* TVL Vote Reversal
* Newburyport Flashbacks
Conversations with Eddie Gandolfo
35th Anniversary Performance by Jack Garvey
* Nbpt City Council videos
* Featured Artisans
Dear Friends of the Revival,
In a stunning amendment vote reversal by the City Council last Monday June 12, 2017 evening, regarding the number of Inn Street Transient Vendor Licenses and Artisan Designations on Inn Street, the redrafted city ordinance will now be allowing for FOUR overall TVL yearly licenses with TWO Artisan Designations. This unanimous vote turnaround was anchored by the public testimony and actions by Steve Dinunzio Monday evening in petitioning 21 brick and Mortar retail outlets in which ALL were in favor of the increase in Artisan Designation and presented to the Newburyport City Council.
Steve also spoke on behalf of the city’s artisans by stating;
“In 2013 this city became the nineteenth city in the state to earn the ‘Cultural District Designation”, a campaign led by Mayor Holaday and leaders of the Newburyport Art community. State Rep Kathleen O’connor Ives states, “The Designation identifies the city as a unique destination for visitors, artist, and business development.”
So I certainly feel as though we need more artist on Inn Street.”
Congratulations Steve. Job well done. Id also like to take this opportunity to thank Sandra Turner and Patrick Ryan who came forth and publicly testified on behalf of the artisans at the City Council meetings besides Steve and myself, as well as all those who have contributed to this cause over the past few months and years, specifically Kat Couree, Greg Nikas, Ben Twombly, Jack Garvey and Amy Sciuto. To everyone who has supported this measure and has stood beside us at some point. THANK YOU!
In short, what these new licenses and artisan designations do for us, as well as the city, is reconfirm that;
a. Newburyport is dedicated to supporting the city’s artisans by reconfirming the cultural designations with specific Artisan Designations for creative small business in the area.
And B; It also gives the area an opportunity to lay a significant foundation for a future artisans market either on Inn Street, or somewhere in the city. This is a very significant development as we enter the last phase of planning for the second annual Inn Street Artisans Revival. It is our honor and genuine pleasure, to carry on this tradition while planning for the 60th anniversary of Yankee Homecoming whose idea was spearheaded by a local artist by the name of Jack Frost in 1958.
In the past couple years since Inn St was invaded by the Golden Arches of Mcdonald’s in 2015, we have not only reclaimed our street as a ‘Corporate and Commercial Free Zone” by creating the first ever Yankee Homecoming Artisans Revival, but we have moved to solidify Artisan Designated TVL on Inn Street for the very first time in the city’s history! Congratulations everyone and congratulations to the Artisans of Newburyport!!!!!!!
This is sweet sweet victory that once again signifies, and sends a very loud, clear message to everyone in this city, that an Artisans Revival is alive and well and we will never surrender these privileges and rights in continuing to contribute to a vibrant creative economy in downtown Newburyport!
In a related incident, I had an opportunity to sit down with a long time poet and artist of Newburyport dating back to the 1970’s Eddie Gandolfo. This meeting has spurned ideas of dedicating a day during the Revival to honor and pay tribute to some of the area’s most distinguished artist that contributed to the vibrancy and creative aura during the early seventies. There will be more information to be announced regarding this shortly, including a very special exhibit that is very close to my heart (Fingers crossed on this one…stay tuned!).
You can see this conversation with Eddie Gandolfo here:
Conversations with Eddie Gandolfo;
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce a very special musical performance by someone who has been coming down to Inn Street since the early eighties. Jack Garvey will be conducting a very special 35th Anniversary performance on the Inn Street stage on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6 PM. This performance is part of the new Inn Street Early Evening concert series featuring some of the most well known musicians and artist in the area including Alex Adrian (Saturday July 29th), John Tavano (Sunday July 30th), and Lewis Flores(Friday August 4th).
For a full listing of all performances and exhibits please see;
As well as the postings on our facebook page;
Also, for a video viewing of all the significant contributions to the Artisans Designation for Inn Street, you can view all the significant artisan testimonies and city council votes here:
Newburyport City Council Meeting – May 30th, 2017
4:15 John Brown Testimony
9:33 Sandra Turner Testimony
11:45 Patrick Ryan Testimony
12:45 Steve Dinunzio Testimony
2:50:00 City Council Discussion and Vote on TVL City Ordinance
Newburyport City Council Meeting – June 12, 2017
2:25 Steve Dinunzio Testimony
42:00 Final TVL Amendment Vote
For all those that have not submitted your links and photos for our featured artisan and musician facebook postings…please do so!
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Newburyport Daily News Editorial; As I See It Jack Garvey
‘No No Nantucket’
Newburyport Daily News; Yankee Homecoming Planning its 60th Year
Newburyport Daily News – Home Grown Festival
Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events
Artisan Revival Library Presentation