New Year's Day
Jazz Brunch
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
11 am - 2 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
New Year's Day Jazz Brunch - Kick off the new year with a leisurely jazz brunch overlooking the Essex River – featuring a modern, eclectic and delicious take on fresh New England fare and live music! Reservations recommended. Call 978-890-7378.
Fine Arts Auction
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
(Severe weather date:
Thursday, January 3rd)
FREE Preview 3 - 5 pm
Auction Begins at 5 pm
The Essex Room
119 Main Street
(Route 133)
Blackwood/March Fine Arts Auction - Join renowned auctioneer, Michael March at an auction of fine art: Collections of American paintings with an emphasis on New England painters, a wide selection of estate 19th and 20th century prints, Japanese artworks, and tribal carpets make for an auction sale well worth attending.

A catalog of the items to be sold is online at For consignment information please call Michael March at 978-768-6943 or email

Genetically Modified Food:
Fact and Fiction
Saturday, January 12, 2019
11 am - 12 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

3rd Floor Auditorium
30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
Genetically Modified Food: Fact and Fiction - Professor Mike Cross will explain the modifications that we make to our food - from traditional breeding, x-ray mutations, to genetic modifications and which modifications are legally considered GMO. Cross is well known for his entertaining and educational programs! The audience will be invited to play "GMO: Yes or No" and to guess whether plants and animals are truly a GMO or not. The program will conclude with a discussion of some of the myths about GMOs.

For more information, contact April Wanner at 978-768-7410 or

Be sure to check out the library's website for more special events!

Library Book Club
Thursday, January 17, 2019
9 - 10 am
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
Library Book Club - Everyone is welcome at the book group to discuss, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. Good conversation and coffee.

For more information, contact April Wanner at 978-768-7410 or

Be sure to check out the library's website for more special events!

Book Reading: Let's Go!
Animal Tracks in the Snow
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
3:30 pm
T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library

30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
Book Reading: Let's Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow - Don't miss this special event with Essex resident and author Diane Polley as she reads her Cape Ann Reads award winning picture book, "Let's Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow!" Join us as Diane reads her delightful picture book and enjoy crafts, special activities and hot cocoa. Ages 3 and older.

Please RSVP to April Wanner at 978-768-7410 or

Be sure to check out the library's website for more special events!

Frame Up to Fit Out:
An Informal Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
Frame Up to Fit Out: An Informal Lecture Series - Join us for a series of talks by Justin Demitri on topics surrounding the shipbuilding and sailing industries.

$10 for adults. Children are FREE!

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

Pound n' Pour
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 pm
4x4 Fitness Pro
1 Scott's Way
Pound n' Pour - Come MAKE SOME NOISE with us and kick off 2019! We will be hosting a 45 minute POUND exercise class, followed by an outing to The Farm Bar and Grille to mix and mingle with new friends and old friends!

$25 per person
Price includes class and one drink! (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser
Sunday, January 27, 2019
4 - 8 pm
Windward Grille
109 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser - The Lufkin family, in conjunction with the Windward Grille, is hosting a fabulous, fun evening to benefit the Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event will feature a cash bar, food, music, a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at the door on the night of the event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to a recent Manchester Essex Regional School District graduate pursuing higher education in a field that has a direct effect on children.

Sarah Lufkin, the scholarship's namesake, passed away in 1997 from acute lymphocytic leukemia. In 1994, after two years of treatment, she was well enough to return to Salem State College part-time to continue her studies in early childhood education. Sarah later came out of remission and passed away after receiving an ineffective marrow transplant in March 1997.

Donations of goods and services for the raffle and silent auction are still being accepted. To make a donation, call Sue Lufkin at 978-768-7122, Kim Lufkin Williams at 978-853-0845, or Laurie Lufkin at 978-985-6532..

