As Oscar Wilde once said, “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” For this edition, Mark Stolle of Manchester By the Book and Hannah Harlow of The Book Shop of Beverly Farms have offered their picks for the best summer reads.
Sad to say, much of the planning for events to celebrate our 375th anniversary has been significantly sidetracked by the COVID-19 pandemic. But one thing that has not been deterred by this virus has been the incredible and enthusiastic response and support from the community. The Committe…
It happens every spring. They spawn in the freshwater estuaries of Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, and the Hudson River and then migrate north to Cape Ann waters and beyond. The “schoolies” begin arriving in May followed by the bigger fish in June. By late September the pattern reverses as they head south to over-winter in warmer waters.
It’s a new reality for real estate, and as local real estate agents in Manchester and Essex have adapted to a very new way of selling homes they’re finding that home buyers are meeting them at the “new normal” and making it work.
Maybe you’ve seen our “Keep Calm and Shipoopi” sign downtown. It was hung as encouragement for all who have participated in a The Music Man production- from acting to attending- but especially for our cast and crew of last summer. In May of 2019 the youth in our program showed up for a production they knew very little about. A younger than usual cast, they were called to step into roles that were more challenging than they expected. They embraced the challenge and gave their all through the hottest days of June and July.
On Monday, May 25 there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony in Manchester, but not a parade. The ceremony will begin at 10 am at the Amaral Bailey American Legion on Church Street, behind Town Hall. The Legion building will NOT be open to the public. No food will be served.
The pretty yellow house just before the bridge on Harbor Street was built in 1771. In 1725 the land belonged to shoreman Nathaniel Marsters. His family is traced back in town to the early 1650s. Nathaniel granted the town a path past his house to what we know as Tuck’s Point.
Tina Doherty, the Manchester Essex Middle School art teacher, asked students to participate in the Getty Museum Challenge, the viral program that features people mimicking well-known (and some not-so-well-known) works of art.
What could be better than a win-win situation? How about a win-win-win?
Beren Schmidt and Drew Cressey, sophomores at MERSD, wanted to do their part to support the work of our local hospital and decided to make it a triple effort - support a local, family business, earn money for Beverly Hospital, and brighten up their neighbors' days with cheerful pansy blooms.
We planned this, our second edition of “Postcards Home” last year when Manchester residents Chris and Jenn Ware told us they were heading out in their Deerfoot 2-62 on a grand trip to sail around the world. Well, we said, would they be interested in writing home about their journey? When the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, we immediately thought of Chris and Jenn. How were they? Where were they? Has the spread of the virus impacting their trip? Well, Jenn and Chris have replied....
The Manchester 375th Committee has planned two community events to celebrate and mark the incredible efforts of our community’s safety officials and first responders who have been so critical during a challenging time in public safety.
LOBSTER COVE, 7:30 a.m. After a two-day pummeling of cold rain—and, at one point over the weekend, even a quick brush of snow!—the skies seemed okay to head out for a walk. Early seemed good, with social distancing and all. Again, at Lobster Cove, which typically is not a common walking r…
With beaches, parks and many reservations closed for the time being, we still have a need to be outside, enjoying nature during this season. Manchester’s Open Space and Recreation Committee reminds you that there are many trails in beautiful early-spring woodlands still open to the public if one observes social distancing recommendations.
Alexis Harwood, the woman behind Helen’s Bottle Shop on School Street in Manchester, put a lot of care into curating a space that feels this way. It’s not to make you buy wine, writes Kris McGinn Straub. Not at all. She is far more concerned with your experience. And it’s an experience whether you just drink one of the wines she has selected and delivered to you, or if you peek into the store when we’re all done sheltering in our respective places.
A reader recently sent in the following shot of a “bulletin board” to encourage their local Friend Street neighborhood in Manchester during this time of social distancing. The particular neighbor who sent this in isn’t sick with COVID-19, but does have a serious medical condition and shared…
Manchester-Essex Regional High School Junior Sylvie Oldeman has not let this time of social distancing keep her down. Last week she organized a virtual talent show for our community in support of efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is planned for Saturday, April 18th on YouTube.
Bravo-by-the-Sea will be the official cantina of Singing Beach this year. Last week, on Wednesday, the sign was still wet on hatch when we got this photo, so we posted it, saying, “It’s good to think thoughts of Summer.” Yes, nice indeed.
The current COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting nearly every aspect of our lives, including, sadly, our ability to worship in public. Each of our churches has suspended worship services for the time being, even as we hope and pray that the current public health crisis will be contained reasonably soon.
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.)