Bands hit Squantum for PorchFest–Sat, June 18

On Saturday, June 18, Quincy will host the first PorchFest music festival on front porches and driveways across the city. The Squantum hood will host bands from 3-7PM. PorchFests are free, live music events held on front porches across a city. Started in Ithaca, New York in 2007, PorchFest music festivals bring local bands, singers, and instrumentalists together with neighbors to enjoy music of any genre. Music can range from country to pop, classical to reggae, and everything in between—blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B—anything goes! Performances are staggered throughout the afternoon so neighbors can walk from yard to yard enjoying each other and the great music. Sounds perfect for Squantum!

Schedule of activities
Saturday, June 18, 2016

  • 1 – 5 PM Wollaston neighborhoods
  • 3 – 7 PM Squantum neighborhoods

View the full schedule of bands and locations on the PorchFest website. The site includes an interactive map showing band locations, and band profiles.Or view a list of the latest Squantum schedule (as of 6/12/16).

Inaugural year for PorchFest Quincy

Planning for PorchFest Quincy started in the Wollaston neighborhoods, and additional neighborhoods joined in, including Squantum. To allow folks to enjoy the most out of the festival, organizers are staggering performances, with the Wollaston performances scheduled from 1-5 PM, and the Squantum performances scheduled for 3-7PM.

Squantum joined in, thanks to the efforts of neighbors Matt Odette and Stacey LeMay. Matt shares, “We’ve staggered the times in the different neighborhoods so everyone has a chance to check out all of the festivities. This is an event that will start out small and we hope will organically grow every year and extend to other neighborhoods in Quincy.”

Questions?

Contact PorchFest organizers.

In the news

Quincy to hold its first-ever PorchFest music event on June 18; the original lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys is one of the musicians who could perform at Quincy’s first-ever PorchFest event this June. Patriot Ledger, April 12, 2016

See what a PorchFest is like

Check out this video from a PorchFest in Binghamton NY from 2015.

 

Take a trip down memory lane on the Squantum History Tour, June 11

SCA History Tour 2016

Are you ready for summer, Squantumites? Seems like our weather may be a little unsure! As we embrace these warmer days, the Squantum Community Association invites you to join us for a guided tour of historic spots around our peninsula. We had a great turnout last year and had to turn folks away, so we’re repeating the tour this year with a bit more capacity. Please note that the tour will depart from The Kennedy Center this year.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Meet at 11:00 AM
Departs at 11:30 AM from the Kennedy Center, 440 E Squantum St, Quincy, MA
Rain or shine.

A rich history
Our seaside community is chock full of wonderful historic sites that hearken back to some fascinating characters and lively times. Squantumite Glen Buscher has assembled a guided tour of spots highlighting the inns and homes that once provided a summer escape for day-trippers and Boston families who arrived by steamboat and traveled by trolley to our beautiful seaside peninsula in the 1700-1900s. As we take this trip down memory lane, Squantum’s street names will come to life as we revisit the spots where one-time Squantumites took respite, including entertainer Lotta Crabtree and Captain James Huckins.

Transportation
We’ll provide bus transportation for the tour. The tour will depart from and return to The Kennedy Center following our touring around Squantum.

Reserve tickets in advance
Visit our EventBrite page to register for the event in advance.
Suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door. Consideration will be given for families and groups. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event.

Reserve your tickets for the tour.

Information
Email us, or text or call Louise at 617-851-1673 with any questions.

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.

Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree

Allen's Store at Nickerson Beach

Allen’s Store at Nickerson Beach

 

Head out for Cleaner Greener Quincy on Sat, May 7

Welcome to Squantum 1632Saturday, May 7, 2016
Clean ups around Squantum 9 a.m. – noon
Appreciation cookout 12:30 p.m., Pageant Field

After you hit the Annual Plant Sale at the Kennedy Center…grab your gardening gloves and yard tools and head out for the 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
  • Squaw Rock: Meet at the Nickerson Post parking lot at the end of Dorchester Street in Squantum. Bags will be provided. Bring water and garden gloves if you have them. RSVP for Squaw Rock clean up to Sally Owen by May 5 at 617-472-0799.

Roll up your sleeves alongside city employees and spruce up the neighborhood parks, beaches, schools, marshes and open spaces. Let’s clean our way to a fresh spring and spruce the ‘hood up for summer!

Watch out for tiny Squantum tots and adults as you drive around!

Bring equipment if you can – including rakes, bags, gloves, and shovels.

Supplies
Friday, May 6, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Pick up tools (rakes, shovels, plastic bags, etc.) at the Park Department. Tools may also be picked up on the day of the event if you can not make it on the 6th.

Cleaner, Greener t-shirts will  be available the morning of the 7th.

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

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

 

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.

 

Meet live owls of the world on April 20

Who! Who! Who’s Watching You?
A live owl program

Wednesday, April 20 at 1 PM
The Kennedy Center
440 E Squantum St, Quincy, MA 02171

Head to the Kennedy Center for a fascinating up-close encounter with owls. This intergenerational program hosted by the Quincy Council on Aging is open to grandparents, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and owl fans of all ages! Light refreshments will be available.

Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the Kennedy Center, $3/senior, $3/child

A program for owl and bird enthusiasts
Everyone loves owls! Yet, how often do you get to see an owl up close? Perhaps you’ve glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great-horned Owl in the beam of your headlights as you traveled a back road at night. Have you ever scanned a frozen saltmarsh or hayfield in winter, hoping to find that arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about that mob of noisy crows circling a white pine tree? Have they found an owl? Join teacher/naturalist Marcia Wilson and author/photographer/naturalist Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls.

In this program, Mark and Marcia Wilson will introduce you to the owls of New England and beyond. The Wilsons will share the field marks, signs, and naturalist’s skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them.

Meet the owls
Attendees will actually get to meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close! The Wilsons will lead the group in a hooting lesson, and will share tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. We’re not sure which owls will be present, but chances are you’ll meet New England’s tiniest owl, the Northern Saw-Whet Owl (weighing in at 4 ounces) along with the world’s largest owl, the Eurasian Eagle Owl (check out that five foot wingspan!). Other species that figure prominently in the Wilson’s program can include Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Great-horned Owl, Snowy Owl and Spectacled Owl. Owl pellets and white wash are topics of great interest and the Wilsons will spend time dissecting these fascinating aspects of owl biology. For many middle and elementary schools, this ties directly to the science curriculum of the students. Explore owls on the Wilson’s website.

About the Quincy Council on Aging
The Council on Aging supports elder members of the Quincy community with services to ensure a high quality of life. The Council provides services to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including hosting support groups to address specific needs, sponsoring fitness and sports events, and offers recreational and social gatherings. They also provide support around legal services, housing assistance, and referral services to elder care agencies.

See other upcoming events this month on our calendar page.

Sign the kiddies up for Youth Sports

Big Papi and the Red Sox have set the season in motion, Squantumites, which means it’s time for our own little ball players to hit the field! Time to sign the kids up for Squantum Youth Sports. Squantum Youth Sports provides t-ball, instructional baseball, and softball to the children of Squantum and North Quincy.

This is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, and they are looking for a few good Squantumites to join their team!

Register the kids
The season begins April 25, 2016 and runs through Field Day, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 18.
Walk in registration will take place on Saturday, April 16, 10am-1pm. (location to follow)

Or register online at the Squantum Youth Sports page.
Download and fill out the Squantum Youth Sports Registration form.

Fees

Softball and Baseball: $75 per player, $50 for each additional family member
T-ball: $50 per player, $25 for each additional family member

Registration fees cover the cost of equipment (bats, balls, shirts) and Field Day events. Players provide their own gloves. While the league does provide batting helmets, it is recommended that players obtain their own batting helmets for sanitary reasons.

Seeking coaches and sponsors
Please consider coaching, assistant coaching, or sponsoring a team. Sign up online.

For more information
Email Squantum Youth Sports or visit the website.

Ward 6 City Council candidates share passion for Quincy with voters

On Wednesday night approximately 173 Squantum and North Quincy voters joined the Squantum Community Association to meet the five candidates running for Quincy’s Ward 6 City Council seat. The standing room only crowd packed Fellowship Hall at First Church and kept the questions flowing until moderator Louise Grabowski brought the Q&A portion of the night to a close and invited the candidates to share their closing remarks. Candidates and neighbors then continued the conversation, sharing ideas and concerns over refreshments along with the crowd of reporters who attended.

Neighbors asked the candidates about their top goals in representing our ward, and what they see as priorities ahead. Several attendees voiced concerns about traffic that might congest our roadways when FedEx moves into the Boston Scientific site at 500 Commander Shea Boulevard in 2018, and asked the candidates how they would work to mitigate impact on our neighborhoods. The future use of the Star of the Sea property was also discussed.

The night gave Ward 6 voters a clear sense of the style and personality of the candidates, along with a better understanding of what motivates them in serving our community.

View 60-second video excerpts of the introductory remarks by each candidate below, and visit these articles for more coverage.

Quincy candidates make their pitches to Ward 6 voters
By Patrick Ronan, The Patriot Ledger, Mar. 23, 2016

 

Quincy Ward 6 candidates discuss development; A forum for Quincy Ward 6 city council candidates took place March 23 at the First Church of Squantum, organized by the Squantum Community Association.
By Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美 2016/03/25 Metro, Sampan

 

 

About the special election
The council seat in Ward 6, which covers Squantum, Marina Bay, and parts of North Quincy, is open following the death of Brian McNamee in December. A special preliminary election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 5, which will be followed by the special election on Tuesday, May 3.

The candidates
All five candidates running in the special election for the Ward 6 city council seat attended the event:

About the 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.

 

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.

Meet Ward 6 City Council Candidates March 23

Join the Squantum Community Association on March 23 to meet the candidates running for the Ward 6 seat on the Quincy City Council. Come meet our five neighbors interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. Please also consider sending your questions for the candidates to the SCA in advance and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

About the special election
The council seat in Ward 6, which covers Squantum, Marina Bay, and parts of North Quincy, is open following the death of Brian McNamee in December. A special preliminary election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 5, which will be followed by the special election on Tuesday, May 3.

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates
All five candidates running in the special election for the Ward 6 city council seat are planning to attend:

News coverage
Candidates set for Ward 6 special election in Quincy
. Patriot Ledger, February 16, 2016

About the 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.