EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 16, 2013

Fests and ceremony mark busy city weekend

Gloucester Times Staff
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — One event spotlights and celebrates Gloucester’s downtown, another showcases art and craft works from well over 150 artisans.

Still another will pay solemn tribute to those lost at sea in Gloucester’s signature industry.

The events are the summer’s second Downtown Block Party, the city’s annual Waterfront Festival and the annual Fishermen’s Memorial.

Block Party II

The Downtown Block Party, which once again features sidewalk dining and a variety of musical and arts performances on a total of five stages, will include a special twist this time around.

State Sen. Bruce Tarr and 7-year-old Bailee Militello of Gloucester will be on hand to promote Bailee’s Backpack Drive. The drive is aimed at providing school supplies to needy families.

A variety of music, dance and entertainment will once again fill Main Street for the event, which runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Punk icon Willie Alexander and Master Bluesman Joe Mack will headline with several dance groups and bands on the musical five stages, while Main Street restaurants serve patrons outside and stores will remain open late for shopping.

For details, talent lineup and directions, visit www.glostblockparty.com.

Waterfront Festival

Meanwhile, the 33rd annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival will make Stage Fort Park burst with color both Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

A collection of more than 175 juried artists and craftsmen will display their unique creations, while free family entertainment will include Celtic music, Ragtime bands, country and folk performers and Just Like Newman on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The festival will also offer ethnic foods and an antique car display by the North Shore Old Car Club on Sunday as well.

Fishermen’s Memorial

The annual Fishermen’s Memorial service will take place Saturday in remembrance of all who have lost their lives in the long history of Gloucester’s fishing industry.

Many will carry flowers to toss into the sea after the ceremony or hold boat oars carrying the names of Gloucester fishing boats, past and present.

The service will culminate at the Fishermen’s Memorial, with its Man at the Wheel Statue and Cenotaph listing names of more than 5,000 Gloucester fishermen who have “gone down to the sea in ships” out of America’s Oldest Seaport over nearly four centuries.

All are welcome to attend.

Things to Do Gloucester Waterfront Festival When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester. Extras: Gloucester Rotary Club will present its annual benefit pancake breakfast Saturday from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Downtown Block Party When: Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m. Where: Along Main Street and its side streets from Pleasant/Duncan crossing to Washington Street. Extras: Music on five stages, including Willie "Loco" Alexander. Gloucester Fishermen's Memorial service When: Saturday, 5 p.m. Where: Procession starts in front of American Legion hall, with program culminating at Fishermen's Memorial, Stacy Boulevard.