Friday, June 15, 2012

2nd Annual Kittery Block Party Hits the Streets

(courtesy photo)
Once again the streets of downtown Kittery will be filled with thousands of people enjoying a variety of vendors, foods and entertainment as the 2012 Kittery Block Party kicks off on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This year the block party is expanding into the evening with four venues featuring live music and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.  This year’s Block Party theme is “Rock the Block” – and the KBP Committee is hoping that the community will do just that. 
Sponsored by Bob’s Clam Hut, York Hospital, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and The Black Birch, the Kittery Block Party is a celebration of local art, culture, and food that fosters lasting relationships and strengthens community in a fun neighborhood atmosphere, enjoyable to all ages. Proceeds from this year’s party will benefit Fair Tide Inc. and the Kittery Recreation Department.
Held in the heart of downtown Kittery Foreside, daytime Block Party activities will feature a Main Stage with a variety of live entertainers from 10:30 to 4:00, a special children’s area with a second entertainment stage along with games, spin art, sand art, balloon sculptures, face painting, an inflatable bounce house, and more; and a varied assortment of non-profit organizations, artists/artisans and food/commercial vendors.  There is no admission fee to attend any of the daytime events. 
Starting at 10:30 a.m., the Main Stage in will be ablaze with a sampling of the Seacoast’s finest entertainment.  The Tardy Brothers will kick off the morning with their amazing juggling.  Then our own Drika Overton of The Kittery Dance Hall will light up the stage along with the guys behind BUOY for a show that will command the attention of all ages.  If you haven’t seen them before, The Serfs with their Eastern Bloc accordion-driven rock quartet can’t be missed – you’ll be surfing for information on their next show before the sun goes down.  I-Level Reggae with Matt Jensen will rejuvenate the senses with their cool afro-cubano reggae sound as you saunter into the afternoon.  Continuing the cool notes, Watkinsonic will take you where you need to be with their pop sound cultivated with jazz, r&b, and soul qualities.  Last, but certainly not least, One Hand Free will bring you to your feet as you feel the touch of the hand of rock.
The evening will see four venues hosting more music and dancing: The Kittery Dance Hall, BUOY, the 2nd Christian Congregational United Church of Christ, and the former Masonic Hall.  Tickets are $10 and will give you access to all four venues.  The entertainment line-up can be found on the website.   
Rian Bedard from EcoMovement will be on hand once again this year with recycling and composting stations throughout the Block Party.  All vendors are to utilize compostable and recyclable materials to make this a Zero Waste event.
The Rice Public Library will feature a Memorial Bridge photographic retrospective through the month of June. This show will feature images of the Memorial Bridge spanning its 89 years.  For more information go to
Anyone interested in booth space can go to, e-mail or call 207-439-3800 for further information.