September 20 BLOCK PARTY HarborWalk – Trails and Sails – Harbortown – Committee for the Arts

Cat Ryan submits-

Thanks to Ringo, MBT Electricians, Parsons Street was ready and lit as darkness fell.

Downtown Block Party overlapped with the first weekend of Essex National Heritage annual Trails and Sails (Sept 19-21 and 26-28). James Owen Calderwood, the artist who created FISH NET, was here to experience both events, help set up and answer questions.

There were hours of great LIVE and local music by the stage in front of Bank Gloucester. I’ll add the entertainer names and sponsors for that stage into the comments below. Parents dining al fresco at Ohana watched their kids engage at the YMCA kid town area. 4Square dominates, effectively trapping all kids. The YMCA staff is excellent!

We enjoyed working with Don and Francis of FABOLA and the guys from Surfside Subs. Throughout the Block Party, happy customers lined up for Surfside Subs pizza (the biggest slices ever!) and it was non-stop at Markouk’s booth with City Hall rising beyond. (The next morning, Markouk would be up and at it again for Appleton Farms.) 

FABOLA enlivened the sidewalk and parking space with mid-century modern “parklet” seating areas. A cozy chair and ottoman upholstered with a touch of Provence did not sell, but a trio of friends paused on FISH NET with their new modern lamp purchase.

I didn’t get to Smokin Jim’s Barbecue in the back garden by Dog Bar, nor Cape Ann Community Cinema to see Charade with Cary Grant, or the cheese tasting, or…well, there’s no way to get it all in. I did see the King, Fred Bodin! Congratulations to Judith Brackley, Valerie Markley, Lucinda, and others for their professionalism and attention to detail for these top notch street festivals.


Cat Ryan submits-


See just a few of many artist’s ideas through temporary public art installations on utilitarian surfaces. Different purpose, message and style.

Os Gemeos, artists and brothers, monumental silos in Vancouver.

The Water Tank Project in New York City; overtime 100 will be wrapped.

Justin Desilva’s crosswalks and James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET in Gloucester.

UPDATE: James Owen Calderwood

James Owen Calderwood’s FISH NET was recognized as an example of one of MA extraordinary public spaces. This summer Calderwood has re-painted and expanded the mural, completing his award. Professional photographer Linimberg Oliveira of Medford was in downtown Gloucester August for a photo shoot on Parsons Street. He described being inspired by Gloucester: the heady mix of historic buildings and architecture juxtaposed with modern art, specifically James Calderwood’s public street mural, FISH NET. You can see more of Calderwood’s work on view at the group show Sting! 18 Landscapes: Between Tradition & Imagination, at the Beehive in Boston. Calderwood works with lines in a variety of media. His welded aluminum sculpture Star was selected for the 2014 SculptureNow. The historic estate of Edith Wharton, the Mount, in Lenox, MA, is the current site for SculptureNow exhibition of large outdoor sculpture, which continues through October 31, 2014. REMINDER: The sculpture exhibit is a quick 5 minute drive to the Berkshire Museum’s Butterfly exhibit featuring work by Gloucester’s multi-talented artist, Kim Smith. 

UPDATE: Justin Desilva

Justin lives and works North of Boston. People have asked: Yes. Portuguese background. (Desilva’s grandfather emigrated from the Azores. He immigrated to the US, eventually working for a plastic injection mold company. An Uncle was a fisherman). His creative crosswalks make vivid connections based on Gloucester and stories from the HarborWalk. This installation is temporary and in progress. One of the next crosswalks will be on Harbor Loop and another on the east end of Main Street. He’ll reverse the crosswalks when the installation closes.  For a walking tour of the crosswalks Click for Google map for Justin Desilva crosswalk locations . Justin’s art is inspired by Jane Jacobs and her book the Death and Life of Great American Cities: “I was moved by her attention to detail of human interaction, and the idea that neighborhoods and cities are safest when they’re walkable.”

Justin Desilva’s art installation, With Every Street there’s a Story, is the second of three new works of art commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge, with funding from the Seaport Advisory Council. Calderwood’s was the first.

