August brings us into peak visitor and summertime fun season! A quick look back at July – it was hot and bit wet, but that did not deter our visitors, as most of the area’s beaches, attractions, restaurants and accommodations were at capacity. Our two BIG events in July – 1st Block Party and 32nd Annual Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction, were well attended and a lot of fun. At the Block Party we saw record numbers of visitors and locals alike on “the (Main) street”, enjoying sights, sounds, and eats. The auction was well attended with over 200 guests experiencing the best that Cape Ann has to offer, and featured many new and exciting elements including exotic trips, beautiful art by local premier artists, over 300 wonderful donations of all types and sizes from our many members and supporters. Stay tuned for another opportunity to purchase more wonderful items that we held back for an Online Auction in October.
As we head into August, we are in full summertime events mode. Gloucester’s Downtown Association brings us the 60th annual edition of the Sidewalk Bazaar August 1 – 3, and festival season kicks off in Manchester with Festival by the Sea on Saturday, August 3, featuring over 100 artisans, great music and food. Gloucester’s new Rocks on the Water is also happening that same day at Stage Fort Park. The following weekend, August 10, features Block Party #2 and the Gloucester Blues Festival, now in its 8th Year; Rockport Rotary Club’s Lobsterfest and Rockport’s annual summer fireworks display also take place on August 10. The third weekend, August 17 & 18 showcases the largest event on Cape Ann, Gloucester’s Waterfront Festival, featuring lobsters on Saturday! We welcome Riverfest to Gloucester on August 24. And we end the summer with the finale of our 3rd Block Party on Friday August 30, to coincide with the now iconic Schooner Festival over Labor Day weekend.
See a recap of the above at this month’s August Love Cape Ann Report from 1623 Studios. CLICK HERE for the podcast.
And the Cape Ann Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the second edition of its Online Auction of the low number plates, August 26 – September 9. That’s right, the remaining plates numbers 1 – 100 are going to be up for sale; this is a unique opportunity for you to have a coveted low number. The plate beautifully depicts our four Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester,
Manchester and Rockport. Your contribution is tax deductible, and proceeds go back to the Cape Ann non-profits through grants managed by the Cape Ann Community Foundation. Show your love and pride of Cape Ann every day and go to LoveCapeAnn.com to bid on your low number Cape Ann license plate today!
Not interested in a low number plate, but still want to support Cape Ann? No worries – a new Cape Ann License Plate is easily available online at the official Registry of Motor Vehicles site. Just CLICK HERE, follow the instructions to scroll to the Cape Ann plate, and your plates will be delivered to you in a few days – no trip to the Registry required!
Cape Ann’s vibrant business community plays an important role in what makes this area a special place to live, work and play. Together we are making great things happen, building on our strong heritage to create a bright future – Great Things are Happening – and You Are A Part Of It!