Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 7:  1 – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8:  1 – 4 pm
Choose from fiction and non-fiction books in great condition across all genres.  The sale also includes many holiday themed books.  These make great gifts at especially great prices.  Prices range from $.50 to $2.00 unless otherwise marked.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library to support children, teen and adult programming as well as acquisitions for the Library.  We hope to see you there.  No scanners are permitted during the Holiday Book Sale.

2019 Holiday Open Studio

2019 Clayful Expressions Holiday Open Studio, Dec. 6-8
 
Clayful Expressions artist,Teresa Deible, is opening her studio for another wonderful holiday event. Teresa creates unique handbuilt pottery. She continues to expand her silk screening on porcelain and stoneware along with a variety of other functional pottery pieces. This year guest Artist, Sheldon Maloney will be joining Teresa.  He does amazing wood work with everything he makes coming from reclaimed wood he gathers in Bedford. 
 
It is a great opportunity for our community to shop local and get those one of a kind gifts.The event will take place at Teresa’s studio, located at 14 Springs Rd. right in the center of Bedford. The studio is accessible with parking and entrance at the rear of Blake Block.

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).

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 7:  1 – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8:  1 – 4 pm
Choose from fiction and non-fiction books in great condition across all genres.  The sale also includes many holiday themed books.  These make great gifts at especially great prices.  Prices range from $.50 to $2.00 unless otherwise marked.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library to support children, teen and adult programming as well as acquisitions for the Library.  We hope to see you there.  No scanners are permitted during the Holiday Book Sale.

2019 Holiday Open Studio

2019 Clayful Expressions Holiday Open Studio, Dec. 6-8
 
Clayful Expressions artist,Teresa Deible, is opening her studio for another wonderful holiday event. Teresa creates unique handbuilt pottery. She continues to expand her silk screening on porcelain and stoneware along with a variety of other functional pottery pieces. This year guest Artist, Sheldon Maloney will be joining Teresa.  He does amazing wood work with everything he makes coming from reclaimed wood he gathers in Bedford. 
 
It is a great opportunity for our community to shop local and get those one of a kind gifts.The event will take place at Teresa’s studio, located at 14 Springs Rd. right in the center of Bedford. The studio is accessible with parking and entrance at the rear of Blake Block.

2019 Holiday Open Studio

2019 Clayful Expressions Holiday Open Studio, Dec. 6-8
 
Clayful Expressions artist,Teresa Deible, is opening her studio for another wonderful holiday event. Teresa creates unique handbuilt pottery. She continues to expand her silk screening on porcelain and stoneware along with a variety of other functional pottery pieces. This year guest Artist, Sheldon Maloney will be joining Teresa.  He does amazing wood work with everything he makes coming from reclaimed wood he gathers in Bedford. 
 
It is a great opportunity for our community to shop local and get those one of a kind gifts.The event will take place at Teresa’s studio, located at 14 Springs Rd. right in the center of Bedford. The studio is accessible with parking and entrance at the rear of Blake Block.

First Parish Haunted House

WBZ TV visited the Haunted House this week – Click this link to see what they saw! First Parish Haunted House is back in 2019. The Haunted House fills all three floors of the 202-year-old historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist church on the town common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford MA. It’s coming BACK for you. Friday, October 25
Scary, Rated PG ~ From 6 to 9 PM

Saturday, October 26
Trick or Treat, Rated G for the little ones ~ From 11 AM to 2 PM

Saturday Night, October 26
Scary, Rated PG-13 ~ From 5 to 9:30 PM

 

First Parish Haunted House

WBZ TV visited the Haunted House this week – Click this link to see what they saw! First Parish Haunted House is back in 2019. The Haunted House fills all three floors of the 202-year-old historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist church on the town common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford MA. It’s coming BACK for you. Friday, October 25
Scary, Rated PG ~ From 6 to 9 PM

Saturday, October 26
Trick or Treat, Rated G for the little ones ~ From 11 AM to 2 PM

Saturday Night, October 26
Scary, Rated PG-13 ~ From 5 to 9:30 PM

 

Bedford Family Connection Halloween Party

Please join the Bedford Family Connection at our annual Halloween Party (Ages 0-5)! You won’t want to miss this year’s event, featuring face painting, spooky balloon animals, tattoos, games, prizes, crafts, a photobooth and even haunted cookie decorating. George the magician will be returning this year to perform an amazing magic show at 10:30. Tickets are sold at the door: $5 per child for BFC members and $7 for non-members. Babies under 1 are free.

