Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Discovery Day in Lexington



Lexington’s Greatest Street Fair
 A Fun Filled Day for the Entire Family!

— Live Music and Dancing! —
— Food and Fun! —
— Tables of Bargains! —
— Balloons and Clowns! —
— Exhibits from Town Departments —
— Free Parking All Day —

— Free Lexpress Rides in Lexington —

CLICK HERE for a link of sponsors, vendors, events and more.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7th Annual Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival!

Please join us for the 7th Annual Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival!

Celebrate spring with Boston's best BBQ, craft beer, and music festival.  Each year we gather a handful of local barbecue vendors, up-and-coming craft breweries, and great live bands together for a fun family festival, which benefits LABBB Education Collaborative, helping students with special needs.

Located in Downtown Lexington, MA
at site of Farmer's Market & Hosmer House

$5 General Admission
Proceeds Benefit LABBB Collaborative
Serving students with special needs

Gate Hours
5-8:30pm Friday May 19, 2017
11a-7pm Saturday May 20, 2017
12-4pm Sunday May 21, 2017

VISIT LEXINGTON BBQ BATTLE FOR LIST OF VENDORS, MUSIC LINEUP AND COMPLETE SCHEDULE


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Nature Walks and Activities with Citizens of Lexington Conservation



Sunday May 14, 2-4 pm, ACROSS Lexington Bicycle Ride
Explore ACROSS Lexington trails by bike! This easy-to-moderate 2-hour ride will take us through a number of Lexington’s most scenic open spaces including Upper and Lower Vinebrook, Cotton Farm and Dunback Meadow, the Old Res, and Lincoln Park. We will travel via Town streets, paved bike paths and unpaved walking trails. Be prepared for somewhat rough trail conditions; a bike with sturdy tires for trail riding and a helmet are required. Bring water and a snack. Meet in the Town employee parking lot adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway crossing at Fletcher Avenue. Bonus points for those who ride their bicycles to this event. Questions? Call Peggy at 617-308-8185.
Leaders: Peggy Enders (617-308-8185, peggyenders@gmail.com), Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216,kohmart@verizon.net)

Tuesday May 16, 10-11:30 am, Senior Sneaker Walk at Hayden Woods
Join us on this leisurely walk as we explore the historic and scenic byways of Hayden Woods. During our travels we will walk one of the oldest colonial roads in the Common- wealth, take a side trip a short distance off trail to marvel at an unusual example of colonial stone working, and visit one of the most perfectly sited stone benches in Town. Walking will be on well-graded woods trails with one short steep section and the usual occasional rocks and roots under foot. Sneakers are fine. Don’t forget your walking sticks if you rely on them for balance. Meet at the rear of 45 Hayden Avenue in the third parking lot on your left opposite the signed Conservation trail entrance.
Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net) 6

Sunday May 21, 2-5 pm, Extended ACROSS Lexington Walk
In celebration of Bike Walk Bus Week (May 13-21) we are offering the longer distance hiker an extended traverse of ACROSS Lexington routes C&D. This 5+ mile hike passes through two of Lexington’s largest parcels of open space, Whipple Hill Conservation area and Arlington’s Great Meadow, owned by the Town of Arlington but wholly within Lexington; in addition to passing the Arlington Reservoir and the Busa Farm Fields now man- aged by LexFarm along the way. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water. Meet at the Waldorf School parking lot on Massachusetts Avenue.
Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (781-862-9102, rhausslein@rcn.com)

Thursday May 25, 6-8 pm, Wild Edibles of Lincoln Park with Russ Cohen
Lexington is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, both native and non-native, including plants considered to be weedy or invasive. Some are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, on a two-hour ramble in and around Lincoln Park to learn about the dozen or more edible plant species that are common to this property. Russ will present information on identification tips, edible portions, seasonal availability and preparation methods, as well as general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Meet at the Fitness Trail entrance at the crosswalk on Worthen Road across from the Lexington High playing fields.
Leader: Russ Cohen (781-646-7489, eatwild@rcn.com)




Monday, May 8, 2017

Financial Reasons to Buy a Lexington, MA Home


Let’s face it. There are numerous lifestyle benefits to owning a Lexington home, which have nothing to do with your finances. You can decorate and design your home as you wish, you can feel more safe and secure, you can grow roots in your neighborhood and community, and the list goes on. But as a Lexington real estate agent, I know that the financial perks to homeownership are often the deciding factor for first-time buyers! So, let’s talk about what some of those are.

1.  Buying is cheaper than renting. If you’re currently renting, you know how much money you’re throwing away each month. In a Rent vs Buy Report from Trulia, numbers show that homeownership is cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in all of the 100 largest metros in the U.S. This is partly due to interest rates remaining low, and rental appreciation skyrocketing, with no end in sight! The study found that rates would have to reach 9.1 percent before renting would be cheaper than owning! In the long run, owning is cheaper.

2.  Homeownership is forced savings. Not only are you saving money when owning rather than renting, as I explained in the previous point, but you are also investing in your future with that money! When you rent, you never see that money again. When you own, you get most, all or more of your money back when you sell. Your mortgage is basically a forced savings account, because you are building equity! You can stop investing in your landlord’s future and start investing in your own.

