Magnolia Cribbage League

Magnolia Cribbage League starts its spring session on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm at J.D. Meyers Pub, 24 Lexington Ave, Magnolia. New players are welcome to join in this friendly game of cribbage. $45 covers 10 weeks of play plus a dinner and cash prizes.  If you cannot commit to a 10-week session then consider substituting for a regular player. Arrive at 6:30pm to sign up and learn more about the league. Call Andy Heinze at 508-596-3857 for moreinformation.crib board

Bach Birthday Concert in the Gloucester Meetinghouse March 21st

Bach 335th Birthday Concert!

Saturday, March 21st, 2020, 7:30pm

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with an orchestral concert on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm, the 335th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The Bach Birthday Concert is performed by the Appleton Consort, led by Mark Dupere, and played on period instruments. Highlights of the performance include Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, the Violin Concerto in A minor, and the Harpsichord Concerto No. 5. The evening concludes with a performance of Bach’s ever popular Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major. The ensemble, as Bach originally scored it, includes two hunting horns, three oboes, bassoon, violin piccolo, strings, and continuo. Don’t miss this spectacular evening of music by the beloved composer in the Gloucester Meetinghouse, one of the region’s finest concert venues. Tickets available in advance online at and at the door.

Bach statue in front of the Thomaskirche where he was the Cantor in Leipzig

The Appleton Consort, directed by Mark Dupere, is named for the town of Appleton, Wisconsin, home of Lawrence University, where Dupere is Director of Orchestral Studies. Samuel Appleton, prominent Massachusetts merchant and philanthropist who had lived in Ipswich, was the father-in-law of the founder of Lawrence University. Appleton made a generous gift to the Lawrence University library, and in gratitude, the citizens named the town for him. Generations of the Appleton family made their home in the Boston area and on Cape Ann with many connections to the area’s businesses and institutions. For example, Thomas Appleton who was considered the finest organ builder in New England, built the first pipe organ in the gallery of Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church in the 1820s.

Mark Dupere is Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University. His undergraduate study of the cello led to continued work at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands, where he specialized in baroque cello. It was here that Mark met his wife Emily Dupere who completed her studies in baroque violin. Mark has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and is featured on numerous recordings. He was named New Young Artist at the Victoria Bach Festival, performed in the Leipzig Bach Competition, and apprenticed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London. Emily tours frequently as a violinist in the Monteverdi Orchestra with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. As an educator, Mark seeks to share his passion for music-making and active engagement with audiences in the performance of music from all periods.

Members of the Appleton Consort include: Elisabeth Axtell and John Aubrey, horn; David Dickey, Andrew Blanke, and Joyce Alper, oboe; Allen Hamrick, bassoon; Emily Dupere, Asako Takeuchi, and Anna Griffis, violin; Lauren Nelson, viola; Mark Dupere, cello; Motomi Igarashi, bass; and Guy Whatley, harpsichord.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is deeply grateful to all our 2019-20 Concert and Event Series Sponsors. We extend a special thank you to H. Woody Brock and Scobie Ward for their generous gifts to underwrite the Bach Birthday Concert. 

The Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Weather permitting, event parking is available on the green and at parking lots nearby in the Historic District. Tickets are available in advance online at and at the door. Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free.

Childe Hassam portrait of the Meetinghouse from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Cape Ann Farmers Market Needs Your Support!

As you might know, the Cape Ann Farmers Market’s longtime director and tireless champion Niki Bogin stepped down at the end of 2019. We are eternally grateful to Niki for her vision, energy, leadership, and advocacy in our first 12 years.

We are pleased to welcome Courtney Ayer as our new Market Director!  After several years on the CAFM Advisory Committee, Courtney spearheaded the expansion of CAFM’s food access work. Courtney believes a thriving, accessible, viable farmers market is crucial to a healthy community.  

It’s an exciting time as we enter into a new decade with a new director. It is also time for CAFM to consider our path forward.

Over the past 12 years, the Cape Ann Farmers Market has:

  •  Hosted a quarter of a million shoppers at over 300 weekly summer markets.

  •  Supported 23 farms that are preserving 500 acres of our local farm land.

  • Helped to launch over 200 micro businesses in Cape Ann. 

  • Increased local food access for our most vulnerable populations by accepting SNAP/EBT, HIP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons.

Today, the food landscape is changing.

More eaters are concerned where their food comes from, creating wider demand for fresh, local food. In response to this demand, there are more sources for people to get the products they want. 

With the market’s help, our farmers have built successful summer and winter CSA programs, plant nurseries, and on-farm markets. Other vendors have established brick-and-mortar restaurants and shops across Cape Ann.

While we are thrilled by our vendors’ success, we are now faced with a challenge as they grow into larger businesses and are no longer motivated to participate in the market.Vendor fees used to cover half of our operating costs; they now cover less than 30%.

We need your help.

CAFM’s budget is very small and exceptionally tight, and the job of organizing markets, vendors, events, fundraising, community outreach, and so many other tasks is enormous.

We believe there continues to be a need for the Cape Ann Farmers Market, and we hope you agree. 

If you shop at the market, support our mission, or just believe that having a farmers market in our community is a valuable asset, we are asking you to step up to help keep us going! 

A tax-deductible contribution of ANY size will support our work to provide fresh, local, accessible food on Cape Ann. Join us today to keep this vibrant grassroots farmers market in our community.

With gratitude,

The Cape Ann Farmers Market

Donate on our website today!

Manchester-Essex Cribbage Tournament

Thursday, February 27 at the American Legion Hall  (behind Manchester Town Hall)

$25 to enter – Cash Prizes – This is a friendly tournament.

Have a fun evening while supporting a good cause.

