Author Archive: Mayor Dolan

Join the Fun at the Winter Festival—Today!


The Winter Festival is going on today until 2:30 at Mount Hood. Come on down and enjoy winter fun, games, and a free barbecue! Please note: There is no parking at Mount Hood; park at Incarnation and a free shuttle will bring you to the festival.


Melrose Symphony Highlights Current & Past Musicians in Upcoming Concert


The Melrose Symphony continues its 99th Concert Season with music of Rossini, Vivaldi, and Tchaikovsky on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 pm in Memorial Hall. This program highlights current and past members of the Melrose Symphony including Erin Svoboda, Randy O’Keefe, and Matt Repucci.

Melrose native Erin Svoboda returns to play Rossini’s Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra. Svoboda, a graduate of Melrose High School and former member of the Melrose Symphony, is currently the Associate Principal Clarinetist with the Utah Symphony.

Randy O’Keefe and Matt Repucci, both current members of the Melrose Symphony, will perform Vivaldi’s iconic Concerto for Two Trumpets. Both trumpeters are also local teachers: Repucci is the Band Director for the Melrose Public Schools and O’Keefe has been the Band Director at Masconomet Regional School District for over 25 years.

The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, a lyrical and romantic piece which depicts frozen landscapes alongside Russian folk tunes.

Pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 pm. Refreshments and small plates are available from Bobby C’s Ristorante.

Tickets are $29 general admission, $10 students. Save 20% (online only) before Monday, February 27th with the discount code: mayorsblog20.

A Cappella Brings ‘Music Night’ to Mount Hood on March 3


Come to the Winter Festival on February 23!

Winter Festival - CraftsMelrose Winter Festival
Ages: Open to All Ages
Cost: FREE
Date: Thursday, Feb 23
Time: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Mt. Hood Golf Course – Club House

Get out of the house and help us celebrate the winter at Mount Hood Memorial Park. Come take in the sights, sounds, and all of the beautiful winter views that the park has to offer. We will be having games, activities, entertainment, music, face painting, trail walking, hot cocoa, and a huge free barbecue for all who attend. Don’t miss out on all of the fun and surprises that we have in store. We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!


All public parking for the event will be held at Melrose Incarnation Church on Upham Street. Shuttle bus service will transport all attendees to and from the event from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. No public parking is allowed at Mt. Hood for this event. Families are permitted to drop-off passengers at Mt. Hood but they will not be permitted to park or wait in their cars as this will block the shuttle service.

In partnership with Mayor Robert Dolan, Melrose Parks Commission, Melrose Recreation Department, Melrose Parks Department, and Golf Management Company, LLC.

See the Stars Over Melrose on February 25!


Saturday, February 25 7:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Melrose

Please join Melrose Rotary for a family-friendly evening of great talent performed by your friends and neighbors in Melrose. Over 50 performers ranging in age from 10 to 80-something will be on stage to entertain, delight, and amaze.

There will be guitar, ukulele, piano, and organ (the famous, seldom-played Memorial Hall Slayton Organ).

There will be singles and groups singing genres ranging from pop to folk to Irish to Broadway to opera.

There will be both tap and jazz dancing.

And there will be a hula hoop twirled in ways you didn’t think possible and balanced on an oh-so-talented nose. (yes! really!!— she holds the record!!)

It’s not a competition — just a fun, upbeat, chance to watch performers ranging in age from 10 to 80-something.

It all supports Melrose Rotary, a non-sectarian, international service organization that raises money to support charitable endeavors around the world (eradication of Polio, for example) and in Melrose (skate board park, for example).

The Performers

Caleb Barnes
Blue of a Kind
Brendan Carroll
Sam Chetkin
Christine Corbett and Jean Dancewicz
Dancers from Center Stage Dance Studio:
Kiara Awunti, Amanda Cavicchi, Gianna Filaretos, Emily Nguyen
Jesse DeLaurier
Carol Dixon
Ainsley Donaldson
Gianna Filaretos
Frances Garrett
Beth Grzegorzewski
Eva Lou Hoops
Melrose High School Honors Chorus
Melrose High School Raider Tones A Capella Club
Mark Morgan
Joe Mulholland
Joel Peterson
Amanda Rosa
Rebecca Zama

MHS Wrestlers Are Front Page News!


Great way to start the day! Congratulations again to the Melrose High School wrestling team, who won the state championship last night!

MHS Wrestlers Win the State Championship!


Congratulations State Champion Melrose High School Wrestling team! The best of the best!! What an incredible match! So proud!

Winter Farmers’ Market Is February 19


This Sunday is the monthly Melrose – Wakefield Winter Farmers’ Market.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Melrose Memorial Hall
590 Main St.

30 vendors this month of local farms and food!

Can you volunteer? Find out more from our Volunteer Newsletter.

Farms and Agriculture Vendors

Aaronap Cellars – wines from grapes grown along the southern coast of Massachusetts
Baer’s Beans – twenty varieties of heirloom beans, mostly old time New England varieties.
Lilac Hedge – sustainably raised meats including cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and turkeys
Oakdale Farm – winter squash, root veg, kale, Brussel sprouts, eggs
Pony Shack Cider – hard cider
Shady Pine Farm – sustainably raised meats including cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and turkeys, and eggs
West River Creamery – cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses. Bringing their normal cheese as well as their high end cheeses

Other Food Vendorsfarmers-market-vegetables

Bagel Land of Winchester – freshly baked NY Style water bagels and artisan bread
Bondat Foods – spice mixes and rubs
Coutts Specialty Foods – relishes, sauces, and jams
Deano’s Pasta – pasta and sauces
Emmett’s Edibles – All natural wheat and soy free dog and cat treats
Goodies Homemade – cookies, whoopie pies and bar cookies and some gluten free products
Habibi (formerly Samira’s Homemade) – Lebanese & Egyptian dips
In Good Taste Pam’s Salsa – Pam’s Black Bean Salsa,Salstina Roasted pepper salad.
Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery – fresh bread
Nanette Pastries – French pastries, chouquette, financiers, cannelés, brioches, croissants
Popover Lady – breads, pies, popovers
Roasted Granola – granola and local honey
Roberto’s Seafood – fresh fish
Shagbark Farm – Seasonal hickory and other specialty syrups and jams.
Soluna Garden Farm – hand mixed spice blends, teas, salts
The Soup Guy – Vegan and gluten free chili, soups, veggie burger, seasonal salsas, roasted sunflower seeds, smoothies, limsa (basil and mint lemonade)
Swiss Bakers – pretzels, pretzel sticks, pretzel bread, berliners, croissants, cookies, pajazzo bread, sandwiches.
Vermont Candy Dish – ice cream sauce, jellies, cranberry sauce

Artists, Crafters, and Non-food Vendors

Hiller’s Silver Studio – Semi-precious stones set in custom-made Sterling silver settings.
Kitteredge Candles – Soy candles, tarts, soaps, lotions, lip balms, perfumes, sachets and gift sets
Sarah’s Originals – handmade placemats and table runners
Sheepshed – Handspun yarns, moth repellents, soy candles, sheep pottery, baby hats, gloves
Simplicity Apothecary – all natural soaps, deoderants, salves, foot creams

Talking Local Issues on the Radio


I was on Boston Herald Radio’s Drive Time show yesterday, discussing local issues and the importance of local government and how it relates to the bigger picture in our country.

You can listen to it on SoundCloud.

Beethoven Society Piano Recital on February 19


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