Archives for February 2012

Wilson Farm Welcomes Spring with New Entrance

Wilson Farm is saying good-bye to the familiar white tents along Pleasant Street. For years the tents have welcomed customers to the stand with fresh local produce, seasonal specials, samples and demonstrations. This spring the tents will be replaced by a permanent, climate controlled greenhouse structure. “The tents are labor intensive, not weather tight, and not as aesthetically pleasing as the farm stand itself,” says Lauren Wilson, 5th generation family member. “The new entrance will be unimposing, visually pleasing, and will complement the barn.”

The Stand will remain open through out construction and Wilson Farm has worked hard to make sure there is no impact on the quality of customers’ shopping experience while the new greenhouse entrance is being built.

Rendering of new Greenhouse Entrance to be completed this spring at Wilson Farm

One big move might make shoppers who remember the “old” stand a little nostalgic. The cut flower department will move forward into the new structure, similar to its position years ago. The extra space in the stand will allow the Farm to expand its product selection. Here’s a hint -look for a greater number of refrigerated cases inside.

The new entrance reinforces Wilson Farm’s commitment to local agriculture by providing more room for fresh from their fields produce, as well as items from other local growers and producers. Lauren says the continued interest in local produce allows Wilson Farm to compete with larger chain stores, which unlike Wilson Farm do not grow their own produce.

Wilson Farm’s commitment to local business played a big part in designing the new space. “Wilson Farm has always made an effort to give back to Massachusetts, especially in their partnerships,” Wilson said. “We explored several options for the new entrance, including researching many different companies all around the world. We chose Private Gardens because they are family owned, have a great product and are right here in Massachusetts, making them an ideal designer for the project.”

Wilson Farm customers are sure to be pleased with the comfort and look of the new space, but they won’t be the only ones. Owner Scott Wilson is excited about the benefits of the new entrance, “I’m looking forward to the day when we don’t have to bang snow off the tents; when we don’t have to adjust displays because of the rain; and when customers can enter and not feel cold! The new entrance will provide immense benefits, including the ability to protect our customers from the elements.”

Wilson Farm is open year-round and is a multiple “Best of Boston” winner (now a “Classic” recipient). They have locally grown produce, house baked bread and sweets, freshly prepared take home meals, their own hen house eggs, top quality meats, dairy and cheeses from New England, beautiful cut flowers, and a huge selection of lush garden and indoor plants. For 127 years, Wilson Farm has been at 10 Pleasant Street in Lexington, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.wilsonfarm.com.

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A French A Faire~Click to View Slideshow

 

The Lexington – Antony Sister City Association’s French A Faire fundraising event was the place to be on last Sunday!

With joie de vivre to spare, the event featured French cheeses provided by Wilson Farms, a delightful assortment of pâtés donated by Christina and George Gamota, French wines donated by Joel Berman, chocolate from Taza and Clear Flour bread.

Auctioneer extraordinaire Paul O’Shaughnessy (otherwise known as Major Pitcairn) handled the bidding on several unique items (an insiders tour of Lexington donated by Town Manager Varl Valente, Crêpe Suzettes for 10) with his usual enthusiasm and skill! Event organizer and emcee John Patrick introduced all of the speakers including State Senator Ken Donnelly, State Representative Jay Kaufman, Town Manager Carl Valente and very special guest, the French Consul General of Boston Christophe Guilhou. Monsieur Guilhou commended the group for having one of the strongest sister city relationships in New England.

The LASCA group is currently raising funds to support the creation of a monument dedicated to the Anton relationship similar to Place de Lexington in Antony. If you would like to contribute to the Lexington – Antony Fund for the building of the Park, mail a check to the Lexington Tourism Committee, Town of Lexington, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420.

 

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Cary’s Cupids 2012~Click to View Slideshow

 

It was Valentine’s Day weekend and the Cary Memorial Library Foundation threw a party to support the town’s treasured library. Cary’s Cupids was a huge undertaking for the organization, but a small army of volunteers collaborated to create a truly memorable event.

