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Summer Waning Along the Banks of the Ipswich River
Photo Courtesy of Vince Mainetti
Next Gen Young Professionals
Beach Party at Cape Ann Motor Inn
Thursday, September 9 | 5:30 - 8 PM

Network with other young professionals over drinks and light appetizers on a beautiful sandy beach in Gloucester. Cape Ann Motor Inn’s home on Long Beach is the perfect place to celebrate a successful summer and connect with old friends and new. And what would an evening be without a fun bonfire to gather around as the sun is setting?
The Cape Ann Regional Grant Team Presents Next Up…Public Relations for Your Business
Thursday, September 16 | 9- 10 AM

Join PR & Marketing Consultant Noelle Guerin of Cru of Two PR for an opportunity to learn how to update and maximize your PR strategy. We’ll meet at Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester, and on zoom. The workshop includes a complimentary breakfast.

Learn more at contact Grant Manager Anne Williams at
Small Business Week in the Greater Cape Ann Region: 2021 Small Business Person of the Year Awards
Sept. 20 - 23, 27 & Oct. 1 | 5-7 PM

Join us across the Greater Cape Ann Region for a week of celebrating local business people. Each of our five communities has selected a recipient of this year's small business person award. Each weeknight the public is invited to attend the receptions for free. To conclude Small Business Week, we will be hosting a luncheon at the Castle Manor Inn on October 1 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Business After Hours at Cape Ann Museum Green at the Janet & William Ellery James Center
Wednesday, September 29 | 5 - 7 PM

If you haven't yet been to see Cape Ann Museum's 'new' space- now is your opportunity- it is fabulous! Join us as we help the Museum celebrate their new Green and officially welcome them with a Ribbon Cutting.
The Board and Staff of the Cape Ann Museum invite you to come see and enjoy this wonderful space, along with area business people, as they host our September Business After Hours Networking event. The Greater Cape Ann Chamber will also be conducting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 PM.

Please note that due to very limited parking at the Green, we will be shuttling people to and from the event from the Pleasant Street campus.
Please plan to park downtown and gather at the courtyard of the museum's downtown campus, 27 Pleasant Street.
$25K Game is Back at The Elks at Bass Rocks
Wednesday, October 13 | 5 PM

The highly anticipated $25K Game is back for 2021. Yes, we are giving away $25,000 in cash prices, and there are 12 chances to win with prizes ranging from $10,000 to $500 – these are the best odds on Cape Ann! Swing by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber to purchase your tickets today. 50/50 Raffle tickets are also available for purchase
2022 Advertising Now Available

We are pleased 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.
Generous Gardeners Needs Your Votes

Take a moment to watch a stunning video put together by the Generous Gardners for the 2021 America in Bloom. This short video highlights the incredible work done to beautify Gloucester's Stacy Boulevard. For the Outstanding Achievement category, Gloucester is entered for “Flowers,” and in the Special Award Nomination category for “What’s Old Is New Again – Best Adaptive Reuse Project,” Gloucester is entered for the renovation of the Elizabeth Gordon Smith Garden on Stacy Boulevard. Please take a moment to vote for the work done by the Generous Gardeners for their numerous nominated categories.
Cast Your Votes for BankGloucester's Banking for the Community Program

BankGloucester is pleased to announce that voting in our 14th Annual “Banking for the Community” program will begin on September 1 and end on September 30. Over the past thirteen years, through this program, the Bank has awarded $225,000 to dozens of deserving non-profit and community organizations. This year the Bank will award a total of $25,000 to 21 organizations. Community votes will determine how the funds are allocated. Voting will take place via our online and paper ballots and will be available for completion at each branch location.
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.
The Ipswich Cultural Council is Looking for Ipswich Artists to Submit Art for the 35th Annual Art Show & Sale

The 35th ICC Annual Art Show registration has begun! We are hoping nothing will change ( re: Delta and Covid ) by the time the week-end arrives. Show date: October 1 - 3. Hard copy registration papers are at Zenobia or Ipswich Photo 38 Essex Road. 978.356.7972 for any questions.
Attention Professional and Recreational Photographers - Gloucester Rotary 2022 Raffle Calendar Submissions

A 12-month Cape Ann photo raffle calendar that will be sold through the Gloucester Rotary Club. This includes photos from Cape Ann that reflect our many seasons, whether social seasons or environmental seasons. It could be a person, a place, or an event or any other subject that reflects Cape Ann seasons. Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted. A selection committee from the Rotary Club will make the choices. (a photo release must be included for all individuals in image)
SeniorCare’s 49th Anniversary Celebration Goes Virtual! 

