Earth Day and Arbor Day Capture Bedford’s Attention

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Our natural environment will be the focus of events around Bedford this weekend, and next. The events include Bedford’s 10th Annual Bike Sunday, a guest preacher and special service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Sunday morning, and Bedford’s annual Arbor Day talk — the 12th — this year featuring Ron McAdow’s talk, Trees and Wildlife in New England: Four Centuries of Forest Change.

St. Paul’s Tonight: Absolutely ‘Not’ the ’80s ~ April 29 and 30

Submitted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is delighted to present ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT: ABSOLUTELY NOT THE ‘80S, a musical revue for all ages, on April 29 and 30 at the John Glenn Middle School auditorium.

It’s the sixth incarnation of ST. PAUL’S TONIGHT, and this time the cast faces a dilemma: what happens when the director is out of ideas? Cast members offer several possibilities, with a strong emphasis on the songs and stylings of that most radical of decades, the 1980s. Will the show be totally tubular? Or will the director put the kibosh on their dreams of Valley Girl glory?

Bedford Multicultural Festival Parade will Follow The Great Road to Town Campus on May 21

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

An emphatic message of diversity will be broadcast along the town’s main street on Sunday, May 21.

The Parade of Flags, which marks the 3 p.m. start of the Bedford Multicultural Festival, will depart from the Town Common and travel along The Great Road, turning down Mudge Way to the destination of the grounds and parking areas around Town Hall and Town Center.

Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake ~ Sunday, April 16 at 6:30 am

Submitted by the Interfaith Easter Dawn Service Committee

Bedford’s 66th annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake will be celebrated at 6:30 am on Sunday, April 16, on the shores of the Lake at the end of Sweetwater Avenue. Lay representatives from five of Bedford’s churches—St. Paul’s Episcopal, First Parish on the Common (UUA), First Church of Christ (UCC), First Baptist, and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Parish—will lead the service early on Easter morning. Music will be provided by the Ecumenical Brass Ensemble, led by John Bridgeman.

Tourist in Our Own Town: Prepping for Saturday’s Liberty Pole Capping Parade and Ceremony

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford Common and its historic meeting house are prepared for tomorrow’s festivities when hundreds of Colonial reenactors will descend to celebrate the start of this year’s Patriot’s Day festivities when hundreds of colonial reenactors, guests of the Bedford Minuteman Company, descend to celebrate Bedford’s Liberty Pole Capping parade and ceremony. Click this link for more details, as well as descriptions of the other activities taking place.

In addition, First Parish launched a banner in celebration of the meeting house’s bicentennial on Friday afternoon.

Bedford’s Third Annual Multicultural Festival to Take Place on Sunday Afternoon, May 21

Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

Bedford Embraces Diversity has announced that the third annual Bedford Multicultural Festival will take place on Sunday afternoon, May 21.

Unlike the first two festivals, which were hosted by the high school, plans call for this one to take place entirely outside, on the field space and parking areas near and around Town Center.

First Parish Votes to Offer Sanctuary

By Eliza Rosenberry

Members of First Parish in Bedford voted Sunday, April 2 to offer physical sanctuary to undocumented immigrants who are at risk of deportation.

“This is an act of civil disobedience, first and foremost,” Reverend John Gibbons told assembled parishioners. “We are saying that our religious values cause us to make this decision… We are making an ethical decision based on our principles.”

Honduras Mission Trip

Submitted by the Lexington Catholic Community

Over the recent February school break, Lisa Cimino of Bedford traveled with the Lexington Catholic Community on a mission trip to the Honduran city of Guaimaca to work with the mission of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, located in the parish of Santa Rosa de Lima.

“Being in Honduras was truly a life-changing experience,” said Cimino upon her return to Bedford. “Honduras is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere and due to an increase in extreme violence support from missionaries has been on a decline. I was so inspired by the 4 Dominican Sisters who work tirelessly on behalf of the poor. A highlight for me was visiting the barrios where the poorest live. I brought a Polaroid camera with me so I could offer the families photographs of their children. The gesture was so small and yet they were so appreciative. I am so grateful for the experience and look forward to returning next year.”

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