Thanksgiving morning 5K in Dedham and the 800+ runners that came out this morning was the evidence. On a perfectly brisk, sunny Thanksgiving morning, friends, neighbors and new faces arrived in their running gear and heavy bags of food ready to donate to the Dedham Food Pantry. The exercise and novelty of the event was the draw for me until I got to the lawn of Endicott Estate at 7am and saw the numerous volunteers setting up and taking time out of their holiday to make mine more special. We stopped to sign the "gratitude wall," and then with many in turkey hats we started on our run through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Dedham. The exercise turned into more of what felt like a community group hug. There was an added joy to see faces you encounter daily, but never on Thanksgiving morning. Between the food spread that felt like a Sunday brunch with friends complete with bagels in baskets, fruit, coffee from Mocha Java and apple cider(delicious after a run!) to the children dressed as Pilgrams and Native Americans along the route and the countless, "Happy Thanksgivings!" shouted from residents cheering us on along the way, it was a great way to remind ourselves of all we have to be thankful for, including, a wonderful community. (Thank you to the organizers and volunteers!)
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Everyone is enjoying the Dedham rabbits, but they'll be hopping away at the end of October. Utility boxes are here to stay and what a better way to add some color to the town by painting these 3-dimensional canvases? This first box is painted by Dedham resident and Dedham Square Artist Guild co-founder, Marietta Apolloino. In one day she transformed this large grey mass into a field of whimsical flowers that makes me smile every time I pass by. Look for these popping up all over town! For more information visit: www.dedhamshines.com/dpap
To see more photo please go to the Dedham Guild Blog
Okay, so it's been a while. This summer will mark the third year of this blog and I admit,it was hard to keep up. Between kids getting older, more responsibility, longer days, more meetings and yes, that little election in between, finding the energy to write has been like finding a bag of tootsie rolls after Flag Day. The summer was when I first felt inspired by living in Dedham, so it's the perfect time to start blogging (and bragging)about how great it is again. After a week of transition last week with school ending early, it's always a little difficult for the family to find a grove. This week has been better with the start of the Parks and Rec "Swim and Gym." What's a summer with out capture the flag and gimp? then we are ending our afternoons back at the pool with The Clippers swim team. Bed time has been easy this week. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, Wednesday, my favorite day of summer with the Dedham Junior Women's Club Summer Concerts and the Farmer's Market at its new location on the First Church green. We'll finally make it to the library to sign up for summer reading and take advantage of the many crafty things to do at various shops in Dedham Square. Sprinkle in a public art project and summer nights outside at Legacy Place and this is a pretty great place to be. The Flag Day parade is the official start to a Dedham summer. The goal is for the bag of candy to last through Labor Day. By the fourth of July they have usually forgotten about it until the final days of August when the candy comes in, well, handy.
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What is summer without Dedham's Annual Flag Day parade?
This is such a fun annual event that celebrate the American Flag. Every year families and friends gather to watch marching bands, floats, twirlers, musicians, fire trucks, local celebrities, and politicians march through Dedham. Quite a few participants pass out candy to the crowd. The kids love it. It was the most beautiful weather last night. It couldn't have been better.
See see more photos look here at Kerry's Blog
For more information on the Dedham Guild's Classes please go to their website
They have three classes coming up including this one, Clay Tile Class taught by Lisa Walker and iPhoneography Workshop taught by Dennis Stein
The pansies have arrived and they are vibrant and beautiful. I can't wait to plant them. They will bring wonderful color to my home and pansies are very hardy. I picked up some lettuce as well. Home grown lettuce is easy to grow and tastes wonderful.
The Endicott Community Greenhouse provides garden plots for gardening, and the profits of their plant sales go to scholarships to high school seniors, and maintains growth labs in the elementary schools. The greenhouse is maintained by an all volunteer staff.
I love going and buying plants here. The staff are friendly and fun. Why go to a big box store? This is much nicer. It is also shopping local!
The Greenhouse, located on the Endicott Estate property (near the library) is open Monday and throughout the week, also, Saturdays from 9am-1pm.