Friday, July 1, 2016

Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival

Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival
Location: Bridgewater State University
On "The Quad" at Boyden Hall
10:00AM-3:00PM (immediately after parade)

On July 4th, immediately following the parade, on the grounds of BSU, the small committee of volunteer(s) of THE BRIDGEWATER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL put on a festival which includes: art, live music with a focus on original music, dance, great food, children's events such as face painting, train rides, sand art and entertainment such as puppet shows and more!

FOOD on the QUAD, also for sale at the festival includes fried dough, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, pizza, pasty confections, soda, bottled water, fresh squeezed fruit juices.

Annual favorites, FIRST PARISH UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH at 50 School Street (across the street) traditionally sells hand-squeezed fresh lemonade, food, and hosts a booksale during the Arts & Music Festival.

In addition to the arts  and music on display and being performed, a local author's table will also be available.

For more information about the Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival and to see the full schedule of events, please click here.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Learn to Fish for Adults from the MassWildlife Angler Education Program

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fish, but didn’t know where to start? Here’s your chance; let the MassWildlife Angler Education Program be your guide. This is a two session “adult only” fishing course for beginners, designed to give you the confidence to fish on your own. We’ll show you the basic equipment, and how to use it. We’ll teach you how to rig up, and cast out. We’ll teach you what, where, and when to fish. And the best part – we’ll take you fishing. So come try your hand at this great pastime, you’ll be guaranteed to catch some fun! Minimum age is 18. Please note: This program is for BEGINNERS only.

This is a two session adult only course designed for beginners. Lecture on July 12th @ 6:00 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.  Second session on July 19th@ 6:00 pm at nearby body of water (to be determined). Registration is required.

The event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  Register under events.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Events in July at the Bridgewater Public Library

Upcoming programs at Bridgewater Public Library in the Children’s room:

Now thru August 8: Crazy savings at the Bridgewater Used Book Store! Children’s Books are half off from June 25 thru August 8! Come and pick up some great books for vacation reading!

Wednesday, June 29 @ 6:30 p.m.: Kickoff to Summer Reading! Jungle Jim presents “The Reading Olympics!” Come enjoy this magic/comedy/balloon artistry show. All ages! No registration! Supported from a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thursday, June 30 @ 1:00-2:00 p.m.: Drop in craft: Patriotic hat and make and take snack. While supplies last. Ages 3+ with adult helper.

Monday, July 4: Closed for the 4th.

Wednesday, July 6 @ 7:00-7:30 p.m.: Pajama Story Time with Miss Juliette. All ages welcome, no registration. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Monday, July 11 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie! (88 minutes, Rated G). All ages, no registration, parent must stay with child. See website for title.

Tuesday, July 12 @ 1:00-3:00 p.m.: Friendship bracelets. Drop in to weave and bead some bracelets for you and a friend. Ages 5+ with adult. No registration.

Wednesday, July 13 @ 7:00-7:30 p.m.: Pajama Story Time with Miss Juliette. All ages welcome, no registration. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Thursday, July 14 @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.: Drop in story time for all ages with adult. Join Mrs. Davis for stories, songs and rhymes based on a weekly theme.

Friday, July 15: Registration opens for Book Bingo. For school aged children (K+). Will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 26.

Saturday, July 16 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Read to Jasper, a registered therapy dog. All ages, no registration.

For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Vent: A Community Art Project

Vent: A community art project to anonymously express our hidden thoughts and emotions

The Well: A Center for Hope and Healing is collecting post cards that represent the hidden thoughts and emotions of our community. As a way to bring awareness to the hurt, pain, frustration, confusion, secrets, and struggles we all face, we would be honored to receive your post cards so that we can display them and talk more openly about these issues. Your cards will remain anonymous and will allow us to glimpse into the real and raw issues that we face.

Create your post card and mail it to us at The Well, or drop it in the Vent box in our waiting area. We have tons of blank post cards available in our office. To get a feel for the project, check out PostSecret, the inspiration for Vent.

At The Well, we believe that talking about your secrets and struggles with someone you trust is key to living a whole and healthy life. Please reach out to us if you’d like help processing your pain.

**The Well gratefully acknowledges Cards and Pockets for their generous donation of hundreds of blank post cards for our project. Thank you for your support, C&P!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Car Wash!

Bridgewater-Raynham Marching Band Is holding a car wash on Saturday

June 25, 2016 *
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Prisco’s on Rte. 18, Bridgewater!!

