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March 8, 2023

Chamber Events

2023 Irish Sweepstakes

Thursday, March 16 | 5 - 7 PM

Gloucester Elks at Bass Rocks

The countdown to the Irish Sweepstakes begins. The tickets availability is dwindling so if you are on the fence about buying, jump off right now and get yours! Several "pots of gold" will be given out! A total of $20,000 with the largest prize being $10,000! 

Tickets are $100 each. Only 400 total tickets tickets will be sold - increasing your odds of winning! Tickets will be distributed to the Board members to sell, or visit or call the Chamber or Purchase Tickets Online

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor

Business After Hours

Wednesday, March 22 | 5 - 7 PM

Brookline Bank, Ipswich

Join us as we gather and network for our monthly Business After Hours series. This month our generous host is Brookline Bank of Ipswich. Join us for a fun evening of networking and light appetizers in Brookline Bank's Spacious Lobby area. Cash bar available.

Register Today

Winter Birding Boat Trip with 7 Seas Whale Watch

Saturday, March 25 | 8 AM - 1 PM

Join the Waitlist | $95 per person

Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds. Thousands of birders visit the rugged coast of Cape Ann and scan the adjacent waters hoping to spot some of the unusual and highly sought-after seabirds that spend the winter months just offshore. The best way to get to see these birds and experience them up close is to visit them in their natural habitat- on the ocean! The Boat is Full but a Waitlist is Available

Presenting Sponsor: Swarovski Optik

Gold Sponsor: Essex Bird & Pet Supply

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Download Sponsorship Form or contact Michelle for details

Businesswomen's Mixer @ The Crow's nest

Thursday, March 30 | 5 - 7 PM

Registration Required | $10 members | $20 Non-members

The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Businesswomen's Committee invites you to meet and mingle with other Greater Cape Ann business professionals while enjoying a piece of Gloucester history at the Crow's Nest. Raffles, drinks, business card swaps, networking opportunities, and complimentary appetizers will be provided..

Pre-registration is required - limited to the first 50 registrants.

All 2023 Businesswomen's Mixers sponsored by:

Golf is in the Air

Swing into Spring

Monday, May 5 | 9 AM - 3 PM

Ipswich Country Club

Please Join the Businesswomen of Cape Ann for the First Annual Swing into Spring Golf Event at the Ipswich Country Club. Start your morning with some general instruction and breakout sessions with the Country Club's Golf Pros. After a short break for lunch & networking, we will take to the carts and play 9 holes of "Best Ball". A Continental breakfast and a box lunch are included with the fees.

$149 for members

$165 for non-members

Register | Sponsorship Opportunities

34th Annual Education & Scholarship Golf Tournament

Call for Sponsors

The net proceeds of this event fund the Chamber’s extensive work with the three Cape Ann schools and Essex Tech and education non-profits. The programming includes: monthly collaboration with all schools and education non-profits, DECA support, intern and mentorships, annual Cape Ann Career & Collage Fair and several scholarships.  

Your sponsorship will provide your organization exposure to over 100 area business owners, senior business leaders, and elected officials.

Learn More About Sponsorships

Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Skate by the Sea

March 10 - 12 

Skate by the Sea is a fun new event sponsored by the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea thanks to a special grant awarded by the state. All are invited to come skate on our new synthetic ice rink that will be located in Masconomo Park (hours vary).

Learn More

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Michael O'Leary & Friends: Upstairs on Main, Friday, March 10 @ 7:30 PM

Project Step: Sunday, March 12 @ 3 PM

St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn: Wednesday, March 15 @ 8 PM

Lohengrin (Metropolitan Opera in HD): Saturday, March 18 @ 12 PM

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (Virtual Concert): Saturday, March 18 @ 3 PM

Argentinian Wine Dinner

1606 at the Beauport Hotel

Thursday, March 9 | 6 PM

Join 1606 for an evening of exquisite cuisine and paired wines celebrating the region of Argentina. Each of the five courses will feature wines carefully thought out and chosen to pair with the dishes. A treat for all!

