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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.


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):





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.



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. 


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


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


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



Three Graces, the check in at Mayor’s Reception 




Motif Monday: Gloucester smiles when Manny reels them in



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

GloucesterCastSquareGloucesterCast 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




Topics Include:

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-


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


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?”



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. 





Google street view FISH NET 300 foot street muralIMG_6891

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


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.



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



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.


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!



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.


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.




@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

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.



156 GMG Podcast Joe Ciaramitaro mark McDonough ©Kim Smith 2015

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


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.


Dine Out Cape Ann

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.

So Very Proud of Our Joey for Winning the CACC Gloucester Small Businessman of the Year Award

@captjoe06 thanking mom Pat for her inspiration at the Cape Ann Chamber Small Business Persons awards

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Mayor Romeo Thekan @sefi62 presenting award to our @captjoe06

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John McElhenny super sincere and funny introduction to @captjoe06 businessman of the year awards

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@sefi62 So proud of our @captjoe06!

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Did You Know That ANYONE Can Become A Member of the Audubon Society?

In case you were unaware, The Audubon Society is not a restricted organization. It is comprised entirely of people like you and me. Massachusetts alone has over 100,000 member citizens that belong to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Here is a link to get you started: Get Involved.

Particularly for Massachusetts residents, the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s website is especially helpful in identifying birds observed locally; see the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas Find a Bird Page. The Common Eider seen on Rogers Street, and guided to safety by Thomas Donahue, is on the Mass Audubon Find A Bird page and you can read more about this interesting bird here: Common Eider.The atlas isn’t always helpful, for example, GMG contributor Donna recently spotted a Horned Grebe. That particular species is not included on the page however, it was easily identified by looking at other sources, including books and websites such as Cornell’s All About Birds website.

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Reminder: Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend, a program sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Massachusetts Audubon Society was rescheduled for the weekend of February 27 through the 29th. Click here for details.


Robert Chem Sanderlings painting currently on view at the Trident Gallery



Robert Chem Northern Shrike 

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Additional information about Mass Audubon membership:

Members of the Massachusetts Audubon Society enjoy the following benefits:

Free Places to Explore, a full-color guide to Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums.

Free one-year subscriptions to Connections, our member newsletter, and our new annual publication (first issue will be sent in February).

Member-only discounts on hundreds of exciting programs, camps, courses, and most special events.

Savings on purchases and access to member-only sales at our gift shops.

Member-only access to:

Savings on green auto insurance (10%) with the Environmental Insurance Agency (EIA).

Migrate to Explorer level or higher for even more benefits. Learn about our different membership levels.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

Cape Ann Chamber License Plate Drawing and Information

Great Gifts and No Better Way To Show Your Cape Ann Pride Watch Video To See If You Won!

Cape Ann License Plate



Cape Ann License Plate

LICENSE PLATE APPLICATION (pdf) DOWNLOAD > Print, Fill Out, Mail Back to the Chamber

Proceeds from the license plate will be used to benefit promotion, economic development and education initiatives for Cape Ann and the Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.

After an extensive design submission and voting process, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the winning design for the Cape Ann License plate. The winning design was chosen after nearly 2,000 votes were received from the Cape Ann community through online and ballot voting. The design was created by local Rockport artist, Annalei Babson, from Coveside Designs.
Download the Cape Ann License Plate Application

Celebrate the Holidays on Cape Ann- List From The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate the Holidays on Cape Ann


Thursday, December 4
6:30 p.m. Holiday festivities kick-off in Essex on Thursday night with a special tree lighting ceremony in front of Town Hall, on Martin Street.
Friday, December 5
6:00 p.m. Day two of the Essex holiday festival features Santa Claus’ arrival at the Town Landing – by boat! As you await Santa, activities and refreshments will be available, including: rides on Thomas the Train, Woodman’s clam chowder, Dunkin’ Donuts hot chocolate, and more.
Saturday, December 6
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The final day of the Festival begins with a chance to eat breakfast with Santa Claus at the Essex Elementary School.
The holiday spirit continues with all-day Holiday Shopping Open Houses at many of Essex’s local businesses.
Thursday, December 11
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for the Essex Holiday Party! The whole community is invited! Stop in, say hello and have some Holiday Cheer at the Windward Grille.


