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Quincy Better Block event set for today, Saturday

by CHERYL SCHWEIZER
Staff Writer | July 16, 2021 1:00 AM

QUINCY — A one-block length of a downtown Quincy street will close to traffic Friday night and Saturday morning to make way for dining and music on Friday and the Quincy Farmers Market on Saturday.

Quincy Chamber of Commerce Director Cari Mathews said chamber and city officials hope to make it a regular event downtown.

The Quincy Better Block event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Better Block will be on B Street Southwest, in the block between Central Avenue South and First Avenue Southeast. Operators at the Microsoft Quincy MWH Data Center provided money to hire the Dallas, Texas-based Better Block Foundation to put on the first event.

“A place where the community can come and enjoy the space,” Mathews said.

Quincy restaurants, wineries and breweries will serve food both days, and live music, live performance and a deejay are scheduled for both days. The Quincy Farmers Market will set up shop Saturday.

Mathews said the farmers market will stay on B Street Southwest on the first and third Saturdays for the rest of the summer. Organizers hope to sponsor more Better Block events throughout the summer.

“We’re hoping to work together to keep it going,” Mathews said.

Organizers also hope to move the events around downtown Quincy, she said.