Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Eve Service 5:30 pm

Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street
(Rt 127, 3 miles from Grant Circle)
Gloucester MA  01930
Christmas Eve Service 2016
Saturday December 24th, 5:30 pm
All are Welcome!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Concert by Kevin Birch on the Adams Organ


T H E  C A P E  A N N  M U S E U M
p r e s e n t s   Kevin Birch
in Concert on the Adams Organ at the
A N N I S Q U A M   V I L L A G E   C H U R C H
820 Washington Street, Rt 127, Gloucester  MA
  Friday, November 4       7:00 PM
Celebrating the sounds of the instruments, this special concert, held at the Annisquam Village Church, is offered in conjunction with Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, on view at the Cape Ann Museum from October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017.
Organist Kevin Birch will perform on both the Jeremy Adams organ and a clavichord, also built by Adams. The two manual, thirteen-stop mechanical (tracker) action organ with trompe l’oeil pipe shades referencing baroque instruments in Brittany, exemplifies the bold and individual voicing for which Adams is known. The delicate sound of the clavichord invites another level of listening, and underscores a range of sound and color which, for centuries, has given rise to great compositions and music-making.

Birch has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa with previous studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) and the New England Conservatory (Boston).  

Birch will play works from the Mulliner Book (composed between 1545 and 1570), Tielman Susato (1510-c.1570), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1521), Klaas Bolt (1927-1990), Louis Marchand (1669-1732), Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).  A reception follows the concert. 

The Annisquam Village Church was established as the Third Parish of Gloucester in 1728 is located at the head of Lobster Cove at the corner of Washington and Leonard Streets in Gloucester. The 1830’s building is renowned for its graceful beauty and extraordinary acoustics.
This program is $10 for Museum and American Guild of Organists (AGO) members / $15 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased by calling (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Concert with Organist Kevin Birch on Adams Organ

CONCERT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
7:00 p.m.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH
820 Washington Street, Gloucester MA  01930
Kevin Birch, organ and clavichord

This special concert, held at the Annisquam Village Church, is offered in conjunction with Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker,  on view at the Cape Ann Museum from October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017.  
Organist Kevin Birch will play the Adams Organ, built in 1986, and a clavichord (also built by Adams, in 1999). The thirteen-stop, double manual, mechanical (tracker) action organ with its trompe l'oeil pipe shades that reference baroque instruments in Brittany, exemplifies the bold and individual voicing for which Adams is known. The fretted, bi-chord clavichord, historically used as a practice instrument by organists, is inspired by a 1796 instrument of Manuel Carmo, offering a contrasting intimacy of sound.

Birch has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa with previous studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam) and the New England Conservatory (Boston). He serves as Organist and Director of Music at St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor.  He is Executive Director of St. John's Organ Society and is a faculty member at School of the Performing Arts, University of Maine. 

The Annisquam Village Church was established as the Third Parish of Gloucester in 1728 to serve people living in the areas of Annisquam, Bay View, Lanesville and Sandy Bay. Located at the head of Lobster Cove at the corner of Washington and Leonard Streets, the 1830's building is renowned for its graceful beauty and extraordinary acoustics.

This program is $10 for Cape Ann Museum and American Guild of Organists Society (AGO) members / $15 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased by calling (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at EventbriteAdvance tickets are required.

Voicing the Woods has been generously sponsored by Jerry and Margaretta Hausman, Hinda Simon, Bettie Cartwright, Gregory and Stevie Neal, Robert M. Russell and Jane Deering Gallery.

Jeremy Adams Organ, 1986. Annisquam Village Church, Gloucester, MA.
Photograph 2016 by Paul Cary Goldberg.

Reception - VOICING THE WOODS: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker

OPENING RECEPTION

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1016
3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Free admission

CAPE ANN MUSEUM
27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


This exhibition showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. Photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg complement the instruments and document Adams’s studio and work process, highlighting some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and underscoring the breadth and volume of his work.

