Every spring, a cooperative effort between the City of Melrose, the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, the Melrose business and civic communities, and individual Melrose residents brings beautiful hanging geraniums in baskets to adorn the Victorian lamp posts on Main Street, West Wyoming Street, West Emerson Street, Franklin Street and Essex Street. The flowers are up and your help is needed to keep this growing tradition alive!
These plants have become symbols of the vibrancy of our city and are lasting reminders of the continued generosity of and commitment from our business community, civic and community leaders, and also residents. Additionally, thanks to the careful maintenance from the City of Melrose, the hanging baskets enhance the business districts from the spring until late fall.
We hope you will consider donating to this initiative so that Main Street, Cedar Park, West Wyoming Street, the Highlands, and Essex Street can bloom all summer long and into the fall. A contribution of $75 will purchase one basket, but you can sponsor as many baskets as you wish. All gifts make a difference to the landscape of Melrose and to our thriving neighborhood business districts.
If you can contribute to this growing tradition, please make a check payable to the City of Melrose/Flower Baskets and mail it to Joan Cassidy, 61 Clifton Park, Melrose, MA, 02176. Please mail your gift as soon as possible so our business districts can continue to bloom during the city’s spring and summer celebrations. For additional information contact the Melrose Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-665-3033.
Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market is entering its 23rd year, connecting farmers, handmade food producers, artisans, nonprofits and local businesses, entertainers, and educational groups to the Melrose community. The market runs every Thursday from June 8th to October 26th, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., then 2 p.m.-6 p.m. beginning September 14th. This year in addition to Dick’s Market Garden, market goers will find more fresh produce from two new farms, Moonlight Farm and Kelly’s Family Farm. Each week the market will feature fresh, local produce, fresh fish, fine meats, poultry, eggs, maple syrup, honey, granola, and yogurt. Shoppers will also be able to purchase locally produced dips, spreads, sweet and savory preserves, baked goods, teas, salts, soaps, and creative gifts from local artisans.
The family-friendly market has an average of 600 to 800 visitors per week. The market also matches SNAP up to $10 and an extra $5 for using Senior Farmers Market Coupons. Each market features live music from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. and a cooking demonstration from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The market also holds fun, family events such as, Curious Creatures, Ask a Master Gardener, Bike Day and Yoga in the Park. Young visitors are invited to join Club Sprouts, where they answer a clue of the day, taste the featured fruit or vegetable and earn a stamp in their Club Sprouts passport. Five stamps earns a prize.
The market is held outdoors in Bowden Park at the junction of W. Emerson, and Vinton Streets, adjacent to the Cedar Park Commuter Rail stop. Walking, strolling, and biking is encouraged. Parking available around the park.
For further information or to volunteer, visit Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market at https://melrosefarmersmarket.org
About SFFM: The mission of the Sally Frank’s Farmers’ Market, a non-profit organization, is to provide all Melrose-area residents with the opportunity to buy and learn about nutritious, locally grown and produced foods. The Market promotes local farms, organizations and businesses and builds community while contributing to a sustainable future. The SFFM manages a weekly summer market at Bowden Park.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day is Saturday June 10th.
We will be hosting a Knit in Public gathering in Bowden Park in Melrose (across from Lucky Cat Yarns, bordered by Vinton St/West Emerson St/Cedar Park). There will be giveaways, goodies and experienced knitters happy to give advice from 11am-2pm, but feel free to come any time while we are open (right across the street) from 10am to 4pm!
Come bring your WIP, or favorite skeins from your stash and we will help you to find a pattern to work up. If you have a friend who has always wanted to learn to knit but hasn’t taken the plunge, bring them along! We are happy to provide impromptu free lessons to get everyone going.
Grab a blanket or a chair, your sunscreen, your lunch, and of course, your knitting! We look forward to seeing you there.
Carbs, Fats and Proteins Oh My!
So much misinformation. What works for weight loss? What is important in athletic performance?
Date: Tuesday, May 9th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Memorial Hall
Open to ALL ages
Admission is FREE
Presenter Jenine Wright:
Jenine Wright has her Masters in Exercise Physiology and is a Nutrition Educator. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Jenine has worked with a diverse population including high school, college, professional athletes and has trained at the Olympic center in Lake Placid.
It’s finally time to get outside, get active, get moving, and have fun with Healthy Melrose’s lineup of family friendly events at the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Fair. Healthy & Sustainable Melrose has become the premier Health and Wellness fair in eastern Massachusetts. Last year, we saw over 2,500 attendees, and we anticipate a similar crowd on May 13th.
The 9th Annual Healthy Melrose Family Fitness & Wellness Fair is back Saturday, May 13th at Melrose High School athletic complex from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be over 50 vendors on hand to provide information on health and wellness, as well as food trucks, over 10,000 free food samples, free tote bags, and free activities for everyone from toddlers to adults.
