Just a quick reminder that Melrose merchants are your friends and neighbors, and they contribute to our community in many ways all year long. Saturday is Shop Local Saturday, and it’s a great opportunity to pick up some gifts with a local flair. So avoid the malls and spend some time in Melrose today and tomorrow!
I was woken up early to a surprise phone call: We have been informed by Wakefield that they have postponed the Thanksgiving football game to be played tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Wakefield. It is the home team’s decision, and Wakefield feels that the conditions on the field are unsafe to play today. This is certainly unfortunate, but have a great Thanksgiving, and we will see you tomorrow.
As you know Melrose High School is going to the Super Bowl on December 6. This is an opportunity to showcase all of the great achievements of our football team, our band our cheerleaders, our student body, and our staff and to celebrate all of our schools and the great things that are happening every day! Let’s celebrate Melrose!
Next week starting on Monday and going on to the game on Saturday will be Melrose Red Raiders week for the City of Melrose. We are planning some great activities:
- On Monday morning we will raise the Melrose High School flag at City Hall to declare the week of December 1 Melrose Red Raiders Week. We will display a special banner and light the City Hall tree in brilliant red and white to celebrate Melrose High School.
- Let’s make this a city-wide event! Via the Chamber of Commerce, I am inviting local businesses to decorate their windows and citizens to decorate their homes to show their Red Raider spirit. E-mail pictures of your decorations to email@example.com or Tweet them to the city Twitter account, @CityofMelrose, and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog for all to see.
- Follow our blog next week as we do feature stories on the Melrose High School football seniors, band members, cheerleaders, and some unsung Melrose High School student heroes during the run-up to the game.
- Next Friday, December 5, city-wide, from the ECC to Melrose High School, from the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to all our businesses to City Hall, will be Red and White Day. I encourage everyone in the city to wear red and white. Tweet pictures of your family and co-workers dressed in red and white and we will re-Tweet them and put them on our blog.
- Melrose Red Raider Week will culminate on Friday, December 5, with Home for the Holidays, including the tree lighting on the City Hall lawn at 6 p.m., the stroll down Main Street at 6:30, and the arrival of Santa immediately afterward.
- Let’s get as many people as possible to Gillette Stadium at 6 p.m. on December 6 as Melrose takes on Dartmouth for the 2014 MIAA Super Bowl.
As we reported over the last few weeks, there will be no yard waste pickup this week, but the Department of Public Works has added two more weeks to its yard waste schedule: Yard waste will be picked up on the weeks of December 1 and December 8. In addition, the City Yard will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 1. The yard will also be open on Friday, November 28, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturday, November 29, December 6, and December 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for yard waste dropoff. December 13 will be the last Saturday opening until the spring.
Please join us on the weekend of December 5th and 6th for Home for the Holidays hosted by the City of Melrose and the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Hallmark Health System.
Join us for a weekend of holiday celebrations all around the city of Melrose. On Friday, December 5, the celebration kicks off with the lighting of the tree on City Hall lawn and the holiday lights on Main Street by Mayor Dolan. Santa, escorted by the Melrose Fire Department, arrives in Melrose and holds court at Edward Jones, 502 Main Street. Santa’s safe arrival is made possible by Marie T. Wood Realty. And Friday night is not just for our youngest citizens; adults are invited to stroll Main Street, enjoying the warmth and hospitality of our Main Street shops and restaurants. All day on Saturday, trolleys will take shoppers to the various festivities in the city, including Main Street, Cedar Park, Franklin Street/Melrose Highlands, Franklin Square, West Wyoming, and Windsor at Oak Grove/Pine Banks area. Saturday’s events include church fairs, Hayrides with Santa, Reindeer Rides, photos with Blades and lots of food and warm drinks!
For more information, including a detailed schedule and trolley map, visit www.melrosechamber.org. For questions, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 781-665-3033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want congratulate the cast of “Mulan Jr.,” who performed several shows last weekend at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School auditorium. I went to the show with my daughter Kiley on Saturday afternoon, and I was so impressed and proud of our middle school students, who put on an extraordinary performance of the highest caliber. The acting and singing were top notch, as was the set design, the direction, and every aspect of this show. Congratulations! I recommend that everyone attend these productions at both the high school and the middle school to get a taste of the talent of our students.
It was a great weekend to be a Melrosian!
MHS roared past Tewksbury last night 14-7 in what will go down as an instant classic in Melrose sports history! They will play Dartmouth at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, December 6 (time TBD).
So proud of Coach Morris and his staff, the cheerleaders, band, student body, fans, and most importantly the MHS football team for displaying what Melrose High School pride is all about!
Holiday fair season is rolling around once again. The usual holiday fair? No, not at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church. Yes, you’ll still find those wonderful baked goods that will lessen your kitchen stress. And, yes, as always, there’ll be a fascinating mix of hands-on fun activities for the children, and…no, you will not want to miss our deservedly famous lobster roll luncheon. Not a lobster lover? Not to worry, the lunch menu has you covered. You’ll like it!
In addition to those tried-and-true pleasures, this year’s Marketplace will feature jewelry makers, a cake decorator, stationery/note card designer, Tupperware, PartyLite Candles, Wildtree Herbs, and—timely indeed—a designer of exquisite, table-top lit Christmas trees. We’ll have holiday-related raffle baskets, and we’ll also have a great selection of “nearly new” items in our “Timeless Treasures” room that you and your budget will both like.
Finally, if you’ve enjoyed these festive Highlands happenings in the past, then you’re probably wondering if you’ll find that famous aged—four years or so—Wisconsin cheddar cheese we always feature, and those memorable Aunt Ruby’s peanuts. Yes, we have them! Don’t be late, though; the cheese sells out quickly, and if you’ve ever tasted it, you know why.
We’ll look for you on Saturday, November 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 355 Franklin Street in Melrose. Be sure to bring your holiday gift list because serious shopping—and a really good time—will be the order of the day.