Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Open House – Thursday, October 24th!

Join us on Thursday, October 24th from 3p to 6p for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s Fall OPEN HOUSE! Come tour our state-of-the-art teaching lab, talk with current students about their experience with the hands-on curriculum, and learn about the application process from Academy instructors.

All are welcome! Please contact Elizabeth Wing with any questions at

GBA_Flyer_OPEN HOUSE October 2019


Two scary silent movies with live accompaniment on the pipe organ, Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the season of dark and windy nights, hobgoblins, and scary creatures, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents two landmark silent movies featuring the Frankenstein monster and accompanied by world-renowned sonic artist and organist Peter Krasinski.

The first movie is a short 1910 Thomas Edison photo-play, the first motion picture version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. This silent movie features sophisticated special effects for its time. Unsuspecting audiences were dazzled when it was released. Now nearly 110 years old, this rarely-seen film continues to amaze audiences with its powerful visuals.

The second is the brilliant 1931 Frankenstein movie that launched Boris Karloff’s career as the famed monster. The film had no musical score, creating the perfect opportunity for improvised accompaniment by a virtuoso on the pipe organ like Peter Krasinski. Karloff’s rendition of Frankenstein is a classic horror film, scaring and delighting family audiences for over 90 years.

Peter Krasinski returns to Gloucester this year to work his improvisational magic on the historic Meetinghouse’s sonorous 1893 Hutchings/Fisk pipe organ. Known as a sonic artist and maestro of the pipe organ, Krasinski tours all over the world performing with classic silent movies. The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is grateful to our 2019-20 Autumn/Winter/Spring sponsors who have made this series possible.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The event is handicapped accessible via the side door at 10 Church Street. Parking is available on the green, on-street and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District.

Tickets are $20 Adults, $10 Students, 12 & under free.

Tickets are available at the door or online with more info at


After 4 tough road game OUR FISHERMEN ARE COMING HOME. Come on down and support the football team, kick off at 7:00. We will also be selling tickets for our season long 50/50 raffle which will be drawn at halftime of the annual Thanksgiving day game. The team has been working tirelessly to improve and continue to get better each week. They’re growing and gelling and are amped to get a shot to defend their home field on what could only be described as perfect Gloucester Football weather



John Simon Talks on Finnish Jews

Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm at Temple Ahavat Achim

John Simon took over seven years to research the untold history of Jews in Finland. Newly published in English, “Strangers in a Stranger Land” is a creative combination of history and fiction.

The event is free and open to the public.


Simon will share a brief talk and readings of portions of his book, as well as stand by for questions. His presentation is sponsored by the Temple, the Cape Ann Finns, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Gloucester Office of Veterans Services.

“How the Jews came to Finland forms a unique chapter of the Diaspora,” Simon concluded. He tracked their original, involuntary resettlement from other parts of Tsarist Russia to one of the coldest, darkest and most isolated parts of Europe.

“They were then caught — along with the rest of the population of Finland — in the cross-fire of great European powers at war in the twentieth century,” Simon said. Simon, an American Jew who married a Finn and lives in Finland, thought that it was up to him to tell the story. In order to dramatize the evolving history text, Simon alternates chronological history with the saga of a fictional family of Finnish Jews, whose lives and experiences reflect those of their tiny community.According to Simon, Finland stands alone historically. “Despite its military alliance with Germany, Finland never turned over any of its Jewish citizens to the Nazis’ concentration or death camps. This is a record unmatched by any other country.” Also, in no other country did an army including Jews who openly proclaimed their religious affiliation fight alongside the Germans (Finland was fighting the Soviet Union to preserve its independence).

Seaside Garden Club’s October 8th Meeting

Confessions of a Garden Fanatic, Still Crazy after all these years

Linda Lipton will present a power-point view of her historical garden in Salem, MA. With her husband Fred, they created a backyard garden that was featured in the summer 2018 issue of North Shore Home Magazine. They used sequential steps to create their landscaped garden from scratch. Topics in this entertaining idea-filled, PowerPoint lecture include: honoring the historical context of a garden site, creating a feeling of authenticity and charm in a New England garden and getting designer results in a DIY garden. Visit to see the magazine article.

The Seaside Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Manchester Community Center, 7pm social hour, the meeting begins promptly at 7:30pm. New members and guests are always welcome, $30 to join for the year, $5 for one meeting.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.