Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is looking for YOUR opinion regarding Gloucester’s Summer Block Parties. One idea on the table is to close Main Street to vehicle traffic EVERY SATURDAY in July and August.
What do you think? Please take the survey (CLICK HERE) and help shape the future of fun in downtown Gloucester this summer!
This survey closes next Wednesday, April 8th at 11pm — so please don’t wait.
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Our final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street (http://www.thecavegloucester.com/). Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toodeloos/388111807754) and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!
The last Block Party of 2014 will be held on Saturday, September 20th. This event will be bigger and different than previous ones. Starting at 6 pm, the retailers and restaurants will be featuring their fare on Main Street and inside their establishments. A new feature will be “Little Italy,” with music, cheese making, and specialty Italian food, courtesy of Gallo Productions of Gloucester. This is a first – so don’t miss it. I’ll be in my gallery until 9 pm or later. After all, I’m the appointed Party King. Hope to see you!
SATURDAY from 6-11, this year’s final Block Party features a stellar mix of entertainment, including The GHS Docksiders Big Band, a quintet of Boston jazz maestros and a variety of other talent on five outdoor stages PLUS The Brass Fed Horns (featuring Carlos Menezes, Jr., the hardest working musician on Cape Ann) roaming Main Street with Gloucester’s version of Little Italy at the West End (from THE CAVE to Washington).
COME OUT AND PARTY LIKE IT’S STILL SUMMER — ’cause it is!
See the Entertainment SCHEDULE BY STAGE HERE
Entertainment SCHEDULE BY TIME HERE
Participating Restaurants & Merchants here.
Finally a few photos of last Saturday’s Block Party
Yes, there were massive crowds on the street, but the the 150+ people I appreciated most were the folks who came in to encourage me with my battle with cancer and the attack by a gangrenous appendix. Tugboat Captain Doug walked right up to me behind the desk to give me a big bear hug. I thought I was going to get mugged, as he was clean shaven and unrecognized at first. City Councilor Sepatia thrust my rollator/walker aside to give another hug and kind words. Reiki Master Karen Pischke made a promise to bring the resources of her Dreamtime Wellness treatment to me at home. Shelley (with PT/OT calzones) from Den-Mar Rehab, one of my prime physical therapists, came by with half a dozen of her best friends,. Then three nurses from Mass General charged in and offered their support too.
I’d like to thank Valerie Marcley, long time organizer in charge of the Block Parties, for her hard work on the event, her sensitivity, and for being a good friend. She was there cleaning up long after I had gone home. Lastly, I want to mention my “Gyotaku” fish print artist Patrick Horgan, who just happened in from Seabrook, N.H. I convinced him to set up his display outside the gallery. It’s always a pleasure to work with Pat, and he escorted and drove me safely thru the darkness to the refuge of my home in Rockport. Cape Ann is a very special community that cares. They’ll always have your back.
I hope this is better late than never!
The Downtown Gloucester Block Parties will be held July 19, August 16 and September 20 beginning at 6 pm. Main Street will be transformed into an entertainment mall with live performances on five stages, al fresco dining offered by Main Street restaurants, stores open for shopping until 11 pm plus a vendor area and Kids’ Town to keep the youngsters amused. This is the seventh year Gloucester businesses have been promoted by the successful parties. The Block Parties are free events with a variety of entertainment.
A Happy 7th Year Grand Opening is planned at center stage for the July 19th party. Merchants will offer Happy Seven promotions to celebrate.
Performers who wish to join may contact firstname.lastname@example.org; merchants and those who would like a display area: email@example.com; sponsor contacts: kirstin@sparx3 firstname.lastname@example.org; food vendors, volunteers, publicity and all other concerns: email@example.com.
Keep updated at Gloucester Block Party on Facebook or www.glostablockparty.com.
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GMG photographers serve up passion and inspiration daily, so no surprise Joey recognizes local sports and talent on his blog.
Decisive shots by sports photographers freeze and interpret the best of sports moments: elements of beauty, determination, athleticism, emotion. GMG contributor, David Cox, is one hard-working pro photographer, known for just that. FOBs and residents know his shots of local school sports, crowds, events, nature and people.
Both are great photos and deserve high resolution inspection. See the stands in David’s– all the ohs and awes. The second photo is by Damian Strohmeyer on assignment from Sports Illustrated, published in the October 14, 2013 issue, pp 30-31 double page spread. We could do this comparison for the Koji Uehara leap-lift seen round the world, seconds after the Red Sox advanced to the 2013 World Series Game (various angles made it on many “pictures of the year” lists for 2013.) Sports Illustrated, national print media, game on! When Cox has a chance to be in the right seat at the right time, he doesn’t miss.
More David Cox photo examples
Somehow David Cox can shoot a clean background and direct our focus to the main event. Not easy to do. We look exactly where it’s needed, and have the bonus luxury to take our time for any all-over mosaic or atmosphere.
David Cox, Gloucester’s BBB sports + more photographer. When he’s not crouching and climbing around for careful framing and action shots, he’s a fixture downtown as the proprietor of Main Street Arts and Antiques. You can visit there to see his art while browsing an eclectic mix of consignments. If you know David, his pictures and his store suit him.
During two Trails and Sails weekends and the last Block Party, the Committee for the Arts (CFTA ) was pleased to participate and spread awareness about municipal art. One event: during the block party we were at Main and Parsons, near a very busy Markouk booth (always busy at Cape Ann Farmers Market, too), fried dough and candy truck (not just kids buying!), Dress Code’s charmingly illuminated booth, and Joe Ciolino’s. What a gorgeous night! We spoke with dozens of folks including the group of twenty youth from Ocean Classroom en route from Maine to Puerto Rico with a stop in Gloucester and a night out downtown. Parsons Street public art mural by James Owen Calderwood.
Send us your photos and we’ll add them in! firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy photos from Saturday’s Gloucester Committee for the Arts/Block Party/Trails and Sails!
Gloucester Block Party is making some “best of” and “top” event lists. Here are a couple of nice mentions:
The Essex National Heritage Commission is the organization that ran the fantastic Trails and Sails weekends (34 towns, and hundreds of FREE events!) Don’t miss it next year!
Toni Ann Enes on the set – photo: Joanne Silva
Local diva Toni Ann Enes is Allen’s guest on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, which premieres tonight at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.
One of Gloucester’s most passionate singers, Toni Ann treats us to her original folk, blues and rock with a heartfelt, emotion that reaches through the screen and grabs you.
You can see Toni Ann live this Saturday at the Block Party Sovereign Stage at 6:45pm.
Watch the show tonight and get ready to have your heart strings pulled!
See complete Block Party music lineup here. More Block Party details coming soon . . .
The gals from POP Gallery at 67 Main Street have done it again! They have compiled a style spread of their top fashion picks for Fall! All brands/styles featured are available at Pop Gallery now!
Click the picture below to view the spread!
And remember to fall out for the last Block party of the Season on September 21st and “turn over a new leaf” with some new seasonal accents to your wardrobe! I will also be open block party weekend, with refreshments and snacks! Going to be a great time!
(And be sure to check out Pop’s facebook page for up to date information and special sales!)