Pandemic Couldn’t Cancel ‘Vettes to Vets’ 2020 Gift to Veterans at Bedford VA Hospital

The annual Vettes to Vets fundraiser was canceled this year due to the pandemic, but even though the Corvettes couldn’t run, participants managed to raise funds by selling a special edition pin to support VA Bedford’s Veterans.

According to Blandini, the event began as a simple idea, to bring a few Corvettes to the hospital for Veterans to view.

“We had about 25 Corvettes that first event,” Blandini said. “The following year, it grew to about 50 Corvettes, and the third year, 102 Corvettes!”

An Autumn Birthday Picnic on Bedford Common

Enjoying what may have been the season’s final fabulous weather, Teresa Silver celebrated her 12th birthday on Bedford Common with a small group of friends on Saturday. Sitting on socially-distanced blankets, they munched pizza, created handmade beaded lizards, and ‘chit-chatted.’

Barrel House Z coming to Bedford this Thursday August 6th

As we mentioned earlier Barrel House Z is coming to Bedford. The original plan was to come back in January, but, like a lot of things, the pandemic upset the schedule. They’re still coming and they will start with a pop-up tent introduction this Thursday.

Bedford PMC Kids Ride: Sunday September 13th

During these incredibly stressful, nerve-wracking and unprecedented times, we are ever hopeful that by the Fall, we will be able to resume some level of community normalcy. We plan to host the 16th annual Bedford PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, September 13.

Grab your bikes and join children and family members from Bedford and surrounding towns to ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Appalachian Mission Festival

An annual benefit to celebrate and support our partners in West Virginia. LIVE Appalachian Music and Storytelling with musicians from West Virginia
Southern Style Cooking
Cake Walk
Food, Fun, Goods & Services Silent Auction
Sweet & Savory Food Sale
Giving Wall – opportunities to support specific projects in West Virginia
For the Kids! Children’s music set
Kids Crafts
Cupcake Walk

Christmas Bazaar at First Baptist Church

On Saturday, December 7th, from 2-5pm at 153 Concord Road in Bedford, at the Connections building of First Baptist Church, there will be a Christmas Bazaar with many activities, gifts, baked goods, ornament making, free gift wrapping and a CAROL SING at 4:30pm. FREE admission, great crafts for kids of all ages to make to bring home. Incredible gift items for all ages. Toys, Hot Wheels, new Melissa and Doug wooden toys, Star Wars puzzles, music cd’s and records, housewares, Christmas decorations, books, powertools, vases, many surprising gift possibilities. ALL THE ACTION will take place in the “Connections” building of FBC (153 Concord Road).

Bedford Firefighters Present: Bedford Thanksgiving Classic 2019

Bedford Firefighter Nick Anderson is hosting an exhibition hockey game between the Town of Bedford, MA employees and Alumni vs The Bedford High School varsity hockey program. This game is scheduled for Friday Nov. 29th at 12:40pm at The Edge Sports Center and has come to be known as the “Bedford Thanksgiving Classic.” Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will be going to benefit the hockey program whereas admission fees and an additional set of raffles will be to benefit the Asperger’s/Autism Network, . They are a local 501 (c)(3) nonprofit based in Watertown, MA with an excellent record for how they use money donated.  Autism is near and dear to me as my oldest childhood friend has 2 wonderful children and they are both on the spectrum.

Boston MedFlight to Host Blood Drive at Hanscom Field HQ

Boston MedFlight, the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, will be hosting a Blood Drive from noon to 6:3p pm on Monday, November 25.

The event will be held at Boston MedFlight’s headquarters at 150 Hanscom Drive in Bedford, in collaboration with Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Bedford Town Trail Walk Saturday November 2 at 9:45 am to Wilson Mill Park and Burlington Landlocked Forest, Led by Mark Levine and Sharon McDonald, Town Historian

Have you ever heard of the Wilson Mill? The corn it ground was vital to the town three hundred years ago… Alas, it is long gone! But the millpond remains, and the little stream still rushes over the rocks down a shallow gorge. It has become a Bedford town park located on Old Burlington Road just yards from where Route 62 goes under Route 3. Come and stand beside the water and listen for a few minutes while Town Historian Sharon McDonald recounts stories about the old Wilson Mill.We will then explore the Wilson Mill Park, the Burlington Landlocked Forest, and (depending on the group and conditions) Bedford’s Old Rez Conservation Area.

