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May 11, 2013

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Book sale to benefit mission projects

A Book Sale will be held today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 27 Church St., Merrimac. Funds raised benefit mission projects.

Events at St. Paul’s Church

Today, 2 to 3 p.m.: St. Anna’s Chapel: a historic restoration in process.

A tour and discussion of the history and restoration of this Civil War-era chapel located in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Church. The chapel has been undergoing repair and restoration since 2008. It was completed in 1863 in memory of Anna Marie Horton, the only child of rector William Horton, who died in 1857. The chapel contains some of the oldest stained glass in New England, recently been re-installed. Meet at the front steps of the chapel. $5 donation requested toward restoration.

Tomorrow, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: “Colonial Ladies, Housewives and Slaves.”

Join us for the annual narrative history tour of the Colonial cemetery that surrounds St. Paul’s Church. This year the focus will be on the lives of women buried there, as well as discussions of gravestone art, symbolism and poetry over two and half centuries. Hear the stories of the Colonial ladies who married the merchant princes and ship captains, the housewives who managed households and raised children, and the slave women who toiled in servitude. Gather at the front doors of the church. Admission is free.

Garden Party and Tea in Groveland

St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will host a Garden Party and Tea today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. inside in their Parish Hall at 119 Washington St. Master Gardener Dugie Russell of North Beverly will entertain and educate with his award-winning slide presentation about raised gardens. All welcome. Be our guest for tea, homemade goodies and celebration of God’s abundance. No charge but please RSVP to 978 373-1270.

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