There are several new classes and attractions this year, along with the return of some community favorites, so please take a look below:
SPINNING® & FUSION
11:45am-12:15pm | 12:15pm-12:45pm
Multiple stations set up on the field including Spin®, IndoRow®, and other cardio and strength training in a series of short circuits. Taught by the highly qualified team at fit life Melrose
Transform your morning into serenity!
Start the fair with tranquility & wellbeing with our favorite BARRE & SOUL instructors! (byom) bring your own mat
Zumba® is BACK!
Get your groove on! Dance with friends or make some new grooves to your own beat! Our favorite past ZUMBA® Instructors are joining us from fit life Melrose!
End the fair strengthening your muscles with an introductory mat pilates class from the talented staff from our local WellBarre Studio
Drive Green Electric Vehicle Test Drive
Get behind the wheel of the new Chevy Bolt or a Sonata Plug-In Hybrid. Mirak Chevrolet and Hyundai will have an all-electric Bolt and a plug-in hybrid Sonata available to test drive as part of Mass Energy’s Drive Green program which offers discounts on the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles
PARTICIPATE IN A KARATE DOJO CLASS
4-5 years old 10:00 – 10:30 9-12 years old 11:45 – 12:30
6-8 years old 10:45 – 11:30 Teens & Adults 12:45 – 1:30
While not required, we do strongly encourage people to sign up in advance for free classes. Please click below and all Healthy Melrose free events are listed on the calendar for May 13th.
Equally important to having fun is learning about health, wellness, and your environment. The fair will feature 50 vendors offering materials and services to help you live a healthier life.
The fair also features Sustainable Melrose which is a group of civic minded organizations coming together to raise awareness of and support for our shared community responsibilities in environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity over the long term. In collaboration with the Healthy Melrose organizers and the city, Sustainable Melrose will be taking steps to make the fair a “zero waste” and “zero carbon” event.
In addition to the electric vehicle test drives, our awesome Sustainable Melrose vendors will have great interactive demonstrations.
For a complete list of vendors, food trucks, food samples, and activities, please visit the Healthy Melrose website.
Enjoy an evening of delicious food and a lively auction while supporting a great cause. Funds raised will benefit oncology patients and family health services at Hallmark Health. Featuring a variety of auction items including a getaway at Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort, Freedom Boat Club cruise complete with refreshments from Buckalew’s and Whole Foods, a romantic dinner at Davio’s with a limousine ride courtesy of Robinson Funeral Home and roses from Pepperberry Florist, concert tickets to KISS concert, Billy Joel at Fenway, Summer JAMN, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with dinner at Giacomo’s, VIP Patriots tickets and more! Enjoy a signature cocktail and enter to win a raffle for a bracelet donated by Perella Jewelers.
$50 before May 1; $60 after May 1st
Purchase at www.hallmarkhealth.org/taste
For more information call 781-338-7620
Featuring the finest cuisine from: Bonefish Grill, Bobby C’s Ristorante, Del Frisco’s Grille, FuGaKyu Lynnfield, Henry’s Market, Pamplemousse Reading, Pizza Goddess “A Little Slice of Heaven” mobile brick oven catering, Davio’s Lynnfield, Wegmans, Stearns & Hill’s Bistro, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Turner’s Seafood Grill and Market, Strega Prime Italian Steakhouse, Gaslight Lynnfield, and Fusilli’s Cucina.
If you’ve ever dreamt of wandering through a roomful of pizza, with free access to many different choices for the world’s most perfect food—dream no more. Instead, come to Melrose Rotary Club’s fifth annual Pizza Palooza on Saturday, April 1, at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School cafeteria, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Partnering with Melrose Rotary for the event will be members of The Bridge: A School Community Partnership, the group that matches volunteers in the community with needs in the schools. The Bridge is also the sponsor of the recent wildly popular Annual Trivia Bee.
The Bridge will help Rotary sell tickets and staff the event, and, in return, will share in the profits.
Among the Pizza restaurants that will participate in the Palooza extravaganza are Alfredo’s, Bobby C’s, Comela’s, Gerry’s, Greenwood House of Pizza, Melrose House of Pizza, Papa Gino’s Petrone’s, Schoolhouse Pizza, Stearns and Hills Bistro, Theo’s, Whole Food Market, and Wood and Fire.
Tickets for Pizza Palooza cost $10 for adults and $7 for students, with children under 6 eating free. The ticket price includes unlimited servimgs of pizza, one beverage, and one dessert. Tickets are available at Miter Biter, 479 Main Street, or at the door.
I was happy to be there to cut the ribbon at the new Lucky Cat Yarns—and to get my first knitting lesson!
Lucky Cat Yarns is located at 167 West Emerson St., and owner Leanne Leno, a Melrose resident, offers an assortment of yarns from A to Z, literally: Alpaca Yarn Company to Zen Yarn Garden. She also gives lessons and has a drop-in class as well. The store is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday (closed Monday). Stop in and check it out!