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August 24, 2013

Talk of the Times: Dog Bar mixologist is Block Party champ

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Mixologist Misty Baker, representing the Dog Bar on Main Street, was the winner of Ryan & Wood Distillery’s second “Spirit of Gloucester Cocktail Contests” at the second of this summer’s three Downtown Block Parties last Saturday.

Baker’s gin-based “Knockabout Jell-O Shots,” captured the most votes from Block Party diners and tasters. The contest is being held at each of the three Downtown Gloucester Block Parties, with the participating Block Party restaurants offering various drinks made with Ryan & Wood products — including, in this case the local distillery’s Knockabout Gin.

Gloucester mixologists from Giuseppe’s, Ohana, Alchemy, DogBar and Lat43 all participated in last weekend’s event. The cocktail contests are being sponsored by Ryan & Wood, which is based in Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park.

Asked how she came up with her winning creation, Baker said she “decided to do something evocative of my hometown of New Orleans where August means fun summer drinks.”

“We decided to keep it simple,” she said. “No need to lose sleep over it. And what party is complete without jungle juice and Jell-O shots? DogBar is the party of the Block Party and so we decided to go all of the way.”

The next contest will come with the season’s next and final Block Party — on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Guest starter at Magnolia 5k

When runners step off for the annual Magnolia Library road race this morning, they will do so after getting a signal from a very special guest.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department will be a co-starter for the 9 a.m. race as a special tribute tied to the April Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath.

Sgt. Vossmer was a colleague of slain MIT officer Sean Collier, who was killed by the accused terrorists in a spree that led to the Watertown shootout, the death of terror suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The race today also kicks off the 125th anniversary celebration for the Magnolia Library and Community Center, with a variety of events, refreshments and children’s games set to run through 4 p.m.

Mayor’s Magnolia appearance

Speaking of today’s Magnolia events, Mayor Carolyn Kirk will suit up for the festivities in swim gear, and is planning to jump off the Magnolia Pier into the water at the close of the race, about 11 a.m.

“I’ve jumped off the Good Harbor Footbridge and the Annisquam River Bridge, but I’m not a true Gloucester girl until I jump off the Magnolia Pier,” Kirk said.

Jalapenos, firefighters’ blood drive

In response to last April’s Marathon terrorist bombings and an emergency need to replenish blood supplies, Jalapeños and the Gloucester Firefighters are hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The community blood drive will be held outside Jalapeños, located at 86 Main St., Gloucester. The American Red Cross blood donor van will be parked at 86 Main, while Palazola’s Sporting Goods at 85 Main will be providing several parking spaces in its parking lot for those donating blood.

Jalapeños will be providing a $20 gift card to those who donate that day. Addison Gilbert Hospital will provide a gift bag to each donor.

To arrange for an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or register on-line at redcrossblood.org. Walk-in donors are also welcome.

For further information , please contact Amy Randazza at 978-390-3820 or check Jalapeños on Facebook.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Civil War veteran John Burpee.

Born Aug. 26, 1841, to Ebenezer and Lucy Burpee, he entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 6, 1862, and was discharged Aug. 3, 1864.

The private served with Company G 17th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in (1862) Kingston, Whitehall, Goldsboro and Winston, N.C.; and in Blounts Mills (September 1863) to claim the heights on Holston (now Tennessee) River, opposite Knoxville, Tenn.

He died May 28, 1913.

Burpee and his wife, Kate Macfadden Burpee, are buried in Washington Cemetery on Western Avenue.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by Office of Veterans’ Services.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.