Just a few photos from the last block party of the year…
Mystery musicians and tenor soared through melodies on the West End by Caffe Sicilila and Short and Main, Gloucester, Massachusetts, for the downtown block party. I hope to add their names so I can credit the beautiful impromptu arias! Snippets of and ‘O sole mio
*post updated September 4th thanks to Good Morning Gloucester readers! Giovanni Formisano is the mystery tenor — remember that name!- and an excerpt from New England Tenors Weekly:
“A native of Torre del Greco (Naples) Italy, Tenor Giovanni Formisano, began his vocal studies in the United States. After joining the Opera Workshop at the Longy School of music in Cambridge Massachusetts, Mr. Formisano participated in various Opera programs such as the “Key West Summer Opera program” under the direction of Soprano Donna Role, the “Richard Crittenden Opera workshop” and the “New York Summer Opera Scenes” under the direction of Metropolitan Opera Conductor Joshua Greene. Mr. Formisano quickly gained recognition for his Italianate, legato and full lyric sound and was featured in roles such as Rodolfo in G.Puccini’s “La Boheme”, Alfredo in G. Verdi’s “la Traviata” , Ruggero in G.Puccini’s “La Rondine” and Cavaradossi in G. Puccini’s “Tosca”.
Because of his upbringing in the Naples area of Italy, Mr. Formisano also specializes in the Neapolitan song style and has participated in various concerts highliting this very quality…” as highlighted in the New England Tenors Weekly
street ‘o sole mio
Poster annotated TBD (quite the smokescreen)
photos from Boys Coach Armando Marnoto- thanks for sharing!
GloucesterCast 237 With Terry Weber, Kathy Day, Eric Magers, Jamie Mathison, Sarah Steward, Charlene Delaney, The Kids From Plastic Pick-It Up, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/13/17
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GloucesterCast 148 Taped 8/25/15 At Cape Ann TV With Craig Kimberley, Alicia DeWolfe, Sista Felicia and Joey C. Thanks To Erich Archer, Becky Tober, Henry Cooper, Cameraman Zack and Jim Capillo from Cape Ann TV for hosting us.
Topics Include: Cape Ann TV Disclaimer Reserved Only For The GloucesterCast, Craig’s Sexy New Haircut, 2015 Gloucester Election Video Offer and Our Guesses As To Who Will Be the First Candidate To Submit One, League of Womens Voters Mayoral Debate September 3rd, Announcing Alicia’s Upcoming New All Female No Holds Barred Podcast and Will Be Inviting A Random Female FOB Each Week, Is Alicia Hoarding Her Topics?, Go See Alicia Who Is Hostessing At Foreign Affairs, Debating The Reasons Why So Many Gloucester Italian Restaurants Have Closed In The Past Two Years- La Trattoria, Giuseppe’s, Pinole, Espresso, PhotoGrid App for iTunes and Android, Labor Day Weekend Packed To The Gills With- September Block Party, Trails and Sails, Schooner Festival, Wondering Why Not All Downtown Merchants and Restaurants Were Listed As Participants In The September Block Party, Supporting The Schooners That Come To Gloucester For Schooner Festival, Kathleen Valentine Get’s Skewered By a Close Friend, Haters Gotta Hate. Kudos To Seaport Grill and Server Justin, Look For This Program On Cape Ann TV- Listings Here
Gloucestercast 146 Taped At Cape Ann Giclee 8/13/15 with Guests Toby Pett, Sista Felicia, Ma, Merlyn Caswell- Mackey’s Mom, Ricardo Marnoto, Dave Fernandes, Craig Kimberley, James Eves, and Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include: by Land, Sea, and Sky Opening At Cape Ann Giclee, Taping Using A new Podcast Hardware Set-Up Using The Behringer Ultra-Compact 4 Channel Stereo Headphone Amp the iPad and the Samson GoMic, Downtown Gloucester Block Party This Saturday, 7 Foot Tall Dog Guarding The Entrance To Cape Ann Giclee, Weekend Art Rundown with James Eves, The Guy From Rocky Neck Who Always Hits All The Art Openings For The Free Food And Wine Without Acknowledging The Artist, One Hour At A Time Gang Meets At Good Harbor Footbridge This Saturday at 8AM, Locks of Love vs Pantene Beautiful Lengths– Worth Checking Out The Differences, Law Hamilton, Our Alicia Unleashed Hostessing at Foreign Affairs, The Bike Racer That Smashed Into The Car Full Speed, The Behringer Headphone Amp Worked Flawlessly!
Perhaps it’s worth a trip to Beverly tomorrow to see how they do their Block Parties (info here). There are some differences between theirs and ours in Gloucester, notably that the entire area is fenced and you can walk down the street drinking a beer (or wine). Music is only on 2 stages and Gloucester’s own Henri Smith headlines the Beverly Bank Stage tomorrow, featuring Sean Jones (new, young chair of Berklee’s Brass Department) and Salem’s Henley Douglas, Jr.
Something new in Beverly for tomorrow is an AFTER PARTY at 9:30pm hosted by The Cabot featuring Beverly born comedian Dave Rattigan, an intimate New Orleans concert by Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours with Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell added to the bill along with other performers from the Block Party and a Taste of Beverly’s Best Late Night Snacks competition with food from Beverly Favorites: The Wild Horse, Gloria’s, The Indo, Freeda’s and Calibasil.
So check it all out, then come back here and tell us what you think . . .
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.
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
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.