State of The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 3rd Quarter Report With Ken Riehl and Catherine Schlicte


Reserve your ticket for the BEST ODDS in town!

25k Game Flyer

Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 1, for the Chamber’s annual $25,000 Game. The event will be held from 5:00 – 7:00pm at The Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, and one person will walk away the lucky winner of $10,000. As one of the most exciting and fun-filled events on Cape Ann this Fall, it will also feature a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more. A total of $25,000 in prizes!

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis at the Chamber office located at 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester and are $100 each. A limit of 500 tickets will be sold. Each ticket admits the ticket holder and one guest to the Gloucester House festivities on October 1st and includes a light dinner. Prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize:  $10,000

2nd Prize:  $5,000
3rd Prizes:  $2,500

4th Prizes:  $1,000 each (6 lucky winners)
5th Prize: $500 (3 lucky winners)


Total: $25,000

To reserve your ticket for the Best Odds in town, please visit the Cape Ann Chamber today or call us at  (978) 283-1601.  More information can also be found on

September Business After Hours at Ohana!

Thursday, September 17, 2015 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


151 Main Street  Gloucester, MA 01930

Come Mix, Mingle and Network with other area Business Leaders at this delicious, award winning Restaurant!

Sample from their menu and enjoy this great little jewel of a restaurant in Downtown Gloucester. $10.

Cash bar available.

Ohana After Hours Flyer

Mayoral Candidates Forum


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

The Elks at Bass Rocks  101 Atlantic Road  Gloucester, MA 01931

The 2015 Gloucester Mayoral Race promises to be an exciting one!  Come meet the Candidates and hear where they stand on important issues facing Gloucester, in this first of two Forums.

A light breakfast will be served.  $25 per person.

2015 Mayoral Debate Flyer

My Monarch Butterfly Film at the Leonardo Museum in Utah!

As part of a revolving exhibit titled “Spark!,” the short film that I created for the Berkshire Museum, A Flight of Monarchs, will be playing continuously from now through November at the Leonardo in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am super excited about this–the exhibit sounds wonderful–

“What is “spark?” Is it that feeling you get when you know you’re on to something big? Is it that irresistible flow of an idea that’s just about to burst into reality? What happens when your creativity is ignited?  What becomes possible?

We get it– which is why we created this brand new (and really big) exhibition.

Imagine, explore and interact with over 700 pieces of original 2D and 3D art, live performances, original writings, and more.”  Read more about it here: SPARK!

Thank you for watching! More about Monarchs and the potential for a spike in this year’s southward migration tomorrow. 

New public art: LOOK UP downtown! Ken Riaf’s Pleasant & Main ARTISPHERE sign, last chance to see group show at Trident, wall mural on Parsons HarborWalk

Cat Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Look up downtown if you haven’t yet seen the wonderful Pleasant & Main ARTISPHERE sign designed and project-boosted by artist and dealer, Ken Riaf. Then head on into his Jeffrey Marshall exhibit Law & Water Gallery.

I bet you’ve seen that Ed Touchette painting catching your eye through Trident’s window—last days to see the group exhibit at Trident Gallery. Just one week away from Ed Touchette’s solo exhibit at Trident. East Gloucester and Veterans School parents please get ready to bring your kids to see his exhibit. East Gloucester kids can find an Mr. Touchette throwback tucked away on East Main. Here’s a snapshot – try and find it.

Pass through Parsons down to Rogers or up to Main to see the progress of the artists of Art Haven/Hive. Their wall mural along a private building of Parsons Street is coming along and their depiction of Man at the Wheel is filling in…check it out! We have cleaned and scrubbed out graffiti on many walls, more than once, and are happy to see new public art added alongside the temporary FISH NET street mural and Dress Code’s.

I’m not sure what artist, Bob Stephenson, would have thought of the latest mural, but I wish he could have seen it. I do know he liked the Calderwood Fish Net mural and was grateful to have the graffiti painted out, the lights installed and anytime we swept and weeded.

Special thanks this week to the folks with Dan Leaman Landscaping and Maintenance Corp for extra clean up and weeding along Parsons Street.

Cliff Ryan Styling On His way To Soccer In His GMG Dry Fit Long sleeve T!


To Get Your GMG Swag On, Check Out The GMG Storefront-

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The Contest-

GMG Red Sox Tickets and GMG XL Long Sleeve Logo Shirt contest

Weekly Meeting of the Seagull Order of Rockport

First order on the meeting agenda is the fact that it is almost the end of tourist season and where the heck are we going to start finding our french fries?

Did anyone bring a pencil?  Whose turn is to write the meeting minutes?  Why do you always get the highest piling?  What makes you so special?

I took this photo because I thought it was funny that 3 seagulls looked like they were having a meeting.  I just realized that there are actually 4 seagulls sitting on the pilings.


Community Stuff 9/14/15

Trails & Sails Event at Maritime Gloucester




Good morning! This is Jordan Olson from LEAP for Education. We’re currently looking for volunteers in the Gloucester area to help with our College Success Program. I’ve attached a volunteer flyer and I was hoping that you would be able to post it onto your GMG blog!

We’re especially looking for volunteers that can be there on Mondays for the Gloucester Program. Here is a bit about what a volunteer can expect to do:

  • Prior to the meetings: Reading the pre-planned lesson plan and preparing for the activities by collecting materials,etc.
  • Setting up the room, putting out the snacks, writing agenda on board for students, turning on computers, etc.
  • Taking weekly attendance and keeping track of students’ grades on a quarterly basis
  • Reminding students of upcoming meetings and follow up with students who are not meeting attendance standards
  • Monitoring and assisting students as they work on assigned tasks (such as resume writing, college and/or scholarship applications, financial aid forms, registering for college entrance exams like SAT’s, Subject Tests, ACT’s, etc.)
  • Cleaning up, putting away snacks, etc.
  • Reflecting on the lesson and what the students got out of the activities so we can make changes for the future

If you have any questions/concerns please contact me.

Best wishes,