Friday, November 28
6:00 a.m. “Shop Local Black Friday” begins early with downtown shops opening their doors, the day after Thanksgiving, with special discounts. Forget the mall and support local business! A fun family tradition to begin the season.
Sunday, November 30
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. End the Thanksgiving weekend with Gloucester’s Santa Parade, beginning at the State Fish Pier and ending at Kent Circle where the Tree Lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 4
5:00 – 10:00 p.m. The 42nd Annual Ladies Night on Main Street keeps historic downtown Gloucester open late! This has been a Gloucester tradition since 1972. Enjoy the special discounts and refreshments offered by businesses while finding unique holiday presents for loved ones. Ladies, don’t let your gift shopping wait until the last minute!
Saturday, December 13
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 16th Annual Middle Street Walk – bring friends and family to historic Middle Street to partake in concerts, open houses, special programs, and of course, traditional holiday decorations! An afternoon of cheer, arts, music, dance, and more – locations include, but are not limited to, Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Trinity Church, Unitarian Universalist Church, and Sargent House Museum.
Bring a decorated Gingerbread House to Gloucester City Hall before noon to register for the display and contest. Your sweet abode could take the cake!
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Contribute to the famous Lobster Pot Tree by painting a buoy at Cape Ann Art Haven.
5:00 p.m. Come down to Main Street to witness the lighting of Gloucester’s celebrated Lobster Pot Tree! Averaging 45 feet high and adorned with lobster buoys painted at Cape Ann Art Haven, this tree is constructed of anywhere from 300-400 lobster pots generously donated by local lobstermen. A Gloucester tradition that began in 2001 and inspired many other New England fishing communities!
P.S. – see a buoy you like? In January Cape Ann Art Haven will hold its annual Buoy Auction and Family FUN Night where you can bid on that memorable piece of Gloucester’s Lobsta Tree.
Sunday, December 14
Noon – 5:00 p.m. Family & Friends’ Day on Main Street – Spend the afternoon shopping with family and friends. Enjoy the beautifully decorated downtown stores while finding gifts for everyone in the family. Many stores will be offering refreshments and specials, and strolling musicians and carolers will sing in the holiday spirit.
Tuesday, December 16
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for the Gloucester Holiday Party. The whole community is invited! Stop by our offices at 33 Commercial Street.
Thursday, December 18
5:00 – 10:00 p.m. 40th Annual Men’s Night – Gentleman, see something for your special someone or family member but couldn’t purchase with them watching? Historic downtown stays open late one last night for you to pick up your gifts at a discount, and enjoy some refreshments too; this night on Main Street is just for you.


Thursday, December 4
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for the Chamber Holiday Party and the Lucky 9 Raffle at La Casa de Luis on 40 Beach Street. The whole community is invited! Raffle tickets cost $25 and the grand prize is $1,000, with more than 20 prizes in all.
Friday, December 5
4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Shop Manchester Night kicks off Christmas-by-the-Sea’s holiday shopping season and allows you the chance to win an iPad Mini! To play, pick up a Shop Manchester Night Rewards Passport, available from participating stores. If you are able to collect a stamp from all participating shops before 9:00p.m., bring your passbook to Seven Central for a complimentary drink. Plus, all completed passbooks will be entered in the drawing for an iPad Mini.
Saturday, December 6
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Come back to downtown on Saturday for Horse-drawn Hayrides and the Annual Jingle Bell Walk with Santa Claus! Arriving at Masconomo Park at 1:00 p.m. by boat, St. Nick will lead the children to the Community Center, jingling all the way! At the Community Center stay for face-painting, crafts, a miniature petting zoo, refreshments, and a chance to hang out with Mr. & Mrs. Claus and take photos!