Sound Healing Meditation
with Joe Hayes:
A Mid-Winter Celebration
Sunday, January 27, 2019
4:30 - 6 pm
True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
Sound Healing Meditation with Joe Hayes: A Mid-Winter Celebration - Come join us as Joe Hayes of SoundScapers builds a temple of therapeutic sound and tone in this group sound healing practice. Be bathed in sacred chant, guided imagery, the didgeridoo, the shruti box, and a full complement of quartz, fusion, and Tibetan sound bowls in a deeply therapeutic, community-based, profoundly relaxing 90 minute practice. You'll feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and literally re-tuned! Sound healing, an ancient protocol of wellness, is now undergoing a global renaissance as people discern its many benefits.

$30 (Register early, this event can sell out). Chairs provided; feel free to bring a seat cushion and blanket for your comfort.

"Everyone has a vibration that is a signature of their health and well-being. Similar to a musical instrument that can fall out of tune, our bodies can also fall out of vibrational harmony and develop illness. Sound and vibration can be used to re-tune and return us to health. One of the most powerful modalities for this is the use of singing bowls...."

– Suren Shrestha, traditional Himalayan sound therapist
How to Heal with Singing Bowls

Click here to register >

Wedding and Home Buying Expo
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
5 - 8 pm
The Essex Room at Woodman's
119 Main Street
(Route 133)
Wedding and Home Buying Expo - Hosted by The Essex Room - Come chat with your wedding planner and Realtor all in one night! Take the opportunity to speak with the professionals about all aspects of home ownership including down payment myths (you can afford more than you think!), the value of using a Realtor(R), home inspection process, keeping your home safe for years to come, and all the closing details, all while exploring the affordable elegance that The Essex Room has to offer!

Churchill Properties, Servpro of Danvers/Ipswich, Bella Design, Salem Five Bank, United Van Lines, Kallman Legal Group PLLC.

Frame Up to Fit Out:
An Informal Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7 pm
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
Frame Up to Fit Out: An Informal Lecture Series - Join us for a series of talks by Justin Demitri on topics surrounding the shipbuilding and sailing industries.

$10 for adults. Children are FREE!

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

Drawing Instruction
for the Curious Beginner
with Jess Yurwitz
6 Two-hour Classes: Tuesdays January 8 - February 12, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Rivers and Roads
57 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Drawing Instruction for the Curious Beginner with Jess Yurwitz - Learn basic drawing techniques and increase your creative confidence in a supportive and exciting environment. You will train your mind to see the world in new ways and capture your unique perspective on paper. Yes! Even you can draw with the guidance of Essex resident, Jess Yurwitz!

$25 per session or $125 for all six. Financial aid and senior discounts available.

Details and registration >

Intentional Journaling
with Barb Parker
6 Two-hour Classes: Thursdays January 17 - February 21, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Rivers and Roads
57 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Intentional Journaling with Barb Parker - Each week will bring new explorations such as creative writing prompts, poetry selection and uses, multi media artwork or even typing something meaningful on an old typewriter. The conversation, inspiration and time you spend connecting with your buried self and others will be something you look forward to every week!

$60 for all six classes

Details and registration >

4x4 Book Club
Last Wednesday of the month, beginning January 30, 2019
7 pm
4x4 Fitness Pro
1 Scott's Way
4x4 Book Club - As healthcare professionals, 4x4 Fitness Pro recognizes that health and wellness involves more than just exercise and nutrition. We all require a strong social network, as well as time for our minds to rest. Reading is a wonderful way to strengthen our minds and give ourselves much needed breaks. Fun games, trivia, and light food/drinks at each meeting! Join us as we start up our official Book Club reading, A Man called Ove this month. Fun games, trivia, food, drinks, and friends! You will also have the opportunity to casually chat with healthcare providers and receive Dietician approved recipes that are fast and simple for weeknights!

Email if you would like to join us! We can lend you a copy of this month's book too!

2018 Film and Lecture Series:
The Confluence of Land and Water
Begins Thursday,
January 24, 2019
Events take place at various
Greenbelt properties
The Confluence of Land and Water- Don't miss the Greenbelt's exciting 2019 film and lecture series, titled, The Confluence of Land and Water. The first event, a Conservation Science Panel, opens the series on January 24th.

