Aby-a-Day – July 21: It’s ArtBeat time again!

Yesterday was Somerville’s greatest summer festival: ArtBeat!

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It was my 14th year and Jacoby’s 4th. We have the tags to prove it!

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Every year has a theme, and this year’s was “Micro.” One of the events was a “Micro Mini-Me Parade” wherein people were encouraged to “Bring your adorable double (pet, child, puppet…), wear matching outfits and join us in the ringing in this year’s ArtBeat!” So of course Jake and I were all over that action.

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I wore leopard print and green to match his harness and added my cat ears. But instead of him being my Mini-Me, I was his Macro-Me!

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I also brought along the latest Strollercat action figure.

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It’s still not perfect, but it’s the best little toy stroller I’ve found yet.

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Our first stop was to our friend Kim and her Stella Marie Soap booth.

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Jake attracts fans no matter where he goes.

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You think these two boys were here for the soap?

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Sadly, our friend Mike Ritter of Ritterbin Photography did not have his booth set up this year. We missed him – he always takes such awesome photos of us! But my friend Dora got a nice portrait of Jake and me with my friend Barb.

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Then there was Strollerdog.

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Of course, you know Jake and Strollerdog just had to meet!

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It was super hot…90! Luckily, Jake has his fan, and also a fancy mister to help keep him cool.

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He’s a little less fond of the mister than he is of his fan.

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There are a couple of things Jake and I always do at ArtBeat. We checked out the puppet booth.

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This time we found a little kitty hand puppet that Jake took a liking to.

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We had our traditional Redbones BBQ for lunch.

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And we listened to some music.

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The first band we stopped to watch was called Porch-i-oke and they did sing-a-long songs.

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There are a couple of different stages for bands at ArtBeat. We saw a few bands play on the big stage behind the T station because it was on the grass and was a nice, cool place to sit.

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Well, cooler than being on the pavement, anyway.

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The last band we saw was called Muck and the Mires.

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They were described as “a cross between 1964 Beatles and The Ramones,” and they were awesome.

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On our way back to the Red Line, I got Jake this little button for his stroller. He needed it.

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I look forward to ArtBeat all year long.

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I think Jake does, too.