Listings may be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at, at least two weeks prior to the event

Christmas at St. Paul

St. Paul Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington St., Lanesville, Gloucester offer the following Christmas Activities and Services: On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m., WinterSong, a Celtic Advent Meditation in song, chant, music, and spoken word, presented with Pastor Anne joined by Celtic musicians singer Michael O’Leary and harper Carol McIntyre to mark the end of Advent and the coming of the Light. Donations accepted. On Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m., a Children’s Christmas Pageant will be presented with all welcome. On Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. all are welcome to the Christmas Eve Service. And on Tuesday, Dec. 25, all are welcome to a Christmas Day Service at 8 a.m. at the church which is handicapped accessible. Call 978-283-6550 or email

Writer’s Block

The sixth episode of The Writer’s Block with John Ronan’s 29th season will air Dec. 13, at 8 p.m., and will be repeated one week later. The program appears on 1623 Studios’ Channel 12, with Sharon Chace, Rockport’s Poet Laureate, returning to discuss the idea of “found poetry,” poems that seem to spring up, already written and polished, from everyday life. She is a contributor to “Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry” edited by Jonas Zdanys. Reading from the book and some of her own discoveries, she talks about creativity and ability to see beauty wherever it exists.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. at St. John Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. All are welcome. The league is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, especially at the grassroots level. Visit or call 978-865-3869.

Bach Family concert

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will host The Musicians of the Old Post Road in “Christmas with the Bach Family,” its third performance in the Meetinghouse, on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The renowned New England ensemble consists of violin, viola, cello, flute and harpsichord/organ. This concert will include soloists soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.  Bach family works include Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s ‘Die Kindheit Jesu,’ along with arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig, and of course, Johann Sebastian Bach. Tickets are available online or at the door, cash, check or credit card. Preferred, $45; General, $30; Students 12 & under $10 with ID, free.

Cribbage League

Magnolia Cribbage League starts its winter session on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at J.D. Meyers Pub, 24 Lexington Ave, Magnolia. New players are welcome to join in this friendly game of cribbage. $45 covers 10 weeks of play plus a dinner and cash prizes. If you cannot commit to a 10-week session, you may substitute for a regular player. Arrive at 6:30 p.m .to sign up and learn more about the league. Call Andy Heinze at 508-596-3857 for more information.

Docksiders holiday show

The Gloucester High School Docksiders will be performing a free holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. There will be snacks and ornaments for sale as well as a lottery ticket Christmas tree door prize. Enjoy big band renditions of familiar holiday songs. For more information, email

Volunteer Drivers Needed

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver noon meals to homebound seniors in Rockport, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester and Ipswich. Anyone interested in volunteering one or more mornings a week will be greatly appreciated. The hot meals are fully prepared and packaged for delivery. For information, contact 978-281-1750 ext. 560, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UU Holiday Fair

Gloucester’s annual Middle Street Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, and the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Holiday Fair will feature a schedule of events including, at 10:30 a.m., a Gloucester High School Chorus Concert; free s’mores on the church green from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m; and tours of the 1806 Meetinghouse at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. There will be food vendors galore, with everything from coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider and bagels, to clam chowder, vegetarian chili, and hot dogs. Artist and craft vendors will be on hand with hand-knitted sweaters, hats, scarves and mittens, and a variety of homemade sewn items, a White Elephant Boutique, and a special guest appearance by Santa.

Cape Ann Cursillo

The Cape Ann Cursillo Community will host their annual pot luck ultreya on Saturday, Dec. 8, at St. John the Baptist Church Hall in Essex. The potluck begins at 5 p.m. and the ultreya follows at 6 p.m. All are welcome and need not have been to a cursillo to attend. For more information, call Albie Mitchell at 978-879-3655.

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