Apart of the community

Miles Gasek is the newest addition to The Essex Reporter team. As an Advertising Account Executive, he thought he wouldn’t have too many chances to loosen his tie and participate in community events. 

Boy, was he wrong!

Here’s Miles’ personal account of the 2013 Block Party in Essex Junction:

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Paper hat anyone? Miles Gasek and Susan Bondaryk don their own creations at the 2013 Block Party.

Paper hat anyone? Miles Gasek and Susan Bondaryk don their own creations at the 2013 Block Party.

Two weekends ago marked my first real promenade into the Essex community at the 2013 Block Party. It was also my first community event with The Essex Reporter. There couldn’t have been a better place to see what the Essex spirit is all about.

After what seemed like weeks of rain and the impending threat of severe thunderstorms, the date of the annual gathering moved from July 20 to the 21st. Graced with a perfect day, Essex Reporter staff and I rolled onto Railroad St. around 3 p.m. to set up our booth amidst the other businesses and vendors. After setting up our table, laying out our coloring contest and struggling briefly with our awning, we were good to go. Within the next hour, the block party was in full swing with music, food and an abundance of friendly (and painted/airbrushed) faces.

Over the course of the afternoon I had a chance to see Essex in action. Our neighbor, The Contois stage provided the afternoon’s entertainment while the roaming train circuited through the variety of vendors, games and booths. Other highlights included a dunk tank, fire truck and airbrush tattoos. By the time we packed up, we had over a dozen coloring contest submissions, colored in person at our booth. I even had a chance to hone my newspaper hat making skills as an apparent demand for the accessory developed. Maybe I’ll have them mastered by next time…

— Miles