It was a rainy Tuesday, January 1, 1776 when George Washington sent word. “Raise this flag on Prospect Hill!” he commanded his troops. So on a 76 foot schooner mast amidst the colonists’ encampment the “Grand Union” flag flew. A 13 gun salute and cheers greeted this first truly American flag and its presence bolstered the morale of colonists seeking fair representation under British rule.
This national event continues to be celebrated here in Somerville every New Year’s Day with a parade and historic reenactment. In all weather on January 1 Somerville neighbors and patriots across the land gather above Union Square. With coffee and donuts to shake the chill we wave mini-flags and proudly wear tri-corner hats to sing “America the Beautiful.” We cheer as the call rings out for the flag to be hoisted. The boom of the gun salute echo from atop the monument as together we reflect on the birth of our nation and Union Square’s place in it.
There are two ways to join the event on Thursday, January 1. Wear colonial dress and be part of the parade with fife and drum players, local dignitaries and Color Guards. The Parade leaves City Hall at 11:30 am. Or greet the marchers and participate in the flag raising on Prospect Hill at noon.
Learn the history of Prospect Hill’s role in the American Revolution through Steve Mulder’s great site.
Pop-Up Holiday Market
20 + vendors offering a variety of handmade good from soap and candles to toys and hand bound journals, art prints and all manner of jewelry. Plus capes, tunics and other up-cycled clothing.
Saturday and Sunday, December 13 & 14
11 am to 6 pm
The Uniun, 11 Sanborn Court (behind The Independent and beside Journeyman)
Argenziano Craft Fair
Presented by the Argenziano School at Lincoln Park PTA presents the Argenziano Craft Fair on
Friday, December 12, 20
Argenziano School, 290 Washington St
One-of-a-kind jewelry, ornaments, scarves, candies, soaps and more. Visitors can also try their luck with a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by local artists and businesses. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. Visit the free Crafts and Cocoa tables where children of all ages build their own cards and crafts. Monies raised provide funding for field trips, enrichment, and supplies not covered by the school budget.
The Argenziano School at Lincoln Park PTA presents the Argenziano Craft Fair on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 290 Washington St, Somerville from 6:30-9:30pm.
Find handmade holiday gifts ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, ornaments, scarves, candies, soaps and more. Visitors can also try their luck with a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by local artists and businesses. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.
The Argenziano Craft Fair is no ordinary event; it is one for children as much as shoppers. Visit the free Crafts and Cocoa tables where children of all ages build their own cards and crafts.
Monies raised from the Craft Fair will support the Argenziano PTA to provide funding for field trips, enrichment, and supplies not covered by the school budget.
An intimate conversation with Ben Holmes, Dan Rassi & Ronn Friedlander, founders of Aeronaut Brewing Co on “Beer, Food and Science.”
7 PM, Wednesday December 10th at Creative Union
66-70 Union Square – Suite 103
The Creative Somerville Series highlights local creatives and entrepreneurs through an intimate ‘fireside chats’ format. The series is hosted by Creative Union, a coworking space for creatives and entrepreneurs in the heart of Union Square.
Space is limited. RSVP here.
Sponsored by Creative Union, Somerville Local First and the Somerville Beat.
US2, the anticipated master developer for Union Square’s disposition parcels, continues its community engagement effort with a Business Roundtable on Tuesday, October 21 from 8-9:30 AM at Greentown Labs in Union Square.
They hope to engage current and future Union Square businesses in conversations about the region’s office and retail markets now and in the future. During the event a panel of experts will discuss market trends in the region, the impact of these trends on Somerville, and upcoming opportunities on which Somerville can focus followed by an open discussion.
The talented ladies of Booze Epoque know their way around a liquor cabinet so trust them to help you spice up your holiday.
Join them on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM for a two hour class to make your times merry.
Find out what cocktail will go smashingly with your turkey dinner. Discover the wide world of holiday punches that are sure to please even the most discerning guests. Booze Époque will share some seasonal recipes ranging from wassail and Dickens’ punch to sherry eggnog and cranberry infusions. With these drinks in hand your holidays are sure to be merry and bright! Class limited to 16. Ages 21+ only. $65/person and held at Kitchen, Inc, 201 Somerville Avenue.
Reserve your space!