SeniorCare is excited to have the opportunity to commemorate 49 years of service on the North Shore and to honor our community heroes. The celebration, which was originally planned as a breakfast buffet, will take place online on the morning of Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 9am. For additional information, tickets and sponsorships, please go to or contact SeniorCare at 978-281-1750.
Seaside Sustainability - Dive in with Seaside Podcast Featuring Dr. Britt Crow-Miller

In this special episode of Dive in with Seaside, Dr. Britt Crow-Miller, a Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, joins Nikita and Laine to discuss environmental education at the collegiate level.
Rockport Art Association & Museum Presents: 100 Years of RAA&M Presidents 1921 - 2021 | Now - September 12

The 100 Years of RAA&M Presidents Exhibition celebrates RAA&M by highlighting key sustaining members whose leadership have carried RAA&M forward from its inception to its present 100th year. Many of these works have been drawn from our Museum collection and are on loan from private homes, and have never been seen publicly before. Others are for sale and can go home with you today.
Essex Heritage Fall Annual Meeting 
Thursday, September 9 | 9 - 10:30 AM

Join Essex National Heritage Area for a morning of networking & regional engagement! Attendees are welcome to arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 am for coffee and networking. The agenda will include a celebration of Essex Heritage over 25 years, voting in new Commissioners, and more!
Hammond Castle Museum Announces Tarot Classes on Wednesdays
September 8 - October 27 | 5 - 7 PM
Learn to read Tarot in the famous, mystically medieval Hammond Castle! During this 8-session class, professional tarot card reader and psychic, Annette Dion will lead you through the deck of cards. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certification to read tarot.
Candlelight & Spiritualism Tours at Hammond Castle Museum
Thursday, September 9 | 6 - 9 PM

Guides will escort visitors through the castle’s many rooms, placing an emphasis on the Hammonds themselves and the time that they spent in their castle home. Visit and immerse yourself in the lost era of quiet luxury and candlelight. “Candlelight Tours” and "Spiritualism Tours" are offered Thursday evenings during the months of August and September. Advanced reservations are required.
Pint For Pint at True North Ale
September 10 & 11 | 8:30 AM - 3 PM

On the 20th anniversary weekend of Sept. 11th - visit True North Brewery in Ipswich, MA to say Thank-you to our First Responders by donating blood. Something as simple as a pint of blood can mean life or death for anyone....and by giving - you are reaching and saving folks you'll never know - but whom will never forget your gift!

"Pint for a Pint" Blood Drives has had over 200 pints donated to the cause in 2021. They say for every pint donated - three people are treated! Become part of the wave and give lifesaving blood and get rewarded with a wonderful pint of True North's best!
Gather on the Green
Meeting House Green - Ipswich
September 10 - 12

Come on down to the Ipswich Meeting House Green for a weekend celebration of art, music and community. The celebration begins Friday night with an artist and sponsor reception, reservations are required to attend. Saturday and Sunday consist of live music, art and food vendors for people of all ages. You won't want to miss this chance to celebrate art, music and the community.
Friday Music Series with Gloucester Meetinghouse Green Featuring
Cape Ann Big Band
Concert to Benefit Meeting House Foundation
Friday, September 10 | 6 - 8 PM

This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time. Known for operating like a family, Cape Ann Big Band prides itself with having a repertoire that has no boundaries. Their program includes such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”
The Orchestra on the Hill Presents: Emerging Images at Dolan Performing Arts Center
Friday, September 10 | 7:30 PM

This will be a truly unique program that will premier all new music written by Ipswich composers Tom Palance, Chris Florio, G. Paul Naeger, David Andrew Moore and Jerry Gates. Each piece has collaborative elements featuring local artists working with film, poetry, dance and animation. These are all original pieces being performed for the first time.
Cape Ann YMCA Presents: Family Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, September 11 | 10 AM - 12 PM

Start the fall off right with our Family Fun Cornhole Tournament to be held at the Glen T Macleod YMCA. Teams of 2 will compete in a round-robin style tournament, playing games to 21 following regulation rules. Food and local beverage sponsors will be available on site.
The price is $20 for members and $30 for community non-members to play.
For more details or to register contact Sports Director Nick McKenna
Annie Gosbee Field Dedication Ceremony
Memorial Park, Essex
September 12 | 11 AM

On September 12 Essex's town baseball field will be formally named for Essex resident Annie Gosbee.  Annie was a tremendous athlete who fought her way onto some local boys baseball teams in the late 1940's. She worked long hours as a teenager to help fund her dream to try out for the All American Professional Girls Baseball League, the organization made famous in the movie "A League of Their Own" and recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The festivities will begin at 11 am with an informal friendly girls softball game played in Annie's honor.  The actual naming ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm. Hot dogs will be served!
28th Annual Restaurant Trends Event at City Winery, Boston
Monday, September 13 | 2 - 6 PM