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Here in Gloucester, both installations are on view during the not-to-miss 2014 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekends (Sept 19-21 and 26-28), which overlap with the September 20 Gloucester Block Party Saturday. MEET THE ARTISTS: they’ll be in town September 20th for these events.  Stop by the block party for special coloring page activity sheets!trails

Hopefully the Rain Will Stay Away Until After the Block Party Tonight!

Last Day of the Heat Wave!

Smith's Cove Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2013

The Downtown Gloucester Block Party – This Saturday – Dine, Dance, Shop!

Don’t believe rumors ~ Block Party is ON

Last Minute Block Party Updates – Win Cool Prizes

Don’t believe rumors ~ Block Party is ON


Any rumors you may hear about the block party being cancelled are FALSE. The Block Party is ON. If weather forces us to cancel, we will post the cancellation by 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) right here on GMG!

See this post for some last minute updates.

First 2013 Downtown Gloucester Block Party Next SAT 7/20 – Entertainment Announced

July 20 Entertainment Stages

(SOVEREIGN STAGE) @ Sovereign Bank Upper Main St.

  • 6:00 PM – A Little Bit Country
  • 7:00 PM A short interlude with the Rose Baker Singers
  • 7:20 PM – Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
  • 8:20 PM – Not That Blonde
  • 9:20 PM – Lauriellen and the Boys

(SARGENT STAGE) – Middle Main St. by Sargent House

  • 6:00 PM – Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels
  • 7:00 PM – Fraternal Combustion Engine
  • 8:00 PM – Inge Berge
  • 9:00 PM – The Electric Ear with Special Guest Flag Worship

(MYSTERY TRAIN STAGE) – Lower Main Street in front of Mystery Train Records and the CA Cinema

  • 6:00 PM – T. Max
  • 7:00 PM – Joe and Renee
  • 8:00 PM – Cape Ann Dance Company
  • 8:30 PM – Alek Razdan and the Polygroove Orchestra

*All times approximate

See complete list of all Block Party music @ all downtown venues sorted by time here.



Our Gloucester Block Party Series needs a dynamic poster! Artist can submit any media to the Good Morning Gloucester site for online voting right now!

The contest and voting ends August 1. Joe Ciaramitaro will run a poll and winner will be announced in Good Morning Gloucester.

· Win dinner for two at awesome Alchemy!

Posters should be 8 ½” X 11 for duplications contain the following information arranged as artists like:

· Downtown Gloucester Block Party

· Third Saturday of the Month

· August 20 September 17

· 6 to 11 pm

· “Free” “Outdoor Dining” “Street Performers” “Music” “Fun for All Ages” – or some arrangement of these (quotes not needed). Give us your own ideas too.


Submit a photo of your entry to: In addition please bring the original hard copy to the Art Haven, 180B Main Street, so folks can see the posters up close and we can display the winner. In both cases include your name and contact information.

Get creative, get zany – capture the spirit of your fantastic

Downtown Gloucester Block Party!

June 2010 Downtown Gloucester Block Party Kudos From Erika Hansen


Erika Writes-

Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the first 2010 block party and to you, Joey, for being downtown’s biggest cheerleader!

Kudos to:

Linn Parisi — she did an incredible job walking up and down the street from 2p – midnight, efficiently & cheerfully problem-solving any issues that came up and doing all the "behind the scenes" things that make an event go smoothly.  She also brought husband Nick and daughter Lia who helped with cleanup at the end of the night.

Mark Farber — for managing the street closure:  from designing and ordering new user-friendly signs for the meters (and putting them up and taking them down) to arranging for delivery of the saw horses from the DPW and helping to set them up.

Annette Perrine — for providing the super fun Scottie Mac karaoke (2 highlights: an end-of-night performance of Downtown and the Kirk Family leading a rendition of Closing Time! as the "last song.")

Art Haven for doing a fantastic kids’ pirate art activity. 

Dave McCarley — for helping with whatever needed to be done

Kristen McCarthy  & Emerald Rae for sharing their amazing talents with us.

Kristen is an extraordinary tribal bellydancer (& block party played "matchmaker"!  After meeting Jennifer Goulart Amero through block party, Kristen will now be holding bellydancing classes at Jennifer’s Metamorphosis Studio (above Jalapeno’s — anyone want to sign up with me?!).  Kristen’s daughters (including a 5 mo. old!) got to see their mum wow the crowd!

