A Mash and a Bash

On October 23, 2011, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Artisans Asylum will be back at SomerStreets this year with power tool pumpkin-carving, and will add Zombie face-painting to the mix.


SomerStreets celebration to feature Monster Mash-Up

By Elizabeth Sheeran

It’s been a Halloween party staple for nearly six decades, but the Monster Mash is about to get a whole new twist.

At this Sunday’s SomerStreets event, dubbed “Monster Mashed-Up,” local deejays will compete to create the best mash-up with the classic novelty hit that made a star out of Somerville native Bobby “Boris” Pickett.

“A Somerville guy wrote a song that I think everybody on the planet has heard 100 times, and we’ll see if someone can do something freaky and kind of fun with it,” said Michael Meehan, Somerville communications director.

But the mash-up competition won’t be the only event bringing the fun and/or freaky to the two-mile stretch of Somerville Avenue that will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from noon to 4 p.m. on October 23, from Porter Square to Union Square.

The wild and crazy artists of Artist’s Asylum will be back again to wow the crowd with chainsaw pumpkin-carving, and will be transforming healthy humans into Zombies – with face paint, not power tools. The adventurous can brave the Haunted House. And all kinds of costumed creatures, including the canine variety, are invited to parade down Somerville Avenue, go trick-or-treating and compete for prizes.

Even more family-friendly events will include a crafts fair, bounce house and recreational games for kids. And for adults who prefer to sit back and take in the autumn air with drink in hand, Union Square eateries will host an Oktoberfest from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., complete with beer gardens and live music.

Meehan said the city is preparing for up to 10,000 people at the event, which is paid for in part by the community fund created from cable access fees, and the goal is to offer something for everyone, getting more people off their couches and out of their cars.

“There isn’t just one type of person that lives in Somerville, so we try to create a good mix,” said Meehan. “For anyone who just wants to get out and take a walk, you can do that too. You don’t get to walk down the middle of the street too often.”


20 Responses to “A Mash and a Bash”

  1. Roger B. says:

    Why is it called SomerStreets (as upposed to Summer Street) and being held on Somerville Ave? Not trying to be a know-it-all, but I am 20 years removed from the (ille, but am still there frequently. Six decades of this event, where? Even when I le ed there for 25 years, I don’t remember even one of these events. I hung out and had friends in every part of the city. Where was this event usually held? Sounds fun for sure, but where was it from 1967 to 1991 is all I’d like to know?

  2. Ron Newman says:

    The Monster Mash song is six decades old. SomerStreets started only last summer, and has been held on a variety of streets (Highland Ave, Shore Drive, Route 16, Broadway)

  3. Roger B. says:

    Ahh, was going to say. Serves me right for reading articles at 4 am, such as now. Thanks for the clarification!

  4. Sean McD says:

    Walked down to Somerville Ave today. Lots of City workers and lots of business owners angry that customers couldnt get in to shop. I say it was a bust. But hey, Christopher Columbus was there !

  5. Happy Villen says:

    Somer- ville….Somer Streets ……Get it !!! A play on words,

  6. Trevion says:

    Yo, that’s what’s up trtufhully.

  7. jaime says:

    I’m not too happy that my son was told not to come in to work that day. Will the city compensate him for lost wages? When people can’t get to a business, they don’t need employees!

  8. j. connelly says:

    Businesses suffer….Developers don’t!

  9. Ron Newman says:

    What business?

  10. j. connelly says:

    Geez Ron! ….What business? Like the business lost from customers avoiding the areas shut off to traffic for Somer Sts….the business lost in the squares when the extension of evening hours on parking meters was put in place….Wages lost as employees are not needed due to no traffic allowed into the area during these events, etc.,

    The Mayor likes these productions he should have gone to work for Don Law.

  11. HAppy Villen says:

    Dear J Connelly…Do us all a favor and just move and leave us alone . Stop your belly-aching. How can one person be such a disgruntled cry baby. You make no sense.

  12. HAppy Villen says:

    OMG shoppers couldnt get into DaMoulas!!! For once you couold actually get into the parking lot.

  13. Ron Newman says:

    La Ronga bakery seemed to be enjoying the event. They gave out free bread and pizza to everyone passing by their table.

  14. smart ass says:

    What a bunch of smart asses, obviously they are either public employees or non profits, so they wouldn’t have a clue to the SMALL businesses along the streets of these stupid events. Where are the Alderman that profess to understand the plight of the small business owners? Where is the crony run chamber of commerce? When you block off streets to traffic it has an affect on a lot of businesses never mind about the wise ass remark by Happy Villen. No traffic means no business for the little shops along the way.
    Lets get rid of these Alderman who are the supporters of all the road races, busy streets closed for hours if not all day and the stupid city events like these events.. Maybe we should start a small business owners association if the Alderman and Chamber won’t listen to us we organize and “occupy city hall” ?? The Somerville Chamber of Commerce is a joke and they are in bed with the Alderman and Mayor, the president of the Chamber is on a city board and look at the rest of the board of directors of the chamber and match them up with various boards around the city, its called incest and its running amuck here in the Ville. Small businesses are already loosing with the meters till 830.
    pretty soon more and more businesses will just close their doors, its not worth it.

  15. Boston Kate says:

    Anyone with even 1/2 a brain would have planned their shopping accordingly.

  16. Somerbreeze says:

    HAppy Villen – Who put YOU in charge?

  17. Boston Kate says:

    “so they wouldn’t have a clue to the SMALL businesses along the streets of these stupid events.”

    Actually, the foot traffic, that these events bring, causes people to see/know about small businesses that they would otherwise drive/cycle right passed.

  18. Boston Kate says:

    “the business lost in the squares when the extension of evening hours on parking meters was put in place”……….”Small businesses are already loosing with the meters till 830.”

    I don’t believe that’s true.

  19. A Moore says:

    Connely and smart ass said it all. Small businesses are hurting here. Some I know are just trying to get by and hang on until the times get better. I don’t know how long they can hang on before they have to throw in the towel. I would hate to see the ones I know lose their business as some of them own houses here also or rent. I personally don’t care for these events and the road running and so forth but I know I just have to live with it and avoid wherever these things are going on. They say it’s not our tax dollars but I am sure there is some costs passed down to us somehow.

  20. j, connelly says:

    Hey “HAppy Villen” I was here 1st…..you move instead. I just go with the facts, evidently you like living with the lies.

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