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Carol Ackerman Boston Globe obituary

Lovely tribute to long term teacher and volunteer – Carol Ackerman (December 17, 1941 – October 31, 2017) Boston Globe obituary by Marvin Pave published Dec 3rd (following special memorial service held in the Shalin Liu Performance Center). Ackerman served on many boards in the community — Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free, the Gloucester UU, Rockport Music, and Wellspring.

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Obit in the Gloucester Daily Times

 

Lindsay Crouse, Peter Krasinski soar | Peter Pan silent film screening at Cape Ann Cinema

Another unforgettable Cape Ann Cinema & UU Gloucester Meetinghouse collaboration was held on Sunday, December 3, 2017–a special screening of the silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a benefit for Pathways for Children. Ellen Sibley was there for Pathways, welcoming guests and opening the evening.

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Peter Krasinski with Lindsay Crouse accompanying silent film Peter Pan at Gloucester Cinema & Stage, a Gloucester Meetinghouse benefit Pathways for Children 20171203_155949

photo caption: Sound check (Peter Krasinski and Lindsay Crouse readying their accompanying live performances for silent film Peter Pan screening at Gloucester Cinema & Stage, a Gloucester Meetinghouse benefit for Pathways for Children)

Renowned organist Peter Krasinski explained that star Lindsay Crouse would use her artistry to accompany this silent screening like a Benshi, a Japanese word for performers who provided live narration for silent films in order to translate the intertitles. Though Krasinski has collaborated with benshi in Japan for some of his live performances, yesterday’s event was the first time he’s done so in the United States. I went to film school and was fortunate to take master classes in cinema studies with Bill Everson, a film historian and major collector. He’d invite Lillian Gish and other silent screen stars and producers to lecture, and always there were amazing accompanists. Not once though have I experienced a narration, too. I’ve heard Krasinski play before and seen Crouse act in film, tv and Gloucester Stage. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would be like nothing else I’d ever experienced.  Krasinski has seen Peter Pan numerous times and his confident music was subtle and charming, cueing the music to the action on the screen and improvising along with Crouse. Crouse’s narration was pitch perfect. Crouse spoke of her affection for the story and related seeing it 17 times as a child (yes, with Mary Martin) and how it’s among the defining and formative theatrical pulls of her youth.Who knew Nana’s whimpering and such subtle variations of so many characters crying throughout Peter Pan was possible? I googled Lindsay Crouse audiobooks right when I got home. Lindsay Crouse audiobooks

What amazing effort and art for a good cause.

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Son of a Gun We Had Big Fun | scenes from #CapeAnnBigBand summer concert at Gloucester’s famous UU Church

WOW! Son of a gun we had big fun on Middle Street Friday September 8, 2017.

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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.

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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.

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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 NightGloucester MA Free Outdoor Performances Daily…

tomorrow’s free friday summer concert: Gordon Michaels

‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ tomorrow evening, August 4th, starting at 6:00pm.  It looks like it will be a sultry summer evening to enjoy an unforgettable performance by celebrated singer Gordon Michaels doing Broadway, Blues, Jazz and Soul favorites.  Gordon is a baritone powerhouse who entertains with great humor, passion and stunning musicianship.” Fun Fact: He was in the original FAME movie

 

 

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

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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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TODAY: 3pm Annisquam Church with Michael O’Leary; GPS spring concert chorus 4pm at Gloucester UU; and 5pm Eastern Point Lit House Faulkner at Duckworth’s!

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ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH CONCERT SERIES, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM  “Music from the Misty Isles”
O’Carolan Etcetera (Anglo – Irish Ensemble) & Celtic Balladeer, Michael O’Leary

4pm

Spring Concert at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA

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Eastern Point Lit House The Lit House Book Club

Email easternpointlithouse@gmail.com with questions (not Duckworth’s :))

All Book Club events begin at 5 PM. Duckworth’s Bistrot is located at 197 East Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930 * Ticket priceincludes wine/beer, fresh, seasonal appetizers, and a great discussion. Local bookstores: The Bookstore of Gloucester and Toad Hall Books in Rockport. Eastern Point Lit House, Dogtown Book Shop and Main Street Art & Antiques may have vintage editions.

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LAST CAPE ANN FARMER’S MARKET OF THE SEASON THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH

15369200_1269057569808802_2144397114596680471_oCome join us for the last market of 2016 on 12/17 from 10-1

Pick up the last of the season’s produce, food items to get you you through the busy days ahead, and handmade gifts for all!