The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ chest, a 1995 clavichord and a selection of harpsichords, each built in its entirety by Adams in his Danvers, Massachusetts workshop. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’s furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.
A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

CAPE ANN MUSEUM
(978) 283-0455
info@capeannmuseum.org

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thank You!

To all ye who followed the Devoted Footsteps of the Third and Fifth Parishes of Cape Ann! 

We thank you for helping us to realize…but even more, to surpass our vision for “Devoted Footsteps.” Once we said to ourselves, "We could talk about this forever;  let’s do it!”, it was very quickly apparent how MANY helping hands would be required!

We relied on historical researchers, script writers, publicists, musicians, actors, costumers, cooks, kitchen managers, volunteers for dining setup/cleanup, photographers, transportation facilitators, trail guides, ministers, youth leaders, and friendly neighbors who were only too happy to host an English tavern song and a good old-fashioned shuttle race.  Not to mention the spirited participation of all who attended, and rallied friends and family to come along.  And Mother Nature was certainly a generous contributor to our “devoted footsteps” this past Sunday!

Hats off to all! 

Sincerely,

Kathleen Adams and Kristina Martin

P.S.
Friends of Dogtown have scheduled other walks October 1 & 2. For more information:

For more photos & for videos: https://www.facebook.com/DogtownFootsteps/

Thursday, September 22, 2016

DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS - September 25, 2016

Friends, please join us on our little pilgrimage. 
DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS is open to all.
Please forward this message to your neighbors and friends.  
Kathleen Adams, Music Director

A Living History event in commemoration of our 18th century forbears


8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Living History Devotional at the Annisquam Village Church

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Guided hike* along historic Dogtown path from the Village Church to the Rockport Congregational Church. Refreshments, music, and dramatic surprises along the way!
Designated exit points and transportation will allow for an optional shorter hike.

(10:00 a.m. ~ Worship Service  All who are not hiking are welcome to attend. Annisquam Village Church)

*Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Protective clothing and insect repellent is very highly recommended. All hikers must sign a waiver of liability.

12:00 noon
Living History Devotional and Lunch at the Rockport Congregational Church
Walk the paths of Cape Ann's early settlers, from 1728 to 1755, as they journeyed through the woods of Dogtown to Sunday Meeting.
We invite people of all ages to join in any or all parts of this commemorative event.

For more info - 978.283.6416 Annisquam Village Church or 978.509.4995 / Rockport Congregational Church

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Devotional at the Annisquam Village Church
An 18th c. meal of porridge, biscuits and cider
                         
9:00 a.m 
Walk begins  (estimated 2.5 hours on a well-cleared, easily trod path)
Start at the AVC, follow Revere St. to Norton Memorial Forest for an historical moment before entering Dogtown woods.
(Cars will be arranged to transport non-hikers to and from this point )
Supplies:
Please wear appropriately protective clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Bring water, bug repellent, and rain protection if necessary.

12:00 p.m. 
Walk finishes with Luncheon and Devotional at the Rockport Congregational Church
(Cars arranged to transport those who desire to ride from the end of the wooded trail at the top of Squam Rd. to the RCC.)


Map of the "Devoted Footsteps Walk"

DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS - September 25, 2016

Friends, please join us on our little pilgrimage. 
DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS is open to all.
Please forward this message to your neighbors and friends.  
Kathleen Adams, Music Director

A Living History event in commemoration of our 18th century forbears


8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Living History Devotional at the Annisquam Village Church

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Guided hike* along historic Dogtown path from the Village Church to the Rockport Congregational Church. Refreshments, music, and dramatic surprises along the way!
Designated exit points and transportation will allow for an optional shorter hike.

(10:00 a.m. ~ Worship Service  All who are not hiking are welcome to attend. Annisquam Village Church)

*Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Protective clothing and insect repellent is very highly recommended. All hikers must sign a waiver of liability.

12:00 noon
Living History Devotional and Lunch at the Rockport Congregational Church
Walk the paths of Cape Ann's early settlers, from 1728 to 1755, as they journeyed through the woods of Dogtown to Sunday Meeting.
We invite people of all ages to join in any or all parts of this commemorative event.

