The City Side/River Side Committee presented its first “Art of Dining Stroll” on the evening of August 27, 2009 in downtown Fall River. Participants purchased $20 tickets for a night of sampling the delicacies of the city’s Restaurant Loop located downtown and by the waterfront while local artists offered samples of  music, dance, and fine arts. The tour started at Government Center and included Bella, Clipper, Cinderella, Gelato House, Mesa 21, Sagres, TA, Trio, and The Water Street Café. Rays Flower Shop  created special arrangements that were on display outside each eatery to highlight the restaurants’ style and to indicate the participating locations. The L.A.G.O.A. Gallery showcased Portuguese art at the Cherry and Webb Gallery, and the Fall River Storefront Artists Project on Columbia Street featured Silver Screen Studios. The Spindle City Ballet dancers performed throughout the loop and local fine artist Joshua Oliveira painted  throughout the evening, along with several other artists. Mayor Robert Correia stated, "My hopes are that the event will generate business for local restaurants, which in turn will stimulate the local economy.”  For more information, contact Director of Cultural Development and Tourism Patrice Cloutier at 508-667-8929.

(Top row, left) At the event table in front of Government Center, Bernadette Simoes-Varao gives Gerard and Susan Gendreau and Steve and Susan Marciszyn directions to the various venues. (Top row, center) Trolley bus driver Gus Tavares assists Maria Silverra with directions to one of the restaurants. (Top row, right) Melanie Sousa joins her friends at one of the sidewalk tables in front of Bella Restaurant. (Middle row, left) Andrea Belanger plays for diners on Sullivan Drive. (Middle row, center) Director of Cultural Development and Tourism Patrice Cloutier joins with Alan Amaral, chair of the Downtown/Waterfront Revitalization Committee on the sidewalk on Sullivan Drive. (Middle row, right) Craig Graham assists his wife Liz with her painting display in front of the the Cherry and Webb Gallery. (Bottom row, left) Spindle City Ballet dancers David Dubois and Kristy Reynolds perform in the Cherry and Webb lobby. (Bottom row, center) Diners enjoy a meal at Bella Restaurant. (Bottom row, right) New Bedford painter Joshua Oliveira finishes a piece that he created "live" during the stroll.

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