Details on series events >

Shea's Cribbage Tournament
Every Tuesday
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Shea's Riverside Restaurant
122 Main Street
(Route 133)
Shea's Cribbage Tournament - Join us every Tuesday night for our weekly cribbage tournament. Free to play, just sign in by 6:30 pm to join the tournament. The winner takes home a $50 Shea's gift certificate to use during a future visit. This is a friendly game with various levels of experience participating. What's in your crib?
Beginner and Intermediate Yoga with Andrea
Every Tuesday
Adult Basic Yoga 5 pm - 6 pm
Men's Yoga 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

True North Hypnosis
and Wellness
(across from 36 Pickering Street)
Beginner and Intermediate Yoga with Andrea - STry out these small classes for extra help and attention. Benefits of yoga include:improving overall strength and flexibility; reducing lower back pain; lowering heart rate and blood pressure; helping digestion and fighting food cravings; relieving anxiety, depression and insomnia; improving brain function, immunity, creativity and deep relaxation!

$13 per class Register online >

Friday Fly Tying Evenings
1st Fridays:
September 7, 2018
- April 5, 2019
6 - 8 pm
Rivers and Roads
57 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Friday Fly Tying Evenings - Once a month September through April we will meet and learn from and teach each other tying techniques, new patterns or just share stories as well tie our favorite flies for next season. We will meet the last Friday of each month from 6-8 PM upstairs in the barn. Plenty of space to spread out your vise, materials and pattern books. FREE to all tiers beginner to expert. Drop in once or every Friday you can make it.
Jazz Brunch
The 1st and 3rd Sunday
of Every Month
Brunch 10 am - 2 pm
Jazz begins at 11 am
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
Jazz Brunch at C.K. Pearl - Relax and enjoy Sunday brunch - a modern, eclectic and delicious take on classic New England fare - with live music on the banks of the Essex River.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Open by Appointment
through April 1, 2019
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Waterline Center
66 Main Street
(Route 133)
Essex Shipbuilding Museum Tours - Schedule a guided tour to learn how our small New England village built close to 4,000 wooden vessels and became a major producer of the American Fishing Schooner. The museum collection totals more than 8,000 objects, including nearly 3,000 photographs - many portraying vessels under construction from the mid 19th century through the 20th century.

- Relive history through full scale displays and dioramas

- Use traditional shipbuilding tools to make a trunnel

- Learn how schooneres evolved

- Watch a shipbuilding video

- Stand before a schooner built over 80 years ago

For more information, call 978-768-7514.

Historic Essex Walking Tour
Open year-round
Self-guided tour of 16 historic
sites along Main Street with
short side trips extending
onto Martin Street
and Eastern Avenue
Historic Essex Walking Tour - Take a walk through time, connecting past and present day Essex and experience over 300 years of history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour. The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. A brochure - with a map inside to guide you - is available at most signs along the tour.

The 16 interpretive signs mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century - including the Old Burying Ground and the First Congregational Church, which houses an original Paul Revere bell, cast in 1797. Journey forward in time to the Victorian Era and view our unique Shingle Style Essex Town Hall and T.O.H.P. Burnham Library as well as other century old structures. Learn how over 300 years of shipbuilding in Essex produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels. Gain insight into the history of clamming and the antique and railroad industries, and the importance of the Essex River and Great Marsh.

Tour goers who have a smart phone or tablet can view additional history related to each site by scanning the QR (quick-response) code on each sign for additional stories, historic photos, video and audio clips. So grab your smart phone or tablet and head to Essex to walk the tour!

The tour is handicapped accessible.
For more information, email

Cape Ann Winter Birding
Boat Trip
Saturday, March 2, 2019
8 am - 1 pm
Inclement weather date:
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Cape Ann

Leaving from
7 Seas Whale Watch
7 Seas Wharf

SOLD OUT! Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip - Join the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce as they visit one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides migratory seabirds only during this time of year.

Space is limited - sign up today by calling Kerry at 978-768-1601.

Birdwatchers from New England and beyond flock to Cape Ann to participate in the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend each year. Although we are not doing the full weekend in 2018, weather permitting, we are hosting the Winter Birding Boat Trip, aboard the Privateer IV, with 7 Seas Whale Watch. Afterwards, we will reserve a room at the Gloucester House restaurant for you to sit and discuss your findings from the trip. You may order off of the regular menu. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip.

Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of Winter Seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is planning a morning at sea which will delight all levels of Birders. Expert Guides will help you identify the winter birds you will see. In doing the boat trip in March, we hope to see some of the early Spring migrant birds, such as Fulmars, and we hope to see some whales too- Right and Humpback in particular! (Please note: the decision to journey to Stellwagen will be the sole choice of the Captain, who will make his decison based on weather and sea conditions at the time of sailing. If we do not go to Stellwagen, the captain will determine where the trip will take place- the inner harbor, outer harbor, etc.)

On this trip we will be visiting one of New England’s most productive marine habitats: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Stellwagen Bank is probably best known for its large concentrations of whales (Humpback and Finback especially) which attract tens-of-thousands of eager whale watchers each Spring through Fall. But the activity continues all year long! Even in Winter many species of marine wildlife can be seen, and while this trip will focus primarily on the birds of Stellwagen Bank, the possibility certainly exists that we may sight non-avian marine wildlife as well… including whales just returning from the Caribbean!

This a special opportunity for bird lovers of all skill levels to join expert guides on a tour of one of New England’s most productive marine habitats at a time when most other passenger vessels have closed down for the year. The possibilities of what we might see on this winter boat trip are endless, but in the five years we have been running this trip we have seen:

Black-legged Kittiwakes, Iceland gulls, Glaucous gulls, Razorbills, Dovekies, Common murres, Thick-billed murres, Atlantic puffins, Common eiders, King eiders, Long-tailed ducks, all three scoter species, Greater scaup, Northern gannets, Buffleheads, Common loons, Red-throated loons, Horned grebes, Red-necked grebes, and even a Snowy owl just to name a few! (I’m still hoping for that Great Skua!)

The cost for this wonderful excursion is $75 per person.

Memorial Park Project Kickoff
Saturday, March 30, 2019
7 - 11 pm
The Lobster Trap Pub
125 Main Street
(Route 133)
Memorial Park Project Kickoff - Join us for "First Pitch", a kick-off fundraiser and help us make our vision a reality for the Town of Essex! The Friends of Memorial Park Improvement Project are raising funds to begin the first phase of renovating Memorial Park. This includes adding much needed dugouts, fencing, netting, and seating to the fields, as well as to upgrade the current Veteran's memorial behind home plate. Board member, Eric Gjerde, of Seaglass Architecture has created plans to do this while keeping in mind the beauty, integrity and environmental qualities of the property.

- Food generously donated by Essex restaurants:
Woodman's, The Blue Marlin, The Windward, Essex Pizza and more!
- Live Acoustic Music and DJ
- Musical Bingo
- Raffles
- Prizes

Silent Auction items generously donated by the local community.

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2019 Scholarship Day/Night
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
11:30 am - 9 pm
C.K. Pearl Restaurant
112 Main Street
(Route 133)
2019 Scholarship Day/Night - On behalf of the Woodman Family and the Mr. and Mrs. L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship, please join us for our Annual Scholarship Day/Night. Co-hosting the night once again is C.K. Pearl (who will once again donate 10 percent of the day's profits to the Scholarship.

Help us keep Dexter and Gini's legacy of community and education first continue to support students from Manchester Essex Regional Middle/High School and through Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Essex Lions, MA Restaurant Association (MRA), North Shore Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Prep@Pingree and Root.

Call 978-890-7378 to make your reservation.
For more information go to

Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Saturday, April 13, 2019
11 am - 4 pm
Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant - Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant! Bring your own kite or build one of your own, and watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Archie Stewart of Kite Education teaches a workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them. Thanks also to Woodman's of Essex who will again be serving up free clam chowder!

Supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

$10 for kite-making workshop
FREE for flyers and spectators

Registration is recommended for the workshop only.
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.
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ArtTalk: Conversations
with Essex Artists
Saturday, May 4, 2019
10 am - 12 pm
Essex Town Hall
3rd Floor Auditorium
30 Martin Street
(Route 22)
ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists- Get to know a diverse group of artists in the Essex River Cultural District as they share thoughts on their creative process, inspirations and influences in a casual, moderated conversation with audience Q&A. Join the discussion with ArtTalk Moderator, Karen Ristuben and our Featured Artists:

Erica Funkhouser, Poet/Playwright
Susan Guest-McPhail, Mixed Media
James McLeod, Bubble Factory Glass
Alison Taylor and Members of Essex Art Collective, Mixed Media
Chris Williams, Sculptor

This special event is hosted by the Essex River Cultural District and is part of Massachusetts ArtWeek, an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences throughout the state that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.

Plant Something!
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Don't Just Stand There...Plant Something! - Essex residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the state-wide initiative, Plant Something. See for more about the fun and benefits of gardening.
Greenbelt's Annual Meeting
and Creative Potluck Supper
Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception
6 pm Potluck Supper
7 pm Meeting/Election/Awards
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Greenbelt's Annual Meeting and Creative Potluck Supper - Come early to the Cox Reservation to help celebrate the Greenbelt's successes and ongoing campaigns!

More details to come.

* Please consider bringing your favorite dish to share.

Birds, Bees, Butterflies
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 am - 1 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Birds, Bees, Butterflies - Family Nature Series - Celebrate and learn about honey bees, butterflies and the other pollinators so important to our flowers and food supply on May 18th, Family Pollinator Day.

There is much to learn about these hard-working pollinators. With kid-friendly activities, attendees with learn about the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, including chocolate and coffee they help bring us.

Wild Edibles Walk
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6 - 8 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Wild Edibles Walk - Enjoy nibbling on edible plants at Cox Reservation with local expert Russ Cohen. You'll learn to identify common species in this area and explore the wild edibles to be found along the marsh. FREE!

Russ' book, Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten, will be available for purchase for $15. Cohen, one of New England's foremost edibles experts, regularly lectures and teaches people how to forage safely on our local landscape. Cohen first compiled decades of learning, practicing and teaching about wild food foraging into a book in 2004. Over 6000 copies later, Cohen's following is stronger than ever.

Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 27, 2019
9 am, in front of Town Hall
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex
Essex Memorial Day Parade - Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.
Essex Bay Sailing Club
Summer Sailing Program
June - August 2019
Essex River
at Conomo Point
Essex Bay Sailing Club's Summer Sailing Program - The Essex Bay Sailing Club, a non-profit club founded in 2000, reaches out to teach sailing to youngsters in the area surrounding Essex Bay. The goal of the club is to develop sailors who enjoy a strong knowledge of sailing while also learning to appreciate, and protect the beautiful resources of the Essex River. The Club offers beginner to advanced level sailing lessons for children aged 8 and up in Escape Captivas and International 420s. Children may enroll in 4 or 8 week sessions on a first come, first served basis.

For more information and to register, go to

Art in the Barn
June 7 - 9, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019
10 - 3 pm
Opening Reception
5 - 8:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday
June 8 - 9, 2019
10 - 5 pm

Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)

30th Annual Art in the Barn Exhibit and Sale - For three days every June, the barns at the Cox Reservation are transformed with color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery, jewelry and sculpture in wood and iron adorn the walls, window sills, tables, stairs and every nook and cranny of our rustic barns. Come see the diverse work of over 150 talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. You are welcome you to come find that special piece of artwork that completes your living space, seek out a special gift for a family member or friend, or simply come to browse. An estimated 3,500 visitors are expected to view the show.

FREE admission.

Opening Reception on Friday night features live music, food and beer.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Shelley at For more information call 978-768-7241.

Wild Edibles for Kids
Saturday, June 15, 2019
4 - 6 pm
Cox Reservation
Essex County
Greenbelt Association
82 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Wild Edibles for Kids - Family Nature Series - There is plenty to munch on outdoors--if you just know where to look! Greenbelt and North Shore Nature Programs present a yummy walk around Cox Reservation where you'll munch on edible plants on the property.

