5.21.2014

2014 ANNUAL ANNISQUAM SEWING CIRCLE PLANT SALE

Don't miss the ANNISQUAM SEWING CIRCLE'S ANNUAL PLANT SALE on Saturday, May 24th from 8 am to NOON!

The PLANT SALE includes a wide array of the freshest, brightest Annuals and Perennials from a leading, local garden center. There will be hanging baskets, bedding plants, rose bushes ~ all chosen to thrive on Cape Ann. You'll also find precious perennial plant treasures dug from our member's gardens at a bargain prices!

Entertaining Memorial Day Weekend? Likewise not to be missed is our BAKE SALE TABLE with delicious pies, cakes, and savory treats. Many items will be prepared from recipes in our award-winning Annisquam Sewing Circle Cookbook, " A Circle of Recipes,” which celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the Sewing Circle. “A Circle of Recipes” cookbooks will be sold at the sale and make a wonderful hostess gift. Come early for the best selection at this always-popular MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENT! The plant sale is in Annisquam, Gloucester, off Rt. 127. Turn at Leonard Street at the Annisquam Village Church and follow the street to the Village Hall.

11.12.2013

A quick supper or appetizer using greens from the garden!

Crustless Veggie & Cheese Pie


Preheat oven to 400

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large fry or sauce pan
  • Add 1-½ cups finely chopped onion. Cook until tender approx. 3 minutes.
  • Add 1 pound frozen spinach or 2-½ cups fresh, finely chopped greens (kale, chard, mustard greens, spinach). Cook 1 minute.
  • Add finely grated rind of one lemon, ½ cup finely chopped flat parsley, 6 ounces by weigh feta cheese (can use part feta, part cheddar or any other combo you like)
  • In 2 cup measure of bowl combine 1-½ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese or small-curl cottage cheese, 2 eggs, ½ cup finely grated Romano cheese, ½ teaspoon salt, ground black pepper to taste until well blended.
  • Add to onion mix.
You can stop here and bake later.
  • Scrape into 9" or 10" pie plate.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Brush each of 8 thawed sheets of fillo dough with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Crumple each as you go into nest shape and place on top of filling. 
  • Return to oven. Bake 10-15 minutes until film is golden brown. 
  • Serve hot or cool. 
Fillo does not stay crispy when refrigerated so eat and enjoy!

10.02.2013

ANNISQUAM ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW 2013

October 12 and 13, 2013
10a - 5p
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street
Gloucester MA 01930-1322

Admission FREE!

The Annisquam Arts and Crafts Show  - now in its 29th year - promises to be one of the most exciting yet.  It will feature a greatly expanded collection of arts and crafts - much of it created especially for this show.  Over 40 different artists will be represented – with work that ranges from landscapes, portraits and abstract watercolors to painted furniture, ceramics, jewelry, knitwear and printed silks.


One of the highlights will be an oil painting entitled Crane Beach by the distinguished artist Dorothy Arnold.  Generously donated by her family, it will be sold by silent auction during the course of the show.


Proceeds from the show will benefit the Annisquam Village Church.

10.01.2013

The Backyard Growers Program on Cape Ann

The Backyard Growers Program (BYG), in partnership with The Food Project, helps low- to moderate-income Gloucester residents create sustainable backyard vegetable gardens. We provide raised beds, compost, garden installation, seedlings, seeds, training, and mentoring.

To read more...


You can LIKE Backyard Growers Program on FaceBook.

Click here to VOTE on FaceBook for the Backyard Growers Program for a $10,000 grant from Tom's of Maine

Now's the time to prune Forsythia




Looks severe?
Here is a photo of the plant a year after the pruning.


 and two years after the pruning. In addition to a more attractive shrub you can starting many cuttings for more plants!


Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, October 12 & October 13
10:00a to 5:00p
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts


Celebrate the beauty of the autumn season and the arts at the Village Hall, where local artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their handcrafted items including pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, children’s toys, homemade treats, photographs and paintings.  

Click here to see some of the 2013 items!

7.29.2013

Annisquam Sea Fair 2013 Beautiful flowers!

Flowers were from the beautiful gardens of Annisquam and donated by Goose Cove Gardens and Russell's Florist - arranged ready for display and for sale by the handful!

To view photos of Sea Fair in 1939








7.24.2013

Big doings on this side of Cape Ann!

Saturday, July 27, 2013


The Annual Sea Fair in the center of the Village of Annisquam (Gloucester) MA from 10 to 3with books, jewelry, hats, the famous Wax Works, fun and games for children of all ages, including a dunk tank and a 'jail', fresh flowers, art work and more! Followed by Diner on the Bridge (tickets available at the Annisquam Exchange, 10-4 thru Friday) and the Illumination of Lobster Cove.

and . . .

The Rummage Sale and Yard Sale at St Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Lanesville (Gloucester), from 9-12 on: Saturday, July 27, 2013 and Saturday, August 3, 2013 with Clothes, Shoes, Books, Music, Puzzles and Nisu (Finnish coffee bread)

Always looking for interesting books so will be checking out both!

7.19.2013

Dixieland Jazz Worship Service


Sunday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. 

Annisquam Village Church

820 Washington St. Gloucester MA 01930

for this spirit-filled, annual service featuring the "Clam Bake Five +1".

7.18.2013

AVC Celebrates THE SWAMI WHO BROUGHT YOGA to the WEST

1893 Swami Vivekananda Brings Modern-Day Pilgrims to Annisquam


Saffron robes and languages ranging from French to Bengali make annual appearances at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester. Modern-day Hindu pilgrims visit the historic Village Church to pay homage and walk in the steps of Swami Vivekananda, the first Hindu monk in America. Vivekananda spoke from the Church's pulpit in 1893, just before he made history at the first meeting of the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago (an adjunct event to the Columbian Exposition) as representative of Hinduism.  It is said that on this sojourn, the 30-year-old monk brought Yoga to the West.

Eloquent and, at the time, exotic, Vivekananda mesmerized his audiences both here and in Chicago, winning new respect for and interest in the religions of the East. He established the Vedanta Societies in America to spread his message of harmony of religions and the inherent divinity of the soul. Vivekananda remained in Gloucester for several weeks, first as a guest of John Henry Wright, a Greek professor at Harvard who helped make the arrangements for his Parliament of Religions appearance. On a later visit, he stayed at the Annisquam residence of Alpheus Hyatt, whose marine biology station on Lobster Cove was the first iteration of the present-day Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Hyatt was the father of Gloucester's renowned sculptor, Anna Hyatt (later Huntington), who would have been 17 at the time of the Swami's visit.  More than 100 years later, devotees of this visionary Hindu man make annual pilgrimages to the Village Church, to touch the stone doorstep and to meditate in the serene space where their leader spoke.

For the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Vivekananda's birth, the Vedanta Societies of Boston and Providence will join with the Annisquam Village Church in an Interfaith Service July 28 at 4:30 pm.  The service will include brief addresses by Swami Yogatmananda of Providence (Hindu Chaplain at Brown University and UMass Dartmouth), and Swami Tyagananda of Boston (Hindu Chaplain at Harvard University and MIT), and the Rev. Deirdre Greenwood White, Pastor of the Annisquam Village Church. Music from both traditions will include preludes of sitar and tabla.  The children of the Village Church will perform a skit portraying the arrival of Swami Vivekananda in Annisquam. A simple Indian meal will follow the service and will include a partial screening of a new documentary about Vivekananda's sojourn in America.

The public is cordially invited to attend the service. Reservations are required for the supper.  To learn more about this historic event, please visit  www.annisquamvillagechurch.org.

WHAT:  Historic Interfaith Celebration: Vedanta Societies and the Annisquam Village Church
WHERE: Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester 
WHEN:  July 28, 2013 4:30 PM
CONTACT: www.annisquamvillagechurch.org/ or
978.281-0376 or email avchurch820@gmail.com