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.
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
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
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 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, www.aane.org . 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, 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.
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.
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: https://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails), where we will leave at 10 am sharp.
In addition to Life Events, a The Bedford Citizen begins its eighth year, we are streamlining our calendar listings for community events to assure the best coverage and community response. The key to our coverage is getting your event or series listed in BeTC, The Citizen calendar.
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!”
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.
As The Bedford Citizen begins its eighth year, we are streamlining our Community Event calendar listing process. With your help, The Citizen will provide excellent coverage for local events, and everyone benefits from a vibrant community calendar.
Q: What’s the key to great event coverage?
A: List your event or series in BeTC, The Bedford Citizen’s online calendar.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Join friends for Bedford’s first ever Summer Solstice Festival this Saturday, June 22, from noon to 5 pm on the Bedford Town Common. This family-friendly event will feature a German-style Biergarten by Notch Brewery with picnic table seating, music and lawn games. You can find a seat at one of the picnic tables provided by Notch or feel free to bring a picnic blanket and find your own spot on the Common. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks including:
St. Paul’s will hold its annual Thrift Sale on Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale features gently used clothing, household goods, white elephant objects, toys (in good shape), books, CDs, DVDs, and more. Clothing is sold by the bag.
On Saturday, June 1, the Bedford Elementary Schools Together (BEST) PTO held their 4th Annual Color Run Fundraiser. Over 890 runners registered this year, which is a new record for this event in Bedford since its first year in 2016. The success of this fundraiser allowed the BEST PTO to raise over $30,000 for the Davis and Lane Schools.
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.