Live look at Bo Cleary putting Chris McCarthy through the paces at our lobster dock. #fitnessmotivation. Note McCarthy sporting his Crow’s Nest Hoodie.

Main Street Fall Sale

From Patty at Cape Ann Olive Oil Store. Sounds fun, please shop local

Main St. is having a Fall Sale!

September 26 & 27th
10-5 Rain or Shine

Stores will be offering items on sale
Please wear a mask
Use hand sanitizer at each store
And social distance

Thanks for supporting Downtown Gloucester!

Happy as a Clam at High Tide

This third post in the series shared with us from David W. Teele and Betsey Horovitz from the The Annisquam Historical Society’s “Notes from the Firehouse” gives us a wonderful look back at clamming with some amazing photographs dating back to the late 1800s.

You an also read prior posts in this series by clicking on these links:

The Lobstermen Cometh, the Bugs Goeth

Hoop Nets, Cunners, and Lobsters

Visit the Annisquam Historical Society HERE:

You can also read all entries in their Notes from the Firehouse Series HERE:

Below is an excerpt from “Happy as a Clam at High Tide.” See attached screen grabs to read more.

“It was not only illegal to dig clams at high tide, it was virtually impossible.

Few creatures as apparently simple as the clam have proved so useful, for so long, for so many. Great piles of shells (middens) testify to the importance of clams to Native Americans. From the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (then including Maine) coastal towns had the right to regulate their clam banks; mostly, they still do. Owners of the “uplands”, land above the high tide mark, did not own the clams, although they did, and do, own the inter-tidal flats.

Clams not only could be served up for dinner, but they also were a cash crop. During some of the worst economic depressions, the clam banks might be the only banks that would honor the check of a destitute seaside resident. Clams went to Gloucester, Boston, New York, and Cleveland* in their shells, on ice; shucked clams, raw or salted, went by uncounted barrels-full to serve as bait. What would a clam bake be with no clams? Children need no tools to dig for the only crop that squirts back at them.”

Building Home- Grand Banks Building Products

Cape Ann Home

Creating a home always becomes something different once you start. You never end up where you thought you would. And often that’s for the best. A home can feel like a faraway dream, something that doesn’treally exist.But all the great things begin with a dream.

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These homeowners never thought they were going to be people that would build a house, but they did it. And now 30 years later, they are re-investing in their home by remodeling their kitchen. It’s a big deal, and an intense process. But in the end, it’s an investment in both the resale value of your home and your happiness. How is that not worth it?

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Home is a space to be cherished, cared for, and used to the fullest extent. It’s the place we raise our children. It’s the place we celebrate accomplishments and mourn our failures. We spend late nights baking cupcakes for…

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Cape Ann Community


The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Cape Ann Small Business Week 2020 will be celebrated from Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25, in conjunction with National Small Business Week.

Every year since 1981 the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has designated a special week to honor the achievements of Cape Ann’s small business entrepreneurs and their employees and salute their contributions to the economic vitality and community life of Cape Ann. Traditionally, Small Business Persons of the Year have been chosen for each Cape Ann community.

After consulting with past Cape Ann Small Business Persons of the Year representing Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport, the Chamber Board agreed with their recommendation that Cape Ann Small Business Week 2020 should celebrate the resilience, creativity, courageousness and community spirit of every Cape Ann small business in response…

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