“We might just have another great Lexington tradition,” commented Jeanne Krieger, current President of the Board of Directors. “Lots of people enjoying good company in the library—a wonderful way to help make a great Library extraordinary!”

The event was sponsored by The Crafty Yankee, Higgins Group Realtors, Lexington Toyota, Deaconess Residences at Newbury Court, and Watertown Savings.

Lexingtonians turned out to show their love for the library by supporting this great event and having a great time doing it! There was dancing, specialty beer, great silent auction items and lots of mingling as neighbors took the opportunity to see the library in a whole new light. Festooned for the occasion with decorations by members of the LABBB program, the library came to life in the after-hours proving once again what a great investment the library renovation was and continues to be for the town of Lexington.

Jay Kaufman and wife along with Norman and Linda Cohen were spotted dancing in the “Cary Commons” to tunes supplied by DJ Jon Mansfield.

Everyone lined up to taste the creations of Lexington native Dan Kramer, founder of Element Brewing in Millers Falls and those who prefer wine enjoyed selections provided by Burlington Wine & Spirits.

The auction was led by committee member Anne Lee. So many great items were available from a beautiful handmade table donated by local artisan Adam Curtis to hot air balloon rides donated by Soaring Adventures of America! Many local Lexington businesses and artists also made generous donations to the silent auction.

According to Kathryn Benjamin Director of Development for the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, the event was a huge success. “I am happy to announce that Cary’s Cupids exceeded its goal of $20,000 by raising just over $21,000! Over 250 tickets were sold, with about 200 people were in attendance,” she said.

Cary’s Cupids is the single largest fundraising event of the year for the CMLF. The proceeds from this event support its collections and programming.

 

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Most Likelii to Succeed!

Likelii’s Boston leadership group from left to right: Marnie Prince, Creative Director; Eugenia Perelman, CTO; Jason Lee, Director of Sales; Melanie De Carolis, Creative Editor; and Radhika Dutt, CEO.

By Marie Manning  |  What does it takes to turn passion into a viable business?  Why would a successful business woman walk away from a stable corporate career to become an entrepreneur?  Two years ago Radhika Dutt followed her passion and here she shares her experience with an enthusiasm that is contagious.

Two years ago Radhika and her husband, Daniele De Francesco, were relaxing after work with a glass of wine in their Lexington home.  Faced with another ill-fated wine choice, they wondered how they could guaranty that future wine purchases would suit their tastes.  Both MIT Alums, they turned to technology for a solution.  They both took out their laptops and scoured the Internet.  They searched for hours.  Nothing!   The initial disappointment quickly faded as inspiration struck.  Radhika knew she could create program that would revolutionize the industry. 

Radhika became obsessed with developing this niche product.  Supported by her husband and fueled by the encouragement of every wine-lover she consulted, she began networking and assembling a core team.  Her colleagues, located in three countries and four time zones, include technology expert Eugenia Perelman and west coast celebrity sommelier Christopher Sawyer.  Chris is the personal sommelier to many Hollywood stars, the Getty family and even the Gorbachevs in Russia!  Radhika also attracted an interdisciplinary cadre of new media entrepreneurs, web savvy professionals and liquor channel specialists.  Together they helped her create: Likelii.

“Wine. It’s a beverage with one of the shortest ingredient lists out there: basically it’s grape juice + time. It should be so simple, right?” Radhika says simplicity is the philosophy behind Likelli.  Simplicity and fun. The company’s philosophy is decidedly lighthearted and adventurous—wine should be fun, not serious. Choosing wine should be an adventure, not torturous!  Their goal at Likelii is to become your personal sommelier! Over time as you add to your list of preferences, your profile will grow and Likelii’s recommendations expand.  You can save your favorites, share them, rate them and find out where to buy them. The site is not fully functional yet, but it is growing every day.

