Holiday Workshop: Winter Wreath-Making with Local Flora

✨ Join Backyard Growers and Sunspell Flora to learn how to design and create festive winter wreaths using local flora like amaranth, straw flower, and evergreen. Instructed by North Shore flower farmer Lauren Barnhill of Sunspell Flora, each participant will take home a wreath of their own creation.

When: December 7, 5-6:30pm

Where: Backyard Growers HQ @ 103R Maplewood Ave, Gloucester, MA, 01930

Tickets: $40 general admission / $20 Backyard Growers program participants (e.g. 2022 Community, Backyard Garden, or GrowBag Garden Programs)

🎨 Children are welcome to join for free with a caretaker’s ticket purchase! We will be running a children’s winter craft activity during the workshop. If you plan to bring children, please RSVP for them at

😋 Light refreshments will be provided.

💚 Proceeds from this workshop support Backyard Growers’ mission of cultivating healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food. Come have some festive fun and support a great cause!

Rockport PTO 2022 Holiday Fair

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Saturday, November 19th
9:30 to 2 PM
Rockport High School
24 Jerdens Lane, Rockport

Come get your holiday shopping done or buy something unique for yourself! We will have:

  • Amazing Crafters and Artists
  • Photos with Santa
  • Gingerbread House Kits
  • Face Painting
  • Sensory Art Table
  • Surprise Jars for the Kids (they sell out fast!)
  • High Quality Raffle Items
  • Yummy Baked Goods
  • Coffee and Lunch

This is just a small sample of some of the amazing items that will be there!

Just 3 Days Remaining to Bid on Auction Items! Great Deals Still Available!

The Online Only portion of our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is almost over! Only 3 days remain to bid. Auction will close on Sunday, November 13. View all available items at

There are 92 great items to bid on, ranging from boat charters to travel to gift cards and more. Don’t miss out on your chance to score great deals!

Proceeds will help the Chamber build for this special place where we live, work, and play! Bid now and bid often to show your love for Cape Ann!

Sawyer Free Library Annual Meeting next Wednesday, 11/16 at 2 Dale Avenue! All are welcome!

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Corporation will be hosting its Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, November 16, at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. All are welcome.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with welcoming remarks by the President of the Board of TrusteesMern Sibley. The public is invited to attend this informative evening, during which there will be a presentation by Matt Oudens of Oudens Ellos Architecture detailing updates of the 2025 Sawyer Free Library Capital Project. 

The annual meeting will offer the community the chance to gather at 2 Dale Avenue one more time before the Sawyer Free Library’s historic renovation and expansion project begins early next year. Attendees will be welcome to take pictures of the spaces that have special meaning to them or just sit and take it all in while learning more about the Library’s busy year.

The Sawyer Free Library recently moved its operations to 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, in preparation for the construction of the 2025 Sawyer Free Library which is expected to be completed in early 2025. 

The meeting will be from 6:30–7:30 pm on the main floor of the Sawyer Free Library. Refreshments from Willow Rest will be served. For more information, please visit

Cape Ann Veterans: Don’t Miss The Open Door’s Thank You for Your Service Mobile Market!

The Open Door will hold a Mobile Market this November thanking Cape Ann veterans for their service, in honor of Veterans Day.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 16 from noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Cape Ann Veterans Services at 12 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester MA

WHAT: All those on Cape Ann who have served in the military are welcome to stop by The Open Door Thank You for Your Service Mobile Market. A selection of fresh, delicious fruit, vegetables, and eggs will be available for veterans to choose from.

Questions? Contact The Open Door at 978-283-6776.

Join Us on Friday, November 25th for Game Night!

Join us on Friday, November 25th for a historic night of tabletop gaming and be one of the first to play “Hammond Naval Warfare.” Patented in 1912 by our founder, inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. “Naval-War-Game Apparatus” (renamed Hammond Naval Warfare) is an early precursor to the popular naval combat game, Battleship by Hasbro Gaming. For the first time, this tabletop game is available for play! And, all attendees will have a chance to win their own set!

Doors open at 5pm and gaming goes until 10pm. Bring your friends and stop by for an hour or stay the whole time!

Tickets available at:

Online Love Greater Cape Ann Auction is Now Live!

The Online Only portion of our Love Greater Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is now live at!

There are 91 great items to bid on, ranging from boat charters to travel to gift cards and more. The auction will run through Sunday, November 13, so register to bid today.

Proceeds will help the Chamber build for this special place where we live, work, and play! Bid now and bid often to show your love for Cape Ann!

UPDATE: Postponed until May 5 & 6 Broadway Returns To Hammond Castle Museum!

Join us as Hello Friends Productions premiers Once Upon A Time, an original review of beloved Broadway show tunes and popular songs that capture our imaginations. The first half features great music from shows such as Sunset Boulevard, Man of La Mancha, Legally Blonde, Shrek the musical, Hadestown and Finding Neverland. And in the second half, get ready as they present a modern day retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella told with popular hits from the 50’s through today. Starring Bobby Kerrigan, Kelly Murphy, Thom Smoker, April Foley, Becky Penner Ruccio, Crystal VanArtsdalen, Tom Edmonds, Andrew Hankinson and Sean Murphy. They are sure to have us all laughing, toe tapping, and singing right along! Parking is free. Premier Seating $30, General Admission $25

Tickets at: