Celebrate The Downtown Gloucester Block Party's seventh year at a gala kick-off on center stage July 19 at 6 pm. Audience members are invited to the Bank Gloucester Stage, corner of Porter and Main for a brief opening celebration at 6 pm. Cake will be provided by sponsor Jennycakes. The other stages throughout Main Street will open following the presentation.
A new feature, Art Town, on Center Street offers artists and artisans display and informational space. Included is the National Alliance on Mental Illness Cape Ann "Arts & Minds" project. Kids' Town, operated by the YMCA's Rick Doucette begins at the Kids Unlimited corner. Main Street restaurants will serve alfresco; stores will be open for shopping. Snack vendors adjoin Kids' Town.
Artistic Director Will Hunt has lined up an array of talent for the Bank Gloucester, Cruiseport, Applied Materials and Institute for Savings stages. Allen and Dylan Estes, Toni Ann Enes with Thad Bernard, Sasquatch, Joe Wilkins, The Cape Ann Center for Dance, Inge Berge, Deb Hardy and Hum, Steve Caraway, Ken Bonfield, and The Treehouse Charlatans will perform. The Dog Bar will feature Myla Smith with Chris Milam and headliner Mo Bounce in the outdoor dining and dancing area.
The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Series is a project of the non-profit Cape Ann Business Incubator.