For more info - 978.283.6416 Annisquam Village Church or 978.509.4995 / Rockport Congregational Church

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Devotional at the Annisquam Village Church
An 18th c. meal of porridge, biscuits and cider
                         
9:00 a.m 
Walk begins  (estimated 2.5 hours on a well-cleared, easily trod path)
Start at the AVC, follow Revere St. to Norton Memorial Forest for an historical moment before entering Dogtown woods.
(Cars will be arranged to transport non-hikers to and from this point )
Supplies:
Please wear appropriately protective clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Bring water, bug repellent, and rain protection if necessary.

12:00 p.m. 
Walk finishes with Luncheon and Devotional at the Rockport Congregational Church
(Cars arranged to transport those who desire to ride from the end of the wooded trail at the top of Squam Rd. to the RCC.)


Map of the "Devoted Footsteps Walk"

Thursday, September 8, 2016

DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS - through Dogtown Woods

In the years from 1728 -1755 Cape Anne parishioners demonstrated their spiritual dedication step by step, as they hiked from Rockport and other points, through the northern Dogtown woods to the Third Parish (“Squam”) Meetinghouse now called the Annisquam Village Church. When the Fifth Parish was established in 1755, The First Congregational Church of Rockport was built, and hikers were relieved of their lengthy Sunday morning commute.

Curious about the experiences and inspired by the motivation of earlier congregations, the ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH and the FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ROCKPORT, in collaboration with the FRIENDS OF DOGTOWN, invite you to join in a Living History event entitled “DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS,” a recreation of the parishioners’ path between Rockport and Annisquam.

On Sunday, September 25th at 8:30 a.m. an 18thc. breakfast of porridge and biscuits will be served at the Annisquam Village Church, followed by a brief historical devotional and blessing upon the  hikers. Those who desire will then walk with knowledgeable guides along the easily passable, broad wooded way our forbears most likely trod - approximately a 2.5 hr. hike, newly named “Parishioners’ Path”, and accessible on the Discover Dogtown App available at friendsofdogtown.org. Music and historical apparitions along the way will propel hikers to their destination at the First Congregational Church of Rockport where lunch and a closing devotional will complete the event.

Public and parishioners alike are invited to participate in any and all parts of this commemorative event - just the breakfast and devotional, the noontime devotional and lunch, the hike and lunch, or any combination thereof. Each part is designed to accommodate all ages, but children age 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Well-socialized dogs are welcome. Transportation will be arranged from the churches to the entrance and exit of the wooded trail to assist those wishing an abbreviated hike, as well as to retrieve cars at the end of the event.

For further information, to lend a hand, or to register in advance for these events (which will help us to gauge how many participants to expect for meals and hike) please contact coordinators: Annisquam Village Church, jkadams1@comcast.net (978-283-6416) or
Rockport Congregational Church, kristinamartin@gmail.com (978-509-4995) or
Visit “Dogtown Footsteps” on Facebook or
Register in person after Sunday worship service at either church.

The Rev. Sarah Clark will preside at the 8:30 a.m. devotional, and at 10:00 a.m. will offer the usual worship service at the Village Church, focusing on these ancestral ties. Rev. Derek van Gulden, after hiking Parishioners Path, will preside at the noontime arrival/devotional at the Rockport Congregational Church.

ALL ARE WELCOME

DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS - through Dogtown Woods

In the years from 1728 -1755 Cape Anne parishioners demonstrated their spiritual dedication step by step, as they hiked from Rockport and other points, through the northern Dogtown woods to the Third Parish (“Squam”) Meetinghouse now called the Annisquam Village Church. When the Fifth Parish was established in 1755, The First Congregational Church of Rockport was built, and hikers were relieved of their lengthy Sunday morning commute.

