, Gloucester, MA

November 9, 2012

Firefighters hosting spaghetti dinner

Town Talk Marjorie Nesin
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — The Essex Fire Company will hold its 22nd Annual Spaghetti Supper next Saturday, Nov. 17, at Memorial Fire Station on Martin Street from 4 to 7 p.m. The supper includes all you can eat salad, spaghetti, meatballs and sauce, drinks and dessert.

Donations will be taken at the door. Firefighters are hoping to raise money for the Equipment Fund. Everyone is welcome.

Chelsea Berry in Manchester

Chelsea Berry, one of New England’s finest musicians, will perform in Manchester on Dec. 1 at the Crowell Chapel in the Rosedale Cemetery. This special holiday performance, aptly titled “Holidays & Wintertide: An Evening with Chelsea Berry & Friends” will feature the musical talents of Rockport’s John Rockwell, and the husband and wife duo of Joe Cardoza and Renée Dupuis of Rowley.

The December concert will take place during Manchester’s Christmas by the Sea weekend and is slated to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, or guests may reserve an entire pew, which will accommodate six to eight guests comfortably. Tickets are available at or by calling 617-694-6892. A portion of all ticket sales will go directly to The Historic Manchester Trust to support its programs.

When asked about the holiday performance, Berry said, “The whole holiday music thing is actually a bit of a secret indulgence of mine. It’s an excuse to step outside the box and perform classical music, orchestrate crazy vocal harmonies, and pretend I’m in the elementary school choir again. To me, the time of year itself means family, skiing, reading next to the wood stove, decorating the tree, and Mom’s Christmas morning sticky buns — all happy memories for me.”

Essex Pride award-winners

The 2012 Essex Pride Award-winners will be honored tonight at the kickoff to Essex Pride Week, the Essex Pride Dance, running from 7 to 11, at the Essex Room at Woodman’s on Main Street. There will be lots of food as well as a cash bar. Proceeds of the event will go to the Essex Merchants Group which promotes businesses and events in town. The group thanks Woodman’s for underwriting the dance event. Purchase tickets for $20 per person, and tables of ten for $180, at The First National Bank of Ipswich, The Village Market, and Woodman’s Clambake Office.

The winners to be honored are Debbie French and Beth Cairns for their work as longtime librarians, Mark Lynch for his volunteer work on town committees and boards over the years, Kim Reed for her volunteer work with childrens’ events, Kurt Wilhelm for his volunteer work in preserving Essex’s history, and Georgeanne Richards for her support and promotion of new businesses in town.

Brookwood hosts open house

Parents of children entering prekindergarten through eighth grade are invited to a Fall Open House at Brookwood School in Manchester on Tuesday from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.

“At Brookwood, we know that what matters most is a child who is happily engaged in his or her learning, and a student who is intellectually challenged, supported, and encouraged by teachers and peers alike,” says Head of School John Peterman.

The Open House features school tours and classroom visits, remarks by Peterman, a question and answer session with current eighth-graders, and opportunities for conversations with faculty and division heads.

Walk-ins are welcome, but if you know you plan to attend please RSVP to Linda Gamage at or call 978-525-6205. Brookwood is located on the Beverly and Manchester line just minutes from Exit 17 off Route 128. Visit for driving directions or call 978-586-4500.

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