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April 6, 2013

Talk of the Times: City Hall going Bananas for benefit event

Gloucester City Hall is going bananas again in a benefit for the City Hall restoration project.

A benefit Bananas fashion show is scheduled for May 4 and May 5, featuring the haberdashery of Richard Leonard’s Main Street store of the same name. And it wouldn’t be a Bananas fashion show without the remarkable “Banarettes,” the name affectionately given to the models, most of whom are local faces dressed in retro clothing and often colorful wigs.

The organizers want to get the word out early because tickets are now on sale and they sell out fast just by word of mouth, so they want the public to be aware. There is a gala show on Saturday, May 4 and a matinee on Sunday, May 5.

The primary focus is to raise money to restore windows at City Hall. To that end, the Saturday evening show features a silent auction and a live auction. One of the auction items is a parking space for downtown for a year, donated for a local businessman. The gala ticket is $75 with “creative black tie” dress suggested and the sunday show is $35.

“They have some big surprises,” said Kathy Slifer, one of the organizers. Tickets are on sale at Bananas, Alexandra’s Bread and Gloucester Music, all on Main Street.

Wolf Hill fireworks benefit

The Gloucester Fourth of July fireworks may be three months away, and the Labor Day fireworks display may not be on the front burners of too many folks this weekend.

But thankfully, the people at Wolf Hill Home & Garden Center on Eastern Avenue are already looking ahead to those celebratory times.

Wolf Hill is donating $1 of every charge throughout the year to the Gloucester Fireworks Fund.

“We are fully stocked with all of your landscape materials – mulch, loam, stone, sand, compost, etc.,” said Wolf Hill’s Brittany Malgeri, “so get your materials delivered by Wolf Hill (and) help support Gloucester’s Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks displays.”

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