The beautiful and talented Emerald Rae & her mate fiddled their way down Main Street stopping to entertain and teach dance steps along the way.  I believe your daughters joined in the dancing!

The Pirate Faire folks for entertaining us all along Main Street throughout the evening. (and to Ronn Garry for helping to set this up)

The Van Ness Group for providing and updating the web site —

Blackburn Performing Arts & Cape Ann Community Cinema for their great participation

City Councilor and Main Street business owner Joe Ciolino for facilitating meetings and being an "on the spot"  resource

The residents of Main Street and environs who gave up parking spaces so we could block off the street

The Police and Fire Departments and the DPW for their help in ensuring safety

Gemma McCarley — for setting up saw horses, serving as "traffic cop", and helping to judge the Pirate Window Display.

Speaking of which, we have 2 winners to announce for Best Window Display:  Toodeloo’s Toy Store and Valentino’s Restaurant.

Toodeloo’s staff was in full costume and they even went so far as to craft a huge anchor outside the store and draw treasure maps and a skull & crossbones in chalk on the street.  Valentino’s showed great spirit and creativity as well with an amazing pirate display using all their windows.

Most of all, we thank all the merchants and restaurants who day in and day out make Gloucester’s downtown such a special place.

P.S. We send Feel Better Soon wishes to Janice Lufkin Shea & thank her for doing all she could to help with block party tasks from home even with a very uncooperative back.

One Third Of Team Block Party With Sinakka Nogelo

We had a blast at Cape Ann TV studios (despite the lack of a fluffer).  Vickie was on point as usual with her lists and great memory.  I’m a little disapointed we didn’t get in a “concentric circles” reference for Erika Hansen, but other than that I think we hit all the points we wanted to get across.  Sinikka tells me it should be aired once or twice more.  I’ll let y’all know if I find out when.

You just have to watch it when re-aired so you can catch Vickie’s idea for a Pimp and Ho themed Block Party for next year.

Sinikka has a way of relaxing you on the set and making the whole interview fun and engaging.

Thanks Sinakka and crew at Cape Ann TV!  Represent!

Y’all Ready To Party?

The Downtown Block Party Committee is excited to announce that we are in the final stages of approval for the next Block Party scheduled for
October 11, 2008.
Rain date of October 18, 2008

Mark your Calendar More Details to Follow

Downtown Gloucester Block Party
Saturday Ocotber 11, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Main Street Gloucester
from Pleasant Street to Washington Street

More than 3000 People Came Out to Enjoy
Our City and Each Other for the First Block Party on 8/16/08.

Some of the Activities we are working on for the October Block Party are:

  • Dine Al Fresco (make reservations now)
  • Kid friendly Al Fresco dining (more details to come)
  • Music by Great Local Musicians
  • Watch Local Dance Performances
  • Learn Dance Steps in the Streets
  • Enjoy Local Art
  • See a spectacular slide shows and media presentations from local photographers
  • Harvest Displays
  • And More

All musicians, performers, and organizers donated their time.

Downtown Block Party Official Website -Put Together by The Van Ness Group

Downtown Gloucester Block Party

Folks enjoying the music in the West End of Main Street during the first ever Downtown Block Party.

Downtown Gloucester Block Party, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Photo Courtesy David Cox from Main Street Arts and Antiques


Locals Insider Tip- Request Outdoor Reservations NOW!

With the Downtown Gloucester Block Party approved by the city council, we will have outdoor dining and drinking on Main Street the night of August 16th. There will be live music and dancing and we are working on a spectacular slide show.

If I were you I’d call The Frankin, Passports, La Trattoria, Dogbar, Jalepenos, Valentino’s or The Elliott and request outdoor reservations for that night. If they tell you they are not accepting reservations for outdoors that night then politely say thanks anyway and call the next place on the list. I think it’s going to be spectacular and a lot of fun and hopefully the blueprint for having this type of event become a regular part of the Downtown scene.

Here are the telephone numbers-

The Franklin-978.283.7888


La Trattoria- 978.281.0790

Dogbar- 978.281.6565

Valentino’s- 978.283.6186

Elliott’s at The Blackburn 978.282.1919

Get dialing

Downtown Gloucester Block Party
Downtown Gloucester Block Party