Monday, April 8, 2019

Easter Sunday Services

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Join us for our
Easter Sunday Worship Service

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930
10:00 a.m. in the Cove Room 

 "I Don't Know Yet"
Gospel Reading 

Monday, April 1, 2019

'Squam Rock Easter Sunrise Service

 'Squam Rock Easter Sunrise Service
April 21, 2019 - 7:30am
At 'Squam Rock in the Pasture
off of Walnut St., Gloucester MA 01930

Greet the day of Days at 'Squam Rock

A piper and a percussionist call us to the dramatic tableau, inspired by the Waxworks. We chant an
ancient Alleluia and hear the wondrous story of the three women at the empty tomb, singing Amazing
Grace and Lord of the Dance in the spring air.

Easter Sunrise Service

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Maundy Thursday Service

Maundy Thursday - Tenebrae
April 18, 2019  -  7:30 pm

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA. 01930
Rt. 127, corner of Leonard St.

Entering the Darkness ~ Tenebrae means “shadows.”

This service is an enactment of Jesus’ last hours with his disciples. One by one, they abandon him, extinguishing a candle as they go. In the end, we sit in darkness as we hear a voice singing, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The service ends in silence.

On this night we enter the dark period of Holy Week when we recognize that the joy of Easter is preceded by Jesus’ betrayal, trial, and crucifixion.

If you are interested in reading the part of a disciple, or have already signed up, please contact Michelle.

Friday, March 22, 2019


At the American Legion Hall this Saturday evening at 6 PM, the Annisquam Village Church Choir will participate in a concert featuring works of the late composer Paul Jensen.

Paul was a great friend to our choir, arranging music, singing at special services, and encouraging our music-making in all ways. He was a gifted and prolific performer, composer, and producer.

Soloists and ensembles from Gloucester’s music community will perform from the wide range of his works and the choir will perform Paul’s unique setting of “Away in a Manger.” Paul’s partner, Don Robey, who performed as “Blind Bartameus” with the Village Church choir last year, invites all to attend this celebration of Paul’s life. A reception follows the concert.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Adams, AVC Music Director.

Kathleen Adams

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Celtic Music at Morning Worship on St. Patrick’s Day!

“Fanny Power,” a lovely Gaelic air, starts off the worship service at the Annisquam Village Church, March 17th at 10 AM when Dick Luecke and Saira Austin bring their instruments to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Rev. Judy Brain preaches on “The Good Life,” beginning a series called “The Big Ideas of Faith.” The service concludes with two Irish jigs (“Red Haired Boy” and “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”)  before adjournment for refreshments.
Dick Luecke is guitarist with the early Anglo-Celtic trio, O’Carolan.  O’Carolan (with balladeer Michael O’Leary) performed “Music from the Misty Isles” to a full house at the Village Church St. Patrick’s Day concert last year. Penny whistler Saira Austin has recently retired from her long tenure as a Professor of Art at Mt. Ida College. Austin exhibited a number of her paintings at the Village Church in collaboration with Greta Bro in a "Sacred Art and Sacred Sound” concert.   All takes place in the newly renovated Cove Room while the church’s sanctuary is being refurbished. The Village Church is at 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard), and the entrance to the Cove Room is at the rear of the church on Leonard Street.

☘Anyone interested in Appalachian “Old Time” and Celtic music is welcome to the “Second Sunday Jam” hosted by AVC member Perry McIntosh.  It is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street, Gloucester, 2:30-5:00 p.m.. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, mando, squeeze box, or other non-amplified instrument—or just sit and listen.  All are welcome…wherever you are on your musical journey.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Lessons & Carols at the Annisquam Village Church

The AVC Choir, under the direction of Kathleen Adams, Music Director, will join the congregation and guests in a service of beautiful music and seasonal readings. Join us for a service of reflection and beauty.

Sunday, December 16 at 10 am
A Service of Lessons & Carols
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street, Gloucester MA 01930

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the service in the Cove Room.

Gloucester Middle Street Walk

Monday, November 12, 2018

For Celtic Music Lovers☘️

Music from the Misty Isles
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm

O’Carolan Etcetera (Adrienne Howard, Cindy McIntire & Dick Luecke) and singer Michael O’Leary draw from three centuries of Anglo-Celtic instrumental music and song: English dance tunes that Jane Austen would have known; Irish jigs and Scottish airs; reels that set toes a-tapping.  Laments, lullabies and love songs from across the Misty Isles.

 $15 general admission, $12 members, $10 students with ID. Info & tickets:

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Save the Date! Lyricora Christmas Concert

Lyricora is returning to the

Annisquam Village Church

820 Washington Street, Rt 127 (3 miles from the rotary)

Gloucester Massachusetts 01930

Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm

Tickets will be available online and at the door.

Lyricora is a Boston area ensemble dedicated to engaging, educating and entertaining audiences through performances of the highest caliber. The ensemble strives to integrate New England’s rich historical tradition of choral music with new directions in contemporary literature. In concert, Lyricora is dedicated to bridging the gap between listener and performer – presenting programs that are accessible to today’s audiences while maintaining artistic expression and performance.

