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May 10, 2023

Chamber Events

2023 Spring Tourism Mixer

"Looking Ahead"

Thursday, May 11 | 5 - 7 PM

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Attention Hospitality & Tourism Businesses: Join us for the annual Greater Cape Ann Spring Tourism Mixer, as we gather at the spectacular Great House at Castle Hill in Ipswich to celebrate the 2023 season. It's time to again mingle with your colleagues in the region's tourism community and share updates on plans for this spring, summer, fall, and winter. 

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Boston Children's Hospital Blood Drive

May 12 | 8:30 AM - 4 PM

24 Harbor Loop

To make an appointment, please go to: and use sponsor code: GCACC

For more information contact: Michelle Mineo, 978-471 9178



Saturday, May 20 in Rockport, MA

Join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber's Health & Wellness Committee for the 2nd Annual WellFest: A Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair. This year, we are moving to Harvey Park in Rockport! The event will showcase the Cape Ann region's broad range of health and wellness services. This event will provide something for people of all ages! 

WellFest is part of Spring in Rockport, whcih will also feature shopping & dining specials, a plant sale, the 6th Annual Dogtown Trail Race, plein air painting demonstrations, Motif No. 1 tours, a blood drive and the 31st Annual EMS Day. Click Here to View Schedule of Events

Financial Planning Seminar – Is your business benefitting its most important customer? ...You!

Tuesday, May 23 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Presented by John T. Brennan, J.D., CFP(r)

Join us for a free Financial Planning Seminar, presented by John T. Brennan, J.D., CFP(r) of Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services in partnership with the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

From a side hustle to a big business, see what you can do to make sure your business is benefitting its most important customer... YOU! In this fast-paced seminar, confirm that your business serves you and your financial needs in the long run. 

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Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Mother's Free at Hammond Castle Museum on Mother's Day, May 14.

Join them as they honor mom, with gifts of a complementary guided or self-guided tours and a rose for all mothers* - all day long! 

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Lucia Micarelli & Leo Amuedo: Friday, May 12 @ 8 PM

Kinan Azmeh, Mike Block & Fabio Pirozzolo: Saturday, May 13 @ 8 PM

Eliane Elias: Friday, May 19 @ 8 PM

Don Giovanni (Met Opera Live in HD): Saturday, May 10 @ 12:55 PM

Boston String Academy: Saturday, May 20 @ 6:30 PM

Best of Enemies (National Theatre in HD): Sunday, May 21 @ 5 PM

Gloucester 400+ Lecture Series at Hammond Castle Museum

Tuesdays through June 13 | 6 - 7 PM

Join us for a new, six week lecture series celebrating Gloucester's rich culture and history in partnership with the Gloucester 400+. The series includes:

  • May 16: Unboxing Dogtown – Presented by Les Bartlett
  • May 23: From Fitz Henry Lane to the Future: a Brief History of the Fine Arts on Cape Ann – Presented by James A. Craig
  • May 30: Main Street Through the Ages – presented by Beth Welin
  • June 6: From Beauport to Fenway Court: Five Houses at the Twilight of Gloucester’s ‘Gold Coast’ Era - Presented by Caleb McMurphy
  • June 13: The Folly Cove Designers and the Compelling Language of Pattern– Presented by Elena M. Sarni

Tickets Available for All 6 Lectures or Individual Lectures

Cape Ann Conversations: Jesse M. Keenan on Financing Climate Adaptation

Wednesday, May 10 | 12 - 1:30 PM

Cape Ann Conversations: Changing Coastal Communities are hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Office for Urbanization. These convenings form a portion of the ongoing multi-year climate adaptation research project for Cape Ann, Massachusetts undertaken in collaboration with the Cape Ann Climate Coalition, TownGreen 2025, Water Alliance, the City of Gloucester, and the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea.

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Clark School Open House PreK - 12

Wednesday, May 10 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Rowley, MA

This admissions event provides an opportunity for prospective families to our Main Campus (K-12) or our Preschool Campus. Tour our campus, meet with students and staff & learn more about our supported, flexible and hands on approach to education. Visit to learn more & register. Clark School is a PreK-12 Independent, Co-educational Day School located in Rowley, MA . Register to Attend

Sip, Shop & De-Stress Pre-Mother's Day Social: A Private Shopping Event

Wednesday, May 10 | 5:30 - 8 PM

Dreamhouse, Rockport

Shop luxuriously soft, eco-friendly sleepwear and loungewear, plus vintage robes and nightgowns, while you enjoy light sips and nibbles. The boutique also carries a variety of local, sustainable, and women-owned businesses’ handcrafts, jewelry, and self-care products.

