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Manchester Harbor, Manchester-by-the-Sea | Photo Credit: David Stotzer
Cape Ann Wellness Programming Project Announced

The Chamber's Health & Wellness Committee has launched a new project which will focus on monthly wellness events and special programming happening on Cape Ann. The committee will also be promoting national wellness observances every month. Starting with May, the featured observances include Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, and Better Hearing Month. We encourage our community to click the link below to learn more.
Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant Deadline June 1

The June 1 deadline for local non-profit organizations and schools to apply for grants from the Cape Ann Community Foundation is now just three weeks away. Grant guidelines and application forms are now available online at For further information call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at (978) 283-1601 or email Peter Webber at [email protected] 
Endicott Entrepreneurial Training Seminar Series | The Secret to Memorable and Moving Marketing | May 12
Think about marketing campaigns that stand out in your mind and stand the test of time. All of them have one element in common: they tell a story. With the advent of digital marketing, small businesses can now compete head-to-head with the big firms. The trick is to understand how to get to your story…the story that is uniquely yours. Once you do that, and by leveraging the right digital assets, you can make your business stand out and stand strong. 
Business Education and Scholarship
Golf Tournament
Monday, May 24, 2021
Although player spots have filled up quickly for this year’s tournament, there are still opportunities to support this important initiative as a sponsor or volunteer. Contact Sara at the Chamber today: [email protected]
Annual Dinner Celebration
Friday, June 18 | 6 - 11 PM
Join us as we celebrate our 2021 Board President, Susan Gould Coviello of the North Shore Health Project and honor outgoing President, Tony Sapienza of Blue Shutters Beachside Inn. We’ll be safely gathering at the beautiful seaside location of Maritime Gloucester for great food, lively music, and even better company. Get your tickets or become a sponsor today- they’re selling fast!
Cape Ann Artisans Leap Forward in 2021
Welcoming New Artisans, Fresh Work, New Ideas & Colorful Video
The Cape Ann Artisans will once again be opening their studios to the public for the 38th Annual Spring Tour Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6. The tour is self-guided and includes 14 unique studios and 15 Artisans covering a wide range of media including ceramic arts, painting, jewelry, mixed media, quilting, mosaics, weaving, and more!   To get a taste of the tour, art lovers are encouraged to watch the newly produced video that features one-minute cameos with each of the artisans.  It can be found on the website, Facebook page, and YouTube. 
It's Sailing Season! Join the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon as They Celebrate Their 25th Year

The Lannon set sail for its TWENTY-FIFTH season this past weekend! You can celebrate with them by booking your charter today. The Lannon offers public & specialty sail, private charters & team building and small group charters.
Registration for the 2021 Summer Season is Open for Young Legends Street Hockey

The coaching staff and players are dedicated to creating a fun and competitive atmosphere that improves a player’s athletic ability and self-esteem. Get involved and register your young athlete today!
Leslie S. Ray Insurance Agency, Inc. Proudly Announces the Promotion of Sarah Goyette, CRIS, to Vice President

Sarah manages the Commercial Lines Department and office operations.  She is also co-leader of the Women’s Business League Ipswich chapter and on the board of directors of the Beverly Children’s Learning Center. Sarah Goyette may be reached at 978-522-5660 or [email protected]
Leslie S. Ray Insurance Agency has been assisting families and local businesses with their property and casualty insurance needs from their North Beverly location since 1954. In addition to being one of only 26 current independent insurance agencies awarded the FIVE STAR designation by its state insurance association, they have been awarded Best Insurance Agency in 2020 and 2021 by the readers of the Salem News and 2020 Family Business of the Year by the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Trusnovec who will perform at Windhover August 27-28, 2021 photo by Ken Browar & Deborah Ory
BIG NEWS! Windhover's Outdoor Space is Where the Performing Arts Will Thrive This Summer. Live Performance is Back!

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts has purchased a large, brand new, expansive outdoor stage that will hold music, theater, and a large selection of live dance productions all summer long. Further, the Gloucester Stage Company is partnering with Windhover and is launching their summer season of four plays at Windhover from June through September. Windhover will also feature local dance companies including the Rockport Dance Academy, the North Reading School of Ballet and BoSoma Dance Company.
ABC Home Healthcare Spotlights
Jess Walters, RN- Licensed Nurse

ABC Home Healthcare employee Jess Walters started out as a homemaker and has worked her way up the ladder over the past 5 years. Click the link below to read more about Jess and her journey of climbing the ladder and discovering her passion for nursing.
Gloucester Stage & Gloucester Writers Center Present Fish Tales: JOY
Now - Sunday, May 16

What started as a cozy storytelling evening at the Gloucester Writers Center (GWC), has developed into a happening weekend night event every other month showcasing real people, telling true stories from the heart. Reserve your ticket today to watch local storytellers bare their funny, vulnerable and honest tales during this virtual streaming event.
Images as Objects of the Imaginary
Antony Ohman Exhibit
Now - May 30 at Jane Deering Gallery

Images As Objects of the Imaginary presents a series of photographs by the artist Antony Ohman. The works observe, abstract and inquire into environments seemingly familiar to us and ask if there might be another further uninhabited world within them. Gallery hours are Friday 6-8 PM, Saturday & Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.
Backyard Growers Virtual Workshop: How to Plan Your Vegetable Garden
Wednesday, May 12 | 6 - 7:30 PM
Join Backyard Growers on Zoom to learn how to plan your own vegetable garden according to what you like to eat, the space you have for growing, and the amount of time you have to spend tending to it. 
Strategic Reset, Your Business Beyond Covid Webinar Presented by
Enterprise Center at Salem State
Thursday, May 13 | 8:30 -9:30 AM

This session will explore the four fundamental elements of your business; finance, marketing, operations, and people, allowing you to set go-forward priorities as we transition out of the pandemic. This is an interactive discussion, so please be prepared to engage in conversation.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Presents
Frame Up to Fit Out
Sylvina W. Beal Restoration
Thursday, May 13 | 7 - 8 PM
Join Katherine Dench, Mass Cultural Council’s granted apprentice to master shipwright Harold Burnham, as she chronicles her experience in taking part in the restoration process of the historic Sylvina W. Beal and wooden boat building - from sketch to launch. 
Backyard Growers May Seedling
Online Sale
Friday, May 14

The May Seedling Sale features fruiting crops and herbs that should be planted outdoors in warmer weather, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant, organically grown at Cedar Rock Gardens in West Gloucester. The Online Shop will open for purchase of seedlings and other growing supplies for the general public on Friday May 14, with curbside pick-up on Friday May 21 only.
Rockport Music Presents Concert View
With Livingston Taylor
Friday, May 14 | 7 - 8 PM

Legendary singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor returns to Rockport Friday, May 14! From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.
North Shore Regional Advisory Board
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, May 18th | Noon - 1 PM

Join United Way for a webinar diving into the Cape Ann Youth College & Career Collaborative. You will hear from a cross-sector panel of leaders sharing more about their work with Cape Ann youth over the last two years and the value of their work together for our community. Moderated by Sarah Bartley, United Way
  • Laura Pedone, Wellspring House
  • Ken Riehl, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • Nikki Marin, Action, Inc.
  • JoAnn Leavitt, Leap for Education
Redefining Heritage:
Garbage to Gardens with
Backyard Growers
Wednesday, May 19 | 5 - 6:30 PM

Hosted by Essex National Heritage Area, join three Essex County agriculture experts to learn about the history of sustainable growing and the future of healthy soils.
The Savvy Caregiver 6-Week Free Workshop With SeniorCare Inc.
Thursdays, May 20-June 24|10 AM-12 PM

The Savvy Caregiver Training is a free six-week program for family and friends who are active caregivers, caring for those living with Alzheimer's or related dementias. Become an expert in caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.
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!

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#MyLocalMA Business of the Week -
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

This week’s #MyLocalMA business spotlight is The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon. Want a taste for what it was like to sail on a fishing schooner a hundred years ago? Board the Lannon! On the Lannon you can also help the crew raise the sails, or just sit back and take in the sights and sounds of Gloucester's coastline. Book your voyage today!
Promote Your Participation in the
Cape Ann Gift Check Program
Are you a current participant in our Cape Ann Gift Check Program? If you are, we encourage you to promote your participation by sharing the promotional image featured on the left. Simply save the file and add the image to your website or share it on social media. Our program encourages our community to shop locally and spend their dollars on Cape Ann. If you are interested in participating in this program, please email [email protected].
This Week's Takeout Today Featured Members: Seaport Grille and Beauport Boutique

This week’s Takeout Today features a local Gloucester favorite, Seaport Grille! Best known for their signature Lobster Rolls, Fried Seafood Platters, and New England Seafood Classics, visit them daily for dine-in or takeout. Now carrying Lilly Pulitzer, visit the Boutique at Beauport Hotel to see what’s new in store for upscale clothing, beachwear, accessories, locally-made gifts, and home décor. 
Shop Our Member Special of the Week: Cape Ann Drone Services with Cape Ann Media Productions (CAMP)

With the return of nice weather here on Cape Ann, CAMP's drone fleet is up and flying again for the season! Whatever your needs for aerial images are, be it for Real Estate, the web, print, video or promotional copy, CAMP can provide spectacular 4k aerial footage shot with the latest drone technology. CAMP always uses the latest technology to produce your project and can accommodate your live streaming needs as well as graphics, audio and video production.
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!

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SBA Now Accepting Applications for Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business. Applications are now being accepted. For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, please click here
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Reopens

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal is now open. Applicants will need a smartphone and a multi-factor authenticator app to register and apply. For additional information and to review applicant resources, visit
Over 2.9 Million Now Fully
Vaccinated in Massachusetts

According to the May 10 Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Report from the Department of Public Health 2,962,937 people have been fully vaccinated in Massachusetts. All residents age 16 and above are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. All who live, work or study in Massachusetts may pre-register for an appointment at a mass vaccination location here. View the latest Massachusetts vaccine update here. View the May 6 weekly vaccination report here
State’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate
Stays Below 2%

The state’s 7-day weighted average positivity rate fell further over the past week, reaching 1.24% on May 8. Other key indicators, including hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID are also continuing to show encouraging downward trends. To view the most recent Massachusetts COVID-19 daily dashboard please click here. For the May 6 weekly public health report please click here 
Information Resources

For comprehensive COVID-19 information please visit the Chamber’s special Coronavirus page.

To view the most recent (May 6) weekly COVID-19 Command Center Situation Report from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), please click here

For the latest COVID-19 news and information for Massachusetts, please visit To view the latest nationwide case information published daily by the CDC please click here
Gloucester Housing Authority is Seeking a Homeownership Coordinator and a Better Life Caseworker
The Gloucester Housing Authority is looking for two highly motivated individuals to provide ongoing support, guidance, and case management. 
Action Inc. is Looking to Hire a Building Performance Specialist and a Heating Specialist

To learn more about these job opportunities, please click the links below.
Timberlines' Gloucester Location is Hiring a Delivery Driver
The Timberline team is always looking for bright, motivated individuals to help lead their company into the future. As a full-time employee, the delivery driver will be eligible to participate in an attractive and competitive benefits program. 
Cape Ann's Marina Resort, Mile Marker One & Cape Ann Marine Sales & Service are Looking to Hire Multiple Positions
The resort, marina, and restaurant are currently looking to hire various positions including: hotel maintenance associate, server, bartender, kitchen expeditor, front desk associate 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.
Atlantis Oceanfront Inn Is Looking to Hire a Hotel Maintenance Person

The position will be 2-4 days a week at a seasonal 40 room property located on the beautiful Back Shore.
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.
Atlantic Vacation Homes Has Many Opportunities Available
Atlantic Vacation Homes is seeking a full-time office coordinator, seasonal maintenance technicians, and seasonal property inspectors. Click the link below to learn more about these job opportunities.
We would like to extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

If you are interested in promoting with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Ken Riehl at [email protected]
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce