July 5, 2022
Making a Difference
Our Members. Our Community. Our Region.
Chamber Float in Gloucester 2022 Fishtown Horribles Parade

"Independent Retailer Month is a shop local event that runs annually throughout July encouraging consumers to shop at independent retailers; highlighting their positive social and economic impact – locally, nationally and globally.

We encourage people to shop independent retail year round and to use July as a time to celebrate the independent retailers that help build our economy; creating more sustainable cities, towns and communities."

On greater Cape Ann, the Gloucester Main Street Block Parties, Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays, Festival by the Sea, and Waterfront Festival are all happening soon. These events are great opportunities for all to support local, independent retailers. We are very fortunate on greater Cape Ann to have vibrant downtown communities offering a wide variety of goods, arts, food, and services.

Check out the Independent Retailer website for a variety or resources and ideas to help promote your business. It is also a great time to consider adding your business to the growing list that accepts the Greater Cape Ann Gift Check.
CEO and President July Report

With a historic June now behind us with more than 20 events including celebrating our five 2022 Small Business Winners, Community Division Meetings, several networking events (including a six Chamber extravaganza at Misselwood and another BIG one at Crane Castle) and eight ribbon cuttings, we are in final planning mode for our major summertime community events. It has been a very busy month celebrating and supporting Small Business as the lifeblood of the region.
Tourism Council Monthly Report

This time of year, all of Cape Ann is preparing for the summer season, and that’s especially true for the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council. At our June 17 meeting, the Council shared some early summer updates and looked ahead to the remainder of the season, as well as fall, winter and even 2023.

The group reported a busy start to the summer – for both our motels and inns and long-term home rentals. We are seeing a return of Canadian visitors, as well as those from overseas, and more weddings and family gatherings.
Government Affairs Council
Monthly Report

The Chamber’s Government Affairs Council held its regular monthly meeting on June 14. At their meeting, the Council continued their conversations about worker shortages and housing. The June meeting also included a Chamber update on the Cape Ann Works job matching, transportation and employer support initiative, community updates from Council members, and a summary report presented on recent community meetings attended.
July Love Greater Cape Ann Podcast

GCACC CEO Ken Riehl, Caitlin Pszenny, 2022 GCACC President, and Olivia Perez-O’Dess, Director of Community Relations, talk about the Chamber’s grant work, the many events that happened in June, and events to look forward to in July.
Did You Know? July 2022

As a member of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber, your business can take advantage of the Greater Cape Ann Gift Check program.

The Greater Cape Ann Gift Check may be used at over 250 Businesses on greater Cape Ann. Gift Checks are available in any denomination over $10 (50 cent charge per check).

Gift Checks may be purchased at any of the following locations:
Greater Cape Ann Chamber Office
Cape Ann Savings Bank Manchester-by-the-Sea
Shaw's Super Market at both Gloucester stores
Tuck's Candy & Gifts in Rockport
Businesswomen's Committee Welcomes New Leadership

Please join us in welcoming the new co-chairs of the Businesswomen’s Committee, Jillian Burgess and Lindsey Egan. Jill is a Vice President of McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency, specializing in commercial and personal insurance, and is a Gloucester native. Lindsey is an attorney and founder of Egan Law Center, located in her hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea, and focuses on family law and estate planning. Jill and Lindsey are honored to take over from the previous co-chairs, Jennifer Orlando and Christine Armstrong, who dedicated so much of their collective time and effort over the years toward paving the way for the success and growth of the Businesswomen’s Committee. We wish the new co-chairs much success, and please reach out to them to learn more about the committee, its mission, and how to get involved.
Downtown Tuesdays Ipswich 
Every Tuesday in July & August 
Beginning July 12 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM 
Take Out Terrace Stage 
Ipswich Riverwalk 
*The July 5th date has been cancelled.

Ipswich Downtown Tuesdays includes great dining, live music on the brand new Take Out Terrace stage, dancing on the Riverwalk & extended store hours for shopping! Each week will feature live entertainment on the Riverwalk, making for a fun evening out for the whole family! This year, there will be a brief intermission during the music set featuring poetry readings, fashion show or a comedy act. 
Coffee & Connections
Virtual Networking Event
Thursday, July 7 | 9 – 10 AM

Occurring on the first Thursday of the month at 9 AM, the Greater Cape Ann Chamber hosts Coffee & Connections, a virtual networking event! We will continue holding these via Zoom so that you may join us from anywhere. Meet new people, expand your business connections and stay in touch with friends and colleagues.
Main Street Gloucester Block Party
July 16 | 6 - 10 PM

