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May 17, 2023

Chamber Events


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. 

Register Today

1st Annual Corn Hole Tournament Presented by Next Gen & American Legion Post 98

Sunday, June 4 | 11 AM

Presented in partnership with the American Legion Post 98 and the Greater Cape Ann Chamber's NEXT GEN Young Professionals Committee, please join us on Sunday, June 4 for our first annual Corn Hole Tournament. There will be food and beer available for purchase as well as fun raffles!


The deadline to sign up and pay is June 1.

Sponsorships & Save the Date

2023 Small Business Persons of the Year Awards Dinner Sponsorships

Thursday, June 17 | 5:30 - 8 PM

Castle Manor Inn

Greater Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year are currently being selected. Small business is the life-blood of the greater Cape Ann region, and to show your support, several sponsorship options are available from which to choose.


With 5 Community Photo Opportunities and the Winner's Awards Dinner Reception, this is a great chance to support greater Cape Ann businesses and promote your business to all five communities..


For more information, email, or call us at 978-283-1601 to learn more.

Download Sponsorship form | Reserve Your Seat

Thank You to Our Current Sponsors

Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center

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

Gil Gutiérrez Trio: Friday, May 26 @ 8 PM

Jimmy Dunn: Saturday, May 27 @ 8 PM

Melissa Cox Solo Show - Photography

Through June 1

Rockport Art Association & Museum

Melissa started taking pictures in high school and her photographs showcase the nautical beauty of Cape Ann. For her, it's all about a feeling, a reaction to the image. The texture of a picture is an important part of her work and she likes to ‘feel’ a picture. She specializes in nautical, landscape and architectural images. 

Tabletop Gaming Night at Hammond Castle

Thursday, May 18 | 5 - 10 PM

Join Hammond Castle Museum for a night of tabletop gaming in the Great Hall. They will have a wide variety of great games for players, available on a first come, first serve basis, including but not limited to: Dixit, Risk, Fluxx, Munchkin, Chess (Lord of the Rings Edition), We Didn't Playtest This At All, Apples to Apples, Settlers of Catan and The Oregon Trail Card Game. And, they'll have the recently debuted "Hammond Naval Warfare," game of naval strategy designed by our founder, inventor John Hays Hammond Jr! You can be one of the first to ever play it! All games are on a first come/first serve basis. Light snacks will be available for purchase. Buy Tickets

Rockport Art Association & Museum First Summer Show Reception

Thursday, May 18 | 6 - 8 PM

Join us to celebrate our second century as one of the nation’s most prestigious art associations as we begin a new exhibition season.

  • Live Jazz with Thomas Palance Quartet
  • Catering by Vinwood
  • Special Guest Heather Atwood

$20 Admission - 5% of the proceeds will go to Care Dimensions. Buy Tickets

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

Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers Presentation and Performance

Friday, May 19

11 AM Presentation | CAM Auditorium ($20 non-members)

1:30 PM Performance | CAM Greene

The Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers are visiting Cape Ann from the Navajo Nation for the 155th commemoration of the Navajo Treaty. The treaty was signed by peace commissioners Colonel Samuel F. Tappan (1831-1913) of Manchester, Shawn Price, the director of the dancers, will give a presentation in the CAM Auditorium on the history of Col. Tappan, Col. Sherman, and the Navajo Treaty of 1868. Following this presentation, the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers will perform a program of traditional dances with narration at the Cape Ann Museum Green. During the performance, SmokeSygnals will return to install benches in the wetu installed as part of Native Waters; Native Lands so that visitors can sit and enjoy the structure. Learn More

Webinar: Safe & Supportive Fundraising

Friday, May 19 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 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

Webinar: The PAN Foundation: Connecting Underinsured Patients with the Treatment They Need

Tuesday, May 23 | 3:30 - 4:30 PM

The PAN Foundation is here to help. Learn how underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases can get the medications and treatment they need. 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

Motif No. 1 Paint-out Invitational

Spring in Rockport

Saturday, May 20 | 9 AM - 3 PM

Calling ALL Local artists. Participate in painting the Motif as part of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Spring in Rockport, to help celebrate the spirit of it's famed distinction as the most painted vista in...the world. 

Artists are encouraged to paint the Motif from any location at any time in the morning, and CAPA volunteers will be stationed at Barletta Park with a table and tent from 9:00 - 3:00, providing a central location for artists paintings.

Artists are invited to set-up their paintings for display and possible sale using their own easel. Sales are the responsibility of artists. Questions? Please email CAPA

May Seedling Sale

Saturday, May 20 | 11 AM - 2 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

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.

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 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

GHS Solar Panel Installation Ribbon Cutting

Tuesday, May 23 | 12PM

Gloucester High School

The Career & Technical Education Students of Gloucester High School invite you to a Ribbon Cutting for their newly installed Solar Panel System. Please join them to help celebrate this great achievement.

Download Invitation

Elliot Bostwick Davis, author of Edward Hopper & Cape Ann, in conversation with Oliver Barker, Director of the Cape Ann Museum

Thursday, May 25 | 6:30 - 8 PM

Hastings House, Beverly Farms

Elliot Bostwick Davis, author of the stunning new book, EDWARD HOPPER & CAPE ANN, will be in conversation with Oliver Barker, Director of the Cape Ann Museum. EDWARD HOPPER & CAPE ANN tells the largely ignored but significant origin story of Edward Hopper’s years in and around Gloucester, Massachusetts—a period and place that imbued Hopper’s paintings with a clarity and purpose that had eluded his earlier work. The talk will be followed by a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event. The event is free to attend. RSVPs are not required but are greatly appreciated.

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