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A Septober to Remember

Not ready to say goodbye to subverting the Coronavirus by having small, safe gatherings outdoors? Neither is Jen Coles, who suggests the best month of the year is the latter half of September and first half of October - Septober! In this week’s “At Home Now,” Jen extolls the virtues of a good fire pit as a means of keeping those social gatherings going now that summer is at an end. She isn’t the only one embracing the great outdoors before winter settles in:

 • The Cape Ann Plein Air Festival will return at the start of October. Event organizers and participants are an adaptable group - they made it work last year despite the soggy weather -- and they look to do it again this fall, with three live demonstrations planned and online exhibits and sales for the artists’ work from previous years.

 • The town of Manchester recently announced key funding for community preservation and small businesses. The Manchester Community Preservation Committee will hold an online meeting on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. to begin the application process for CPA funding, which would support housing, open space, recreation and historic preservation projects.  The town announced that CDBG funds of up to $10,000 are now available for micro-businesses in Manchester that have struggled as a result of COVID-19.


In Case You Missed It...


Cape Ann Plein Air Competition is Back Again

This past weekend, Norma Torti, a New Hampshire seacoast artist specializing in representational oil paintings, led a group of students for… Read more


At Home Now: Keeping the Embers of Summer Burning

Bring it on Septober! I’m not finished with my outdoor-socially-distanced-appropriately-sized-small-gatherings yet, so your brisk weather d… Read more


Local Artist, Lydia Anoz Glidden, Exhibits Work At Gibson Sotheby's Realty’s New Office In Manchester

Local artist, Lydia Anoz Glidden, will be showing off her artwork in Gibson Sotheby's new office located on Central Street in downtown Manc… Read more


MHA and MAHT Engage A Development Consultant

In August, the Manchester Housing Authority (MHA) and the Manchester Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) hired a housing development advisory c… Read more


Announcing New Grant Support For Local Small Businesses

Updates from the MBTS Town Administrator, Gregory T. Federspiel. Read more


Essex Library News

The Library’s Book Group will be discussing “A Burning” by Megha Majumdar at its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29.  All are welcome.  Read more


What Happens When Books And Sketches Go Outside

Last Wednesday afternoon the TOPH Burnham Library in Essex felt normal, in a great way.  Read more


Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

As Dorothy said in the “merry old land of OZ,” which was as different from Kansas as it could be, she was in a new world. We are in that ne… Read more


Manchester Library Notes

Updates from the Manchester Public Library covering the past week. Read more


Tips to Take a Safe and Affordable Fall Road Trip

As American families continue to track developments of the pandemic, many are opting for regional travel experiences this fall. Here are so… Read more

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