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Rock n Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian comes to Gloucester Next Saturday 9/13

It’s not often that a rock star this big performs in downtown Gloucester.  Remember The Lovin’ Spoonful?

How about Woodstock, which was 45 years ago this August?

When John Sebastian performs next Saturday at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse, he won’t be wearing the tie-dye jacket he’s got on in this video, because it’s now on display at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He will, however, sing some of his most enduring #1 hits like “Do You Believe In Magic?”, “Daydream”, “Summer In The City” and “Welcome Back” the theme song from Welcome Back Kotter.

And he’ll tell some wonderful, fascinating stories rooted in the major role he played in the mid-’60s rock revolution.  Don’t miss this rare chance to experience music that defined a generation up close and personal.  Get your tickets now (right here).

What to Understand Your Dreams?

Nancy Grace to lead Introduction to Dreams at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on March 16th (rescheduled from February)

BASICS:
March 16th, 2014 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Accessible Entrance at #10 Church Street
All are Welcome
Additional Information at www.gloucesteruu.org

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Using the language of symbol and metaphor, dreams paint pictures of our lives, and offer us guidance and creative inspiration. In this introductory gathering, we’ll learn a variety of techniques for making connections between dreams and waking-life circumstances, as well as how to talk about dreams with others, how to increase dream recall, keep a dream journal, and understand recurring dreams and nightmares.  Bring your questions and, if you’d like, a dream to share.

nancy graceNancy Grace began teaching about dreams in 1989, and has given presentations on dreams at retreat centers, churches, therapy centers, and colleges including Harvard, Northeastern, and Berklee College of Music. She has trained in group dream work processes with UU minister Jeremy Taylor, and with Montague Ullman, M.D.  She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and is a co-founder of the Cummington Community Dream Center in western Massachusetts, which has been meeting monthly for the past 10 years.

What to Understand Your Dreams?

Nancy Grace to lead Introduction to Dreams at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on March 16th (rescheduled from February)

BASICS:
March 16th, 2014 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary
Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Corner of Middle and Church Street, on the green
Accessible Entrance at #10 Church Street
All are Welcome
Additional Information at www.gloucesteruu.org

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Using the language of symbol and metaphor, dreams paint pictures of our lives, and offer us guidance and creative inspiration. In this introductory gathering, we’ll learn a variety of techniques for making connections between dreams and waking-life circumstances, as well as how to talk about dreams with others, how to increase dream recall, keep a dream journal, and understand recurring dreams and nightmares.  Bring your questions and, if you’d like, a dream to share.

nancy graceNancy Grace began teaching about dreams in 1989, and has given presentations on dreams at retreat centers, churches, therapy centers, and colleges including Harvard, Northeastern, and Berklee College of Music. She has trained in group dream work processes with UU minister Jeremy Taylor, and with Montague Ullman, M.D.  She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and is a co-founder of the Cummington Community Dream Center in western Massachusetts, which has been meeting monthly for the past 10 years.

Music & Meditation with Laurie Ure and balladeer Gerry Ryan on 2/23/14

(MMM) featuring meditation leader Laurie Ure and balladeer Gerry Ryan at Gloucester UU Church, 02/23/14

BASICS:
Meditation and Music in a candle-lit setting
February 23rd, 2014 at 7:30pm
Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Unitarian Church
Corner of Middle and Church Streets, on the green
Free-Will Offering and Everyone is Welcome
Social Gathering Afterwards with Light Refreshments

EVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the eighth in a monthly series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique combination of beautiful music and relaxing meditation.  It is held in the candle-lit sanctuary of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse, Gloucester’s oldest standing church.

The January event features meditation leader Laurie Ure and balladeer Gerry Ryan.  There will be a collation with light refreshments afterwards in the church’s Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.  The Sanctuary is accessible for persons with disabilities via the side entrance at 10 Church Street. This is a non-religious event, a free-will offering is requested, and everyone is welcome.  Read more

VIDEO PREVIEW: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert on Cape Ann TV Sat & Sun @ 8PM

Cape Ann TV’s Jim Capillo has edited the historic Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert on Dec 21, 2013 at the Gloucester’s Meetinghouse into a 2 hour special that will premiere on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 this Saturday and Sunday (Jan 18 & 19) at 8PM.  Jim organized a 3 camera shoot using his wicked cool crane and film crew Roger Ward and Tina Greel from Local Music Seen.  The result is a gorgeous production that you truly don’t want to miss.

Thank you to Musicians, Sponsors, Volunteers & Fans for a magical solstice

WinterSolsticeSm_FlyWhat a gift it is to live in a community full of tremendously talented musicians, who can bring world-class music to one of Gloucester’s most treasured spaces.

