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Fireworks Over Gloucester Harbor | Photo Credit: Judith Monteferrante
CEO and President July Update

With a historic June now behind us, we are in final planning mode for our major summertime events. First, a quick look back at last month – business re-opening was in full gear as many of our hospitality businesses were experiencing mid-summer level traffic.
Love Cape Ann Podcast

Chamber CEO Ken Riehl, 2021 Board President Susan Gould-Coviello, and Interim Events Director Kerry McKenna discuss The Chamber's Annual Celebration and look ahead to what's coming up in July and the rest of the Summer.
Cape Ann Community Foundation
Awards Grants to Eight Cape Ann Area Non-Profits and Community Organizations

Grants funded through the proceeds of Cape Ann license plate sales and renewals are being made to the following organizations and will help support the work they do for our community: CCB Foundation, Inc., Gloucester's City-Owned Cemeteries Advisory Committee, Gloucester Stage Company, NAMI Cape Ann, Rockport Council on Aging, Seaside Sustainability, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Young Legends Street Hockey, Inc.
In July 2021 the Cape Ann Chamber's Health & Wellness Committee Focuses on Safety

Has there ever been a summer so anticipated as 2021? We don't think so! As we emerge from our pandemic cocoons fully vaccinated ready to take advantage of all that Cape Ann has to offer it’s important to keep safety top of mind to be sure we can enjoy ourselves all season long. From beaches, trails, parks, pools, or even your own backyard there are endless opportunities for us to get outside, have fun and get active. What are you most looking forward to?
Tourism Council July Report

The Chamber's Tourism Council helps shape and guide our role in promoting Cape Ann as a premier visitor destination. The June meeting focused on how to best promote the region as a birders paradise during the Winter, Spring and Fall seasons. Other topics of discussion included upcoming Summer events on Cape Ann, updates on Grants that will help to promote the region, and the impacts of Right Whale protection measures on local lobstering, and an offshore wind farm proposal.
Photo Courtesy of the Gloucester Daily Times
Government Affairs Council July Report

The Government Affairs Council leads the Chamber’s focus on economic development and public policy, one of our key platforms. In the June meeting, Essex's special events permitting policy was discussed along with outdoor dining, unemployment-related policy issues in addition to the planning of the Rockport Board of Selectmen Candidate Forum.
Did You Know That we Organize Many of Cape Ann's Most Popular Summer Events?

Let us know if you would like to sponsor any of the events below to promote your business!

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And don’t forget that as a Cape Ann Chamber member you can post your Summer events to our community calendar on and To learn how to post an event, please click here.
We hope to see you at one or all of these fabulous Summer Happenings!
Stop by the Chamber and Pick Up the 2021 Editions of Our Premier Publications!
Every year the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce publishes three premier publications. The Cape Ann Guide & Directory and the Rockport and Cape Ann Visitor Maps. Our 2021 editions and are our best yet! We are in full distribution mode - please stop by the Chamber to pick up more, or we are happy to deliver. It is an essential element of our mission to promote you as our members and to promote our Cape Ann community through these three pieces, and every day at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.  
Advertising Opportunity with Gloucester Bio and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is partnering with member Gloucester Bio regarding a new advertising opportunity on their Smart Hand Sanitizer Station. The Smart Sanitizer Station is currently featured in the Chamber Office and Visitor Center, which sees thousands of visitors a year. The station can be custom wrapped with your business logo or advertisement. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Participation is limited to 4 businesses, $200 each. 
Cross Country Mortgage Ribbon Cutting & Grand Reopening Party
Thursday, July 1 | 3 - 5 PM

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Cross Country Mortgage invite you to attend the grand reopening of Cross Country Mortgage on Main Street in Gloucester! DJ Scottie Mac will be playing the hottest tunes of the summer while you enjoy food and drinks. Be sure to bring a business card to be entered into a raffle for some sweet prizes. The ribbon cutting will take place between 3 and 3:30 PM.
MultiChamber Networking Event
Wednesday, July 7 | 5 - 7 PM
Join us oceanside at historic Misselwood estate in Beverly, for an evening of networking by the sea with local area chamber staff and members from the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce, Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Chamber of Commerce. This FREE event is limited to 200 people, register now! 
Next Gen: Cape Ann Young Professionals
In-Person Networking Event
Thursday, July 8 | 5:30 - 7 PM
Cape Ann's Young Professionals are invited to Gloucester Stage Company's new outdoor wine & beer garden at Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport. This is our first networking opportunity post-COVID and we're gathering to reconnect and explore this new outdoor venue in Rockport together. Gloucester Stage is also offering a special $25 discount ticket to see Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery after the networking event. Use Offer Code: NEXTGEN21 
Endicott Entrepreneurial Virtual Training Series: Essentials of Succession Planning and Management by Rich Weissman
Wednesday, July 14 | 9 - 10 AM 

