The second annual Cape Ann Classic Cars on the Green is happening a little earlier in the fall this year in hopes of giving the antique cars that are the event’s main draw a chance to shine in the sunlight.

“We did it around Columbus Day weekend, and that might have been too late because the day started out wet and gray,” explains Charles Nazarian, president of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, the non-profit organization responsible for the event. “We decided to move it up to September this year, hoping for more summery weather, and Saturday looks like it's going to comply. We’re hoping for a turnout that will fill the Green with classic cars.”

Event organizers are expecting around 60 antique cars will line up along the lawn in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church on the corner of Church and Middle streets in Gloucester for the second year of the event, which will be held on Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will not only get the chance to see some of these unique, classic vehicles up close, but also give a nod to some of their own personal favorites.

“The audience gets to judge the cars based on 9-10 categories, including Best in Show and various other categories,” explains Nazarian. “What we do is tally up the scorecards that people get when entering the Green, and give out nine sets of trophies at the end for the winners.”

Attendees will also get the opportunity to enjoy live Dixieland music from John’s Giddy Gang, hourly tours of the Meetinghouse and performances played on the building's 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe organ. Food vendors will also be present for those taking in the sights and sounds of the day.

“It’s a fun time because there’s food available, music by John’s Giddy Gang — they do a sort of New Orleans-style music — and tours of the Meetinghouse, showing off some of the treasures of the building, built in 1806,” he says.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted for the preservation of the historic church building.

The idea for Cape Ann Classic Cars on the Green derives from Nazarian’s personal interest in antique cars, and the audience reaction he’s witnessed at similar events in the past.

“I go to a lot of car events, and one of the joys of a car event like this is that they are really fun to do for families,” he explains. “Kids love looking at the cars, especially some of the more outrageous 50s-style cars. Its fun for families to go to something like this."

The event is hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, a separate entity from the church dedicated to the preservation of the building as a central piece of the Cape Ann community. The non-profit organization hosted a series of summer concerts on the lawn over the past few months, and has an event lined up for late October that sounds ideal for the Halloween season.

That event will take place on Oct. 26 and will be called “Two Faces of Frankenstein,” featuring two silent film versions of the classic horror story, accompanied by music played by organist Peter Krasinski.

“One is a really early Thomas Edison film about Frankenstein that was rarely seen, filmed with very early film technology, and the other is the more famous Boris Karloff film from the 1930s,” explains Nazarian. “It’s a fun, family-friendly event the Saturday evening before Halloween.”

For more information, visit www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org