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Old Reservoir Conservation Area Saturday October 5 at 9:45 am, led by Dan Hurwitz

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to the Old Reservoir, Valente Land, and Corey/Page Road Conservation Areas. This area has ponds, streams, and hills, as well as open and dense woods. The walk will be moderately paced about 3 miles, lasting about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. When and Where:   We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot  behind the Bedford Free Public Library (7 Mudge Way). Alternatively, you can meet us at the Old Reservoir trailhead at the back northeast corner of the Shawsheen Cemetery near the fence corner (see map and additional information at:, where we will leave at 10 am sharp.

Egg Drop Draws Young Designers to the Bedford Free Public Library

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bethany Templeton Klem, Head of Children’s Services at the Bedford Free Public Library reported that more than 14 individuals and teams competed in the Library’s third annual Egg Drop Contest on Thursday afternoon. The contest is a feature of the Library’s Summer Reading Program

With Ms. Elaine and her helper dropped the containers from on the balcony above the library’s second-floor stacks. A giant plastic tarp covering the carpet was surrounded by children and families watching each drop and guessing whether the container would protect the raw egg, or if it would “SPLAT!”

Moving On ~ JGMS Eighth Graders Become the BHS Class of 2023

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Kevin Tracey, Principal of John Glenn Middle School, welcomed parents and graduates to the 2019 Moving On ceremony. After thanking the community-at-large and the school community, Principal Tracey addressed the graduates. “I am very proud of you.  You truly are an amazing group of young ladies and gentlemen…from the students who impress us daily in our classrooms to those who relish the stage or displays their prowess on the courts or athletic fields.”  Tracey went on to share the impressions of JGMS teachers and staff: “This group of students are kind, fun, appreciative and they adhere firmly to a sense of justice and always act in advocacy for those in need.  In short, they look out for each other.” After adding further compliments from teachers and staff, Tracey concluded, “I have no doubt that the members of this class are destined for success and greatness at first in high school and then in life.  My hope is that as you grow into adulthood, you develop passion and joy for what you do, which  mirrors the joy that you have brought me, your teachers and staff.” Yadkira Delgado led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Sahana Kumar presented the honors essay, a reflection on her time at JGMS. A pair of students who exemplified what Tracey described as exemplifying the school motto, HEART, Peter Benson and Maya Brewster, received the Principal’s Award.

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!

Summer Solstice Festival Notches A Success for Bedford

Submitted by the Town of Bedford

The Town of Bedford held its inaugural Summer Solstice Festival, including a German-style Biergarten, on June 22 on the Bedford Town Common. The event drew a large multi-generational crowd with over 1,600 attendees over the five hours. The weather cooperated for the most part with sunny skies and warm weather with the exception of a brief but torrential downpour toward the end of the event.

All Night Graduation, 2019 ~ Another Grand Success

By Dawn Kociubes and Kerry Rackey

On the night of Bedford High School Graduation, June 6th, 2019, the All Night Graduation Committee welcomed 159 Bedford graduating seniors to the 32nd annual All Night Graduation Party.  This long-standing Bedford tradition offers a safe and substance-free event on the night of graduation.  The seniors arrive at 10:30 pm and stay in a completely transformed Bedford High School until 5:30 am.  They are thoroughly entertained throughout the evening with a variety of food and a constant stream of fun activities.  The activities, entertainment options, and performers are some of the best-kept secrets in Bedford, allowing each and every graduating class to experience it anew.

The Bedford PMC Kids Ride ~ A Letter to the Community

Submitted by the 2019 Bedford PMC Kids Ride Team

This past Saturday we hosted the 15th Bedford PMC Kids Ride at JGMS.  The event was wonderful in many ways:  watching little ones navigate the obstacle course on “Wally’s Way” and seeing so many children (and adults!) head off through the balloon arch on scooters, tricycles, and bikes in support of such an important cause. It was especially meaningful to celebrate last year’s pedal partner, Stella Downey, who recently had her 1-year cancer free appointment. She and her twin brother Thomas spent hours on the obstacle course, much to the delight of their parents, family, and friends.