This workshop is for you if you recognize that great talent is a strategic weapon that can ensure a top-performing organization. Succession planning is for all sizes of firms and is especially meaningful for family businesses so that the legacy can be passed on to the next generation. Whether you are a small family business or a large firm looking to create an inflection point, a thoughtful approach to your talent pipeline will make your business more competitive in a very competitive world.
Business After Hours at The Essex Room's NEW Tidewater Tent
Thursday, July 22 | 5 - 7 PM

Live and in-person networking is back! Join us under the beautiful, new Tidewater Tent at The Essex Room for some summer fun and networking with other local business leaders. Hear all about this brand new, wonderful outdoor event space and everything else that is happening at The Essex Room and Woodman's. We will celebrate this new venue addition with a Ribbon Cutting at 6pm.
Endicott Entrepreneurial Training Series: Design Your Work Life by Katie Kilty

Speaker Katie Kilty led an inspiring discussion and presentation on the ways design thinking can transform our present job and our experience of work. If you missed the seminar, please click here to watch the recording.
2021 Chamber Board of Directors
Mini Retreat

The Chamber's 2021 Board of Directors along with the Chamber Team gathered outside at Shea’s Riverside Restaurant for our annual retreat where we discussed the strengths and areas of improvement for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.
2021 Rockport Board of Selectmen Candidate Forum

In preparation for the June 22 Rockport Board of Selectment Election, we held a candidate forum for the five candidates on the ballot. The forum was moderated by attorney Robert Visnick, hosted by Rockport Inn & suites and recorded by 1623 Studios.
2021 Annual Dinner Celebration

The Chamber welcomed over 160 Cape Ann business and community leaders and their guests, for a beautiful evening on our Nation’s oldest working waterfront. Hosted by Maritime Gloucester, the event honored our new and exiting Board of Directors, and formally welcomed Susan Gould Coviello as our 2021 Board President. A delicious dinner was provided by Burnham’s Catering, and local band Madhouse had the docks rocking!
Riverside Romp Presented by Cape Ann Botanicals & Cape Ann Cannabis

We celebrated the anniversary of Cape Ann Botanicals & Cannabis at their Riverside Romp event in Ipswich. Live music, delicious food by Riverview Pizza and beer from True North Ales were a couple of highlights from the event.
Business After Hours at Rockport Music's Shalin Liu Performance Center

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the Chamber held an in-person Business After Hours networking event. Gathering at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center, our members were finally able to reconnect with friends and colleagues face-to-face, as well as meet new people and business owners. We also heard about all the amazing performances and events that are upcoming for the new reopened Shalin Liu.
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Cape Ann Plein Air 2021 Online Gallery Sale is Now Live!

Cape Ann Plein Air is excited to be showcasing their artists in a Summer online gallery. Click the links below to learn more about the artists and to view and purchase their art.
Essex Heritage Boat Tours Begin This Weekend

Essex Heritage is excited to offer unique boat tours to Bakers Island Light Station and Misery Island this summer. Excursions begin this weekend and continue through Labor Day weekend. In addition to specialty tours, Essex Heritage offers regular tours on weekends.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House Evening Tours
Thursdays in July and August

Celebrate Culture Splash in Gloucester with an early evening tour of Beauport. Visit the summer home of Henry Sleeper, one of America’s first professional interior designers. The tours are held at 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
Complimentary Wine Tastings are Back at Savour Wine & Cheese

The return of Savour's complimentary wine tastings officially kicked off last Saturday, June 26. Wine maven Gary Ballard of MS Walker poured an exciting lineup of very special wines.
Stay tuned for more Savour Saturdays!
The Emerson Inn Featured in the Boston Globe

