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Bike to Boston on Friday

Have you thought about making your commute into Boston by bike but weren’t sure how to go about doing it?

The Melrose Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will lead a bicycle convoy from Melrose to downtown Boston Friday, July 24th. Meet at the Y at 6:50 a.m.; the ride starts at 7 a.m. You can find the exact route on this Google Map.

The Melrose to Boston Bike Friday are once a month from April to August. Visit the Melrose and Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee’s website for more information.

Irish Music Group to Hold Fund-Raiser Concert on Saturday

The Realta Geala Youth Ensemble, the Midatlantic Fleadh Champions, will have a special concert and album release party on Saturday, July 25, at the Knights of Columbus, 23 West Foster St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8. There will be food from Redbones Barbecue of Somerville as well as a cash bar. Tickets are $10 per person, and proceeds will go to Realta Gala’s trip to the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo in August.

The event will feature the release of the live album from the November 8 concert of the Trad Youth Exchange, which features the Realta Geala group and special guests. Albums will be available for $20, and there will also be raffles.

Fresh Corn, Knife Sharpening, at Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market This Week

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The Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market will be this Thursday from 1 – 7 p.m., in Bowden Park, across from the Cedar Park train Station on W. Emerson St. (GPS address 163 W. Emerson St., Melrose). Corn is in – fresh picked that morning!

On the Edge Knife will be at the market this week. She won’t be able to come to the August market, so bring your knives, scissors, garden tools, etc. to be sharpened.

Suzie Goodwin will be at the market for the first time this week, bringing her backyard vegetables and homemade jams.

A BIG THANK YOU to Melrose Cooperative Bank for providing the means to match SNAP benefits at the market. The market can now match up to $10 when you come to the market and use your SNAP benefits!

Holly Pierce is back at the market with cooking demonstrations – cook to the season! She’ll be at the market around 3:30.

Live music from Jessica Drench from 4 – 6 p.m., playing old time classic country, blues, and Americana. The music at the market is made possible by a grant from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts.

Yoga in the Park from 5 – 6 p.m., made possible by Barre & Soul Yoga Studio. Free outdoor yoga every Thursday. All levels are welcome. Children are welcome to join if accompanied by an adult. Stretch away the stress and leave feeling centered and rejuvenated. Please bring your own mat. Yoga will be cancelled if the forecast is rain.

You can use your Shop Melrose gift checks at the farmers’ market! Either bring your own gift check or buy one for a friend or family member. You can buy the gift checks at the Melrose Cooperative Bank and Hourglass.

AP Scores Up at Melrose High School

Great news from Melrose High School!

Melrose High School has made great gains on students’ Advanced Placement (AP) math, science and English scores in partnership with Mass Insight Education (MIE), according to information just released by the College Board.
In its first year of partnership with Mass Insight Education, Melrose High School has increased their qualifying scores in STEM and English AP courses from 159 in 2014 to 259 in 2015. Students achieved 92 qualifying scores in AP Sciences, 91 in AP Math, and 71 in AP English, with the greatest number of qualifying scores in AP Statistics (46) and AP English Language and Composition (45).

“We are proud of our students and staff who participated in the AP programs,” said principal Marianne Farrell. “Our success in the first year is amazing. We have already exceeded the three year projection for qualifying scores. Time to set some new goals!”

AP courses are college-level classes taught in high school. Each course culminates with a May exam designed to measure each student’s mastery of the subject. Exams are graded on a scale of 1-5, with scores of 3, 4 and 5 considered passing or “qualifying” scores. More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States give students credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of AP Exam scores, which makes the MIE program a leader in supporting the future college success of Melrose High School students.

MIE expands access and improves outcomes in college-level courses, particularly among black, Hispanic, low-income, female, and other student groups under-represented by AP classes, in order to prepare them for college and career success. The MIE approach includes extensive teacher training and mentoring, Saturday study sessions and other academic supports for students and privately-funded financial awards for teachers and students. Schools participating in the program sign performance agreements with MIE, which include specific enrollment and achievement targets. 2014-2015 was Melrose High School’s first year in the program.

