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Advertising in our 2022 Greater Cape Ann guide and Director, Map, and Rockport Map is going fast – contact Sam to reserve your positions today. You can also increase your web presence by advertising on our three websites, and/or
The current editions of our publications are still being widely distributed and are available for pick up at our office and visitor center.  
2nd ONLINE Love Cape Ann
Fundraising Auction
Auction Runs November 19 - 26

Did you miss our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction last week? Well, you’re in luck! Our second online auction begins this Friday, November 19th and lasts until the 26th. The holidays are just around the corner so follow the instructions to register and begin placing your bids this Friday!

Please use the instructions provided below to create an account and start bidding. If you participated in the silent auction portion of last Wednesday's auction, please use the login credentials you previously created.
Thank You to All Who Supported the 34th Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction
Our biggest fundraiser of the year was held last Wednesday at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. Months of diligent planning came to fruition as a night of charity and fun ensued. With 25 live auction items and 60 silent, it was our most successful fundraiser ever! Check out the video for a recap of an incredible night.

Thank you to our sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor: Fish Shack Restaurant
Platinum Sponsors: Beauport Hospitality Group, Institution for Savings
Gold Sponsors: Bank Gloucester, Brookline Bank, Engel & Volkers
Silver Sponsors: Applied Materials, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Intershell Seafood Corporation, Johnson O’Connor, Manchester Athletic Club, Seaglass Law & Mediation
Bronze Sponsors: Beauport Law, Cazeault Solar, Carol Steele, Style Snoop, Horvitz & Frisch.p.c. and our Supporting Sponsors. 
The Cape Ann Regional Grant Presents Two Upcoming Workshops

There’s still time to sign-up for the Cape Ann Regional Grant sponsored workshops for Cape Ann businesses: Enhancing Your Digital Brand Presence with Noelle Guerin on Wednesday, 11/17 at 8:30 AM and Turning Mistakes/Challenges into Opportunities with Richard Weissman on Monday, 11/22 at 8:30 AM. Both workshops will include a complimentary breakfast and take place at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. Register below for workshops. Remember to review and update your business listing on the new grant-sponsored Cape Ann Online Business Directory.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Seaside Creative
Thursday, November 18 | 5 PM
31 Railroad Ave., Gloucester

Join us this Thursday at 5 PM for a ribbon cutting ceremony. We will be celebrating Seaside Graphics' newest division, Seaside Creative. Seaside Creative will be in its own space right next to Seaside Graphics. We hope you can join us in celebrating Seaside Creative!
Next Gen Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 8 | 6 - 8 PM
Laneside Pub & Brewery
53 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester

Next Gen’s annual Holiday Party is back! Join us for a festive night of food, drinks, and fun as we celebrate the season with other young professionals on Cape Ann. This event is free, but cash donations to the Cape Ann DCF Holiday Gift fund are greatly appreciated. Donations can be made at the event or online by clicking here.
Announcing New Membership Benefit With the Manchester Atheltic Club 
The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has once again teamed up with the Manchester Atheltic Club to offer its members an exclusive benefit. If you're a member of the Chamber, you can sign up with the MAC and receive a free month and a discounted corporate membership. You must sign up before 12/31/21 to take advantage of this exclusive chamber member benefit. For more information on benefits included in your membership, see below.
We Need Your Brochures

Summer may be over but our visitor centers remain busy. A free benefit of membership is the ability to display your business's brochures, menus and rack cards in our visitor centers. We are currently running low on these promotional items after a busy summer. Please bring them by our office at 24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester or contact for pick-up.
The BEST Way to Support Local Businesses is by Purchasing
A Greater Cape Ann Gift Check Every Season
The Greater Cape Ann Gift Check Program is the perfect gift to give this holiday season and are THE BEST way to support local business, as they can only be redeemed at more than 200 participating local businesses. We sell more than $70,000 GCs a year and have put over $1,000,000 back into the local economy over the life of the program. These can be purchased at the Chamber Office, both Gloucester Shaw's locations, and Tuck's Candy & Gifts in Rockport. 
Shop Local Greater Cape Ann

It is always a great time to Shop Local but the upcoming holidays are an excellent time to remind people. We are rolling out our "Shop Local Greater Cape Ann" campaign to encourage shoppers to visit Greater Cape Ann businesses for their holiday needs. Each week we will highlight an industry sector to post member businesses around Greater Cape Ann that fall into that category. Make sure your business uses the hashtag "#shoplocalgreatercapeann" in all social media posts and tags us.