The Boston Globe recently wrote an article titled, "A Cape Ann Classic Gets a Reboot, Cars get a recharge, and Lark Hotels heads to Saratoga Springs." The article spotlights new owners, Kimberly Voltero and Bart Trach, as well as the new amenities and refreshed look of the guest rooms and suites.
Book a Tour Today With Cape Ann
Foodie Tours

Looking for something fun to do that is full of local historic knowledge and will leave you with a full belly? Take a Cape Ann Foodie Tour with the the most amazing tour guide, Cindy. You will spend 2.5-3 hours exploring Gloucester and its culinary offerings from restaurants, bakeries, olive oil and candy with lots of local knowledge sprinkled in. Cindy has tours all week so be sure to book your reservation today! To learn more, follow Cape Ann Foodie tours on social media or visit the Chamber’s visitor center for tour information.
Pictured in Photo: Backyard Growers Founder & Executive Director, Lara Lepionka accepting the award
Backyard Growers Receives Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Resilience Category by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

This award is in recognition of Backyard Growers' fast, creative work pivoting their programs in response to Covid-19 in order to continue to connect our community with the resources to grow their own food at a time when many needed them most.
Nor'East Cleaners is Offering Free Outfit Cleaning for Those Unemployed and Seeking New Job Opportunities

When times are tough, Nor'east Cleaners will help you look and feel your best! If you are unemployed and need an outfit cleaned for an interview, they will clean it for free.
Action Inc. Trades Employer Network and Advisory Committee

Action Inc. is growing their Trades Employer Network. When they have graduates of their Trades Gateway program, Action Inc. will send out an email to the network, letting employers know about the potential apprentice/employee. Additionally, employers in the network can also email Action Inc. their own job postings, which they will share with their students and graduates. If you would like to get further involved with this program, you can join the Trades Advisory Committee where members will share insights into current trades trends with Action Inc.’s Job Training staff. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, July 13 from 9am-10am. Email to sign up.
Cape Ann Seniors on the GO! Opening the Door to Food, Fitness and Fun

Cape Ann Seniors on the GO is an Age Friendly Communities initiative of Cape Ann Mass in Motion. This initiative aims to increase access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities by reducing transportation barriers for at risk older adults who reside in our four Cape Ann communities.
RED, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, July 3 | 7:30 - 11 AM
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is excited to announce that their annual red, white and blue pancake breakfast will take place this year at Tuck's Point! Our State Senator, Bruce Tarr, and State Representative, Brad Hill, will be on hand flipping pancakes. There will be pony rides from 9 to 11 AM, face painting, corn hole, live music - and Sylvie Oldeman will be singing the national anthem. 
Concert & Fireworks on the Boulevard
Saturday, July 3 | 6 PM & 9:30 PM

Independence Day festivities are returning to the boulevard this year! While there won't be a parade, folks can enjoy a free concert and fireworks on Stacy Boulevard. The concert will begin at 6 pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30 pm.
Boat Parade in Manchester Harbor
Saturday, July 4 | 4 PM

Participating boats will muster outside the harbor starting at 3 PM Parade will start at 4 PM. Today is the last day to register your boat for the parade, so be sure to register by the end of the day if you would like to participate. Any questions or to register your boat, please contact Mike Opal at (781) 354-4654, or
Introducing Gloucester's Culture Splash
Thursday Nights This Summer
July 8 - August 26 | 4 - 8 PM

Rocky Neck Cultural District and Harbortown Cultural District will be co-hosting Gloucester's Culture Splash featuring art exhibitions, live musical performances, store extended hours, cultural events and more! CATA will be providing free trolley rides allowing folks to hop off and hop on throughout the route at specific locations. Harbor Tours is providing a water shuttle from one cultural district to the other
Reggae Night Featuring Dis n' Dat at Misselwood Events
Thursday, July 8 | 6 - 9 PM

Come enjoy a beautiful, tropical night with Dis-N-Dat —New England's hottest reggae band featuring 'Sista Dee' and 4-time Grammy® nominated Black Uhuru drummer 'Rangotan.’ Bring your friends and listen to the best outside by the water.
July Movie Nights at Hammond Castle
Thursdays Starting July 8 | 6 - 10 PM

Come have a unique summer experience with a big screen movie on the oceanside lawn of the Hammond Castle Museum! Bring a picnic dinner, chairs or a blanket, and come early to spend time on the back lawn or stroll around the Castle.
Farmers' Market Coupon Event for Seniors
Wednesday, July 21 | 10 AM - 11 AM