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May Seedling Sale

Wednesday, May 10, 202312:00 AM 

Saturday, May 20, 20232:00 PM

Backyard Growers

Shop for veggie seedlings grown by our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens online or in-person at our May Seedling Sale. Our online shop will open for seedling purchase a week before the in-person event at Backyard Growers HQ. Seedlings will then be available for curbside pick-up or in-person purchase on May 20 from 11am - 2pm. Learn More

Intellectual Property (IP) Basics: A Primer on Patent, Trademark, and Copyright

Thursday, May 11 | 12 - 1 PM

Patent Attorney Erin Bryan and Trademark and Copyright Attorney Stacey Friends will de-mystify “IP.” Learn the differences between these three areas of the law, including what each law protects (and what it doesn’t), how to register and maintain each type of IP, how long federal protection lasts, how to transfer rights, and more! Register Now

Career & Technical Education Showcase

Thursday, May 11 | 5:30 PM

GHS Auditorium

Gloucester High School invites you to its the first-ever vocational (CVTE) program Awards Night. Designed to showcase top graduating vocational program seniors. awards and certificates will be given, for each shop, in the categories of Outstanding Shop Student, Most Improved Shop Student, Best Professional Portfolio. One student from each shop will present his or her professional portfolio. They will each receive a $100 award. Free & open to the public.

Seaview Farm Event - Local Artisans

Saturday, May 13 | 1 - 3 PM

Rockport, MA

Join Seaview Farm for their spring crafts fair. Local artisans will be there selling great gifts just in time for Mother’s Day.

Local artisans participating:

Tristan Boyer Binns: Local pottery

Rockport Soap Company: Handmade soaps

Gull Croft Gardens: Lavender products and fresh posies

From the Garden Art: Jacqueline Amero cards

It's a Secret: Wool penny rugs

Wine Tasting with Paige Farrell of Hogshead Wines

Choral Concert "Classical Greats - Mozart & Haydn"

Saturday, May 13 | 7 - 9 PM

Our Lady of Hope Church, Ipswich

Chorus North Shore will present its spring concert "Classical Greats - Mozart & Haydn". Included will be Mozart's Coronation Mass and Haydn's Te Deum. Sonja Pryor will conduct the performance. Along with Ms. Pryor and the chorus will be Mr. Jeffry Patch, accompanist, the Presto! Orchestra, and soloists Holly Cameron (soprano), Stephanie Scarcella (contralto), Neil Ferreira (Tenor), and Nathan Halbur (bass).

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Gloucester Student Arts Festival

Saturday, May 13 | 12 - 5 PM

City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, and MAGMA

After a three-year hiatus, the Gloucester Education Foundation and Gloucester Public Schools are thrilled to relaunch the Gloucester Student Arts Festival, a daylong celebration of the arts in the Gloucester Public Schools! The festival will feature:

Displays of Student Work from grades PreK-12 at City Hall, the Cape Ann Museum, and MAGMA

Art-Making activities: print-making, cyanotypes, kite-making, Gloucester 400+ poetry project, Dance through the Decades with MAGMA, and more!

Performances: the Grades 4+5, O’Maley and GHS bands; elementary, O’Maley and GHS theater; 3rd grade recorders; Gloucester PreK Flash Mob; spoken word, poetry and more!

Food Trucks: Butter Ur Biscuit, Holy Cow Ice Cream Cafe, Five Star Phresh Phoods, Castaways Cafe, Rhea Pizzeria Napoletana, and more!

This all-ages event will be a destination for families, community members, artists, and visitors. Join us for a day of joyful creativity and art!

Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 14 | 511 AM - 3 PM

The Emerson Inn

Show your mom just how much she means to you on Mother's Day. Situated in a breathtaking seaside setting, the Emerson Inn offers the perfect backdrop for an indulgent dining experience that your mom will cherish. Our chefs have created an exceptional spread of mouth-watering dishes, ranging from succulent seafood to savory meats, and delightful desserts. This year's buffet has something for everyone, young and old -- enjoy the special treatment you can expect here on the tip of Cape Ann.

A Night of Business

Monday, May 15 | 5:30 - 7 PM

Manchester Community House

You are cordially invited to join M&T Bank for... Everything you need for your business in one place. For one night.Join the Manchester by the Sea Team and their local business partners to learn what M&T Bank can do to help you thrive in our community. Download Flyer

Rockport Art Association & Museum First Summer Show Reception

Thursday, May 18 | 6 - 8 PM

$20 per Person

The place to be for all artists and art appreciators. Live music, fine food and drink. Exceptional art for sale. Show runs May 14 to June 11. Reception is Thursday, May 18.

