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A Fall Castle Hill Concert | Crane Estate - Ipswich, MA
Cape Ann Regional Grant Presents:
Negotiating Skills & Difficult Conversations
Thursday, October 14 | 8:30 - 10 AM

The Cape Ann Regional Grant presents a workshop on Negotiating Skills & Difficult Conversations on Thursday, October 14 from 8:30 - 10 AM with business management expert Richard Weissman. Reacquaint yourself with negotiating and communication strategies that will have a positive impact on your bottom line. The meeting will take place in person at the Castle Manor Inn, 141 Essex Ave., Gloucester and on zoom. A complimentary breakfast will be provided. Register here or email to learn more.
Collected Data & Round Table Results from the Summer of 2021
Thursday, October 14 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Please join the ZOOM WEBINAR for an informative, spirited and educational evening
as we showcase our findings from Discover Gloucester's Round Table Results and
Greater Cape Ann Chamber's Visitor Data and Statistics. Join the zoom call to learn the
challenges, innovations and best practices
that helped local businesses and organizations celebrate their best season ever.
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 100 people. If you can not attend, the event will be live-streamed by 1623 Studios.

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, and our Silver Sponsor: Bob Gillis
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 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

34th Annual Love Cape Ann
Fundraising Auction
Wednesday, November 10 | 5 - 10 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

Save the date - 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!

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities available for this event, please see the attached contracts.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: The Fish Shack Restaurant, our Gold Sponsors: Bank Gloucester, Brookline Bank, Engel & Volkers, our Silver Sponsors: Applied Materials, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Intershell, and our Supporting Sponsors.
The Cape Ann Regional Grant Presents the Cape Ann Business Directory

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.
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 winding down 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.
Member Spotlight - Common Crow

If you are someone who takes pride in fueling your body with natural foods, then Common Crow Natural Market is the place for you. This woman-owned business provides the North Shore with a selection of gifts and stationery, vitamins and personal care, as well as their festive catering/bakery, grab-and-go, and humanely raised meats. One of the major pillars of Common Crow is supporting other to local farms, businesses, sustainability, and providing for the Cape Ann Community. Fuel your body and mind by going to Common Crow Natural market at 200 Eastern Ave Gloucester, MA or visit their website.
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.
Amanda Armstrong Group Joins Compass

Compass is thrilled to welcome Amanda Armstrong, the North Shore’s long-standing number one REALTOR®, to their family of accomplished agents. Amanda joined on
September 16 as a managing director and has quickly ushered Compass into the Cape Ann area and beyond. Armstrong brings an unrelenting drive, strong leadership, and a tenacity for success to our team. Armstrong began her career in 2006, where she was named rookie of the year. She has consistently been recognized as a top agent since.
Essex Heritage Receives $50,000 National Park Service Grant to Promote the African American Experience in Essex County

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), a non-profit that manages and provides numerous programs preserving and enhancing Essex County’s historic, natural and cultural places, is excited to announce that they have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the African American Civil Rights grant program, through the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. This grant will be used to research and promote the African American experience in the Essex National Heritage Area.
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 for Meals on Wheels in Ipswich. 

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 contact the SeniorCare Nutrition Dept at 978-281-1750, M-F, 9 AM - 4 PM.
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.
Last Chance to Cast Your Votes for the BONS 2022 Wedding Awards

Each year BONS celebrates (and honors) the North Shore experts who create perfection for clients on their big day—from the best gowns and engagement rings to cakes and venues!
2022 BONS Wedding Readers' Choice voting runs until October 15, with the winners announced in our January/February 2022 issue. Cast you8r votes for your favorite wedding industry businesses!
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 Artists Reception is on Saturday, October 2, 4 - 6 PM.
Adventure Night at
Gloucester Stage Company
Friday, October 15 | 7 PM

You are invited for a special world premiere production of Think of Me Tuesday written by Adventure board member, Ken Riaf. Adventure has reserved a block of seats on the final Friday of the show. Purchasing these tickets will benefit both Adventure and the Gloucester Stage. There will be a short gathering in the lobby to meet the playwright, Ken before the show. Coinciding with the 2021 Gloucester mayoral race, this tongue-in-cheek portrayal of "Fishtown's" most unlikely candidate won't fail to entertain.
Gloucester's Sawyer Free Library Presents
Chess in the Amphitheater
Saturday, September 16 | 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.
Castle Hill Vintage Car Climb
October 17 | 9 AM - 4 PM

The Trustees and the Vintage Sports Car Club of America have partnered for an exciting new event featuring pre-WWII cars competing in times races. Spectators may come for the day and enjoy live music, food trucks, a bootlegger’s garden and picnicking on the lawn! Cars will race in the morning and again in the afternoon with a midday lunch break when the autos will be on display. Designated viewing spots will allow spectators to safely watch the races
Beauport Cruiselines Brunch Cruise with Mari Martin & The Lucky Boys Trio
Sunday, October 17 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Beauport Cruiselines is cruising! Enjoy their upcoming Brunch Cruise with Mari Martin & The Lucky Boys Trio, featuring full bar service, a brunch menu and of course, the fabulous Mari Martin & TheLucky Boys. Enjoy the tunes and delicious fare while taking in the ocean breeze and views of Gloucester Harbor & Cape Ann. This is a cruise you do not want to miss.
Fall Movie Nights at Hammond Castle Museum
Sunday, October 17 | 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.
Creature Feature: The Termite Monster Comes to Life at Hammond Castle Museum
Tuesday, October 19 | 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.
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.
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 and activities for all children; hayrides, jewelry making, Leo the DJ, toddler parade, storytelling, Balloon Lady, Ace, Fire and Police Department, food and lots of fun for the whole family.
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! 
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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.
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Connected Home Care is Hiring Home Health Aides

If you’re driven and seeking training in your professional career, we are looking for you! Connected Home Care offers free training and career development for its employees.
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
Backyard Growers is Hiring for a Development Director

Backyard Growers (BYG) is a grassroots community-based organization in Gloucester, MA. They are a small but mighty group of committed people who love what we do and have fun while we work hard. As their 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
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