Have a good summer read? See what the book club is reading.

It’s a great time of year to head for the deck, perch on a sea wall, or relax on one of our lovely beaches with a cool beverage and a good book in hand. What’s on your reading list this summer? Looking for some recommendations? Join your neighbors for a good chat over some great reads.

Sally Wainwright shares that the Squantum Book Club is reading The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman for their August 4 meeting. The club meets at the First Church the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm and welcomes new members.

Learn about the Squantum Book Club.

August 4: The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman
Dove keepers book coverThe Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.

In 70 C.E., nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love. The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s masterpiece.

Cycling around town with Quincycles

Quincycles on the roadIt’s been a glorious summer, Squantumites, and a perfect one for hitting the road on your two-wheeler. Looking for some peeps to cycle around town with? Join a group cycle hosted by Quincycles and enjoy the fresh air while exploring the town on your bike, and relax with a cuppa jo after with some new friends. Squantum is a regular stop for the group, with a ride coming up on July 18.

Upcoming events

Easy Rider Ride: Squantum
July 18, 9–11 am
Meet at Squantum Point Park

Route: We will ride out from Squantum Point Park along the water to The Best Western Hotel – a great route to know for crossing the Neponset Bridge; then back to the bike path leading to Quincy Shore Drive and the Causeway. To finish we will go out the Marina Rd. and end with coffee at Cream and Sugar in Marina Bay.

Ride leader: Bob Mackey – on the day of the ride you can reach him at 617-479-7621 or Bob@kelleherandmackey.com

Safe Cycling Workshop
July 25, 2–3:30 pm (Rain date August 1)
Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St., Quincy, MA
Main Library Community Meeting Room (ground floor)

Are you interested in riding your bike but need a boost in confidence? Quincycles wants to help. Veteran cyclists Irene Lutts and Kevin Gillespie will offer insights and tips that can help you stay safe and have more fun when you ride. This workshop will also include some skills practice outside so be sure to bring your bike!

Contact: Thomas Crane Library 617-376-1316.
More info on the Quincycles site.

Sea to Summit Ride
August 8, 7:30–10:30 am
Bernazzani School, 701 Furnace Brook Parkway, Quincy

Route: Follow the scenic MAPC Sea to Summit Route up to the Chickatawbut Overlook and then out to Nut Island in Hough’s Neck.  Finish back at the Bernazzani School and head around the corner for coffee at Montilio’s Bakery.

Ride leader: Tim Lanham. That morning you can contact him by cell 617-216-8641.

About Quincycles

Quincycles is a group of Quincy residents advocating for bicycle infrastructure on our city streets and promoting responsible bicycling as a means of transportation, recreation, and exercise in Quincy. The group hosts group cycling rides and workshops in addition to hosting monthly meetings.

The group is resident led and organized and encourages participation from bicyclists of all types: commuter or recreational, year-round or seasonal, in all types of weather or only on warm sunny days, long-distance or short-distance, every once-in-awhile or every single day. Quincycles works closely with the City of Quincy Mayor’s Bicycle Commission, established in May 2013 to identify issues of concern and safety for Quincy bicyclists.

Quincycles website
Follow Quincycles on Facebook

Pop into Quincy’s pop-up art gallery Friday nights in July

The Gallery mural features John Adams

As Quincy continues the revitalization project downtown, Discover Quincy is taking advantage of some vacant retail space to spin up the area’s creativity with a pop-up art gallery that is the site of Friday night happenings.

The Gallery
64 Ross Way, Quincy MA
Fridays 6–10 pm
July 17, 24, 31
Visit the Gallery Facebook page.

Head over to the Center Friday nights in July to meet the artists while enjoying some live entertainment and beverages at the cash bar. The space previously home to Woolworth’s has been transformed into an art gallery and four pop-up shops. The gallery showcases more than 200 works of art by about 70 local artists.

The Gallery is free and open to the public at 64 Ross Way in Quincy Center, and features live entertainment, a cash bar, and local art for sale.

July 17 Pop Up Line Up
This week Honey Sauce Band headlines at The Gallery. A Quincy band with roots all over the world, Honey Sauce Band is adored for their funk and experimental disco experience.  Featuring Saucy Lady on vocals, Yuki “monolog” Kanesaka on keys, and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion.

In the news
Read the Patriot Ledger article, Murals pop up in Quincy Center.

Artscope Magazine, The Discover Quincy Pop Up Art Gallery.

Quincy Pop-Up Gallery features work by 70 artists

Quincy Rocks…free summer concert series

Nothing like some sweet tunes on a summer evening in Quincy. Thanks to Discover Quincy you can enjoy a free outdoor concert series right in the hood.

Quincy Rocks concert series

Tuesdays: July 14, July 28, Aug 11
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ruth Gordon Amphitheater, Merrymount Parkway, Quincy
Rain location: Central Middle School, 875 Hancock Street

July 14: Evan Miller and Los Goutos
Please note, this performance is being held at the rain location:
Central Middle School, 875 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA

Evan Miller is a rising star of the Boston music scene and opens for Los Goutos whose musical concoction ranges from folk, rock, country, jazz, Cajun and Latin.