This year we are sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive for The Open Door-our goal is to collect 100 items at the market by noon-help us reach our goal-bring in 10 items or more and receive a free CAFM Tote!

We will have our amazing holiday raffle baskets featuring gift certificates and items from area restaurants and shops-also our CAFM membership drive-a memberships makes a great gift!!!!
For more info and to purchase a CAFM membership check our website at http://capeannfarmersmarket.org/
To purchase raffle tickets before 12/17 please email capeannfarmersmarket@gmail.com

 

SUNNY DAYS ARE HERE TO STAY!

After nearly two solid weeks of planting client gardens in dismal drismal, what a welcome treat to see Mr. Sunny make an appearance. Snapshots from yesterday’s beautiful late day light.
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Tulips in our garden

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Gloucester UU Church Schooner Adventure sunset c Kim Smith.Schooner Adventure masts and Gloucester’s UU Church steeple

Gloucester skyline UU Church Schooner Adventure sunset c Kim Smith.Gloucester City skyline, click image to embiggen

Today, Sunday at 2:45, the Bells of the UU Church Will Ring Out for Paris

The Paul Revere bell in the Gloucester Meetinghouse tower will toll at 2:45pm, 15 minutes prior to the Spectrum Singers concert. We will do this in honor of those who died or are suffering in Paris, the worldwide victims of terrorism or intolerance, and affirmation of our precious heritage of religious freedom.

Whether you subscribe to a traditional religious practice or simply find a divine presence in nature…we hope you will join us for this meaningful community event.12248083_10206436536644642_3851320480683406107_o

BREAKING NEWS: Charlie Farren to headline Cape Ann Winter Solstice – Get Tix Tomorrow (SAT) At the Cape Ann Farmers Market Before they go on sale to the public

Just Announced: Boston Rock Star Charlie Farren of FARRENHEIT and THE JOE PERRY PROJECT will headline this year’s Cape Ann Winter Solstice concert hosted by Allen Estes with Rising Boston Blues Star Danielle Miraglia (who blew the crowd away with James Montgomery at this year’s Celebrate Gloucester benefit for The Open Door).

You can get tickets to this very special event at The Cape Ann Farmers Market’s first Indoor Market is tomorrow (SAT) 10am – 1pm at Gloucester’s UU Church. Just go to the Farmers Market and look for the UU Church table.

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Global Climate Crisis to Local Action and How YOU Can Help Affect Change in Our City

Gloucester's First Wind Turbine-Gloucester Harbor ©Kim Smith 2012Gloucester’s First Wind Turbine

Sunday night I was able to attend only very briefly the discussion that was held at Gloucester’s UU Church, about how our city can become fossil fuel-free, or carbon neutral, in ten years. An ambitious and daunting goal you might think. Yes it is, but other cities have accomplished this truly extraordinary feat. Over the next several months, the organizers will be seeking community-wide input. I sincerely hope that more of these these panel discussions will be held throughout our city to help inform fellow citizens about the possibilities that we can be achieved when we all work together. Global and national initiatives are slow to implement. By working together and by including all facets of our community it is possible to develop initiatives and provide solutions that can be accomplished much more in pace with our changing climate.

I am looking forward to learning more about the solutions that are available to us today. While briefly attending the discussion, I thought about another innovative project that I had been reading about, which is also taking place on the local level at many cities across the country, the Mayors Innovation Project, and specifically how we can learn from this successful program on how to obtain consensus to achieve solutions that will benefit every one of our citizens.

“The Mayors Innovation Project is a learning network among American mayors committed to “high road” policy and governance: shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and efficient democratic government. Around the country, mayors are taking the lead on pressing social issues—climate change, infrastructure, economic revitalization, health care, prison reentry, and more. We support and encourage this innovation by providing cutting-edge thinking and concrete examples that your city can use right away. Building high road cities and metropolitan regions is both good for citizens and a key way to move the country to the high road nationally. Cities have enormous untapped assets and political strengths that can be organized better now. The Mayors Innovation Project exists to help its member participants lead by example, share their experiences with peers, and make this argument for cities nationally.”

Read more about the panel, the moderator, and the discussion here.

Climate crisis panel ©Kim Smith 2014

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)

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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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