Notes from the Committee




As part of the Opening Events for the 300th , the town will be treated to a Country Fair and All-Town Picnic Sept. 22.

Lexington’s Country Fair will highlight the past, present and future with activities that range from old-fashioned colonial field games to more modern contests. Although still in the planning stages, other activities may celebrate traditional and contemporary toys, face painting and demonstrations of colonial and contemporary crafts.

A raffle table is in the works with original creations by Lexingtonians. Quilted works, handcrafted pillows, and accessories will be available.

Event planners are now choosing the blue ribbon contest categories. Categories currently under consideration include best pie, biggest squash and perhaps the most creative birdhouse. Don’t start working yet. Stay tuned for the official announcements!

Local vendors will be on hand to sell treats at the Country Fair and All-Town Picnic. Strolling entertainers can be seen throughout the day. Jeff Leonard, coordinator of Lexington Public Schools’ performing arts department, will be lending his expertise with the entertainment tent.

Fay Backert is chairing the Country Fair committee.

Anyone interested in participating in planning the fair or sponsoring an activity should visit or email



Following the theme for the 300th celebration “We are Lexington” many people are already contributing in small and big ways.

Mary Rommel has designed signature pillows featuring men’s silk neckties which will be sold at the Sept. 22 Country Fair to offset expenses for the celebration. Ties with a connection to Lexington are still being sought.

“We want to highlight the variety of artistic talent and a ‘Made in Lexington’ theme,” said Jessie Steigerwald, events co-chair. “Handcrafts were treasured in 1713 when Lexington was incorporated, and the one-of-a-kind creations made today will be among the most prized souvenirs from the 300th.”

Shirley Lane is handling inventory of locally made items to be sold at the Country Fair. Leslie Masson is storing costumes for the musical fashion revue Oct. 27. Amanda von Rumohr and Vicki Blier have generously donated fabric. Linda Liu has donated patterns and fabric purchased in the 1970s!

Many have lent vintage garments including wedding gowns to be shown at the musical fashion review. Lane has lent her 1940s wedding gown. Gail Leichtman is lending a 1880s riding habit. Jean Ricci is lending 1920s dresses. Alice Pierce has lent a 1960s skirt. The Lexington Summer Theater is lending 1970s dresses. Those with vintage garments are urged to contact Tanya Morrisett, revue co-chair at


Volunteers Needed! As the opening events for Lexington’s 300th celebration quickly approach, the 300th events team welcomes new volunteers. Can you save the date to help at the Country Fair on Sept. 22? Are you interested in working with community groups on the Opening Ceremony? Would you like to join the overall events planning team? Do you have an hour to help sew for the musical fashion revue? There’s room for all! Everyone is needed to make a celebration that Lexington will never forget. Writers, event planners, ushers, artists, community liaisons, logistics coordinators, general helpers and so much more are needed. There’s something for everyone and the planners can accommodate even the busiest of schedules.

The Opening Ceremony will take place simultaneously at Cary Hall and Lexington High School Sept. 22. The most urgent need is for a decoration team at each location. The Lexington Field and Garden Club is already helping with planning, but a team of volunteers is needed at each location to take charge of making the spaces look beautiful are needed. Ushers also are needed.

The Country Fair and All Town Picnic will offer old-fashioned fun for everyone. Activities coordinators, field game coordinators and food vendor coordinators for the picnic are needed. The evening will conclude with a Community Dance. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate refreshments, decorations and set-up.


Needle Arts/Fiber Arts Enthusiasts Needed! Looking for a fun way to help celebrate Lexington’s 300th birthday of its incorporation? If you sew, knit or stitch, the 300th’s Fiber Arts Committee is meeting at 3 p.m. April 1 at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society (LACS), 130 Waltham St. All needle arts enthusiasts are encouraged to participate.

“This is one of the many ways to volunteer to make Lexington’s 9-month birthday party a success,” explained Jessie Steigerwald, committee co-chair. The celebration kicks off Friday, Sept. 21 with a gala ball followed by opening ceremonies, all all-town picnic and country fair, Special events continue through Memorial Day weekend 2013. Anyone who knits, quilts, makes costumes or clothes, crochets or any other form of needle arts should come with ideas and suggestions.

In addition, kits will be available for those interested for making tie pillows and costumes needed for a musical revue of fashion through the 300 years 1713-2013. Two quilting groups are being formed to create quilts to be donate to the town. Other items will be sold or auctioned to help defray costs of the 300th celebration at the Country Fair on opening day Sept. 22 and at the Musical Fashion Show Revue Oct. 27.

Co-chairing the Fiber Arts Committee with Jessie are Tanya Morrisett and Kim Coburn. For anyone who can’t attend meetings but wants to participate by making their own creations or in need of a kit call or email Corinne Steigerwald at 781-861-7190 or


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