Sean Nolan and his team are the most reliable, honest car repair guys I’ve ever dealt with. There are other good shops but I’ve never received the kind of boutique level service I’ve got at Extreme. if you’re having problems trust me on this one, go see Sean.
The luminArtz Facebook page announces the following scheduled for this weekend (July 3 and 4th)! It sounds like an awesome event, especially since we can’t have fireworks this year…….
Friday and Saturday Night starting at 9:15 luminArtz and Communications, Ink will “Light Up The Night” for a celebration of Independence Day, 4th of July celebration by projecting on the paint factory on Gloucester Harbor. This beautiful display of oceanography with images of fireworks will make this holiday very special and memorable. Ocean Alliance, our partner, has been a gracious host allowing luminArtz and Communications, Ink to transform this iconic building into a work of art for the whole community to experience. We hope you will tell all your friends to wear a mask if you’re viewing from the boulevard or the I4C2 location in Downtown Gloucester. We hope to instill pride in all who live in this great community of Cape Ann. Tune in live here on our Facebook and HAPPY 4th!
We had a wonderful dinner at The Studio on Rocky Neck last night. Lovely evening, half price food, seeing friends, staying masked and distant….it was a great experience. The menu has new and returning items for you to select from. My baked haddock with lobster bisque was absolutely perfect! Jim had the lobster rolls and there was none left to share. I highly recommend you check it out. I don’t know how long the half price food special will last. Call or check their Facebook page for updates.
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Rockport Music announces launch of Concert View* virtual series tomorrow, July 2, at 7 pm with a new performance by the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. The series includes a range of artists like renowned cello-piano duo David Finckel and Wu Han, the incomparable bass-baritone Davóne Tines, the spectacular pianist George Li, and more. Dates subject to change.
CONCERT VIEW SERIES Weekly Virtual Music Series Fridays at 7 PM (except Parker Quartet on Thursday)
July 2: Parker Quartet
July 10: Stephen Prutsman, piano (artist from home)
July 17: George Li, piano
July 24: Chee-Yun, violin & Henry Kramer, piano
July 31: Grisha Goryachev, guitar
August 7: Davóne Tines, bass-baritone (artist from home)
I’m getting back into my artwork now that I’ve retired from nursing after 43 years. I’m doing a fundraiser for the vets and James and Anna of Cape Ann Giclée are helping me with printing.
Every summer (with the exception of this one) the Legion in Rockport hosts vets for a fishing trip/ social event. I spoke with Larry Story, the vet who organizes the event and he said that lobstermen from Rockport and Gloucester donate their time for the outing. I asked him about contributing to the cause with a poster I made from a painting of mine. As I mentioned James and Anna are doing the printing when I get orders. The unframed poster is 11 x 14 inches and retails for $20.00. All profits go to the Legion.
I live near the Pigeon Cove harbor and have gotten to see the workings of the waterfront since I’ve stopped working as a nurse and since COVID has pretty much curtailed my normal activities. What I’ve learned is that the lobster industry is a very complicated and dangerous business and the work never stops as you know! I really admire what the guys are doing down here because it’s really a rare and treasured industry in Rockport. We don’t have much tourism and the granite industry is long gone. And they’ve been working right through COVID as I’m sure the guys over in Gloucester are doing.
See the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (Mott) July 2020 update below! Look for two FREE and easy business listing ideas, the 2019 Annual Report with all its visitor data, Covid-19 and its impact on the tourism sector, and Gloucester news that Judith Sargent Murray | Sargent House museum will be featured on the Regional Council Historic Women Trailblazers site! Gloucester boasts many women ground breakers.
from MOTT July 2020:
The spirit of Massachusetts is stronger than ever. Throughout the Commonwealth our friends and neighbors are working to keep people safe while helping to support the local economy – buying local, shopping local, staying local. We see people banding together for the common goal of keeping Massachusetts strong. In our arena, look no further than the new micro website initiated by the Regional Tourism Councils, www.spiritofma.com. Congratulations to our RTC partners for this initiative.
This month, Massachusetts moves from Phase Two to Phase Three of the Commonwealth’s four-phase plan to Reopen Massachusetts. You can stay up to date on the latest Massachusetts news by checking the COVID-19 links below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or comments.
On behalf of all of us here at MOTT, thank you to the Massachusetts’ travel and tourism community for its resolve, optimism, and creativity as we move forward to brighter days ahead.
Beginning July 1, the Baker-Polito Administration has new quarantine guidelines for visitors coming to Massachusetts from seven neighboring states, including NY, NJ, CT, ME, NH, RI & VT. See details here.