“These results demonstrate Melrose High School’s thorough understanding of the importance of college success. It is thanks to the superintendent, the teachers, the parents of the students, and most importantly the students themselves, that Melrose High School has established itself as a high-performing school of rigorous academic content. We are proud of these students and their accomplishments,” stated William Guenther, CEO of Mass Insight Education.

Stone Zoo Community Meeting on July 27

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Sign Up for the Fourth Annual Melrose Tennis Open Now!

The Fourth Annual Melrose Tennis Open is a sure way to show off your skills on the court. All abilities and skill levels welcomed, and the Tennis Open will hold single elimination men’s, women’s, and junior’s matches. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt, as well as new balls for their matches. Online Registration is now available. Registration deadline is July 22. All registrations after July 22 will be slotted as space allows.

Dates: Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26
Rain Date: Saturday, Aug 15, and Sunday, Aug 16
Cost: $25 Singles / $40 Doubles (per team)
Time: Starting at 8 a.m. both days
Location: Stoneham High School Courts

Divisions:

  • Men’s Singles (Flights A and B)
  • Men’s Doubles (Flights A and B)
  • Women’s Singles
  • Women’s Doubles
  • Juniors 14 and under

Complete Band Lineup for Four Corners Music Festival

We are only two days away from the Second Annual Four Corners Music Festival. Here is a complete look at each of the bands who are set to perform this Saturday, July 18, at Hesseltine Field from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. In addition to these acts, we have an acoustic side stage that will feature over a dozen talented Melrose residents who will perform in between sets of the bands.

We hope to see many families at the morning concert from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Cedar Park, featuring the great Alastair Moock along with an extremely talented selection of youth performers. Each child who comes to this performance will receive maracas and cymbals to play along. We will also have face painters on hand to get everyone in a festive mood!

Our Hesseltine concert will also be very family friendly as there will be Recreation Department staff on hand with games and face painting for kids. You don’t want to miss the three amazing food trucks who will be serving food for the duration of the festival: Saigon Alley, The Chowda Heads, and Gogi on the Block!

Hesseltine Field Music Lineup (4 p.m.-8 p.m.)

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The Almighty Buck

The Almighty Buck is the music of singer, guitarist and songwriter Tim Ko. (short for Tim Kochanski), former main songwriter and leader for one of New England’s most adored bands of the 90s, Cotton Mouth. Erik Von Doetsch (lead guitar), Leah Ferjulian (bass), and Jeff Woods (drums) round out the band’s refreshing combination of alt-country, roots rock, Americana, and alternative music. The Almighty Buck is now on tour in support of their new EP, “So Long,” released in April of 2015 and following their 2003 LP “Horse and Rider.” The EP was recorded and produced by Tim Ko. and mixed and mastered by Joel Plante, who is credited as the only assistant engineer at Das Boot Recordings, the studio of James Guthrie, who mixed and/or mastered nearly every Pink Floyd and Floyd-related release since 1978. It features Tim Ko. (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Jeff Dudziak (bass), Josh Fleischmann (drums), Bethany Brooks (vocals), and New England favorites Michael Dion of Hot Day at the Zoo (harmonica) and Jen Kearney of Jen Kearney and The Lost Onion (piano, organ). Listen and stream at The Almighty Buck and check out their Facebook page.

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Mark Bates Acoustic

New Melrose resident Mark Bates is the singer/guitarist/frontman for Boston-based bands Catapult and The Cola War Vets. He is an audience-engaging performer, often filling the time between songs with comedic banter. Mark’s energetic singing and edgy songwriting have earned him the title “Elvis Costello of Somerville.” His songs move from rocking to melancholy and back again without missing a beat. With emotional, draining lyrics centered on the loss of love, friendships, and life, and music that pulls your heart right out of your chest, you will be left exhausted and drained, and you’ll love it. Check out his website (above) and his Facebook page.

Brittaney Brannock

Brittaney Brannock

We are extremely excited to welcome back again to the Four Corners Music Festival Melrose native Brittaney Brannock. Brittaney has been writing and performing music as long as she can remember. She loves to reach people through music, and she loves the thrill of doing a great show, plus the challenge and permanence of writing a great song. She recently won first prize in the Music Cares and Grammy Foundation’s Teens Make Music Songwriting Contest with her song, “What I’ll Never Get.” You can read more about Brittaney and her musical journey in this Melrose Free Press article, and you can hear the award-winning song and some of Brannock’s other original compositions on her website—and then come see her in person at the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday at the Horace Mann School from 4-8 p.m.