Your guide, Andrew Prazar, will show you how to spot edible plants and teach us about what to eat and what not to eat outdoors. Of course, we'll try a few of the most tasty edible treats!

Some plants we might taste include Juneberries, Dandelions, Lamb's Quarters, Cattails, Milkweed, and Pineapple Weed flowers. You'll also learn about nuts that come from local trees and we'll hunt for some other fun plants like Sassafrass and Beach Plum.

*Parents- Give a call or send an email if you have any questions! 978-768-7241, ext. 17 or

4th Annual Cape Ann Plein Air
Sunday, October 6, 2019
- Monday, October 14, 2019
Artists will be working outdoors
throughout Cape Ann

4th Annual Cape Ann Plein Air - For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann, Massachusetts has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint en plein air. Throughout its four picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air will host its fourth annual week-long plein air painting celebration in October 2019 when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. A newly minted 501c-3, and organized by representatives from various local arts organizations, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and art lovers from across the Cape, CAPA will bring 40 of the finest artists in the nation to compete for over $20,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of all that painting en plein air is today. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Saturday, October 12 at North Shore Arts Association and continue through Monday, October 14.

Cape Ann Plein Air's 2019 Acceptance Juror and Awards Judge are nationally acclaimed plein air painters: Acceptance Juror Mark Boedges of Vermont and Awards Judge Kenn Backhaus of Buck’s County, PA. CAPA 2019 is honored to have such distinguished professionals participating with us this year.

Highlights of CAPA's Essex events include:

- Collectors Preview and Awards Gala in Gloucester, MA

- Quick Draw Event and Wet Paint Art Sale

- FREE Cape Ann Plein Air Painting Demonstrations throughout the week

To apply or learn more about the week-long Cape Ann Plein Air events click here.

37th Annual Essex ClamFest
Saturday, October 19, 2019
11 am - 4 pm
Chowder Tasting Noon - 2 pm
Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Downtown Essex

Rain Date:
Sunday, October 20, 2019

37th Annual Essex ClamFest - The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Essex ClamFest in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best clam chowder on Cape Ann. Local restaurants are expected to serve up their favorite chowder recipes starting at noon and ending about 2 pm.

Judges of the chowder will be announced in advance. The public will also have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favorite chowder.

In addition to the Chowder competition, you'll find an interesting variety of activities including an arts and crafts area and vendors providing food and fun. Join us for entertainment throughout the afternoon; the Lions Club food pavilion; organization, church, and non-profit tables. The crafts area will be open to the public starting at 11 am. For more information contact Kerry McKenna at Sorry, no dogs or skateboards allowed.

Sponsored by the Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce with support from BankGloucester and First Ipswich Bank.

Chowder tasting admission: $10

Holiday Fairs at
Essex Churches
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9 am - 2 pm
Main Street (Route 133)

Holiday Fairs at Essex Churches - The warmth of an old country church fair enlivens the town on a fall day when all three of Essex’s downtown churches hold their annual Holiday Fairs. All three churches are within walking distance with FREE on-street parking. Gift bargains are served up along with homemade food and hot beverages. A dollar goes a long way at this event!

Participating Churches:
The First Universalist Church
, 59 Main Street
St. John the Baptist Parish
, 52 Main Street
The First Congregational Church
, 39 Main Street

Essex Firemen's
Spaghetti Supper
Saturday, November 16, 2019
4 - 7 pm
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street (Route 22)
29th Annual Essex Firemen's Spaghetti Supper - The town’s volunteer firefighters put out quite a spread of all-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti and meatballs accompanied by salad, beverage and dessert. A great night to enjoy a home-cooked meal with neighbors and friends.

Everyone welcome! Donations accepted at the door.

Turkey Trot Road Race
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Race begins at 1 pm

Registration 10:30 am to Noon
Upstairs at
121 Main Street
(Route 133)

42nd Annual Turkey Trot Road Race - This challenging 5K course is a US Track and Field sanctioned event, as well as, an 5K “Fun Walk” over the same course, both ending at Woodman's of Essex with complimentary chowder for all participants. Free Race T-shirt for first 150 paid registrations!

