Expanded Annual Washington Avenue Block Party Draws Crowds


“Finnegan” a Nine or Ten Year Old King Charles Spaniel Rescue Gets a Ride in a Baby Carriage Today.

Henry Tracy, son of Carla Tracy, Draws with Sticks of Chalk on the Sidewalk in Front of Hardshore.

Bride Erin Muffin, center in white, Came Dashing through the Block Party, Wearing Green, in Honor of Her Finance Who is Irish.

Co-owner of Terlinqua,  Melanie Kratovil, one of the Vendors Today.  She Served Over 100 Servings of the Excellent Leviche.

Patrick Sugrue and Elizabeth Hassett  Played Corn Hole in Front of Hardshore.

Riley Smieckus, a Hill Resident, at Far Left  Sitting, Works in the ER at a local hospital.  He Plans on Attending Nursing School Soon.

For most of today, the Munjoy Hill side of Washington Avenue was awash in sunshine and families out and about enjoying food, gift shops, booze, the corn hole game, music, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk sticks and mingling with neighbors.

Some parents were pushing strollers with young children in them.  But there was an exception.  Allesyn Rogers and MIchael Marsocci were pushing a baby carriage with Finnegan in it.  “When we are out for a long walk, we put him in the carriage because of his age,” said MIchael. (See left photo).

Over twenty-two businesses participated in the third annual Washington Avenue Block Party today – greatly expanded Block Party from the two previous years.  More restaurants and storefronts have opened in the past year – bringing in the curious, hungry and thirsty as well as those looking for special items.  Like stunning eye ware at Optical Boutique,  93 Washington Avenue.

At A&C Grocery, the Fournier brothers were serving up hot dogs with all sorts of sauces with them. Joe and Mike are collaborating on a new venture A&C Food Factory, a food cart to be enjoyed around the city and at breweries.

Most of the action took place in front of Hardshore Distilling Co. however. Elizabeth Hassett and Patrick Sugrue, (below left photo) enjoyed a game of corn hole with no clear cut winner!  Elizabeth is a Physician’s Assistant and Patrick is an outreach worker at nearby Milestone Recovery.  Patrick puts structure in the lives of residents when they leave Milestone by giving them resources to rely on.

Children were drawing on the sidewalk with sticks of chalk provided them.   Two children of Lyndsay Kubiak were using it, although this blogger failed to get their names. Henry Tracy is in the foreground. (See above left photo).

Dashing through the Block Party late in the day were a bride to be.  The wedding will be in Ireland to her Irish finance.  They wore green to celebrate his Irish heritage.  (see above right photo).

On the far left in the photo,  Charlotte Marino, who will be one of six bridesmaids, said she and her mother are going to Ireland on July 16 to do some sightseeing prior to the July 20th wedding.  Charlotte has been saving for this trip for a long time.

There were so many pooches on parade at the Party, it occurred to this blogger to wonder if a Dog Show would be considered in future years.  You know:  Cutest Dog, Dog with the Best Bag of Tricks, King and Queen of the Party.

The event was organized by Jordan Milne, of the award winning Hardshore Distilling and Melanie Kratovil, co-owner of Terlinqua, 52 Washington Avenue. and soon to manage a hostel under construction at the former Methodist church on Congress Street.