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It’s been a funny Spring season – cooler than typical with the windows often still closed and the puff still on the bed. Contrast that with last year when Spring came early and so did warm weather.
Last year Spring sprung before most garden tours were held. It was a different view of many of the gardens where blooms had long passed by the time of the tour.
This year we’re back to a more typical calendar – the lilacs were out on Lilac Sunday, gardens will be in their full glory for upcoming garden tours. Ideally we’ll get some much needed rain this week and weekend to keep gardens looking their best.
Cambridge has switched to an every-other-year schedule so won’t have a tour this year. But a number of other towns are holding tours and I’ll add more to the list I find them. Check out the updated Massachusetts garden tours calendar and make your plans!
Seeing all the open studio signs last week in Somerville reminded me that it’s high time to update the 2013 calendar of open studios in Massachusetts.
Not to worry if you missed last weekend’s event. There are more than two dozen upcoming open studio events listed on the calendar including Cambridge this coming weekend.
Open studios are a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, find something special for your place or for a friend, and a super way to support the local arts community.
Check out the calendar and if your event isn’t listed please get in touch.
Nowadays it seems that we think of this holiday as Marathon Day. But the reason we have the day off is that today is the day we celebrate Patriot’s Day.
Since I grew up in Concord Patriot’s Day will always be one of my favorite holidays – and will always be April 19th rather than some random Monday.
But it seems even Paul Revere and William Dawes have adapted to the new calendar.
I came across this man on horseback today on Mass Ave in Porter Square and thought he must be Revere. But Paul Revere’s midnight ride didn’t take him through Cambridge. His route passed nearby through Medford and Arlington. It was another messenger, William Dawes, who passed through Cambridge.
Is that a Redcoat on his tail? I’m not sure.
Though it’s cold and gloomy today, spring will be here shortly and with it – spring house tours.
I finally had a chance to update the Massachusetts House Tour schedule and there are some super tours in the offing.
The debut spring house tour is in Concord on April 6th. The tour features houses that exhibit “new concepts in energy efficiency, accessibility and design”. Among the seven houses on tour are a LEED certified house, a 300-year old house that’s been in one family for generations (my favorites!) and recently updated, and a contemporary.
Another one I’m looking forward to is Framingham’s on May 19th. You’ll get to see a diverse group of properties including a contemporary on Lake Cochituate, a Colonial, an expanded ranch, a farmhouse, and an Arts and Crafts era house.
Links to pages with ticket details and more for the spring house tours can be found on the tour page at left.
Several local libraries are running a library card challenge in February - Arlington, Belmont, Lexington and Somerville are competing to see which library can increase new library card sign-ups by the largest percentage.
There will be prizes for new library cardholders and one grand prize of an e-reader awarded. New cardholder bling will include buttons, bracelets, pencils, bookmarks and more.
Already have a library card? Bring a friend who signs up for a card and you’ll receive a prize.
Your new library card is your passport to more than three dozen local libraries since Arlington, Belmont, Lexington and Somerville all belong to the Minuteman Library Network.
‘Tis the season for holiday fairs – this is one of the big weekends. Here are some local fairs scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2012. I’m tempted to stop by all of them!
75th Annual Christmas Fair at Christ Church in Harvard Square Cambridge
This is the quintessential holiday fair with crafts, books, attic treasures, baked goods, holiday greens and more.
Christ Church, Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm
Holiday Fair at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford
Jewelrey, baked goods, arts and crafts, stocking stuffers and more
UU Church, 147 High Street, Medford, MA
Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm
Youth Holiday Craft Fair
Featuring crafts by local youths ages 8 to 18 most priced at $5 or less
Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA
Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 2 to 4 pm
GUMC Holy Berry Fair in Everett
Here’s another classic holiday fair featuring handmade crocheted and knitted items, holiday gifts, a white elephant table, baked goods, and more. Don’t eat before you go – coffee and donuts will be available in the morning, a buffet lunch will be served, and there’s a “cookie walk”.
Glendale United Methodist Church, 392 Ferry Street, Everett, MA
Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9 am to 2 pm
On Saturday afternoon you can check out the energy fair in Medford that will be held at the base of Medford’s wind turbine.
The 3rd Annual Harvest Your Energy Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Held in Riverbend Park by the Medford wind turbine, the energy fair will include tours of the wind turbine, seminars on home energy savings, info about solar panels, and ideas for reducing your carbon footprint. There will be entertainment and vendors selling refreshments.
In a somewhat unusual juxtaposition, Revolutionary War re-enactors will be marching in the field adjacent to the energy fair at the same time. Tomorrow you’ll get a two-fer in Medford – a green energy fair and a Revolutionary War encampment. Something for everyone!
The Harvest Your Energy Festival will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 1-4 pm at Riverbend Park in Medford near the McGlynn Middle School. Here’s more info and directions.
Looking for something to do this weekend? There are some super events scheduled for Saturday – which leaves Sunday free for real estate open houses if you’re so inclined. Here are a few of my favorites:
Need some ideas for renovating your kitchen? You can visit eight beautiful kitchens in Concord on the Concord Kitchen Tour 2012 held on Saturday, September 29th from 10:30 am to 3 pm. If you want more you can check out the CentersAndSquare’s schedule of upcoming house tours in Massachusetts.
Did you know that the lunchbox favorite, Marshmallow Fluff, had Somerville roots? Somerville resident Archibald Query invented the spread and sold it door to door before selling his formula to two Lynn businessmen who brought Fluff nationwide. Somerville’s tribute to Query’s invention, the annual Fluff Festival, in all its wacky wonderfulness is scheduled for this Saturday, September 29th in Union Square from 3 pm to 7 pm.
Local history buffs will want to check out Cambridgeport History Day on Saturday, September 29th from noon to 5 pm. There’s a tour, musket firings, activities in Dana Park and my favorite – neighbor-created If This House Could Talksigns posted outside houses along Cambridgeport streets. Pick up a list of signs at the booth in Dana Park and stroll the streets for a fun way to find out more about the old houses that line this Cambridge neighborhood’s blocks.