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Register For The 92nd Annual Cape Ann Chamber Dinner Dance Saturday, January 25, 2014

92nd Annual Dinner Dance

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Essex Room at Woodman’s of Essex

127 Main Street, Essex 

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Join us for a very special evening celebrating the Chamber’s 92nd Annual Dinner! Come hear 2013 President, Ed Collard, speak about this past year’s accomplishments while incoming President, Mike Luster, will address what is to come in the future! 

Cape Ann’s premier social gathering of the year will begin at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, the program and dancing! This year’s event will feature the 80’s cover band “Safety”. 

Please RSVP along with payment ($85 per person)  

by January 17, 2014.

Christmas by the Sea, presented by The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Manchester Division, kicks off this evening in downtown Manchester. There’s something for everyone as the town rings in the holiday season.

Thursday, December 5th from 5 to 8pm The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party and Lucky Nines Raffle will take place in the newly-renovated Seaside Cycle at 23 Elm Street. All are welcome to drop by and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The annual Luck Nines Raffle will take place at approximately 6:30pm. There are a maximum of 150 tickets sold and they are $25 each and the grand prize winner will go home with $1,000. There are over 20 other prizes donated by local merchants, so your odds of winning are great!

To secure your ticket, contact Chris Langathianos at clangathianos@me.com or at 617-694-6892.

Friday, December 6th from 4 to 9pm Shop Manchester Night’s annual passport event! Visit local Manchester merchants and have your passport stamped just for visiting the shop – no purchase necessary. All completed passports turned in at The Landing at 7 Central by 9pm will be entered to win an iPad Mini (18+) or a freestyle BMX Bike (under 18). The drawing will take place at 9:30pm in the pub at The Landing at 7 Central. Additionally everyone who completes the passport will receive a complimentary beer or wine at The Landing and will receive an envelope containing valuable gift certificates and coupons from town merchants.

Saturday, December 7th at 1pm Santa Claus arrives by boat in Manchester Harbor. Families are encourage to meet Santa at Masconomo Park and take part in the Jingle Bell walk escorting Santa up to Singing Beach and back to the Manchester Community Center where kids of all ages will get to meet Santa!

Saturday, December 7th at 10am to 6pm Shop Manchester Night’s annual passport event has added a second day! Like Friday night’s event, participants can visit local Manchester merchants and have their passport stamped just for visiting the shop – no purchase necessary. All completed passports turned in at The Landing at 7 Central by 6pm will be entered to win an iPad Mini (18+) or a freestyle BMX Bike (under 18). The drawing will take place at 6:30pm in the pub at The Landing at 7 Central. Additionally everyone who completes the passport will receive a complimentary beer or wine at The Landing and will receive an envelope containing valuable gift certificates and coupons from town merchants.

Sunday, December 8th at 3:30pm The First Parish Church hosts the annual Christmas Concert and Friendship Tree lighting festivities. Tree lighting takes place at approximately 4:40pm.

Manchester Christmas by The Sea
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More Music in Manchester by The Sea

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Saturday, December 7th from 9pm to midnight Connecticut’s Brian Jarvis performs at The Landing at 7 Central’s Christmas by the Sea party. Guests may bring a toy drive donation that will benefit Gloucester’s Pathways for Children.

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Sunday, December 8th at 6pm Single Tree Music and the Historic Manchester Trust present “Holidays & Wintertide: An Evening with Chelsea Berry and Friends” featuring holiday music by Chelsea Berry, Renée Dupuis, Joe Cardoza, and John Rockwell. The concert takes place at the historic Crowell Chapel on Rosedale Avenue in Manchester. Saturday night’s show sold out, but tickets still remain for this encore performance following the tree lighting on Town Hall Common.wintertide second show

Tickets are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/523577

 

Cape Ann Chamber At A Glance Holiday Edition

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In the spirit of the season, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has produced this special holiday edition of Chamber at a Glance, highlighting the myriad of unique and festive events and special local shopping promotions happening in every Cape Ann community.  As you will see, there is so much going on everywhere, if you happen to miss a visit from Santa or the lighting of a Christmas tree in your community, chances are very good that you and your family can still experience all that and more in your neighboring Cape Ann city or town. 

So as Thanksgiving Day nears, and the holiday season is almost upon us, all of us on your Chamber team want to wish you and yours a most happy and healthy,  joyous and prosperous Cape Ann holiday season.

