All married couples on the North Shore -- those married in a religious ceremony and those married civilly -- are invited to gather together Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. (rain date June 17), at the Rotary Pavilion, Peabody Institute Library, at 15 Sylvan Street, for a glorious celebration of marriage and vow renewal ceremony, hosted by Calvary Episcopal Church. The ceremony is part of this year's Danvers Family Festival.
Free and open to the public (all faiths welcome!), the event will feature a festively decorated Pavilion, an elegant string quartet that includes Roland Vasquez on violin, Eve Boltax on viola, Junko Simons on cello, and Janet Glasser, Calvary's music director, and the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas -- rector of Calvary -- who will preside over the marriage vow renewal ceremony and present each couple with a marriage blessing and a signed Vow Renewal certificate.
Immediately following the outdoor ceremony, couples, their families, and friends, are invited to attend a free reception, across the street, on Holten Street, at Calvary Episcopal Church, in Parish Hall.
Cakes for Occasions -- Danvers' own, nationally recognized boutique-style gourmet cake and pastry shop -- will have a resplendent four-tiered wedding cake on display and is donating delicious chocolate and vanilla wedding cupcakes for the celebration. Calvary parishioners will have an array of tasty edibles available to fill out the menu of light refreshments.
On display at the Calvary reception will be one of the original Church marriage registries, harking back to 1915, which contains the strikingly beautiful copper-plate signatures of those marking their early marriage dates. Included in the registry is the May 1942 record for Thayne and Karin Symmes, a couple who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and who are still, to this day, vibrant and active members of the church.
Calvary Episcopal Church was established in 1858.