Join us for the first 2022 Main Street Block Party on Saturday, July 16 for a fun night for all ages!
We are finalizing the list of music acts, street performers, food trucks and participating restaurants, merchants and non-profits. Check out our Chamber Event page or the Gloucester Block Party Facebook page to learn more over the upcoming week.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Rockport Mortgage
Stage Sponsors: Bank of Gloucester, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Institution for Savings
Gold Sponsors: Addison Gilbert Hospital, Applied Materials, Beauport Hospitality Group, Building Center, Endicott College, Engel & Volkers, J. Barrett & Company.
Silver Sponsors: Johnson O'Connor, Seashore Comfort Solutions
Supporting Sponsor: Grand Banks Building Center
Businesswomen's Sunset Sail
Thursday August 11 | 5 - 8:30 PM
Schooner Adventure
Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop
Enjoy a wonderful sail aboard one of Gloucester's oldest working vessels!
Sail Gloucester Harbor and beyond, enjoy a glorious Cape Ann Sunset, network and enjoy the company of other area Businesswomen.
A light meal will be provided - delicious clam chowder, sandwiches, chips and cookies.
$50 per person. Registration is required.
Businesswomen's Mixer at True North Ale, Ipswich

It was a fabulous night for the Businesswomen's Mixer at True North Ale Company on June 2 for some great networking, tasty sweets by Meat & Sweet Foods, raffle prizes and, of course, award winning beer! Always a pleasure to see our members and "future members!" Special thanks to True North Ale Company for hosting!!
Small Business Weeks Receptions & Luncheons

It was a very busy two weeks as we celebrated the Small Business of the Year Persons in all 5 communities, culminating in a celebratory luncheon at Castle Manor Inn on June 17. Once again, we congratulate all Small Business Persons of the Year winners: Chris Bevilacqua, Marc & Ross Brackett, Jim Brown, Corey Grammas, and Arlene Taliadoros.

In addition, 6 greater Cape Ann high school seniors students were awarded scholarships during the luncheon: Mia McCarthy, Thomas Elliott, Jacob Brown, Eliana Faria, Kaelin Battle, and Brody Baskin.

Left to right: Thomas Elliott, Kaelin Battle and Jacob Brown
Business After Hours Recap 

Thank you to The Trustees of Reservation for a tremendous Business After Hours event at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. The weather cooperated, allowing attendees to stroll the grounds and enjoy appetizers, beverages, and networking on the back patio. The upper floor and roof were also open for self-guided tours, with docents in various locations to answer and questions and provide background of the particular room.
Join in the Fun! Business After Hours events are a great way to introduce your business to your local colleagues. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours event at your location, please contact Michelle Pepin at michelle@capeannchamber.com.
June Ribbon Cuttings

June was a very busy moth for Ribbon Cuttings at the Chamber.

June 5: Joli Ayn Wood Working Studio and Gallery celebrated opening of a new workspace and are gallery in Rockport.
June 8: Windhover Performance Arts Center hosted a Ribbon Cutting to commemorate the opening of their permanent outdoor tent in Rockport at which Senator Bruce Tarr presented a citation.

June 9: Googan's Galley celebrates the opening of their cafe in Essex with many friends and family in attendance.

June 10: Cape Ann Motor Inn invited everyone to attend their 50th Anniversary Party, which included a ribbon cutting and presentation of a citation from Senator Bruce Tarr.

June 14: Advisor's Living marked the opening their new office on Main Street in Gloucester with a ribbon cutting, which was attended by Mayor Greg Verga.

June 16: J. Barrett & Company celebrated their new sign at their beautiful riverside location in Ipswich by hosting a ribbon cutting on their deck.

June 18: Loren Doucette Studio at Seven Suns Gallery on Bearskin Neck celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting along with many friends, supporters and onlookers.

June 21: The Ellis Family celebrated the 25 year anniversary of the launch Schooner Thomas E. Lannon with a ribbon cutting with family and friends, which included the presentation of a citation from Senator Bruce Tarr.

June 29: Cape Ann Savings Bank celebrated the opening of their new building and branch at Gloucester Crossing.
Stay tuned for the full list of new members! This will be sent in a separate email welcoming all who joined during our Spring Member Drive!
Special New Member Advertising Section
41st Rockport Chamber Music Festival 
Shalin Liu Performance Center 

