Celebrate May ’round the Maypole

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Folk Life Studio and the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church present the Fourth Annual Gloucester May Celebration on Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 PM.

The roughly one hour event is free and open to all. It will feature live music, songs and Morris dancing.

The highlight of the celebration will be a maypole and all who attend will have an opportunity to take a ribbon and dance.  


Sing in the Spring – Free Folk Concert, Friday, May 19

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Mother and son acapella duo Rose Sheehan and Colin de la Barre of Gloucester, MA will sing traditional and traditionally inspired songs of the British Isles and North America in celebration of Spring on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Rose and Colin, 2014 North East Regional Folk Alliance featured showcase artists, have appeared at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the Indian Neck Folk Festival, the New England Folk Festival and at regional coffeehouses.

This is a family friendly event. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Religious Exploration Book Fund.

Seaside Garden Club Auction Thank You

The Seaside Garden Club’s annual auction was a huge success this year!  A nice crowd filled the Manchester Community Center on Tuesday, May 9th for a chance to bid on the many items. A plant sale was added this year and preceded the auction.

Many wonderful donations contributed to the success of the auction.  Local businesses, including Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Brick End Farms, Sea Meadow Gifts, Neptune’s Harvest and Talbot’s donated generously to the auction.  Among the items generating heavy bidding was mulch donated by Pallazola Brothers Landscaping, hand crafted Garden Art pieces and beautiful hanging baskets from Marshall’s Farm Stand, Wolf Hill and Marini Farms.

Many other businesses donated beautiful plant material, including HerbFARMacy, Gordon’s Florist, Asbury Gardens, and Chapman’s Greenhouse/Juel Gifts.  The donated plant material complemented the many large healthy perennials from our members’ gardens.

The crowd will be dining out this summer on the gift certificates donated by local restaurants including: Seven Central, Windward Grill, Evviva Cucina, Serenitee Group, Ithaki Restaurant, Fortune Palace, Not your Average Joe’s and Shea’s.  The board members supplied light refreshments to nourish the hungry bidders.

The club members worked very hard planning and organizing this event.  Many created their own special garden art and used their garden know-how to put together lovey flowering baskets. A beautiful bistro set donated by a member help set the stage for the plant material. Susan Kelley of the Generous Gardeners organization stopped by to talk about her groups’ work on the newly opened Stacy Boulevard and to contribute Garden Tour tickets, tulips and other plant material.

This auction is the Seaside Garden Club’s only fund raiser for the year.  100% of the proceeds go the support the club’s community service projects and programs for the upcoming year. Among the club’s community service activities are delivering flowers to shut-ins, planting and maintaining window boxes at Beverly Bootstraps and the Manchester Community Center.  The club’s newest project is taking shape at the lower level of the Manchester Town Hall.

The Seaside Garden Club is very appreciative of all the business and member donations.  The board members are already hard at work planning terrific programs for next season.  The club is made up of members from all over the North Shore and we welcome new members.  They meet the second Tuesday of the month (September through June) at the Manchester Community Center. See our blog: https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/about/ or visit our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/SeasideGardenClubAuction 2017

Photo are board members assembling before the auction: Noeline Kohr, Beth Coz, Lenore Kepler, Maureen Terrill, Janet Groth, Kathy Ryan, Debbie DiGiovanni, Elaine Persons, Dot Sieradzki, Kate Willwerth, Sari Oseasohn, Lisa Willwerth, Deborah Willwerth, Peggy Finn and Lucia Darr.

Jalapenos Fundraiser Night for SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. will hold a fundraiser at Jalapenos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, located at 86 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to closing. Jalapenos will donate a portion of all orders placed—both dine-in and take-out. Reservations are recommended. Call 978-281-3680. Please let them know that you are participating in SeniorCare’s Dine Out Fundraiser.

For more information on SeniorCare Inc., go to www.seniorcareinc.org or call 978-281-1750. Jalapenos Restaurant’s menu can be found at www.jalapenosgloucester.com.

About SeniorCare
SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.