Everett CityFest cancelled, Red Sox Legend Jim Rice to appear at 8/10 Grille

EVERETT – UPDATED 10/1/11 11:54AM:

CityFest has been cancelled due to weather, according to Everett city officials, however, Red Sox Hall of Famer will still appear in the city to meet residents and sign autographs from 1:00 to 2:00PM at the 8/10 Grille on Norwood Street.

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The city will host its 4th annual CityFest event today, welcoming Red Sox Legend and Hall of Famer Jim Rice as well as a number of other local acts, including the comedic talents of ImprovBoston and Everett’s own Phunk Phenomenon Dance Crew.

Thanks to a generous donation from Distrigas of Massachusetts, Mayor Carlo DeMaria hopes residents will come out in large numbers to the event which features an impressive lineup.

“CityFest is Everett’s own version of a North End Feast,” says Mayor Carlo DeMaria, “it’s a time for people to come out, enjoy some great entertainment, meet our local restaraunts, organizations and crafters.”

“It’s an afternoon of coming together as a community.”

Accompanying Rice, Boston Improv, and Phunk are the ever-popular sounds of SeaBreeze, a live Zumba demonstration, a performance by Irish folk pop band Devri, the Freedom Trail Foundation, and a number of smaller acts and demonstrations from the area’s latest and greatest businesses, organizations, and entertainment.

Distrigas offered the donation in an effort to express gratitude for the company’s successful 40-year partnership with the city and its residents. The company’s communications director, Carol Churchill, also serves as the Everett Chamber of Commerce President

“Distrigas is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and is pleased to commemorate it by joining the City of Everett and the Everett Chamber of Commerce in bringing CityFest to area residents and merchants,” said Churchill in a statement released by the Mayor’s office.

“We’re proud to be a part of this community, and hope residents enjoy meeting Red Sox Legend and Hall of Famer Jim Rice and the impressive entertainment line-up scheduled for that day. We also hope local businesses benefit as well.”

DeMaria’s office believes the event should be a huge success, despite a dismal weather forecast, noting residents are always ready to come together in a way to celebrate the city, its businesses, and local talent.


Schedule of Events

12:00 – 12:20: Kickoff Ceremony with Wha Lum Academy Traditional Lion Dance

12:20 – 1:00: The Vegas Valentinos

1:00 – 2:00: Meet Red Sox Legend and Hall of Famer Jim Rice

1:10 – 1:30: ZUMBA! with Jill

1:30 – 2:00: Stephen Savio and the Sea Breeze Band

2:00 – The Delvena Theatre Company presents “Salem Witch Hysteria” at the Parlin Memorial Library

2:15 – 2:30: Phunk Phenomenon Dance Complex

2:30 – 3:00: Boston Improv

3:00 – 3:30: The Freedom Trail Scholars at the Parlin Memorial Library

3:30 – 4:00: Irish pop folk band, Devri

4:00 – 4:30: Boston Improv

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