$95 per ticket, plus tax and gratuity. See Full Menu & Buy Tickets

Employee Benefits 101 & Secure Act 2.0

Thursday, March 9 | 9 - 10 AM


The next (free!) webinar in the Morse Women Attorneys Webinar Series highlights our ERISA and Employee Benefits services. Join Rebecca Alperin for a general overview of the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA requirements applicable to qualified plans – retirement and health and welfare. To round out the discussion, Rebecca will highlight upcoming required and discretionary amendments under the Secure Act 2.0. All are welcome! Learn More & Register

Free Veggie Seeds to Start Indoors

Thursday, March 9 | 2 - 5:30 PM

Backyard Growers

103R Maplewood Ave, Gloucester

Get a jumpstart on the 2023 growing season by starting your own seeds indoors! Backyard Growers will be giving away FREE vegetable seeds to get you started, which should be planted in March to be ready to be planted outdoors in late May. This includes a range of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, herbs, and more.

These seeds are free for the community - stop by to chat and pick some up to get your garden going!

Theatre in the Great House - "ART"

See Dates & Times (March 10 - 26)

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich

Castle Hill Productions presents the Tony Award-winning play ‘ART’. Staged in the Great House Ballroom, ‘ART’ explores the relationship between three friends when one of them acquires an expensive piece of modern art. This witty comedy challenges the idea of value… in art as well as in friends. Due to mature themes and language, this play is not recommended for children under 15 years of age. Purchase Tickets

Extravaganza for Four Harpsichords & Strings

Sunday, March 19th | 3:30 PM

Gloucester Meetinghouse

Four virtuoso harpsichordists, Elliot Figg, Frances Fitch, Lenora McCroskey and Peter Sykes will be joined by the period string ensemble ‘Arpeggione’ to present our annual birthday celebration concert in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach. They will perform the rarely-heard Concerto in C-major and Concerto in D-minor by Bach for three harpsichords and strings, the Banchetto Musicale, No. 1 by Johann Hermann Schein for strings and harpsichord continuo, plus an extremely-rare performance of the Concerto in A-minor for four harpsichords by Bach, adapted from Vivaldi. Purchase Tickets

The Power of Play

Sunday, March 26 | 11 AM - 2 PM

Gloucester High School Field House

A day of hands-on, low-tech play for all ages, hosted by Gloucester Education Foundation and run by a powerhouse team of community and student volunteers! The Power of Play centers around fun family activities, and is designed to be welcoming to a broad spectrum of ages, ability levels, and learning styles. This year’s event will also feature some special activities from regions around the world that are present in our Gloucester community. Gloucester families, friends and children of all ages. Suggested donation $5/family at the door; no family will be turned away for lack of funds. Learn More

49th Meals on Wheels Breakfast Fundraiser

Friday, March 31 | 7 - 9:30 AM

Gloucester House

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its 49th annual Meals on Wheels Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House, on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 7:00 am to 9:30 am. Tickets are $20 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Tickets are available online at or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program. Exciting raffle and auction items will be available for bidding at the breakfast—including a 6-hour fishing trip aboard the television hit series Wicked Tuna’s “Hard Merchandise” with Captain Dave Marciano!

Learn More | Download Sponsor Form | Buy Tickets

Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 8 | 2 PM

Millbrook Meadow, Rockport

The Rockport Division of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will hold the 30th annual Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM. The event is for the children of the town - preschoolers through grade one – and will take place at Millbrook Meadow, Beach Street, Rockport.

Pre-schoolers will be grouped in one section and kindergarteners and first graders in another. In addition to assorted candies, chocolates and small prizes, the hunt will feature four golden eggs to be redeemed for larger prizes. The Easter Bunny is also expected to make an appearance. Children should bring a basket and arrive early – the hunt will begin promptly at 2.

Presenting Sponsor: Institution for Savings

Supporting Sponsor: Rockport Innkeeper Association Cookbook Committee 

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Greenbelt's 2023 Film & Lecture Series

Mycorrhizae & Trees: A Fungal Connection

Wednesday, March 15 & April 11 | 6 - 8 PM

Riverwalk Brewing, Newburyport

(March 15 Event is Sold Out. Please email to be placed on a waitlist.) Mushroom fever swept the Northeast in 2021 with serious spring and summer rain resulting in an abundance of mushrooms that was hard to ignore. Suddenly, mycology soared into popular culture and books about fungus rose to the best sellers lists. Local mycophile Maria Pinto will dig into the fascinating world of mycorrhizal fungi and shed light on the special relationships they build with trees. An educator, author and Boston Mycological Club member, Maria was about mushroom hunting in the Boston area. RSVP Now

Boston Children's Hospital 

Blood Drive

MAY 12 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM

24 Harbor Loop

Contact Michelle Mineo to Make Appointment


Soundings Sponsors

We 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 Steve Buckley at

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