The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation offers an annual series of concerts, symposia, civic events, and tours in Gloucester’s historic 1806 meetinghouse. The summer music program, Music on Meetinghouse Green, brings together outstanding musical talent in a festive nine-week free outdoor concert series with local food vendors that supports Cape Ann’s vibrant non-profit community.
Built in 1806, the Gloucester Meetinghouse is the oldest standing meetinghouse in the city. It is the home of the first Universalist church in America which figured prominently in the fight for religious freedom and the separation of church and state. The architecturally significant building with its Paul Revere bell, Simon Willard clock, and original charter signed by freed slave Gloster Dalton, are among the many historic artifacts that will delight history enthusiasts of all ages. Throughout the year, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation hosts a wide range of concerts, symposia, and civic events many of which are free. Recent symposia have included topics from gun control to sustainability, climate change and urban planning. For the past six years, the Foundation has presented the highly-attended Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program of speakers and presentations. The annual Bach concert and holiday music program are favorites with the Cape Ann community.
Each summer, Meetinghouse Green lights up the outdoors with music and food from around the world in a nine-week free Friday night festival for the whole family. Music on Meetinghouse Green features outstanding musicians playing everything from cool jazz and middle-eastern, with a little classic rock and roll, soul, and rhythm and blues for good measure. Each week one of Cape Ann’s non-profit organizations receives all free-will donations. And a local food vendor offers up a tasty meal often inspired by the origins of the music. Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Church and Middle Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Please visit their website for more information about the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and upcoming events: http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
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