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June 28, 2013

A community gathering

Block Party brings young, old together to celebrate Amesbury Days


City Council President Anne Ferguson, dressed in a grass skirt, was perched over a dunk tank, a target for people who were throwing balls to dunk her, all for a good time.

“It’s a little hard to get back up when you’re all wet,” said Ferguson. “But I did it. I just hope I don’t have to do it too many times.”

Jean Ballard, 76, has lived in Amesbury all her life and said that she has been going to Amesbury Days every year since they started.

“I think meeting new people and seeing the townspeople come together (is a highlight),” said Ballard. “I like the music.”

Providing some of that music was Jimmy Callahan of the band Deep Keel. Although an Amesbury native himself, this was Callahan’s first time playing the Amesbury block party.

“It’s awesome. We’re doing this rain or shine for the people of Amesbury,” said the keyboard player and vocalist. “We love to play music and we are having a good time just playing for everyone, right now.”

Steve Qwinn, 27, echoed Ballard’s comments, saying he has been coming to Amesbury Days all of his life as well and that it is the sense of community that brings him out year after year.

“It’s something that is unique to this town,” said Qwinn. “I know that every town has their own thing. But Amesbury does their own unique thing. It’s always been a part of summer to take part in Amesbury Days. It’s just what I’m used to, it’s what I know. It wouldn’t be summer without it as far as I’m concerned. Well, it would still be summer but not as good.”

Pastor of the Main Street Congregational Church, the Rev. Joan Macpherson was happy her church could host a number of vendors and musicians on its lawn once again.

“I’m delighted that we can share our property to invite the community to come out and build community together because that’s what we’re all about,” said Macpherson. “We’re downtown and we have the space and we’re about celebrating the community. So, we’re doing it.”

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