Main Street Block Party This Saturday!

Are you ready for a fun night for all ages? The 2nd of our three popular summer 2022 block party events that celebrate all that downtown Gloucester has to offer is on this Saturday, August 13, from 6 PM to 10 PM. Guests enjoy live music on three separate stages, street performers (featuring Kilted Colin, Cape Ann Dance, Stiles School of Scottish Dance, Picasso’s Balloonatik, and Captain Jack), Al fresco dining, food trucks, vendors, face painting, non-profits, Cape Ann Vernal Pond with featured creatures, games, and more! We will see you there!

Long Bright River: Author Talk with Liz Moore

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to offer an author talk with New York Times Bestselling author Liz Moore as she discusses her international bestseller, Long Bright River, and her other works

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 9:00 to 10:00pm. Register here to receive the zoom link.

The novel takes place in Philadelphia, where Moore has lived for a decade. She traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices. Mickey is a cop, and Kacey lives on the streets in the vice of addiction. When Kacey disappears, Mickey panics over her sister’s safety—obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister before it’s too late.

Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Liz Moore spins a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. Long Bright River puts a very human face on the effect that addiction can have on generations of families and communities. 

About the Author

Liz Moore is the author of four novels, a winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, and she teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Temple University.

To learn more about the Library’s upcoming author talks brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium click HERE.

Next up in August:

The Beauty in Breaking: Author Talk with Michele Harper 
Michele Harper – NYT Bestselling Author and NYT Notable Book
August 22nd at 9:00 PM EDT  See More and Register

Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact – Author Talk with Liz Wiseman 
New York Times Best Selling Author – Liz Wiseman
August 25th at 12:00 PM EDT See More and Register

You’re invited to the Great Gloucester GrowDown

Join Backyard Growers and our awesome community at the 7th Annual Great Gloucester GrowDown. All proceeds from this blow-out fundraiser support our work cultivating healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food. Plus, this celebration will take place in-person for the first time since 2019!

📅 Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 6:30pm

📍 Short & Main, 36 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

We’ll be toasting another successful growing season in our communities with farm-fresh drinks and nibbles provided local favorite Short & Main from ingredients grown by some of our favorite North Shore farms. The event will feature entertainment, a live video premiere and fund-a-need auction. We hope you’ll join us!

THANK YOU for making an impact. Our work is your work, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Festival by the Sea is August 6 from 10 am to 6 pm

Join us in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea on Saturday, August 6th from 10 am to 6 pm for shopping, music, food, and drink. Over 80 talented artisans will be showing and selling their unique creations in Masconomo Park, Reed Park and Town Hall Park. Enjoy food by the LobsterRoller, Crepe du Jour, Rev Kitchen and The Whoo(pie) Wagon, and beer from Great Marsh Brewery. For a full list of artisans, visit the Greater Cape Ann Chamber website.

Musical guests at the Masconomo Park Bandstand

  • 11:00-12:30 PM – Pete Hoare with Geoff Small (Rock / Classic Rock / Folk)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM – Charlie Weld  (Singer / Songwriter)
  • 1:45-3:15 PM –  Presti Players (Blues / Reggae/ Funk)   
  • 3:30-5:30 PM – The Jantelles (Juke Box hits / Oldies)

Follow the Festival by the Sea Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening!

Pet Food Drive THIS SUNDAY 8/7

A pet food drive organized by PAWsitive Pantry this weekend will collect cat and dog food to benefit The Open Door and Cape Ann Animal Aid.

Help us stock our shelves so that we have the food people need for their pets! Dogs and cats are part of the family, so lets make sure everyone gets the meals they need.

Donations will be accepted Sunday August 7 at the Shaws on Eastern Ave. in Gloucester from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thank you!