Lyricora has made it a mission to spread awareness of excellent choral music throughout New England through concerts and school programs.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Annisquam Village Church - "On the Jericho Road" with Blind Bartimaeus

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.

And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.”  And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.  So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him,  “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cape Ann Arts Alive! - Music & More 2018

Just in NEWS!

One exciting late note about the Music and More camp beginning August 20: the final performance will be at the Shalin Liu Performing Center on Friday, August 24 at 11:15 am. What an exciting chance for the kids to sing (and you to hear) in this great space.

Cape Ann Arts Alive - Music & More Day Camp!

August 20, Monday – August 24, Friday, 8:30 – 12:30 - $50 per camper
Children aged 5 through 13 years old
At St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA.
$50 per camper By mail, hand-delivered or Online at EventBrite
Print Registration Form Below 

Registration is now open and ongoing for CAPE ANN ARTS ALIVE - MUSIC AND MORE, a week-long day camp for children aged 5 - 13. Fostering knowledge and pride in the unique character of Cape Ann, the camp runs from August 20 - 24 (M - F), 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Based at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle Street in Gloucester, the camp, now in its third year and open to children from all traditions, is sponsored a civic outreach project for Cape Ann sponsored by the North Shore Mission Hub and supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
Daily visits to nearby local points of interest provide campers with experience and performance opportunities. Each year’s campers have built a foundation of singing, bell ringing, art, drama, and movement to create a repertoire in anticipation of Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary celebrations. Works related to Cape Ann’s rich cultural heritage (songs of Stephen Scotti and Leonard Bernstein, dances like “The Lobster Quadrille” from Alice in Wonderland, and artworks such as nautical pennants and papier mâché fish) provide a wide range of artistic endeavor, and productive, joyful activity. This action-packed week ends at the renowned Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, August 24 with a brief, free concert at 11:15 AM. All are welcome!

The camp is staffed by local musicians known for their successful work with children’s programs: Kathleen Adams (Annisquam Village Church), Eva DiLascio (St. Paul Lutheran), Kristina Martin (1st Congregational, Rockport), and Mark Nelson (St. John's Episcopal). Registration is $50. More details are available at or by contacting Mark Nelson or 978-283-1708.

Scholarships are available. Contact Mark Nelson 978-283-1708, ext 2, or email
Scholarships are available. Contact Mark Nelson.
Download application form below.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Concert Celebrating the Works of Leonard Bernstein

“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. 

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.

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street
(corner of Leonard and Washington Streets, 3 miles from Annisquam River Bridge)
Gloucester 01930
Handicap accessible. 
Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting.

General admission: $20 at the door or in advance with Brown Paper Tickets:
Students $15. at the door

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


JULY 16, 1 - 3 PM
6 Manuel F Lewis St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Al Robinson, known to many in Annisquam for his Dixieland band, The Clambake Five, had another group that he founded and played in until his recent induction into "the heavenly band."  On Monday, July 16, 1 - 3 PM, dancers, music lovers, and friends can hear Al's Good Ol' Salty Jazz Band performing in tribute to their founder, Mr. Trombone, himself.
Under Al’s leadership, the Good Ol’ Salty Jazz Band established a tradition of playing at the Rose Baker Senior Center the 1st three Mondays of every month, 1 - 3 PM (except for holidays when the Rose Baker Center is closed).  Seniors from all over the North Shore come for the listening and dancing pleasure of a Monday afternoon with the Good Ol’ Salty.  Even missing Al’s trombone, the music swings, and lifts the spirits.

Check the schedule at Gloucester Council on Aging website, and join in the fun. All ages are welcome.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"The Sun, The Moon, But Mostly The Stars"

The Sun, The Moon, But Mostly The Stars is a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival Tanabata.

Billy Novick Trio
• Billy Novick - clarinet
• Gabriela Martina - vocals
• Dave Clark - bass

Billy Novick has had a whirlwind career in music for over 40 years as a performing artist, studio musician, arranger, and composer. As a performer, he has impressed audiences throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his soulful, lyrical jazz clarinet and sax. His musical collaboration with guitar wizard Guy Van Duser has resulted in frequent appearances on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and a feature-length interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”. In 1986, Mr. Novick joined the internationally-acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band and continues to perform with them.

He has recorded seventeen albums under his own name, and, as a studio musician, has been featured as a sideman on more than 250 recordings and over 100 film and television soundtracks. His many film credits as arranger or composer include Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, and The Opposite of Sex. Novick’s jug band adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, with Dave Van Ronk narrating, premiered in New York’s Lincoln Center. He has composed extensively for modern dance, and his two full-length ballet scores, The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises, debuted at the Kennedy Center to sold-out houses and rave reviews.

Gabriela Martina is a singer, composer, arranger, and bandleader. This dynamic Swiss-born artist has been called “the real thing, the body, and soul of jazz. (Entertainment Radio, UK) In addition to leading her own groups, her musical versatility has allowed her to perform and collaborate with a wide range of musicians, including Meshell Ndegeocello, Jack DeJohnette, and Angelique Kidjo. Her newest album, No White Shoes, represents a major step in the singer’s sojourn as a 21st-century musician and it received a four-star review in DownBeat magazine.