Drop in Children’s Crafts at the Manchester Historical Museum 9-12 on the Manchester Holiday Saturday, Dec. 6 ($1 per craft) Thanks, Beth

Sunday, December 7
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The First Parish Church is once again hosting the Christmas Concert featuring the Manchester-Essex School Band, Soundwaves, High School Chorus, Memorial School Chorus, and La Petite Choral. After the show Mrs. Claus will be on the common handing out candy canes and hot chocolate.
4:30 p.m. The Lighting of the Friendship Tree will take place on the Town Hall Common directly after the concert.


Christmas in Rockport
Friday, December 5
4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Shop Rockport Night. Get your holiday shopping off to a festive start during this annual Shop Rockport Event! Participating cafes, galleries and shops will be serving hors d’oeuvres, wine and drinks while you shop throughout downtown Rockport and enjoy a night of special promotions. Stroll Rockport’s Christmas tree-lined streets and shop amidst the glow of a delightful array of colorful lights throughout the town.
Saturday, December 6
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Welcome the holidays to Rockport, with Santa Claus’ arrival by lobster boat, landing at T- Wharf. Picked up by his sleigh, a Rockport Forest Fire truck, Santa will be carted off to Dock Square led by the Rockport cub scouts to commence the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 7

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Start a new tradition with your family this year. For the fourth year running, “Seashells and Jingle Bells” Inn & Kitchen Tour is a great way to get you and your family in the spirit of the season! The tour features a perfect mix of Rockport’s finest accommodations and private seaside homes, decked to the nines in their best holiday décor. Inspiration guaranteed. (Tour begins at Rockport Inn & Suites, 183 Main Street)

Tuesday, December 9
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce for the Rockport Holiday Party and Half-Price Sale. The whole community is invited! Stop in for some Holiday Cheer at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack Restaurant!
Saturday & Sunday, December 13-14
Seaside Village Open House and the 13th Annual Holiday Gallery Stroll;
See events listed below:
Saturday, December 13
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Annual Scandinavian Jul Fest at Spiran Hall: Santa Lucia Pageant, children’s dancing, Spiran musicians, traditional foods and gifts, holiday greens, and luncheon. Free admission.
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Solstice Singers will be strolling through downtown; feel free to join in the song and celebration!
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Free horse-drawn hayrides pulled by a team of Belgian draft horses
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Quintessential Brass in Downtown Rockport, performing music of the season from traditional carols and classic holiday songs to jazzy Christmas tunes.
Saturday & Sunday, December 13-14
Noon – 4:00 p.m. 13th Annual Gallery Stroll in Downtown Rockport; become familiar with the local galleries, studios, artists, and artisans.
Saturday, December 20
5:00 p.m. The 69th Annual Christmas Pageant is a Rockport Christmas staple; the live re-enactment of the Nativity. The event begins at Dock Square with a torch-lit procession up Main Street towards the “stable,” representing Joseph and Mary’s journey to find the manger. After a quick stop at the Bethlehem Inn (Rockport Art Association), the procession continues to its final destination, a stable at the Congregational Church where the events of the Nativity are performed. With narration throughout and Christmas hymns sung by a full choir.
Wednesday, December 31
6:00 p.m. – Midnight New Year’s Rockport Eve 2014 – six hours of continuous entertainment provided by various businesses in Downtown Rockport. Ring in the future surrounded by merriment! There will be clowns, cowboys, magicians, and musicians, ventriloquists, puppets, dance, and drama – and much more celebrating of life and good fortune for the 2015 year to come!
Check out www.capeannvacations.com , www.capeannchamber.com , and www.rockportusa.com for more events during the holiday season and throughout the year!

Tree Lightings listed by town

Gloucester: (traditional) Sunday, November 30, 4:30 p.m. – Kent Circle & (Lobster Pot Tree) Thursday, December 13, 5:00 p.m. – Main Street
Essex: Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. – Town Hall
Rockport: Saturday, December 6, 4:00 p.m. – Dock Square
Manchester-by-the-Sea: Sunday, December 7, 4:30 p.m. – Town Hall Common

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