So how does it work? 

Can you define your wine personality? Do you know if you are a Napa person or a Bordeaux person? Radhika admits that she had no idea until she started to investigate.  Enter your favorite wines into Likelii and compiles the data you enter on the website, which includes what types of wines you already like.  It shows you on a world map that indicates your preferences, recommending specific wines you are likely to enjoy. Think about all the time you will save deliberating at the wine store.  Wine can become quite an investment and what this site offers is a way for users to circumvent disaster and be more “likely” to choose a winner.

Likelii looks forward to growing awareness for boutique vineyards and vintages, virtually unknown to most consumers.  Smaller vintners will be able to reach markets that their budgets previously would not allow.  At this point in time Likelii does not sell wines. It is a source for unbiased recommendations based solely on your profile preferences, creating a dynamic demand-and-supply-paradigm in the marketplace.

For over a year Radhika worked on her Likelii venture while maintaining her full-time day-job and being mother to her young children.  Deciding whether to take the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship was like “the discussions we had when deciding to have another baby!”  Just like raising a young child, creating a company from the ground up takes exorbitant amounts of time, dedication and love!

Radhika left her full-time job spring of 2011 and has not looked back.  She is appreciative of her corporate experience and realizes it helped her develop the skills to become a full-time entrepreneur.  A bit of advice Radhika has for every budding visionary:  “Networking! What I’ve found is that there is such a wealth of resources and people who just want to help you succeed as an entrepreneur.  And in allowing people to be supportive, we were able to find the right people to help us make progress.”  She also encourages new business owners to be persistent, especially when seeking investors, and to not take it personally when someone says, “No.”  Just move on, she recommends. Radhika says the key to achieving your dream is finding something that you are passionate about and that you believe in. 

For Radhika, being an entrepreneur feels natural. “It’s just something that’s in you.  It’s self-driven.  I look at it as pottery; you create something from dirt.  You feel the sense you’ve achieved something, you are working with people you really like, and you have the chance to shape the entire thing.”

Radhika has shaped it well.  She is surrounded by an expert team and has the support of her husband and friends.  And, she has created a brand that is “likelii” to succeed!

 

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Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to acknowledge the contributions African Americans have made to our country and to reflect on how far we as a nation have come in addressing social injustice.  And while it’s true that we have made great strides, we still face great challenges in creating a true land of equal opportunity.

Today the challenges faced by many, especially young adults and minorities, are that of economic opportunity.  In a speech given in 1963, Dr Martin Luther King stated, “I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.” The economic conditions King spoke of are as true today as they were in 1963 and while the reasons for the disparities may be different the effect is the same; a few people have much while more and more people have less.

Everyone should have access to a quality education, an opportunity to earn a living wage, and have an affordable, safe and adequate place to live and raise a family.  Unfortunately in Massachusetts and across the country, these basic needs seem to be out of reach for more and more working families, elderly, and young adults.  Wages are dropping.  Jobs that pay enough to support a family are becoming more and more difficult to find.  Staying healthy and getting health care when you need it is becoming unaffordable.

Dr. King’s warning in 1963 -an imbalance between those who have and those who have not- is strikingly true today.   Studies consistently show that minorities face more challenges getting jobs even when comparing potential workers of similar age and education. Black unemployment surged to over 16% while unemployment for whites dropped just above 8% in September of 2011.  Accounting for differences in education and income, African Americans are still hit significantly harder than whites when it comes to job loss. In addition, black men account for a disproportionate percentage of the prison population. Studies consistently show that this imbalance is in large part due to the lack of economic opportunity for black men, exacerbated by difficulties finding a job once released from prison.

People of all ethnic backgrounds face difficult economic times and uncertainty.  While corporations have seen their profits rise significantly, they have been slow to rehire laid off workers or add new jobs.  Safety nets in Massachusetts are not only supporting the poor, but working and middle class families as well.