On June 28, the Commonwealth embarked on Phase II, Step 2 of the Reopening Massachusetts plan. Find information on when businesses can reopen here.
Indoor dining is now permitted. For full restaurant guidance, click here.
State House officials announced additional administrative tax relief measures for local businesses impacted by COVID-19, especially in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. This tax relief includes postponing the collection of regular sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes for small businesses normally due from March through August, so that they will instead be due in September.
UK journalist, Abigail King, who had previously been hosted on an international FAM trip to Massachusetts, has written a blog on Nantucket, which was shortlisted for The Visit USA 2020 Media Awards. We are so happy to share that Abigail King won in the category of Blogger/Vlogger of the Year Award, with the submission of her beautiful Nantucket article from her visit; Fast forward to 3:41 to hear the award announcement by Visit USA! A sincere thank you to all in Massachusetts who hosted and made Abigail King’s experience in Massachusetts a memorable one. Read Abigail’s piece on Nantucket here.
Spirit of Massachusetts
The Regional Tourism Councils (RTC) have created a new micro website to promote Massachusetts as a great place to visit when the time is right. See details here.
Sales Tax Holiday
Massachusetts’ annual Sales Tax Holiday the weekend of August 30-31 offers a good opportunity to support Main Street businesses and the local economy. See FAQs about the Sales Tax Holiday.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation has opened state campgrounds beginning July 1. See details here.
The 2020 Big E Cancelled
The Eastern States Exposition announced that due to the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s BIG E Fair has been cancelled. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2021 BIG E Fair: September 17-October 3, 2021, and keep up with the latest from The Big E here.
Construction work at Logan International Airport this summer will affect traffic patterns at the airport, especially around Terminal B. See details here.
Call for Brochures
Our friends at Simon/Lee Premium Outlets in Lee, MA, invite you to send them one box of brochures or visitor guides for display at their information centers. There is no storage or stocking fee so please send your printed tourism information to: Carolyn Edwards, Area General Manager, Simon/Lee Premium Outlets, 17 Premium Outlets Blvd., Lee, MA 01238. If you would like more information, please contact Carolyn Edwards.
50 Great Things to do Under $50
MOTT’s ’50 Under $50’ special deals page is consistently ranked as one of our Top 5 visited web pages each month. To list a special deal offered by your organization, the offer must be valid for a two-month duration and the admission of $50 must cover: two adults only and/or two adults with two children age 12 and under.
We are currently accepting ’50 Under $50’ offers for August/September/October. Please send your submissions to: Phyllis M. Cahaly.
FREE means FREE!
With so many amazing free things to do in Massachusetts, we created a FREE category listing in our online calendar of events at massvacation.com.
Now, you can add your organization’s cost-free events to MOTT’s year-round calendars. Just click on ‘submit your listing’ on the bottom of the homepage, and follow the prompts.
In calendar year 2019, International visitors to Massachusetts totaled 2.5 million, which was down slightly from 2018.
Overseas volume to Massachusetts was just under 1.8 million. The top five origin countries were: China (269 k), United Kingdom (247 k), Germany (104 k), Brazil (102 k), and France (101 k). Canadian visitation to Massachusetts has historically been just under 700,000 with the majority of visitors coming from the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Our bodies consist of many unique physiologic systems whose sole purpose is to maintain an internal balance called homeostasis. We know the pancreas releases insulin to balance glucose levels between the bloodstream and cells. The thyroid gland releases thyroid hormone, which regulates vital bodily functions related to metabolism, body temperature and much more. Simply put, our bodies are working constantly to stay balanced in response to our external environment.
In the quest to understand how THC causes its well-known intoxicating effects, scientists discovered that we have yet another regulatory physiologic system, called the endocannabinoid system or ECS, whose role is to maintain homeostasis of the messages sent between our cells. Further research has shown that sickness, inflammation, and injury will trigger the ECS to take action, working to reset our internal environment back to homeostasis. This system has been described as being protective and necessary for life. What if we could target this system…
The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library‘s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Library Director. Following an extensive national search, Janet (Jenny) Benedict, MLIS, MA, BJ, will succeed Deborah Kelsey, who is retiring. Ms. Benedict will officially join the Library on Monday, July 6.
Ms. Benedict comes to Sawyer Free Library with diverse work experiences over nearly 25 years, including most recently nine years as the Library Director and CEO of the West Vancouver Memorial Library in British Columbia, where she left a legacy of innovation and cultural excellence.
“I am honored to be joining the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library at this time in its history. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an organization that is so vitally important to the community it serves. It’s a privilege to build on an established foundation of excellence and plan for the…