First Parish Haunted House

WBZ TV visited the Haunted House this week – Click this link to see what they saw! First Parish Haunted House is back in 2019. The Haunted House fills all three floors of the 202-year-old historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist church on the town common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford MA. It’s coming BACK for you. Friday, October 25
Scary, Rated PG ~ From 6 to 9 PM

Saturday, October 26
Trick or Treat, Rated G for the little ones ~ From 11 AM to 2 PM

Saturday Night, October 26
Scary, Rated PG-13 ~ From 5 to 9:30 PM

 

St. Michael Parish Holiday Fair

A wonderful “mallternative” for your Holiday Shopping! Please join us for this fun, annual event featuring local vendors and artisans, delicious bake sales and hot lunch selections, our famous White Elephant room (be on time … the line runs out the door!), and of course our amazing Gift Basket Raffle! We warmly invite you to join us to kick off the season with family and friends!

Bedford Family Connection Annual Halloween Party

BOO! Save the date for the Annual Bedford Family Connection Halloween Party. You won’t want to miss this year’s event, featuring face painting, spooky balloon animals, tattoos, games, prizes, crafts, a photobooth and even haunted cookie decorating. George the magician will be returning this year to perform an amazing magic show at 10:30. Tickets are sold at the door $5 per child for BFC members and $7 for non-members.

First Parish Haunted House

 

First Parish Haunted House will be back in 2018. This Haunted House fills the three floors of the 200-year-old historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on the town common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford, MA. It’s coming BACK for you …

First Parish Haunted House

First Parish Haunted House will be back in 2018. This Haunted House fills the three floors of the 200-year-old historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on the town common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford, MA. It’s coming BACK for you … The mid-day Trick or Treat is for younger kids.  Kids will be able to walk through the Haunted House with their parents collecting various treats, without the scary actors.

First Parish Haunted House

First Parish Haunted House will be back in 2018. This Haunted House fills the three floors of the 200-year-old historic First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on the town common, 75 The Great Road, Bedford, MA. It’s coming BACK for you …

Silent Night

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

With miles of Luminaria lining the paths on Bedford Common, along roads in the Historic District and in neighborhoods throughout the town, Bedford’s Christmas Eve light show was both tasteful and dramatic. The added incentive of a nearly-full moon, temperatures in the 60’s and a hint of fog drew late-night  sightseers, strollers, dog walkers and more than a few photographers (including one birthday celebrant) to Bedford Common late on Christmas Eve. Editor’s Note: The Bedford Minuteman Company’s annual scholarship is funded in part by the Company’s sale of Luminaria kits

Luminaria Available for Tonight’s Christmas Eve Displays in the Historic District and Neighborhoods Aound Bedford

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Tonight’s mild clear weathrt is going to be perfect for a deLIGHTful Christmas Eve luninaria display in the Historic District and in neighborhoods all around Bedford. If you don’t already have your candles, bags and sand, kits are available at Chip-In Farm, 201 Hartwell Road, from 10 am until 4 pm today. Proceeds from luminaria sales will benefit the Bedford Minuteman Company’s scholarship fund.

Holiday Greetings via Bedford TV

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Visiting events around Bedford this season, Julie Antiraisian and Paula Gilarde of Bedford TV have compiled a series of holiday greetings from scores of residents.  

 

And a wonderful new tradition is born!

Christmas in the Village: A Video Tour

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to Bedford TV, the Chamber of Commerce and Suzanne and Co. for this video from Christmas in the Village, Bedford’s 2015 Holiday House Tour. . . Click this link to read about Christmas in the Village ,  the 2015 Suzanne & Co / Bedford Chamber of Commerce holiday house tour.