To address this issue, we must focus on creating a level playing field for all our residents, regardless of their race or ethnic background.  We need a tax system that is coherent and fair.  We must ensure that nobody goes bankrupt paying for healthcare (the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America).

Moreover, we must support the hard work and commitment of the Governor to close the educational achievement gap.  We must act quickly to provide  affordable quality training opportunities for our under employed  and unemployed workers to fill  the thousands of middle skills jobs that are available now and that will continue to grow in industries such as biotech, clean energy, and healthcare.  We need to ensure underemployed young people and minorities have access to job training programs that will lead to living wage jobs and stability.

Black History Month is a time to remember the incredible contributions and sacrifices African Americans have made for our country and to continue the struggle for equal justice, both social and economic, for all.

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Not My Kids~Teen Dating Violence

It seems that every time we turn on the news or read the paper, another community is dealing with the difficult reality of teen dating violence and bullying. There is hazing on sports teams, a domestic violence homicide, a suicide attributed to bullying. But at least this isn’t happening in our community, in our schools, in our teens’ lives.
For many years, we’ve safely hidden behind this rhetoric, which has led many of us to believe a scary myth: It’s not my issue – these are not my kids. But they are our kids. In fact, Massachusetts youth are witnessing and being victimized by bullying and dating violence at scary rates. According the latest Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior survey, 1 in 5 high school students reported being the victim of bullying, and 1 in 10 reported being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. Worse, approximately 2 in 3 teens report knowing friends or peers who have been physically, sexually or verbally abused by their dating partners but only 3% of teens in abusive relationships report the abuse to authority figures and 6% tell family members.

What does it look like?

While statistics focus on physical and sexual violence in relationships, dating abuse is not always physical. Abuse is a pattern of power and control, and in teen relationships emotional abuse is often prevalent. Teens experiencing abuse are usually silent about their experience. Often, teens blame themselves or normalize abusive behaviors as typical. The controlling behaviors, such as demanding passwords to email accounts, constant texting and phone calls can initially be viewed as signs that their partner is taking an interest in their lives and showing how much they care. However, these behaviors are warning signs that a relationship is controlling and could ultimately become physically dangerous.
Dating abuse takes its toll on teens. Victims are at increased risk for depression and suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, and self-injury. As teen victims become isolated from family and friends, they may begin to lose their trust in others and have lowered self-esteem.
Most teens experiencing dating violence remain silent about the issue. According to the Liz Claiborne Institute, over 60% of parents reported that dating violence is not an issue in their teen’s life. However, 90% of teens that experience physical and sexual violence in their relationships reported that their parents were unaware of it. Over 80% of teens who were abused by their partners through technology reported that their parents remained unaware.
If you suspect you’re a victim of dating abuse…
If you think that you may be in an abusive dating relationship, tell someone you trust. If you are hurt, seek medical attention, and reach out to a friend, family member, or trusted adult for support. Keep a written record of abusive incidents in a place where your partner will not have access to it. It is often difficult to remember events in detail or in chronological order when you are explaining your situation to a third party. Contact your local domestic violence agency for more information and resources in your area. Domestic violence advocates may be able to help you create a safety plan and understand your legal rights. Look up information online: Peers Against ViolencE (www.reachma.org/pavenet) and Love is Respect (loveisrespect.org) are great resources for teens with questions. Most importantly, realize you are not alone in this, and that the abuse is not your fault.

What can we do?
Know your resources

Know you can access local domestic violence agencies for support in working with the teens in your life. REACH (an acronym for Refuge Education Advocacy and CHange) offers education and advocacy services through their youth program Peers Against ViolencE (PAVE). While providing individual support to teens experiencing abuse through counseling and psycho-educational groups, REACH also offers concerned parents avenues to talk about their teens.
Encourage your teen’s school to include these issues in their health curriculum. When teens are exposed to this information at school, over two thirds report that it has helped them recognize what is acceptable behavior in a dating relationship and 75% percent report confidence in identifying whether or not a relationship is abusive. However, a mere 25% percent of teens receive these important lessons.

Talk with the teens in your life

The first step is to realize that this will not be a onetime conversation with your teen. Multiple conversations around healthy relationships are required. Over 70% of boys and 65% of girls say that their parents have not had a conversation about healthy relationships with them in the last year. Know that this conversation may be difficult and uncomfortable, but it is necessary.
For parents with teens, it is important to continue conversations about dating relationships. Be candid and honest with your teens, drawing upon personal experience to illustrate healthy/unhealthy dating scenarios. If you suspect your teen is experiencing abuse, it is important to remain nonjudgmental and supportive. Let your teen know you are concerned for their safety and identify specific unhealthy behaviors you have noticed in the relationship. Note any changes in your teen’s behavior and lifestyle. Ultimately, tell your teen that you love them and that they can come to you to talk if and when they want to.
If your teen discloses dating abuse to you, it is important to remain calm. Parents may experience a continuum of emotions when they realize their child is experiencing violence; however, it is important that the focus remain on your teen’s disclosure and feelings, not your reactions. Give teens time to talk about their experience. Reinforce that you are concerned about their safety and reassure your teen that you believe them. In the meantime, encourage your teen to record abusive events and offer to connect them with local domestic violence resources for support.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence (781.891.0724 or reachma.org) is building healthy communities by ending domestic violence. REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds. REACH also operates a 24/7 hotline 800.899.4000. Colleen Armstrong is REACH Beyond Domestic Violence’s Youth Education Specialist and can be reached at colleen@reachma.org or 781.891.0724 x119

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Rene Rancourt Makes an Appearance at the Lexington Bedford Youth Hockey Parents Night Out~View Slideshow

Rene Rancourt wowed hundreds of guests as he arrived with the coveted Wallex Trophy at the annual Lexington Bedford Youth Hockey Parents Night Out.

The annual event raises funds for scholarships and other program needs. The evening’s emcee, Curt Everett reported that it was their best year ever. He explained that Maura Fiske and her team of volunteers organized a tremendously successful event.

LBYH has an annual tournament with the hockey program in Waltham. The winner gets to retain and display the Wallex Trophy. Everett reports that Lexington has held the trophy for four years now. Rancourt is famous for singing the US and Canadian National Anthems for the Boston Bruins for over 35 years. After singing the National Anthem, Rene greeted the throngs, took pictures and allowed guests to try on his “Stanley Cup” ring. Martina Hunt treated her husband Patrick to a visit from Rene Rancourt in honor of his 45th birthday.

Martina Hunt treated her husband Patrick to a visit from Rene Rancourt in honor of his 45th birthday. Pictured with Martina are her husband Pat, their sons Liam and Joseph, and of course, Rene Rancourt. Their daughter Niamh is not pictured. (Photos by Jim Shaw).
 

 

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Leona Martin honored for 25 years of service. View Slideshow.

All of the current members of the Lexington Housing Authority (LHA) joined with LHA executive Director Steve Keane (Left) and State Representative Jay Kaufman to honor Leona Martin for 25 years of dedicated service to the Lexington Housing Authority and her work as a housing advocate. Representative Kaufman presented Leona with a proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives. (Photo by Jim Shaw)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lexington’s 300th Anniversary Celebration

The 300th Committee-Bottom to Top, Left to Right: Sue Rockwell, Chair, Jessie Steigerwald, Mary Gillespie, Donna Hooper, Tanya Morrisett, Van Seasholes, Dick Kollen and Jane Hundley. Photo by David Tabeling.

 

By Laurie Atwater  |  After meeting with Jessie Steigerwald, Tanya Morrisett and Martha Wood of Lexington’s 300th Committee Opening Ceremony Team, I can say one thing: It’s going to be BIG! The planning for this event has been going on for over two years and things are really beginning to take shape.

