Sharing a meal is special

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BRATTLEBORO — Elliot Street's next block party is expected to sit people together for dinner then have them dance a few hours of the night away.

"My vision for this event includes a long community table down the middle of Elliot Street with tablecloth and beautiful floral arrangements from local growers, Tapalou Guilds, of Guilford," said Erin Scaggs, co-owner of Elliot Street Fish, Chips & More. "Sharing a meal might not seem so significant but there is something special that happens when people eat together, where you sit as a community and communicate."

The block party happening 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, will be the third of its kind. The first occurred in September and the other was in January.

Scaggs and her crew at the restaurant are organizing the event with support and collaboration from the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and Green Street Promises Community. Several restaurants — including Indo-American Gracery, Twin Flames Taqueria, Hazel and Elliot Street Fish, Chips & More — will be selling food. A segment of road from Everyone's Books to Main Street will be closed off to vehicles.

"To me," Scaggs said, "it will be a space for people to come together and eat and share the space and take a moment to acknowledge that this is their town, this is the heart of Brattleboro."

The Stone Church is helping to provide music for the party, with The Elliot St. Alibi playing from 5 to 6 p.m. and LuxDeluxe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The bands will perform on a flatbed trailer.

The first group comes from Brattleboro and "brings roots and jam rock together with pop rock and funk to create a musical adventure," according to a Facebook post about the event. The second group started in Northampton, Mass., and "delivers a serious punch of supple Rolling Stones-y grooves, persuasive dance-able hooks and rock-solid old-fashioned craft."

Scaggs' husband, who works at The Stone Church, is helping to coordinate the music. He is a musician himself.

"We're really excited for the music this time around because to me, it just seems the best outdoor events center around really great music," Scaggs said. "I think it's going to be a really great show this time."

Kids activities are being planned and games of cornhole will be played.

Events like the block party, Scaggs said, are impossible to pull off without people who are energetic and willing to assist. She commended the staff at Hazel for always stepping up to help. She said the DBA, where she serves as a board member, spends "all their time trying to create positive atmospheres, positive experiences, trying to improve everyone's experience downtown."

"To me, that is priceless," she added. "We are very lucky to have that organization, I think."

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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