Music on Meetinghouse Green, Summer Music Festival 2021

The free outdoor concerts resume live on the Green at the corner of Middle and Church Street
starting July 9th on Friday evenings at 6:00pm. Join us for the festival’s sixth season of great music,
raising funds for Cape Ann non-profits via free-will offerings, and delicious food available from
local vendors. Info:


This unique free summer music festival features a different popular musical ensemble at each Friday evening concert
on Meetinghouse Green and benefits nine North Shore non-profits via free-will offerings from the audience. Bring lawn chairs,
blankets and your favorite libation to enjoy the music and delicious food available from local vendors while supporting the
local non-profit partner of the event with cash or check donations.


The season again opens with the acclaimed John Baboian Ensemble from the Berklee School in support of Pathways for Children.
Concerts offer a delightful medley of Jazz, Punk, Rock-n Roll, and Oldies from the 50s to the 70s. Some of this season’s offerings
include:  What Time Is it Mr. Fox? with Brian King; singer Mari Martin; Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra; The Goddesses;
and The Cape Ann Big Band. The Middle Eastern group, Hye Fusion, returns with music ideal for line dancing and there are two newcomer
ensembles to delight music-lovers: the internationally-acclaimed Klezmer band, Ezekiel’s Wheels and Vermont lyrical Folk duo, The Early Risers.


July 9John Baboian EnsemblePathways for ChildrenCauseway
July 16The Early RisersBackyard GrowersCommon Crow
July 23Hye FusionMaritime GloucesterClassic Cooks
July 30The GoddessesOpen DoorJalapeno’s
August 6What Time Is It Mr. Fox?North Shore Health ProjectMaria’s Pizza
August 13Mari MartinHAWCJalapeno’s
August 20Ezekiel’s WheelsGrace CenterTBD
August 27Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory OrchestraGloucester Education FoundationTBD
September 10Cape Ann Big BandGloucester Meetinghouse FoundationCauseway

Location, Time and More Info:

The Green in front of the Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the intersection of Middle and Church Street. The program
starts at 6:00PM and concludes around 8:30PM. Please consult  for more information about
the performers, non-profits and food vendors. Sign up for our email blasts to stay current, especially for contingency plans
in case of bad weather. Note: parking on the Green is limited to a small area near Middle Street for persons with disabilities only.


Thanks to our Sponsors all the series’ expenses, such as for the musicians, are pre-paid. 100% of the free-will donations go
to our non-profit community partners.Platinum          John & Janis Bell, J.J. & Jackie Bell, Cape Ann Savings Bank, J. Linzee Coolidge, Scobie Ward

Gold                 BOMCO, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan, Landesign, Inc. Silver               Anonymous, Tom Burger & Andrée Robert, JoeAnn Hart & Gordon Baird, Pat Johnson & Jeff Henderson,
                       Susan McKain & Ken Steiner, Charles Nazarian, John & Sandra Ronan
Bronze             Jerry Ackerman, Karen Bell, Pamela Bynum & Henry Ferrara, Peter Calkins & Susan Casey,
                        Frederick Cowan, Richard Gardner, Rev. Janet Parsons, Dick Prouty, Joe & Maggie Rosa,
                        Kathleen Williams, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer

Restoration of the Green Coming Up Soon!

After many years of neglect Meetinghouse Green is in need of a thorough restoration. Last year, summer
series virtual audiences contributed $7,500 towards a Feasibility Study by the firm Landesign, Inc. to improve
accessibility and enhance safety. The GMF is currently seeking large government and foundation grants plus
individual donations to fund this over $200K project, slated to begin this fall and be completed in time for
the 2022 summer series.

About the GMF

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit modeled upon the Old North Foundation
in relation to Boston’s famous Old North Church.  Its mission is to preserve the landmark building as a civic hub,
entertainment venue, and community center. The ongoing preservation of the building seeks to combine the
highest standard of restoration with energy conservation techniques and has achieved a ‘net-zero’ building
carbon footprint with the help of Reforest the Tropics and its climate-change initiative TownGreen/2025.

Building History and the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

Completed in 1806 for the first Universalist Church in America, the grand Federal Style, 600-seat Meetinghouse
with a 110’ lantern steeple and Paul Revere Bell is a jewel in the heart of the Historic District. Now well into its
third century serving the people of Cape Ann, its history is steeped in the establishment of religious freedom in
Massachusetts and the Constitutional separation of church and state. Home of the present-day Gloucester
Unitarian Universalist Church and host to The Grace Center, the building is alive with activities like concerts,
family-friendly entertainment, events, symposia and civic celebrations.

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