Kick off the big weekend at July 1 road race and support the parade

Squantum Road RaceLooks like it’s shaping up to be a fabulous July 4th holiday weekend! Kick it off on Saturday at the annual road race sponsored by Bruce Ayers. Grab your peeps and run around the hood while supporting the July Fourth parade!

Saturday, July 1, 9:30 am
Meet at the Squantum Community Center
50 Huckins Avenue, Squantum, MA

Registration 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

Questions?
Contact race sponsor Representative Bruce Ayers 617-472-9877

July 1 Road Race flyer

 

PorchFest brings music and a Beer Garden to Squantum, June 24

Get ready for music and dancing in the streets on
Saturday, June 24! After the great success of last year, PorchFest Quincy is returning to Squantum from 4–8 PM, bringing bands to porches and driveways across our neighborhood. Festivities are rain or shine and extend from 1–8 PM across Quincy.

A new addition this year…you can grab some nosh at food trucks at the Wollaston Elementary Schoolyard, or a cold one at the Beer Garden in Squantum. Locations for these two sites are being added to the online map.

PorchFests are free, live music events held on front porches across a city. 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.

Schedule of activities
Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • 1–5 PM  Wollaston Hill
  • 1–5 PM  Beachwood Knoll/Wollaston
  • 4–8 PM  Squantum
  • 4–8 PM  Merrymount

View the full schedule of bands and locations on the PorchFest website. The site includes an interactive map showing band locations, and band profiles.  Organizers plan to post a printable schedule on the site by the end of the day Friday, and the map will be updated to show locations of the Beer Garden and food trucks.

Share your fun by tagging photos/videos with #porchfestquincy.

Make a donation
PorchFest is an entirely volunteer effort – bands, porch hosts, and organizers volunteer to bring this great event to our neighborhoods. Visit the site to make a donation or purchase PorchFest T-shirts.

Questions?

Contact PorchFest organizers.

View photos from the 2016 festival.

  

 

 

Get your float on…sign up today for July Fourth parade!

It’s another glorious start to summer in Squantum and the pinnacle of our year is just around the corner. We spotted Jim and crew hanging flags along the parade route and that means one thing…you’re planning your red, white, and blue, and gathering the neighbors to come up with your award-winning float ideas! Give Paula and the July Fourth Parade Committee a call today and sign up your floats and marchers and send in your Grand Marshall nominations for the big day!

Mark your calendars…the marching of the parade is 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m.: Squantum Road Race

  • 9:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 10 a.m.: Road Race

Meet at the Squantum Community Center, 50 Huckins Ave, Squantum
Registration: $20/adult, Kids under 10 free
Trophies and t-shirts provided.
All proceeds benefit the parade. Sponsored by State Rep. Bruce Ayers

Tuesday, 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 22
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 22 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 2016 parade in the Scoop photo gallery.

  

Drop off your hazardous waste at the DPW June 3

Pack up your household hazardous waste and head over to the Spring DPW drop-off day for Quincy residents. Head over early as the line often wraps around Sea Street onto Southern Artery. Proof of residency is required (driver’s license or tax bill).

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:30–11 AM
Department of Public Works (DPW)
55 Sea Street (rear of building), Quincy, MA

The City of Quincy provides this free service to assist residents in the proper disposal of hazardous waste and to protect our environment.

What can you drop off?

For a complete list of what to bring, how to bring it, and what not to bring,
visit the DPW site. For more information call 617-376-7556.

 

Help create a vision for Quincy as we approach our 400th!

Mayor Koch is inviting the city to join him in thinking about plans for Quincy’s future as we approach the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Quincy in 2025. Where do you think we should be in 2025? Head over to the Kennedy Center tonight at 6pm to hear more and share your ideas!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Kennedy Center, 440 E Squantum St, Quincy, MA, 02171

Learn about Quincy 400 on their website.

Quincy 400 Community Meeting dates

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.

 

Meet live owls of the world on April 19

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 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!

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 Elder Services
Quincy Elder Services supports 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.


Holiday toy drive…contact Bruce Ayers

Santa with toysShare the joy of the season with tots and families in need of a helping hand. Donate a toy to the annual Holiday Toy Drive sponsored by Representative Bruce Ayers who works with groups across the community. As you are out and about making your holiday purchases consider picking up a toy for a child in need right in our own community.

Contact Bruce

Do you know of a Squantum or Quincy family who could benefit from the program this holiday? To donate a toy or to provide the address and phone number of a family who could benefit from the program contact Bruce by email or
call him at (617) 328-0102.

Thanks for your help in making the holidays bright for every child!

 

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.

 

 

Will you Turkey Trot before the feast?

Turkey TrotGrab your family and friends and get ready for the big feast with a fun run to support the Squantum July Fourth Parade!

15th Annual Turkey Trot 3 mile Fun Run/Walk
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 24, 2016, 9:00 am
(Register in advance or day of starting at 8:00 am)
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum MA

Entrance fee:
$20 fee includes long sleeved T-shirt (first 100 entrants) and refreshments.
$10 fee for ages 15 and under
Please make checks payable to: Squantum 4th of July
All proceeds benefit the Squantum Fourth of July Parade.
(Note: chip timing not provided at this fun run. Just a fun run with friends and family.)

How to enter:
Mail a filled out entry form and check to:
Judi Smith, 289 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171
or
Sign up Thanksgiving morning at the Post starting at 8 am

Questions? Email Judi