Proceeds will assist with purchase of field gear and for transportation to events.

*rain date June 26, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Concert for the Honored and Distinguished Mandela Fellows

Still I Rise:  A Concert of Piano Music by African-American Composers
June 28, 7pm
Horace Mann Auditorium
Reception Following the Concert

Dr. Deborah Nemko, Pianist
Faculty Bridgewater State University and New England Conservatory Piano Preparatory Division

Dr. Deborah Nemko  will perform a varied and exciting program of piano music including ragtime by Scott Joplin, an arrangement of the inspiring Wade in the Water by Mary Lou Williams, Momentum by Cuban-American Tania Leon.

Pianist Deborah Nemko is  Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands for her project, “Suppressed and Forgotten Dutch Composers of World War II.”  While established as an innovative interpreter of 20th and 21st century music she is at home playing the music of Maurice Ravel and Philip Glass as well as sonatas of Beethoven and ballades by Chopin. Reviews of her performances describe her “beautiful and incisive playing” and focus on her ability to embrace an audience with her warm sound and expressive intensity.   She regularly appears in concert throughout the United States and abroad as soloist and collaborative artist. Nemko has performed in prestigious venues including the Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center Shanghai  and the Bethanienklooster  in Amsterdam.  Her innovative recitals and workshops on Dutch Composers of the Holocaust have been in demand by organizations like Humanity in Action and workshops on Successful Performing have been given to professionals and students at Utrecht Conservatory, Baylor University and New England Conservatory.   In Taipei, Taiwan  Nemko  was recognized by the Taipei Times with violinist Annegret Klaua as the first musicians to give an outreach concert in the remote Taiwanese village of Alisan.   Nemko is a frequent recording artist; her recordings of the piano music of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee and Grazyna Bacewicz are currently available and she is completing a project featuring works by Maurice Ravel.

Better Bean Coffee Co.

Around the Common welcomes Better Bean Coffee Co. as our newest Bridgewater Business Listing. Please be sure to always support local business first!

Located directly Around the Common in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Better Bean Coffee Co. is minutes away from Bridgewater State University. Under new ownership and management the Better Bean Coffee Co. is excited to carry on the tradition of offering the best coffee in town!

The Better Bean offers a full menu of coffee and tea beverages both hot and iced and is a great spot to grab your morning cup of coffee before you head off to work or school. The friendly and attentive staff are always available to recommend something a bit different if you wanted to try something such as a latte or frozen chai. For breakfast options, fresh pastries are available to complement your beverage selection.

Hungry for lunch? Don't you worry; Better Bean Coffee Co. has you covered. The Better Bean offers a great lineup of sandwiches made fresh when ordered on either a baguette or wrap. With options ranging from a Vermonter to Aegean Tuna and Californian to Garden Grove there truly is a sandwich option available for everyone.

The Better Bean offers customers free WiFi and is a nice spot to login and get some work completed outside of the office while enjoying a cup of coffee or lunch. A new offering for customers is the ability to order online which is a great convenience or those looking to pick up a sandwich on their way home from work or school.

For more information about Better Bean Coffee, Co. please click here to check out their website. You can also "Like" Better Bean on Facebook by clicking here.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Deer Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life…”

An informative program presented by Larry Dapsis, Entomologist-Cape Cod Cooperative Extension on June 28th @ 6:30 pm at the Bridgewater Public Library.
Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks.  A three point protection plan will be presented:  Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet.  Tick-Borne Diseases are preventable.

Larry Dapsis – Entomologist since age five…B.S.  Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and M.S.  Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.  Thirty-four years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  Joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.
The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

GBWOT Lemonade Stand in Memory of Shannon Crowley

During these hot summer days, come cool off with a refreshing glass of Lemonade and some sweet treats at the Greater Bridgewater Women of Today Lemonade Stand! We will have lemonade and baked goods and the proceeds will benefit the Cops for Kids with Cancer Organization in memory of Shannon Crowley. Shannon was an 8 year old cancer survivor who passed away due to complications of treatment for neuroblastoma. 

Greater Bridgewater Women of Today is a volunteer organization that performs community service, raises funds to support local and national charities and fosters friendships. To date, GBWOT has helped over 75 local families who were enduring hardships, through its Family in Need Fund. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Monday of the month. For meeting location in Bridgewater or for additional event information email: or Visit the groups Facebook page.