Want us to highlight your Shop Local Greater Cape Ann business? Send pictures and content to Sam at
Christmas in Gloucester
Shop Local - Shop Downtown Dates

With the holidays fast approaching, get out there and enjoy what downtown Gloucester has to eat, play and shop. Mark your calendars with these upcoming dates to get you out to visit local businesses. Can't make one of the themed shopping days, don't worry, it's always a good time to shop local.
Shop Local Greater Cape Ann's Second-Hand Retailers

Let's kick off our Shop Local Greater Cape Ann Series with our favorite second-hand retailers. As the holidays approach, don't forget about the fabulous second-hand stores we have on Greater Cape Ann. Check out a few of the second-hand businesses our region has to offer.

Fireflies Boutique | 100 Main Street, Gloucester

Forget-Me-Not | 28 Market Street, Ipswich

Madam Had'em | 7 Summer Street, MBTS

Second Glance | 2 Pond Road, Gloucester
Get Ready for Small Business Saturday
The Chamber team will be out and about on Small Business Saturday, November 27. We look forward to shopping local, taking pictures, and documenting this special day. We are also a Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion again this year! We have received our merchandise and you can stop by our office to pick up tote bags, posters, and more. 
Local Sales, Discounts & Promotions
Posting a Shop Our Member deal is a great way to gain exposure for your business by highlighting your special promotions. Take advantage of this FREE member benefit and list yours today by logging into your account!

*Contact Sam at if you need assistance

Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund

For the second year in a row, Action Inc., Wellspring House, and Pathways for Children have launched the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund to ensure that all families in our community can share the joy, love, and wonder of the holiday season!

Proceeds from the Cape Ann Kids Holiday Fund will be used to provide gift cards for Cape Ann families (Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, & Ipswich) who are struggling financially so they can buy holiday gifts for kids in their care. Last year, over 500 families applied and more than 1,000 local kids benefitted from the fund. Click below to donate or learn more.
Modular Desk Setups Available at CATA

CATA is redoing their office and is offering some modular desk setups. They have wall partitions, file cabinets, drawers also wall file cabinets and some other miscellaneous office-type furniture. They are hoping someone can use it and not have to just get rid of it. Email Jackie LaFlam for more information at
Vote Beauport Hotel for Travel & Leisure's 2022 World's Best Awards

Share your love for Beauport Hotel Gloucester, along with other favorite destinations, nominated in this year's TRAVEL+ LEISURE World’s Best Awards survey. They're pleased to be among such great companies! By rating your best travel spots and experiences, you’ll be entered into a chance to win a dream trip for two worth $15,000, to be planned by a T+L A-List Advisor. Find them on the T+L World's Best nominee list for Massachusetts.
Beauport Financial Services Announces Two New Hires to Support the Financial Aspirations of their Growing Client Base

With the goal to scale the firm’s communication operations and service capabilities; to facilitate the efficient sharing of resources among staff, and to reinforce support for the firm’s initiatives to accommodate and manage its growing client base, through its signature high-touch advisory practice, Beauport Financial Services, LLC, (BFS), a client-centered, wealth and risk management firm with a proprietary, partnering approach to client services for individuals, families and business owners throughout the New England marketplace, announce Corey McLellan has joined the firm as Director of Operations, and Rosa Provost as Administration and Marketing Associate.
Young Legends Street Hockey Breaks Ground to Launch First-Ever Street Hockey Rink in Gloucester, Massachusetts 

Young Legends Street Hockey (YLSH), a non-profit street hockey organization dedicated to creating a competitive and fun hockey atmosphere that improves a player’s athletic ability and self-esteem on and off the rink, today announced the launch of the first-ever planned street hockey rink in Gloucester, Massachusetts. YLSH was a recipient of a grant from the Cape Ann Community Foundation. Read the full press release below.
Beverly & Addison Gilbert Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Community Survey

Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert are conducting their triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The primary goal is to identify the priority health needs in the community, including various social, economic, and environmental factors that impact the ability to achieve optimal health and healthy equity, i.e. economic insecurity, transportation, access to care, housing insecurity, employment, economic development, education, etc. We greatly appreciate if you could provide your input on the most pressing needs in your community where you live and/or work by taking approximately ten minutes to complete the survey below.
Gloucester Racial Justice Team Survey Understanding the Experiences of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Gloucester Community Members

