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Broadway Plaza block rocks Center for a 4th time

Arlington Alive! Logo UPDATED, June 25: Arlington came alive with the fourth annual Summer Arts Block Party on Saturday, June 25, for a free, six-hour event in Arlington Center, at Broadway Plaza, that celebrates the arts in the community with live music, masked storytelling, artisan and craft booths, food vendors and special activities for children and families.

All events were free.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Arlington Center, visitors will hear an eclectic mix of live musical performances featuring ...

-- The swinging sounds of The Winniker Band,

-- Old-fashioned rock and roll with The Band That Time Forgot,

-- Funky jazz with TarBone

-- Bluegrass & Texas swing with The Bagboys

-- Smooth harmonies and pop hits with Aunt MimiThe WillStockings and The Saxyderms; and

-- Seyyide Dance.

Artisan booths display their creations at the Arts Promenade, featuring unique visual artists’ wares, including live pottery wheel-throwing demos, jewelry, photography, ceramics, crochet and ink painting.

Those involved offered exciting theater. The award-winning Behind The Mask Theatre (photo above) presented its show "Once Upon A Time" -- a pair of magical stories from the Brothers Grimm and Italo Calvino, performed in mask.

See also the Scotty & Max puppet show, arts-and-crafts tent, costume photo booth, Lego table, face-painting and more.

Hark to the Hobgoblin, laugh with foolish Arlecchino, understand the language of animals, battle Turkish pirates, as we enchant you into a wondrous world of rags to riches, the hero's quest, and true love lost and found.

Local kids from Kid Care Theatre will present "Fractured Fairy Tales" and relive the days of yore, of wit, wisdom and wise cracks.

Families enjoyed many fun activities at the festival: LEGO making, a dedicated arts and crafts tent, face-painting and a cool photo booth, to name a few.

The food pavilion included some of the finest restaurants in town, including Thana Thai, Menotomy Grill and Tavern, Common Ground and Andrina´s Pizzeria and Chilly Cow ice cream serving a wide array of delicious foods for purchase.

Off-street parking aws free at the Russell Commons Lot. This event was accessible via MBTA buses: 77, 79, 350 and 80.

For more information, visit or on Facebook >> 

This announcement was published Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and updated June 25.

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