The North Shore Housing Crisis: Let's Get Real

Thursday, May 18 | 5 - 7 PM

Amanda Armstrong Group Office, Gloucester

Join AAG for a conversation with Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Homes. Harborlight Homes is a non-profit MA certified Community Development Corporation (CDC) which creates, preserves, and manages affordable housing on Cape Ann and across the North Shore. The mission states that Harborlight “collaborates with communities to cultivate just, equitable and sustainable housing opportunities vital to the health and strength of the individuals and communities of our entire region.” Download Flyer | Reserve Your Spot

Lets Have a Ball

Thursday, May 18 | 6 - 10 PM


Help Pathways for Children change the lives of many more families and children in our community! Pathways for Children nurtures children and supports parents impacted by economic and social inequity through programs that EDUCATE, ENRICH, EMPOWER and MOTIVATE. Please consider supporting a neighbor in need by supporting our annual spring gala, Let's Have a Ball, through sponsorship or donation of goods or services for auction. Buy Tickets

Webinar: Safe & Supportive Fundraising

Thursday, May 18 | 5 - 7 PM

Help Hope Live is a national trusted medical fundraising nonprofit that assists individuals living with catastrophic medical conditions to fundraise in their communities. With the support and expertise of Help Hope Live’s team, we set you up for success in your fundraising and offer peace of mind with your medical bills, allowing you to live your life as fully as possible. Register Today

Dogtown Common

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, May 19 | 7:30 PM

Saurday, May 20 | 7:30 PM

Percy MacKaye’s 1922 poem, Dogtown Common, is a beloved document of Gloucester lore. It tells the story of two legendary figures, Tammy Younger and her niece Judy Rhines, shunned for practicing witchcraft. It was inspired by Charles Mann’s 1906, The Story of Dogtown or In the Heart of Cape Ann, that compiles recollections about the outsiders, berry-pickers, subsistence farms and self-proclaimed witches that inhabited Dogtown after it was abandoned in the early 1800’s. Performances of Dogtown Common are presented as part of the Gloucester 400+ celebration. Buy Tickets

Spring into Essex: Essex in Bloom

Friday, May 19 - Sunday, May 21

All of Essex is invited to participate in a warm welcome to Spring. From end to end shops and restaurants will be blooming with color in anticipation of a prosperous new season. Events and activities will vary from place to place. So get out and discover all that Essex has to offer. Check back daily as we are adding events everyday. Learn More

Three Sister's Seedling Sale


Saturday May 20 & 27 | 9AM - 1 PM

Sunday, May 21 & 28 | 9 AM - 11 AM

10 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich

Support our food access mission and power up your garden with hardy, locally-grown veggies, herbs, & flowers from the Three Sisters greenhouse! All grown following the organic standards and ready to plant.

Greenbelt's Birds, Bees & Butterflies

Saturday, May 20 | 10 AM - 1 PM

Cox Reservation

Join Essex County Greenbelt Association to peek inside the beehives at Cox Reservation from the safety of a screened-in tent! This show-and-tell introduces children of all ages to the importance of bees and other pollinators. In addition to the hive opening, we'll have snacks and activities throughout the property. Activities provided by: Greenbelt, Essex County Beekeepers Association, The Monarch Gardner, and North Shore Nature Programs. The event is free but Registration is Required.

The Souls of the Sea Concert & Commentary

Saturday, May 20 | 4:30 - 7 PM

Maritime Gloucester Wharf

For nearly four centuries, the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts has been the story of America’s greatest fishing port. With this collection of songs, the Souls of the Sea band commemorates the lives and legacy of the 10,000 Gloucester fishermen who died at sea while fishing. The Souls of the Sea captures the heart and soul of America’s most dangerous occupation: commercial fishing. Doors open at 4:30 and performance begins at 5:30

Klezmer Dance!

Saturday, May 20 | 7:30 - 9 PM

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Too Klez for Comfort returns! They are a high-energy dance band playing traditional klezmer and Jewish repertoire, Yiddish theater pieces, jazz standards, original works, and borscht belt Latin numbers. $20 suggested donation and BYOB.

A Matter of Balance Workshop

Wednesdays from April 19 through June 7

10 AM - 12 PM

Rowley Senior Center

 Presented by SeniorCare Inc., in conjunction with the Healthy Living Center of Excellence and the Rowley Council on Aging, “A Matter of Balance” is an eight-week free workshop focusing on educating and supporting older adults around falling and the fear of falling. Through group discussion, practical strategies and light exercising, older adults will reduce the fear and risk of falling, helping them to stay active and involved! For information and to register, contact Linda Baker at 978-281-1750 or

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