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Fred with Peter Webber, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum.
Since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards have been given every two years and celebrate achievement in arts and culture. Specifically,
“The Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.”
See the full list here. Yo-Yo Ma (1997) and David McCullough (1999) are two notable past recipients. Prior city or town wins include:
Northampton (1995, same year as Aerosmith)
Boston via Clara Wainwright (1999 First Night, Quilts—including Gloucester)
Springfield (1999 Library and Museums)
Worcester (2009, same year as Peabody Essex Museum)
Gloucester (2015) and Plymouth (2015)
Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Art Haven, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Cinema, HarborWalk, the City Archives, the partners of the two Cultural Districts, and more all mentioned this special day.
Joey and guests summed up the honor on Podcast 120: “Without having the narrow blinders of us living in this community, can you really think of another community (other than Boston and one that’s our size)…Where else would have as vibrant an arts community?” Well, nearly that quote. Hmmm. Nominate GMG for 2016 in media?
Congratulations to the other 2015 winners:
Malcolm Rogers, Beverly Morgan Welch, Town of Plymouth, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co, Highland Street Foundation (see Free Fun Fridays GMG post), Barr Foundation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Artsboston, WBUR, WGBY, Holyoke Enchanted Circle Theater, Amherst Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Cambridge Science Festival, Boston Conservatory, and the Worcester Art Museum
GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include:Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Kudos To The DPW, No Novena Trolley, Sista Felica On Hyper St Joseph’s Day Mode A Month Out, Lemoncello, Arancello, Walgreens Open 24/7,Kudos To Gloucester Police for Quick Response To Local Shooting and Props For Local Police Chief Len Campanello and John Macarthy For Being Such A Great Communicator, Props to Former Mayor Kirk and Current Mayor Romeo Theken,How To Win friends And Influence People- Food, How To Politely Decline Food That You are Not Interested In, Cast Iron Skillet Cooking, Debbie Clement Picks Up Clarke Snow’s Book and We Talk About Debbie’s Married Last Name, Cape Ann Brewing Double Dead Eye IPA, Alicia Loves The Keurig Cinnamon Dolce K Cups, Harbor Cove Dental, Pee Wee Football vs Pop Warner Football Controversy, When A Free Boat Isn’t A Free Boat, Passports Wine Dinner Coming Up This Thursday Night, Cape Ann Chamber Business Women Wine Down Tuesday Night At Savour Wine and Cheese, Chamber License Plate Initiative and Giveback From The Serenity Restaurant Group, Chris DeWolfe Rates The Steak Tips At Mile Marker Number 1 In The City, Nichole Schrafft’s Mile Marker Kids In the Pool Recommendation
Happy Holidays to our Chamber Members, Friends, and Families!
First quick update on our Chamber Holiday Celebrations:
– Manchester-by-the-Sea was last week at La Casa de Luis – a great time had by all!
– Rockport was Tuesday at the Fish Shack
– Essex is this Thursday at the Windward Grille
– Gloucester is next Tuesday (12/16) here at the Chamber
All celebrations are open to all – come on by and kick-off the Holidays with us.
And, with Santa making the rounds, ‘tis the Season for Gift Giving.
I’m sure by now that you have heard about the beautiful and symbolic Cape Ann License Plate, but did you also know that the proceeds are going back to the Cape Ann community to support:
1. Promotion of our Region
2. Economic Development, and
Have you wanted to sign-up, but not yet done so? Well, now is the Perfect time: for Yourself, your Family, and your Friends –
Give the gift of Cape Ann this Christmas!
I have attached a ‘Christmas Application’, for you to fill out and mail back to the Chamber. If you prefer, you may hold the $40 payment, and we will follow up with you as we get closer to the 1,500 target, and then we will submit the entire batch to the Registry.
Want to save paper and use an even easier way to sign-up? – you may do so on line at: http://capeannchamber.com/cape-ann-license-plate/ , or click on the below icon:
And we want YOU to be a part of our “I Got Mine” campaign!
Everyone who has submitted an application by the end of this year, is automatically entered into a drawing to win a reserved number from 11 – 100, or a custom number free of the $100 donation charge. There will be three chances to win.
As part of this campaign, we are featuring folks who have signed up for the plate. Take a selfie with our license plate promotion frame, and post it on your Facebook page and we’ll post it on ours. Make it fun – come on by and pick-up a promo. frame (or we can deliver to you), they also make great stocking stuffers! Anyone recognize the good looking gent below?
Check out our facebook page for frequent updates: https://www.facebook.com/capeannchamber
I hope to see you before the Christmas break, but if I do not – I wish you a wonderful and safe Holiday season.
92nd Annual Dinner Dance
Saturday, January 25, 2014
127 Main Street, Essex
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Join us for a very special evening celebrating the Chamber’s 92nd Annual Dinner! Come hear 2013 President, Ed Collard, speak about this past year’s accomplishments while incoming President, Mike Luster, will address what is to come in the future!
Cape Ann’s premier social gathering of the year will begin at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception followed by dinner, the program and dancing! This year’s event will feature the 80’s cover band “Safety”.
Please RSVP along with payment ($85 per person)
by January 17, 2014.
Christmas by the Sea, presented by The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Manchester Division, kicks off this evening in downtown Manchester. There’s something for everyone as the town rings in the holiday season.
Thursday, December 5th from 5 to 8pm The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party and Lucky Nines Raffle will take place in the newly-renovated Seaside Cycle at 23 Elm Street. All are welcome to drop by and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The annual Luck Nines Raffle will take place at approximately 6:30pm. There are a maximum of 150 tickets sold and they are $25 each and the grand prize winner will go home with $1,000. There are over 20 other prizes donated by local merchants, so your odds of winning are great!
To secure your ticket, contact Chris Langathianos at email@example.com or at 617-694-6892.
Friday, December 6th from 4 to 9pm Shop Manchester Night’s annual passport event! Visit local Manchester merchants and have your passport stamped just for visiting the shop – no purchase necessary. All completed passports turned in at The Landing at 7 Central by 9pm will be entered to win an iPad Mini (18+) or a freestyle BMX Bike (under 18). The drawing will take place at 9:30pm in the pub at The Landing at 7 Central. Additionally everyone who completes the passport will receive a complimentary beer or wine at The Landing and will receive an envelope containing valuable gift certificates and coupons from town merchants.
Saturday, December 7th at 1pm Santa Claus arrives by boat in Manchester Harbor. Families are encourage to meet Santa at Masconomo Park and take part in the Jingle Bell walk escorting Santa up to Singing Beach and back to the Manchester Community Center where kids of all ages will get to meet Santa!
Saturday, December 7th at 10am to 6pm Shop Manchester Night’s annual passport event has added a second day! Like Friday night’s event, participants can visit local Manchester merchants and have their passport stamped just for visiting the shop – no purchase necessary. All completed passports turned in at The Landing at 7 Central by 6pm will be entered to win an iPad Mini (18+) or a freestyle BMX Bike (under 18). The drawing will take place at 6:30pm in the pub at The Landing at 7 Central. Additionally everyone who completes the passport will receive a complimentary beer or wine at The Landing and will receive an envelope containing valuable gift certificates and coupons from town merchants.
Sunday, December 8th at 3:30pm The First Parish Church hosts the annual Christmas Concert and Friendship Tree lighting festivities. Tree lighting takes place at approximately 4:40pm.
More Music in Manchester by The Sea
Saturday, December 7th from 9pm to midnight Connecticut’s Brian Jarvis performs at The Landing at 7 Central’s Christmas by the Sea party. Guests may bring a toy drive donation that will benefit Gloucester’s Pathways for Children.
Sunday, December 8th at 6pm Single Tree Music and the Historic Manchester Trust present “Holidays & Wintertide: An Evening with Chelsea Berry and Friends” featuring holiday music by Chelsea Berry, Renée Dupuis, Joe Cardoza, and John Rockwell. The concert takes place at the historic Crowell Chapel on Rosedale Avenue in Manchester. Saturday night’s show sold out, but tickets still remain for this encore performance following the tree lighting on Town Hall Common.
Tickets are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/523577
In the spirit of the season, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has produced this special holiday edition of Chamber at a Glance, highlighting the myriad of unique and festive events and special local shopping promotions happening in every Cape Ann community. As you will see, there is so much going on everywhere, if you happen to miss a visit from Santa or the lighting of a Christmas tree in your community, chances are very good that you and your family can still experience all that and more in your neighboring Cape Ann city or town.
So as Thanksgiving Day nears, and the holiday season is almost upon us, all of us on your Chamber team want to wish you and yours a most happy and healthy, joyous and prosperous Cape Ann holiday season.
Cape Ann Chamber Holiday Parties
Wednesday, November 28, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Manchester Division featuring Lucky Nine Drawing
The Landing at 7 Central
7 Central Street, Manchester
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Rockport Division featuring the Half-Price Sale
The Fish Shack Restaurant
21 Dock Square, Rockport
Thursday, December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Essex Division featuring the Clamfest Awards
The Fortune Palace Restaurant
99 Main Street, Essex
Wednesday, December 19, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Cape Ann Chamber Holiday Party
33 Commercial Street, Gloucester
Essex Holiday Festival
Thursday, November 29 to Saturday, December 1
The first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex.
Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm Join us for a solemn, special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree at Town Hall on Martin Street, where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s children’s bell choir performs in the background.
Friday, November 30, 6:30 pm Santa arrives by boat at the Town Landing on the Essex River . From there he and Mrs. Claus will go to the Waterline Center of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Children get to sit on Santa’s lap and review their holiday "wish list". Refreshments of clam chowder, donuts and hot chocolate are served.
Saturday, December 1, 8:00 to 11:00 am Breakfast with Santa with crafts, songs and photos is held at the Essex Elementary School on Story Street. Come join in all the fun!
Shop locally all day Saturday during Essex’s 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Day. Many participating businesses will be offering everything from free food and drink, discounts and sales to complimentary gift wrapping until 8 pm. There will be raffle prizes and silent auction items to bid on, storytelling and caroling. Eat, Shop and be Merry in Essex!
Gloucester Downtown Holiday Events
Friday, November 23 to Thursday, December 20
BLACK FRIDAY – SHOP LOCAL – Twenty five Shops opening at 6AM – With Special Discounts. Look for the Gold Star in Participating Windows.
Gloucester Downtown Christmas Parade starting at 3PM at the State Fish Pier on Parker Street proceeding to Main Street to Western Avenue.
The Annual Tree Lighting at Kent Circle will follow the Christmas Parade.
The 38th Annual Ladies Night – Stores will be open late. Many offering
refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a free
entry to the $1,500 Shopping Spree.
The Middle Street Walk – 10AM to 3PM – FREE – During the day there will be concerts and special events at: Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, Trinity Church, Universal Unitarian Church, Sargent House Museum, and more!
Full list of events on The Middle Street Walk’s Facebook page.
The Annual lighting of the Lobster Trap Tree at 4:45PM.
Bank Gloucester’s Tree Lighting 5 – 6PM. A reception to follow in the Bank Lobby, to benefit Hospice of the North Shore.
The 38th Annual Men’s Night – Stores open late. Many offering refreshments and special offers. With every item purchased receive a free entry to the $1,500 Shopping Spree (REMINDER: last day to enter is December 19).
The 1st Annual Family and Friends Night. Stores open late! Restaurants will
offer free desert or appetizers! Carolers strolling Main Street! Gather your friends and family and join us and enjoy the evening.
Santa will draw the Winning Ticket at 9 pm, to the $1,500. Shopping Spree.
Wednesday, November 28 to Sunday, December 2
Open Houses in the shops all weekend long!
Thursday, November 29 5:00 to 8:00 pm: Manchester Division Party featuring the Lucky Nine Drawing at The Landing (tickets $25; grand prize $1,000, more than 20 prizes in all!)
Friday, November 30: Shop Manchester Night! 4:00 to 9:00 pm
How to Play
-Get a Shop Manchester Night Passbook, available by mid-November from participating stores.
-Collect stamps from ALL participating shops, between 4:00 and 9:00 pm.
-Bring your Passbook to The Landing for a complimentary drink and a gift pack filled with valuable gift certificates from local merchants valued at over $200! Plus be entered in a drawing for a brand new Google Nexus 7 Tablet.
Saturday, December 1: Santa arrives by tug boat, Jingle Bell Walk, Surfari’s Stand Up Paddleboard’s harbor "parade", weekend shop-around event, Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, December 2: Concert, weekend shop around event, Friendship Tree lighting, and shop around prize winners announced
Rockport Holiday Events
Saturday, December 1 to Monday, December 31
Over 100 Quaint Shops & Art Galleries
Unique Gifts for the Whole Family in Every Price Range
Strolling Minstrels & Carollers ~ Gaily Decorated Streets & Stores
Fairs, Festivals & Concerts Seaside Inns & Restaurants Open for Your Enjoyment
Santa’s Arrival by Boat * Tree Lighting Ceremony
Shop Rockport! A Festive Evening of Exclusive Events! 4:00 to 8:00 pm
"Seashells and Jingle Bells" Inn & Kitchen Tour, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
December 8 – 9
Seaside Village Open House
11th Annual Holiday Gallery Stroll
67th Annual Christmas Pageant
New Year’s Rockport Eve 2012
For further information and a complete Calendar of Events for this month-long program, now in its 28th year, contact the Rockport division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or visit us on the web at www.rockportusa.com.
