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Above: The Town’s annual parade and festival are just one of this weekend’s highlights (ARHS band set the mood by performing “Good Time” last year)

This weekend is Southborough’s annual Town celebration for Heritage Day.

The main event is on Columbus Day with the fun beginning on Sunday. Here’s an updated post with everything you need.

The official schedule from the Town is here. But it doesn’t provide a lot of detail. (It also doesn’t include the Historical Museum event that was just announced.)

So, here are all the updated details and important links, rounded up for you. [click to keep reading…]


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I reached out to Heritage Day exhibitors about what they’ll be up to on Monday. I was a bit overwhelmed by the response. (Which is why I’ve had to run so many posts on the festival today!)

I only heard back from about half of the exhibitors, but was impressed by all they have to offer.

To reach the community, local businesses are offering a whole lot of incentives to stop at their booths. Be on the lookout for free:

  • face painting
  • martial arts board breaking
  • caricatures
  • prize wheels
  • prize drawings
  • and giveaways

There are also a bunch of local vendors selling goods/wares and even more selling food.

Here are the details: [click to keep reading…]


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Above: Among the outreach/fundraisers planned for Monday are Pack 92′s matching food drive for the pantry, Friends of the Library’s bean bag toss, and a decorate your own cupcake contest. (Image left by Susan Fitzgerald; Cupcake image cropped from photo posted to flickr by Sean and Lauren)

To me, outreach and fundraising by community organizations is the heart of Heritage Day.

Here are the non-profit exhibitors who shared with me reasons you should seek out their booths. I’ll start with the meaningful outreach, then on to the fun and yummy fundraisers.

Community Outreach

20121102-scouting-for-food-1Boy Scouts Troop 92
Kicking off the town-wide co-ed scout drive, “Scouting for Food”. Stop by with a nonperishable food item for the Southborough Food Pantry. Troop 92 will also make a matching donation of $10 for every 100 pounds of food collected at Heritage Day.

Friends of the Southborough Library
20151009_bean_bag_tossFree Beanbag toss game for prizes with lollipops for anyone who plays. Also sharing information and answering questions about the organization. (And pointing people to the Book and Bake Sale across the street.)

SOLF – Southborough Open Land Foundation
Informing people about their mission to preserve and protect Open Land in town for the benefit and enjoyment of all. They will:

  • Exhibit a town map showing our properties; hand out information; talk about trails and our periodic programs on nature.
  • Offer a sign-up for a walk at the Beals Preserve on October 18th.
  • Recruit members to help support our mission.

Southborough Democratic Committee
Stationed next to State Rep Dykema the committee will give out voter registration forms. They will also seek ideas for some future town-wide forums and recruit volunteers to support Democrats in elections.

Southborough Kindergroup
Members will be sharing information and answering questions about the cooperative playgroup for ages 0-5.


Clash of the Cupcakes (Girl Scouts) [click to keep reading…]


Post image for Recycling, reuse and hazardous waste events this Saturday and next, plus ongoing resources

Above: I’m marking next weekend on my calendar to rid myself of dead flourescent bulbs and other household hazardous waste. But you may be more interested in ridding yourself of electronics this Saturday. (Photo by Beth Melo)

Two disposal/recycling events are coming up that are worth noting. While I’m at it, I might as well throw in reminders about other options.

This weekend, St. Anne’s Church is again hosting an Electronics & Bicycle recycling event. (The church doesn’t organize it but will receive a portion of proceeds.)

That event takes place from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm this Saturday, October 10. Click here for details and recycling fees. 

Of course, the event isn’t the only place where bicycles are accepted. I believe that if in decent condition, bikes are popular swap shop items at the Transfer Station.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that according to commenters, Best Buy takes back most TVs for free. So you may want to check with the store before paying to recycle one.

If Best Buy won’t take your TVs and monitors, there is a second chance to recycle those through the Town the following weekend. But while the Town contractor’s computer monitor fee is the same ($10), its TV recycling fees are higher.

The Town event isn’t really about TVs and monitors though. It’s the annual Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day. It’s a chance to dispose of items like pesticides, solvents, and disposable batteries. (Not alkaline batteries, since they actually aren’t hazardous and can be deposited in the trash.)

