Last Call for Artists and Craft Vendors for Essex Clamfest!

Calling all artists and craft vendors! We still have some spots open for this year’s Essex ClamFest… and we’ve decided to wave the late fee this year. To apply as a vendor, contact Kerry at the Chamber –


On Saturday, October 21, the Essex ClamFest and Chowder Competition will take place in Essex. The annual event has everything the small town is known for including arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations, food vendors, Ipswich Ale Local Brews and, of course, the ever popular clam chowder competition.  The festival will take place at Shepard Memorial Park in Essex from 11 AM to 4 PM.

The popular clam chowder competition is from noon to 2 PM (while supplies last).   It costs $5.00 to enter to chowder tasting area.  Nearly 1,000 people taste the best of the best, each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award, while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award.

This year there are 12 competitors:

  • Ipswich Ale Brewers Table
  • Ipswich Clambake
  • J.T. Farnham’s
  • Lobsta Land
  • Mile Marker One
  • Relish Catering & Events
  • Salty Franks Hot Dogs
  • Shea’s Riverside Restaurant
  • The Farm Bar and Grille
  • The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing Co.
  • Windward Grille Restaurant
  • Woodman’s of Essex.

Essex Clamfest is brought to you by the Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. BankGloucester is the presenting sponsor, First Ipswich Bank is the gold sponsor and the media sponsor is North Shore 104.9.



The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

Please join The Open Door for our annual Autumn Breakfast on Thursday, October 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. This celebration of community spirit kicks off the 2017 Thanksgiving Meal Basket and Food Drive season.

Breakfast is free. Donations requested. Reservations required by 10/23. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 205 or emailing

Can’t make it? Want to help? Donate online or find out more at

Age & Dementia Friendly Community Forums

Your Input is Critical!

SeniorCare Inc. will host four Community Forums throughout Cape Ann to begin a discussion of how Cape Ann can become more Age and Dementia Friendly.  The four Forums will be led by Dr. Caitlin Coyle from UMass Boston, and will be held at:

  • Rockport Community House, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Gloucester’s Rose Baker Senior Center, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Essex Town Hall, Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm
  • Manchester Community Center, Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:00-6:30pm

Members from all aspects of the community are encouraged to attend, including government, human service agencies, health and beauty, finance and banking, media and information services, private business, and—possibly the most important group—caregivers and persons directly impacted by aging and dementia. Interested individuals are welcome to attend one or all of the Forums.  Your input is critical.

What makes a community Age and Dementia Friendly? Are the sidewalks conducive to wheel chairs and strollers? Does transportation for seniors who no longer drive meet the need? Does our community make a person with dementia or other challenges feel welcome?

These are just a few of the questions the Age and Dementia Friendly initiative will aim to answer.

These Forums are made possible through a grant from the North Shore Community Health Network.

To learn more about SeniorCare’s mission to serve elders and adults with disabilities on the North Shore, please visit our website  As the discussion on Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann progresses and Action Teams are formed, the website will include a section about this initiative.

SeniorCare Hosts Facing Death, Finding Peace Workshop

SeniorCare Inc. will hold a “Facing Death, Finding Peace” workshop with interfaith minister and master teacher Reverend Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div., on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the SeniorCare offices at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester. The cost for this workshop is $35 per person and includes lunch. Advance registration is required at Registration is limited to 20 people.

Through guided meditation, personal reflection and group sharing, Reverend Sue Koehler-Arsenault, will lead 20 participants toward making peace with the end of life so that they may live a more purposeful and powerful life now.

Rev. Sue earned her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College in 1994). She has served as chaplain at Wellesley College where she was part of a pioneering interfaith spiritual life program, working with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Unitarian, and Muslim colleagues and students. Later, as Chaplain with Community Hospice in Schenectady, NY she became a skillful spiritual counselor and end-of-life educator. In November 2014, Rev. Sue moved to Cape Ann with her husband, artist David Arsenault. She is Dean of Second Year students and teaches on the Spiritual Care of the Dying at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NY, NY.

Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Gloucester Introduces Municipal Leadership Training Workshops

Program Custom Designed by Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership

(Gloucester, Mass.) – October 11, 2017Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced new training workshops for City of Gloucester employees designed by the Van Loan School at Endicott College’s Center for Leadership, starting first with “Fundamentals of Leadership” training for municipal department managers.

“The citizens of Gloucester deserve accountable and professional city services, so we must empower our staff with meaningful training and education,” said Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. “The career development of our city employees remains a top priority and we are proud to partner with Endicott College’s Van Loan School for customized workshops to assist with this growth.”

CoG Endicott Training 1

Initial training needs were identified between Personnel Director Donna Leete and Center for Leadership Director Richard G. Weissman after a series of surveys and employee insights were collected and analyzed. From there, training modules were proposed and finalized with final sign-off by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken.

“Endicott College and the Van Loan School are proud to contribute to the Gloucester community, including leadership training programs,” said Weissman, who also heads up the 4,000- square-foot Endicott Gloucester campus in the same building that houses the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve done a lot of work within the community for many years now, but this career development series reflects a special relationship that has proven valuable for both the city and our college alike.”


Training will be conducted by veteran Endicott College adjunct professor and Center for Leadership instructor, Joseph Tragert. Through the Center for Leadership, Tragert has led management development programs and strategic planning projects for organizations including Minuteman Health, the City of Beverly, Endicott College, Cape Ann TV, and the City of Salem.

Modules focus on dynamics of leadership, effective communication, teamwork, managing conflict, project management, and more.

About the City of Gloucester

America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. In addition, the city is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has been actively diversifying its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of local businesses and state and federal agencies working in the city. Recent advancements in Gloucester include new investments in marine robotics and new product development from the fishery.

Last farmers market of the season!

CAFM logo vectorLast outdoor market of 2017!

3:00-6:30 at Stage Fort Park

Come shop with your favorite farmers, bakers, and cheese makers while you can!

Wine, mead, crafts, and more all at Stage Fort Park!

Stock your pantry, fill your freezer, get a jump on holiday shopping, and savor the last of your favorite treats before our winter markets!

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