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July 29, 2013

Celebrating Magnolia

Street fair boosts cultural center project

A week after downtown Gloucester hosted its first Block Party of the summer season — and the weekend before the annual Sidewalk Bazaar returns the focus to the downtown area later this week — one of Gloucester’s villages held a street fair all its own on Saturday.

The event was Old Magnolia Day and Craft Fair, which included the closing of Magnolia’s Lexington Avenue to motor vehicular traffic for some seven hours Saturday, so residents and visitors alike could check out the food, crafts of local artists — and soak up some of the village’s heritage in the process.

Most importantly, the celebration was for a good cause.

Beyond celebrating Magnolia, it also served as a fund-raiser to support the Magnolia Historical Society’s project of restoring the old Blynman School building into the Magnolia Historical Museum and Cultural Center.

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