Westborough welcomes back the town’s block party

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Block party guests take a horse-drawn hayride along streets bordering Bay State Commons.
Block party guests take a horse-drawn hayride along streets bordering Bay State Commons.
(Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

WESTBOROUGH – On Aug. 27, Westborough welcomed back the town’s Block Party at Bay State Commons after last year’s hiatus due to the pandemic.

Recreation Director Jenn Kirkland greeted the block party guests.

“It is so great to see us all gathered out here after the wild year and a half we have all had,” she said.

This event is typically held as a holiday kickoff celebration on the Friday before the Fourth of July. It was delayed, however, as pandemic restrictions were not lifted until after the planning committee had set Aug. 27 as this year’s event date.

A number of community organizations and local businesses provided games. 

Among the family-friendly activities were a bounce house, dunk tank, sand art, face painting, airbrush tattoos, photo booth as well as pony and horse-drawn carriage rides. 

Appetites were satisfied by food and ice cream trucks.

The Reminisants once again musically entertained with a repertoire of classic rock tunes.

Also making an encore appearance was magician Fran Flynn. Before and after his magic show, he created balloon animals at the booth of Westboro Tennis & Swim Club.

Helping to extend a celebratory holiday spirit, the July 4th Block Party Planning Committee made available red, white and blue souvenirs. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Westborough members distributed American flags.

Joining Jenn Kirkland on this year’s planning committee were Adam Lapointe and Stephen Croft of Westborough Recreation, Pete Allen and Don Shapleigh of Westborough Civic Club, and Kelly Uhlman of Uhlman’s Ice Cream.

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