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October 24, 2022


JT Farnham's serves up some delicious chowder at the 38th Annual Essex Clamfest (see below for winners!)

Chamber News & Updates

The Successful Return of the Annual Essex ClamFest

The 38th Annual Essex ClamFest is in the books! Congratulations to Woodman's of Essex for grabbing the #1 Judges' award with Ripple on the Water taking the second place award.

However, Ripple on the Water received the coveted top spot in the People's Choice voting, followed closely by The Farm Bar & Grille.

It was a gorgeous day at Shepard Memorial Park and attendees enjoyed shopping, food, music and Great Marsh brews throughout the afternoon. Thank you to all who attended to support the local restaurants and artisans in this great annual tradition.

Congratulations to the Winners of the $25K Game!

Only One Week Left to Take Advantage of the Early Bird Discount on 2023 Publications Advertising Opportunities

Where does the time go? It is hard to believe, but it is already that time of year when we start planning for next season's Greater Cape Ann Guide and Directory, plus the Greater Cape Ann and Rockport Visitor Maps. Take advantage of the 10% Early Bird Discount for display ads booked by October 31, 2022. 

Cape Ann Guide and Map Advertising Contracts:

Rockport Visitors Map Advertising Contracts:

The third edition of Greater Cape Ann Highlights featuring Betsy Frost of Betsy Frost Design in Ipswich and Camille Murphy of Coldwell Banker in Beverly has been released on the ICAM Video on Demand Channel and on YouTube.

If you are interested in having your business featured in an upcoming episode of Greater Cape Ann Highlights, please contact Olivia at

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Member & Community News

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Volunteers Sought to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals 

The Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 is proud to announce that it will again be sponsoring the 2022 Thanksgiving Holiday Turkey Dinner on Thursday, November 24, 2022 to the elderly, shut-in, veterans, and the needy. They served and delivered more than 650 holiday meals last Thanksgiving and with the rising inflation and soaring food prices we anticipate the need for this holiday meal to be even greater. They will be serving to the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton and Wenham.

Learn More about Volunteering or Ordering Meals 

Wanderlust Ball Raises $1.9 million for YMCA of the North Shore

After a 3-year hiatus, the annual fundraising gala, the Wanderlust Ball,  was held on October 1 at the Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA. Proceeds from the gala will help launch and support a new mental wellness initiative called the ONEDoor, a Path to Mental Wellness.

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Donor to match $100,000 for library capital campaign if locals chip in

(From Gloucester Daily Time) An anonymous donor has gifted $100,000 to Sawyer Free 2025 — and will give another $100,000 if locals match the donation by Dec. 31. While the library has already secured $15 million in grants and donations, it still needs to raise another $13 million to cover the project’s costs, according to a statement from the Sawyer Free Library Foundation.

The latest $100,000 donation came from a private, out-of-town family foundation. The donor first heard about the project through a sponsorship spot by the library foundation on WBUR, said Chad Konecky, a spokesperson for the library foundation.

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Fall for Gloucester

A collaboration between Discover Gloucester and Gloucester Writers Center

Discover Gloucester is excited to announce its guide to Gloucester this autumn, Fall For Gloucester: a collection of articles, stories, poems, and recommendations on what Gloucester and Cape Ann have to offer visitors in the fall. Created by members of the Gloucester Writers Center, these written works provide local perspectives on Gloucester's many autumnal attractions. Fall For Gloucester articles are paired with photographs taken by Gloucester photographer Kendra Dott. Read Full Press Release to Learn More

Business Resources

Please check the Business Resources Category in Chamber Blog for Business Resources available to the Cape Ann region! 

Grants Available from Massachusetts Cultural Council

Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals offers unrestricted grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Application deadline is November 1, 2022. Learn more during a live information session on October 6, or view a virtual info session to learn more.

Every Local Cultural Council (LCC) sets its own local priorities and criteria for its LCC Program grants. Learn about each greater Cape Ann LCC by selecting from the following list::

Essex | Gloucester | Ipswich | Manchester-by-the-Sea | Rockport

Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) awards up to $25,000 to various organizations to fund workplace safety training. Eligible employers within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covered by the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Law (MGL CH. 152) may qualify for funding.

Health Connector for Business Webinar: Affordable, Flexible Health Coverage - next session is November 30 from 12 to 1 PM.

Cape Ann Works: Keep up to date with Cape Ann Works events and announcements and post jobs or search candidates at

The Workforce Training Fund Express Program is designed to help businesses respond quickly to change and keep employees engaged. With bite-size grants for just-in-time training and no waiting periods between grants, Express is our fastest path to funding, enhanced with an even more flexible directory of training options and 6 quick steps to success.

Job Opportunities

GMGI has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scientist.

Three positions are available at Pathways for Children: Teacher Floater Head StartTeacher Assistant Head Start, and Early Childhood Behavior Support Specialist

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