All the performers were at the top of their game last night and, based on their level of talent, they could have brought giant egos with them.

But they chose to leave their egos at the door and collaborate at the highest level of professionalism in order to lift a packed house at Gloucester’s UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn’t felt in years.

Bravo!

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and Cape Ann TV crew who helped to bring The Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert to life.

Thanks, most of all, to everyone who came out to support our local music treasures and help restore the Meetinghouse so it can become a premier listening venue for dozens of major musical events  every year.

Based on last night’s success, it’s safe to say we’ll be doing this again and again and again.  Stay tuned …

Cape Ann Solstice Tickets Available at the Door ~ Plenty of FREE PARKING

You can’t get advanced tickets online any more, but you can still go the Gloucester UU Church and get tickets at the door ($25 for all ages).  Box office opens at 4pm.  Doors open at 7.  Concert starts at 7:30.  There’s plenty of free parking at the Church and nearby (Trinity Church parking lot and Library lot off School St. are both plowed) so come on down and celebrate the longest night of the year with some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians while you help to restore one of Gloucester’s most treasured buildings!

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Only a few hours left to get discounted tickets to Cape Ann Solstice

Advanced tickets are $20 General Admission ($15 under 12 or over 65).  Pews are still available (online only) $195 side pew seats 10 adults, $225 center pew seats 12 adults.

You can get advanced tickets online here, or the Winter Solstice Farmers Market at the UU Church (10 Church Street) from 9AM – Noon, or at Liquor Locker 287 Main St.

After the Farmers Market closes tomorrow at noon, all tickets are $25 for all ages.  We’ll open up the box office at 4pm at the UU Church (cash only please).  Doors open at 7pm.

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STRESSED? Here’s an antidote that will make you feel great!

christmas shopping 1Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st.  Get your tickets now so you can relax.

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If you’re not convinced this will be the concert of the season, check out Gail McCarthy’s piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times.

You have a few options for tickets:

Reserved Pews (no hassle):  $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
or
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.

Tickets are available online, at the church and liquor locker.  They will also be available on Saturday morning at Solstice Farmers Market.

Plenty of free parking available:

  • both sides of Pine Street and Proctor Street (Pine becomes Proctor after it crosses Church Street)
  • in a small parking lot on Proctor Street (free parking)
  • portions of both sides of Middle Street (and any place on Middle where there is a parking meter – no fee on Sunday)
  • one side of Church Street (please be mindful not to block the driveway of residents)

Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street

The Line-Up:

  • Allen Estes with Matt Leavenworth, Wolf Ginandes & Dave Mattacks
  • Willie Loco Alexander & the Raztones
  • Fly Amero
  • Gordon Baird
  • Inge Berge & Julie Cleveland
  • Charlee Bianchini
  • Ken Bonfield
  • Lenny Campanello – Gloucester Police Chief
  • Will Hunt & Alexandra Stella D’Maris
  • Dan King
  • T Max
  • Michael O’Leary

Get your Cape Ann Solstice tickets tomorrow at the Middle Street Walk

Tomorrow is what Winter in Gloucester is all about.  Stroll downtown from 8am – 4pm and take in our historic city’s wonderful, eclectic architecture, do some shopping, eat, make an ice sculpture — or s’mores, listen to music, sing carols, (see music schedule) take some tours — you can even get a tree (see full Middle Street Walk event schedule).  Plus you can get your Cape Ann Solstice tickets at City Hall and the Unitarian Universalist Church.  Don’t wait until the last minute — and don’t say we didn’t warn you.  If you can’t get downtown tomorrow, get tickets here.

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VIDEO: Partial Lineup for Cape Ann Solstice Announced

Final lineup to be announced soon.  Tickets will go on sale in a couple of days.  The entire concert will be filmed for a Local Music Seen special.  Here’s your chance to support the Meetinghouse Restoration Fund to build Gloucester’s premier performance venue — and to be on TV (or sit in the back and remain anonymous).

SAVE THE DATE SAT DEC 21: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Fundraiser for UU Meetinghouse

Vickie and I are honored to announce a gimmeLIVE concert series beginning on the Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 21, 2013 to help the Gloucester UU Church raise money for Meetinghouse restoration, with the goal being that the Meetinghouse becomes one of Gloucester’s premier concert and performance venues. 

This is one of our City’s most cherished landmarks, it’s lantern steeple with a bell crafted by Paul Revere having guided mariners into port for over 200 years.  The acoustics are excellent and the Meetinghouse currently seats about 300 people.  One major goal is to renovate the balcony, which will increase capacity to 525.  More restoration info here.

