Get your twinkle on! Tree lighting and festivities

Santa Squantum Tree Lighting 2016Time to pack away the shorts and dig out your scarves and hats, Squantumites…those balmy breezes have finally given way to crisp morning air! And just in time for us to kick off the season. From parachuting Santa and elves, to sing alongs, and two tree lightings…it’s time to get your twinkle on peeps! Here’s a roundup of Quincy and Squantum holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend. After you recover from the Turkey Trot and the feast…head out with your friends and fam to celebrate the warmth of the season.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 26, 2017
4:30 pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities 

Quincy tree lighting celebration (note new location this year)
Friday, November 24, 5 pm-7 pm
Thomas Crane Public Library lawn, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes, as well as food trucks food trucks and a gingerbread competition. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show (5pm), strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. At approximately at 6:15pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season.

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 26, 12:30 pm-3 pm
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, costumed characters, antique vehicles, and Santa in his traditional fire truck ride. The parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and the Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School. This is one of the largest parades in the Commonwealth.

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute – new date
Saturday, December 2 (postponed form November 25) ~ 12:30 pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA
Costumed characters from the parade greet children as they await the arrival of Santa Claus and his elves by parachute at Quincy’s unique Christmas tradition. Take a Holiday Wagon Ride with a costumed character.

Please note: In the interest of public safety, all bags and backpacks are subject to public search.

Quincy Holiday Flyer 2017

Get your plants and yummy treats at the Spring Fling Boutique

Saturday, May 13
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA [map]

Just in time for Mother’s Day…the Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the Spring Fling Boutique and Luncheon.

Come shop a fabulous selection of flowering plants, herbs, succulents, and greens to inspire your garden this season. Select from lush hanging baskets, pretty annuals in an assortment of colors to match your garden color scheme, and beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members and featured garden centers.

Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats at Pat’s Cafe
Don’t miss the delicious selection of home baked goods, including breads, cookies, and pies! Lunch at Pat’s Cafe includes hot dogs, subs, salad and beverages available for purchase.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities, including the Annual Scholarship Fund (the winner is featured in the Fourth of July Parade), Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (with carolers and cocoa), the Causeway Beautification Program (flower beds along the causeway are kept up by the Seaside Gardeners), Kids Gardening Program, Marsh Restoration (a program restoring the marsh for future generations), and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Shop early for the best selection! Credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

 

Merry and bright…Tree lighting kicks off the season!

Santa at Squantum Tree LightingDo all things twinkly and bright warm your heart? Getting in the mood to bake cookies and finding yourself tuning the radio to those all-Christmas tune stations? Yes, Squantumites…it’s time to kick off the season! Check out this roundup of Quincy and Squantum holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 27, 2016,
4:30 pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities 

Quincy tree lighting celebration
Friday, November 25, 5 pm-7 pm
Hancock-Adams Green, 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA (new location!)
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show, strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. Performances will be held inside of a heated tents next to City Hall. At approximately at 6pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season.

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute
Saturday, December 3 ~ 12:30 pm [note new date due to weather]
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA
Meet Santa and his elves along with costumed characters at Quincy’s unique Christmas tradition.

Holiday Festival
Saturday, November 26, 5 pm-10 pm
Hancock-Adams Green, 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA (new location!)
Enjoy live entertainment and family friendly festivities with your neighbors. Event will feature food from some of Quincy Center’s newest  restaurants and seasonal beer and cider from local breweries.

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 27, 12:30 pm-3 pm
The Annual City of Quincy Christmas Parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School.  Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, and Christmas themed floats.

 

 

Faire For All Seasons, 10/29 craft fair & lunch

Craft table at FaireJoin The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum for
A Faire For All Seasons
and pick up some fabulous treats!

When:  Saturday, October 29, 2016,  10 am – 2 pm
Where: Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St., Quincy

Find a great selection of gifts and items for the upcoming holiday season, including handmade crafts, seaside treasures, books, and baked goods, and take a chance on some fabulous drawings.

Pat’s Cafe
Enjoy lunch at Pat’s Cafe, served from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Warm up with a bowl of Pat’s award-winning clam chowder, corn chowder, a variety of soups, or hot dogs. Top it off with a cup of coffee or tea and a yummy baked dessert.

Shop early for the best selection! Purchases can be made with cash, checks, or credit card. There is a little something for everyone and plenty of free parking.

Questions?
For more information contact Faire chairperson Peggy Kelly at 617-471-3903.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities such as Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway Beautification Program, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Scholarship Fund, Marsh Restoration, and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Shop the Plant Sale May 7

Saturday, May 7
9 a.m. to noon
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA [map]

Just in time for Mother’s Day… time to celebrate Mother Earth and things green and growing! The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the Annual Plant Sale celebrating Mother’s Day.

Come shop a fabulous selection of flowering plants, herbs and greens to inspire your garden this season. Select from lush hanging baskets, pretty annuals in an assortment of colors to match your garden color scheme, and beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members and featured garden centers. You will also find healthy vegetable plants to enjoy all season, including a fabulous assortment of tomatoes in a variety of colors in patio and container pots, including hybrids and heirlooms.

Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats and prizes
Don’t miss the delicious selection of home baked goods, including breads, cookies, and pies! And be sure to enter the annual drawing for a chance to win some fabulous items, such as a floral arrangement from Cedar Grove Gardens.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities, including the Annual Scholarship Fund (the winner is featured in the Fourth of July Parade), Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (with carolers and cocoa), the Causeway Beautification Program (flower beds along the causeway are kept up by the Seaside Gardeners), Kids Gardening Program, Marsh Restoration (a program restoring the marsh for future generations), and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Shop early for the best selection! Credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

 

What’s the buzz? Keeping bees with Noah Wilson-Rich

Noah Wilson-Rich wasn’t the sort of kid who played in the dirt. He was terrified of insects, and never forgot his first run-in with a bee that stung him as a toddler. But Wilson-Rich believes that if you eat food and enjoy flowers…you need to pay attention to honey bees. He’s hit the TED stage in Boston to share his passion for beekeeping and bee health, and on March 9 he joined the Seaside Gardeners at the Nickerson Post to impart his wisdom on beekeeping with the hopes of encouraging bee love and bee health across our little peninsula.

Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. No honey bee pollinators?…no fruit and veggies. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species.

And making honey may not be the only role for bees in our future. How about beehive insulation for homes, or bomb-sniffing bees? Noah suggests bees might be put to work for all kinds of helpful tasks. And he and his team of researchers are up to the task of figuring this out while also playing the role of bee ambassadors. If a swarm of bees decides to land on a beautifully bright yellow car in Dorchester…who do the municipalities call? Noah and crew.

For a taste of his engaging talk, watch his Boston TedTalk. And for a taste of great programming like this, join the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners on their Scoop page.

TedTalk: Every city needs healthy honey bees
TEDxBoston 2012 · 12:43 · Filmed Jun 2012

About Noah Wilson-Rich
Noah Wilson-Rich is a biologist / professor / NYTimes contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / beekeeper / uncle who studies bees and bee diseases. He was born in Manhattan, grew up in Fairfield, CT, and moved to Boston for college in 2000 to attend Northeastern University, where he earned a B.S. in biology in 2005.

Noah’s book, The Bee: A Natural History was released in 2014 through Princeton University Press. He founded The Best Bees Company while in graduate school at Tufts University to support people who want to own and care for their own beehive. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research conducted at the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, based in Boston’s South End.

About the Seaside Gardeners
Founded in 1952, the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum are engaged in environmental conservation, beautification, and civic projects. Hosting a number of events throughout the year, the club welcomes all neighbors to attend. Examples of their programs include the Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway beautification, the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Blue Star Memorial at the firehouse, a Scholarship Program, the Spring plant sale, and the Faire for All Seasons craft fair. Visit the Seaside Gardeners to learn more.