Proceeds benefit Essex Lion’s Club projects and charities. For entry or sponsorship information please email or visit

Small Business Saturday
November 30, 2019

and support local
Essex Businesses

Small Business Saturday - Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It’s Small Business Saturday. Shop Small and let’s make this the biggest day of the year for small businesses in Essex and Cape Ann.

To learn more, visit

Cape Ann business owners: FREE Shop Small marketing materials are available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, a Shop Small Neighborhood Champion. Stop by the Chamber in Gloucester to pick up material to hand out and use at your business to encourage shopping local, or call 978-283-1601 to arrange a drop off.

Get Kissed on
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 30, 2019
9 am - 4 pm
Sea Meadow Gift
and Garden Shop

7 Main Street
Get Kissed on Small Business Saturday - At Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, everyone who makes a purchase during Small Business Saturday can choose a chocolate kiss to reveal a sweet deal on that purchase. You could receive up to 35% off! Each kiss has sweet savings, but some are sweeter than others! Shop local and test your luck!
Wheelworks Pottery
Holiday Sale
Friday, November 29 -
Sunday, December 8, 2019
10 am - 4 pm
Wheelworks Pottery
4 Eastern Avenue
(Route 133)
Wheelworks Pottery Holiday Sale - Don't miss this fabulous display of Wheelworks Pottery's unique handcrafted gifts on sale at the studio and gallery of potter, Jim Trudeau. This functional pottery finished in beautifully colored, durable glazes reflect the process and rhythm of wheel throwing, made here in Essex, MA! Please come in the front door and head upstairs.

Meet the artist, Jim in this video >

Essex Holiday Festival
Thursday - Saturday
December 5 - 7, 2019

Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 5th
Essex Fire Station
24 Martin Street

6:30 pm

Santa Arrives by Boat
Friday, December 6th
Town Landing
6 pm

Carolers Sing at Essex Restaurants
Friday and Saturday,
December 6 - 7th
Between 5:30 - 9 pm

Holiday Shopping Open Houses
Saturday, December 7th

Essex Holiday Festival - The first weekend of December is set aside in anticipation of this very special time of year…the giving and sharing of holiday spirit in Essex. We start Thursday evening with a solemn special ceremony, the lighting of our Memory Tree, in front of the Fire Station, where we honor our lost loved ones. The town’s bell choir performs in the background.

Friday evening, Santa arrives on the Essex River by boat and walks up to the shipyard with a cast of toyland characters.

- Children can sit on Santa's lap and review their holiday "wish list"
- Woodman's Clam Chowder
- Hot Chocolate
- Munchkins from Dunkin' Donuts
- Carols by Sound Waves

WEATHER CONTINGENCY: Friday evening events will be held at Essex Elementary School in case of inclement weather.

Carolers will be visiting Essex restaurants on Friday and Saturday evenings between 5:30 pm and 9 pm.

Shop locally and enjoy Essex's Holiday Open Houses. Many participating businesses will be offering refreshments, discounts and sales, or complimentary gift wrapping. Eat, Shop and Be Merry in Essex!

Project Uplift
Annual Toy and Clothing Drive
Action Inc.
Tuesday, December 3rd through
Friday, December 13, 2019

Collection boxes located at
businesses throughout Essex
(see list >)

Project Uplift: Annual Toy and Clothing Drive - Collecting new, unused toys and clothing for children on Cape Ann (ages 0-14 years). Gift cards are always a big hit and can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy! Help make the holiday season brighter and less stressful for our Cape Ann neighbors and friends.

Collection boxes in Essex:

Carpenter and MacNeille, 106 Western Avenue
C.K. Pearl, 112 Main Street
Essex Elementary School
, 12 Story Street
Essex Police and Fire Departments, 30 Martin Street
Essex Town Hall, 30 Martin Street
The Farm Bar and Grille, 233 Western Avenue
First Ipswich Bank, 65 Eastern Avenue
Highwave Hair Design, 65 Eastern Avenue
Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, 7 Main Street
T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, 245 Western Avenue
Woodman's Restaurant, 121 Main Street

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