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April 26, 2023

Chamber Events

Greater Cape Ann Chamber Presents An Inaugural Meeting of our Arts & Culture Alliance

Wednesday, May 3 | 5 - 6:30 PM

Gloucester Stage Company


We are pleased to announce the first official gathering of the newly conceived Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Alliance. We invite artists, arts and culture leaders, creative businesses, gig workers, and non-arts business leaders who want to connect with the Cape Ann creative community. We define “culture” broadly to include maritime heritage, which has always had close alignments with the arts on Cape Ann. Download Flyer | RSVP Today

Coffee & Connections (Virtual Networking)

Thursday, May 4 | 9 AM

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Please join us this Thursday at 9 AM for our virtual Coffee & Connections. For new & prospective members, this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your business and meet other members and Chamber staff. For veteran members, it is a great way to let new members learn about your business and talk about anything new and exciting in the works for you. So grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and Zoom in from your home or office for an informal "Get to Know My Business" networking session. Also, if you know someone who would enjoy learning more about the Chamber, please invite them to attend!

Swing into Spring

Monday, May 8 | 9 AM - 4:30 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

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Free Seminar: Why Language Matters

Wednesday, May 10 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Presented by Miranda Aisling, Cape Ann Museum


The Gloucester400+ Anniversary’s Diversity & Equity Committee will host a community conversation to explore the Gloucester 400+ Anniversary and its mission of promoting cultural, social, ethnic and economic diversity. The committee will share their framework, specifically focusing on language use as we talk about history, our future, and why it matters. 

Register Today (In person and virtual options available)

2023 Spring Tourism Mixer

"Looking Ahead"

Thursday, May 11 | 5 - 7 PM

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Attention Hospitality 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. 

Learn More & RSVP Today

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


Business After Hours

Wednesday, May 17 | 5 - 7 PM

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

Join us, fellow Chamber members, and our host Windhover Performing Arts Center under the tent for an evening of networking. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. Register Now


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 #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. 

Register Today

Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center

The HillBenders Present WhoGrass: Thursday, April 27 @ 8 PM

Yellowjackets: Friday, April 28 @ 8 PM

Champion (Metropolitan Opera in HD): Saturday, April 29 @ 12:55 PM

Cantus: Sunday, April 30 @ 3 PM

Kenny Barron Trio: Friday, May 5 @ 8 PM

Carbon Leaf: Saturday, May 6 @ 8 PM

Boston City Singers: Sunday, May 7 @ 4 PM

Gruppe Family Legacy Art Exhibition

Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 | 10 AM to 5 PM

Gloucester City Hall Auditorium

A Gloucester 400+ Celebration

Welcome to a once in a life time opportunity to view the Gruppe family’s art legacy highlighting art and talent in Gloucester and Cape Ann. This extraordinary exhibition will showcase 25 pieces from Robert Gruppe’s collection of historic Marine paintings. Some never-before seen paintings from world-renowned Emile Gruppe will also be on display, along with sculptures from Karl Gruppe and a display of the Gruppe family history. Curated by Karen Tibbets. Read Press Release

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Twentieth Show  

Exhibition: Through April 28

Charles Fine Arts Gallery, Gloucester

Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. The exhibition runs from April 1 through April 28. The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its’ main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  Learn More

Abigail Hooper Trask House Bicentennial Year

Spring Art Show  

Show Runs through April 29

Manchester Historical Museum

15 Artists, 100 paintings & photographs for viewing and sale. Show runs from April 2nd to 29th, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 to 3, Sundays 1 to 4.

Eric Pape at Hammond Castle Museum

Through April 30th | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join Hammond Castle for a very special exhibit of works by American artist and former Cape Ann resident, Eric Pape (1870 -1938). The Eric Pape At Hammond Castle Museum exhibit will consist of more than two dozen works by Pape, many of which have not been seen publicly in nearly a century. At the time of the exhibit, it is expected to be the largest collection of Pape’s artworks on public display anywhere in the world. 

Eric Pape

Join Curator John Leysath as he discusses the museum's upcoming special exhibit, Eric Pape

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

Empty Bowl Marketplace

Thursday May 4 | 3:30 - 8 PM

Cruiseport Gloucester

The Empty Bowl Marketplace has been reimagined with a new twist—a street fair-themed event at Cruiseport in Gloucester.

Step through the doors and into a dining room transformed into a colorful marketplace packed with this year's bowls. Choose your favorite bowl and then head to the lower level to bid on auction bowls, get your picture taken, and pick up your dinner from the Farmers' Truck. The bowl will go home as a reminder that somewhere, someone's bowl is empty.

Registration is Required - Pay What You Can

RAA&M Annual Art Auction - Live Online Only

Saturday, May 6,| 2:00 PM

Auction Preview Exhibition at RAA&M:

April 22 – May 6, 2023

This prestigious fundraising event attracts serious collectors from across the country, as well as those just starting an art collection. Held in the Hibbard Gallery of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), the auction features works by master Cape Ann artists of the past. The auction specializes in Cape Ann art, but is not limited to this region and also includes works by numerous other prominent historic American artists. View Catalog | Learn More

Bowl to Benefit Backyard Growers

Sunday, May 7 | 4 - 6 PM

Cape Ann Lanes

Thanks to Cape Ann Lanes for hosting a family-friendly night of bowling, with proceeds supporting Backyard Growers' work empowering people to grow their own food. As our veggie gardeners know well, team work makes the dream work! Please consider recruiting a team to play at this fundraiser -- just make sure all team members select the same lane at checkout. Learn More & Register

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

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

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!

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

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