July 28: Caroline Brennan and The Loomers
Caroline Brennan’s folksy upbeat music with rhythm will have your foot tapping. The Loomers transcend generations with their high voltage performance.

August 11: Jamie Brown and The Ruby Valdez Band
Jamie Brown explores electronic sounds from her modern violin. The Ruby Valdez Band is a star cast with a flawless rhythm section and soulful, smokey vocals.

Head out for June 27 race and support the July 4th parade

Squantum Road Race supports July 4th paradeStrap on those running shoes and head to the community center tomorrow morning, Squantumites!

Saturday, June 27, 10am
Meet at the Squantum Community Center
50 Huckins Avenue, Squantum, MA

begins at 9:30am
Entry fee to support the parade: $20/adult, kids age 10 and under free
All proceeds benefit  the Squantum 4th of July Parade.

Run starts 10am
Trophies and T-shirts provided

Contact race sponsor Representative Bruce Ayers 617-472-9877

Squantum Road Race

Quincy Flag Day Parade and Celebration, 7pm June 13

Quincy Flag Day Parade and Celebration
Saturday, June 13
7 p.m. Parade
8 p.m. Flag raising ceremony, Pageant Field
9  p.m. Fireworks display, Pageant Field

Parade route

The parade steps-off on Coddington Street, makes its way to Hancock Street, turns right onto Merrymount Parkway, and ends at the entrance to Pageant Field. Nearly 2,000 young people from across the City will march with American flags.

Pageant Field ceremony

The parade culminates in a celebration at Pageant Field with a flag-raising, the presentation of the Richard J. Koch Memorial Youth Service Award, and a patriotic performance and sing-a-long.


The evening wraps up with a spectacular fireworks display over Black’s Creek that will kick off around 9 p.m.

Visit the City of Quincy site.

American flag and fireworks

Calling all marchers…get your July Fourth on!

Squantum Fourth picnic (photo by M Lee)Another glorious weekend to remind us why we love Squantum and our seaside view on summer. The pinnacle of Squantum’s year is just over a month away. As Squantmites prepare their gardens and hang their flags we know what’s on your mind…will the armchair brigade march again this year? What kiddie creatures might march through town on July fourth? That’s the spirit folks… Paula and the July Fourth Parade Committee are calling out for floats, marchers, bands, and Grand Marshall nominations for the big day!

Mark your calendars…the 106th marching of the parade is 
Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 10 a.m. 

Upcoming events

Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.: Squantum Road Race (stay tuned for details)

Saturday, July Fourth:

  • 9 a.m.: Flag raising at the cannon by members of the Robert I. Nickerson Post
  • 10 a.m.: the Parade steps off
  • Awards and fun behind the Squantum School following the parade

Floats: register by June 19
Get the neighbors and kids together and start dreaming up your float ideas for a chance to win a cash prize! Kids and adult floats are welcome. The winning float will have a sign posted on their street for a week announcing the coveted victory. Good luck!

Register your float by June 19 by emailing Squantumparade@yahoo.com or
call Doreen Douglas at 617-360-1975. Provide a Squantum address with your registration.

Marchers: register by June 26
Marchers of all kinds are welcome to join the parade! Little groups, big groups, individuals, marchers in costumes, as well as Local Youth Sports are welcome to march. Decorate your baby carriages and wagons and join the festivities!
Register marchers by June 26 by emailing Squantumparade@yahoo.com.

Grand Marshall
The committee is accepting nominations for the Parade Grand Marshall.
Please nominate a Squantum resident who has shown great involvement with the community over the years.
Email nominations to Squantumparade@yahoo.com or call Paula Glynn 617-834-9996.

Support the parade…give a donation
Your donations are welcome by the July 4th Committee. Marchers and float registrations are free, so donations keep this fabulous tradition going. Suggested donation per family is $20, but any donation is very much appreciated.
Checks can be made payable to: Squantum July 4th Committee
Mail or drop off to:  Judi Smith, 289 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171

Join the Parade! Sign up…
Simply email SquantumParade@yahoo.com to sign up your float, group, band, and marchers, and to nominate the Grand Marshall.

Visit the July 4th Parade page to keep up to date.

Feeling nostalgic? Check out photos from the 2014 parade in the Scoop photo gallery.


Take a trip down memory lane on the Squantum History Tour, June 6

Squantum History Tour June 6

Saturday, June 6, 2015
11 AM tour (meet at 10:45 AM)
1 PM tour (meet at 12:45 PM)
Departs from the Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum, MA
Rain or shine

What a glorious weekend! Such a treat to see the flowers blossoming and neighbors out enjoying a walk around the neighborhood after our winter. 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’re running two identical tours at 11 AM and 1 PM.

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 travelled 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.

Thanks to the generosity of one of our neighbors, we’ll have a van and bus and can give a lift to up to 35 people for each of the tours.

Email us or text or call Louise at 617-851-1673

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 2

Welcome to Squantum 1632Saturday, May 2, 2015
Clean ups around Squantum 9 a.m. – noon
Appreciation cookout 12:30 pm., Pageant Field

Grab your gardening gloves and yard tools and head out for the 26th 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 and help them recover from this crazy-snowy winter! Most of the snow mounds have melted leaving piles of dirt and debris in their place. 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.

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 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.