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August 2, 2013

A busy Bazaar: Sidewalk Fest enlivens city's Main Street

Clowns blew up balloons creating swords and animals.

A mini train made its way from one end of the Main Street shopping area to the other with young passengers on board.

There was even a tooth fairy in the mix, from Harbor Cove Dental!

All of that activity and much more along Gloucester’s Main Street Thursday signaled that the 55th annual Sidewalk Bazaar is in full swing. And yesterday’s opening day was just the first of three days of celebrating downtown Gloucester with artists, crafters, food vendors, musicians, and more lining Main Street from the intersection of Pleasant and Duncan streets to Washington, in a scene that will play out today and Saturday as well.

A mountain of Portuguese Sweet Bread towered in one food vendor’s booth, while canolis and homemade cookies were displayed at the booth housing Jenny Cakes Bakery, a shop new to Gloucester this year.

Jenny Cakes Bakery, of Washington Street, is owned by Brian and Jennifer Strangman, a husband and wife who make “everything from cupcakes to canolis” says Brian.

Their plan is to grow Jenny Cakes Bakery like a Carlo’s Bake Shop made famous from the reality TV show Cake Boss. “When you get married you support each other’s dreams” Brian says.

The neighboring booth belonged to Donna Wright, also known as, “The Bag Lady.”

Wright knits items from recycled plastic grocery bags, and makes anything from raincoats taking 1,167 Market Basket bags to create, to small wallets made from brown and purple Stop and Shop bags. Wright says she started knitting with recycled plastic bags two years ago because her granddaughter is a vegan and she didn’t like her knitting with wool, so she made the switch.

“Nobody makes these” Wright says of her knitted placemat sets on display. This is her second year featuring her recycled creations at the Sidewalk Bazaar.

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