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Iconic architecture of Gloucester ~ The photos were taken early Thanksgiving morning and the post was meant for later Thanksgiving Day, as a thank you for our Gloucester community, but I just got too involved with family and cooking.

Thank you Gloucester

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.




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 NightGloucester MA Free Outdoor Performances Daily…


Foggy early morning scenes around the Harbor.

Castle in the Fog

City Hall and the Paint Factory

UU Church 

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 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

Be-Bop Guitars Portrait.jpg

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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Last night’s wild and windy March sky over Rocky Neck.windy-rocky-neck-sunset-copyright-kim-smith

Followed by this morning’s whitecaps in the Harbor. gloucester-harbor-cape-pond-ice-unitarian-church-copyright-kim-smithCape Pond Ice and UU Church

Access for Everyone

Front L/R Larry Brooks, Joe Randazza Rear L/R Rev. Wendy Fitting, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Charles Nazarian & Newton Fink Click on photo for views of the Ceremony

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 gloucesteruu@earthlink.net

The UU Church Auction Is Live


J Souza Writes-

Hi Joey.
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.

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Top 10 Items

  1. Fort Painting/Cape Pond Ice
  2. Cape Ann Community Theater Gift Basket
  3. The Emerson Inn by the Sea
  4. Two nights at beautiful Rockport Inn & Suites
  5. 50 Gallons of Heating Oil
  6. 55 gallons of home heating oil
  7. Jalapeno’s Gift Certificate
  8. Simple Will, Durable Power of Attorney & Health Care Proxy
  9. Sterling Bracelet with 14kt Gold Button
  10. 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.