First time marchers…the Scoop on Squantum’s Fourth!

Squantum Scoop (Photo: Monica Lee)

Monica Lee and Louise Grabowski

After years of cheering on and photographing the fantabulous Squantum Fourth of July Parade, the Squantum Scoop got an inside glimpse with our first parade as marchers. We stepped out with the dancers, costumed creatures, and lawn chair brigaders for the 105th marching of the parade. As always, Squantumites showed your spirit decked out in reds, whites, and blues along the parade route. We had a blast!

Big kudos to the amazingly organized Parade Committee! With big smiles they queued up the neighborhood floats, bands, and festooned kiddies, and set us on our way through the crowd-lined streets of Squantum. Loved seeing the entire peninsula decked out in flags this year! Thanks to all of the neighbors who contributed flags, and to Jim Stamos for organizing the flag effort.

And we have you sun dancers to thank for holding off those deluges until after the parade.
Just a few drops to keep us cool before we stepped off on our march around our
spirited peninsula.

Photo gallery
Visit the July Fourth parade gallery for a marchers view of the parade. Lots of pics of all you Squantumites in your July Fourth finest.

Squantum Scoop (Photo: Monica Lee)

We won’t let a little rain stop us

 

Seaside Gardeners (Photo: Monica Lee)Parade watchers (Photo: Monica Lee)(Photo: Monica Lee)

Join us 9/25 7pm to hear the Wisdom of Nature

Got a tricky problem? Nature’s got the answer!

In Squantum we are immersed in the beauty of nature. According to our Squantum neighbor and UMass Boston professor Anamarija Frankić – that beauty has brains!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA

Join us as Anamarija shares the work being done to restore and clean our shorelines, and how the innovative approach of biomimicry can solve many problems we face today, from clean hospital surfaces, to clean water. By taking tips from nature’s 3.8 billion years of wisdom, we can create adaptable, locally tuned solutions for a myriad of sticky challenges.

SharkLooking for bacteria free hospital surfaces?
Try on a shark suit!

Hospitals can now control the growth of bacteria on surfaces thanks to an innovative new material that mimics the shape and pattern of shark skin.

Mussels on Orchard BeachLooking for a non-toxic adhesive?
Ask a mussel!

Any Squantumite who has walked Orchard Beach is familiar with mussels. The blue mussel provides a model for adhesives that reduces emissions of hazardous air pollutants by 50-90%.

A passion for nature
Anamarija FrankicWhen Anamarija was a girl, she imagined a way to avoid going home for dinner, which unnecessarily cut playtime short. If she could grow green hair like the plants around her – she too could convert sunlight into energy and avoid dinner altogether! Today, this creative thinking and love of nature has led Anamarija to UMass Boston, where she is a professor in the School for the Environment, and the director of the Green Harbors Project. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, and marine science, and is focused on coastal ecosystem stewardship. She initiated the Boston Green Harbors Project with the vision that any urban harbor, including the Neponset watershed and area salt marshes and tidal flats, can become green and sustainable.

All are invited! Bring friends.
Enjoy refreshments and  conversation with your neighbors.
No charge to attend.

About Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history. To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

Join us to learn about Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands: a place to play and exploreBoston Harbor Islands lighthouse
Presented by Park Ranger Don Cann

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7pm
First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA
Free event. Bring a friend!

The Boston Harbor Islands National Park sits in our front yard here in Squantum, and features 34 islands and 35 miles of coastline. Join us as Park Ranger Donald Cann guides us through the many treasures of the park, including hiking trails, beaches, ranger-led tours, camping, kayaking, nature walks, and historic sites. Don will share a bit about the history of the islands, including how they were saved, cleaned up, and eventually designated a National Park.

As we kick off the summer, come learn about the beauty, tranquility, history, and outdoor activities we all can enjoy at the Boston Harbor Islands.

About Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

Subscribe to event notifications or share ideas for future events at SCASquantumEvents@gmail.com.

See you at A Squantumite Story Hour!

Squantum school childrenWednesday, March 13, 7pm
First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Street, Squantum
Free event. Bring a friend!

Please join us to hear stories of humor, peril, tremendous joy, ardent belief, longtime friendships, and simple pleasures in the seaside community of Squantum, a neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts.

Together we will remember a time when Huckins Avenue was a tree-lined road nestled between open fields, when neighbors caught up at the beloved corner store, or waited together in war time ration lines, spent lazy summer days on the beach, or raced boats across Quincy Bay. And who doesn’t have a great story about that cherished Squantum tradition, the Fourth of July parade?

Come hear a few great stories, and share a few of your own over refreshments.

Storytellers will include Ralph Ames, Sr., Marie Clark, Pat Duggan, Mary LaFlamme, Maureen Mazrimus, Jim and Sandi Sumner, Bob Sealund, Jack Westerbeke, and Ruth Ann Wetherby. The evening will be moderated by Bill Geary, Squantum resident and chairman of the City of Quincy Planning Board.

About Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

Subscribe to event notifications or share ideas for future events at SCASquantumEvents@gmail.com.