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Harvest Festival prepares to celebrate Gettysburg Address and Episcopal Church

Posted by boston.com  November 20, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Alfred Browne:

Gettysburg Address becomes the main theme of Gloucester’s Middle Street Harvest Festival on November 23 rd. Since this year was the 150th Anniversary of St. John’s Episcopal Church Gloucester, as well as being the very month and year of the Gettysburg Address in 1863 the organizers of the Festival felt that this would be a good time to celebrate both events.

The Middle Street Festival will start with a breakfast including pancakes and sausage at 8:00 am at Trinity Church Congregational Church. It will end at approximately  3:00pm with the conclusion of a  Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church given as a fundraiser for the Grace Center. 

In its third year the Middle Street Harvest Festival plans to incorporate a Civil War atmosphere into the different activities during events. As an example :

  • St. John’s Country Cupboard Fair will have their members in Victorian dress, 
  • The Sargent House will have a talk on “women on the home front during the Civil War,”.
  • The Firehouse will discuss the old Fire Engines of the 19th Century compared to       today’s large firetrucks.
  • The Sawyer-Free Library plans to incorporate Victorian games in their activities for children.
  • At the end of Middle Street the Neighborhood Apothecary will have a tasting of old spices and salt used in 19th century cooking.
  • And finally the Grace Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church will incorporate Civil War songs into a choral presentation by Share the Music with the accompaniment  an organ and trumpet. Also during the concert there  will be a reading of the Gettysburg Address.


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