Patriots Day in Arlington

Arlington will be celebrating Patriots Day on Monday, April 21st.

Rise and shine to show your Patriots Day spirit! Join the Menotomy Minute Men in honoring those who lost their lives on April 19, 1775. They will hold flag raising and burial ground ceremonies beginning at the Town Hall flagpole at 7:15 am. March with them to the Jason Russell House and Old Burying Ground. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available following the event. Visit

The annual Patriots Day Parade will begin at 9:30 am from Brattle Street and continue east down Massachusetts Avenue to Walgreens. The theme for this year’s parade is “Arlington Patriots Strong,” chosen as a reflection of Arlington’s past and its present strength in light of the Boston Marathon bombing just one day after last year’s parade. Once again, the parade will feature the Shriners, bands, and other favorites. Visit

Visit the site of the fierce fighting on the first day of the American Revolution. The Jason Russell House, 7 Jason Street, will be open for tours from 11 am to 2 pm. Admission: adults $5; children $2. Visit

Join the Menotomy Welcoming Committee beginning at 11:30 am at Town Hall. Pack a picnic lunch and eat on the lawn. Enjoy family activities, music by Diane Taraz, and light refreshments while we wait for Lancer re-enactors Paul Revere and William Dawes (riders generally arrive between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm). The event is hosted by the Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development and sponsored by Bowes Real Estate. Follow the riders on Twitter: Menotomy’s Waiting, @greetriders. Visit

Summer Arts Party a Big Hit

Thanks to everyone who organized the event and to all those who came out for the festivities!

This weekend, Arlington Public Art’s Chairful Where You Sit opens and there is a Spy Pond Music Festival.

Stay cool, Arlington…

Save the Date – Arlington Alive Festival July 13th

AtonAlivelogoThis summer we are having a party! The Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party to be exact! You are officially invited to join us and help spread the word!

On Saturday July 13, 2013 from noon to 5:00pm on Broadway Plaza and beginning at 6:00pm at the Regent Theater, Arlington will come alive!

The Arts Block Party is a Town wide effort that celebrates the strength of our creative economy.  The festival will provide a venue for local artists, build awareness of how the arts contribute to the economic vitality of our businesses community, and promote Arlington as a destination for cultural tourism in the Greater Boston area.

From noon to 5:00 pm on Broadway Plaza, live musical performances on two stages will mix with compelling visual art at a selection of artist’s booths. A Family Arts Area will offer interactive music, games and art projects. In the evening starting at 6:00pm, the Regent Theater will open its doors to theater & dance performances, screenings of short films and a dance party to round out the event. Through partnerships with local businesses, attendees at the Summer Arts Block Party will learn about Arlington’s vibrant business community and be invited to visit our local shops and restaurants.  All events are open and free to the public.

Arlington artists from all disciplines and local business are invited to participate. For more information visit

Co-produced by the Arlington Tourism & Economic Development Committee (ATED), The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA), and with support from The Regent Theater,  Right Turn, The Arlington Chamber of Commerce and seed funding from The Arlington Cultural Council.

Tom Davison, ATED (    John Budzyna, ACA (

Arlington Town Meeting 2013

Arlington’s Annual Town Meeting is in session.  You can follow the events at Dan Dunn’s blog:


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims of the explosions in Boston today.  Now is the time to hold tight to those most dear and reach out, Boston Strong, to our friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and those in need of our help.

Arlington Becomes Menotomy … for a little while

The Board of Selectmen has proclaimed that Arlington will be renamed Menotomy … for a little while!  Read the proclamation, issued in advance of Patriot’s Day Weekend 2013:

WHEREAS, in 1775, Arlington was known as Menotomy; and

WHEREAS, on the eve of the American Revolution, Paul Revere and William Dawes rode through Menotomy, warning the residents that the British Regulars were out; and

WHEREAS, Minute Men and Militia from Menotomy and surrounding communities gathered in our town and prepared to meet the Regulars in battle on their retreat to Boston; and

WHEREAS, on April 19, 1775, the fiercest fighting of the day occurred on the plains of Menotomy and twelve patriots, including residents Jason Russell, Jason Winship, and Jabez Wyman, lost their lives; and

WHEREAS, each year on Patriots Day Weekend, Arlington celebrates its history with numerous community events, highlighted by a parade which is one of the largest of its kind in the nation; and

WHEREAS, the people of Arlington have shown a commitment to spreading the word regarding our historic heritage and assuming our rightful place alongside our neighboring communities in the hearts and minds of American patriots;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members of the Arlington Board of Selectmen, do hereby proudly proclaim that Arlington shall once again be known as Menotomy from April 13 through April 15, 2013, in honor of the important role that our residents played on the first day of the American Revolution, and that we urge the residents of our town to celebrate and pay fitting observance of this solemn occasion.

Spend Patriots’ Day Weekend in Arlington!

The Arlington Committee for Tourism and Economic Development, the Arlington Historical Society/Jason Russell House, the Patriots Day Parade Committee, and many local merchants and businesses are joining forces to bring you a weekend full of family-fun activities.  Read all about it here.