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Don’t miss a chance to publish: still 1 week to register for Cape Ann Reads picture book contest! Plus a shout out to artist volunteers!

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Entry forms are rolling in! 

Applicants have until December 15th to upload a book submission,

but they need to register by November 15th or they won’t be eligible for the contest.

Shout out to local artists John Bassett, Bonnie Sylvester and Alexia Parker. Last week we reached out to local media including the Gloucester Daily Times, Cape Ann Beacon, Cape Ann Chamber newsletter, This Week on Rocky Neck and Good Morning Gloucester to help us broadcast the contest and/or seeking volunteer artists. Artists (and writers!) generously stepped forward with intriguing and generous offers! Scroll down to read more about three of the artist volunteers that responded to this recent public appeal. At this time we have more volunteers than requests. Amazing and inspiring!

Glass sculptor, artist John Bassett www.basglas.com, was the first to reach out with a generous and flexible offer. His website links to pages of glorious works.

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His offer was quickly followed by Bonnie Sylvester’s thoughtful reasoning: “As an artist and early childhood educator, I would love to add my name to the mix of local volunteer artists that writers may consider. I think it will be a lot of fun to work this way.”  Sylvester works in a wide range of material including mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor. “I believe exceptional picture books are a marriage of story and picture. It’s so important to see the creativity in the author’s vision.”  She has a master’s degree in early education and is a docent at Cape Ann Museum.

Alexia Parker wanted to volunteer after she was urged by a couple of her friends and fans: “I had couple of friends and coworkers who saw it in the Gloucester Daily Times and contacted me. I grew up in Essex…I also work…in Essex. As far as my art goes, I have just recently been exploring avenues to get my name out there a little. Illustrating childrens’ books has been a dream of mine since I was a child, so I thought this could be a fun way to try it out.” She included this stunning collage as an example.

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Stay tuned for more exciting news:

The Jury panel will be announced this week!

There will be a second jury panel made up of children. If you know a Cape Ann K-5th grader who likes to read or be read to, and would be excited to be part of the kids jury panel, let your library know! Names will be pulled out of a hat. For more information contact Capeannreads2016@gmail.com.

Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book contest is open to Cape Ann residents of ALL ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann. One winning book will be published by Cape Ann Reads in 2017, a first-edition printing prize valued up to $10,000. Additional honors will be announced.

Sponsor opportunities:

The 4 Cape Ann libraries and many regional partners have coordinated a calendar of wonderful events throughout 2016. Additional sponsors and support are sought and welcome! After the registration deadline, the contest organizers will announce additional specific prize categories.

 

 

Volunteer Artists and Illustrators Sought

There are a few local writers who would welcome help from local artists to complete their book submission into Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest! Please email capeannreads2016@gmail.com

For more information about registration and the guidelines, see this dynamite flyer designed by Valerie Marino at Sawyer Free Library. Thanks to Cape Ann Chamber At-A-Glance weekly newsletter and Rocky Neck’s This Week on Rocky Neck- Art Opportunities for helping to get the word out!car-deadlines-register-now

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Prepping for the Chamber 25K game Thursday October 6 Gloucester House

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Less than ten tickets for sale as of this morning. Cape Ann Chamber was in high spirits! Gotta love the high tech ping pong ball prep🙂

It’s a busy October at Cape Ann Chamber: Cape Ann Plein Air next week; Annual Chamber Online Auction (Oct 3 – Oct 14); Business Womens Fall Luncheon October 13 at Beauport Hotel with keynote speaker Adrienne Haslett-Davis; Business After Hours October 20 at Rockport Inn and Suites; and 34th Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

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Gloucester photos from Zuiderdam cruise guest Larry Stock!

Thank you for sharing your perspective, Larry! The collage of 8 photos is followed by the ‘read more’ link for closer inspection of each of his terrific shots. His photographs document highlights from his visit including City Hall, climbing the tower, the murals, and a Cape Pond Ice tour. The September 24th visit was a full day into night port of call, and coincided with Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails. The welcome volunteers had prepared a list of things to do on that fun and busy Saturday. By 1:30PM, over 1200 Holland America passengers and crew had come through Cruiseport on this second September visit. (That clicker count does not include the package tours booked in advance.)

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Super special offers September 24 Holland America Cruise Ship and Trails&Sails

How exciting that  Holland America  and Trails and Sails are coming to Gloucester and Cape Ann this weekend! There are many special offers and events to help welcome visitors. This will be the second of three big cruise ships coming into port this month to Cruiseport Gloucester. It won’t leave Gloucester harbor till 11PM.  Last time I expected sight seeing, museum visits and shopping as reasons passengers disembarked. They did that. If you go by the clicker counter, 844 (give or take another hundred), plus 650 who pre-booked excursions, came ashore.

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photo caption: Elizabeth Carey Discover Gloucester greeted and clicked. Peter Webber Cape Ann Chamber photograph.

I was surprised by how many passengers from a seemingly all inclusive cruise opted to take a whale watch trip and dine out. They did that, too. I’ll report back fun facts, but today I wanted to post about the special offers and events.

Working TOGETHER to welcome everyone is a beautiful thing. Thanks to the organizers (with a big shout out to Jeanne Hennessey, Joe Ciolino, Kathie Gilson, Peter Webber, Lorre Anderson, Bob Ryan and Elizabeth Carey):

 

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photo caption: Bob Ryan/CATA, Jeanne Hennessey, Paul Talbot at Cruiseport planning out logistics for Saturday September 24, 2016

CATA created a special map for continuous downtown trolley loops (“frequency is key”) and to Rocky Neck and Rockport. The special pass covers their bus routes. What an incredible deal! They are extending operations until 10PM.  A new addition: Beauport Ambulance Services will be offering a shuttle bus for an Essex/Manchester/Cruiseport route. Kathie Gilson prepared and made hundreds of copies of a lobster roll list (a big common request), special events, and the Gimme Sound music schedule. Kudos to the volunteers, organizations and businesses for their hard work and creativity.

And now for Gloucester downtown Special events and offers. You can click logos to follow links.

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special Gloucester offers for 3 ships cruising for fall foliage Sept 9, 24 and 29! See the welcome poster to print and hang for Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam

Here’s the current list of Gloucester stores, museums, and organizations with special offers for the Zuiderdam passengers coming this Friday September 9th!

Peter Webber and Ken Riehl of the Cape Ann Chamber will be walking down Main Street in Gloucester tomorrow to hand out these festive welcome flyers for Holland America passengers. If you don’t see Peter or Ken, please print them out from the photo and display on doors and windows, or contact them and they can email you a PDF.

Ships arrive Friday September 9, Saturday September 24th–which is also a big Essex Heritage  Trails & Sails day in Gloucester and Cape Ann– and Thursday September 29th as part of fall foliage cruising.

Three Sheets to the Wind will perform from the Cruiseport deck. CATA will be making bus stop locations and selling all day passes for $3. Some passengers remain on ship and 40% have pre-arranged day trips. After processing through security, 1000 remaining passengers or so will be guided to CATA’s special trolley downtown (including one stop at Western Ave and Middle Street for walking over to Stacy Boulevard) and regular routes to Rocky Neck and downtown Rockport. CATA doesn’t loop to Stage Fort. Steve Douglass runs water shuttle service to Rocky Neck. Local taxi and car services have been alerted. Please reach out to Peter@capeannchamber.com for details. Crew come ashore and in the past have numbered in the hundreds.

If you are ever interested in volunteering contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail.com to sign up for welcome cruisers, the visitor center, and/or the Chamber. Lorre has managed the cruiseship volunteer brigade for the Chamber for years and is fabulous.

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10-day fall color route from Holland America

Gloucester’s Downtown Welcomes Holland America Zuiderdam passengers! Enjoy these special offers:

  • DIVA; 161 Main St.: 12% off all purchases. Vintage and curated jewelry

 

  • Cape Ann Museum; 27 Pleasant St.: $2 discount on our regular admission (currently admission is $10 for adult and $8 for seniors so admission for cruise ships would be $8 and $6 respectively) contemporary exhibits and permanent collection with world class holdings including Marsden Hartley, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, Umberto Romano, Paul Manship, John Sloan, Katharine Weems, Viginia Lee Burton, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Harbor Loop Gift/ Building Center; 1 Harbor Loop; 10% off all nautical merchandise for the Cruise ship arrivals

 

  • Kids Unlimited; 123 Main St: Take an additional 10% off all summer & winter clearance, already 50%-80% off

 

 

  • The Brass Monkey; 85 Main St.: for a “TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND”.  Sample a wide variety of New England specialty foods and explore our two floors of unique gifts, antiquities, clothing, jewelry and much more.

 

 

  • Trident Gallery; 189 Main St.: free exhibition poster ($25 value) to first 50 visitors

 

  • Weathervane; 153 Main St.: 25% off sweats (excludes Cape Pond Ice)

 

Please note: Additional specials may be available at other businesses. Passengers are encouraged to ask merchants for details.  City Hall tower tours may be available September 9th and definitely offered on Sept 24th and 29th. 