The goal of the Gloucester Racial Justice team in issuing this survey is to gather the perspective of our BIPOC Gloucester community members and/or all that love and/or support them. We hope the results will help us to focus our attention on the areas where we can make the most impact. Thank you for your time.
Volunteer Drivers Needed
Meals on Wheels in Ipswich, Gloucester, Manchester & Beverly

Volunteers work about two hours in the late morning, picking up and delivering meals to older residents. This provides several benefits—the elder receives a nutritious meal (sometimes the main meal of their day), they get a quick visit from a friendly volunteer (sometimes the only person they see that day), and as the volunteer gets to know the elders on their route, the volunteer sometimes notices when the elder’s circumstances and/or status changes and can have SeniorCare check-in with the elder to make sure everything is all right.

For more information visit our volunteer section at
Secrets from the Attics: Enslavement and Abolition in Manchester
Wednesday, November 17 | 7 PM Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Lise Breen draws from forgotten Manchester accounts to trace the history of the practice of slavery here and the slowly strengthening support for abolition. She points out what local records reveal about the lives of the enslaved and shows how some people challenged their enslavement. She discusses the earliest evidence we have of slavery in Manchester and recollections of its end.
Rockport Music Presents: Kris Allen
Saturday, November 20 | 8 PM

A folk pop singer-songwriter known to many for winning the 8th season of American Idol, Kris Allen has since released five acclaimed records and toured the world. This spring he’ll be taking his infectious and easy melodic style to Rockport for the first time, touring behind the release of his retrospective album 10.
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation 2021 Symposium Refugees and Immigration – A New Era
Saturday, November 20 | 2 – 5 PM

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will hold its 2021 Symposium Refugees and Immigration – A New Era on Saturday, November 20th at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, corner of Church and Middle Streets. The November 20th Symposium features local and regional experts
to discuss the current state of immigration and what is happening in our communities. Recent immigrants and refugees who have navigated the process will share their first-hand stories.
The Symposium is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test plus masks are required. Refreshments are available for break times outside. Donations toward the ongoing restoration of the Meetinghouse are gratefully received.
Barre at the Bar - True North Ale Company
Sunday, November 21 | 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Join Liz Rogers, co-owner of Precision Pilates of Ipswich and Danvers, for a fun-filled and challenging barre class at the True North Ale Company Taproom bar! You will sweat, shake, and of course, sip a delicious True North Ales beer afterward. The class will be 55 minutes, followed by time to view the brewing facility from the Taproom and socialize while enjoying a well-earned beer. Tickets for $20 include the class fee and one beer of your choice.
Cape Ann Botanicals Free Wellness Series
Restorative + Yin Yoga
Sunday, November 21 | 4 - 6 PM
125 High Street, Ipswich

Cape Ann Botanicals wellness series continues. Join us for a restorative Yoga class focusing on Gratitude that will incorporate yoga, journaling, meditation and our favorite CBD products. They’ll explore yin and restorative practices to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system promoting relaxation and calming of the mind. As a bonus they’ll incorporate self-applied Meridian Yoga acupressure techniques to help ease the flow of energy along the pathways connected to our heart chakras to help you rest in the flow of bliss.
Fall Movie Nights at Hammond Castle Museum: Highlander
Sunday, November 21 | 6 - 8 PM

Hammond Castle Museum is once again teaming up with Cape Ann Cinema as they present a “ Fall Movie Series” of four classic films. Internationally acclaimed silent film live accompanist, Peter Krasinski returns to perform during three silent movies this season. Doors open at 5:45 PM and the show begins at 6 PM. Parking is always free.
American Legion Post 3 Will Be Delivering Thanksgiving Dinners in 2021
Deadline to Order: Monday, Nov. 22

Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post No.3 will again be sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving Holiday Meal on Thursday, November 25, 2021. The process is laid out in the attached flyer. In the 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday meal, they served and delivered more than 690 meals. The need is clearly still there and the American Legion stands ready to support. Please stress to your clients that the deadlines have to be hard and fast to ensure that we have enough meals to satisfy all requests.
Cape Ann Makers Market
2021 Holiday Market
Sunday, November 28 | 11 AM - 4 PM
Lexington Ave., Gloucester

