Looking forward to Bedford Day, 2013

The Bedford High School Marching Band in the 2012 Bedford Day parade - Image (c) JMcCT, 2012
The Bedford High School Marching Band in the 2012 Bedford Day parade – Image (c) JMcCT, 2012

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

There will be a lot going on next Saturday, September 21, when Bedford Day celebrates the town’s incorporation in 1729.

There will be the 19th annual Danny Oates 5K road race; a pancake breakfast First Church; the parade and the fair, complete with a bicycle corral; the Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale; Bedford Center for the Arts’ Map Your Town project, POMS and booths representing nearly every Bedford organization and local business.

The Danny Oates 5K road race and 9/15 Flatbread Fundraiser

The Danny Oates 5K road race, and its companion fun run for Bedford’s youngest athletes takes place early on Bedford Day morning, stepping off from the John Glenn Middle School. Registration for the kids’ fun run begins at 7 am, and run begins at 7:30 am. Registration for the adult 5K begins at 7:30 am, and the race begins at 8:30. Online registration is available at www.dannyoates5k.com/.

Lynn Oates tells us “For the past 19 years we have been able to honor the life and memory of  [my brother] Danny in a way that not only helps us as a family, but also the community that we live in and remain active participants of. The members of Frank W. Thompson Masonic Lodge, of which my father has been a member of for many years, have been gracious enough to establish this memorial which has provided over $75,000 in scholarships since 1998.

“Without the continued support and assistance of the Bedford Fire and Police, sponsors, family, friends, and especially Lisa Freed, this race would have never been able to accomplish all that it has.”

There will be a Flatbread Fundraiser to benefit the Oates Scholarship fund from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, September 15. Every pizza sold will have a portion giving to the Danny Oates Scholarship Fund and we plan to have pre-registered shirts & numbers available for pickup from 11-3pm that day as well.

A pancake breakfast First Church

The First Church of Christ Congregational, UCC of Bedford, is hosting a pancake breakfast, free to military families and veterans on Bedford Day morning.  The event will start at 7:30 am and conclude at 10:30 am, just before the parade begins.

The general public is welcome to enjoy breakfast, with proceeds (suggested donation of $3.00 per adult or $10.00 per family) with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.  For more information, please contact the Church Office at 781-275-7951.

Valet bike parking, and bicycle news for Bedford Day; Bike donations needed

The Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway, celebrating the Bikeway’s 20 year anniversary will again provide secure bicycle parking for any one bicycling to the Bedford Day, Sat., Sept 21, activities. Come visit our booth and get the new Minuteman Bicycle Map, updates on the many exciting bicycle projects in town and the region, and Bob Sawyer’s “Shop Bedford by Bike” map which helps you avoid the busy traffic on Great Rd.
At our booth you can share your bicycle experiences, ask for advice, hear about our school programs, and get an update on the Minuteman Extension project. Do you find many roads in Bedford uncomfortable to bike on as we do? Please support our “Bicycle Master Plan” proposal to make Bedford a more bicycle friendly community.

Fresh from our consultant after a 10 month study, are recommendations to improve “navigation” on the Minuteman Bikeway, including better and uniform signage, modernization of the intersections (remove those antiquated gates!), and public education.

To acknowledge his combined 40 years+ service to bicycling, sidewalks, and trails committee work in town, we will be adding Ralph Hammond to our ‘Bicycle Honor Roll’ Thank you Ralph!

We are still accepting serviceable (need not be running) bikes for our JGMS Bike Safety classes. Please send us an email (BedfordBike@gmail.com) with a short description of the bike(s) to set up a pickup date.

The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Bedford Library are holding a three day Fall Book Sale.  The sale begins Friday, Sept. 20th from 1:00-5:00 and continues Saturday, Sept. 21st.  On Sunday, Sept. 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 there will be a bag sale of fiction and children’s books for $6/bag of those not already sold on Friday and Saturday. The Book Sale is held rain or shine at the library located at 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, MA.

