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Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea | Photo Credit: Joe Codrington
Cape Ann Small Business Lunch & Learn with Richard Weissman
Wednesday, August 11 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM

The Cape Ann Regional Grant team invites all Cape Ann small businesses to join them for a working lunch at the Castle Manor Inn in Gloucester, to further explore creating a strategic plan and develop their SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, please email Cape Ann Regional Grant manager Anne Williams at or call 978-283-1601. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, August 10 at 4 PM.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Soft Reopening of iartcolony
Friday, August 13 | 4 - 6:30 PM
Cape Ann Chamber members are invited to the grand soft reopening of iartcolony's gallery in Rockport. We will also be celebrating the unveiling of iartcolony's new signage. The ribbon cutting will take place promptly at 5:03 pm. The evening will also include a rare tour through the working studio of gallery owners Jill Whitney Armstrong and Bob Armstrong. 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and One Year Anniversary of Folly Cove Fine Art
Friday, August 13 | 5:30 - 6pm

We invite you to join us in celebrating Folly Cove Fine Art, an esteemed fine art gallery in Rockport, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. They are celebrating their one-year anniversary and the conclusion of their Plein Air Painting Festival at their beautiful 59 Main Street location. We are excited to celebrate this joyous occasion with them and hope you can join us.
Gloucester Block Party
Main Street
August 14 & September 3 | 6 - 10 PM

Downtown Gloucester comes alive when the Street is closed off and we have live music, street performers, al fresco dining, non-profits, food vendors and more! Thank you to our presenting sponsors: Rockport Mortgage Corporation and Beth Israel Lahey Health / Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Annual Businesswomen's Sunset Sail
Thursday, August 19 | 5 - 8:30 PM

Cape Ann's Businesswomen will be heading out to see for the annual Businesswomen's Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner Adventure! This sail is an annual event so if you couldn't purchase tickets this year, stay tuned for event details in 2022. Thank you to Cape Ann Savings Bank for sponsoring this event.
40th Annual Gloucester
Waterfront Festival
August 21 & 22 | 9 AM - 6 PM
The historic Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor will blossom into color, flavor and music for the 40th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival. The event will feature over 175 artisans. Bring the entire family for a day of food, live music, and fun! Thank you to our presenting sponsors: Engel & Volkers and NRG Home.
Business After Hours at Hammond Castle
Wednesday, August 25 | 5 - 7 PM
Please join us for an evening of networking with Cape Ann business leaders, in-person. Meet our members and build your business relationships and contacts. You will enjoy scenic views of the Gloucester Harbor while you take in the history of the beautiful Hammond Castle Museum. 
The Cape Ann Chamber Has Multiple Volunteer Opportunities Available and a Paid Part-Time Rockport Visitor Booth Manager Position

The Rockport Visitor Booth is seeing more visitors than ever this year. To meet demand, the Cape Ann Chamber is looking for volunteers in addition to a part-time manager position of 30 hours a week. To learn more about these opportunities, please email Peter at
Don't Forget to 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 are our best yet! 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.  
Support Commercial Fishing Communities and Buy Boston Red Sox Game Raffle Tickets

Enter for one of three chances to win 4 EMC/Dell Club Boston Red Sox Tickets at the iconic Fenway Park. Enjoy a September Boston Red Sox game while sitting in Billy's Joel's premium seats and help seafood industry workers and their families! Donations will benefit the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association and Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, through the Fishing Partnership Resiliency Fund, to improve the health, safety and economic security of commercial fishermen and their families.
Online bookings for Public Sails and Small Group Charters Are Now Available on the Schooner Ardelle

For the first time since the pandemic began, the Schooner Ardelle is offering daily public sails, history sails, music sails, circumnavigations, special event sails, and large group private charters. Tickets for all of their public sails are available for sale on their website.
1623 Studios Welcomes Community Members Back Through its Doors for Video Productions

After 16 months of not being able to create programs in its production studios, 1623 Studios is now opening its cutting-edge production studio to member producer television productions and public studio tours by appointment only.
Helpful Business Information and Resources From the State's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

In his bi-weekly call with representatives of the state’s business community, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy provided extensive information and updates about resources available to support employers, employees, and jobseekers.
The Greater Cape Ann Community Collaborative (GCACC) Still Offers Regular Vaccination Clinics Throughout Cape Ann and the Surrounding Communities
The GCACC serves the 4 Cape Ann communities plus Boxford, Ipswich, Hamilton, Middleton, Topsfield, and Wenham. Vaccines are free to all Massachusetts residents age 12 and above. Identification and health insurance is not required. Walk-ins will be accepted while supplies last at each clinic. To find a clinic near you, please click the link below (Essex, Ipswich and Rockport all offer free clinics).
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+).
Folly Cove Fine Art Plein Air Invitational
Monday, August 9 - Friday, August 13
A celebration of plein air painting will be held with many of Folly Cove Fine Art's artists and friends joining together to paint, meet old friends and make new ones. This is a non-competitive event, organized by the gallery to thank the artists for their perseverance and passion, and to celebrate the first year as a gallery. 
Enchanted Evening at Hammond
Castle Museum
Tuesday, August 10 | 6 - 8 PM