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flashback to 2014 prep

Schooner Festival, Downtown Block Party, Gloucester Stage YAW, casual tiki at Watson & the Shark, POP Gallery, Bookstore, and dancing at Dogbar

20160902_205850Mixin’ Matt at Watson &the Shark–Short & Main’s 2nd floor lounge  has a super cool steampunk vacation vibe that made waiting for an outside table for a group of 10 easy. Will be great in the winter months, too

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John Singleton Copley’s epic, Watson and the Shark, 1778, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Downtown block party – fire juggling, Gloucester Stage YAW, and YMCA games were great stops

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Three Graces, the check in at Mayor’s Reception 

 

 

 

Motif Monday: Gloucester smiles when Manny reels them in

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Manny’s post of this couple from New York, for his Gloucester Smiles series.

She was a photographer. I ran into Manny at this way point between Beauport Hotel and the Cape Ann Chamber.  Some time after, I crossed back that same way to return to Cape Pond Ice. He was still with them–so amiable and welcoming! I meant to post a compliment to him that very same day. A  wonderful post by  James Eves with a dynamite portrait of Manny shined through my GMG email and I thought that was pretty cool kismet.

In the news: Boston Globe 10 places to paint the town (or the beach, or the mountains) plein air recommendations

Happy to see Cape Ann included–thanks Cape Ann Chamber for putting up the flag.

Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex are listed together under Cape Ann as a destination for plein air painting. I enjoyed reading and comparing. The first town listed, Jeffersonville, VT, has vivid detail. Cape Ann has history and scenery coming together at every turn.

I might have added that Cape Ann has been the home of the world class Cape Ann Museum, two renowned associations devoted to the advancement of art – the North Shore Art Association and the Rockport Art Association-, one of the country’s oldest continuously active and iconic art colonies on Rocky Neck, and scores of artists and galleries, because it is the number 1 place to paint.

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Throwback Thursday tribute: downtown Gloucester 1978 Sidewalk Bazaar

“Lucille Genovese gets into the spirit of the Chamber’s three-day sidewalk bazaar that started today.”

– Thursday, Aug 3, 1978, Gary Langer photo –above the fold– clipping from the Gloucester Daily Times.

Main Street’s 58th Annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar opens today led by Gloucester Downtown Assoc. Sashay down Main Street while it’s closed to regular traffic for three special days.

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GloucesterCast 191 With Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna, Donna Ardizzoni, Paul Morrison, Karen Pischke, Gina Lampassi, Cat Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/10/16

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Props To Chief Campanello and The GPD In Light of Whats Going On Right Now

Bought my daughter Eloise a Fishing rod at Three Lanterns. Got my fishing permit online, it was a snap- Here’s where you apply-

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New ART@the IceHouse Gallery offerings – original works by artists Peter Vincent & Capt. Phil Cusamano

Ken Reihl Kerry McKenna Events Cape Ann Chamber Auction This Thursday, Block Party This Saturday, Festival By The Sea July 30th, August 6th Blues Festival, August  20th Is Waterfront Festival and The Second Block Party Info- www.capeannchamber.com

Donna Magnolia Art Show and Sale The 15th, 16th and 17th

Shout Out To Premier Imprints For Puzzles www.premierimprints.com

Thanks To Everyone That Comes Out For The One Hour at A Time Gang

Paul Morrison- Pokemon Go and Blackburn Challenge This Coming Weekend

Gina Lampassi https://www.facebook.com/blackburnchallenge/ looking for volunteers

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Karen Pischke Reid’s Ride Update

Cat Ryan Cape Ann Reads- http://capeannreads.wix.com/picturebooks

Kim Smith – The Last Schwartz Opens On Wednesday At Gloucester Stage

Cape Ann Museum Design/ Build Lecture

Correction from Kim- “Correction: Our Lady of Good Voyage was designed by Halfdan Hanson”

Good Morning Gloucester Podcast 191 copyright Kim Smith

Boston Globe on Beauport, Biotech, Windover

“Fishing is going to be our heritage and first priority,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said. But she added, “We’re moving forward.”

Kathleen Conti describes Gloucester Biotechnology Academy and Beauport Hotel as meaningful catalysts. In addition to the Mayor’s quote, there are comments  and points of view shared by several: Sherri Zizik; Vito Giacalone; Gregory Verdine; Ken Riehl, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce (nice quote); Lee Dellicker, Winhover Construction (Beauport); George Marsh (architect Gloucester Biotechnology). Oh, and the former Mayor of New Bedford, John Bullard. chimes in.

Other new businesses downtown beyond this article include goodlinens opening July 1, Jane Deering Gallery on Pleasant Street, the new bicycle rental shop, and Tonno restaurant. And there’s a new gallery coming to Rocky Neck. More on that later!

 

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Gloucester street art is an all star

Worcester, the host city for the Ma Smart Growth Conference, is Massachusetts’ second largest city and pretty pumped with a 500 million investment in their ‘city square’ area. The city invested 8 million dollars into their ‘streetscapes’, including a skating rink. “10,000 came out for themed skate nights!” I’ve heard skating rink wishes mentioned once or twice in Gloucester: discussions pro I4C2 or somewhere on Middle Street (“a scene nearly Currier and Ives!”) and why isn’t the O’Maley skating rink used by the students? “We used to use it for gym? It’s an amenity right there.”

Other conference talks focused on investment in public space and public health. Worcester aims to earn the distinction Healthiest Community in MA by 2020. They have the first and only accredited public health department so they’re investing in a core culture.  The conference speakers spoke about housing, planning, walk-ability, return of multi-generational family households, and diversity. Millennials say: “Where do I want to live?” and then go. Their parents’ said “Where is the job?” and relocated. We were told many times that millennials are different than boomers: they don’t like traditional offices and buildings for work. They would rather walk, bike or commute by train. Ideally their life radius would fall within one mile, a neighborhood scale. How does that affect consolidating schools vs neighborhood schools and other debates ensued.

From a planning perspective: “Does the investment action help to encourage sprawl or does it invest in your community?”

 

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The session “Is Housing a Municipal Budget Buster” was led by Mayor Donna Holaday of Newburyport and panelists included former Gov. Glendening and Umass Dartmouth Director of Public Policy, Michael Goodman. Most questions went to Mike Hogan, who gave a talk about Oceanspray’s residential venture in Plymouth, Redbrook Village. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce brought him here to speak to our communities a couple of years ago.  He said to say hi to Peter Webber🙂.

The second session I attended focused on arts and planning and was led by artist (ceramicist) and planner, Jennifer Erickson with Kenneth Bailey, Design Studio for Social Intervention (D24SI) and others.  A projected slide loop featuring model national art projects scrolled continuously. I was so caught up in the briefs that I nearly missed one picture from Gloucester: the monumental Parsons Street mural by James Owen Calderwood. Congratulations James!

Cruz Ferreras took the photograph during a block party; there’s a Cape Ann Art Haven painting in progress and kids leaping. Since that photo, street lighting and more art was added, a second monumental mural, painted by children, under the direction of Cape Ann Art HavenThe Gloucester Fish Net mural was a temporary commission that is lasting because the road is primarily used for walking. (Also, the artist painted it over a second time, and widened it.) With funding, Cape Ann Art Haven art center  or an individual artist like Jason Burroughs (who assisted James Owen Calderwood) could re-paint the mural. With funding and fresh sealcoating, we could issue a Call for a new work of art. There are several more walls along Parsons Street that could be a wonderful matrix for murals, or the streetscape for a dance or theater production. 

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seARTS art loan @ Bass Rocks 2016 and Cape Ann Plein Air panel

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seARTS 9th and biggest art loan installation at Bass Rocks Golf Club opened last night. Visitors to Bass Rocks Golf Club will be able to see the art of 14 artists selected for this year’s seARTS art loan, and it’s all for sale. As if the art, food and party weren’t enough, the reception included brief panel talks about the national Cape Ann Plein Air festival that will kick off this October 11-16, 2016. 

Artists interested in competing in Cape Ann Plein Air make sure to apply by the July 14th deadline.

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Leslie Heffron above, and below her painting in the distance and painting in the foreground is by Joan Bediz

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Above, first time in the art loan @ Bass Rocks, Leigh with her husband Betts. Look for Leigh Slingluff’s painting hanging near prints by Rusty and Ingrid.

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First prize went to Deb Schradieck. Head to seARTS for a complete list of all the participants and winners and to Bass Rocks to see all the artists (I didn’t get to take pictures of every work)  Congratulations to all!

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A work by Ron Diebboll, also a Cape Ann Artisans participating artist.

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MA Film and Television opportunities, State Director Lisa Strout speaks at Woodman’s

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (NBCVB) and Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a special visit featuring Lisa Strout, the Director of the Massachusetts State Film Office.

Woodman’s Essex Room served a lovely luncheon– great chef and venue for events. (I wish I had a second raspberry tart.)

Lisa talked about film and media production in the state and how her department works with cities and towns. The crowd was mostly North Shore but I did speak with people who drove from Lowell, the Cape and western Massachusetts.

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Surprising locations are shot here in MA and passed off as elsewhere. Mt. Fuji stood out as one example.

The mostly business crowd reacted favorably upon hearing that Disney engaged more than 1500 MA vendors for one movie production.

Speaking of vendors: Woodmans called out a list of vendors they work with who have generously contributed to their scholarship fund. You can see that on the back of their anniversary clam sign.

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@CapeAnnChamber of Commerce and Connections Adventure Travel Planning An Awesome Azores Trip Jean Grobe

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Azores Trip Informational Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2016 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Azorean Restaurant & Bar
133 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Azores Trip Informational Meeting

Departure September 23, 2016 to October 2, 2016

Price per Person, $2,359.00 USD *based on double occupancy & current rates and availability

  • Round-Trip Airfare from Boston to Ponta Delgada, on SATA/Azores airlines, economy class
  • 8 Night Lodging at Royal Garden Hotel, 4 Star Hotel in Ponta Delgada (or similar) , based on double room with breakfast daily.
  • 13 Total Meals. Includes welcome & farewell dinner, 3 lunches and 7 breakfasts.
  • Tours to Twin Lakes, (Sete Cidades), Furnas with traditional “cozido”, and Nordeste
  • Whale Watching Half Day
  • Transfers, and English speaking local guides on all tours
  • Transfer to /from Ponta Delgada Airport to Royal Garden Hotel
  • Reception with Ponta Delgada Chamber of Commerce
    • Optional Extensions available
    • Single, Triple and other room categories available on request

GloucesterCast 156 With Kerry McKenna, Mark McDonough, @CapeAnnPainter, @KimSmithDesigns , Big Tony, and Host @Joey_C

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GloucesterCast 156 With Kerry McKenna, Mark McDonough, Paulie Walnuts, @KimSmithDesigns , Big Tony, and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include:Topics Include: Dine Out Cape Ann, Serenitee Restaurant Group Reward card Just Giving Stuff Away All the Time Sign Up Here, The LED Debate, Lighthouse Garage Demolition and Kim’s Research, EJ’s Cormorant Migration Post, Lots of Cruise Ships Lately, Adult Coloring Books Are All the Rage.

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Dine Out Cape Ann- October 25-29 and November 1-5th 2015

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October 25 – 29, 2015 and November 1 – 5, 2015 http://capeannchamber.com/dine-out-cape-ann/ The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the new Dine Out Cape Ann. Cape Ann is throwing away the tired restaurant week model and taking a fresh approach aimed at highlighting the unique flavor of each participating restaurant. The two week event will take place October 25th – 29th and November 1st – 5th, 2015, in restaurants throughout Cape Ann. Participating restaurateurs have been asked to create exclusive menu options that embrace their particular venue and highlight what makes them unique – from dishes that feature local seafood to signature cocktails and food pairings. This new spin culminates in a wide array of exceptional dining experiences that make up Dine Out Cape Ann. Cape Ann visitors, as well as locals, are invited and encouraged to indulge in the unique tastes of the area. This two week event provides plenty of time to experience the creative menu offerings at a number of different restaurants on Cape Ann. Enjoy! Participating restaurants to date include: Alchemy, Cala’s, Cape Ann Brewing Company, Castle Manor Inn, Foreign Affairs Wine Bar & Bistro, The Franklin Café, The Gloucester House Restaurant, Jalapenos, Latitude 43, Lobsta Land Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Ohana, Passports Restaurant, Seaport Grille, Short & Main, Topside Grill, and the Windward Grille. For more information on this event, please contact the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at info@capeannchamber.com or 978-283-1601.

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35 Annual Small Business Week Luncheon

A beautiful location for this event on Friday. The recipients were our Joey Ciaramitaro, from GMG and Capt. Joe’s, Ken and Karin Porter, Roy Moore’s Fish Shack, Tim & Vicky Kennefick, The Windward Grille and Mike Storella, from Central Street Gallery. Also honored today were the Scholarship Awards, Ryan Hilshey, Gloucester High School, Sabrina Marnoto, Gloucester High School, Jared Rostowski, Rockport High and Breanna Arnold, Manchester Essex Regional High School.

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