collection of important Cape Ann art. Check in everyday for new surprises!
Share the joy! Forward this link to everyone you know who loves supporting a good cause while they shop for things they use everyday, or refer your friends using the ‘refer a friend’ button, so that we have the largest bidding pool possible. Start browsing and start bidding.
Got something special yourself? Show your support by clicking on the "Donate Items" button. Got cash? You may donate that by using the "Donate Cash" button to the left and below.
Top 10 Items
- Fort Painting/Cape Pond Ice
- Cape Ann Community Theater Gift Basket
- The Emerson Inn by the Sea
- Two nights at beautiful Rockport Inn & Suites
- 50 Gallons of Heating Oil
- 55 gallons of home heating oil
- Jalapeno’s Gift Certificate
- Simple Will, Durable Power of Attorney & Health Care Proxy
- Sterling Bracelet with 14kt Gold Button
- Wine Basket, with Artisan Glasses and Wine toys
Gloucester UU Church Online Auction
Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church is holding an online auction now through June 15 to raise funds for the church’s religious education programs. On the block are artwork, jewelry, furniture, collectibles, services, and unique experiences as well as gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses. Many items are nautical or Cape Ann–related: bidders can choose a locally made lamp or necklace, enjoy a guided hike and picnic in Dogtown, or vie for a piano lesson from Willie “Loco” Alexander. Also up for bid are works by Cape Ann artists Joy Dai Buell, Alan Crane, Gordon Grant, Leonard Craske, Ruth C. Hagstrom, Brenda Malloy, Charles Movalli, and Len Wickens. Other desirable items include a spa vacation in Puerto Vallarte and a rare poster for the film “The Tree of Life” signed by actor Brad Pitt and director Terrence Malick. Support your downtown neighbors while buying art and other one-of-a-kind items for yourself or as a gift. New items will be added throughout the two-week period. Bidding closes at 8 p.m. on the 15th. To browse, bid, donate an item, or make a cash donation to the church, go to www.biddingforgood.com/UUauction.