Calling all little Princes & Princesses! You're invited to an evening of enchantment at Hammond Castle Museum. Explore the castle while meeting some of your favorite Fairy Tale characters! Whether you learn the hula with the Island Princess, sing with the Little Mermaid, or build a snowman with the Snow Sisters, it’s sure to be a magical evening and it takes place in a real castle!
Cape Ann Museum: Sunset Sails
on the Schooner Lannon
Wednesday, August 11 | 6 - 8 PM
Art, ocean, and light combine during the Cape Ann Museum’s Sunset Sails on the Schooner “ Thomas E. Lannon.” The program includes a two-hour sail, light refreshments, a chance to watercolor paint, and sea-worthy content about the cultural history of Cape Ann. 
The Annisquam Village Players Present: Nothing to Hyde
August 11 - 14 | 7:30 PM
This will be an outdoor performance, located at the Annisquam Village Players (AVP) newly transformed outdoor medical laboratory in the schoolyard adjacent to the Village Hall. The musical comedy, Nothing to Hyde was written by AVP's beloved co-director Mary Curtis, in 1979, and produced twice with great critical acclaim in Dover, MA where Mary formerly lived and was director of their community theater.  
Ken Knowles Fine Art Presents:
9th Annual Fireworks Painting and Illumination Weekend Kick-Off Reception
Thursday, August 12 | 5 - 8 PM
Stop by Ken Knowles’s new gallery to celebrate the kick-off of illumination weekend in Rockport. Buy a raffle ticket for the annual fireworks painting to help support Rockport fireworks. This will be a catered reception by Vinwood Catered and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Rockport Fireworks Fund. 
Rockport Illuminations Weekend
Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15

Visit Rockport for a weekend-long celebration of Lobstas and Lights, celebrating the history and importance of lobstering in this seaside community. Rockport Fireworks will take place on Saturday, August 14 at approximately 9 PM. Also on Saturday, August 14, The Rockport Rotary Club will present “Brews & Burgers” at the American Legion Bandstand at Back Beach from 4 to 8 PM. 
Friday Music Series with Gloucester Meetinghouse Green Featuring
Mari Martin
Concert to Benefit HAWC
Friday, August 13 | 6 - 8 PM
Mari Martin has been entertaining audiences from Massachusetts to California with her compelling voice and signature stage presence for over 20 years. Mari’s influences run the gamut of popular music from the Beatles to Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones to Billie Holiday.
Gloucester Blues Festival
Saturday, August 14
The annual event brings blues lovers from far and wide to Gloucester, Massachusetts.
World-class blues will reverberate through the park with some of the nation’s finest performers playing from the Gloucester Blues stage. The event will have a beer and wine garden and outstanding food and craft vendors. 
Cape Ann Artisans Summer Mini-Tour
Saturday, August 14 | 9 AM - 4 PM

A select group of Cape Ann Artisans will participate in a special summer Mini-Tour and open their studios to the public this Saturday. The tour is self-guided, free and open to the public, and includes nine unique locations around Gloucester and Rockport.
Medieval Arms & Armor at Hammond Castle Museum
Saturday, August 14 | 10 - 11 AM
Join Hammond Castle Museum Curatorial Director, John Leysath, as he walks us through the world of medieval arms and armor. This presentation will delve into the history, engineering, and use of armor. 
Cape Ann Summer Makers Market
Thursday, August 19 | 4 - 8 PM

The market event will feature many new Cape Ann Artisans, Crafters & Makers who were not at the previous July event. Overall, 30 local makers will be their offering nature and coastal inspired handmade art and crafts, including jewelry, metalsmithing, pottery, sculpture, painting, photography, woodworking, fiber arts, candles, hand harvested artisanal sea salts, specialty jams, natural body care and much more.
Music Night with Daisy Nell & Captain Stan & the Crabgrass Band aboard the Schooner Ardelle
Thursday, August 19 | 6 - 8 PM

Enjoy a relaxing sunset sail aboard the Schooner Ardelle with music by Daisy Nell & Captain Stan & The Crabgrass Band! Daisy Nell & Captain Stan & the Crabgrass band specialize in traditional and contemporary songs of the sea and shore, with local Cape Ann flavor and lore.
Misselwood Events Presents: Jazz by the Sea Featuring Horizon and the Horns
Thursday, August 19 | 6 - 8 PM

Enjoy live music from award-winning Boston cover band Horizon & the Horns and relax on Misselwood’s lawn overlooking the ocean. Bring your friends and listen to the best outside by the water.
Rockport Celtic Festival Opening Night: Exploring Celtic Roots & Branches
Friday, August 20 | 4:30 & 8 PM

In partnership with Rockport Music and working in close collaboration with fellow Artistic Director, Edinburgh-born harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist, Brian O’Donovan is proud to present the second annual Rockport Celtic Festival.
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Roy Moore's Fish Shack Restaurant in Rockport is Looking to Add to Their Team
Positions available include hosts, servers, and line cooks. Applicants must be friendly, motivated, reliable and willing to work in a team environment. Spring and Fall availability required.
Please apply by visiting the restaurant at 21 Dock Square, Rockport or by emailing Charlene at
Office Manager Position Available Immediately for The Gloucester Adventure
The Office Manager is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations and procedures. This position supports the work of and reports to the Director of Development and Communications and the Board of Directors. Starting at 20 hours per week there is potential for growth to full-time with increased responsibility in tourism and retail management. 
Fisheries Molecular Biology/Genomics Position Available at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
GMGI has a full-time position for a Research Associate who will play an important role in contributing to our fisheries research programs. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in molecular biology/ecology applied to fisheries questions and knowledge of common molecular laboratory techniques and data analysis. 
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.
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.

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