Cape Ann Chamber Holiday Parties

Wednesday, November 28, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Manchester Division featuring Lucky Nine Drawing

The Landing at 7 Central
7 Central Street, Manchester

Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Rockport Division featuring the Half-Price Sale

The Fish Shack Restaurant

21 Dock Square, Rockport

Thursday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Essex Division featuring the Clamfest Awards

The Fortune Palace Restaurant

99 Main Street, Essex

Wednesday, December 19, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Cape Ann Chamber Holiday Party

Chamber Office

33 Commercial Street, Gloucester

Essex Holiday Festival

Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1

The first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex.

Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm Join us for a solemn, special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree at Town Hall on Martin Street, where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s children’s bell choir performs in the background.

Friday, November 30, 6:30 pm Santa arrives by boat at the Town Landing on the Essex River . From there he and Mrs. Claus will go to the Waterline Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Children get to sit on Santa’s lap and review their holiday "wish list". Refreshments of clam chowder, donuts and hot chocolate are served.

Saturday, December 1, 8:00 to 11:00 am Breakfast with Santa with crafts, songs and photos is held at the Essex Elementary School on Story Street. Come join in all the fun!

Shop locally all day Saturday during Essex’s 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Day. Many participating businesses will be offering everything from free food and drink, discounts and sales to complimentary gift wrapping until 8 pm. There will be raffle prizes and silent auction items to bid on, storytelling and caroling. Eat, Shop and be Merry in Essex!

Gloucester Downtown Holiday Events

Friday, November 23 to Thursday, December 20

November 23

BLACK FRIDAY – SHOP LOCAL – Twenty five Shops opening at 6AM – With Special Discounts. Look for the Gold Star in Participating Windows.

November  25

Gloucester Downtown Christmas Parade starting at 3PM at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street proceeding to Main Street to Western Avenue.

The Annual Tree Lighting at Kent Circle will follow the Christmas Parade.

December 6

The 38th Annual Ladies Night – Stores will be open late. Many offering

refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a free

entry to the $1,500 Shopping Spree.

December 8

The Middle Street Walk – 10AM to 3PM – FREE – During the day there will be concerts and special events at: Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Trinity Church, Universal Unitarian Church, Sargent House Museum, and more!

Full list of events on The Middle Street Walk’s Facebook page.

The Annual lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree at 4:45PM.

December 10

Bank Gloucester’s Tree Lighting 5 – 6PM. A reception to follow in the Bank Lobby, to benefit Hospice of the North Shore.

December 13

The 38th Annual Men’s Night – Stores open late. Many offering refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a free entry to the $1,500 Shopping Spree (REMINDER: last day to enter is December 19).

December 20

The 1st Annual Family and Friends Night. Stores open late! Restaurants will

offer free desert or appetizers! ­Carolers strolling Main Street! Gather your friends and family and join us and enjoy the evening.

Santa will draw the Winning Ticket at 9 pm, to the $1,500. Shopping Spree.

Christmas-by-the-Sea

Wednesday, November 28 to Sunday, December 2

Open Houses in the shops all weekend long!

Thursday, November 29 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Manchester Division Party featuring the Lucky Nine Drawing at The Landing (tickets $25; grand prize $1,000, more than 20 prizes in all!)

Friday, November 30: Shop Manchester Night! 4:00 to 9:00 pm

How to Play

-Get a Shop Manchester Night Passbook, available by mid-November from participating stores.
-Collect stamps from ALL participating shops, between 4:00 and 9:00 pm.
-Bring your Passbook to The Landing for a complimentary drink and a gift pack filled with valuable gift certificates from local merchants valued at over $200! Plus be entered in a drawing for a brand new Google Nexus 7 Tablet.

Saturday, December 1: Santa arrives by tug boat, Jingle Bell Walk, Surfari’s Stand Up Paddleboard’s harbor "parade", weekend shop-around event, Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, December 2: Concert, weekend shop around event, Friendship Tree lighting, and shop around prize winners announced

Rockport Holiday Events

Saturday, December 1 to Monday, December 31

Over 100 Quaint Shops & Art Galleries

Unique Gifts for the Whole Family in Every Price Range

Strolling Minstrels & Carollers ~ Gaily Decorated Streets & Stores

Fairs, Festivals & Concerts Seaside Inns & Restaurants Open for Your Enjoyment

December 1

Santa’s Arrival by Boat * Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 7

Shop Rockport! A Festive Evening of Exclusive Events! 4:00 to 8:00 pm 

December 8

"Seashells and Jingle Bells" Inn & Kitchen Tour, 1:00 to 5:00 pm

December 8 – 9

Seaside Village Open House

11th Annual Holiday Gallery Stroll

December 22

67th Annual Christmas Pageant

December 31

New Year’s Rockport Eve 2012

For further information and a complete Calendar of Events for this month-long program, now in its 28th year, contact the Rockport division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or visit us on the web at www.rockportusa.com.

