Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

1st Annual GCACC NEXT GEN Corn Hole Tournament is on Sunday June 4th! Sign up now!

The 1st Annual GCACC NEXT GEN Cornhole Tournament is presented in partnership by the Greater Cape Ann Chamber’s NEXT GEN Cape Ann Young Professionals Committee and the American Legion Post 98.

Please join us on Sunday, June 4 for a day of fun competition! Food and beer will be available for purchase as well as raffles!

To sign up, please click here. The deadline to sign up and pay is June 1st

Sawyer Free Library Wants To Hear from YOU!

The SAWYER FREE LIBRARY is excited to be kicking off the community consultation for its new STRATEGIC PLAN: OUR LIBRARY. OUR FUTURE.

As part of the planning process, Sawyer Free Library wants to hear from the community and gather its valuable input. The 2025-2029 strategic planning process is especially important due to new opportunities that will be possible with the opening of the renovated, modernized and expanded 2025 Sawyer Free Library.

The Library will be hosting a series of 4 PUBLIC COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, and an ONLINE SURVEY and wants to hear from YOU! The Library encourages individuals from all backgrounds and age groups, community organizations, local businesses, and other stakeholders, to participate and provide their unique perspectives. 

Community Conversations will be held IN PERSON on:

  • Monday, May 22, at Cape Ann YMCA from 6:00 -7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5, at the Sawyer Free Library’s temporary space at 21 Main Street from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Community Conversations take place VIRTUALLY over Zoom:

  • Friday, June 2, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Gloucester Conversations will moderate these public forums, which are open to everyone to attend, and share their thoughts, ideas, and insights about how the 2025 Sawyer Free Library can best serve them and the greater community.

All Gloucester residents and visitors are also encouraged to fill out the Sawyer Free Library‘s new COMMUNITY SURVEY. The online survey is available online at SawyerFreeLibrary.org and will be open through July 1, 2023. 

Regardless of how much or how little individuals use its services, everyone’s perspectives are welcome and encouraged to participate! This survey is the first piece of research that will help to inform the new strategic plan and will be critical in influencing the Library’s priorities for the next five years.

The Sawyer Free Library expects to analyze the results this summer and compile a summary report, which will be shared with the community when the Library Board of Trustees finalizes the new 2025-2029 Strategic Plan. The Library’s most recent five-year strategic plan was completed in 2020, which runs through 2024. 

Community members can visit sawyerfreelibrary.org for more information and updates on ways to participate in the strategic planning process. The Library will also provide regular updates to keep community members informed and engaged throughout the process.

Now Open: Backyard Growers’ May Seedling Sale

Backyard Growers’ May Seedling Sale is open for online ordering through Wednesday, May 17, for curbside pickup and in-person shopping on Saturday, May 20. Purchase veggie seedlings including a variety of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and basil started by our pals at Cedar Rock Gardens. We sell individual plants rather than four-packs.

This sale also features other growing supplies including Neptune’s Harvest fish & seaweed fertilizer, High Mowing Organic Seeds, GrowBags, and more. All orders will be available for pickup at Backyard Growers HQ on Saturday, May 20, 11am-2pm. Plus, we’ll have extra seedlings and other goodies for in-person purchase.

Proceeds support our work building healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food. Stop by to say hello and get your veggie garden up and running for the 2023 growing season!

Memoir Talk: Author Talk with Virginia McKinnon on Thursday evening, May 18

As a part of May’s Local Memoir Series, the Sawyer Free Library is pleased to present Virginia McKinnon as she reads from her newly released memoir, A Fisherman’s Daughter: Growing Up Sicilian-American in the Oldest Fishing Port in America. All are invited to this special evening on Thursday, May 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester.

At age 93, this first-time author shares short stories of her heritage growing up in Gloucester, spanning her lifetime, including her late husband’s WWII experiences in the Asiatic Pacific. Drawing on her vivid memories from throughout her life as a child when she could hop fishing boat to fishing boat during St. Peter’s Fiesta in Gloucester Harbor to the joyful celebrations of marriage and family life, to her community and public life work as a social worker, eucharistic minister, lector, and writer, Virginia’s book documents a cultural history of a way of life in Gloucester and America.

The event is free and open to the public at Sawyer Free Library at 21 Main Street, Gloucester. For more information and to register, visit, sawyerfreelibrary.org.

2nd Annual WellFest: Saturday, May 20 @ Harvey Park in Rockport

Join the Greater Cape Ann Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee for the 2nd Annual WellFest: A Greater Cape Ann Community Wellness Fair. This year, we are moving to Harvey Park in Rockport!

This event will showcase the Cape Ann region’s broad range of health and wellness services. This event will provide something for people of all ages!

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Movement, Balance & Exercise
  • Hearing & Vision
  • Health in Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Youth Development & Lifelong Learning 
  • Senior Readiness

Here is the list of attending vendors (* = offering free raffle):

  • 4GBS – For the Grand Bandquet of Sexuality *
  • ABC Home Healthcare Professionals *
  • Action Inc.
  • Addison Gilbert Hospital
  • Arbonne Consultant
  • Backyard Growers *
  • Beauport Hearing Care
  • Bonneville Design
  • Cape Ann Animal Aid
  • Cape Ann Botanicals *
  • Cape Ann Lanes *
  • Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA)
  • Cape Ann YMCA
  • Cometeer
  • Disability Resource Center *
  • Eastern Essex Regional Public Health Coalition
  • Essex County OB/GYN Associates *
  • Gloucester Health Department
  • Manchester Essex Conservation Trust *
  • North Shore Adventures *
  • NorthShore24 Fitness *
  • ONESTOP Harm Reduction Center *
  • Rockport Art Association & Museum *
  • Rockport Council on Aging
  • Rockport Exchange *
  • SeniorCare Inc.
  • Supportive Living Inc.
  • The Open Door
  • Treetop Yoga *

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Young Gloucester Scientist Club: Vernal Pond Field Trip – Friday, May 19

For May’s Young Gloucester Scientists Club field trip, they have teamed up with Rick Roth and the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team to learn about the link woodland creatures, such as salamanders and frogs, have to ponds in Gloucester.  Suitable for 4th-8th graders.

Join in on the fun on Friday afternoon, May 19 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. `Location details will be sent after registering.

The event is free but you need to register at SawyerFreeLibrary.org.

Learn Baby Sign Language at Sawyer Free Library on May 15

Sawyer Free Library is pleased to offer Baby Sign Language with Baby Keands on Monday, May 15 from 10:20 – 12 noon at 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester.

Learn about the benefits of signing with babies from Sheryl White of Baby Kneads. During this free class, caregivers will learn how to teach American Sign Language to their little ones, practice several signs and more.

This event will be held at Sawyer Free Library at 21 Main Street. Register at sawyerfreelibrary.org. Questions? Contact: jvitale@sawyerfreelibrary.org.

Help Stamp Out Hunger this Saturday!

Make a donation this weekend without leaving home!

Residents of Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport: please leave non-perishable, unexpired food donations in a bag by your mailbox this Saturday to be delivered by your local letter carrier to The Open Door!



  • Coffee
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, and salad dressings)
  • Cooking oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Tuna

IF you live outside the above communities, please contact your local post office to learn if they will be participating in the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this year.

Thank you! Your support helps stock the shelves and connect local people to the food they need to thrive.

In 2022, The Open Door helped stabilize the lives and health of 8,486 people from 4,872 households through the distribution of 1.78 million pounds of food.

More information about The Open Door and its programs available at FOODPANTRY.org