Grafton gathers for the annual Gazebo-Palooza fundraiser

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Grafton gathers for the annual Gazebo-Palooza fundraiser
Stacey Bernard, manager of the Post Office Pub, serves up some buffalo chicken mac and cheese during the Gazebo-Palooza in Grafton on Sept. 17. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

GRAFTON – It was a great prelude to the main attraction.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, organizers for next month’s Small Stones Festival of the Arts presented its annual Gazebo-Palooza fundraiser.

“We’re delighted that the day turned out to be a beautiful one,” said Dana Wilson of Small Stones. “We want to thank all our supporters.”

George Jordan Boulevard behind the Town House was turned into a block party, with local restaurants offering samples of their fare, along with a silent auction, live music and a chance to play cornhole.

“It’s a nice neighborhood event,” said Small Stones’ Ken Crater.

Cancun’s Mexican restaurant served up samples of their nachos with a queso dip, accompanied by a mango margarita.

“We’ve had a lot of good customers so far,” said bar manager Edgar Jimenez.

A couple of booths down, the Post Office Pub’s pair of mac and cheese offerings proved very popular.

“The entrée is definitely one of our most popular,” said manager Stacey Bernard as she served a sample of the buffalo chicken mac and cheese.

Palooza-goers desiring some dessert could visit the Mooving Cow ice cream truck. The top flavors sampled, according to the scoopers, were pumpkin and campfire smores.

Proceeds from Gazebo-Palooza benefit the Small Stones Festival, which will take place from Oct. 14-23 at various locations in Grafton.

The festival will feature an art and photography exhibit at the Town House’s Great Hall; programs on how to market your art, Shakespeare Then and Now on Oct. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Grafton Town Library; “Nicholas Gage, A Writer’s Odyssey” on Oct. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m., also at the Grafton Public Library; and Victorian Gossip Girl Annie Adams Fields on Oct. 22 at the library.

For a complete schedule, visit https://smallstonesfestival.org/year-2022/.

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