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.

t-day + you + fun run = the Turkey Trot!

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

14th Annual Turkey Trot 3 mile Fun Run/Walk
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 26, 2015, 9:00 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
Sign up Thanksgiving morning at the Post starting at 8 am

Questions? Email Judi

Head to the polls Nov 3 and support a few good causes

Head out to the polls on Tuesday to vote for your candidates in the Quincy municipal elections. While you’re there…help a few great causes championed by the youngest members of our community! Pick up a sweet baked treat and support the Squantum School, or drop off clothing for the Girl Scout Clothing Drive.

Quincy municipal elections
Tuesday, November 3
Polls open: 7 AM – 8 PM
Vote at Squantum Elementary School, 50 Huckins Ave

Click here to view a sample of the ballot.

Learn about the candidates
Patriot Ledger coverage:

Squantum School bake sale

Purchase a sweet baked treat at the polls to support the Squantum School.
Donations of baked goods for the sale are also welcome! They can be dropped off throughout the day at the polls.

Girl Scout clothing drive

When you head over to cast your vote, consider donating clothing for folks in need this winter. The Girl Scouts will kick off their clothing drive at the polls on Tuesday. Collection bins will be placed outside the gymnasium doors at Squantum Elementary School. Donations can also be sent with students through the week and weekend.

Donations will be delivered to Cradles to Crayons and the VFW on Tuesday, November 10.

Items needed for men, women and children include:

  • new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves
  • boots
  • new socks and underwear (packaged)

Ways to make a donation:

  • Drop donations in the collection bins placed outside the gymnasium doors at Squantum Elementary School on Nov 3, election day.
  • Send donations to school with Squantum School students through the
    week of Nov 2.
  • Donations can be picked up – contact Jen Bergin via NextDoor.
  • Note that the drive will not be accepting financial donations.

Thanks for helping to keep folks warm and dry this winter!

Sweet treats to all the little spooks!

Happy Halloween, Squantumites!
Wishing lots of sweet treats to all the little ghosts and goblins. And the sweetest treat for all of us…an extra hour of sleep! Set the clocks back one hour tonight.

And a special thanks to Louise Grabowski, who made these festive centerpieces for the Meet and Mingle!

Head out for a Squantumite meet and mingle 10/14

I Heart SQU (by Monica Lee / SCA)What a beautiful summer we’ve enjoyed in Squantum! As we head into the fall and enjoy crisper nights, join us in the warmth of our neighbor’s company! Meet and mingle at an informal gathering, enjoy some light refreshments, and celebrate great neighbors and our beautiful seaside community.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA

Discover a new neighbor or group
We’ve invited several Squantumites to share mini stories and updates about groups and activities happening in our neighborhood. We’ll hear from community group hosts, some volunteers with a taste for farm-fresh eats, a neighbor spotlighted for award-winning skills, and from a favorite shop owner and now neighbor who puts a smile on our faces with a friendly “ciao!”

Share your group information
We’d love to hear from you, too! Do you host a community group or activity in Squantum? Come along and let your neighbors know how to participate or join.

We hope to see you there!

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.
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I heart Squantum

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.

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.

Quincy Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off 10/3

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 7:30–11 AM
Department of Public Works (DPW)
55 Sea Street (rear of building), Quincy, MA

Pack up your household hazardous waste and head over to the 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).

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

View the October Hazardous Waste flyer.

What can I drop off?

For a complete list of what to bring, how to bring it, and what not to bring,
see the DPW site. For more information call 617-376-1953 or email.


Dance up a Storm this Saturday…and support our team!

Grab a few friends and head over to the Post this Saturday night to support the Storm Football & Cheerleading programs.
Just pop in to say hello or stay and dance the night away.

Saturday, September 26
7 PM – midnight
Nickerson Post,
20 Moon Island Road, Squantum
(Adult-only party)
DJ—refreshments—cash bar—raffle

They’ve got lots of great raffle prizes, including a getaway to Martha’s Vineyard, Bruins tickets, car detailing, and some fabulous gift basket.

Enjoy a night out while supporting a great organization! Cover charge and raffle proceeds support the Storm Football & Cheerleading programs.

Available for $15 at the door

Raffle items are still coming in! A few to entice you…

  • 2 Bruins tickets
  • Martha’s Vineyard – house for a weekend
  • 2 Squantum Storm chairs
  • Assembly Restaurant gift certificate
  • Marina Bay restaurant gift certificate, $ 75
  • 2 tickets to Galway/Dublin hurling match, with $50 gift certificate to Yard House restaurant
  • Ginger Betty basket, Gift baskets, Bling basket
  • American flag wooden sign
  • Storm wreath and Patriots framed picture
  • Ayers Brothers car detail

Donations welcome
If you would like to donate a basket or a raffle item to help raise money for the Storm program, please contact Kelly Norris or Diane O’Connor.

About the Storm Program

Approximately 150 children participate annually in the Squantum Storm Football and Cheerleading programs which are supported by 40+ coaches and volunteers.  These volunteers include some 25 cheerleading and football coaches.  That’s approximately 1 coach for every 10 kids.

Leading the volunteer group are Nathan Knowles, Head Football Coach Micheal Killilea, Cheerleading Advisers Judi Smith, Jen Buckley and Debbie Dyer, and fundraising organizers Lisa Chin, Michele Corey, Diane O’Connor, Kelly Norris and Rachel Leschernier.

Visit the Storm Facebook page for regular updates.


Bring your appetite to the Quincy Food Truck festival 9/26

Quincy is hosting it’s first ever Food Truck Festival at Pageant Field featuring cuisine from over 20 trucks. Featuring a  variety of dishes, there will be something for everyone.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, as well as the kids and Fido (as long as he remains on-leash at all times). Visitors are encouraged to picnic while listening to music and kids can enjoy free face painting.

Pageant Field, Merrymount Park, Quincy MA

Saturday, September 26
VIP Hour: 11am-12pm;
General admission: 12pm-5pm

VIP tickets (11am-noon) = $20
General admission (noon-5pm) = $5
Children under 12 = free
Purchase tickets online in advance.
The event will sell a limited number of tickets and the organizers encourage purchasing tickets in advance. If there are tickets left, they will be sold  at the door for $5 cash only.

Visit the event site to view a list of participating trucks.