Join Cape Ann Makers Market on Sunday, November 28th from 11-4 at the Magnolia Library and Community Center. The 2021 Holiday Market will feature 25 Cape Ann vendors -- many first-time CAMM vendors -- offering locally made Arts and Crafts, including jewelry, pottery, sculpture, painting, photography, metalwork, woodwork, fiber arts, candles, hand-harvested artisan sea salts, handcrafted soaps, natural body care, and much more.
For a look at upcoming events year-round, visit our full online calendar. The full calendar also includes many recurring events:

ARPA Funding Update

Last Wednesday the State Senate unanimously approved a $3.82 billion package allocating state surplus funds and about ½ of the state’s federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to a wide array of programs and initiatives. A final bill is now being negotiated by a six-member House-Senate conference committee facing a November 17 deadline when formal legislative sessions are set to conclude for the year. Read a full account from the Boston Business Journal below.
Important Vaccine Information

Sacred Heart Church in Manchester is collaborating with Conley’s Pharmacy for a vaccination clinic on Tuesday, November 9 for ages 5 and up for first, second and booster doses. A follow-up clinic will take place on November 30. Register below.

The CDC has approved children ages 5 and up to receive the Pfizer COVID Vaccine. To find a vaccine appointment for your child professionals suggest first contacting your pediatrician then visit the regional collaborative at
Gloucester CARP Community Visioning Session
Wednesday, November 17 | 6 PM

The City of Gloucester's planning division and the City's Clean Energy Commission are organizing a virtual community kick-off meeting on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 PM. This meeting will mark the start of a Climate Action and Resilience planning process. Participants will be given an overview of the intended outcomes of the plan and an opportunity to share their feelings and ideas about Gloucester's environmental future!
SCORE Local Small Business Webinars

The Foundation of a Successful Business Series consists of 10 webinars that will identify all of the key areas that startups and existing businesses should understand and address to have the best chance of achieving a successful and profitable business. Upcoming workshops include: Creating a Budget for your Business, Learn how to Sell Better, Cashflow Management for Your Small Business.
Onsite COVID Vaccinations for Businesses and Employees Available for FREE at Conley's Drug Store - Ipswich

There is no cost to the business and no out-of-pocket cost to the recipient. Conley's Drug Store can offer either the Pfizer Vaccine (Ages 12+) or the Johnson&Johnson (Age 18+).
The Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC) Offers Regular Vaccination Clinics Throughout the Area

The GCACC serves the 5 Greater Cape Ann communities, including Boxford, Hamilton, Middleton, Topsfield and Wenham. Vaccines are free to all Massachusetts residents age 5 and above. Identification and health insurance is not required. Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last at each clinic.

Ipswich: Our Lady of Hope rectory, 1 Pine Swamp Road, Mondays, 2-6 p.m., through the end of 2021. Register for the Pfizer vaccine here.

Essex: Town Hall Annex, 30 Martin St., from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register for a dose of the Register for Pfizer, Moderna, or Janssen (J&J) vaccine here. (No clinic will be held on Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day.)

Rockport: Community House, 58 Broadway,
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Register for a dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or (J&J) vaccine here.
Anthony & Dodge is Hiring for Tax/Accounting Professionals - Part Time/Full Time

Anthony & Dodge is a full-service, progressive public accounting firm located north of Boston.
Our firm has been providing consulting, tax, and accounting services to individuals and businesses for over thirty years. We believe in a hands-on approach which translates into an intimate knowledge of our client’s personal and business financial and tax needs. We are currently seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, team player with experience in public accounting to lead tax and accounting engagements.
Iron Tree Service is Hiring for Ground Crew Members

Iron Tree Service is looking for a ground crew member to join their team. Their ground crew team members receive competitive rates commensurate with your experience. Working with Iron Tree Service is not a job; it’s a way of life. Their team is the heart of their success. They’ve become the fastest growing and highest rated professional tree service company in Massachusetts
Action Inc. is Hiring

Action Inc. has more than 70 current employees. For over 50 years, our staff has been committed to promoting social change and improving our community. Now, we are looking for dedicated individuals – who want to make a difference – to fill the positions listed below. Apply now to join our team!
Senior Care is Hiring for Multiple Positions

Senior Care offers ongoing training, supportive supervision, great team relations and a sense of challenging, worthwhile work within the local communities they serve. This position is an important part of an Agency that has been in operation for over 45 years and is devoted to multiple programs supporting people’s ability to live in the setting of their choice as they age.
Artists Wanted at Local Colors Artists' Cooperative
Exhibit your work in the gallery and enjoy being among artists where you'll find a positive, creative, and collaborative environment.
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
Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce