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YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

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“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)

 

Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)

 

Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.

 

Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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Kate and the Nouveau Groove at Mile Marker One Monday 6-9PM

Stunning local musicians, Kate and the Nouveau Groove, a 7 piece funk/pop/soul band playing covers and originals, will be soaring at Mile Marker One Monday, from 6-9pm.

Boy can Kate Barry sing! And fantastic musicians!

Zach Gorrell – Keys
Tug Boat – Bass
David Andrew Moore – Drums
Jon Persson – Trumpet
Carlos Menezes Jr. – Tenor Sax
Jason Miele – Bari Sax

Facebook page for the event at Mile Marker One

You tube video from the band with selection of audio clips

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Fish On and Lots of Family Fun to be Had!

We’ve been told that there is already one fish on….to be coming for weigh in at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort later this afternoon….and there is tons of fun to be had!  Get on down to this year’s Bluefin Blowout!

Here is today’s schedule of events (and Saturdays as well):

FRIDAY | JULY 28 – Family Fun Friday (Open to Public All Day)

1:00 PM– 5:00 PM – Family Fun: Tons of fun with games, prizes, and much more for all ages!

2:00 PM – Watermelon Eating Contest!

3:00 PM – “Harpoon” Toss

6:00 PM – Weigh In Opens

7:00 PM – MINI Peabody Rally | Meet at MINI of Peabody @ 6:00 PM, or join us at Cape Ann Marina! CLICK HERE TO RSVP

9:00 PM – Weigh In Closes Boats weighing fish must be past the designated checkpoint buoys and committee boats no later than 9:00PM.

8:00-11:00 PM – Live music: Grits & Grocery | http://www.gritsandgroceriesorchestra.com

SATURDAY | JULY 29 – Family Fun Continues & Cornhole Tournament

10:00 AM – VIP Bloody Mary Brunch (By Invitation Only)

10:00 AM – Porsche Nashua Rally

11:00- 3:00 PM Cornhole tournament, and family fun

12:00 PM – 92.5 The River Street Team arrives

2:00 PM – Weigh In Opens.

4:30 PM – Weigh In Closes when last tuna is weighed. Boats weighing fish must be past the designated checkpoint buoys and committee boats no later than 4:30PM. 

6:00 PM – Closing Ceremonies

6:30PM – Dinner Served

*Spectator Tickets For Dinner Available On Site LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE*   

Contact: Cidalia Schwartz | cschwartz@lyonwaugh.com | 978-532-8312

7:00 PM – Live Auction Begins

8:00 PM – Silent Auction Closes/Tournament Ends

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Fun Guaranteed. Giant Tuna Expected. Bluefin Blowout 2017.

This is, without a doubt, the place to be this weekend…starting early this afternoon. Check out the schedule of events in the first few photos below.  Wednesday night’s private event was fantastic…and last night’s Captains’ Party was no joke at all.

Be certain to come down at some point, have a great time, and maybe bid on some auction items to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group has gone all out and, as always, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is the perfect venue.

Captains and crews left the docks late last night or early this morning and hopefully some large tuna will be landed later today.

Stacy Boulevard expanded garden plans Tulip Fest May 6

IMG_20170504_052040Saturday May 6, 2017 is the official ribbon cutting re-opening of Stacy Boulevard by Mayor Romeo Theken. Thanks to the Mayor, Mike Hale and all Gloucester DPW, GZA, Essex County Landscape Assoc, Gloucester Community Preservation Act, Ann Giraldi Johnson, GFWA, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and groups like the Seaport Economic Council and Dir Carolyn Kirk, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Joe Lucido, Ed Parks, Mike Linquata, Donna Ardizzoni and One Hour at a Time Gang, Ringo Tarr, Bobbie Turner, YMCA and summer help, Wolf Hill, Generous Gardeners, and other volunteers!

Tulip Festival and bonnet parade Saturday 10AM

Ribbon Cutting 11:30AM

Party at Mile Marker Restaurant 6-10PM

Enjoy a closer look at the engineering and landscape plans for the expanded gardens and before/after comparisons.

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Stacy expanded gardens

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Cape Ann Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree Buoy Auction at Cruiseport

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Caffe Sicilia

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Sound Harbor info@soundharbor.org to sign up or hear more about their teaching programs

 

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The New and Improved Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort

We’ve been a little bit lost for the last several months while the Aqua Room at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort has been undergoing some pretty sizable renovations.  With the windows and doors covered, exactly what had been going on inside has been quite a mystery. Which, I’ll admit, has only added to the excitement for two little swimmers that I know well.  Finn, in fact, may or may not be guilty of peeking through little gaps in the window coverings to try to get a sneak peak.

Well, the wait is over.  The Aqua Room is now open. And…just in time for a long weekend!  I had the opportunity to take a look around on Monday afternoon and was completely impressed with the changes and improvements that have happened!

Some of those improvements are noticeable the second you walk through the doors. Whiter, brighter walls and new windows help let natural light in. The bar has been built up has undergone quite a facelift making it an even more appealing place to sit with friends. The brand new jacuzzi is gorgeous and the new pool deck is spotless. The pool itself has been completely resurfaced and has new tile.  Colored lights under the water’s surface change from blue, to green, to red, to white giving the pool a sleek and polished finish. The restrooms and locker rooms have undergone improvements including some geared to the youngest swimmers. All of this is easy to spy and looks beyond great.

What isn’t easy to see, but is equally…if not more…important, are the major steps that have been taken to ensure that the aqua room environment and pool water is the best it can possibly be year round.  With a brand new, state of the art, pool filtration system, the perfect combination of saltwater and chlorine treatment for the water, new heating, and even a brand new sound system, they have thought of it all.

We have always loved stopping by the pool for a swim and lunch or dinner.  The Aqua Room has been a staple on our list of easy get togethers with friends and hockey teams…and the absolutely perfect escape on rainy or stormy days.  We clock some serious time there and always have a great day.

Day passes, punch card passes, and individual and/or family memberships are available to fit everyone’s needs and budgets. The pool is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The children’s pool hours have also been extended to Fridays and Saturdays 11am-10pm; Sundays-Thursdays 11am -8pm.

Mile Marker One continues to serve both lunch and dinner at the tables surrounding the pool and now includes new menu items as well. In addition, COMING SOON, will be the newly enclosed year-round River Deck dining area overlooking boat slips and the Annisquam River.

I am so excited to start spending some lazy afternoons in the company of good friends while watching the boys swim and play with their best buddies.  I am thankful for the measures that the owners/management of Cape Ann’s Marina Resort have put into renovations that will help build community in such a clean and safe environment. We are fortunate to have the Aqua Room as an option for family entertainment….now more than ever.

 

Featured restaurants and scenes from scrumptious good eats 2016 YMCA Taste of Cape Ann @Cruiseport #GloucesterMA

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All I can say is don’t miss it next year! Several new establishments joined this fantastic annual fundraiser for the Cape Ann YMCA held at Cruiseport, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA. All photographs from November 10, 2016.

1606 BEAUPORT HOTEL

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AZOREAN RESTAURANT

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CAKE ANN

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CAPE ANN BREWERY & PUB

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CAPE ANN FOODIE TOUR

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CLASSIC COOKS CATERING

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DINNER DEALER

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DUCKWORTH’S BISTROT

 

EMORY VODKA

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LIQUOR LOCKER

 

MILE MARKER ONE

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MINGLEWOOD TAVERN

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MOJO COLD BREWED COFFEE

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PASSPORTS RESTAURANT GLOUCESTER

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PIGEON COVE TAVERN @ Emerson Inn by the Sea

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SEAPORT GRILLE

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SUGAR MAGNOLIAS

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TONNO RESTAURANT

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VIRGILIO’S BAKERY

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and WACHUSETT BREWING

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Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events

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October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

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Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.

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Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

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Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016

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Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9

 

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast

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Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.

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More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market and links to other fall happenings!

 

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

Annual American Craft Week held in October

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. 

This is the Bluefin Blowout

With four fish landed, lots of  money raised, fantastic music, delicious food and drinks, and a good time had by all, I’d say this year’s Bluefin Blowout was a pretty big success.

If you weren’t able to make an appearance, here is a little video to show you what you missed.

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Fat Tuna Brings in a Pretty Fat Tuna

The 2nd fish in at this year’s Bluefin Blowout was landed by Fat Tuna!  Congratulations.

A beautiful fish weighing in at 412 pounds was just a little too small to take the lead from Shark Bait….and was soon outweighed by the Miss Fern’s 536 pound fish that hit the dock just 15 minutes later.  Good showing though!

Bluefin Blowout: Bidding, Free Samples, Music, and Fun Under the Tent. Now.

At least two fish on their way in, but even before that happens there is a lot of fun to be had down here at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and the Bluefin Blowout.  The bar is open for business, some vendors are in the house, and the silent auction is bursting with fantastic items!  Tonno is serving up samples….and Lyon-Waugh has some sweet vehicles on display. Scottie Mac is playing some great music and the anticipation is building.

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Live From the Bluefin Blowout

Big happenings here at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort and Mile Marker 1.

The Bluefin Blowout is under way and promises a weekend full of fun!

Come have a great time and support an even greater cause. This year the tournament is donating funds to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

See the full calendar of events and read more about the organizers, sponsors, and history at the link below.

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We have our first fish!  

Congratulations to Captain James Dolan and his crew!  Shark Bait has officially weighed in the first fish of this year’s tournament.

A  beautiful 485 pound and 95 inch bluefin tuna!

Email them here  sharkbaitcharters@gmail.com

Nichole’s Picks 8/6 + 8/7

Pick #1:  2016 Bluefin Blowout

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Click HERE for more information

FRIDAY| AUGUST 5 – Open to the Public

  • 12:00 AM – Boats permitted to leave dock
  • 6:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 9:00 PM – Weigh In Closes
  • 8:00PM-11:00 PM – Live Music– Groove Therapy

SAT | AUGUST 6 – Open to the Public

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM
    • Music, Food and Cocktails served under the tent
    • Live tuna demonstration by Tonno, Gloucester
    • Silent auction and 50/50 to benefit Alzheimer’s
  • 3:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 6:00PM– Dinner
  • 6:30PM– Awards
  • 8:00 Live & Silent Auction
  • 8:30-12:00 PM – Live Music- Herland Brothers

SUN | AUGUST 7 – Open to the Public

Brunch & Bloody Mary’s at the Cape Ann Marina / Mile Marker 1

Pick #2:  Gloucester Blue Festival

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Click HERE for more information

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Saturday, August 6 2016

ON THE BEACH AT STAGE FORT PARK

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Pick #3:  The Salem Maritime Festival

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Click HERE for more information

The 2016 Salem Maritime Festival will be hosted on the weekend of August 5th, 6th and 7th!
Celebrate ships, sailors, and song at this annual free family festival! Hosted by the National Park Service, which is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, the festival features live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! Join us for Free family fun! (Schedule subject to change.) Festivities will begin Friday evening and will extend through Sunday afternoon! The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Event Contact Information
Salem Visitor Center (978) 740-1650

Festival Hours:

Friday, August 5: 3 PM to 8 PM (Dockside Vessels and Live Music)

Saturday, August 6: 10 AM to 7 PM (Exhibitors and Demonstrators 10 AM to 5 PM)

Sunday, August 7: 11 AM to 5 PM

Harbor Cruises

One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. On Saturday, August 6, festival goers can enter a series of raffles for a chance to set sail in Salem’s harbor. We will start taking lottery entries at around 10:30 AM. Participants can set sail on the following vessels:

Schooner Adventure, built in 1926 and located at Maritime Gloucester (Sail time 2:15 PM)
Schooner Ardelle, an authentic Cape Ann Vessel from Gloucester (Sail times 12:15 PM and 1:45 PM)
Sea Shuttle’s Endeavour, learn about marine science of Salem Sound (Sail times 12:30 PM and 2:15 PM)
Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer (Sail times 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM)

In addition to the harbor cruises, Coast to Coast Paddle will guide participants on paddleboarding and kayaking adventures in Salem Harbor!