Thanks to the huge quantity of quality book donations, there will be thousands of books offered in three different rooms all well organized. Books include fiction such as science fiction, romance, thrillers, poetry, plays and classics plus videos, dvds and cds; children’s books; books for young adults; non-fiction books including art, cookbooks, foreign languages, business, history, science, textbooks, and much more.

Most children and adult books are fifty cents for paperbacks and $1.00 for hardcovers. Larger paperbacks are $1.00. Some collectibles and choice gift books are specially priced.

Proceeds from book sales help underwrite library programs and services, including lecture and film series, additions to the library collection and museum passes.

Bedford Center for the Arts’ Map Your Town project

The Bedford Center for the Arts has launched a “mapping Bedford” project.   Providing a basic map with major roadways and waterways, the BCA invites anyone interested to create their own personal map of Bedford

A copy of the map is available at https://bit.ly/14N0n6o and there will also be maps available at the BCA Booth on Bedford Day.  Map-makers are asked to return their completed maps by September 29 either to the Bedford Public Library where there will be a collection box available to the left of the ground floor desk or by mail (BCA, Box 404, Bedford, MA).    The collected maps will be compiled, creating a unique portrait of Bedford.

On Bedford Day, the Bedford Center for the Arts will also be displaying a large map of Bedford and anyone coming to the booth is invited to add thoughts and images to create a collective portrait of Bedford.

The Bedford Arts and Crafts Society’s 14th Annual Art Exhibition

The Bedford Arts & Crafts Society will hold its 14th Regional Art Exhibit on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 8 AM -4 PM in the Bedford Town Center (yellow building) Mudge Way and again on Bedford Day, September 21, 2013 from 10:30 AM -3PM.

All artists, professional or non-professional, beyond high school age, may submit two pieces of creative artwork:  size may not exceed 30”x36” framed for artwork and sculpture may not exceed 36” in any direction or weigh more than 50 pounds.  All artwork submitted  will be judged by, a professional artist, on Thursday afternoon, prior to the opening to the public on Friday.

Categories for entry are:  painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic) drawing,( pen & ink, charcoal and pastel),  sculpture and 3 dimensional (ceramics, stained glass, metal woodwork, basketry, fabric art, and needlepoint), and photography ( includes film and digital). There will be cash awards for the first and second prizes in each category, and in each category honorable mentions will also be awarded. The awards will be presented at 1 PM on Saturday, September 21, 2013, Bedford Day. All winners will be notified by phone prior to Saturday’s exhibition.

Fees: Members of the Bedford Arts& Crafts Society will pay an entry fee of $10.00 per item submitted and non-members will be charged a $12.00 entry fee. Artist’s work submitted can be sold (list your price) or registered as not for sale (NFS) .

All entries for this Exhibition must be delivered  to the Town Center, second floor, on Thursday September 19th from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM.  Any questions call Jeanne Reidy, 781-275-8983, or Laura Wallace, 781-275-5498 .


The Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS) will march in the Bedford Day parade and host a booth across from the town hall at the festivities following the parade.

Come visit our booth where we will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, apple crisp and all new rally towels.  Find out more about private music lessons.

Bedford POMS is an all-volunteer organization that supports music students, music teachers, and music programs in the Bedford Public Schools.  POMS arranges private music lessons with a network of professional musicians for 17 instruments, including voice.  POMS is able to keep the rates reasonable because the overhead costs for this program are extremely low: administration of the program is done entirely by POMS volunteers, and the schools provide rooms for lessons free of charge to the teachers.

“The POMS private lesson program provides students with valuable, one-on-one time with a teacher,” says Bedford Schools’ Music Department Chair Nicole O’Toole. “This extra attention helps these students to build a solid foundation of skills, to develop healthy practice habits, and to become the best musicians that they can possibly be.

A community parade, and booths representing nearly every Bedford organization

Click here to read The Citizen article featuring complete Bedford Day information from the Recreation Department: booth set-up and take-down instructions, a map of the fair, and lists of booths organized both by name and by booth number.

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Alethea Yates
Alethea Yates
9 years ago

According to Amy Hamilton of the Recreation Dept., the parade steps off at 10:30.

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