Kick off the season at the Squantum Tree Lighting Nov 29

Don’t let these balmy temps get you off your game, Squantumites…Thanksgiving is this Thursday!! And you know what that means — Quincy and Squantum are kicking off the holidays next weekend. Here’s a roundup of fun for the gang.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 29, 2015,
4:30 pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities

Quincy tree lighting celebration
Friday, November 27, 5 pm-7 pm
Lawn of Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show, strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. Performances will be held inside of a heated tent set up on the lawn of the library. At approximately at 6pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season.

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute
Saturday, November 28 ~ 12:30 pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA
Meet Santa and his elves along with costumed characters at Quincy’s unique Christmas tradition.

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 29, 12:30 pm-3 pm
The Annual City of Quincy Christmas Parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School.  Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, and Christmas themed floats.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Faire For All Seasons craft fair & lunch 10/24

Join The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum for
A Faire For All Seasons
and pick up some fabulous treats!

When:  Saturday, October 24, 2015,  10 am – 2 pm
Where: Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St., Quincy

Find a great selection of gifts and items for the upcoming holiday season, including handmade crafts and baked goods. Take a chance on some fabulous drawings…including paintings by local artists, gift baskets, and gift certificates for dining, beauty, and fashion.

Enjoy lunch, served from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Warm up with a bowl of Pat’s clam chowder, a variety of soups, or hot dogs. Top it off with a cup of coffee or tea and a yummy baked dessert.

Shop early for the best selection! Purchases can be made with cash, checks, or credit card. There is a little something for everyone and plenty of free parking.

Questions?
For more information contact Faire chairperson Peggy Kelly at 617-471-3903.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities such as Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway Beautification Program, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Scholarship Fund, Marsh Restoration, and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Shop the Plant Sale May 9

Saturday, May 9
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA [map]

Now that the mountains of snow have melted, time to celebrate all things green and growing!
The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the 57th Annual Plant Sale celebrating Mother’s Day.

Come shop a fabulous selection of flowering plants, herbs and greens to inspire your garden this season. Select from lush hanging baskets, pretty annuals in an assortment of colors to match your garden color scheme, and beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members and featured garden centers. You will also find healthy vegetable plants to enjoy all season, including a fabulous assortment of tomatoes in a variety of colors in patio and container pots, including hybrids and heirlooms.

Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats and prizes
Don’t miss the delicious selection of home baked goods, including breads, cookies, and pies! And be sure to enter the annual drawing for a chance to win some fabulous items, such as a floral arrangement from Cedar Grove Gardens.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities, including the Annual Scholarship Fund (the winner is featured in the Fourth of July Parade), Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (with carolers and cocoa), the Causeway Beautification Program (flower beds along the causeway are kept up by the Seaside Gardeners), Kids Gardening Program, Marsh Restoration (a program restoring the marsh for future generations), and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Shop early for the best selection! Credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

 

Kick off the season at the Squantum Tree Lighting Nov 30

Calling all Squantumites! Put down that leftover turkey leg, bundle up grandma, your sweetie, and the tots, and head on over to the Tree Lighting for song and cheer to kick off the holiday season. In addition to our Squantum festivities, the City of Quincy has some treats planned.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 4:30pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities

Quincy tree lighting celebration
Friday, November 28, 2014, 5pm-7pm
Lawn of Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Note the new location.
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show, strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. Performances will be held inside of a heated tent set up on the lawn of the library. At approximately at 6pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season. 

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute
Saturday, November 29, 2014 ~ 12:30pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:30pm-3:00pm
The 62nd  Annual City of Quincy Christmas Parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School.
Enjoy “An Old Fashioned Christmas” parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, and over 100 exciting entries. The Grand Marshall’s, hearkening the old fashioned values of “The Greatest Generation” are Quincy resident Robert G. Noble, an Army Air Force veteran, John M. Gillis, a United States Marine veteran, and Francis X. Bellotti, a veteran of the United States Navy.

Visit the Quincy website for details about the holiday festivities, including the celebration flyer with all the details.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.