Monday, June 13, 2016

Bridgewater Savings Bank Supports the Music Alley

On Thursday June 16, at Music Alley’s third weekly performance, Bridgewater Savings Bank will present “the Alley” with a check for $5,000. “Last year we supported the Town with money to re-paint and improve the crosswalks downtown. We want to do all we can to enhance Bridgewater’s downtown. The Music Alley is a wonderful new endeavor and we want to be part of it,” said Jim Lively, the President of Bridgewater Savings Bank.

The new venue, located in between the Town Hall at 64 Central Square and the building at 50 Central Square, opened to offer free, live concerts through the summer. Regular Thursday performances are scheduled from 5 PM – 8 PM every week. The venue is outdoors and in the event of rain, performances will be cancelled and re-scheduled. All performers have a local connection, they represent different ages and musical talents across several genres. There will be something for everyone, said Town Clerk, Marilee Kenney Hunt.

Still under development, Music Alley has a stage, string lighting, some outdoor chairs, picnic tables and a great vibe. Eventually, benches with tables between them will flank each side of the Alley and a handicapped ramp and stairs to the stage will be completed. Vendors ensure food for sale at the site and Periwinkles at the corner of Summer St. and Central Square provides bottled water for listeners.

Many individuals and businesses have contributed to the success of Music Alley. It began with a grant from the Bridgewater Cultural Council followed by a donation from the University-Community Partnership. After that, the Community Preservation Committee recommended funding for the drainage and paving in their capacity to create recreation and the Town Council unanimously agreed. Now, Bridgewater Savings Bank is helping to ensure that attendees and the site are safe and comfortable.

Ashmont Ironworks (who donated the Music Alley arch), The Better Bean, Bruno’s Pizzeria, Central Square Congregational Church, Home Depot, Prisco’s Market, and others including Brownie Troop 85478 have contributed to the Alley’s success. A Steering Committee chaired by Pastor Elizabeth Walden helped pull everything together in a very short time. With the deepest gratitude for all those efforts, asked how the Alley happened, Hunt says, “Charlie, Charlie, Charlie…..” meaning Charlie Simonds the Recreation Director who
could be seen working on his own time until sunset and on weekends to ensure everything from proper drainage to pavers was perfect.

The public and all media are invited to celebrate the newest contribution to the Alley from Bridgewater Savings Bank immediately before Bill Reidy opens at 5 PM on June 16th. Bring a camp chair, a sweater if it is windy, your dancin’ shoes and a smile for a great time. As Hunt says, Meet me in the Alley!

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