Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Music Alley Kicks Off Second Season



As the combined harmony of a fiddle and acoustic guitar drift out across Bridgewater’s Town Common, a passerby pauses to listen at the black arch alongside the historic Town Hall. Inside, a woman bounces her knee in time to the music, while others pull out their smartphones and hit Record. Nearby, children are dancing and skipping around the paved stones, in front of a makeshift pizza stand where Bruno’s Pizzeria is selling discounted slices.

It’s hard to believe Music Alley, so full of life and vitality, was once abandoned, overgrown, and littered with trash. Last year, a small group of visionaries spent over a month constructing and transforming the bleak landscape into a public space for the community to come together and appreciate music. The inaugural season was so successful that performers began requesting to book time for the following year.

I think it’s pretty wonderful to have a nice solid structure now that we’re into year two , says Christopher Frye, the President of Music Alley’s Board of Directors. I think that’s even better because we get to continue to do what we’re all passionate about for the community.”

Matt York opened and Sparrow Blue opened Music Alley’s second season on Thursday, June eighth. “We’ve never been here before, said Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, but really love the idea of the community coming together in a space to show music.”

Now incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Friends of Music Alley exists to provide support and coordination of performers and others while using Music Alley. It works in partnership with the Town of Bridgewater which owns and maintains its infrastructure, and holds the entertainment license. Like many on the Board, Frye is a musician himself. “I just love music so much that any chance to bring it out of the woodwork to people I will just endorse that and do everything I can for it.”

Ann Cavanaugh and Billy Mulligan take the stage on Thursday, June 15. For more information visit bridgewatermusicalley.com


Schedule of Performers
June 15 Ann Cavanaugh (Celtic, Folk, Pop, Rock, Country, Indie, traditional) & Billy Mulligan (Singer/Songwriter) playing as a duo

June 22 Bag of Blues (Blues) & Gordon’s Law (Acoustic, Country, Folk Rock)

June 29 Unholy Mackerels (Pop, Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Contemporary Hits, & more)

July 6 Kristen Long (Singer & Piano infusing Soul, Jazz, Folk & Broadway)

July 13 Step Back Band (50s/60s/70s Rock Hits) & Henry The Juggler

July 20 Butch McCarthy & The Gentlemen of Leisure

July 27 First Act: Four in A Row (50's/60's era rock & roll band, wide range of covers & originals) Second Act: In Spirit (Classic rock)

August 3 The Just Two Trio (Banjo/Bass/Guitar) & In Spirit
August 10 Professor Harp (Blues/Soul/Rock & Roll)

August 17 First Act: The Basement Savers (Classic rock) Second Act: Radio Silence (Classic rock)

August 24 Male Bonding Band (Acoustic/Sax etc, wide range of music)

August 31 Andy & Judy (Folk) & Roxanne Pepe (Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic)

September 7 Whiskey in the Jar (Americana, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and rock covers and originals)

Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics Volleyball


The Bridgewater Raynham Grizzlies Unified Special Olympics Volleyball Team won a silver medal at the Summer Games at Harvard University. 

The team practiced for two months developing and refining their skills. The progress that they made in such a short time was incredible. The BR Grizzlies demonstrated leadership, sportsmanship, and selfless play!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir



Local resident Michael Anthony presents his book “Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir” at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, June 27th @ 6:30 pm.

Michael spent six years in the army reserves, with a sixteen month deployment, and twelve months in Iraq, where he served as an operating room technician. After his service in the Iraq War, he earned a BA in English Literature from Bridgewater State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing at Lesley University.

In this dark humored War Memoir, Michael discusses his return from war and how he defeated his PTSD. It is a must read for any veteran, or anyone who knows a veteran, who has returned from war and suffered through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Civilianized” has recently won the 2017 Massachusetts Bay One Book Award.

Books will be available for purchase and will include a signing.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

B-R Science Olympiad Fundraiser at Chipotle


Bridgewater-Raynham Regional HS's Science Olympiad team is raising money to buy kits for next year's competitions. Please help support them by going to Chipotle in Raynham on Rte. 44 Monday night. 

Bring the flyer, show it on your phone, or just mention the fundraiser when placing your order and they will donate 50% of your purchase! Thank you!

Summer Recreational Program



Monday, June 26, 2017 THRU Friday, August 18, 2017

3, 4, OR 5 DAY ENROLLMENT PER WEEK

Monday through Friday 8:30 - 12:30

LOCATION: Legion Field – Cottage Street Parking Lot

Program fees: $15.00 per day 1st child; $10.00 per day each child thereafter, with a $35.00 family maximum. A $ 5.00 NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE PER FAMILY IS DUE WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE PROGRAM along with your 1st week payment. Registration may be made by mail or at the field after the program begins, as space allows. Registration forms are available at the Recreation Office, the Children’s Room of the Bridgewater Public Library, the Senior Center, or online at Bridgewaterma.org. Residents of all towns welcome.

Program held inside school on rainy days.

Friday, June 9, 2017

GBWOT Lemonade Stand


When: Saturday, June 10

Time: 10 AM-12 PM

Where: Winter Place in front of Citizens Bank

The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today hope you will come out to Winter Place this Saturday, June 10th from 10-12 and enjoy a glass of lemonade and a sweet treat to benefit Cops for Kids with Cancer in Memory of Shannon Crowley.

GBWOT is a volunteer organization that performs community service, raises funds to support local and national charities, and fosters friendships. Please consider attending the group’s future events and help the group give back to Bridgewater and the surrounding communities. GBWOT meetings are open to the public and are held on the third Monday of the month. For information on future events and meeting location in Bridgewater email: greaterbridgewaterwot@yahoo.com or message them on Facebook.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bridgewater-Raynham Marching Band Car Wash


The Bridgewater-Raynham Marching Band is hosting a car wash Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Prisco's on Rte. 18.

$10.00 per car


The marching band has been invited to Washington, D.C. in November to play for several veteran's groups, your donations will help them get there!

Create a Seascape Window


Create a Seascape Window with Robyn Iarrobino from Blue Anchor Studio
Tuesday, July 11th @ 6:00 pm being held at the Bridgewater Public Library

Looking for a fun unique evening out? How about creating your own seascape window?

There is no age limit, it doesn’t matter what your level is this is all about fun. We provide all the supplies and the instructor. Fee is $40.00 per person, portion goes directly to Bridgewater Public Library to support future programs.

Registration and payment is required in advance at Blue Anchor Studio webstore, Party registration tab, scroll to July 11th. http://www.blueanchorstudio.net/apps/webstore/

Don’t wait, reserve your spot now. Come join the fun!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Intro to Bellydance Workshops & Classes


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival


Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival
July 4th, 2017
Location: Bridgewater State University
On "The Quad" at Boyden Hall
10:00AM-3:00PM (immediately after parade)
FESTIVAL LINE: (508) 443-4155

ORGANIZER: Nora Tarr – (617) 775-0868

The Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival ("BAMF") is now accepting registrations for the July 4, 2017 festival on the grounds of Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Please view our website and you may register online or by mail.

We invite artists to participate in our Art Contest/Show, Crafters interested in showing and selling their wares, and vendors. We are delighted to invited Writers, Authors and Poets to read their work, sell & sign their books and other associated items.

KID'S FESTIVAL
Fun Faces With A Twist - Face painting & More - Balloon Twists - (Prices Vary)

Harry's Sand Art - Create your own Sand Art - (Prices Vary)

All Hands Drumming Circle - Join a Drumming Circle - FREE!

The Art Experience & Commercial Screen Print - Screen-printing - FREE!

Wild Wood Creations, Roaming Puppet Show - FREE!

Animal Affair - Petting Zoo - FREE!

Roaming Railroad - Trackless Train Rides - $3.00

Hill Top Rocks - Rock-Climbing Wall - $5.00

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ART SHOW/CONTEST
Contest with cash prizes; daylong art display including paints, sketches, photography, pencils, charcoal, etc.

Artwork must be no larger than 36" x 36", wired and ready to hang. Pieces unable to be hung will be placed on (limited) table easels. Artist should remain with their work; you want to be present to speak to anyone interested in your work. All artists are welcome to enter the contest; there is no fee to enter. Please register your submissions early so we can ensure we have identification placards for your work ready for the day of the show. Prizes include cash/gift cards, plaque, ribbons.

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LIVE MUSIC & DANCE ART PERFORMANCES
Matt Putnam, Singer/Songwriter

Arts For Youth, Music & Dance Performance

Overdue Blues Band, Blues Band

Nancy Hewitt & The Hot Toddies, Trio

The Basement Savers - Rock Band

The Silver City Outlaws Band - Rock Band

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WRITERS, POETS & SPOKEN WORD
Writers, Authors, Poets and Spoken Word Artists can participate in events at the Authors tent this year. If you want to sell your books, comic books, chapbooks or other publications. When you register, please detail for us your work/product. You can sell & sign. We will group all word artists together.

If you are interested in doing a more formal presentation/talk/reading of your work, please indicate that when you register.

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CRAFTERS, ARTISANS, VENDORS
Crafters, Artisans, Artists all demonstrating, showing and selling their wares. Handmade, unique designs, clothing, jewelry, household d├ęcor, t-shirts, accessories, tasty treats, other nifty things. Whether you want to browse or shop, there will be something surely to catch your interest.

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For more information or to register for a space, please visit our website: www.bridgewater4th.com

Free admission – clean restrooms – fully accessible to all

Note: The Bridgewater Arts & Music Festival is not financially supported by the Town of Bridgewater or the 4th of July Committee (who organizes the parade and the fireworks – they need to keep every penny they raise for their events). Bridgewater State University donates the grounds and facilities for the day. We accept small sponsorship donations from businesses and vendors and fees from some participants.

Bridgewater Academy Lions Community Blood Drive


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Bridgewater Music Alley Looking for Volunteers


Bridgewater Music Alley is currently seeking weekly "hosts" to assist with setting up and breaking down Music Alley each Thursday from approximately 4pm to 8:30pm. 

This is an unpaid volunteer community service opportunity for any Thursday(s) between June 8th and running though September 7th. Any hours completed count as community service hours that can be signed off on at completion of each night. 

If interested, please email bwmusicalley@gmail.com for more information and/or to sign up!

Friday, June 2, 2017