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Mo Bounce! This Saturday at Gloucester’s Block Party ~ The Dog Bar on Rodgers Street side. 7:30 to close. Hot Diggity!
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 . . .
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!)
Cat Ryan submits-
Olivia and Kamila leaping © Cruz Ferreras
James Owen Calderwood abstract fish net street mural on Parsons
Right foreground, T.A.G artists from Art Haven painting plein air at the second 2013 Block Party
Says it all! Great day/night
Yesterday evening at The Hive (on Pleasant Street, less than a block up from Main Street, on the right) there was an opening of an art show by Jason Burroughs in their back room. It was accompanied by a concert by a variety of bands. I stopped in to snag some photos! Jason is an up-and-coming local artist, who also works in the programs offered at The Hive and Art Haven.
He will also be in the gallery during the block party today. Stop by to see the art and meet the artist! And maybe buy a print or an original… Get it before he gets famous and the prices go up!
VIDEO: Sen. Tarr & Bailee Militello are helping get school supplies to needy Gloucester kids at the next Block Party
Through a program called Bailee’s Backpacks, seven-year-old Bailee Militello is working with Senator Bruce Tarr, Action, Inc., North Shore 104.9 and the Gloucester Block Parties to help needy Gloucester children get the supplies they need to start school off on the right track. Check out the video, filmed by Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV, yesterday.
You can also see this video streaming on Cape Ann TV’s wicked cool new on-line streaming feature here.
Last month Beverly tried their hand at throwing a block party and it was very well attended. So they’re doing it again this Saturday from 5:30-9:30pm. And they’ve got BARRENCE WHITFIELD leading off the music at 5:30. Now that’ll be a rockin’ block party. Just in case you’re not sure what I’m talking about check this out:
Here’s a video of the first Beverly Block Party. It’s nice to see our neighbor picking up on our success!
The first block party of the season got a pretty good crowd:
I got a few photos of GMG contributors at work (Craig Kimberly, Fred Bodin, and David Cox):
“Spirit of Gloucester Cocktail Contests” Crowns Champion Mixologist- Felicia Grossi Of Alchemy Bistro
Champion mixologist, Felicia Grossi Of Alchemy Bistro, was announced today at Ryan & Wood Distillery as the winner of the first “Spirit of Gloucester Cocktail Contests” with her drink “Simpler Tides”. The contest is being held at each of the 3 Downtown Gloucester Block Parties of 2013 and Block Party Organizers designed it to increase the synergy and camaraderie between the Sponsoring Supporter Ryan and Wood Distillery, local restaurants and the block party participants.
Gloucester mixologists in the block party were challenged to create a winning cocktail using Ryan & Wood’s Folly Cove™ Rum and these restaurants rose to the challenge: Short & Main, Dogbar, Giuseppes, Ohana, Topside Grill, Alchemy and Lat43.
Ryan & Wood is a local distillery based in Blackburn Industrial Park whose owners Bob and Kathy Ryan are natives of Gloucester. The Ryans branded the name of each of the participating 7 restaurants on an oak cask which they placed side by side at their Block Party table on Main Street. Partygoers were encouraged to go and try a sample of the different drinks at each restaurant, which were also offered on the menus in a full-size for purchase. They then voted for their favorite concoction by placing a wooden nickel, distributed to the restaurants by the sponsor, in that restaurant’s cask.
Over 400 people voted in the spirited contest, which is an astonishing 20%, assuming even that 2000 people attended the first block party.
The contest was feverish and the vote was close. Grossi’s success was said to be due to her careful research of the rum, and a team effort in which Owner and Serenitee Executive Chef Jeff Calas suggested his favorite drink “Pain Killer” as the inspiration; Restaurant General Manager Danny came up with the drink name and Alchemy Executive Chef Scott Jensen added the final “Midas Touch” with his special, traditional Italian meringue which Grossi torched into a brulee before garnishing it with a fresh-cut flower.
Bob Ryan expressed his gratitude and amazement when he said “This was about Gloucester for Gloucester and everybody contributed. I had not realized how much the staff of each restaurant would have to do to get the thing going. I had friends tell me that they went into restaurants they had never been in, to try the cocktails, so I do think these great efforts were rewarded.”
Gloucester Downtown Block Party Committee Head Valerie Marcley commented “This contest fits into our block party criteria for any sponsor or event: It has to be free, fun and adds to the party. Stay tuned for the GDBP August 17th contest, featuring Ryan and Wood’s Beauport Gin™.”
How many Block Party participants noticed the beautiful, nearly full moon? As wispy clouds passed across the sky, they made the face of the moon seem to be changing constantly.
At the block party, I caught part of a sideshow provided by Alex Becket of Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels. He started by tapping a large nail into his nose with a hammer.
Here is is showing us the (nice and long) nail:
Tapping it in:
Yikes! Then he slammed a full can of tomatoes on his finger, resulting in a bent can and an unbroken finger (here’s a “before” shot):
It worked! Alex is just one of the performers in Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels, but I unfortunately missed the rest.
Here’s my measure of our Block Party. This was a family event, and dicey weather was a factor. But the proof is in my sink. Big crowds, respectable sales, and boy were they thirsty. All of the wine glasses I had out were used, all the wine and beer was consumed, and it was a very successful event. One thing is for sure — we have a lot of happy drunken fruit flies in the back room.
Barb Silberman asked that I send along some photos from Block Party at the
Sargent House Museum. This was a big night for us because this was the first
time Judith Sargent Murray’s plays have returned to life after 200 years.
North Shore Folklore Theatre, Co. made this possible by performing Act 5 of
"the Traveller Returned" (1796). To round out the evening, we had some folks
in costume, catered supper picnic boxes from Beach Gourmet, and historic
There were lots of GMG people at the block party, so there will certainly be loads of photos on the blog! I will post more over the few days, but I wanted to get this one up first of all. We love ya, Joey!
Thanks to GMG, Tricia and I heard about the Main Street Block Party. We arrived with our niece and nephew about 8:30pm. As we approached Main Street, I snapped the attached photo of the new public artwork project on Parsons Street with City Hall in the background. A GMG article stated the artist is James Owen Calderwood. It was a wonderful point of entry onto Main Street which was alive with entertainment, shopping, and dining. We enjoyed appetizers and a drink at LA TRATTORIA & PIZZERIA of the WEST END and then purchased a beautiful piece of artwork (stained glass by local artist Donna Amero) at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative. Thanks for all the great info on Good Morning Gloucester! Looking forward to picking up my stonewashed GMG Cap next week!
Here’s a link to the artist-