Summer 2004 in Newton
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Finally, It's Summer!
Hard to believe, but, despite the fact that, basically, we had no Spring, Summer is finally here, and with it a slew of activities, kicked off by the all-day Fourth of July festivities.
Here in Newton, we can take advantage of fresh, Massachusetts-grown produce by shopping at the Farmers' Market, attend a myriad of events produced by the City of Newton and sponsored by many civic and business organizations (check out the July and August calendars), go swimming in Crystal Lake and/or Gath Pool, and generally take advantage of the many parks.
Opening Tuesday, July 6, the Newton Farmers' Market operates, rain or shine, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday until the end of October (October 28th this year). Located in Cold Spring Park (1200 Beacon St, just west of Walnut Street), it is wheelchair accessible, and there is ample parking.
The Farmers' Market features Massachusetts-grown produce, plants, jams and jellies, fish, turkey pot pies, cheese, cider, and baked goods. In addition, Newton Pride maintains a booth where you can order bulbs for fall planting.
The City of Newton and Newton Pride co-produce several performance series in July and August through the Arts in the Parks program. Many of these events are sponsored by various civic groups and local businesses.
For more information, call (617) 552-7130.
(Centre Street and Langley Road; Green Line to Newton Centre)
Since I live a hop, skip, and a jump from the Newton Centre Green, I can often be found there on Sunday evenings, enjoying the variety of ethnic food available, admiring the crafts, and listening to the music. The crafts and food start at 5:30 p.m., with the performances at 6:15 p.m. -- 8:15 p.m.
6:30 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m.: A new performance series sponsored by The Newton Pride Committee Planned for everyone who wants to meet, picnic and enjoy a performance after a busy Monday.
7:15 p.m. -- 8:15 p.m.. A concert series in a lovely outdoor setting at Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton Corner. Exit 17 off Mass Turnpike (between Walnut St. and Exit 17.)
Gates open at 5:00 pm for picnicking & visiting Museum. No smoking. Please plan to take your picnic remains home with you!
Rain location: Newton North High School Auditorium - 7:30 pm Lowell Ave., Newtonville.
Tickets: Adults $6.00, Seniors $4.00, Children (12 & under) $2.00.
(Tyler Terrace off Centre Street)
Rain location at the adjacent Mason Rice School
A 1-hour long performance series in July at 1:00 p.m.:
A 1-hour long performance series in July, 1:00 p.m. Most performances are at Ware's Cove in Auburndale (Going west on Comm. Ave., turn right on Melrose Street; left at West Pine). Rain location in adjacent fieldhouse .
Rain location in adjacent fieldhouse.
Enjoy the sounds of the Big Bands as you dance under the stars on a warm summer evening. Bring chairs, picnics, your dancing shoes and memories!
Even before I moved to Newton, I always looked forward to the picnicking and music at Albemarle Field, culminating in a wonderful display of fireworks -- not as elaborate, perhaps, as the better known concert and fireworks on Boston's Esplanade, but a lot easier to get to (and the fireworks are a lot closer!)
As an added bonus, most years, we can also see the fireworks from the neighboring City of Waltham, which starts its fireworks shortly before Newton's ends.
The City of Newton, in cooperation with several civic groups and local businesses, puts on a full day of activities:
The Newton Parks and Recreation Department maintains many parks and green spaces in the City. A list of these appears the City of Newton's website.
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