2nd Annual Great Lynn Pizza Bake Off May 15 in Central Square

LYNN ? Central Square will be transformed into pizza central on Thursday, May 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.?The Great Lynn Pizza Bake Off,” which is sponsored by The Daily Item, is a feast for the senses.Daily Item Director of New Media Tara Cleary said she expects this year’s event to be even more successful than last year.?This is the second year we’ve sponsored the pizza bakeoff and participated with the Central Square Collaborative and the Third Thursday event program,” she said. “This year we tried to engage more pizza places to participate and added online voting on www.itemlive.com into the mix for overall favorite and specialty pizza.”Pizza will be served from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to purchase three slices of pizza for $2. Cleary said people will be able to taste pizza from numerous vendors and vote for their favorite cheese and specialty pizza.John Olson of Columbia Insurance, who is one of the organizers of Third Thursday events, said Third Thursday events are sponsored by the Central Square Collaboration? a group of local businesses, non-profit organizations, the Chamber of Commerce and city of Lynn.?Last year we had 15 pizza vendors and more than 300 people,” he said. “We actually had to turn people away. This year we hope to have more vendors and serve more than 500 people.”In addition to the culinary art of pizza making, the Third Thursday event showcases visual and performing arts in Lynn with live music and hands on activities.Central Square will be filled with the classic rock sounds of Garfish, a North Shore band with Doug Comeau playing lead guitar and Frank Bernardini on lead vocals. Other band members include Gar Hiltz on bass, Walter Piscitello on drums, Jeff Worthley on keyboard and saxophone along with Dan Rehner, who plays a little of just about everything. Garfish plays classic 1960’s and 1970’s rock including covers of Jethro Tull, Chicago, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Aerosmith and Joe Cocker.At LynnArts, 25 Exchange St., the Lynn Public Schools Art Exhibition will be on display and open to the public. It showcases the work of students throughout the Lynn Public School system. The show includes sculpture, abstract, representational and computer based imagery. This year the multi-cultural themed show will take place in all three galleries at LynnArts.RAW Arts, 37 Central Square, is opening its doors that evening so children can try their hand at making a pinwheel. Be sure to top off the evening with a stop at the Lynn Museum and Historical Society, 590 Washington St., to view their of photos and artifacts from Lynn restaurants and diners.

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