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June 28, 2013

A community gathering

Block Party brings young, old together to celebrate Amesbury Days

A little taste of the Hawaiian Islands came to Carriagetown last night in the form of the 15th annual Amesbury Days block party that kicks off Amesbury Days.

“It’s been wonderful,” Amesbury Chamber of Commerce executive director Melissa Lachance said of the block party that took over downtown last night.

“We put a theme together this year of a Hawaiian luau. We have steel drums coming, we have hula dancers coming and we have Hawaiian leis for everybody. We wanted to do a little bit something different this year.”

“I love it,” Amesbury resident Mollie Sydlowski said of the evening’s Hawaiian theme. “I think it is kind of ironic that it is raining, but I like the fact that everyone is wearing the leis and it’s cool to have a theme.”

The block party got Amesbury Days going after the senior cookout that was held in the afternoon. The 2013 Amesbury Days run from Thursday through Sunday evening, ending with a bang on the Fourth of July.

There will be park activities, a teddy bear parade and an art expo in City Hall. Friday night will feature a beer fest while Saturday will feature a street fair as well as a farmers market. Sunday will showcase a car show downtown; and it will all end a few days later with fireworks on the Fourth of July.

“What this event is about is us coming together as a community and spending some time together and having some fun. And it helps to showcase a really wonderful downtown,” said Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer. “We hope Mother Nature is kind to us this weekend.”

Normally a longer event, this year’s Amesbury Days was shortened to four days.

“One of the things we did this year was, we consolidated it down to four days because we wanted quality, not quantity,” said Kezer. “Now it is one weekend with lots of great activities.”

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