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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

Watch the video here and click here for more info


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

Mayor Romeo Thekan @sefi62 presenting award to our @captjoe06

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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

1-5 PM

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


Cat Ryan submits-

Photos from grand opening celebration

After years of planning and partnering, a new Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Information Desk has been added inside the already wonderful Salem National Park Service Visitor Center.

From the press release:

“The new partnership between Essex Heritage and the National Park Service will provide the Visitor Center’s 375,000 annual visitors with information about attractions, destinations, restaurants, resources and more in Salem and throughout Essex County.”

Katherine and Ryan will be managing this important hub. Prior to this post they worked for 6 years at the Visitor Center. Bonus: they live on the North Shore, and they both grew up on the North Shore. They are excited to join Essex National Heritage.

The screen behind the desk featured several images from each Cape Ann town and many others.  Opening remarks from: Superintendent Michael Quijano-West of the National Parks; Annie Harris, CEO for Essex National Heritage; Josh Basseches from the Peabody Essex Museum; and Mayor of Salem, Kim Driscoll. Event photos here: https://www.facebook.com/EssexHeritage

Cool Stuff You Might Not Have Known About The New Cape Ann License Plates Video Interview

Did you know you can request your numbers for a little extra dough?

I’ve got printed applications right here at the dock if you want to pick one up.  I’ll even deliver it to the Chamber for you!

There was a ton of stuff I found out for the first time in this interview with Ken Riehl, Peter Webber, Brienne Black and Kerry McKenna.

Order your own plate personalized with your favorite numbers right at the Chamber website-


Download an APPLICATION.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at info@capeannchamber.com, or call 978-283-1601.

CA Plate to RMV 8 May

Click for video interview-


If you don’t have a printer you can head to the Chamber for an application or come down the dock and I have them here-

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GloucesterCast With Guest Ken Riehl CEO Of The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/9/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Ken Riehl CEO Of The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/9/14

Topics Include: Challenges and Victories For The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Cape Ann License Plate Voting, Kudos To Mike Costello, Bob Hastings and Robert Heidt, Magnolia Rising!, Railroad Connector and Community Development Director Tom Daniel, Education.

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It’s so easy to vote- no asking for email addresses, just a straightforward bullet vote, vote now! Vote here- http://capeannchamber.com/


YOU Can Influence The Vote for Cape Ann’s License Plate Design!!!!

While taping the GloucesterCast with new Chamber CEO Ken Riehl he told me the voting is wide open and so easy to do- no email address involved, all you have to do is go to the Chamber website and vote-

I’ll make it super easy for you click this link (see that you don’t even have to Google the Chamber website) and vote for your favorite.




The 2013 Annual Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism took place in the Hall of Flags of the State House

Catherine Ryan submits-


I sat with Peter Webber of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and a great group from Newburyport.  The Massachusetts Director of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is Betsy Wall and she’s impressive! She has pushed for investment in this sector, measurable returns, and building success through strong partner engagement. I thought about the Essex National Heritage Trail and MA Smart Growth Alliance. I thought about the great work from Anita Walker and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the new state Cultural Districts. This led me to wondering how many women were in charge of Departments with Gov. Patrick and how much were their budgets and all sectors? I confess that I would have started to look that up right then and there (wifi was good!), but everything was so interesting I had to listen.


Several dignitaries were introduced.


Massachusetts State Representative Kathleen O’Connor Ives is the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development (seems very approachable) along with Representative Cory Atkins (Concord). Ives lives in Newburyport so our table was excited when she spoke! There was big applause from Plymouth and Cape Cod attendees for Therese Murray (Plymouth/Barnstable), the Massachusetts Senate President. Well, she likely supported Plymouth’s 400th Centennial exhibition that will travel across the US and overseas!


The room– and the international table– just beamed for Governor Deval Patrick who was our keynote speaker. Travel and tourism is right up there with other market pillars that have helped the MA economy recover (such as higher education and healthcare). He gave a shout out to…The Berkshires! He presented MOTT awards to several successes in the TT arena including City of Salem, the Freedom Trail, SturbridgeVillage, The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, and Boston Gay Pride. The international representatives at the table next to us covered Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland and Japan. The three big emerging countries? China, Brazil and India.






Betsy Wall lined up the speakers to cover the big picture on down, and how they’re working and partnering together. The first Guest Speaker was great, President of Brand USA (Discover America), Christopher L. Thompson.




He shared this Roseanne Cash “Land of Dreams” song/video commercial that was done “before he came on board”. I’m not sure if that meant he was cool for it or not! I admit that I was trying to spot Gloucester’s flag and other towns within the great room, and did not concentrate just then on specific shots of MA in this video, but I did see iconic art and bridges. You can see it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrUs_FWqj9s


Incidentally tracking film and tv production within MA falls in MOTT’s domain and Gloucester is one of 70 towns or cities that have been used as location over the past two years. In 2013 alone there have been 16 major productions in MA and estimated spending for the year is north of $215,000,000.


Thompson (and others) described this industry as the nation’s #1 service export and that1 in every 8 jobs reflects this sector of the economy. Massachusetts is big time involved. Massachusetts is a destination for its “must see” sights, and so many of our Nation’s “firsts” are here.  Massachusetts is also leading or in the top 5 for work in healthcare, energy efficiency and alternate energy, life sciences and biology. People are visiting their kids at our universities, moving through for military travel, etc. Boston Conventions is the leading INTERNATIONAL headquarters for business, scientific and medical segments of the economy. Although travel is up, it has not reached the levels pre 2001. Brand USA was implemented to raise these numbers. This industry is so ready with measurements and metrics they could easily offer exact data about how much business was lost and the economic impact from the government shut down.


Another speaker, Tom Glynn, CEO for the Massachusetts Port Authority, gave a terrific update. Massport is helping people move through quickly and safely and they have a global outlook. They’ve streamlined the clog (vehicular and exhaust!) at pick up and drop off for Logan by switching to one integrated bus system for all rental car companies (28 vs. 100+). They’ve rearranged curbs and added better wayfinding. They’ve introduced the new TSA program “global entry”. There are big gains in travel infrastructure and many more non stop flights available.


The last speaker up was Patricia Rojas-Ungar, Vice President of Relations for the United States Travel Association (USTA). She spoke about our country being the number one place foreigners say they want to travel to– but then don’t, because of how long it takes to acquire a visa and the travel hassles. She’d say that increased international travel means more American jobs. They’re working on making that travel easier. This means in places such as Brazil and China, two willing markets, people may be able to access digital media for interviews for visas rather than having to take a trip to another location possibly hours away just to apply… to take a trip to the US. It also means spreading the news about the Jolt Act (HR 1354) which supports expanding the Visa Waiver Program to Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Romania and Uruguay because it could add billions to our economy and create more jobs. Text from your phone today 877-877, “travel”, and send to sign up for the Power of Travel coalition if you want to help there.


What does MOTT mean for folks, organizations and businesses in Gloucester? You can sign up to meet Director Betsy Wall in person. Peter Webber has arranged for Ms. Wall to visit Cape Ann next week. The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting this very special reception on Wednesday, October 30th, from 9AM-10:30AM at the Rockport Inn & Suites. You can RSVP here http://web.capeannchamber.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=1136



Visit and re-visit MOTT’s website  www.massvacation.com. It’s full on engagement, ever updating and rich content. Take some time to submit your business/org listing to the website (no guaranty but worth a try); use great (seasonal) photos, and write ups. See what is already listed. Look at the tabs for LBGT and MA Green and other categories. Add into their social media platforms (send in your photos, posts, comments) and partake in the robust real time marketing they’re making available. It’s going to be a great resource when you want to visit other towns, too.

Catherine Ryan submits City Arts and Gloucester updates for September

Hi Joey,

With Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the City’s leadership and support, here are some September updates for City Arts & Gloucester covering the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Downtown Work Plan, Harbortown Cultural District and the Committee for the Arts.

From now through October 15th submit a design for a Cape Ann license plate!

· The single most successful MA specialty license plate is…the one celebrating Massachusettsother Cape. The Cape and Islands plate, created in 1996, features an image of Eastham’s Nauset Lighthouse and the cliffs of Siasconset and Aquinnah. It has raised $20.1 million and was ordered for 45,000 cars in the state. At that time, the Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed backgrounds. The new image space requirements are smaller squares to the left of the number.

· Feeling competitive? There are currently more than 216,641 specialty license plates in circulation in the state now, according to the Registry. The five top sellers?

image024 $20,000 million


image025 $18.3 million

image027 $7 million

image028 $4 million

· What do you think the 2 letters should be?

