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A Fall Evening on Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Photo Courtesy of The Trustees
The Cape Ann Regional Grant Team Presents Public Relations for Your Business
Thursday, September 16 | 9- 10 AM

There’s still time to sign up for Thursday’s Public Relations for Your Business, and Social Media Marketing on September 23 at 9 AM with PR & Marketing Consultant Noelle Guerin of Cru of Two PR. We’ll meet at Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester and on zoom. This includes a complimentary breakfast. And, check out our free digital learning tools for Cape Ann business owners and their employees at
Next Gen Young Professionals
Beach Party at Cape Ann Motor Inn
Friday, September 17 | 5:30 - 8 PM

Join us this week to 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? 
Congratulations to the 2021 Greater Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year! 
2021 Small Business Week
September 20 - October 1 

Manchester-by-the-Sea Small Business Person Of The Year 
Ken Davis, Cape Ann Savings Bank
Manchester Reception
Monday, September 20 | 5-7 PM
American Legion Post 113 | 14 Church Street,
Manchester-by-the-Sea (Please park behind Legion building)

Rockport Small Business Person Of The Year 
Jay Smith, Smith Ace Hardware & Lumber
Rockport Reception
Tuesday, September 21 | 5-7 Pm
Emerson Inn Seaside Resort |1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport

Gloucester Small Business Person Of The Year 
Bob Gillis, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Retired
Gloucester Reception
Wednesday, September 22 | 5 - 7 PM
Lobsta Land Patio | 84 Causeway Street, Gloucester

Essex Small Business Person Of The Year 
Jimmy Roumelotis, Cape Ann Pizza
Essex Reception
Thursday, September 23 | 5 - 7 PM
Woodman's | 119 Main Street, Essex

Ipswich Small Business Person Of The Year
Alex Doyle, Conley's Drug Store
Ipswich Reception
Monday, September 27 | 5 - 7 PM
Ipswich Inn | 2 East Street, Ipswich

2021 Small Business Week Luncheon 
Friday, October 1| 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Castle Manor Inn | 141 Essex Avenue, Gloucester
CLICK HERE to Register
Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting 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 (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 in Person, at The Elks at Bass Rocks
Wednesday, October 13 | 5 - 7 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. 

RSVP as soon as possible if you wish to attend the drawing in person. Your ticket includes entry to the event for two at the Elks at Bass Rocks. Limited capacity - call us at (978) 283 - 1601 to reserve your seat.
The Businesswomen's Committee Annual Fall Luncheon
Thursday, Oct. 14 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

This year’s Businesswomen’s Luncheon will be held on Thursday, October 14, at the Beauport Hotel. Karen Hanson, License Partner, Engel & Völkers by the Sea will be our featured Speaker. Karen will talk about Resiliency- in good times and in tough times. Tickets are $35, tables of 10 are available for $350.

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! 
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.
Free Rockport Music Tickets for Greater Cape Ann Chamber Members for Simone Dinnersterin Performance
Sunday, September 19 | 8 PM

As Rockport Music's 2021 Rockport Chamber Music Festival comes to a close this weekend, they'd like to extend a warm THANK YOU to staff, volunteers, friends of Rockport Music and community members for the incredible support they have received throughout the pandemic. 
As a token of their appreciation, please enjoy complimentary tickets for you and a guest to the Sunday, 8 PM performance of pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the final concert of the Festival. 
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To claim your complimentary ticket(s), simply enter promo code “guest” when checking out online at For questions, please call our Box Office at 978.546.7391.  
Young Legends Street Hockey Fall Programs Begin in October

Young Legends Street Hockey is offering two programs starting in October. Their "Learn to Play" is aimed at 4 - 6-year-olds and will teach the basics of street hockey. This will focus on core elements such as stick handling, passing, and shooting. The other offering is Young Legends' Skill Development Program that builds skills for both street and ice hockey. Each program is 5 weeks and occurs Sunday mornings through October.
True North Ale Company Medals Twice at Great American Beer Fest

Last week, at the Great American Beer Fest in Denver, the world's largest professional beer competition, True North's Cerveza and Northern Haze each earned medals! Over 9,600 beers were judged, submitted by nearly 2,200 breweries from all 50 states. Only 25 of the 265 breweries receiving recognition earned multiple medals. And only four New England breweries won an award. True North Ales stands in elite company. Congratulations to True North, keep on producing outstanding beer!
Cape Ann Artisans Announce Fall Tour

The Cape Ann Artisans will host the 38th Annual Fall Tour for two days, Saturday and Sunday, October 9 & 10th.  This will be the third time that the Artisans have hosted the community and visitors in 2021 and each time the artisans have experienced a strong return to experiencing the arts in person.  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!  For those new to the tour, the two-day period allows plenty of time to visit all or a selection of the studios, but an early start is always recommended to fully enjoy the day and take a break mid-day for lunch.
Generous Gardeners Need 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.
Fortuny Gowns at Hammond Castle
Now - September 30

Throughout September guests visiting the Hammond Castle Museum may view the two vintage, Mario Fortuny gowns. Dated between 1920 and 1930, the gowns are made in Fortuny’s “Eleonora” Renaissance style and feature hundreds of silk pleats, Venetian glass beads, and handprinted velvet.  Don't miss your chance to see what the avant-garde was wearing nearly 100 years ago!
Tarot Classes on Wednesdays
September 15 - 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.
Schooner Adventure's Musical 95th Anniversary Sail
Thursday, September 16 | 4:30 PM

Please join Schooner Adventure to celebrate its birthday and the finale of a successful return to sailing this season. This date in 1926 was Adventure’s original launch date ninety-five years ago! Internationally known local Singer/Songwriter, Allen Estes will provide musical entertainment on board. Participate in a 95th Anniversary Raffle. Hors'doeuvres, Beverages, Bubbly, and Cupcakes will be served. Please come to Harriet Webster Pier at 4:00 pm to gather prior to boarding in celebration of Adventure. Members of the board will speak, and an honorary King and Queen Neptune will be crowned.
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.
Antique Table, Manchester-by-the-Sea: Ari Hest, and 7-Course Italian Dinner
Saturday, September 18 | 6 PM

Live music is back at Antique Table and they're kicking it off with the best in entertainment. Join them for a 7-course Italian dinner with music by Ari Hest, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter extraordinaire. Many of Ari's songs have appeared on TV and film - The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few. Their chef is so excited to show what he pulled out his old recipe book (see menu here). Price $95.00 per person includes dinner and show. Seating is limited. Reservations required.
Care Dimensions 34th Annual Walk for Hospice Virtual Ceremony
Sunday, September 19 | 9 AM

Walk any time in memory of a loved one, when and where you feel comfortable – skip, skate or hike -- while raising awareness and funds for this important cause. Walk proceeds benefit the 2,000 patients Care Dimensions care for every day.
Backyard Growers 6th Annual Great Gloucester (un)Growdown Virtual Auction
Thursday, September 20

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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Senior Care is Hiring for a Part-Time Site Manager in Gloucester

SeniorCare Inc. is seeking an independent self-starter who works well with others and has good
organization and customer services skills as well as sensitivity to the needs of older adults to
coordinate the provision and service of healthy meals through the SeniorCare Nutrition Program.
Site manager responsibilities include receiving and handling food for congregate and home
delivered meals, serving a daily noon meal, and coordinating home-delivered meals while
observing established food handling practices.
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.
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.
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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Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce