Fire Deterrence Project completed to protect the iconic Meetinghouse in the heart of Gloucester's Historic District. To ensure that the whole building remains protected during a power outage a 50KW generator was installed.
Green Envelope Project continues with work to structurally enhance, weatherproof and restore the Meetinghouse tower and further insulate the building shell. Thanks to an extraordinary gift from the Hintlian family of three hectares of land, cultivated with highly carbon-absorbing trees by Reforest the Tropics in Costa Rica, the Meetinghouse has the distinction of being a Carbon Neutral building. It demonstrates how the best historic preservation and energy conservation practices can complement each other.
Complete interior restoration next; restoring our 600-seat venue with superb acoustics, hopefully in time for Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary celebrations in 2023.
Restoration of Meetinghouse Green advanced with completion of a comprehensive Feasibility Study. It includes disease-resistant Elms, grid supported lawn to facilitate event parking, ADA access walks, and restored period fencing with wrought iron entrance gates. This will maintain and secure one of the last significant green spaces in Gloucester's city center.
Music on Meetinghouse Green 2020 raised more than $10,000 from weekly on-line gifts plus money given by generous sponsors. Funds were shared with eight local nonprofit organizations that ordinarily would benefit from freewill donations during the outdoor summer music festival.
The annual MLK Day celebration featured Boston civil rights leader Byron Rushing plus the launch of the Cape Ann Slavery and Abolition website and our Family Movie and Crafts Day again delighted a multi-generational audience. This was the last live event held before the pandemic. The Bach Birthday and Holocaust Remembrance concerts were postponed.
Our climate initiative, TownGreen2025, began a new partnership with the Cape Ann Climate Coalition to develop a visionary, multi-community approach toward mitigating the effects of climate change. They commissioned a Climate Action Study by the Harvard GSD; details at towngreen2025.org