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May 3, 2023

Please note that the Business After Hours at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts has been postponed until July 19. More details will be provided closer to the event.

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!

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



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

Member & Community Events

Please Check the Full Community Calendar for All Member Event Listings

Rockport Music

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Kenny Barron Trio: Friday, May 5 @ 8 PM

Carbon Leaf: Saturday, May 6 @ 8 PM

Boston City Singers: Sunday, May 7 @ 4 PM

Lucia Micarelli & Leo Amuedo: Friday, Ma7 12 @ 8 PM

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

Gloucester 400+ Lecture Series at Hammond Castle Museum

Tuesdays May 9 - 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 9: The Indians Who Live Among Us – Presented by Mary Ellen Lepionka
  • 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

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 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

Once Upon A Time: An Evening of Enchanted Music and Storytelling

Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6 | 7 - 9 PM

Hammond Castle Museum

The first half of the performance features a review of beloved songs from Broadway shows such as Sunset Boulevard, Man of La Mancha, Legally Blonde, Shrek The Musical, Hadestown, and Finding Neverland. And in the second half, get ready as Bobby Kerrigan narrates a modern-day retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Kerrigan and cast find humor in this classic fairytale with popular hits from the 50’s through today. They are sure to have us all laughing, toe tapping, and singing right along with this family-friendly show! Purchase Tickets

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

Wake Up Spirit

First Sunday of Every Month | 11 AM - 1 PM

Floating Lotus, Gloucester

Wake Up Spirit is a dance of heart and community. A safe place to connect to spirit through movement and sound. We are so blessed to have this time and space to move our bodies freely, without judgement, to dance our prayers and dreams together.  Learn More

Cape Ann Conversations: 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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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!

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

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

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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