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Peak Fall Foliage in Manchester-by-the-Sea | Photo by Derrick Mills
City of Gloucester Candidate Forums
Tuesday, October 19 | 6 - 8:15 PM
Wednesday, October 20 | 6 - 8:15 PM

Join us for the City of Gloucester Candidate Forums. The forums are presented by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Council. Registration is required to attend the forums and capacity is limited to 200 people. If you can’t attend, the event will be live-streamed by 1623 Studios on their Facebook page and on Comcast Channel 12. The recording of the forums will also be posted to their YouTube channel for later viewing. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
6-7 PM | School Committee Forum Register
7:15-8:15 PM | Mayoral Forum Register

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
6-7 PM | At-Large Forum Register
7:15-8:15 PM | Ward 2 Forum Register

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: Amanda Armstrong Group - Compass Realty, our Gold Sponsor: Ruth Pino - Re/Max, Cape Ann Savings Bank, and our Silver Sponsor: Bob Gillis
Cape Ann Business Directory
Training Sessions:
Wednesday, October 20 | 11 AM - 12 PM at Castle Manor Inn
Wednesday, October 20 | 7 - 8 PM (Zoom)

This powerful new online marketing platform for Cape Ann businesses. The online directory includes over 1,700 businesses on Cape Ann and is a free platform for all Cape Ann businesses, from sole proprietors to large corporations. Businesses can update and enhance their listing to highlight their hours, online shopping, gift cards, promotions and much more. There is no membership requirement to list your business in the online directory. Learn more by attending one of two training sessions: Wednesday, October 20, 11 AM - 12 PM, in person at the Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester or on Zoom, includes a complimentary lunch (Register here)
and Wednesday, October 20, 7 - 8 PM, Zoom only (Register here). Please contact Grant Manager Anne Williams at to learn more.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Cake Ann
Wednesday, October 20 | 3 PM
63 Rogers Street, Gloucester

The greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for a ribbon cutting at Cake Ann's new location on Rogers Street, within the Gloucester House. Cake Ann is excited to begin its time in a beautiful downtown setting. The move will help Cake Ann better serve its faithful customers and continue to make some of the finest confections around.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at
The Chambered Nautilus
Monday, October 25 | 3 PM
242 Main Street, Suite C4, Gloucester

The greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for a ribbon cutting at one of Gloucester's newest Main Street businesses - The Chambered Nautilus. Jennifer Chapman, the owner, has dedicated her life to opening a welcoming space for anyone to explore metaphysical concepts and personal spirituality.
Smarter Giving: Strategies to Enhance your Charitable Impact
Tuesday, October 26 | 12 - 1 PM

With year-end charitable giving right around the corner, join us for a 1-hour interactive webinar with financial and legal experts to learn how your charitable donations can go further and work harder to benefit your favorite causes AND your own bottom line.

Hosted by Cape Ann Development Warriors in partnership with Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Essex County Community Foundation
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at
Shore Nutrition
Tuesday, October 26 | 5 PM
139 Main Street, Gloucester

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for a ribbon cutting at Shore Nutrition on Gloucester's Main Street. Shore Nutrition opened amidst the pandemic and was never able to celebrate its opening like imagined. Come out and celebrate Shore Nutrition now and give them the warm welcome they have deserved all along.
34th Annual Love Cape Ann
Fundraising Auction
Wednesday, November 10 | 5 - 10 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

Just three weeks remain until the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser! With over 200 attendees, the auction is one of the largest on the North Shore. This is a wonderful way to support the organization and help build a stronger Cape Ann region. With 100 Live and Silent items and many door prizes, you will not want to miss this terrific opportunity to celebrate our region and find those special gifts for you and your loved ones! 

Thank you to our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: The Fish Shack Restaurant
Platinum Sponsors: Beauport Hospitality, 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 and our Supporting Sponsors. 
The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Announces 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.
2022 Advertising Now Available

We are thrilled to announce that our 2022 advertising opportunities are now available. Take advantage of early bird 10% discounts on our display ads by signing up now to advertise in our publications. 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.
The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Visitor Centers 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.
Woodman's Receives High Praise on National Television

Ryan Seacrest, cohost of "Live with Kelly & Ryan", told a great story on the show about his first lobster roll experience while visiting Cape Ann - and it began at Woodman's of Essex. Seacrest spoke glowingly of his time dining at Woodman's and that he and his father had purchased memorabilia too. He continued by reciting some of Woodman's storied past to the audience, including information on Chubby Woodman and the invention of the fried clam. Read the full write-up or watch the clip from the show below.
Great Marsh Seltzer Benefit for Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice

For the month of October, Great Marsh Brewing Company in Essex is holding a promotion to benefit Care Dimensions Walk for Hospice by dedicating a portion of their Saturday sales of craft hard seltzers – “loaded with taste and only 80 calories!” Stop by the Great Marsh taproom and the outdoor patio to enjoy seltzer flavors from açai to watermelon or mix them to create your own. Visit 99 Main Street in Essex and for hours and home delivery.
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.
Check Out Essex's Scarecrows

Have you seen Essex's new Halloween residents? Take a drive around town and see the creativity of our residents and businesses! Some are truly SCAREcrows, others will put a smile on your face! The Friends of the COA will award a $50 gift certificate for the funniest, scariest, best character and best Essex theme.
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
Beverly & Addison Gilbert Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Community Survey

Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert have begun conducting their triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The primary goal of the CHNA 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. Please consider taking the survey below.
Circle the Cape 2021, Walking Challenge Walk the Loop
Now Available for Pick-Up or Delivery

Cape Ann Mass in Motion is launching the Walk the Loop, Circle the Cape 2021 Walking Challenge, and encourages community members age 65 and up to participate. The challenge is sponsored by Cape Ann Mass in Motion along with Cape Ann Seniors on the GO and SeniorCare, Inc., as well as the Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex Councils on Aging (COA). The challenge begins Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 31. To sign up, residents must call or make an in-person visit to their local COA. Participants will be provided with a free walking journal to track their progress. The journal includes helpful information about milestone badges, local walking options, safety tips, and walking health benefits. Residents can pick up a walking journal at their local COA, at the Chamber of Commerce, or request to have one sent to them by mail. Residents can access the walking journal online here.
Join Salem Smugglers Tour this October for "Clue" Murder Mystery Tour
Now - November 5 | 3 - 8 PM

Take a tour this fall and see if you can solve the real murder the game Clue is based on! A murder that involved the highest levels of government and those who pulled their strings. A murder that inspired Poe's Tell-Tale Heart. A murder that Nathaniel Hawthorne reported on in 1830 of the death of Captain Joseph White! Also, learn about the secret tunnels in town that were involved. Public and Private tours from Oct. 5th-Nov. 5th at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tour lasts 2hrs. Meets at the Custom House on Derby Street. Each ticket comes with suspect and weapon cards.
Journey's In Silk at The Cove Gallery
Now - October 31
Thursday - Sunday | 12 - 5 PM

Six artists from Gloucester-based Ten Pound Studio honor Rocky Neck batik artist Judith Goetemann at The Cove Gallery in a new show called Journeys in Silk. The show runs from September 30 to October 31, Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 5 PM.
The GMGI Science Hour with
Dr. Edie Widder
Thursday, October 21 | 7:30 PM via Zoom

Dr. Widder is the CEO and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, a not-for-profit she helped found in 2005 to help save the ocean she has spent most of her career exploring.  Dr. Widder’s talk, “Here be Monsters: Exploring the Edge of the Map,” will take us deep into the ocean – places so deep sunlight can’t reach -- and reveal creatures rarely seen by humans.
Spiritual Discoveries with
Maria Halvorsen
Friday, October 22 | 6 - 8:30 PM

Renowned Spiritual Medium and Psychic of 21 years Maria Halvorsen presents her insights on the Spirit world, offering healing and understanding to audiences. Discover how loved ones continue to live and evolve in the afterlife, and learn how to find peace, knowledge, and a sense of comfort. 
Rockport Music Presents Adam Ezra Group at Shalin Liu
Friday, October 22 | 8 PM

The Boston-based roots rock veterans, whose energetic, passionate live shows have forced comparisons to juggernauts like the Dave Matthews Band and O.A.R., comes to Rockport! Over the pandemic Ezra and his mates have kept busy, performing nightly shows for thousands of their fans in a virtual series that was eventually dubbed The Gathering. After over a year of virtual concerts they return in the flesh this fall!
Kids' Pumpkin Decorating Sail onboard Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
Saturday, October 23 | 10:30 AM

Join Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for their first annual kids' pumpkin decorating sail! Get creative this Halloween and join us for a sail around Gloucester Harbor. Pumpkins and stickers to be provided.
Gloucester's Sawyer Free Library Presents
Chess in the Amphitheater
Saturday, October 23 | 11 AM - 1 PM

This fun and educational program is open to players of all levels, ages, and abilities. Weather permitting, those interested are welcome to gather in the Library’s Amphitheater anytime between 11 am and 1 pm to learn and play chess with the last games beginning at 12:45 pm. No reservations or advanced signup is needed.
The City of Gloucester & Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Present:
Halloween Festival
Saturday, October 23 | 1 - 4 PM

Please join Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken for a FREE Halloween celebration with fun activities for all children; hayrides, ( some hayrides even haunted) jewelry making, Leo the DJ, toddler parade, storytelling, Balloon Lady, Ace, Fire and Police Departments food and lots of memorable fun for all!

Children of all ages are invited, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Roseanne Cody or Jamie Margiotta to volunteer or ask any questions.
Creature Feature: The Termite Monster Comes to Life at Hammond Castle Museum
Saturday, October 23 | 6 - 10 PM

The Creature Feature is a two-part program that opens with a reading of “The Pet,” and spotlights a live adaptation of Hammond’s never-before-seen, three-act play, “The Termite Monster,” both of which are a part of Hammond’s collection of creative stories.
Fall Movie Nights at Hammond Castle Museum - Phantom of the Opera
Sunday, October 24 | 7 - 9 PM

Hammond Castle Museum is once again teaming up with Cape Ann Cinema as we present a “ Fall Movie Series” of four classic movies. Internationally acclaimed silent film live accompanist, Peter Krasinski returns to perform during three silent movies this season. Doors open at 6:45 PM and the show begins at 7 PM. Parking is always free.
The Chambered Nautilus and Apothecary Suil Crow Present: Ocean Ritual
Saturday, October 30 | 4 - 6 PM
Join The Chambered Nautilus as they invoke and honor the Ocean Gods and Goddesses of the waters of Cape Ann on the Eve of Samhain! This time-honored Olde World magical tradition began among the ancient Celts and continues to this day. Happening when the Veil Between Worlds is at its thinnest, this is sure to be a powerful and enchanting evening you won’t forget! 
Halloween by the Sea

Wobblin Goblin Parade: Saturday, October 23 at 10 AM (Rain Date: October 30). Bring your little goblin or ghost to the front of Town Hall in costume to parade through downtown Manchester while trick or treating at businesses along the way. Parade ends in Masconomo Park where more activities are planned. 

Drive Through Trick or Treat: Sunday, October 31 from 3 PM to 5 PM behind Town Hall. Register online at

Manchester Trick or Treat: Sunday, October 31 from 5 PM to 7 PM town-wide. Streets in the Village will NOT be blocked o. If you feel more 
comfortable, leave candy out in front of your home.
Beauport Boutique
Sip & Shop Holiday Trunk Show
Thursday, November 4 | 3 - 10 PM

Beauport Boutique is beginning to spread the holiday cheer! Join us November 4th from 3 - 10 PM for an early holiday shopping event, featuring a fresh holiday merchandise collection! Shop an array of gifts including new seasonal home decor, clothing, cashmere, jewelry and accessories, Beauport branded apparel and more. Featuring Colby Davis of Boston, Mitchies, Linda Richards, Lilly Pulitzer, Alashan, Skida and Mariposa. Light sips and bites will be provided. Gift Cards will also be available.
For a look at upcoming events year-round, visit our full online calendar. The full calendar also includes many recurring events:

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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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.
Small Business Counseling Through MSBDC

The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts with the highest quality, no-cost, confidential business counseling, training and business research. They work with real people and real businesses. their assistance helps people like you achieve real success, as it has for more than 30 years.

If you wish to schedule an appointment with a business advisor, please complete the online Request for Counseling form with the link below.
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 4 Cape Ann communities, including 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.
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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Backyard Growers (BYG) is a grassroots community-based organization in Gloucester, MA. We are a small but mighty group of committed people who love what we do, and have fun while we work hard. As our Development Director, you are responsible for our vital revenue streams, which allow us to achieve our mission and maximize our impact in the community. You plan and organize fundraising activities, manage the development budget, and assemble team members to raise funds.
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.
Immediate Openings for Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants & Nursing Students!

ABC Home Healthcare is a local, family-owned home care agency providing services to the Greater Boston, North Shore, Cape Ann and Merrimack Valley communities for over 15 years. Opportunities exist in all communities they serve!
Todd Oil is Hiring for Multiple Positions

Join the team at Todd Oil as they search for motivated individuals for positions such as Oil Burner Technician and CDL Driver. They are willing to train the right candidate. Todd Oil offers a full benefits package, profit sharing, and a 401K plan. Send your resumes to or mail to Todd Oil P.O. Box 238, Rockport MA 01966
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