Celebrate the Holidays on Cape Ann!
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the
Cape Ann Gift Certificate Program!
Great gift idea and a wonderful promotional opportunity for the
upcoming Holiday Season!
Don’t delay – It is FREE TO JOIN this tremendously successful program.
How Does My Business Benefit?
The Program creates economic growth on Cape Ann
Free advertising and exposure for your business
Access to dollars that stay on Cape Ann
How Does It Work?
Certificates are deposited as a check – just fill in the store name in the payee space. The Chamber maintains an account funded by the original purchase of the gift certificate. Certificates can be purchased for $10 and up.
How Is It Promoted?
– Gloucester Daily Times ads
– Cape Ann Beacon ads
– Tent cards at cash registers, window decals, signs at Shaw’s Supermarkets
– Mentioned at Chamber events
– Special notice sent to Human Resource Directors of Cape Ann’s largest
How Much Does It Cost?
There is no charge to join in the Cape Ann Gift Certificate program –
participation is a benefit of Chamber membership
The Chamber encourages participation from all Cape Ann business types: retail, dining, hospitality, services, and professional.
There are currently over 200 Chamber members participating in the program.
The names of participating businesses are given out with each gift certificate sale, and are listed on the Chamber’s website at
Where Can They Be Purchased?
– At the Chamber office in Gloucester
– At both Shaw’s Supermarket Gloucester locations
How Many Gift Certificates Have Been Sold?
Sold in 2010: Over $87,000 worth
Sold in 2011: Over $81,000 worth
Sold in 2012 (to date): Over $36,000 worth
Brought To You By The Cape Ann Chamber’s Government Affairs Council
"Advocacy In Action"
Friday, October 26
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester
$35 (Week/Day of)
7:00 to 7:30 am – Check In & Networking
7:30 to 8:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 to 9:30 am – Debate
Join us for a Congressional Debate among the three candidates for United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts.
The debate will be open to Chamber members and the general public and will be moderated by Robert Visnick. Questions will be posed by a panel of Cape Ann journalists. If you have questions that you would like considered for the candidates, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preregistration is highly recommended as this event will fill up quickly.
To make a reservation, contact Robert Heidt at
email@example.com or call 978-283-1601.
Angela Cook Photos From Cape Ann Chamber Coffee and Connections Event at the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn
Just a heads up to GMG readers about the Winter Birding Weekend organized by the Cape Ann Chamber and Mass Audubon February 4-6. It starts Friday afternoon with check in at the Elk’s Hall on the Back Shore and then an evening lecture by Chris Leahy on the winter birds of Cape Ann. Saturday morning and afternoon there are guided bus trips all over the Cape led by expert ornithologists, with stops back at the Elk’s for hot drinks and food and another slide presentation in the evening. There are also vendor booths set up with optics, bird carving, photography and many other related topics.
On Sunday morning we go out on the Privateer IV with Jay Frontiero at the wheel, an incredible opportunity to see pelagic birds otherwise invisible, Gannets, Grebes, maybe even a King Eider. We’ll be back in plenty of time for the Super Bowl, if anyone still cares.
As EJ would say, did you know there are more birds on Cape Ann in the winter than there are in the summer? There are, they are just harder to see. I have been a casual birder for many years, but I learned more about the birds around here in one weekend than I had in all the previous time. The opportunity to go out birding with the experts is not to be missed, whether one is a long time observer or just interested in another amazing aspect of our life in Gloucester. People on the tours are friendly and helpful. Dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them, folks will help out if you don’t.
More info at http://www.capeannchamber.com/birdingweekend/
Gregory R. Bover
Soundings October 2009
The Newsletter of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
is now online at www.capeannchamber.com/soundings/209-October2009.pdf
The exciting new Cape Ann Guide
Chamber Activities & Programs
Membership Feature & New Members
and much more!
WINDOW BOX HISTORY
Main Street’s beautiful window box flower displays have delighted residents and visitors alike since 2001.More than seventy of the window boxes that grace Gloucester’s Main Street were installed in a collaborative downtown enhancement program between 2001 and 2005. The program was initiated by William Taylor and Peter Perthou (Grant Circle Flower Fund) and was enhanced and extended by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and the City of Gloucester’s Community Development Department. Through this cooperative effort, window boxes were installed at Main Street businesses free of charge. Main Street merchants plant and maintain their own window boxes, expressing their own unique style – and brightening all of Main Street in the process.