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.

Treats galore at 10/25 Faire For All Seasons craft fair & lunch

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

When:  Saturday, October 25, 2014,  10:00 am – 2:30 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. Stop by the “Seaside Treasures” table for some fantastic finds (last year I found a fabulous freshwater pearl necklace and earring set for under $5!)

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! 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 new 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.

Seaside Gardeners invite you to coyote presentation 10/15, 7pm

We’ve had a lot of discussion in our community about how to live with coyotes, and how to keep them away from homes and pets. To help consider these questions, the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum invite you to a presentation by Chris Schadler of Project Coyote. Learn about successful approaches to peaceful coexistence and bring your questions.

Project CoyoteProject Coyote: promoting coexistence between people and wildlife
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7pm
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA

RSVP
To guarantee seating, please RSVP by emailing Sandra Sumner.

Photo by Jitze via Wikimedia Commons

About Project Coyote

Project Coyote, a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator- friendly ranchers and community leaders, promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. As a national non-profit organization, Project Coyote works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. All of our work – through education, science, and advocacy – strives to create fundamental and systemic changes in the ways wild carnivores are viewed and treated in North America.

About Chris Schadler, Wild Canid Ecologist

Chris’ interest in wild canids began in 1980 as a volunteer at the Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana under Dr. Erich Klinghammer. This opportunity and others inspired an eventual Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Chris instructs and mentors adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she has avoided any predation for nearly two decades. A peaceful co-existence between coyote and livestock has grown an attentive audience for humane management.

Tips and education from Project Coyote on their website.

Be Coyote Aware: Flyer

Tips to make your home less attractive to coyotes:

Urban landscapes offer an abundance of food, water, and shelter for coyotes. Take the following steps to prevent coyotes from being attracted to your home.

  • Wildlife-proof garbage in sturdy containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside.
  • Take out trash the morning pick up is scheduled.
  • Keep compost in secure containers.
  • Keep fallen fruit off the ground. Coyotes eat fruit.
  • Keep birdseed off the ground; seeds attract rodents which then attract coyotes. Remove feeders if coyotes are seen in your yard.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Eliminate accessible water sources.
  • Clear away brush and dense weeds near buildings.
  • Close off crawl spaces under decks and around buildings where coyotes may den.
  • If you frequently see a coyote in your yard, make loud noises with pots, pans, or air horns, and haze the coyote with a water hose.
  • Share this list with your neighbors; coexistence is a neighborhood effort.

Photo: By Jitze via Wikimedia Commons

Join the Seaside Gardeners at an Open Garden, Aug 26 5pm

Greetings Squantum neighbors! The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum invite you to join us at an Open Garden gathering. Consider joining the gardeners as we explore new paths for the club in the future.

Open Garden – a gathering
Join us for an informal Open Garden gathering. Enjoy light refreshments and chat with Garden Club officers who will be available to answer any questions about the club.
Although not required, RSVP would be appreciated.

Open Garden
48 Wedgewood Street, Squantum, MA
Tuesday, August 26, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A club for the community
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 our 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 our Scoop page for details about the programs over the past year.

Club meetings
The club meets the second Wednesday of each month (except January and February) at 9:30 a.m. at the Kennedy Center. We are happy to announce that we will begin to hold some monthly meetings during the evening commencing in October 2014. The evening meetings will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the daytime meetings will continue to start at 9:30 a.m.

Join us!
We hope to see you at the Open Garden on the 26th and invite you to consider joining the club as we explore new paths into the future.

RSVP and questions
If you have questions or are interested in joining the club please call
Jane Shea at 617-328-1954 or
Ed Swartz and Donna Richardson at 617-770-3579.

Garden Tour

Garden Tours

Squantum Junior Gardeners

Junior Gardeners

Faire For All Seasons

Faire For All Seasons

Tree lighting treats

Tree lighting

Join Seaside Gardeners on May 24 to honor service men and women

Blue Star Memorial MarkerBlue Star Memorial Dedication ceremony
Saturday, May 24, 11:00 a.m.
Squantum Fire Station

On this Memorial Day weekend,
the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum invite you
to a Blue Star By-Way Memorial Marker dedication
ceremony to honor the men and women who have served, are currently serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

The Seaside Gardeners have arranged to place a Blue Star Memorial By-Way plaque at the Squantum Fire Station to commemorate and honor these men and women.