Brittaney also has a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, and her music is available for download in the iTunes Store.

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Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky

Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky, longtime performers on the New England acoustic music scene, play funny original songs (suitable for all ages) as well as well-known covers. It’s a very lively show with great musicianship and tight harmonies.

Greystone Brothers

One of Melrose’s newest fun rocking BBQ bands, the Greystone Brothers play classic and alternative rock plus original music. The band consists of a rotating cast of local musicians, all out to have a good time with their fans!

Cedar Park Concert (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

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Alastair Moock

Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner. A Melrose resident with a huge local following and long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of [Pete] Seeger and [Woody] Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!

On June 19, Moock released a new album: All Kinds of You and Me. The project was largely inspired by Marlo Thomas’s landmark 1972 album Free To Be… You and Me. For that groundbreaking release, Thomas gathered musical friends to celebrate individuality, tolerance, and changing cultural ideas about gender roles. Moock’s new album builds on those themes, reflecting on gender, ethnicity, and identity today, as well as the evolving concept of family in America. Like Thomas, Moock gathered a number of special guests including producer Anand Nayak, Rani Arbo (Daisy Mayhem), Jennifer Kimball (The Story), Samirah Evans, Debbie Lan, and Mark Erelli.

Alastair will be headlining the Four Corners Concert at Cedar Park on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition to his music, the concert will showcase several talented youth musicians in Melrose. All kids attending the concert will get a free pair of maracas and cymbals to play along with the music!

Read and listen to more of Alastair’s great music at his website.

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Enjoy Family Night with the Melrose Americans Tonight!

The City of Melrose will team up with its hometown team, the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League, on Thursday, July 16, for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Andre Chiefs. The Melrose Recreation Department will be offering free slush, face painting, games, entertainment, music, and more. Concessions will also be available during the game. First pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 7:15 p.m.. All kids are encouraged to wear their t-ball/Little League shirts. More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at their website.

Four Corners Music Festival Artist Profile: Alastair Moock

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Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner. A Melrose resident with a huge local following and long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of [Pete] Seeger and [Woody] Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!

On June 19, Moock released a new album: All Kinds of You and Me. The project was largely inspired by Marlo Thomas’s landmark 1972 album Free To Be… You and Me. For that groundbreaking release, Thomas gathered musical friends to celebrate individuality, tolerance, and changing cultural ideas about gender roles. Moock’s new album builds on those themes, reflecting on gender, ethnicity, and identity today, as well as the evolving concept of family in America. Like Thomas, Moock gathered a number of special guests including producer Anand Nayak, Rani Arbo (Daisy Mayhem), Jennifer Kimball (The Story), Samirah Evans, Debbie Lan, and Mark Erelli.

Alastair will be headlining the Four Corners Concert at Cedar Park on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition to his music, the concert will showcase several talented youth musicians in Melrose. All kids attending the concert will get a free pair of maracas and cymbals to play along with the music!

Read and listen to more of Alastair’s great music at his website.

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Children’s Concert at Cedar Park, Melrose
(Corner of W. Emerson and Cedar Park)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Featuring:
Alastair Moock
PLUS
The Melrose Youth Musician Talent Showcase

Brittaney Brannock Returns to the Four Corners Music Festival!

Brittaney Brannock

We are extremely excited to welcome back again to the Four Corners Music Festival Melrose native Brittaney Brannock. Brittaney has been writing and performing music as long as she can remember. She loves to reach people through music, and she loves the thrill of doing a great show, plus the challenge and permanence of writing a great song. She recently won first prize in the Music Cares and Grammy Foundation’s Teens Make Music Songwriting Contest with her song, “What I’ll Never Get.” You can read more about Brittaney and her musical journey in this Melrose Free Press article, and you can hear the award-winning song and some of Brannock’s other original compositions on her website—and then come see her in person at the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday at the Horace Mann School from 4-8 p.m.

Brittaney also has a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, and her music is available for download in the iTunes Store.

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