RANDY SWEET – YOUR 2017 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION!
Randy Sweet captures the flag for the second night in a row. As is the Saturday tradition, the Friday Greasy Pole winner walks first. Randy took the flag at the top of the third round. Congratulations Randy!!!
Randy’s parents Michelle and Billy, and brother Collin
According to Randy’s dad, Billy, Randy and his friends have been practicing walking the Greasy Pole since they were young kids.
Although meticulously maintained over the years, the Saint Peter statue is becoming increasingly dried out and fragile, as explained by Joe Novello, master of ceremonies at the Saint Peter’s Fiesta official opening event. Sara Favazza hopes the original Saint Peter statue will eventually be retired to the Cape Ann Museum, and perhaps live next to the Our Lady of Good Voyage statue.
Sara Favazza and the new Saint peter statue.
Congratulations to first time walker Randy Sweet, the Friday 2017 Greasy Pole Champion!
With puffy pink Maxfield Parrish-like clouds, the Greasy Pole was looking its best in last night’s twilight.
Gloucester Greasy Pole and Ten Pound Island
Caffe Sicilia, Main Street Gloucester
Despite the wonderfully fun and boisterous Fiesta crowd on Rogers Street, Main Street was quiet and peaceful. Tom and I went to dinner at Passports and it was a cinch to park. We had a lovely dinner and then walked to the carnival. No need to “escape” to other towns during Fiesta. Please support your local Main Street restaurants and businesses during Fiesta week.
Simply beautiful. Viva San Pietro!
Maria Cracchiolo outdid herself in providing not one, but two, fabulous cakes for the ninth night of the Saint Peter’s Fiesta novena. The smiles of anticipation and delicious enjoyment on everyone’s faces said it all!
In honor of the 90th anniversary of Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Fiesta, Fay and Ralph Puopolo donated an exquisite emerald and diamond necklace. Each night at the novena, the women attending entered a ticket for a chance to win the necklace.
Novena super helpers Al Millefoglie and Michael Linquata announcing the lucky winner.
Vincie and Florence
Rosalie Orlando, Vincie Scola (wearing the necklace), and Florence Martin
Mayor Sefatia shares the following story and photos —
Sisters Serafina Ferrara, Rosalia Millitello, Caterina Ferrara, and Maria Costanzo are sharing Saint Peter’s Fiesta together. Caterina has recently returned from Italy to Gloucester after a twenty-five year absence. This is the Logrande sisters first Saint Peter’s novena and Fiesta celebrated together in twenty five years. Viva San Pietro!
Photos by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
The dates of Saint Peter’s Fiesta are June 21st through June 25th and the schedule will be posted on the Saint Peter’s Fiesta website. There is a rumor circulating that Fiesta falls on the following weekend, which is definitely not true. This information comes straight from Fiesta committee member Al Millefoglie.
Tremendously exciting that this year marks the 90th anniversary of the Saint Peter’s Fiesta. I think it’s going to be the BEST FIESTA EVER!!
Hugo, Marcus, and Richard (owner R S Construction)
The Bragas’s highly anticipated second stand alone restaurant, the new Italiano Restaurant and Bar, will be opening at 64 Main Street well before people flock to our coast this summer. The former space of La Trattoria is being transformed by RS Construction which also built the Dunkin Donuts in Magnolia and the Azorean’s gorgeous bar expansion and function addition. The new restaurant has been under major construction for months because the build out is much more than a revamp. The small kitchen is GONE. The entire former function space in the back is a brand spanking new kitchen.
In a city of incredibly good eats how do you make yours stand out?
An excellent reputation helps: the Bragas opened Azorean in 2007 which quickly established a legion of loyal customers with its unique and exceptional cuisine. Besides quality, hard work and experience how about that awesome historic West End location. Italiano Restaurant joins a tipping point where Gloucester’s West End meets Boston’s North End. Italy Magazine
I propose your next article in the series, Where to find Italy in America
?- Gloucester’s West End! Come visit!
The Braga’s new Italiano Restaurant team is hiring. Contact:
ITALIANO RESTAURANT AND BAR 64 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
c/o Braga Management
132 Washington St
Call (978) 283-4339
Thanks to the Holiday Delights Youth Acting Program at Gloucester Stage, I had the lucky chance to spend some time with artist Carol Kriekis. I thought her home and studio were a perfect reflection of her warmth and style, elegant and layered like an Aesthetic Movement interior. Kriekis works in different media, mostly grounded in representation. I saw series inspired by nature and renderings of flowers.
Recently she’s transformed her classic ‘Glosta’ and other Gloucester designs into oval stickers, each with some hand flourish. The potential for art everywhere around us — stickers, hand painted– that had me thinking about aestheticism, too.
Commission design for clients:
Photograph below shows some new branding design. There’s something coming this spring for Caffe Sicilia…No reveals, yet.
Greasy Pole this morning before the storm began full force.
Just a couple photos that I forgot to post.
This is the last of photos of Sunday!!
A few photos from the beach on Saturday and the parade on Sunday.
Anthony has been walking since 1975. He has missed one year in 41 years because of a shoulder injury. His number one advice to the new walkers coming up is Don’t Drink!
GoPro footage of the final round of Saint Peter’s Fiesta Greasy Pole Sunday, Kyle Barry’s win, and the triumphant swim to shore.
Pretty exciting to be in the midst of it….even if my board is now covered in grease.
Good times. Congratulations, Kyle!
Kudos to all of Friday night’s Greasy Pole contestants. Good showing!