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Discover Saxonville on June 10th & 11th

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 6:15 pm on May 31, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Discover Saxonville on the weekend of June 10th and 11th. This year the Friends of Saxonville are inviting you to re-discover the restored Danforth St. Bridge, the Sudbury River, and historic Saxonville as part of National Parks Service’s Regional Riverfest!

On Sunday, June 11, Friends of Saxonville joins in the Celebration with its annual Discover Saxonville event. The day begins with a 7:00 am. Bird Walk along the Carol Getchell Nature Trail hosted by Michele Grzenda of the Framingham Conservation Commission. At 9:00 a canoe and kayak trip leaves Kellogg Street and travels the Sudbury River to Centennial Place. At 10:30 inside the historic Athenaeum, guests may see the presentation “Stormwater Matters”,then at 11 a.m. take a guided walking tour through Saxonville’s Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The walking tour finishes with a lunch party, complete with balloons, hot dogs, chips and drinks...plus free ice cream social, raffle, student art exhibit and storm drain activities from 12-2 upon the newly restored Old Danforth Street Bridge.

At 2:00 pm, there will be an official dedication of a newly installed kiosk, designed by Framingham landscape architect Julie Ferrari and built by Keefe Tech, displaying interpretive panels and offering a water/storage resource for the Nature Trail and planned park surrounding the bridge and trail area.

A twilight fundraiser, “A Sunset Celebration in Saxonville”, featuring music by Late Night Radio, wine, hors d’oevres, student art exhibit and desserts, will take place from 6-8 pm upon the Old Danforth Street Bridge, a unique location where preserved history meets with a nationally recognized “Wild and Scenic” river environment.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday June 10:

  • 1-3 p.m. River Kayak Scavenger Hunt

Sunday June 11:

  • 7:00 a.m. Bird Watch - Carol Getchell Nature Trail
  • 9:00 a.m. Canoe Kayak Trip from Central Street at Kellogg Street
  • 10:30 a.m. "Stormwater Matters" presentation at the Athenaeum
  • 11:00 a.m. Historic Walking Tour - departs from Athenaeum
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Party on the Old Danforth Street Bridge, including an Ice Cream Social, Raffle, and Storm Drain Activities
  • 2:00 p.m. Dedication of the new Information Kiosk at the bridge
  • 6-8 p.m.Twilight Wine & Cheese Fundraiser - Old Danforth Street Bridge

All event proceeds benefit Friends of Saxonville.

For more information and/or for fundraiser tickets ($25/evening) phone Charlene at 508-330-3252 or visit www.saxonville.org

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Nature Trail Boardwalk Bash

Filed under: Uncategorized by News Staff at 9:13 pm on April 14, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville are organizing a work party to rebuild the boardwalk along the Carol Getchell Nature Trail. Fall flooding caused some of the boardwalks to leave their supports and be displaced.

Volunteers are needed to help on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to put the boardwalks back in place.

To register, or for information, please call George Dixon at 508-877-7268 or David Longden at 508-877-7034 or visit www.saxonville.org

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Discover Saxonville on Sat., June 11th

Filed under: Arts / Culture,General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 10:23 pm on May 27, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville invite you to Discover the Pinefield Shopping Center in Saxonville during a day of family fun on Saturday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The program includes a morning "round-up" of Town trucks and vehicles for youngsters to explore as part of the Framingham Library's "Going Places" Summer Reading program Kick-Off. A classic car cruise-in will complement the town vehicles.

The Pinefield Shopping Center restaurants will offer specials and Robinsons Ace Hardware will present Weber Grill day with specials and 15 percent off all grill accessories when purchasing a grill. The merchants will participate in a flower beautification competition while sidewalk artists compete for "Chalk It Up" prizes.

There will be a huge yard sale to benefit the Friends of Saxonville projects. Donations are welcome! Please call Jim Barry at 508-877-1832.

Amazing Things Arts Center will host Jazz musicians and storytelling.

There will also be raffles, balloons, and surprises. Come have fun with your neighbors!

Discover Saxonville 2005 is organized by the Friends of Saxonville and made possible through generous donations by Framingham Cooperative Bank, Patterson & Gerry CPA's, Middlesex Savings Bank, Kathy Foran, ReMax Associates, and framingham.com

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Friends of Saxonville Annual Meeting set for Tues. April 12th

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 9:44 am on March 12, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Friends of Saxonville will hold their annual meeting on Tues., April 12th, at Stapleton Elementary School, Elm St. at 6:30 p.m.

They will present updates on their initiatives, honor special volunteers, and elect officers. Every year they present a special feature. This year the Friends have arranged for a special Saxonville edition of the popular Framingham Trivia Cable Show with participation from the audience.

Do you have a question about Saxonville's history? If so, call Bill Dyan at 508-877-0289 and it may be covered on the show.

Wish to nominate someone to the Board of Directors? Send your nomination to Friends of Saxonville, PO B ox 3236, Framingham, MA 01705.

For additional information, call Charlene Frary, secretary, at 508-877-3556 or visit www.saxonville.org.

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