SeniorCare and the Gloucester Council on Aging will be distributing 2021 SNFMP Farmers’ Market Coupons to eligible seniors. Receive $25 in coupons to buy fresh produce at the Cape Ann Farmers Market.
Coastal Celebration Virtual Auction hosted by Seaside Sustainability Inc.
July 23 - July 31

Seaside Sustainability Inc. is a local,
environmental non-profit dedicated to marine conservation and education. To continue their sustainability efforts in areas such as education, legislation, and marine research, Seaside Sustainability Inc. is hosting a virtual auction at the end of July and they would love our community's support! This past year has been difficult for many businesses and this auction is a great opportunity for self-promotion while
simultaneously benefiting an important environmental cause. If you’re interested in donating an item or becoming a sponsor, contact for more details!
Yoga at Hammond Castle
Wednesdays, Now - July 28 | 8 - 9 AM
Is there a better way to start a summer morning than yoga by a castle on the ocean? Hammond Castle Museum is hosting Tree Top Yoga for a six class series from June 23 to July 28. The cost for the six week series is $120. Space is limited, so be sure to register directly at
Ipswich Will Celebrate Summer with Downtown Tuesdays During the Months of July and August

Every Tuesday night a different musician or band will show up for music and dancing under the stars. The event will begin at 7:30 and end at 9 PM on the Riverwalk.
Olde Ipswich Days of Ipswich Massachusetts
July 23, 24 and 25 | 10 AM - 5 PM

Olde Ipswich Days has returned this year to mark its 50th year celebrating the arts and crafts after last year's cancellation due to the pandemic. Olde Ipswich Days is a local artisan craft fair with handmade items that will feature over 50 artisans from up and down the coast of Cape Ann and the North Shore area. The fair will take place at the South Village Green near the Whipple House
Jim Murphy Solo Show
at the North Shore Arts Association
Now - July 11 | 10 AM - 5 PM
A show of works by North Shore Arts Associations' Artist Member, Jim Murphy. The works will be presented in the Hallway Gallery of NSAA. Sunday hours are Noon - 4PM
Michael Stoffa Retrospective Exhibit Opening Reception at the North Shore Arts Association
Now - July 31 | 1 - 3 PM
A retrospective of works by Michael Stoffa that will be on display June 27 -July 31. Both the exhibition and reception are open and free to the public! The exhibition hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday noon-5pm. 
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Join the Savour Wine & Cheese Team and Become a Wine Associate

The perfect summer long opportunity for a student to learn and contribute to an award winning wine, gourmet foods and accessories retail business in Gloucester. This opportunity could extend throughout 2021.
ABC Home Healthcare Has Immediate Openings for Senior Caregivers

Full and part-time positions available. Offering flexible schedules, excellent pay, medical & dental insurance and more.
Schooner Adventure is Hiring Deckhands
The National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure is seeking a few more Deckhands for the 2021 season. This is a 18+, full-time liveaboard position, good pay, room and board included. 
Development Associate Position Available at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
The Development Associate will assist in all areas of GMGI’s development program including prospect research, donor cultivation, and stewardship activities as well as database management and special project logistics. 
The Cape Ann YMCA is Looking to Hire a
Local Membership Sales & Service Advisor
Are you driven by results and have proven experience meeting sales goals? Do you want to translate this experience into helping the YMCA engage more members? This may be the job for you! 
Payne|Bouchier Fine Builders is Seeking Skilled Carpenter
High end residential contractor seeking skilled carpenter for work in Boston and surrounding suburbs. Ability to lead and motivate others. Interact professionally with project manager, colleagues and clients. 
Mile Marker One & Cape Ann's Marina Resort are Looking to Hire Multiple Positions
The restaurant and resort are currently looking to hire various positions including restaurant host, server, shift lead & manager, hotel maintenance, hotel housekeeping, and more.  
Local Colors Artists' Cooperative is Looking For Artists
Exhibit your work in the gallery and enjoy being among artists where you'll find a positive, creative, and collaborative environment.
Beauport Hospitality Group is Hiring   Multiple Positions
Seaport Grille, the Beauport Hotel, Cruiseport Gloucester, Cruiselines, and 1606 Restaurant & Bar are looking to hire restaurant supervisors, event sales manager and a general maintenance/ engineering assistant, and deckhand.
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If you are interested in promoting with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Ken Riehl at
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce