Gloucester Meetinghouse Mother’s Day Concert to Featuring Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ipswich-based community orchestra, ‘The Orchestra on the Hill,’ will perform renowned composer Aaron Copland’s prizewinning “Appalachian Spring” on Sunday, May 14, in the historic Gloucester Universalist Meetinghouse.

This Mother’s Day concert begins at 3:30 p.m., led by conductor and orchestra founder Tom Palance, a member of the music faculty at Salem State University and at the Boston Conservatory of Music. This will be the 20-member orchestra’s first concert appearance in Gloucester.

Along with the orchestral suite “Appalachian Spring” the program will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Suite for Viola and Orchestra,” and a new work by Ipswich musician and composer Chris Florio, “The Banquet.” Copland’s scoring of familiar melodies in “Appalachian Spring” won him the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1944.

This is the finale in GMF’s fall-winter 2016-17 concert series. The Meetinghouse, an icon on Gloucester’s skyline, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Street in downtown Gloucester. Parking is available on the green.  Accessible side entrance with a lift at 10 Church Street.

A summer series of free Friday evening, outdoor concerts on the Meetinghouse lawn starts on July 7th.  ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ features a different musical ensemble each week with a partner North Shore non-profit as the beneficiary via free-will offerings from the audience.

Tickets to the May 14 concert are $45 for preferred seating, $30 for general seating, and $25 for students and seniors. Admission is free to persons age 17 and under. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance at

Appalachian Spring Poster

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center. The landmark 1806 Meetinghouse is home to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, whose founders led the way in Massachusetts for legal separation of church and state as now enshrined in the First Amendment.

The Orchestra on the Hill is a community organization formed in support of professional music performances and performers on the North Shore. Its mission is to enrich Ipswich and surrounding communities through exceptional concerts of orchestral music, and provide opportunities for non-professional adult musicians to rehearse together coached by professional conductors and players.

Join Backyard Growers for a Workshop!


We have a whole host of workshops coming up in May- join us for one!

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Our spring greens are growing, which means it’s almost time to harvest them and cook them up! Join us May 9 & 16 for our spring cooking workshops! May 9th is Kids Night where we will focus on kids learning how to make a fun, healthy recipe. Then May 16th join us and a guest chef to learn some quick, easy recipes straight from the garden. Sign up and buy tickets on our website!


Tuesday, May 9th, Kids Night, 6pm at The Open Door: Tickets here!

Tuesday, May 16th, Guest Chef Presentation, 6:30pm at The Open Door: Tickets here! 

Tickets $15 for individuals, $20 for families.

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Join us for a composting workshop with Black Earth Compost!

Always wanted to start a backyard compost pile but didn’t know how? Join Backyard Growers and local compost professionals, Black Earth Compost, for this workshop to learn the ins and outs of backyard composting!

Thursday, May 18th, 6 pm, $10 for community members, tickets available here!

GPD Assisted Cape Ann Special Olympics 

Saturday, April 22 Gloucester Police Department answered the call for volunteers. GPD assisted Cape Ann special Olympics coaching staff in getting times and distances of the athletes in preparation for their state qualifiers on May 21 at Milton Academy. Track and Field practice is every Saturday from 10am to 12noon at GHS all athletes and volunteers are welcomed to join.


First Cape Ann Farmers Market of 2017 this Saturday at the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair!

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Come join us for the first market of the season – our farmers will be there with the first greens of the season, plus seedlings, soup, sandwiches, scones and other special delectables!

CAFM is excited to join forces with TownGreen2025 to promote conversation and education about a more sustainable future for Gloucester.

Join us for a special day with a fabulous live music line up🎶 , great food and lots of demos and information on how to live sustainably on Cape Ann!

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Sign MBTA Petition for Improved Closure Schedule


MBTA Forum was hosted on April 26 at 6:30pm in Gloucester City Hall where petitions were passed out to all to consider and sign, as well as provide the opportunity to speak out about any concerns on the proposed repair schedule.


The undersigned oppose closure of all public transit for the commuter rail north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station, as has been proposed for a minimum of 28 days from July 17 through August 13, and of the entire North Station to Rockport line for a series of weekends in the summer of 2017, without suitable mitigation. We and others rely on the commuter service to get to work, school, food shop, visit family and friends and also to reach recreation and entertainment and shopping destinations on Cape Ann. Many people, especially

The undersigned oppose closure of all public transit for the commuter rail north of the Salem Commuter Rail Station, as has been proposed for a minimum of 28 days from July 17 through August 13, and of the entire North Station to Rockport line for a series of weekends in the summer of 2017, without suitable mitigation. We and others rely on the commuter service to get to work, school, food shop, visit family and friends and also to reach recreation and entertainment and shopping destinations on Cape Ann. Many people, especially lower paid workers, will lose their jobs if they have no public transit, as they have no private car to use instead or cannot afford the parking costs. Cape Ann businesses often rely on summer income to hit sustainable revenue needs for the entire year and some will fail due to absence of public transit. The valuation of all Cape Ann real estate will be diminished by the enduring poor reputation as having unreliable essential public transit. Alternative public transit must be made available to serve residents and visitors, at times and prices sufficiently affordable to accommodate all public needs. AS SIGNED BY THE BELOW NAMES:


“As Massachusetts moves forward to implement Positive Train Control (PTC), it is imperative that MassDOT find ways to work with the communities impacted by this federally mandated requirement to ensure that the disruption to service is mitigated. While there is no good time to implement PTC, MassDOT needs to hear from community members about the impact shutting weekend commuter rail service in the summer months will have on their lives.

I was discouraged to hear that MassDOT has canceled public hearings, which are important in order for them to hear directly from the communities impacted by these weekend shutdowns.

I have heard your concerns loud and clear and I will continue to work with municipal, state, and MassDOT officials to ensure that this process is open, fair, and transparent”


Congressman Seth Moulton

City Officials & Partners Unveil Gloucester Green Thursday 12 Noon at City Hall


 Mayoral Initiative Helps Highlight Ways to Save Energy and Save Money, Including No-Cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessments

(Gloucester, Mass.) April 26, 2017 – The Mayor is pleased to announce the launch of Gloucester Green, a new initiative aimed to help residents save money, save energy, and reduce the community’s carbon footprint.  Gloucester Green includes a partnership with National Grid to encourage residents to sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment through Mass Save.  Signing up is the first step for residents to qualify for rebates and incentives that will make their homes more comfortable while saving energy and money.

“I’m thrilled to launch Gloucester Green but I’m even more excited for Gloucester’s future,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “I’m very proud of our team who all worked together to help launch this important initiative. We’ve achieved so much as a City, including wind turbines, electric vehicles and charging stations, LED street lights, all helping our residents save energy and save money which we can all support. Gloucester Green is another great milestone in our eco-friendly success story!”

Gloucester Green is a consortium of community and City partners, including the Mayor’s Office, the Community Development Department, the Clean Energy Commission and the local non-profit TownGreen 2025.  All have joined together to better promote opportunities for Gloucester citizens to become greener and save money, including encouraging residents to sign up for the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment.

During the Mass Save Home Energy Assessment, an energy specialist will do a complete checkup of the home and not only recommend ways that residents can use less energy, but install some measures on the spot at no cost that will immediately help them start saving.  In addition, the energy specialist will review with the homeowner additional measures that can be funded with rebates and incentives offered by Mass Save.


Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken finishes her no-cost home energy assessment and is smiling large


Earlier this week, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken completed her own Home Energy Assessment.  “The energy specialist who performed my assessment was very knowledgeable and professional,” said the Mayor.  “I learned a lot about the ways to save money and improve my home, and I encourage every resident of Gloucester to follow my lead and sign up for your no-cost assessment.”

Gloucester Green includes a partnership with National Grid, and together they have set a goal to complete 1,400 assessments in 2017.  National Grid has provided the Gloucester Green team funding to aid in public outreach and has pledged an additional grant reward of $41,000 if Gloucester reaches its goal.  “We’re excited to work with National Grid to bring Glouresidents’beneficial services that not only will help us reach our energy savings goals, but could help us earn additional funding,” says Chris Sicuranza, Director of Communications.

Gloucester Green will officially be unveiled this Thursday at noon at City Hall with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, community leaders and city officials.  All are welcome to join.

The Gloucester Green team and Mass Save will also be available at Saturday’s 2017 Cape Ann Sustainability Fair to help residents sign up for the Home Energy Assessment.

Residents can look forward to more information throughout the year to save energy in their homes and help make Gloucester a greener community.  Residents are encouraged to sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment today by going to or calling 1-866-527-SAVE (7283).

The unveiling of Gloucester Green comes on the heels of recent achievements in reducing the carbon footprint of City facilities.  This past year, the City reached its Green Communities goal to reduce energy consumption by 20% of 2009 levels, which results in a 35% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.  In August of 2016 Environment Massachusetts recognized Gloucester as one of 18 communities leading the way in the state in sustainability, renewable energy, and energy conservation.   In December 2016 Mr. Coogan, Senior Planner and Clean Energy Manager for the City, received a Leading by Example award from the Baker-Polito Administration for his outstanding efforts to implement policies and programs that have led to significant and measurable environmental and energy benefits for Gloucester.  Gloucester Green is an effort to continue the City’s commitment to environmental stewardship by reaching out to help residents save energy and save money.


About City of Gloucester:

Under the leadership of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Gloucester Massachusetts is home to America’s oldest seaport and art colony, the rich cultural history of Gloucester is bound to spark your interest. With dozens of museums and historical sites across the community from Rocky Neck to Lanesville, people can learn how ships are made, see how people lived 300 years ago and visit memorials to fishermen and their families.

About National Grid:

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain. Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st-century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities’ long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization). For more information, please visit our website or our Connecting website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook.