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  • 10 Places to Celebrate the 4th of July 2014 in Greater Boston

    Posted Under: Quality of Life, Parks & Recreation, In My Neighborhood  |  July 1, 2014 7:47 AM  |  60 views  |  No comments

    Here’s a list of places in and around Greater Boston to celebrate the 4th of July in 2014. Ten spots (listed alphabetically) to choose from…some of them have*fireworks*, all of them include *fun*…like parades, live music, food, games and much, much more. Enjoy!!

    • Acton Mass. July 4th Celebration at NARA Park, Acton MA, July 4, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm with family fun activities, live music and *fireworks*beginning at 9:30 pm.
    • Arlington Independence Day Celebration at Robbins Farm Park, Arlington MA, July 4, 2014 with musical entertainment provided by the “The Reminisants”, refreshments, and of course, the Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks on the giant screen (fireworks start at 10:30pm). The event is free and open to all.
    • Boston Harborfest is favorite yearly destination for 4th of July festivities, running from July 2nd – July 6th 2014. Activities include Scavenger Hunts, Harbor Cruises and the annual USS Constitution Turn-Around. The Boston Pops *Fireworks* Spectacular with this year’s performers: The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, The Phantom of the Opera and The Boston Children’s Chorus. And don’t forget, you can see the concert on July 3rd but there won’t be any fireworks.
    • Chelmsford 4th of July Parade and Country FairChelmsford, MA The fair will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and on Friday, July 4, 2014 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The parade starts at 10:00 am on Friday, July 4, 2014.
    • Concord Picnic in the ParkConcord MA at Emerson Field, on July 4, 2014 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm Scheduled to have tethered balloon rides, a bicycle parade, live music, and family activities.
    • Harvard Mass. 4th of July Events at Fruitlands Museum and Harvard Center, Harvard MA, July 2 – July 4, 2014 featuring a parade, live music, field events and *fireworks* on the 2nd beginning at 9:15 pm.
    • Lincoln Independence Day ActivitiesLincoln, MA July 4, 2014 Activities include a 2.5 or 4 mile road race, parade, Boy Scout BBQ, concert and *fireworks*. The day’s events begin at 7:45 am and continue through the evening
    • Newton July 4th CelebrationNewton, MA July 4, 2014 Scheduled events include children’s activities, Open Air Market, amusements rides, live music and*fireworks*.
    • Waltham 4th of July Celebration, Prospect Hill Park and Leary Field Waltham, MA On Friday, July 4, 2014 at Prospect Hill Park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be a family event featuring children’s inflatables, pony rides, animal shows, music, and much more! That evening at Leary Field, Back in Time will be performing at 5:30pm followed by *fireworks* at 9:30pm.

    For lots more ideas for places in Massachusetts to celebrate Independence Day, check out massvacation.com.

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  • Around the Town: Hollywood Comes to Concord

    Posted Under: General Area in Concord, Quality of Life in Concord, In My Neighborhood in Concord  |  April 15, 2014 7:54 AM  |  340 views  |  No comments

    Downtown Concord, Massachusetts was recently buzzing with much activity. Walden Street from Hubbard Street to Main Street and from Keyes Road to Monument Circle was closed down on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for the shooting of a movie scene. Tumbledown, starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall is a comedy-romance slated to come out in late 2014 about a wife who loses her husband, a famous folk singer, and a New York writer who makes her confront, not just her loss, but the uncertain circumstances surrounding his death.

    The company responsible for the production of the movie is based out of Devens, Massachusetts and they have been using several towns in Massachusetts, such as Princeton and Concord, to shoot scenes for the movie. Rumor has it many of the cast and crew were spotted getting a delicious treat from Haute Coffee, shopping at local establishments and taking in the quintessential sights Concord has to offer.

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  • Shopping to Benefit NEADS Assistance Dogs

    Posted Under: General Area in Concord, Quality of Life in Concord, Shopping & Local Amenities in Concord  |  March 25, 2014 12:34 PM  |  458 views  |  No comments

    Please join Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty and Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs in Concord, Massachusetts for the third annual Evening of Fashion and Fundraising to benefit NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, sponsored by Barrett Sotheby's International REalty. NEADS is a non-profit organization in Princeton, Massachusetts, with a mission to provide independence, through the use of canine assistance, to people who are deaf or have a disability.

