Lights for Liberty on Bedford Common

  Compiled by The Bedford Citizen   Nearly 200 individuals gathered on Bedford Common on Friday evening for a Lights for Liberty vigil to protest the separation of families and conditions at camps along the United States’ southern border. It was...

2019 Strawberry Festival ~ Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The First Church of Christ Congregational hosted their Annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 13th.  This year’s festival was dedicated to the late Mickey Webber, founder of the Church’s annual event in 1950, 69 years ago!    Although it was a rainy evening and it had to be moved indoors, it was a wonderful celebratory event with a slideshow of past years festivals, lots of pictures on the tables in addition to the homemade strawberry shortcakes.  An upbeat musical duo entertained the crowd along with kids’ activities and face painting!

69th Annual Strawberry Festival ~ Indoors if it Rains!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Residents with long memories can’t recall a Strawberry Festival ever being rained out, but the possibility exists tomorrow, with a forecast of wet weather from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, June 13.

If it rains, First Church has its guests covered — the 69th Annual Strawberry Festival will move to First Church’s Upper Fellowship Hall, but everything else will stay the same. The main event will be strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, homemade biscuits, with real whipped cream, along with Bedford Farms vanilla ice cream and homemade hot fudge sauce.

The First Parish Plant & Craft Fair ~ A Short History and What to Expect on May 18, from 10 am to 3 pm

By Jean Balfour

The original First Parish Plant Fairs took place in the 1950s at the Fitch Tavern, where parishioners Frank & Peg Joslin lived. At that time, most of the sources for plants were from many members’ gardens.

It was fun to think that your lavender phlox that is such a big patch now, came from Peg Joslin. She had a nice rock garden and you could count on pots of interesting flowers. Abigail Bacon (yes, the upstairs front room at the church is named for her) brought herbs of many kinds to sell in the yard in front of the wood shed. Emily King would spend hours digging and potting at Betty Balfour’s house. Betty was happiest when she was gardening. In later years my mother and I worked together, finding some of our favorite plants to ready for the Fair.

Congressman Moulton Meets with Sanctuary Guest

By Meredith McCulloch

Congressman Seth Moulton was in Bedford on April 12 to meet a constituent who is living in sanctuary in a nearby church to avoid ICE arrest and deportation.  Others in the room were her lawyer, the Congressman’s aides, Bedford’s Town Manager, a few supporters, and reporters from WBUR and The Bedford Citizen. Her real name is withheld for her protection, but she goes by “Maria.”

Bedford’s 68th Annual Ecumenical Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake and Easter Breakfast at First Chuch of Christ

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s 68th annual ecumenical Easter dawn service on the banks of Fawn Lake drew a sizeable crowd despite grey skies.

The ecumenical service draws on participation by multiple Bedford churches.  Coordinated by Emily Mitchell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the leadership changes each year, rotating among the congregations each of which is represented in the service.

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