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Break a leg in the afterlife, fellas!

— His green thumb served him well throughout his life. Enjoying an iced tea on George’s and Jane’s patio behind their Second Street home was like visiting paradise. Their flower beds bloomed boldly, and their shrubs stood tall and trim.

‘Show must go on’

Weighing in at some 500 pounds, Mike Goss had stage presence to spare. He often entertained — either snapping off one-liners or crooning Sinatra standards — at venues in Liverpool and North Syracuse. After he died, the family conducted a wake conducted at Pirro’s Funeral Home on Buckley Road.

The last time I saw Mike was at a Syracuse Chiefs game in 2012. He sat in his wheelchair in the handicapped section along the first base concourse, and we talked about his trips to the Olympics, his brother’s rock band, Masters of Reality, and about my dad’s old beer-and-burger joint, Tarbe’s, here in the village.

Mike was a serious gourmand. He was especially appreciated diners, and could often be found on weekend mornings in Liverpool at Reggie’s Diner or the Garden View, Dee’s Diner in Mattydale or at the Rise Shine, the diner decked out in rock and roll memorabilia over on Thompson Road in Syracuse.

Mike lived to make people laugh. He took an old show-biz saw and applied it to his life and family: “The show must go on!”

Swingin’ Halloween!

Swing This, featuring guitarist Mark Hoffman and fiddler Diamond Joe Davoli, will host a swingin’ Halloween Party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St., in Liverpool. Come in costume if you’d like. Admission is free, but don’t forget to drop a little something in the musicians’ tip jar; 451-5544.

Barking Gull bash

Latest word from village restaurateur Adam Gormel: “We’re looking at January” to open the Barking Gull to the public. For many years, the corner bar at 116 S. Willow St. has hosted private parties only.

But if you can’t wait any longer, you can sample slices of the wood-fired pizza that will become the Gull’s main menu item this Saturday, Oct. 26, when Brett Liedka hosts a big Halloween Party. The semi-private affair is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. If you’d like to attend the Barking Gull bash, call Brett at 481-5162. He’ll fill you in about admission policies and prices. “And we’ve got some great prizes for best costumes,” Brett hinted.

Meanwhile, the Cobblestone Tavern celebrates All Hallow’s Eve after dark on Friday Oct. 25.

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