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Residents Asked to Nominate Favorite Massachusetts Places

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 8:01 pm on February 11, 2010

New program gives each community a chance to spotlight its special places

FRAMINGHAM, MA - "1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts" is a new cultural tourism program that celebrates what is unique about our state, its communities, and its people, and also to stimulate cultural tourism. The program seeks to increase visitation to the state's wide range of exceptional historic sites, cultural venues, and natural landscapes.

Nominations will be considered for a final list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts to be announced in May.

"Framingham is full of special historic sites, cultural landmarks, and natural landscapes", said Representative Pam Richardson. "I hope residents of Framingham will take advantage of this opportunity to highlight these places, and tell their stories about why these places deserve to be included on the list."

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has established a website to accept nominations from the public:
All Great Places that are nominated must be open and available to the public. Only one nomination per person will be accepted. The nomination period will close April 1, 2010. The Commission will meet later that month to draw up a final list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts, which will be announced in May.

The 1,000 Great Places Commission was created by the Legislature in 2009. It is chaired by Eric Turkington of Falmouth, a former state representative and first House Chair of the Joint Committee onTourism, Arts, and Cultural Development.

Framingham History Center Wins $100,000 Grant

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 7:44 pm on June 16, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Annie Murphy, Executive Director of the Framingham History Center announced that she received word of a a $100,000 grant from American Express to restore the Edgell Memorial Library's windows.

Edgell Memorial Library

Edgell Memorial Library

Nearly 2.5 million people voted in the Partners In Preservation competition. The Edgell Library won 70f the vote, placing 4th out of 25, with in an estimated 175,000 votes. This is remarkable given our "dark horse" status among so many notable Boston institutions, including the Paul Revere house and the Aquarium.

Windows at Edgell Memorial Library

Windows at Edgell Memorial Library

The Framingham History Center is hosting the exhibition "Windows on Edgell's Past, Present, and Future" amd will be open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, June 17th from 5 to 8 p.m.


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 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


New Site on Historical Society House Tour

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 12:10 pm on May 3, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham House Tour Committee is thrilled to announce the last-minute confirmation of a highly anticipated site on this year's tour, scheduled for Sunday, May 21st. It's now official that tour-goers will be treated to an inside look at one of Framingham's most exciting examples of adaptive re-use: The Residences at Dennison Triangle.

The historic Dennison Manufacturing buildings have been center stage for years in the revitalization efforts of downtown Framingham. The vintage buildings, purchased by Rosewood Companies, were originally slated for strictly commercial development. The initial phase broke ground in 1998, resulting in the completion of the corporate headquarters for Rizzo Associates. Plans for the properties eventually changed to mixed-use (commercial and residential), and the idea to build loft style condominiums was born.

For the past 8 months, prospective homebuyers and visitors have only been able to view renderings and a representative model loft condo in the yellow, renovated 1700s "Gate House" on Bishop Street.

The Framingham House Tour will be the first opportunity for the public to enter the actual construction site and walk into a completed loft. The exposed brick walls, soaring ceilings, and exposed columns and beams of the Dennison Residences are sure to be a highlight of the tour.

Framingham joins the fast-growing national trend of converting buildings to loft-style condominiums, as witnessed locally in Cambridge, Boston, Haverhill and Lowell. Don't miss out on your chance to see firsthand the transformation of a piece Framingham's history.

Tickets for the Framingham House Tour can be purchased at the Framingham Historical Society & Museum ( and at Citizens Bank at 35 Edgell Road. For more information, contact Susan Silver at


Framingham Streets: What's in a Name?

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 1:45 pm on January 16, 2006

FRAMINGHAM,MA - The Framingham Historical Society & Museum, (FHSM), invites the public to come and find out how streets in Framingham were named. The program Street Smarts, "What's in a name?", will unlock the mysteries of street naming in Framingham on Sunday, January 22, at 2 p.m. at the Edgell Memorial Library.

Ed Convery, former Framingham teacher and principal and former President of FHSM will particularly explore the history of the Musterfield and how the streets were named. He will answer questions such as: whose field was this, what is the meaning of muster, what is an arsenal, and why were the streets named after WWII battles.

In conjunction with the program, several retired green and white street signs will be available for purchase for only $10 each in the Edgell Memorial Library gift shop.

All welcome and refreshments will be served.

Snow date is Sunday, January 29th.

For further information call 508-872-3780.


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