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The new reality right now is a lot of time at home.  Jen Coles, professional home designer and mother of four who lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, writes that this new home-based reality can be an opportunity.  Just break it down and take it step-by-step.  (And there are cupcakes involved.)

This lovely letter of “Thanks” came in from Sue Thorne, co-chair of Manchester’s 375th Committee last week, after deadline for the printing of last week’s newspaper.  That night came the president’s announcement of the Coronavirus pandemic that began to change everything.  We’re running it now because it’s important.  We were lucky to have shared such a wonderful evening of celebration with so many people, together—not long ago, yet now it feels distant.

It was a great big mix of attendees Saturday at Manchester-by-the-Sea's 375th Anniversary Gala cocktail party and auction, held at the Essex Country Country Club.  The food and drink were outstanding, and the general feel of the evening was light and happy, following a stellar early spring d…

Many pet owners worry for the safety of their beloved animals when it comes to coyotes.  But their fear is misplaced if proper safety precautions are taken.  The real danger, writes Jim Behnke, lies in the coyote’s increasing habituation with humans and the misconceptions many have about these wild animals.

Katherine Lane Weems, who lived much of her life in Manchester, was one of this country’s most accomplished sculptors of the 20th century and a major figure on Boston’s North Shore for many years. She is best known for her larger-than-life size animal pieces, many of which can be found in and around Boston, including the bronze Dolphins of the Sea (1979) at the New England Aquarium. 

A special Valentine’s handblown glass pop-up for the Bubble Factory of Essex transformed GLADSTONE on Union Street into a fantasy of delicate color last week.  James McLeod, founder of the Bubble Factory (and head of the 3D - Glass Department at Mass College of Art) came over from his large …

All of Manchester-by-the-Sea's Family Fun Day celebration went off without a hitch the weekend before Valentine’s Day at the American Legion Hall.  There were games, face painting for the kids, ice cream sundaes and plenty of music for everyone who attended.  Here, Karen Snider, Cindy MacDou…

Manchester’s Bob Fulford was one of the original organizers and coaches of Manchester’s co-ed recreational youth (grades 3, 4, 5, and 6) basketball program.  As recognition of this long tenure of service, Bob was honored and formally recognized for all these years of service when the official name of the program’s end-of-season Championship Tournament became the “Bob Fulford Winter Basketball Tournament.” 

Committee Co-Chairs Sue Thorne and Tom Kehoe have been working with a team of 25 residents to coordinate a series of events throughout the year. Thanks to the hard work of the 375th Celebration Committee, each month will bring new events and a reason to gather together as a community.

Approximately 60 family and friends attended an interfaith ceremony for veterans from Manchester, Beverly, Ipswich, Lynn and several other communities in this year’s “Four Chaplains Sunday” marking the 77th anniversary of the day the SS Dorchester carrying 902 men sank after being hit by a German U-boat, in which four WWII Army chaplains removed their own lifejackets so others could be saved, choosing to go down with the 672 men who perished that day.

The first sailor’s valentine I ever saw was on Nantucket.  It was impossibly delicate and sweetly beautiful.  The little plaque below it explained that these wondrous tokens of affection were brought back by sailors during the nineteenth century after months, if not years, at sea.  I imagined lovesick men beach combing in the early morning hours for just the right shells, evenings spent by candlelight carefully sewing these tiny perfections to cotton backing and then carefully constructing the octagonal wooden box in which it was encased and then somehow finding the perfect heart shaped clasp to seal and protect their love on its journey home to someone special.

Artist Amy Furman will be featured in an exhibit this month at Gladstone in Manchester.  Furman attended Massachusetts College of Art and graduated in 1975 with a B.F.A. in painting. During the summers of her sophomore and junior years, she studied with James Gahagan, a former student of Hans Hoffman, in Vermont. This experience led her to the decision to become a painter.