We will feature top Gloucester talent in this very special holiday concert:

SavetheDate600Stay tuned to GMG for more details.  You know FOBs will hear it first!

Back by Popular Demand – July Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM)

SUNDAY EVENING, JULY 28, 2013 at 7:30pm
@ GLOUCESTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

Corner of Middle and Church Streets
Open to the Public with Free-Will Offering
Social Gathering Afterwards with Refreshments

photo by S. McKain

photo by S. McKain

Detailed Information:

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is pleased to announce the second in a series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM) that offers Cape Ann residents and visitors a unique and varied experience of beautiful music and relaxing meditation in the Gloucester’s oldest standing church.  It is held in the candle-lit, early-evening setting of the church’s 1806 Sanctuary with golden light beaming through the stained glass windows.  Lanesville’s Mindfulness Meditation practitioner Dr. Michael Bresnan will team up with the Dorymates, Tony Hilliard and Janet Ruth Young, presenting a combination of meditation and heartfelt music for guitar and voice.

Following the event there is a collation with light refreshments in the church’s Entrance House, giving participants the opportunity to meet the leaders and each other in a convivial atmosphere.  The Sanctuary is accessible for persons with disabilities via the Church Street Entrance.   A free-will offering will be received and everyone is welcome. 

Meditation Description:

Mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist meditative practice, and involves bringing one’s attention to subjective present moment experience without judgment – without deciding whether it is “good” or “bad.” It means coming out of the world of conceptual thought in which we tend to spend most of our lives and connecting once again with the actuality of our life in the moment. By opening to experience just as it is, we create the space for life to unfold in a very different way.  This practice has been the focus of a tremendous amount of scholarly research in recent years, with numerous studies demonstrating profound improvements in physiological and psychological health, even over short periods of practice.

Dr. Bresnan, whose practice is newly established in Lanesville, will lead the group through an introductory experience in mindfulness meditation. The mindfulness meditation will serve as an invitation for attendees to connect in a more vivid way to the musical portion of the program.

The Dorymates:

Singer and guitarist Tony Hilliard and his wife Janet Ruth Young perform duets of ballads and soulful music in haunting harmonies.  Their love for each other and for humanity is evident in the lyrics and songs they present.   Tony works as an EMT with persons in assisted living and Janet is an author and speaker on chronic depression and related psychological impairments.  They are active in social justice issues on the North Shore and are members of the Gloucester UU Church.

For more Information  KAREN REMBERT, Church Administrator
Hours Available:  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (9 am – noon)
Call (978) 283-3410

FREE Chamber Music Concert featuring Boston Symphony Orchestra Musicians on Sun Oct 28

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has chosen Gloucester to launch its 2012-13 Community Chamber Concerts series. The first concert in the series of nine will be Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, at 3 p.m.  It’s FREE, but seating preference will be given to those who order tickets in advance. You can do this only through the BSO website here, or by phone at 888-266-1200. The program includes works by Debussy and Mozart. 

Gloucester UU Church’s “Bidding for Good” Auction Site

Jerry Ackerman Writes-

There’s someone out there who would DIE to have a poster signed by BRAD PITT and TERRENCE MALICK… It’s up for sale now, at a bargain price, on the Gloucester UU Church’s “Bidding for Good” auction site… but TIME IS SHORT – THE AUCTION CLOSES TUESDAY EVENING. This film hit the theaters last week – so this item is HOT.

Here’s the description…

Picture this on YOUR WALL!

Brad Pitt/Terrence Malick SIGNED poster

Rare teaser poster for the upcoming film by Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life." Very few posters of this initial campaign featuring a baby’s foot are in circulation. It was only out for a few weeks when it was replaced by the final poster which is the multi image one that’s everywhere now. This copy has been signed by writer/director Terrence Malick and producer/star Brad Pitt.  Size 27" X 40". Comes in mailing tube, excellent, unused condition.

Here’s the link:

https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Item.action?id=136595185

Please let folks know – TIME IS SHORT!

Best wishes – Jerry Ackerman

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Halloween Performance at the “Meetinghouse” in the Gloucester UU Church Sunday October 31st

Free 30-minute Halloween Performance at the “Meetinghouse” in the Gloucester UU Church

In addition to going door-to-door on Halloween, residents of all ages are invited to come in costume to a special “house” with a free Halloween Happening at the historic Meetinghouse on Middle Street, in the heart of Gloucester.  Join us for some spooky music, ghosts, a parade, maybe a phantom (or two) and leave with a treat.

The musical and theatrical performance takes place at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church [corner of Middle & Church Streets] on Sunday, October 31st, at 7:30 pm.  Residents are encouraged to take a half-hour break from trick-or-treating to stop on their way out and be part of this second annual event. 

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