Thursday, July 7 | 7:30 PM
Kirell Gerstein, Piano;
Friday, July 8 | 11 AM
New England Conservatory’s Morningside Music Bridge;
Friday, July 8 | 7:30 PM
Strauss & Brahms: Danbi Um, Stephen Prutsman, Christopher Costanza;
Saturday, July 9 | 5 PM
Dover Quartet with Barry Shiffman;
Sunday, July 10 | 6 PM
Closing Night Celebration, Gershwin & Friends
5:30-6:30 PM: Cocktail reception + Premium Seating
6:15 PM: General admission
6:30-8:30 PM: CODA screening
8:30-9:30 PM: Sign+Talk back 
Manship Artists Residency presents CODA
Thursday, July 7 | 5:30 - 9:30 PM
A Fundraiser for Manship Artists Residency
The Cabot Theater, Beverly
Manship Artists Residency is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a nonprofit artists residency which has served 350 artists, including members of the cast and crew of CODA, since purchasing the summer residence and studio of sculptor Paul Manship in 2017. Called Starfield, this idyllic location is where the film’s epic kiss took place. 
Kids under 12 are free with an adult. Online sales of $20.00 per ticket ends on Wednesday, June 22nd at 5:00 pm. Tickets purchased at the door are $25.00 each.
Jazz by the Sea
Thursday, July 7 | 6 - 8:30 PM
Misselwood Events at Endicott College
Enjoy live music from award-winning Boston cover band Horizon & the Horns and relax on the Misselwood Estate with views of the ocean. Bring your friends and listen to the best.
Delicious food will be available to purchase from food trucks. Cash bar will be selling a selection of beer, wine, and a signature cocktail. 
John Baboian Ensemble at Music on Meetinghouse Green
Friday, July 8 | 6 - 8:30 PM
The seventh season Music on Meetinghouse Green free Friday evening concerts kicks off on Friday, July 8 at 6:00 pm with a performance by the John Baboian Ensemble with Sandi Bedrosian on vocals. Free-will donations support Pathways for Children and the evening's food vendor is the Causeway. 
Cape Ann Power Yoga aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
Saturday, July 9 | 7:30 - 9:30 AM
Join Cape Ann Power Yoga for an all levels yoga class. After boarding you will take a short 15 minute cruise to a beach side mooring where an instructor will lead a simple one hour yoga practice right on the schooner's decks. The crew will then set sail for a relaxing one hour sail around Gloucester's Harbor. 
Sketch Class with Slow River Studio
Sunday, July 10 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Hammond Castle Museum
Experience the timeless beauty of Hammond Castle Museum in a brand-new way! This year you can learn to sketch the enchanting grounds and breathtaking interior spaces of this celebrated New England landmark, as Hammond Castle Museum has partnered with Slow River Studio to bring you sketching classes here at the Museum.
Manchester Community Center Lobster Clambake
Sunday, July 10 | 4:30 - 8 PM
Tuck's Point, Machester-by-the-Sea
Adult: $75 | Child: $20
Live music with the Cape Ann duo "Chris +Joe" plus games, raffle & kids crafts. Adult menu includes: Clam Chowder, Steamers Boiled Lobster, Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Corn on the Cob, Salad Cookies & Brownies. Children's menu includes: Grilled Hamburger with rolls & condiments. Pasta salad, Com on the cob, Salad, Cookies & Brownies. Tickets available at the Manchester Community and online
Becoming Orthello: A Black Girl's Journey
Sunday, July 10 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, July 12 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Gloucester Stage Company
A living memoir, BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey is a theatrical production with lyrical language, soulful songs and the music that shaped the life of a resilient little girl growing up in Spanish Harlem. This one-woman theatrical drama chronicles the life of classical actress, Debra Ann Byrd.
Bluefin Bash FUNdraiser benefiting Alzheimer's Association
Wednesday, July 13 | 6 - 10 PM
Cape Ann’s Marina Resort Tent
Includes Dinner, Dancing and Unique Live Auction Experiences. And did we mention FUN?
$750 per ticket – $7,500 per table. Limited Tickets Available. 
Moonrise Markets
Wednesday, July 13 | 6 - 9 PM
The Emerson Inn, Rockport
The market event will feature over a dozen Cape Ann Artisans, Crafters & Makers offering nature and coastal inspired handmade art and crafts, including jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, fiber arts, candles, hand harvested artisanal sea salts, natural body care and much more.
In addition, the historic Emerson Inn is offering a dinner buffet, bar service and live music to accompany while you shop and wait for the Moon to rise over their spectacular ocean front vista!
Schooner Adventure Descendant's Sail
Sunday, July 17 | 11 AM - 1:30 PM
As part of her mission of preserving and promoting this heritage, Adventure offers free sails to descendants of men who worked, sailed, and fished on board any Gloucester schooner. To confirm descendant status and receive information about how to book a spot, the number to call is 978-281-8079.
Misselwood Concours d'Elegance
Sunday, July 17 | 6 - 9 PM
Misselwood Estate at Endicott College
The Atlantic Ocean serves as the perfect backdrop for the most scenic concours show on the East Coast. Around 100 elegant cars and motorcycles from all over the country will be placed on the stunning grounds of the Misselwood Estate. Live music, art, food, premier sponsors, vendors, and ocean views make this an event unlike any other. We will be featuring 50's era Buicks, Celebrity & Movie Cars, Race Cars, and the Ferrari Dino! Come celebrate our 12th Anniversary!
Cape Ann Ongoing Events

  • Appleton Farms: Check out all events, from Farmhouse Culinary Workshops to Fire Pit Picnics to Hikes for Beer!
  • Hammond Castle: Gloucester Gratis Days every Tuesday. Self-guided tours daily.
  • Schooner Adventure: Weekend public sailings with free sails for children
Posting an event on our community calendar is a great way to gain exposure and promote your business's upcoming events. Take advantage of this FREE member benefit and post yours today by logging into your account!
*Contact Sam at sam@capeannchamber.com if you need assistance
Continuing Hot Deals:
Business Resources:
Please check the Business Resources Category in Chamber Blog for Business Resources available to the Cape Ann region! 
Hefring Engineering is seeking a part-time Office Administrator
Public Housing Manager sought by Gloucester Housing Authority 
We would like to extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

If you are interested in promoting with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Ken Riehl at ken@capeannchamber.com
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