There is a great opportunity for restauranteurs coming up in Boston. At this event, you’ll hear from leading experts, operators, government officials on the state of the restaurant industry and the challenges restaurants are facing.
Catherine J. Tobin Memorial Golf Classic at Sandy Burr Country Club
Tuesday, September 14 | 9 AM

Tobin Scientific will hold its first annual Catherine J. Tobin Memorial Golf Classic on Tuesday, September 14 at Wayland’s Sandy Burr Country Club. There will be a luncheon, awards, and an auction following the tournament, and all proceeds will benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.
Trails & Sails: 10 Days of Exploring Heritage in Essex County
September 17 - 26 | Essex County

Experience a taste of Essex County's historic, cultural, and natural sites during the 20th annual Trails & Sails event series—10 days of free in-person, DIY, and virtual heritage events. Connect with the spectacular places and stories that define the Essex National Heritage Area.
Rockport Music Presents Han-Setzer-Finkel Trio
Friday, September 17 | 5 & 8 PM

In recent seasons, David Finckel and Wu Han have appeared frequently with violinist Philip Setzer—David Finckel’s colleague in the legendary Emerson String Quartet for more than three decades—in performances of the piano trio literature. The trio has been met with critical acclaim worldwide. In addition to their concert activities, the artists have recorded the piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Dvořák on the ArtistLed label, and embarked on trios by Beethoven and more in the 2018–19 concert season.
Backyard Growers 6th Annual Great Gloucester (un)Growdown Virtual Auction
Thursday, September 30 | 9 AM

Help support the Backyard Growers Great Gloucester (un)GrowDown. Unfortunately, they had to cancel the in-person auction but have alternatively decided to host the event virtually. Proceeds will aid Backyard Growersexpand and build more raised garden beds at some of our sites in order to meet our community's growing needs for fresh, healthy produce.
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MassHire Offers Employer Resource Webinars

With supplemental Federal unemployment benefits coming to an end this week, many employees will be returning to the workforce in the coming weeks. MassHire, the state’s primary service agency for job seekers, is also a great resource for employers looking for support with recruiting and training employees. MassHire is now offering weekly Employer Resources Webinars every Thursday at 2 PM through September. To learn more about services that can help you hire new employees – including the state’s WorkShare Program

Employers can take advantage of employment and training resources such as help with recruitment and hiring, job matching with potential hires, workforce training grants, and tax credit programs. To find a Business Service Representative, call your local MassHire Career Center and ask for Business Services.

For a complete list is the state’s Career Centers please click here.
Business Dialogues: Child Care as the Backbone of the New Economy
Tuesday, Sept. 14 | 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday, Sept. 20 | 1 - 2:30 PM

The Department of Early Education and Care, in partnership with Commonwealth Corporation and the Business Coalition for Early Childhood, is hosting a series of Business Dialogues to better understand what innovative models in child care can meet new needs in the future of work.
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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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 an Accounting & Payroll Specialist, Xero & Gusto

Backyard Growers is a grassroots community-based organization in Gloucester, MA. We are a small but mighty group of committed people who love what they do, and have fun while we work hard. As the Accounting & Payroll Specialist you are primarily responsible for the organization’s bookkeeping and payroll using our existing software platforms, Xero and Gusto. This is a contractor position that reports to the Executive Director.
Grand Banks Building Products is Hiring

Grand Banks Building Products, located in Gloucester, MA is currently hiring a full-time team member for Warehouse Sales & Delivery. They specialize in high-end building product sales including cabinetry, windows, doors, millwork, hardware and more. Grand Banks has been serving our local community for over 30 years and is a family-owned, family-run business who value their employees.
Rockport Music is Hiring for an Assistant Box Office Manager

Rockport Music, home of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, is seeking an Assistant Box Office Manager. Working with the Ticketing Operations Manager, as well as other administrative and operations staff, the Assistant Box Office Manager will help build concerts and events in Tessitura, provide a high level of courteous and informed service to all customers, manage that all policies and concert details are accurate and current for the box office, and work the concerts and events. The Assistant Box Office Manager is also responsible for troubleshooting Tessitura issues, exploring best practices for ticketing operations, as well as organizing many of the box office activities in preparation for concert events.
Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Technician Position Available at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
GMGI has two positions for a Teaching Assistant and Lab Tech who will play an important role in contributing to our fisheries research programs. The Teaching Assistant & Laboratory Technician will assist the Lead Teacher and Education Director in the day-to-day educational operations of the Academy ensuring that the classroom and teaching laboratory are prepared for students to achieve an effective learning experience on a daily basis.
Windward Grille in Essex is Hiring for Year-Round Positions

The Windward Grille is hiring servers and line cooks for year-round employment. Experience is preferred they're willing to train the right people. They offer night-time hours which are perfect for students. Please apply in-person Wednesday - Saturday at Windward Grille, 109 Eastern Ave,
Essex MA
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
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.
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