· For more information on how to apply, see GMG announcement https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/cape-ann-chamber-launches-drive-for-special-cape-ann-license-plate/

News from Community Development and the Downtown Work Plan

The Downtown Work Plan group continues! Come to City Hall for the third and final public meeting Tuesday September 17, 2013. Like the others, this meeting will also be held in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall and run from 6-8PM. You can check out the results from the 2nd public presentation on line http://www.gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?NID=760&ART=2142&ADMIN=1. It is a large file and may take a couple of minutes to load. Community Development will also post the other presentations to the website as well. If you have any comments or questions, email Community Development Director, Tom Danieltdaniel@gloucester-ma.gov

Enjoy this August 8, 2013 Boston Globe article on Mayor Kirk’s  efforts for Community Development for downtown Gloucester. You can see it here

News from the downtown Harbortown Cultural District

Mayor Carolyn Kirk has committed the City’s major support as lead partner for our two Gloucester Cultural Districts!

Visit www.gloucesterharbortown.org

2/3 of the Harbortown partners have filled out a survey to prioritize goals with a focus on arts and culture. Other partners will complete theirs as they meet with their committees/boards. Example of one of the questions (‘in progress’ screen shot)


Harbortown partners and stakeholders attending the August meeting at Cape Ann Museum were lucky to hear an outstanding update from Director Ronda Faloon:

Reaching Out and Strengthening Within, Cape Ann Museum’s recently announced Capital Campaign will raise funds to make essential and innovative changes, dramatically improving the Museum’s ability to care for its nationally significant collection, as well as to tell the Cape Ann story and the pivotal role it has played in the American experience. Dynamic new interior and exterior spaces will be created. Outdated systems will be updated and underutilized spaces will be maximized to provide secure, more cost-effective and visitor-friendly settings for the collection. The Campaign will also support efforts to make the Museum’s collection more accessible by digitization, allowing it to be viewed on a redesigned website. Whether you are a physical or virtual visitor, the Museum hopes to transform your experience. http://www.capeannmuseum.org/support/capital-campaign/

We also participated in a special hands-on discussion and workshop about the goals for our district which was facilitated by Rebecca Borden Art Haven’s interim director. Art Haven and Cape Ann museum are founding partners of the Harbortown Cultural District.

News from the Committee for the Arts

On behalf of Mayor Kirk and the City of Gloucester, we’re in the process of updating the Committee for the Arts page on the City website and all these logos are at play!

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The Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that James Owen Calderwood’s temporary public  artwork, his abstract ‘Fish Net’ street mural covering Parsons Street, is the first of three 2013 HarborWalk public art awards to be completed.

INSIDER gHW ARTWORLD NEWS: New Parsons street signs are being designed and produced by Tricia O’Neill, Signs Unique, of Gloucester. Tricia is currently collaborating with world renowned British born contemporary artist, Matthew Ritchie, on his new mural commission for the Institute of Contemporary Art /Boston and Rose F. Kennedy Greenway’s Dewey Square. We are thrilled for Tricia and grateful she is helping with the gHW. AND Red Sox fans have long seen her sign work there!

INSIDER BLOOMS: Along with James’ wonderful net mural, also look forward to some lighting, a new fence on the west side of the street, and tucked along its edge, an additional patch of gHW butterfly and sustainable gardens with more of Kim Smith’s planting design!  You can see the relation of mural/fence/garden spot and more from Kim’s fabulous Good Morning Gloucester posts



The end of September heralds the 12th year of Trails and Sails weekends. This year, the third and final Block Party is timed perfectly with the first Trails and Sails weekend. Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts is thrilled to take part in these weekends.

WALK Parsons Street to experience James Owen Calderwood’s Parsons Street mural for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge



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Leaping © Cruz Ferreras

Thank you, Marty Luster! https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/great-public-art/


Stop into City Hall and cherish our City’s major murals.


Over the 2nd weekend of Trails and Sails, July 27-29th, the Committee for the Arts is also hosting 3 special days of mural celebration and recognition! Art conservator, Peter Williams, who recently completed the first phase of mural restoration at City Hall, will be speaking about restoration and Charles Allan Winter on Friday September 27 at 7PM in City Hall. Mark your calendars for his lecture:  “A Restorer’s Intimate View of Paintings and Murals by Charles Allan Winter”. Sign up too for guided tours Saturday and Sunday by Gloucester artist, historian, scholar, independent curator, adjunct professor, and former Committee for the Arts member, Susan Erony!

For more information on the restoration and photos see GMG posts including https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/the-gloucester-committee-for-the-arts-announces-13200-in-new-private-donation/

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