Annisquam Village Church

2018 Concert Series

Sunday, July 22, at 8 PM



Offered during the centennial of his birth, this program is a tribute to one of Massachusetts’ greatest composers, the controversial international legend Leonard Bernstein.  Like other programs under the artistic direction of Beverly Soll, it adopts a trademark informality and direct communication with the audience as it explores the essence of the man and his music.

Because Bernstein himself made no distinction between art songs, operatic solos, and pieces for the Broadway stage, the performers won’t either, weaving together favorites from the vast repertoire of Bernstein’s music theatre, operatic, and art songs.  Bernstein famously said in one of his first Young People’s Concerts, “Music is never about anything. … Music just is.”  In this spirit, the recital opens with the first music he composed for voice and piano in which the 25-year-old composer proclaims, “I hate music, but I like to sing,” and goes on to complain about “the big, dark hall where people really don’t want to be at all.”

The program follows the wild comet ride of Bernstein’s life exploring his concerns and thoughts about social consciousness, love, and politics in songs from West Side Story, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, and On the Town, and finally about religion, closing with the words of the street priest in Mass, “Sing God a simple song … for God is the simplest of all.”  In a 1950s “This I Believe” NPR radio broadcast essay, Bernstein said, “I believe in people. I feel, love, need and respect people above all else.”  His music reflects this incredible honesty and a search for a better society.

Performers are soprano Tiffany Baxter, mezzo soprano Angela Jajko, and baritone Mark Morgan, with artistic director Beverly Soll and husband Andrew Soll at the piano, all of whom are active professional musicians well known on the North Shore and in the greater Boston area.


Tiffany Baxter, Angela Jajko, Mark Morgan, Andrew Soll & Beverly Soll

The concert features a brief guest appearance by Les jeunes émissaires de Jeanne d’Arc (young students and campers from the CAPE ANN ARTS ALIVE program) in a reprise of their pageant based on the creation of Anna Hyatt Huntington’s iconic equestrian statue of Joan of Arc. Bernstein’s incidental music for Jean Anouilh’s play, The Lark, marks a moment when the tide had turned for France under Joan’s banner and her ‘emissaries’ celebrate her victories.  Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington’s studio was on the causeway between Goose Cove and Lobster Cove, just footsteps away from the Village Church.

Settled in 1728 as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting.  Located at 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), the church is 3 miles from Grant Circle)

Handicap accessible.

General admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown PaperTickets:  https://tributetoleonardbernstein.brownpapertickets.com     Students $15. (at the door only)


And now the paved sidewalk around Burnham’s Field is complete

A few years ago,  Burnham’s Field in central Gloucester was renovated and got a paved path put in around most of the field, among other improvements. It was great — kids learned to ride bikes on the path, seniors from Sheedy Park could do their daily walks around the field, big kids rode their scooters and bikes and skateboards.

There wasn’t enough money for the paved sidewalk to make a full circuit around the field, though, so it went three-quarters of the way around and then connected with a sidewalk outside the field. It was way better than before but not perfect – kids riding around the field were pushed out onto a narrow sidewalk along busy Burnham Street. Same with elderly walkers and parents pushing strollers.

That changed this week. Thanks to grant money from the city’s Community Preservation Act and the efforts of Mike Hale and the Department of Public Works, the paved sidewalk around Burnham’s Field inside the park is now complete.

paved path 2

City Councilors Melissa Cox and Ken Hecht helped make it happen. Thanks to all who pitched in to continue improving the largest green space and ball field in central Gloucester.

paved path 1

And people are loving it already.

paved path - walkers lighter

A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

Photo: Paul de Hueck / The Leonard Bernstein Office Inc.
A Centennial Tribute to Leonard Bernstein on July 22 at 8 PM shines starlight on this celebrated American composer in a review of Bernstein’s best-loved works. Pianists Beverly and Andrew Soll and vocalists Tiffany Baxter, Angela Jajko, and Mark Morgan cover the far reaches of Bernstein’s brilliant, eclectic career on this 100th anniversary of his birth.  A reception follows.
The Annisquam Village Church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets, 3 miles from Grant Circle rotary), in Gloucester, MA 01930.

Handicap accessible.  Info. at 978.283.6416.

General admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets: https://tributetoleonardbernstein.brownpapertickets.com
Students $15. at the door


Come on down to the Gloucester, MA Main Street Block Party Saturday, July 14 6-10PM and visit us at the Cape Ann Community Foundation table by Cape Ann Savings Bank and we’ll show you how to get yours!

We are so happy that many of our non-profit community partners will also be on the street. You can support them when you order a plate by designating your favorite to get $15.00 from the Cape Ann Community Foundation, we’ll show you how to do it!

sweet ducklings navigate the current at the Cut alongside Gloucester DPW lovely storm repairs

It has been a long time since I’ve brought a tiny boat through the Cut from the Annisquam side (alert and praying I wouldn’t slam into the walls or another boat as the waters rush and pull).  How were ducks faring? They were  amusing and difficult to count for a few stolen moments on this glorious summer day. They’d dive to eat what I’m not sure, and pop up, sometimes a bit too far back. Once they were under so long I found myself crossing to the other side of the bridge to see if they were dragged back or catching a ride. Not a chance.

I found the completed winter storm repairs at the Cut equally beautiful and distracting.

Nice job Gloucester Department of Public Works (DPW)!

DPW completes winter storm repairs at Blynman The Cut _Department of Public Works _Gloucester MA _20180713_photo © c ryan (2)

VID (38 seconds) ducklings negotiate current at the Cut (wait for the cluster to pop up)



July 13 2018 – Gloucester Department of Public Works has completed winter storm repairs 



March 2017 (winter storm damage) Continue reading “sweet ducklings navigate the current at the Cut alongside Gloucester DPW lovely storm repairs”

We had such a blast on the Lannon last night- we’re having a Bourbon / Cigar sail Friday July 27th- Book Now Or Forever hold your peace!


The Cigar Rum sail featuring cigars from Paul Giacalone and Folly Cove Rum From Ryan and Wood last night was spectacular.  We’re doing another one in a couple of weeks.  There will be grilling enthusiasts, Cigar enthusiasts, Bourbon enthusiasts and good time loving enthusiasts aboard.

Click here to reserve your spot Cigar/Bourbon Sail July 27th.

They always sell out.  I didn’t even reach to post the first one on the blog and it was sold out ahead of time with friends that have gone in the past.  Don’t get left off this one.


Click here to reserve your spot.




Jazz Brunch | Sunday 7/15 | Feather & Wedge


Join Feather & Wedge for a special brunch featuring Ipswich-based guitarist Harry Wagg. Harry will be performing a variety of traditional jazz, contemporary classics and original tunes, all arranged for solo guitar.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

10:30 – 2:30 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Harry Wagg Jazz Brunch Feather & Wedge Rockport MA

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