FRANKIE TAORMINA YOUR FRIDAY 2018 GREASY POLE CHAMPION -WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF -By Kim Smith

Dreaming about winning since he was a little boy! Congratulations to Frankie Taormina and Family!!!!!

When it really hits you that you are a Greasy Pole Champion!

LIVING LEGENDS!

Legendary Greasy Pole Champions Peter “Black Frontiero” and Salvi Benson meet up on Pavillion Beach during Sunday’s Greasy Pole. Salvi has the most wins (11), followed by Peter (9). Salvi walked the walk Sunday.

#greasegang MIKE FORGETTE: A MAN OF MANY TALENTS

Check out this first glimpse of Mike Forgette’s band Over the Bridge. Their debut EP “Something in the Water” will be released on July 16th.

“You’ve been following the boys of Over The Bridge for over a year now. You’ve seen them in action, you’ve helped them earn the chance to open for big names like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, perform stages such as New Hampshire Hempfest & Freedom Rally, and you’ve seen their posts and pictures documenting their progress, hard work and dedication to carefully crafting their original tunes. The time has come to finally share their music with the world for all to hear!” Read more here

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WHY IS STEVEN LEBLANC SO HAPPY?

Steven LeBlanc copyright Kim SmithThis is our Gloucester City Councilman Steven LeBlanc merely thinking about Sunday’s Greasy Pole Walk. If you’ve met Steven, you know his enthusiasm is infections, especially for all things Fiesta. Good Luck Steven and all our #greasegang for a super fun (and no-injury walks).

NEW FILM: VIVA SAN PIETRO!

Salty language advisory.

Thank you to our beautiful Gloucester community for participating in Viva San Pietro! Thank you to the Greasy Pole Walkers for interviews given during the Sunday rally and especially to Nicky Avelis for help coordinating. A huge thanks to Joe DaSilva for the suggestion to listen to Mike Forgette’s music for the film’s soundtrack and for help in contacting Mike. A tremendous thank you goes to Mike Forgette for granting permission to use his song “Whats the Difference” (link to hear more of Mike Forgette Music).

Viva San Pietro! opens with Joe Novello preparing Gloucester’s Saint Peter’s Square for the formal opening ceremony, to which he is also the master of ceremonies. Highlights from Friday afternoon’s sporting events are followed by the procession of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, around the American Legion Building (Gloucester’s first City Hall), with the parade ending in a fanfare of confetti and cheers. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan takes to the stage and provides some history about the origins of the Fiesta. Senator Tarr and all officials give praise to the committee for their tireless dedication. Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc rally the crowd with the traditional call and response that is heard throughout the city in the coming days, and Father Jim Achadinha gives his blessing.

Saturday’s Greasy Pole competition is featured with highlights from Joe DaSilva’s winning walk. Due to foul weather, Sunday’s events take place on Monday. The Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers in their zany and colorful costumes tell of past walks and wins at the rally held at the home of Sunday Walker Joe Sanfillipo. After processing through downtown with stops along the way at the Gloucester House Restaurant, House of Mitch, and Saint Peter’s Club, the Walkers head over to Beach Court. Because Sunday’s events had been postponed to Monday and the stage broken down on schedule, the statue of Saint Peter was temporarily moved to Beach Court. After blessings and prayers, the revelers headed back to Saint Peter’s Square to board the ferry to the Greasy Pole.

The men’s seine boat competition does not disappoint, with Lock and Load taking the trophy, followed by an outstanding flag capture by Jake Wagner.

The Walkers hoist Jake upon their shoulders and carry him to the Greasy Pole Hall of Fame Wall. Then it’s back to Beach Court where the closing ceremony is held. Congratulatory speeches are given by the team captains, with much cheering and accolades for all. After the award ceremony, the statue of Saint Peter is processed through the Fort amidst much merriment, joyful singing, and “Me chi samiou tutti mutti? Viva San Pietro!,” which roughly translated means: Are you all mute? (or Why are you not shouting?)—long live Saint Peter!

You’ll see all three Greasy Pole winners Joe DaSilva, Lenny Taormina, and Jake Wagner, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Sunday Greasy Pole Walker and City Councilor Steven LeBlanc, Peter Black Frontiero, Nicky Avelis, Joe Sanfilippo, Paul Nicastro, Kyle Barry, Mark Allen, Crazy Hat Ladies, sisters Robyn and Amy Clayton, and many, many more. Viva San Pietro!

Greasy Pole Walker Matt Militello In the House! #GreaseGang

Thanks so much to Matt Militello from McGrath Plumbing. Matt did an outstanding job repairing our tub fixtures. Prompt, courteous, professional, and with our old house, I am sure we’ll be seeing more of Matt in the future!

Matt Militello ©Kim Smith 2015

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: SUNDAY GREASY POLE WALKER STEW MCGILLIVRAY IS A BRAND NEW DAD!!!

11693938_10155830339385217_6023610262414685094_nCongratulations to Stephanie and Stew McGillivray on the birth of their daughter Stella Maria McGillivray, born July 3rd, 2015, 11 pounds, 3 ounces. Just Beautiful!!! 

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Stew only four days before baby Stella was born!

Greasy Pole Gloucester Stew McGillivray -1 ©Kim Smith 2015

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