History of Blue Star Memorials
The Blue Star Memorial program was created in 1945 at the close of World War II by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., as a means of honoring men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. Garden Club members visualized a living memorial, helping to beautify and preserve the country these men and women fought for. Today, the mission is to honor all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum.

Head out for Cleaner Greener Quincy day and clean up the ‘hood, Squantumites!

Orchard Beach flowers (M. Lee)Saturday, May 3
Clean ups around Squantum 9 a.m. – noon
Appreciation cookout 12:30 pm., Pageant Field

Grab your gardening gloves and head out for the 25th Annual Cleaner Greener Quincy Day!

In Squantum clean ups will be happening at:

  • The Squantum School and parks, 50 Huckins Ave
  • Nickerson Post & beach, 20 Moon Island Road
  • The Causeway, East Squantum Street
  • Orchard Beach

Roll up your sleeves alongside city employees and spruce up the neighborhood parks, beaches, schools, marshes and open space area after this long winter. Watch out for tiny Squantum tots and adults as you drive around the ‘hood!

The Quincy Park Department will provide rakes, bags, gloves, shovels and other equipment.

Cookout
Head over to Pageant Field at 12:30 p.m. to join Mayor Koch at his volunteer appreciation cookout, sponsored by Hannaford Supermarket.

Free t’s
All volunteers will receive a free “Cleaner, Greener Quincy” t-shirt.

Learn about Quincy Cleaner Greener days.
Contact the Quincy Park Department for more information or to help out. (617) 376-1251.

Shop the Plant Sale May 10

Saturday, May 10Squantum gardens
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA [map]

The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the 56th 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 beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members, and healthy vegetable plants to enjoy all season. Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats and prizes!
Don’t miss the home baked goods, various garden items, and the raffle table!

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 new 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!

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Kick off the holidays at the Tree Lighting Dec 1

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.

Sunday, December 1, 2013, 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 festivities and tree lighting
Friday, November 29, 2013, 5pm-7pm
McIntyre Mall (tents in front of City Hall), 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy
At approximately at 6pm, Santa Claus will make a special appearance with Mayor Koch to turn on the Quincy Center Christmas Lights, which include a few new additions this year!  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, and street performers.

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute
Saturday, November 30, 2013 ~ 12:30pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway, up the road from Adams Field

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 12:30pm-3:00pm
The 61st 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. The rain date is schedule for Sunday, December 8. 2013.

Visit the Quincy website for details about the holiday festivities.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Mark your calendars for The Faire For All Seasons craft fair & lunch

holiday treatsJoin The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum for their annual “Faire For All Seasons” and pick up some fabulous treats!

When:  Saturday, October 26, 2013,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St., Quincy, MA

Find a great selection of gifts and items for the upcoming holiday season, including homemade baked goods, jewelry, handmade crafts, stocking stuffers, and everything in between. (Get there early as I hear Mary’s pies go quickly!)

The lunch has always been the talk of the town; come and taste home brewed chowders, and steamed hot dogs.

There is a little something for everyone and plenty of free parking.

For more information, contact event chairperson Patricia McGilvray at 617-328-0355

Honor service men and women by donating to a Blue Star Memorial

Blue Star Memorial MarkerThe Seaside Gardeners of Squantum are currently raising funds to place a Blue Star Memorial By-Way plaque at the Squantum Fire Station to commemorate and honor all men and women who have served, currently serve, or will serve in the Armed Services of the United States.

How to make a donation
If you or someone you know would like to donate to this project, you may send a check made payable to “The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum” to: The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum
c/o Sandra Sumner
18 Bellevue Road
Squantum, MA 02171

History of Blue Star Memorials
The Blue Star Memorial program was created in 1945 at the close of World War II by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., as a means of honoring men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. Garden Club members visualized a living memorial, helping to beautify and preserve the country these men and women had fought for. In 1944, the first memorial came to be – a thousand flowering Dogwood trees planted along five miles of New Jersey highway, designated the Blue Star Drive by the Legislature. The goal of the Memorial program was to create a “ribbon of living memorial plantings traversing every state.” Garden Clubs around the nation responded enthusiastically.

The project was named for the blue star in the service flag, which hung in windows of homes and businesses to honor service men and women. The blue star in the flag represents hope and pride.

Today, the mission is to honor all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, and in 1981 the program was expanded to include By-Way Markers, to be placed in areas such as parks, and civic and historical grounds as a tribute to the Armed Forces of America.