 

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Nichole’s Picks 6/11 + 6/12

Pick #1: Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

Read all about it HERE

Always a lot of fun!  Great for kids…and their grown-ups too.

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Pick #2:  Wee Woodland Fairy Festival at the Wenham Museum

Saturday, June 11 from 10:00-3:00

The fairy festival is included with admission to the museum…or  upgrade to the Premium Tea Party for $10 per child.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED…. Follow LINK below to sign-up.

Read all about it and register HERE

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Pick #3:  BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course at Jordan’s Furniture

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Experience the thrill of traveling from one activity to the next.  Test your agility and balance, as you make your way across our exclusive, one-of-a-kind sky ropes course. Head up 12 or 24 feet and step off onto zig zag beams, crisscross angled rope ladders, and hold tight for spaghetti hand lines.  Walk the plank at 24 feet where you travel out on a 6 inch standalone beam, only to pivot ever so perfectly and return.

Admission Prices:
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (with Zip Line) – $12.50
BeanStalk Adventure Ropes Course (without Zip Line) – $10.50
Must be at least 48″ tall or 42″ if accompanied by a chaperone.

BeanSprout Adventure Ropes Course – $6.25
Must be less than 48″ tall.

READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.

The New and Improved Mile Marker One

As is often my go-to on rainy weekend days, I headed to the pool at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort yesterday.  You have heard me say this before, but it is a total score if you are a parent of a  young child…especially ones that can swim confidently on their own.

We were there for a little over four hours, the kids swam, we ate lunch, and hung out with friends.

We always have great, easy, inexpensive fun there and that has only become better with their new and improved menu by the pool AND the great renovations outside!  Today I ordered the strawberry summer salad, the boys had the chicken tenders with the world’s BEST honey mustard, and we shared the cheese trio plate with havarti, manchego, and brie….and mango slaw + pita chips.

I love hanging out with the boys, but I can’t wait to go back hit the raw bar, have some yummy drinks, hear some music, and sit by the water with some friends too.

Cape Ann Chamber Spring Tourism Mixer Mile Marker1

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Live blogging: it is a gorgeous night and packed — ready for discussing upcoming season plans! Mile Marker One looks beautiful — getting all their outdoor decks ready to roll.

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*news update: I amended the post to update it with some names and businesses seen in the photos and at the party–which I couldn’t manage live blogging.

So who was there and who helped?

Peter Webber, Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna were there for the Chamber. The photographs show a range of businesses and organizations across Cape Ann coming together on such a nice evening like: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Cape Ann Camp Site, Cape Ann Plein Air, Cruiseport, Gloucester Stage,  Vista motel, artist Melody Phaneuf, Mile Marker One, North Shore Music, Pauline’s Gifts, Rocky Neck Art Association, Ryan and Wood, Schooner Adventure, seArts, Seven Seas Whale Watch, and Woodmans.

The Spring Tourism Mixer was presented by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Council. Members of the Tourism Council are:

Sara Young (Chair) Schooner Adventure;

Matt Anzivino, Rockport Inn & Suites;

Laura Dow, Vista motel;

Tony Sapienza, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn;

Bonnie Scatterday, Woodman’s;

Jim Douglass, Cape Ann Whale Watch;

Meredith Anderson, Cape Ann Museum;

Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Rockport Cultural District;

Tom Balf, Maritime Gloucester;

Steve Frisch, Loblolly Seal Cruises;

Richard Nestel, Lantana House;

Ted Marshall, Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters;

Carol Thistle, City of Gloucester Community Development/Tourism;

Mike Storella, Central Street Gallery;

Charlie Brackett, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant;

Tony Beadle, Rockport Music 

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