The Collection Day takes place at the Public Work’s Garage (that’s in the parking lot to the right below the transfer station.) That event is on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. There are specifics on what is and isn’t allowed, so click here for details.

Finally, a reminder about the SOS Recycling/Reuse bins at Southborough Schools (plus an APTO one at Algonquin). The collection of clothing, accessories and more raises funds for the school/parent organizations. Click here for details.


SCAC free Painting Party – October 22

by beth on October 9, 2015

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Above: Join the town’s Arts Council for a free painting night this month. (Image of brushes posted to flickr by Jenni C)

The Southborough Cultural Arts Council is holding a sort of paint and greet. The painting night takes place on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm.

SCAC_painting_party_flyerArt supplies and instruction will be provided for free. (But the event is exclusive to Southborough residents only please.)

So, what’s the catch? It’s a chance to meet SCAC members and learn more about what they do.

Clearly they hope you’ll be interested in joining or supporting SCAC. (But there’s no obligation.)

The party will be at Southborough House of Pizza. That means food and drink are available for purchase. (And if you need a little vino to get your creative juices flowing, wine and beer are among their offerings!)

Seats are limited, so pre-register by sending your name, email and phone number to

Or register here. (Don’t be thrown by the $40 ticket, just enter the coupon code: soboarts to register for free.)


Post image for Southborough Historical Museum: Museum open hours; Friends of Burnett House event

The Southborough Historical Society asked me to share that they won’t be on the field at Heritage Day this year. Instead, the group will be holding special open hours at the Southborough Historical Museum from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

The museum will be hosting the Friends of the Burnett House.  The group is using the day to reach out to the town. The group will:

  • Highlight the museum’s impressive exhibit about The Burnett Family, The Joseph Burnett Company, and Joseph’s “Deerfoot Farm.”
  • Talk about the Burnett-Garfield House, answer questions about the house and describe the enormous legacy of the Burnett family to the town.
  • Offer simple free refreshments

Not familiar with the museum’s location? It’s just up the street from the day’s main activities, on St. Mark’s Street. (It’s in the back of the parking lot that the Town House and Pilgrim church share.)

Looking up information on the Burnett House efforts, I came across this interesting item from their facebook page:  [click to keep reading…]


Cub Scouts kick off annual holiday wreath and candle sale

October 8, 2015 03:55:33 PM
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Southborough Cub Scouts are already in the midst of their annual holiday fundraiser. The scouts have divvied up their streets for door-to-door sales of Christmas wreaths and Hanukkah candles.

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Reminder: Submit questions on Open Meeting or Conflict laws and register for October 15 forum

October 8, 2015 01:55:26 PM
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The Town is hosting a presentation by the AG’s office next Thursday, October 15. The purpose is to better inform town employees and committee members of the ethics rules they need to follow.

The forum is also open to any member of the public who wants to better understand the transparency and conflict laws.

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Chestnut Hill Farm festival details and schedule: Sunday, October 11

October 8, 2015 11:36:07 AM
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The more I learn about this Sunday’s pre-Heritage Day festival, the more excited I get. I hope you feel the same.

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Obituary: Barbara J. (Harlow) Clark, 89

October 8, 2015 09:19:17 AM

Barbara J. (Harlow) Clark, 89, of Southborough and Venice, FL, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Beaumont Skilled Nursing &Rehab Center in Westborough.

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Obituary: Francis James ‘REM’ Ramelli, Jr., 80

October 8, 2015 08:50:00 AM

Francis James ‘REM’ Ramelli, Jr., 80, of Saint Agatha, ME and formally of Southborough, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 4, 2015 at Cary Medical Center in Caribou ME.

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On the market this week in Southborough

October 8, 2015 05:55:41 AM
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What went on and off the market this week.

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New sewing studio open house – October 14 (Updated)

October 7, 2015 03:50:12 PM
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Two Southborough residents are opening a sewing studio in town. The new business is being launched by working-mom friends Kristen McCarthy and Betsy Flynn Gobron.

To celebrate, they are holding an Open House with free refreshments and activities.

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Take a robot for a spin with ARHS’ FIRST Robotics

October 7, 2015 01:46:27 PM
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Test drive a robot with ARHS’ FIRST Robotics Team 1100 on Heritage Day.

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