Curious about the experiences and inspired by the motivation of earlier congregations, the ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH and the FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ROCKPORT, in collaboration with the FRIENDS OF DOGTOWN, invite you to join in a Living History event entitled “DEVOTED FOOTSTEPS,” a recreation of the parishioners’ path between Rockport and Annisquam.

On Sunday, September 25th at 8:30 a.m. an 18thc. breakfast of porridge and biscuits will be served at the Annisquam Village Church, followed by a brief historical devotional and blessing upon the  hikers. Those who desire will then walk with knowledgeable guides along the easily passable, broad wooded way our forbears most likely trod - approximately a 2.5 hr. hike, newly named “Parishioners’ Path”, and accessible on the Discover Dogtown App available at friendsofdogtown.org. Music and historical apparitions along the way will propel hikers to their destination at the First Congregational Church of Rockport where lunch and a closing devotional will complete the event.

Public and parishioners alike are invited to participate in any and all parts of this commemorative event - just the breakfast and devotional, the noontime devotional and lunch, the hike and lunch, or any combination thereof. Each part is designed to accommodate all ages, but children age 12 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Well-socialized dogs are welcome. Transportation will be arranged from the churches to the entrance and exit of the wooded trail to assist those wishing an abbreviated hike, as well as to retrieve cars at the end of the event.

For further information, to lend a hand, or to register in advance for these events (which will help us to gauge how many participants to expect for meals and hike) please contact coordinators: Annisquam Village Church, jkadams1@comcast.net (978-283-6416) or
Rockport Congregational Church, kristinamartin@gmail.com (978-509-4995) or
Visit “Dogtown Footsteps” on Facebook or
Register in person after Sunday worship service at either church.

The Rev. Sarah Clark will preside at the 8:30 a.m. devotional, and at 10:00 a.m. will offer the usual worship service at the Village Church, focusing on these ancestral ties. Rev. Derek van Gulden, after hiking Parishioners Path, will preside at the noontime arrival/devotional at the Rockport Congregational Church.

ALL ARE WELCOME

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Devoted Footsteps

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Walk the paths of Cape Ann’s early settlers, from 1728 to 1755, as they journeyed through the woods of Dogtown to Sunday Meeting. We invite people of all ages to join in any or all parts of this commemorative event.

8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Living History Devotional at the Annisquam Village Church

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Guided hike* along historic Dogtown path from the Village Church to the Rockport Congregational Church. Refreshments, music, and dramatic surprises along the way!
Designated exit points and transportation will allow for an optional shorter hike.

The Annisquam Village Church will hold its usual 10:00 a.m. service for those not hiking.

*Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Protective clothing and insect repellent is very highly recommended. All hikers must sign a waiver of liability.


12:00 noon
Living History Devotional and Lunch at the Rockport Congregational Church

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A concert celebrating summerʼs celestial days and nights with Cape Ann's celestial a cappella ensemble - 'Leven

Dear Friends,

ʻLeven has devised an evocative “Book of Hours” for this concert, bringing us through the summerʼs day with their percussive rhythms, close harmonies, catchy lyrics and delivery, and their imaginative way of combining talent and taste.
Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM
The Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

A favorite for years with the Annisquam Village Churchʼs concert audiences, this ensemble sends us “over the moon” with each performance. A surprise mutual event promises an opportunity to go even higher this year. 

The concert ends at just the hour when the Cape Ann Astronomy Club will be setting up their high-powered lenses at Halibut Point. Concert–goers are invited to join others at this ideal viewing spot and, at dayʼs end, to be “lost in the stars”!

Donʼt miss this very special evening. (ʻLeven will give a repeat performance on July 10 in Rockport, but stargazing is on July 9 only).

For more information: jkadams1@comcast.net or visit ʻLeven on Facebook.

Kathleen Adams, Music Director
Annisquam Village Church
SAVE THE DATE FOR
Summer Sky
a concert celebrating summerʼs
celestial days and nights with
Cape Ann's celestial a capella ensemble,
'Leven
Saturday, July 9
Annisquam Village Church
7:30 pm $10. donation
Stargazing option afterwards

Kathleen Adams, Music Director
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