GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 29, 2012

Essex Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Christmas fair

The First Congregational Church of Essex will hold their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a silent auction, White Elephant sale and baked goods, Decorate a Gingerbread House, lunch with our “Famous Ice Cream Puffs”, and much, much more.

Graveyard tour

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum will present a Halloween graveyard tour Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Old Burial Ground on Main Street. Take a trip through an ancient cemetery, meet the dead and have ghoulish goodies. Tours run approximately 60 minutes, every half hour. Interest is high, so arrive early. After the tour you are welcome to see the museum. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 978-768-7541 or visit www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org, or Laura Doyle at 978-578-1613.

MERHS auction

The will be an auction to support MERHS Robotics Team Saturday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at JD & Myers Best Friends, 24 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, with complimentary appetizers and entertainment. Auction items include Celtics Tickets, a 3 day weekend in a 3 bedroom cottage at Popponesset Beach, Cape Cod, Massage, Elements of Beverly, gift cards for Cape Ann Restaurants, fine wines for a dinner party, lobsters, art work,Cape Cod Artisan, slightly used child’s bicycle, gift cards, local Golf Course and more! It’s a great ay to support a great team and get a jump on your Christmas shopping while you’re at it.

Holiday baskets

The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.

Benefit concert

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and Kestrel Educational Adventures will host its third annual benefit concert and silent auction Saturday, Nov. 3, at Woodman’s, Essex Room, 127 Main St., in Essex. Entertainment provided by Entrain. Admission is $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets available at www.ShowClix.com, 1-888-718-4253, Gloucester Music in Gloucester, or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.

Shakespeare Troupe

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present “Shakespeare In Two Acts” on Nov. 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 4 and 11, 3 p.m., at the Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St., Gloucester. The program consists of two one-act plays, the first, a romantic fantasy-comedy titled “Love on a Midsummer Night” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the second, “Visiting Lear,” a drama adapted from “The Tragedy of King Lear.” Directed by Nick Neyeloff and Ray Jenness, and written by Joseph Stiliano. Casts consist of talent drawn from Cape Ann and surrounding communities. Tickets, available at the door, are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19. To reserve tickets, email cast2008@prodigy.net.

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

Meals on Wheels

SeniorCare Meals on Wheels program seeks volunteer drivers in Essex. Call SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 978-281-1750 or toll-free at 1-866-927-1050.

Yankee Networkers

The Yankee Networkers Chapter of BNI, a business referral organization, meets every Wednesday at the Farm Bar & Grill, 233 Western Ave. Business breakfasts are served from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Visitors are invited.

Achievement award

Donations are being accepted for the Neil G. Ramsden Academic Achievement Award — a memorial award given by the teachers of Essex Elementary School to Essex high school seniors who graduated from EES, and are enrolling in at least a two-year program of study. The award is based on academic achievement, citizenship and service. Donations may be made to Essex Elementary School with “Achievement Award” on the memo line, c/o Susan Hardy, Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St., Essex, MA 01929.

Rain barrel program

The town of Essex, in partnership with the Great American Rain Barrel Company, is offering rain barrels to residents at a discount ($69 vs. $119 retail) to help conserve water and save money. Each UV protected polyethylene barrel is made in the USA from a 39x24-inch recycled shipping drum weighing 20 pounds empty with a wall thickness of 3⁄16 inch, resulting in a rigid, heavy duty, long-lasting rain barrel, complete with overflow fittings, drain plug, screw-on cover, a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use with either a watering or gardening can, and instructions for easy installation. Visit www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com.

Business counseling

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce offers free small-business counseling at its office at 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, on the first and third Thursday of the month. Anyone starting a business can make an appointment with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College. Call 978-283-1601 or email info@capeannchamber.com.

Spaulding Fund

Spaulding Education Fund, a private, nonprofit established to aid Manchester Essex public schools, relies on private donations. Tax-deductible contributions may be made at www.spauldingeducationfund.org or mailed to the Spaulding Education Fund, Box 192, Manchester, MA 01944.

Blood pressure clinics

The Essex Council on Aging holds a blood pressure clinic the third Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m., at the Senior Center, 17 Pickering St.

Monthly lunches

Seniors age 60 and over are invited to lunch at the Essex Senior Center on the first and third Thursday of the month. Lunch is provided by SeniorCare. A $2 donation is requested. For reservations, call 978-768-7932.

Bible study

A women’s Bible study with Beth Moore, “James: Mercy Triumphs,” will be held Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of Essex. Child care is available. Call Rama at 978-768-3319.

Flu clinic

The Cape Ann Emergency Planning Team and the Cape Ann Boards of Health will offer a free flu vaccination clinic Tuesday, Nov. 6, (Election Day), 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Senior Center, Pickering Street. The clinic is available to those 6 months and older. Wear short sleeves and bring health insurance card(s). Those without health insurance will not be refused.

Trail Day

Saturday, Oct. 27 is Manchester Essex Conservation Trust’s Trail Work Day. Meet at Cedar Swamp parking area (School Street, north of Route 128) at 8:30 a.m. Bring clippers, loppers and other tools, if you have them. Call 978-890-7153.

Trail work

Saturday, Nov. 3 is Manchester Essex Conservation Trust’s second trail work day. Meet at the trailhead of Pipeline Road (upper Pine Street, Manchester) at 8:30 a.m. Bring clippers, loppers and any other tools, if you have them. Call 978-890-7153.

MECT meeting

The Manchester Essex Conservation Trust’s annual meeting will take place Sunday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center, 40 Harbor Point. Prior to the meeting, enjoy a woods walk. Meet at the Cedar Swamp parking lot on School Street at 2 p.m., then warm up with refreshments and a talk by guest speaker Whitney Hatch, former director at the Trust for Public Land. Call 978-890-7153.

Graveyard tour

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum will present a Halloween graveyard tour Sunday, Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m., in the Old Burial Ground on Main Street. Take a trip through an ancient cemetery, meet the dead and have ghoulish goodies. Tours run approximately 60 minutes, every half hour. Interest is high, so arrive early. After the tour you are welcome to see the museum. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 978-768-7541 or visit www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org, or Laura Doyle at 978-578-1613.

Holiday baskets

The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.

Benefit concert

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and Kestrel Educational Adventures will host its third annual benefit concert and silent auction Saturday, Nov. 3, at Woodman’s, Essex Room, 127 Main St., in Essex. Entertainment provided by Entrain. Admission is $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Advance tickets available at www.ShowClix.com, 1-888-718-4253, Gloucester Music in Gloucester, or Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.