Christmas and New Year Services at Bedford Churches

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Thanks to the Bedford faith communities – First Baptist Church, St. Michael Parish, First Church of Christ, St Paul’s Episcopal Church, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist – who have shared their Christmas services. All are open to the public, and newcomers are especially welcome. First Baptist Church
155 Concord Road  www.fbcbedford.net   781-275-8151
Christmas Eve, December 24

Candlelight Carols at 7:00 pm

St Michael Parish
80 Concord Road  www.bedfordcatholic.org  781.275.6318
Christmas Eve, December 24

Masses are at 4pm Mass and 10pm

Christmas Day, December 25

Masses are at 7am and 10am. New Year’s Day, January 1

Mass is at 9am

First Church of Christ, Congregational
25 The Great Road  www.firstchurchbedford.wordpress.com  781-275-7951
Sunday, December 20

Nativity Sunday Intergenerational service celebrating the story of the nativity at 10 am

Christmas Eve, December 24

Family Service  at 4:00 pm
Candlelight Service at 9:00 pm:

St Paul’s Episcopal Church
100 Pine Hill Road  www.stpaulsbedford.org   781-275-8262
Christmas Eve, December 24 `

Family Christmas Eve Eucharist, 3:00pm
Carol sing, 9:30pm
Christmas Eve Eucharist, 10:00pm

Christmas Day, December 25

Christmas Day Eucharist, 10:00am

First Parish Unitarian Universalist
75 The Great Road, on Bedford Common  www.uubedford.org  781-275-7994
Sunday, December 20 at 10:00am

Annual Carol Sing with Brad Conner’s special reading of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Sunday, December 20 at 4:00pm

A Child’s Christmas in Wales” plus special guest mime, story-teller, and shadow-savant Rick Adam!

Christmas in the Village House Tour Drew Scores of Strollers to Bedford Center

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

An unusual volume of foot traffic enlivened Bedford center on Sunday afternoon when the Christmas in the Village house tour drew scores of participants to homes and businesses decked out in holiday splendor. “The Bedford Chamber of Commerce is grateful to Suzanne Koller of Suzanne & Co. for her generous sponsorship of the Holiday House tour again this year,” said Executive Director Maureen Sullivan. Several of the stops along the tour featured holiday music: pianist Jim Zaroulis of the Real School of Music; classical guitarist George Parker; flute and guitar duo, Song of the Lark; and the First Parish Quartet – Carole Krusemark, Laura Kalb, Ellen Groves and Larry Herz. The homes and their décor ranged from the simple to the sublime, and each had its own particular highlight.

Volunteers Brighten Holidays for Veterans

Submitted by the Bedford VA Medical Center

Individuals and businesses often ask how they can support Veterans at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, (Bedford VA).  From sponsoring large events, to taking a Veteran out for lunch, there is something that everyone can do to thank and support our Veterans during the holidays and all through the year.  

For example, this month the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary (ALA) Middlesex District5 hosted their 68th Annual “Gift Shop” bringing donations of presents individually chosen for every inpatient Veteran. The women wrap hundreds of presents in a large hospital conference room amid holiday cheer, colorful paper and bows. When the wrapping is done, they visit every single inpatient Veteran personally,and even help to unwrap the gift for Veterans requiring assistance.  This year more than 350 presents were given to the Veterans who enjoyed each thoughtful detail, from the tag on the gift to the clothing inside that is matched to the Veterans size. Ladies Auxiliary members Carol Quigley and Joan Publicover are two of the exemplary volunteers who organize this special tradition.   “It’s so heartwarming to be part of this event for the Veterans,” said Carol Quigley, “just seeing the smiles on their faces is so special. Giving them five minutes of your time is like you gave them a million dollars.”

Hospital Director Christine Croteau thanked the Auxiliary members for all the ways they make a difference in the lives of Veterans at Bedford VA including Bingo, trips, hosting dinners, and other gift-giving occasions, “They truly exemplify commitment, advocacy and caring,” said Director Croteau.

Hundreds Greet Santa on Bedford Common after Walkabout and Laser Show

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford’s inaugural Walkabout and Tree Lighting, the combined effort of several Town Departments and the Chamber of Commerce, came off without a hitch late on Saturday afternoon. The holiday fete began with a nearly standing-room-only laser light show in the Bedford High School Auditorium. After the performance, families enjoyed the afternoon’s mild weather as they walked to Bedford Common. Click each gallery image to see it at its full width

Live music entertained the crowd on the Common until Citizen of the Year Peter Grey flipped a switch that illuminated thousands of twinkling white lights in the trees. Santa arrived soon after the lights went on, arriving on Elm Street atop Ladder One, the town’s newest fire apparatus.  With a wave and a hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho!”