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Last week at the Ancient Burial Cemetery in Essex volunteers brought to life the village of “Chebacco Parish” (the name of Essex back more than 200 years ago when it was a parish within neighboring Ipswich). Tour participants got to experience the burial ground and see life in the 1700s to t…

A couple weeks back, Ted Watkinson from the Shipbuilding Museum checked in with us and shared some great photos from a trip the museum had taken with a group of students from Topsfield Vocational Academy.  (This was the same group that built the clamming skiff profiled in the September 27edi…

Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA), one of the nation’s premier outdoor painting competition and festivals, will return to the North Shore for nine days this fall, October 6 through October 14, with more events and more community involvement than ever before. 

The moon will nearly be full and so will the streets of downtown Manchester when the community comes together to sip, shop, and donate on October 10from 5–8 p.m. for the first annual “Moonlight Stroll For A Cause.”

A little over a year ago, the Cape Ann Museum reached out to Steve Rosenthal, renowned photographer, architect and Manchester-by-the-Sea resident.  In planning the exhibition “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter's Journey, 1869-1880,” currently on display at the museum, show curators Martha Oaks and William R. Cross (notably, also a resident of Manchester) wondered if he might creatively capture Winslow Homer’s Cape Ann through modern photography.

We extend an invitation to the women of Manchester and greater Cape Ann area to this meeting to consider joining the Club. MWC is a 112-year-old organization dedicated to giving back to our community. Our motto is “To Will Is To Do.” The Manchester Woman’s Club (MWC) will open their 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, September 17 at the First Parish Chapel Hall at 12:00 p.m.

GLADSTONE fine jewelry and fine art gallery is pleased to be showcasing the work of Zufar Bikbov, an acclaimed plein air painter, in conjunction with the upcoming Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival in October. The exhibition opened on August 20 and will be on view through October 12. 

This past Saturday, mycology (a.k.a. the study of fungi) expert Gary Gilbert led an interesting class and walk on common edible mushrooms, their look-alikes, and how to identify them. Walking along the wooded paths, Gilbert pointed out the mushrooms as he saw them, both on the ground and up on fallen tree trunks, some large, others tiny.  His knowledge of fungi is vast, allowing the group to share in the experience and learn more about the common and often overlooked organisms around them.

It’s been a little over one month since the Antique Table gave Manchester a little taste of what is to come at its “soft opening” on August 2.  Now, the anticipated eatery serving extra-fresh Italian fare is open in the space that until January was Paul Barclay’s 7 Central Public House, and the new restaurant is humming with an edited-but-growing menu of staples and seasonal favorites.  Executive Chef and owner Abraham Gallego says an “antique table” evokes everything he loves about food — a common table, history, great food that is celebrated and enjoyed together.

In the weeks before Festival By The Sea, a group of Manchester retailers successfully tested out coordination by hosting a summer soiree that transformed the downtown area into a fun, evening stroll for shoppers.  It was a huge success and prompted the festival that followed. Now, this group has formalized and will offer a series of downtown shopping events designed to be an “invitation to shop and dine together,” starting next week with Manchester by-the Sea’s Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, September 14  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will combine end-of-summer deals and a lot of fun. 

This weekend, the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts of Rockport will be closing out their season with two free performances by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company on Friday and Saturday.  The performances will mark the end of Windhover’s summer season and they come as part of a celebratory tour to honor founder Paul Taylor’s life and work following his death at age 88 in August 2018. 

Holding the fort down for one last week.  From left, Cagney Pallazola, Whitney Hammond and Emma Cochand manning the entrance to Singing Beach parking lot.  The season retires for all three on Labor Day.  See you next year! 

With Labor Day weekend upon us, summer is slowly slipping away.  Here, during the last week before the holiday, beachgoers on Singing Beach enjoyed a beautiful (if not a bit chilly by the season’s standards) and quiet day.  The beach was hardly packed, but come Friday, the town’s parking att…

In her latest musings on cooking, life and personal memories, Rosalie Harrington takes us into her past and shows us that new ideas about “farm-to-table” cooking are not new at all, though they are still important for those connected to fresh eating. 

Expect live music, food, games, old-fashioned relay races, face painting and a pie-eating contest at Essex Family Day next weekend on September 7 at Centennial Grove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event is part of the town’s yearlong celebration of its bicentennial anniversary.

Ed Gavin, left, and Gordon MacDougal, right, enjoyed the Council on Aging (COA) monthly luncheon held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. This month, the luncheon was held at Tuck’s Point with ribs, chicken, potato salad, garden salad, rolls, beverages and dessert all for $8.00. These lunch…

On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, the Cape Ann Symphony will open with “Classics in the Movies,” to be performed in Manchester-by-the-Sea and then Ipswich. At the two concerts, Cape Ann Symphony will present Eric Wolfgang Korngold's incredibly dramatic, gorgeous, not-to-be-…