Celebrate the Holidays on Cape Ann!

Shop Local!

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the

Cape Ann Gift Certificate Program!

Great gift idea and a wonderful promotional opportunity for the

upcoming Holiday Season!

Don’t delay – It is FREE TO JOIN this tremendously successful program.

How Does My Business Benefit?

The Program creates economic growth on Cape Ann

Free advertising and exposure for your business

Access to dollars that stay on Cape Ann

How Does It Work?

Certificates are deposited as a check – just fill in the store name in the payee space. The Chamber maintains an account funded by the original purchase of the gift certificate. Certificates can be purchased for $10 and up.

How Is It Promoted?

- Gloucester Daily Times ads

- Cape Ann Beacon ads

- Tent cards at cash registers, window decals, signs at Shaw’s Supermarkets

- Mentioned at Chamber events

- Special notice sent to Human Resource Directors of Cape Ann’s largest

employers

How Much Does It Cost?

There is no charge to join in the Cape Ann Gift Certificate program -

participation is a benefit of Chamber membership

Who Participates?

The Chamber encourages participation from all Cape Ann business types: retail, dining, hospitality, services, and professional.

There are currently over 200 Chamber members participating in the program.

The names of participating businesses are given out with each gift certificate sale, and are listed on the Chamber’s website at 

www.capeannchamber.com/giftcert.pdf

Where Can They Be Purchased?

- At the Chamber office in Gloucester

- At both Shaw’s Supermarket Gloucester locations

How Many Gift Certificates Have Been Sold?

Sold in 2010: Over $87,000 worth

Sold in 2011: Over $81,000 worth

Sold in 2012 (to date): Over $36,000 worth

www.capeannchamber.com

Cape Ann Chamber’s Government Affairs Council Congressional Debate October 26th at Cruiseport

Brought To You By The Cape Ann Chamber’s Government Affairs Council

Congressional Debate

"Advocacy In Action"

Friday, October 26

Cruiseport Gloucester
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester

$30 (Advance)

$35 (Week/Day of)

7:00 to 7:30 am – Check In & Networking

7:30 to 8:00 am – Breakfast

8:00 to 9:30 am – Debate

Join us for a Congressional Debate among the three candidates for United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.

The debate will be open to Chamber members and the general public and will be moderated by Robert Visnick. Questions will be posed by a panel of Cape Ann journalists. If you have questions that you would like considered for the candidates, please submit them to robert@capeannchamber.com.

Preregistration is highly recommended as this event will fill up quickly.

To make a reservation, contact Robert Heidt at

robert@capeannchamber.com or call 978-283-1601.

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend February 4-6th

Dear Joey,

Just a heads up to GMG readers about the Winter Birding Weekend organized by the Cape Ann Chamber and Mass Audubon February 4-6. It starts Friday afternoon with check in at the Elk’s Hall on the Back Shore and then an evening lecture by Chris Leahy on the winter birds of Cape Ann. Saturday morning and afternoon there are guided bus trips all over the Cape led by expert ornithologists, with stops back at the Elk’s for hot drinks and food and another slide presentation in the evening. There are also vendor booths set up with optics, bird carving, photography and many other related topics.

On Sunday morning we go out on the Privateer IV with Jay Frontiero at the wheel, an incredible opportunity to see pelagic birds otherwise invisible, Gannets, Grebes, maybe even a King Eider. We’ll be back in plenty of time for the Super Bowl, if anyone still cares.

As EJ would say, did you know there are more birds on Cape Ann in the winter than there are in the summer? There are, they are just harder to see. I have been a casual birder for many years, but I learned more about the birds around here in one weekend than I had in all the previous time. The opportunity to go out birding with the experts is not to be missed, whether one is a long time observer or just interested in another amazing aspect of our life in Gloucester. People on the tours are friendly and helpful. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them, folks will help out if you don’t.

More info at http://www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend/

Gregory R. Bover

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From the Chamber Re: Windowboxes

WINDOW BOX HISTORY

Main Street’s beautiful window box flower displays have delighted residents and visitors alike since 2001.More than seventy of the window boxes that grace Gloucester’s Main Street were installed in a collaborative downtown enhancement program between 2001 and 2005. The program was initiated by William Taylor and Peter Perthou (Grant Circle Flower Fund) and was enhanced and extended by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gloucester’s Community Development Department. Through this cooperative effort, window boxes were installed at Main Street businesses free of charge. Main Street merchants plant and maintain their own window boxes, expressing their own unique style – and brightening all of Main Street in the process.