David Clark was the resident jazz instructor at the International School for the Double Bass in Cincinnati, Ohio, during which time he was twice recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts jazz study grant. He is currently a professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches bass and jazz. As a performing bassist, Clark has appeared with a host of renowned musicians including Mose Allison, Lois Bellson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Peter Frampton, and John Medeski, to name just a few.

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street (cor. Washington St./Rt127 & Leonard St., 3 miles from Rt. 128 rotary)
Gloucester MA 01930

Admission $20 at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets

Students - $15 at the door

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jazz at the Annisquam Village Church Saturday, July 7 at 8pm!

The Sun, the Moon, but Mostly the Stars," a unique program of jazz standards and original compositions created to celebrate the Japanese Star festival, Tanabata, headlines the first of two concerts at the Annisquam Village Church in July. Slated for 7/7 at 8 pm (July 7th is the date of the Tanabata festival), the Billy Novick Trio incorporates the cosmic atmospherics with celestial jazz: Billy Novick on clarinet and keyboards, Swiss-born Gabriela Martina on vocals, and Dave Clark on Bass. 

Projections of the summer sky will serve as background with a lively intermission ‘pageant’; a reception follows, with ‘star bites’ and punch for all.

Settled as the Third Parish of Cape Ann, the historic Annisquam Village Church offers ideal acoustics in an intimate, New England setting. The church is located at the head of Lobster Cove, 820 Washington Street (corner of Leonard and Washington Streets), in Gloucester 01930. Handicap accessible.

Admission: $20 at the door or in advance at Brown Paper Tickets:
Students $15. at the door

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Young Organist Collaborative Recital

Young Organist Collaborative - Annual Student Recital

Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
43 Pine Street, Exeter, NH

Dear Friends,
My colleague, Meg Harper, writes to inform us of a great upcoming concert.  The Young Organist Collaborative (YOC), a program that teaches young people to play the organ, has its annual recital coming up on Saturday, May 12th at 3:00 p.m.  The recital is free and open to the public.

The YOC is a similar model to that of the Young Organists Initiative, the Boston program that has supported the organ studies of Jett Sayess, Olivia Hauck, Sara Francis, Everest Crawford, and others.
Come hear students play the pieces they've been working on all year!  You may be surprised to hear such excellent playing from these young hands (and feet!) on the three-manual Liveley-Fulcher organ at Christ Church.  From soft, colorful adagios to bold and tempestuous fireworks, there's something from every style.  It's bound to be an afternoon of great music-making on the organ, the king of instruments!
Viva la Musica,
Kathleen Adams

Lyricora returns to the Annisquam Village Church!


Let My Love Be Heard
May 6, 4:00 pm
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930

Lyricora presents its Spring 2018 concert series, Let My Love Be Heard, on Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm in Newburyport, MA; Saturday, May 5, 4:00 pm in Chatham, MA; and Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm in Gloucester, MA.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students. Available at the door or online at:

For additional venue details and to purchase tickets, visit Lyricora's website at

Lyricora explores the many facets of love across the ages, from the lively madrigals of the Renaissance to the lush and ethereal harmonies of the 21stCentury. This concert will feature selections by Lauridsen, Paulus, Runestad, Morley, and others. We hope you’ll join us to help celebrate the season of love! Lyricora is a Boston area ensemble dedicated to engaging, educating and entertaining audiences through performances of the highest caliber. The ensemble strives to integrate New England’s rich historical tradition of choral music with new directions in contemporary literature. In concert, Lyricora is dedicated to bridging the gap between listener and performer – presenting programs that are accessible to today’s audiences while maintaining artistic expression and performance.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'The Fisk Connection,' Gloucester Organists perform

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation hosts a performance by six local organists on Saturday, April 14 first half in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church at the corner of Middle and Church Street and the second half next door in St. John’s Episcopal Church. Doors open at 7:00pm; come early for the best seats. The performers are Kathleen Adams, Frances Conover Fitch, Carl Klein, Michael Kraft, Mark Nelson, and Robert Wech. Each one is connected to the work of the late Charles B. Fisk, whose firm located in Magnolia is world-renowned for superb pipe organs in churches, universities and concert halls. The concert will be narrated by Charles Nazarian describing the connection of the players to Fisk, history of the two remarkable instruments, and information about how the pipe organ sounds. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Friday, February 16, 2018

Celtic Music Concert St. Patrick's Day!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
with the Celtic songs of
Michael O’Leary & Friends

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Celtic songs and tunes of Michael O’Leary, Jen Strom, Bob Strom and Steve Levy.

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Levy joins fiddler Jen Strom and guitarist Bob Strom to back up the vocals and kick up the tunes in the warm, intimate acoustic of the historic Annisquam Village Church, March 17 at 7 PM.

Tea and scones follow this festival of song and music.

Erin go bragh! 

AnnisquamVillage Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester  MA  01930
$15 at the door
$5 for 16 and under
$40 per family