Patriots Day, 2021 ~ An Abbreviated Observance

On Patriots Day morning, past captains of the Bedford Minuteman Company gathered informally at Willson Park to honor Captain Jonathan Willson, the only Bedford soldier who did not return from the Concord Fight on April 19, 1775.

Bedford Arts and Crafts Society ~ Reaching out to the Bedford Community

For years now, Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS) crafters have gathered weekly to try their hand at a wide variety of projects and activities. During the pandemic, their sessions have increasingly focused on community-helping-community objectives. These include providing knitted goods through the Bedford Food Bank and handcrafted greeting cards for many town individuals and groups.

17th Annual Peeps Diorama Contest Winners

Young adult librarian Pam Aghababian said, “Many, many thanks to the folks who created such fantastic dioramas this year! We are once again blown away by the creativity and care that goes into making these dioramas.”

CSF Trivia Night Set for February 6 ~ Is Your 2021 Team Ready?

The Covid-19 pandemic may be dominating everyday life, but it isn’t going to stop the annual trivia night, sponsored by CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars.

The virtual event is scheduled for Saturday night, Feb. 6. The Zoom meeting will begin at 7, the contest will start at 7:30 for about an hour, and Zoom will continue live for another 30 minutes or so for conversation.

Bedford Embraces Diversity’s MLK Jr Day Observance Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18

An award-winning University of Massachusetts Lowell historian will keynote Bedford Embraces Diversity’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day community observance, planned for Monday morning, Jan. 18, 2021, on Zoom.

Dr. Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, associate professor of history, plans to speak on one of her research concentrations: residential segregation, and why it has persisted.

Also featured at the event will be vocalist Aniyah Certain, a Bedford High School senior, whose selections will include familiar inspirational music. The agenda includes a tribute to unarmed African-Americans killed during 2020.

Girl Scout Cookie Season is Underway

Bedford has 15 Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette/Senior/Ambassador troops ready to supply cookies to the community in 2021.

Your purchase helps troops raise funds to support their activities, awards, travel, and the Bedford-Hanscom Girl Scout Scholarship fund. Cookies are $5 per box.

Bedford Santa Thanks its Many Volunteers

As it observed its 75th year, the 2020 Bedford Community Santa Claus Project had to resort to a different scheme due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Planning began as usual in August.  After many individual meetings and consultations with a member of the Select Board, the Town Manager and the Bedford Board of Health, many options were discussed and discarded. 

Local Cultural Performances Featured on Bedford TV’s Virtual Video Fundraiser ~ 10 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, December 1

A variety of local cultural performances will be featured on Bedford TV Tuesday during its “Virtual Video Fundraiser” between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Viewers may watch any or all of the videos on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel and may donate throughout the day. Gifts may be made online or by mail to Bedford TV, 16 South Road, Bedford 01730.

The telethon coincides with “Giving Tuesday,” described as a global day or generosity. Half of the donations raised by Bedford TV will be directed to the Bedford Food Pantry.

Celebrating 75 Years of Bedford Santa in 2020 by Going Virtual

The 75th year of the Bedford Community Santa Program will be like no other.

Like so many traditions throughout the Covid-19 world, the experience will be virtual.

Dave Dalrymple, who serves as spokesman, said the organizing committee is using pre-registration to survey participants and others to see which of two likely options they prefer to replace the pre-arranged in-home visits – with gifts — by Santa Claus that have defined the holiday for thousands of Bedford children over three generations.