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A spotlight of businesses on Cape Ann! Learn more about the businesses in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Greater Cape Ann Highlights

Greater Cape Ann Highlights Premiere

Greater Cape Ann Highlights has premiered on the ICAM’s Public Channel and their YouTube Channel

Greater Cape Ann Highlights is a new monthly video interview series focusing on two greater Cape Ann businesses each month. The first episode features interviews with Spencer Kalker of Cape Ann Botanicals / Cape Ann Cannabis and Gary Rogers of True North Ale Company.

Cape Ann Botanicals
True North Ale Company

The show will air on ICAM Public Channels Comcast 9 and Verizon 33 on Mondays at noon and 7:30 PM and Thursdays at 7:30 AM.

The program will also be accessible on under Video on Demand and on the ICAM YouTube Channel.

Great Golfing on Cape Ann

Cape Ann is home to some beautiful golf courses. We are happy to have Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester, Rockport Golf Club in Rockport and Cape Ann Golf in Essex as Chamber members. Though the 2015 golf season got off to a late start due to the record-breaking snowfall this year, all courses are now open and excited to welcome their members back out on the greens!

Bass Rocks Golf Club

The private Bass Rocks Golf Club is a beautiful but demanding seaside links course with views of the Atlantic Ocean on almost every hole. The par 69, 71 for women, offers a wide variety of shot making situations which are caused by the ever changing winds, chocolate drop mounds, fast rolling greens and long rescue areas. Established in 1896, the Herbert Leeds designed course has hosted the MGA Junior Championship in 1996 and several local MGA/WGAM qualifiers throughout the years. The conditions of this links course is second to none with bent/poa greens that are fast, firm and undulated, where staying below the pin is a must. This course is enjoyed by all because it is just plain fun!

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Rockport Golf Club

Established in 1914 the Rockport Golf Club is entering its 101st season of golf on Cape Ann. The semi-private course features 9 excellent condition holes that will prove challenging to golfers of all abilities. Open April through Thanksgiving the Club allows non-membership play on weekdays and weekend afternoons. Non-members may arrange starting times by calling the Golf Shop one day in advance of when they would like to play. Membership are available for the 2015 season. Call (978)546-3340 for tee times and information. Golf Professional Stephen Clayton, PGA and Course Superintended William Yanakakis, GCSAA head the staff’s of the Rockport Golf Club.

Cape Ann Golf Course

Cape Ann Golf Course in Essex, MA is now in its 84th year in business. As the only pubic golf course on Cape Ann, it is a popular choice for local golfers. The course itself is 9 holes and features a number of water holes overlooking the Essex River. The 4th hole dog leg left that sits atop the hill is best known for the view. The view overlooks the Essex salt marshes, the Essex River and the backside of Cranes Beach. It was recognized in North Shore Golf Magazine article “Dream 18.” The par 37th hole, which is only reachable by hitting over the marsh, was also recognized in North Shore Golf Magazines “Top hardest holes on the North Shore.”

For more information on about the course and tee times visit or call 978-768-7544.

Learn about Cape Ann Farmer’s Market!

June – October  2015 (Every Thursday) and Off-Season Events

The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (CAFM) continues to thrive as one of the many staples that many locals look forward to. Every Thursday from June 12 to October 9 you get the freshest of vegetables and fruits while also helping the promotion of land conversation.

CAFM features over 40 food and craft vendors each week as well as music, education, a children’s activity and cooking demonstrations. Located in beautiful Stage Fort Park, there is free parking during market hours. Eligible Cape Ann Farmers Market vendors accept EBT/SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. Bus service runs from The Rose Baker Senior Center to the farmers market.

Cape Ann Farmers Market

Check out for bus schedules and more information.


While many homeowners find themselves with the unexpected need to repair their roof, gutters, siding, doors and windows from ice dams, and resulting leaks, many are wondering how to manage this unexpected expense.

In response, Coastal Windows & Exteriors has launched The Winter Relief Financing Package is a great opportunity to help homeowners following an extraordinarily hard New England.

They carry the highest quality energy efficient, lifetime exterior products and now they are also helping those in need. From now through the end of June, they are offering New Englanders flexible financing options such as 0 down 0% for one year!

Call 888.812.2783

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Member Spotlight: Ryan & Wood Distilleries

Looking for something new to do?

Visit the spirit of Cape Ann- Ryan & Wood Distilleries..this is the first Distillery on the North Shore since the repeal of prohibition. It is a family owned craft distillery started in 2006 by North Shore natives.
Visitors to the distillery are able to see what goes in to the making of small batch distilled spirits as tours are offered two times each day Monday through Saturday. Tours are given at 10:00am and at 1:00pm and they are FREE. Plan to spend about an hour at the distillery learning about mashing, fermenting, distilling, barrel aging and bottling. There is also a good deal of local history that makes its way into the tour as distilling had quite a profound influence on the Boston area in days gone by.
Ryan & Wood was recently awarded “Best Distillery Tour” by Yankee Magazine in their best of New England edition. (June 2013).

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Member Spotlight: Cape Ann Brewery

Looking for a bite to eat?

Cape Ann Brewery located in beautiful Gloucester, MA. The deck is now open, the sun is out! Fisherman’s beer — whose bold flavor and character reflect the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet — is a tribute to hard work and a salute to friendships that endure. Cape Ann Brewing Company is an award-winning, family-owned, craft brewery in the heart of downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts on Boston’s North Shore.

Check out the live music, paint nights, tours and tastings and much more here:

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