Each year on the Saturday before our In-Gathering service we gather together for the Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake/Church Picnic. Named after a treasured UUCMer, it’s a great way to catch up with everyone and meet newcomers. Feel free to being along a friend as well!
Clam Chowder, Corn Chowder, Salad, Drinks and Dinnerware are provided. Feel free to bring food to share, particularly sides and desserts and your own drinks.
Lobsters may be ordered for $15.00 each. Scholarships are available for those in need. Please email Rev. Wendy at email@example.com.
RSVPs are IMPORTANT so we are sure to have enough chowder, salad and drinks. They are ESSENTIAL if you are ordering lobster. So, everybody pleaseRSVP by Thursday, September 8th.
Donate: In the past we’ve charged $5 for those just wishing chowder and salad but we’d like to make this more welcoming so we’ve done away with this and are inviting everyone who would like to celebrate UUCM’s radical hospitality to donate generously and those who need that $5 to help ends meet to come and enjoy knowing that everyone is welcome!
Doors open at 6 PM. $10 admission includes food and drinks. Arrive early to browse silent auction items and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Purchase a card from the Lucky 52 deck for $20.00. A lucky card is drawn at the start of the live auction, and winner has the choice of any item posted in the live auction prior to bidding. You may be the lucky one to select from Red Sox tickets, summer sails, an array of delicious gourmet meals, a beauty package, a spa package, car care, or an evening out, with babysitter-if needed. Theatre tickets, dinner gift certificates to a local restaurant are just a few of the items up for auction.
Useful services up for bid include: pet sitting, dog walking, tarot card reading, and a massage provided by a licensed physical therapist. Not to be missed are the items that you carry home as the top silent bidder: hand-made jewelry, knit clothing, local art and museum passes to name a just a few. Join a sing-along of Broadway tunes beginning at 7PM under the direction of our musical genius, Karen Gahagan, tickling the ivories of our grand piano.
Live auction begins at 7:30 PM. Something for everyone is available, whether you enjoy the fun and excitement of Craig Gariepy’s fast paced bidding during the live auction, familiar tunes of Broadway, or the quiet bidding of the silent auction. It will be a fun filled evening of laughter, good cheer and awesome company.
Parking is available at the Gerry School Parking Lot on Elm Street, Marblehead.
The Celebration of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead’s Three Hundredth Anniversary begins its fall program with a walking tour of the old town. Teaming with Old North Church, who is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Rev. Barnard’s installation, the tour will include comments about how our congregation separated from Old North, and comments on the buildings that were already in place in the early 1700s. Marblehead historian Judy Anderson will conduct the tours.
Over two weekends in October, the tour will illustrate how Marblehead evolved geographically southward, from the tip of the mainland peninsula around the Little Harbor at the foot of the Burial Hill, down along the main harbor, to what would become the center of town by the early and then the mid-1700s. The tour will highlight the importance of the Old Town House as a significant early civic building in America. This venerable historic and architecturally high-style structure will be viewed especially in relation to the two meeting houses that preceded it
The walking tour is offered in honor of 300th anniversaries for the town’s three early churches: Marblehead’s Old North Church Congregational (originally the “First Church,”gathered in 1635 and officially established in 1684), whose most notable and long-serving minister arrived in 1715 and became a catalyst for revival of the overseas fish trade that created Marblehead’s economic prosperity up to the Revolution; the Unitarian Universalist Church (formerly the “Second Church,” established in 1716), which became Unitarian a century later under a progressive young minister who championed essential social services for the community; and a third church, St. Michael’s Anglican (then Episcopal after the Revolution), which marked its Tercentenary last year.
The two 18th-century Congregational churches were one until 1716, when two capable candidates for an associate pastor position prompted a division of the congregation. One would lead a new church in the rapidly growing community. Two decades later, he would be appointed president of Harvard College and would serve there for thirty-two years. The other would serve the founding congregation and the community for more than half a century. They would die within a year of each other, in 1769 and 1700, at age 80 and 89. But each witnessed the full flourishing of the commercial seaport whose well-being both had nurtured and to which each had come exactly three centuries ago.
Tour participants will gain an understanding of the evolution of the town’s built environmentfrom the 1600s to the 1840s. Beyond that, they will learn more about Marblehead’s social and architectural history within the context of civic, spiritual and humanitarian developments during the dynamic town’s first two centuries.
The same 90-minute walking tour will be given four times over two weekends. No reservations are needed.
DATES: Saturday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 18 at noon.
WHERE: Tours will start at the gazebo on top of Old Burial Hill. End at the UU Church at 28 Mugford Street. (Important note: Sunday, October 18 only, meet at the UU Church, 28 Mugford St., and end at the Burial Hill, where the town’s government and church congregations began.)
COST: Suggested contribution of $5 or $10 to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Old North Church, or a website about Marblehead architecture. (Participants can choose.)
Each year on the Saturday before our In-Gathering service we gather together for the Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake Church Picnic.
Named after a treasured UUCMer, the picnic will be held from 4 pm until dusk on the church patio. It’s a great way to catch up with everyone and meet newcomers. Feel free to being along a friend as well!
Clam chowder, corn chowder, salad, drinks & dinnerware are provided.
Workday at the UUCM, sponsored by the Buildings and Grounds Committee- April 25 from 9-12. Hopefully the snow and ice will be gone and we can start to clean up the outside (and the inside if there are enough volunteers) before the guests from Family Promise visit us in mid May. There will be a major repair effort to the front of Stetson (if it has not been done beforehand), but another task is to put the yard back together after the winter’s damage is revealed.
Usually, and unfortunately, not many people are able to show up for these events, but we remain hopeful that trend will change with the weather. As is true with so many projects, the more people who appear the more work can be accomplished. It is a struggle, especially after such a stretch of challenging weather, to see the old building in need of so much maintenance; but we must continue to whittle away at the list. At this stage it will not cost us much money, just time and energy, and we all have those tools.