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Holiday Fairs This Weekend

Head out to a holiday fair this weekend to shop and eat

Head out to a holiday fair this weekend to shop and eat

‘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

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Energy Fair in Medford on Saturday

The energy fair in Medford will be held by the Medford wind turbine

The energy fair in Medford will be held by the Medford wind turbine

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.

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What’s Happening This Weekend

Check out Cambridgeport History Day this Saturday in Cambridge

Check out Cambridgeport History Day this Saturday in Cambridge

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.

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Cambridge Discovery Days 2012

Cambridge Discovery Days

Cambridge Discovery Days

Beats me why Cambridge Discovery Days are held in August.

Hardier souls than I enjoyed a full day of intriguing tours and lectures today but it was just too hot for my delicate sensibilities.  Let’s hope next Saturday’s weather will be easier to take since another jam packed day is planned.

Here’s some of what’s on tap for next Saturday, August 11, 2012:

  • 10:30 am – noon – Modern Architecture in Old Cambridge
  • 1 – 2:30 pm – The Social and Political Activists of Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • 1 – 3 pm – Off the Beaten Path at Fresh Pond (reservations required)
  • 2:30 – 4:30 pm – James Russell Lowell’s Brattle Street

Cambridge Discovery Days are a wonderful way to learn more about the city’s rich history and natural landscape.  Events are free and open to all.  Here’s more information and a printable schedule for Cambridge Discovery Days 2012.

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4th of July 2012 Celebrations In and Near Cambridge

July 4th Celebrations

July 4th Celebrations

Time to make plans for this mid-week holiday. Boston is the place for fireworks on the 4th of July near Cambridge.  Here’s a link to the very glitzy website for the Fourth of July festivities on the Esplanade.  And here’s a link for info about Boston and Cambridge road closures on July 4, 2012.

Here are some other ways to celebrate Independence Day locally:

Arlington 4th of July Celebration

You’re invited to celebrate the 4th at Robbins Farm Park in Arlington Heights.  The party starts at 6 pm with refreshments available and music from the John Penny Band starting at 7 pm.  The Boston Pops fireworks will be shown on the big screen starting at 10:30 pm.

4th of July in Cambridge

The Recreation Division is hosting kids’ activities in three locations in Cambridge on the July 4, 2012.  Events include races and doll carriage and bicyle parades.  Events begin at 9:45 am at Donnelly Field at 40 Willow Street; Glacken Field at Huron Ave and Holworthy Street; and Hoyt Field at Western and Putnam.

Watertown July 4th Events

There aren’t fireworks scheduled for Watertown but the Recreation Department is hosting a day of fun at Victory Field.  The Watertown 4th of July celebration begins at 9 am and activities continue until 3 pm including a homerun derby, All Star baseball games, water ballon toss, flag football, dodgeball, and much more.

Still want more fireworks?

Lexington Fireworks on July 5th

The Lexington Lions Club annual carnival runs from Tueday, July 3 to Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Hastings Park.  This year the fireworks are scheduled for Thursday, the 5th, after dusk.

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Cambridge Garden Tour This Sunday

Looking Forward to Touring Massachusetts Gardens

Cambridge Garden Tour This Sunday

With all the much needed rain we’ve had this week the gardens should be looking their best this weekend – just in time for the Cambridge Garden Tour this Sunday, June 10, 2012.

The Secret Garden of Cambridge tour is now held every other year.  You’d better get an early start this Sunday. This year there are 24 gardens on the tour – 18 of which have never been on the tour before.

Tickets for the garden tour are $25 and can be purchased at several local stores today and tomorrow:

  • Bonny’s Garden Center – 41 Bay State Rd near Alewife
  • Dickson Brothers Hardware – 26 Brattle St in Harvard Square
  • Harvard Book Store – 1256 Mass Ave
  • Nomad – 1741 Mass Ave
  • Pemberton Farms -2225 Mass Ave
  • Porter Square Books – Porter Square shopping center
  • Rodney’s Books – 698 Mass Ave in Central Square

On Sunday tickets will only be available at the Boudreau branch of the Cambridge Public Library at 245 Concord Avenue and at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House at 159 Brattle Street.

The Cambridge garden tour will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Check out our list of garden tours in Massachusetts for more opportunities to visit local gardens.

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Remembering Tip O’Neill

Reembering Tip O'Neill - Family Panel at the Cambridge Public Library

Reembering Tip O'Neill - Family Panel at the Cambridge Public Library

When I first saw this beautiful banner on Mass Ave in Cambridge I thought it must be commemorating the centennial of Tip O’Neill’s first days in Congress – we just seem so far removed from those days with today’s Congress.  But no – Tip would be just 100 this year and Cambridge is commemorating the centennial of his birth.

On Tuesday, May 22nd Chris Matthews of MSNBC (which makes it even more exciting – in my family we’re all addicted to MSNBC) and former aide to the Speaker of the House will be moderating a panel of O’Neill family members reminiscing and remembering Tip O’Neill. 

Two more panels are planned by the Tip O’Neill Centennial Committee: a panel featuring former O’Neill staff members in September and a November panel in which community members will be invited to share their memories of Tip O’Neill.

The Family Reminiscence Panel will take place at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.

Check out the City of Cambridge website for information on other tributes to Tip O’Neill that are planned and for excerpts of audio interviews with O’Neill, including his memories of growing up in North Cambridge.

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Open Studios This Weekend

Open Studios in MA 2012

Open Studios in MA 2012

I finally had a chance to update the Open Studios in Massachusetts page for 2012.   A long overdue task!

Good thing – five communities, including Cambridge, are holding open studio events this weekend.

Check out the list – there are open studios scheduled for many weekends in 2012.  I’ll add more as I stumble across them.

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