Friday, June 10, 2011

Kittery Block Party Celebrates Local Cuisine and Entertainment

Not since June of 2000 has the town of Kittery welcomed the community to the downtown Foreside district for a traditional community block party. This year, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, event organizers are planning a new and exciting community project that celebrates local art, culture and culinary extravagance. As many locals will remember from years ago, the Kittery Block Party was created to build community relationships, while this year hoping to expand awareness in Kittery regarding the impact of bridge closures – thus, this year’s theme of “Building Bridges.”
The June 18 event will feature artisans, entertainers, non-profits, area farmers, and restaurants – with an emphasis on “local” – as well as other community involvement. This event is sure to entice, educate and entertain all ages.
The Main Stage will showcase children’s entertainment from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. including the Shapleigh School’s Little Amps and magician Peter Boie, and all-ages entertainment from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. includes The Stairwells, Hank & Dixie & The Knotty Pine Boys, Seasmoke and more.
A special children’s area offers live family entertainment throughout the day, demonstrations and educational exhibits. In addition, kids can enjoy face painting, a bounce house, and spin and sand art.
The food area highlights the “talents and cuisines of Kittery.” A number of Kittery restaurateurs will be presenting foods from their establishments for your eating pleasure. Keeping it clean, EcoMovement will also be on hand with recycling stations throughout the area, as well as having stations set up to collect compostable material. Participants in the Block Party will be asked to use recyclable materials as organizers aim for a Zero Waste event.
Admission to this event is free, promising to be fun for all ages! Free parking will be available in many area lots and shuttle services into the Foreside area will also be offered.
For more information about the Kittery Block Party, please contact Janice Grady at 207-439-3800, email View our website at for an event schedule, listing of vendors and restaurants. For up-to-the-minute news, visit our Facebook page at