    Come shop the latest spring fashions for women on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and 15% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to NEADS. Raffles and auction items will be available to help raise funds for this amazing cause. Refreshments will be served.

    Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs is located at 29 Main Street, Concord, Massachusetts. RSVP not required but appreciated by calling 978.369.5780.

  • Debra’s Natural Gourmet, Concord Massachusetts

    Posted Under: General Area in Concord, Quality of Life in Concord, In My Neighborhood in Concord  |  September 6, 2012 2:43 PM  |  266 views  |  No comments
    Time for the next up in our series of places in the Greater Boston area to grab a quick lunch or snack and in this instance, oh-so-much-more at Debra’s Natural Gourmet.

    The Scoop:

    Located in West Concord, Massachusetts, Debra’s Natural Gourmet has been a staple of the local community since its inception in 1989. Focusing on providing the freshest and best products, there’s no other place, in my opinion, that comes close to Debra’s in both quality and service. Part shopping market and part café, everything that enters and leaves the store is organic and sustainably grown. Be it the sandwiches, soups, and numerous side dishes made daily for take out or the fresh produce grown locally, everything is done the natural organic way. Not only is everything fresh (have I said that yet?) I think their prices for lunch are extremely reasonable.

    What to be on the look out for:

    Normally I list only one item here, but after going to Debra’s, you’ll understand that one does not simply get “an item” for lunch, there are so many to choose from. So what are my favorite items to get for lunch? Well, for starters, the Cheddar & Mustard sandwich. Simple and elegant, there aren’t many ingredients to the sandwich, but the taste it packs speaks volumes. To go with it, I would recommend the veggie chili, which is packed with black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, carrots, and much more, and seasoned with spices—it’s one zesty soup (it also comes with a piece of foccacia bread, your choice of whole wheat or gluten free).

    And if you’re sharing with your co-workers, like we do, grab a side of the couscous which is fluffy and light, mixed with chickpeas, feta, olives and lightly dressed in cider vinegar and olive oil. Everything about Debra’s lives up to its mantra “Eat Well, Be Happy.”

    As an added bonus, many items are vegetarian or vegan!

    Debra’s Natural Gourmet
    98 Commonwealth Avenue
    West Concord, MA 01742

  • Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place in Waltham

    Posted Under: General Area in Waltham, Quality of Life in Waltham, In My Neighborhood in Waltham  |  April 26, 2012 6:58 PM  |  395 views  |  No comments
    This is my favorite blog post I have written thus far partly because I have an irresistible urge to be “b-h-a-a-ad” and use possibly the greatest number of puns and idioms in a Barrett blog post, to date. We are talking about the “wooly” mammoth of outdoor farm festivals in Massachusetts, and no, it’s not about pre-historic times. It’s about the 25th Annual Sheepshearing Festival held Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts. And before you ask, I’m not pulling the wool over your eyes on this one; I’m quite serious–this event is as popular as a wool sweater in the dead of winter.

    If you’re feeling very sheepish about going, don’t be! In addition to being a great event for the whole family, I can even recommend going by yourself. I did just that at a similar event a few weeks ago, as research for this post. Woolapalooza, a fundraising event for Drumlin Farm, was held in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

    Gore Place, “the Federal period, historic house and estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore, includes a small farm with sheep, goats and poultry. The elegantly furnished mansion has been called ‘the Monticello of the North’ and architectural historians consider it to be the most significant Federal period mansion in New England.” (goreplace.org) The festival will include sheepshearing exhibitions given by Kevin Ford, who will show the traditional technique using handshears, and Andy Rice, who will show more contemporary methods using electric shearers. Dave Kennard will be putting his border collies to the test and demonstrating sheep herding, which in my opinion, is a must see, based on my experience at Woolapalooza.

    Now, that can be just the beginning to a fun filled day because there’s more, a lot more to do. For starters, or thirds in our case, there will be a craft fair consisting of 88 local crafters and their wonderful array of orts, fragments, and handmade treasures. If contemporary crafting is not your thing, than you’re in luck, because there will be historic crafters demonstrating how things were done in the days of ole.

    As previously mentioned, this is a great event for the family and here are two solid reasons to bring the kids.
    1. Wagon rides! I don’t care how old you are, wagon rides are ageless and timeless, from ages 10 to 40, whether you’re three feet or six feet tall, who doesn’t enjoy a good old fashioned wagon ride.
    2. There will be a kids’ tent with activities; puppets and a puppet parade and Beth Guertin will be doing a hands-on weaving demonstration for kids, not only fun, but educational.

    There will also be historic reenactments with American Revolutionary and USS Constitution 1812 Marine Guard encampments; live music from Pine Hill Ramblers and Moody Street String Band; The Commonwealth Morris Men Dancers; New England Disc Dogs Club and plenty of food vendors to help keep your energy up throughout the day. So pack your bags, pull up those wool socks, and get in line for one of the best days ewe will have this spring.

    Gore Place, Waltham, Massachusetts
    Sheepshearing Festival
    Saturday, April 28, 2012
    10am to 5pm (Rain or Shine)
    $15 per person, adults, teens and seniors.
    Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Free parking.

  • Living the Sweet Life in Lincoln

    Posted Under: General Area in Lincoln, Quality of Life in Lincoln, In My Neighborhood in Lincoln  |  April 4, 2012 7:21 PM  |  405 views  |  No comments

    What is more quintessentially New England than maple sugaring? It is underway right now in Lincoln, Massachusetts as the unseasonably warm weather in January and February has caused the sap to run early in the town’s sugar maples.

    I live in Lincoln and this first sign of spring has become a cherished family tradition. Our introduction to maple sugaring came when we first moved to town and cut down a large pine tree that was towering over our house. We immediately got a call from our neighbor: “Unlike many, we love pine trees…,” he began. My husband and I panicked. Uh-oh, we’d probably offended our new neighbor by cutting down the tree. But then the neighbor continued, “We use pinewood to power our maple sugar boiler. Can we come by and cut up the tree and take the logs?”

    The next day, the neighbor was sawing and removing the huge tree, saving us disposal costs and making us happy to see it go to such a good use. Soon we noticed his homemade sugar boiler smoking away. Coming from the Back Bay we found this amazingly quaint. I thanked him by baking some cookies; what a great community we had just joined.

    The tradition of maple sugaring continued as another neighbor with three children set up an organized maple-sugaring operation on our road. I admired this father who took the time to embrace this long-standing New England activity even though he commuted into Boston on the train with me each day. After work he would change into some New England farmer duds and he and his wife would set the buckets out to tap the maple trees. All of the neighbors with maple trees “loaned” their trees to the effort. For added charm, the taps and buckets were the traditional tin type, not the plastic milk cartons that I had seen used in New Hampshire.

    The sap only runs for a couple of weeks, and it is a window that cannot be missed. Our neighbors gathered all the kids in the area and piled them into the back of their pickup. They would drive slowly from one tree to the next on the quiet country road and we would all pick a tree and empty its sap bucket into a bigger drum. Then we returned to the truck to bounce and slosh back to their house and transfer the thin, sticky sap into the boiler. A month or so later, we all received some delicious Grade A maple syrup. Not a bad lifestyle in a town 20 minutes from downtown Boston!

    Note: A great introduction to maple sugaring is found at a Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s Breakfast at Lincoln’s Drumlin Farm March 17-18, 2012. They offer a pancake and maple syrup breakfast and activities and presentations outlining methods of maple syrup production.

  • Local Theatre Venues in Greater Boston

    Posted Under: General Area in Concord, Quality of Life in Concord, In My Neighborhood in Concord  |  April 4, 2012 7:05 PM  |  322 views  |  No comments

    We love living in the cities and towns in the Greater Boston area and here’s another of our 52 reasons why. At Barrett & Company Real Estate, we encourage support and patronage of local businesses and organizations. This includes community, regional and school theatre productions. We want to share some of our favorites with you.

    Where do you go to get your live theater experience in Greater Boston?

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