What is a fitting celebration to honor Lexington’s 300 years between 1713 and 2013? That was the task assigned to the 300th Committee by the Selectmen over two years ago. Susan Rockwell bravely accepted the role of chairman of the 300th Committee which has multiplied and divided into various event committees to handle this ambitious task. “One thing we decided early on,” says Jessie Steigerwald events co-chair, “was that this was too big for just one weekend—a 9 month celebration for Lexington was a mandatory!” Both Martha Wood and Tanya Morrisett agree. “Because we really want it to be inclusive,” Tanya says, “We want to include everyone—to make people feel good about their town.” The official slogan for the event is: Celebrating 300 Years – We are Lexington.

The committee decided on four anchor events beginning with the Opening Ceremonies scheduled for September 22nd 2012. The Opening Ceremony Team plans to make this a truly exciting event that can hopefully accommodate all who want to participate. Enlisting the help of Florence DelSanto and LexMedia, they will host the ceremonies in two locations and simulcast the activities via a live feed between Cary Hall and Lexington High School! This very ambitious feat has never been tackled in Lexington. “It will be a first!” Steigerwald chuckles. “Florence says she loves live television!”

 

 

Pictured above are members of the Opening Ceremony Team (not all members are present). Front Row: Margaret Counts-Klebe, Sandy Kahn, Jessie Steigerwald, Monica Cantwell. Second Row: Kamala Soparkar, Ronni Skerker, Carin Casey, Martha Wood, Kim Coburn, Cheryl Meadow and Emily Ye. Photo by Jim Shaw.

The 300th celebration will be chock-full of firsts. We are finding,” Jessie says, “that people are really excited about this and they want to get involved.” One of our biggest goals is bringing people together. Cross pollinating between groups is so important!” Through their travels around town soliciting interest and spreading the word, they have been surprised by how many people in different groups don’t know each other. “It’s been our great pleasure to get people together,” says Morrisett. “We’ve ended up with lots of great people and great ideas.”

The Opening Ceremony will be an opportunity the town to welcome all citizens to participate in the 300th activities and to showcase as Tanya says, “All that Lexington has to offer.”

“The event will not be a boring speech-driven event,” says Wood. It will be dynamic and represent all of the wonderful people who live in Lexington.”

The opening ceremony will be presented by Eric Michelson, Martha Wood, Tom Fenn and Barbara Manfredi and will feature performers young and old from the L.H. S. Wind Ensemble directed by Jeff Leonard, to Marilyn Abel’s Sing-along Chorus. Oh, and LexFUN will have lots of kids on had to sing Happy Birthday to the town (there may even be a cake). Expect a huge slideshow of Lexington’s favorite people, places and things, poetry, dance and song! “After it’s over we will have a procession from Cary Hall to the High School where we will join together for refreshments,” says Morrisett.

 

 

 

 

“The opening ceremony is like a big advertisement for the nine months of celebration to come,” adds Steigerwald. And prepare for lots of fun surprises. After refreshments, all are welcome to pour onto the high school field where a plane will be circling to take an all-town aerial photograph. How cool is that? “It was Dawn McKenna’s idea,” Jessie says. “We love it!”

How much can one day hold? Well, after the ceremony and the flyover there will be an old Thyme Country Fair and Picnic at Hastings Park! Fay Backert will be pulling it all together. With the theme Meet Me at the Fair, it’s sure to be a family friendly event complete with field games for the kids, two stages of music and dance and plenty of competition. Contests are in the planning stages but may include prize quilts, pies, pumpkins and technology. Nothing is sacred. One committee member suggested a category for failed attempts like her own not-jelly that never quite jelled! Everything Lexington Then & Now will guide the choices.

Pictured at left: Opening Ceremony Hosts (from left) Martha Wood, Eric Michelson and Barbara Manfredi. Missing from the photo is Tom Fenn. Photo by Jim Shaw.