Arrive 5:30pm to learn or brush up

6:00pm to register

6:30pm to start playing

Play 3 different people,

Winners determined by number of games won and points won by.

Please RSVP to

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Take a Trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast!

Please join us for a FREE information session about this upcoming trip.

The Chamber has partnered with Shell’s Dream Travel to offer a trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. The information session will be presented by Shells Dream Travel and Chamber Explorations at the Cape Ann Chamber Office at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester  on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30-7 PM.
This amazing trip is available to everyone – and for a great price (airfare is included)!!
If you’re interested in learning more PLEASE RSVP to Kerry McKenna at or 978-293-1601.
In the meantime… for an overview, itinerary and pricing
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The Open Door $1.7M Capital Campaign


(February 18, 2020) Gloucester, MA – – THE OPEN DOOR, a local nonprofit dedicated to alleviating food insecurity in the community, launches a $1.7M capital campaign to acquire the adjacent property 26 Emerson Avenue to expand its operations and build a new state-of-the-art commercial production kitchen.

The Open Door’s expansion project will add cold and dry storage, enhance client service areas, increase transportation capacity, and improve the living environment for Cape Ann’s low and moderate-income populations. This critical effort, the culmination of a 5-year strategic plan, will increase The Open Door’s capacity to distribute more nutritious food, develop greater opportunities for community engagement, and provide long-term solutions to hunger throughout the Region.

“We are thrilled to share the news of our kitchen expansion capital campaign,” said Kersten Lanes, Chair of The Open Door Board of Directors. “Our kitchen is the heart of everything we do at The Open Door.  With a larger, more professional, well-designed space, we will prep our Medically Tailored Groceries, host multiple volunteer groups, expand our training opportunities, and of course, produce hundreds of thousands of delicious meals for our clients!”

Approximately 90 percent of the funds have already been pledged or received towards the $1.7 million goal. This was accomplished during the quiet phase of the campaign and completed in December 2019. The Open Door will be reaching out to the community at large to raise the remaining 10% with the goal to complete this final fundraising phase by late spring.

The Open Door reflects what this community thinks is important—its people,” said Julie LaFontaine, President, and CEO of The Open Door.The community’s investment in this project is an investment in the lives and health of people we serve that will pay dividends of which we can all be proud.”

The kitchen expansion project will connect the existing properties of 26 and 28 Emerson Avenue to become a unified campus that will strengthen The Open Door’s food distribution systems and build nutritional capacity throughout their programs.

The generosity of our early donors recognizes the critical need to increase capacity to help those feeling the economic pinch in our community. They have created a solid foundation for this vital expansion of our nutrition-based operations,” added LaFontaine.For this we are truly grateful.”

The expanded campus of The Open Door will include a brand new, state-of-the-art teaching and commercial production kitchen that will prepare fresh meals daily for their programs. From Community Meals to Senior Soup and Salad, and partially prepped, fully prepped, and Grab ‘n Go items, the kitchen will increase production and utilize more food rescue product for distribution. The new kitchen will give larger groups of volunteers who come to help prepare food and meals for clients the elbow room they need to work together. The kitchen will also serve as an experiential learning classroom for the organization’s successful “On Your Mark” youth training culinary track embedded in existing programs.

The new campus will provide The Open Door much needed dry storage space for large quantities of donations, an additional cold storage unit dedicated exclusively for the kitchen, plus newly configured dish washing and laundry rooms. It will also house two electric kilns to fire bowls year-round for the Empty Bowl Dinner project that engages more than one thousand local people each year.

Strategically positioned to work with healthcare providers to offer medical nutrition therapy coupled with Medically Tailored Groceries, the new building will provide The Open Door capacity for innovation and growth at the intersection of nutrition and healthcare. It will give ample space for private counseling, workshops, and training activities to focus on health outcomes through nutrition education and open to clients and the public.

Lastly, as part of the expansion, the organization will make upgrades to the organization’s aging transportation fleet—two trucks and three vans. Efficient and reliable transportation is key to daily food acquisition with pickups from grocers and growers throughout the Greater Boston area. Last year, 25 percent of the 2.05 million pounds of food distributed—more than 500K pounds— was rescued from more than 55 local food collaborators. In 2019, The Open Door provided 1.71million meals to 8,287 unduplicated people.

This new property and expansion is a game-changer for The Open Door – and for our community,” shares LaFontaine.We followed a strategic growth plan to get us to this point. This expansion will enable us to address the community’s food security needs through the lens of better health. It will help us become even more efficient while increasing our food distribution capacity and adding critical services.

Last May, The Open Door purchased the 26 Emerson Avenue property, located adjacent to its main facility in Gloucester. The building plans are currently in progress. The leadership hopes work will begin this summer and be completed by the end of the year.

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The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in the community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security.  Last year it provided 1.71 million meals —2.05 million pounds of food — to   8,287 people through its food pantries and Mobile Markets. It serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester By the Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham, Rowley, Boxford and Topsfield.

For more information about The Open Door and ways to support the Capital Campaign, please visit, email: or call 978-283-6776.  Donations can be made online at or by mail to 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Gloucester Students: Apply now for Summer Internship!

ATTENTION Gloucester Students (and Parents): Applications for 2020 summer jobs are now being accepted! Apply for a LEAP for Education at GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a great summer job!

As part of this FREE program you will:

Internship highlights:

Submit and application and then interview with LEAP for Education staff to confirm acceptance – we prioritize applications from underserved students

Applications are now available online through LEAP for Education’s website:

You may also apply by contacting JoAnn Leavitt at 774-270-0119 or

There is also a QR code on the internship flyer below

 If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact: JoAnn Leavitt Gloucester Internship Program Coordinator LEAP for Education 774-270-0119