When the sun goes down, everyone is invited to put on their dancing shoes and join in a town wide dance. There will be something for everyone from colonial dances to ballroom/swing and rock ‘n roll. Multi-generational and lots of fun.

“One of our guiding principles throughout this planning has been civility,” says Steigerwald. “We want the events to be gracious, welcoming, mannerly and traditional in a way that could seem old-fashioned, but could serve as a model for Lexington going forward.”

Another signature event is the 300th Fashion Show to be performed on Saturday October 27, 2012 at 7PM. Chaired by Tanya Morrisett, Jessie Steigerwald and Kim Coburn, this creative presentation is designed as a musical revue of what Lexington wore through the ages. They are calling it Breeches, Bloomers & Bellbottoms Oh My! A Musical Fashion Revue and it is drawing lots of interest! So far they have recruited 40 Lexington teachers, all of the town department heads, Paul Ash, Chief Coor, Thelma Goldberg and many more surprise performers for this musical/drama/fashion show depicting life in Lexington. Set in Dick Kollen’s classroom, the performance will bring each era to life through song and dance with plenty of laughs. They still need plenty of volunteers to perform, hunt for costumes and accessories and sew says Tanya Morrisett! “It’s going to be lots of fun,” Steigerwald says. “We want to see nice dance numbers with lots of cute pink dresses and poodle skirts! This show has brought out the best in everybody!” In the lobby before and after the show a fundraiser called Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fashion will a Wearable Art & Accessories Boutique.

Wow, can anything top this lineup! In the spring the 300th Incorporation Weekend is scheduled for March 16th and 17th.Betty Gau and Jill Hai are the team leaders for this event which will showcase a variety of different activities in Lexington. Currently planned: a town-wide show of student work at LHS, a History of Lexington Panel & Discussion at Clarke, a panel featuring Lexington Field & Garden Club Activities at Cary Library and a panel discussion of Technology in Lexington at LHS or Cary. This weekend will culminate in a 300th Year Multi-Cultural Community Dance at 6:30 p.m. LHS. This dance is designed to be a sharing experience between the different cultural communities in Lexington where Lexingtonians can learn the dances of their neighbors and make new friends.

The 300th will be celebrated throughout Patriot’s Day weekend and featured prominently in the 300th Anniversary Patriots’ Day Parade on Sunday April 14. It is rumored that Bev Kelley has been recruited for the important job of designing a special 300th float!

Finally, the 300th Anniversary Closing Events will be held on Memorial Day Weekend May 25 – 27, 2013. Plan to stay around Lexington for this very special weekend beginning with the annual Discovery Day celebration, an Old Time Baseball Double-Header at LHS on Sunday. On Monday start out at the Morning Parade and take part in the special Monument Dedication & Sealing of the Lexington 300th Time Capsule. Attend the formal Closing Ceremonies and enjoy an evening of music, celebration and a slide-show of images capturing highlights from the nine-month celebration.

“Our goal is to bring everyone together,” says Steigerwald. “At the end of this 9 month celebration we want everyone to know more people and feel a little more invested in the community.”

In the meantime, the committee would like to extend an invitation to everyone in Lexington to get involved. They need volunteers! Go to the brand new website designed by Harry Forsdick and edited by Cheryl Meadow for more information. The website will be a resource for volunteers and a dynamic source of information about Lexington. “It will continue to grow,” says Martha Wood. They plan to have regular blogging and Lexingtonians are encouraged to submit pictures and memories online and to check volunteer opportunities. They can also submit suggestions for the contents of Lexington’s time capsule. Through the generous donation of fifty-year Lexington resident Stan Abkowitz, Lexington will have a titanium time capsule to store treasures for the future. In the meantime, the committees will continue to develop their events and their “connection building” as we move quickly toward the launch of this grand celebration!

 

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Great Moments in May!

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