3.  Home price appreciation will continue. Pulsenomics surveys a panel of economists and real estate experts quarterly, to find out where home prices are expected to head over the next five years, and then they average the projection into a single number. The latest numbers predict that home prices will appreciate 3.22 percent each year and grow by 17.3 percent cumulatively. That means that if you buy a Lexington home soon, you’ll save money, and the value increase of your home looks really good!

These financial homeownership perks don’t even get into the several tax deductions you might qualify for as a homeowner. There are so many reasons to own a Lexington home, both financial and personal!

Don’t put off accomplishing the American Dream any longer. Contact me, your Lexington MA real estate agent. Let’s get you started with the home-buying process in the Lexington MA real estate market!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May Events at the Lexington Historical Society


Battle of Lexington Trivia Night

Saturday, May 6, 4 PM at the Depot

Test your Lexington trivia knowledge, historical and contemporary, with questions from local author and historian Rick Beyer.  Light refreshments will be provided by Neillo's.

​$10 members/$15 non-members.

The Art of the Flower

Saturday May 13, 12-4pm at Munroe Tavern

Lexington Historical Society, Lexington Field and Garden Club, and
The Munroe Center for the Arts present The Art of the Flower.  Event includes:
• Scavenger Hunt - locate inconspicuous flowers within the museum
• Garden Tour - find out what Colonial flowers the stewards have blooming
• Artists En Plein Air - observe local artists as they paint in the tavern garden
• Crafts - Flower coloring cards, and fabric flower-making

Family friendly, free, and open to the public!

Book Group #5

Tuesday, May 16, 7 PM at the Depot

Book Group discussion of The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II  by Jan Jarboe Russell. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Free and open to the public - please register by calling the Historical Society office at 781-862-1703 or emailing programs@lexingtonhistory.org.


Relinquished Treasures Public Sale

Saturday, May 27, 9-3 PM at the Depot

This popular annual event is here again! Mark your calendars, and find yourself a treasure! This is truly a one-of-a-kind sale of antiques, vintage and retro housewares, decorative items, and fashion pieces.

Free and open to the public!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arbor Day Celebration in Lexington

Come and celebrate Arbor Day with the Lexington Field and Garden Club and the Lexington Conservation Stewards!


April 29, 9:00 AM to Noon - Events for All Ages

SCHEDULED EVENTS: (all events at Cotton Farm except bird walk)

  • 7-9 am: Bird walk at Dunback Meadow (Citizens for Lexington Conservation)

Dunback Meadow’s variety of habitats including meadows, forest, and a brook, makes  this property an excellent place to look for the beginning of spring bird migration. Possibilities include the early warblers, vireos, kinglets, and sparrows; plus our resident birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees.  

Meet at the Allen St entrance. The walk will be cancelled in the event of rain.
Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson, robertahodson@comcast.net
  • 9:30 am: Arbor Day Dedication and Tree Ceremony (Lexington Field and Garden Club and Matthew R Foti Landscape Design & Construction Inc)

At this annual tradition, The Lexington Field and Garden Club will dedicate a tree to members of the club who have passed away over the past year. The tree will be donated by Matthew R Foti Landscape Design & Construction Inc
  • 10 am: Tour of the Cotton Farm Apiary (Lexington High School Beekeeping Club)

Lexington resident and master bee keeper Alix Bartsch and the Lexington High School Beekeeping Club will talk about the new Cotton Farm Apiary and answer questions about backyard beekeeping.
  • 10:30 am: Home orchard care and pruning workshop (Parterre Garden Services)

Ornamental and fruit tree experts from Parterre Garden Services will lead a 30 minute workshop on proper pruning and tree care techniques for the home orchardist. 
  • 11:15 am: Arborist Demonstration; how to plant a tree! (Bartlett Tree Experts)

Tree climbing demonstration and tree planting instructions from local tree care company Bartlett Tree Experts

THROUGHOUT THE MORNING:
Ask an Expert: free landscape and tree care advice with staff from Parterre Garden Services and Bartlett Tree Experts
Native Plants and Pollinators: gardening tips and advice from Lexington Field and Garden Club members

Free Arbor Day tree seedlings from Bartlett Tree Experts

“FUN AND LEARNING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!” 
JOIN US FOR PART OR ALL OF THE MORNING.
Parking:  Please park along Marrett Road or at the Lexington Community Center



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6 Easy Home Improvements to Sell Your Lexington Home

Selling your Lexington home might feel overwhelming. The market is hot right now, you think—so you should hurry up while you can still get a good price. Or perhaps your dream home was just listed, but you can’t move in until your current place sells … so you should expedite this, right?
The problem is, if you move too fast, buyers see right through the fact that you skipped important home renovations. And this, my friends, might end up costing you time and money. Lots of both, in fact.

So take the time to sell your home right. These six home improvements will make your home sell faster and for more cash. And some of them aren’t even very much work.

1. Spruce up the grounds
This is one of the easiest—and cheapest—tricks in the book: Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value. Why pass up free money?
Hire a landscaper to give your front yard the once-over, or just clean up the details yourself (e.g., edge the lawn, plant flowers), and update the outdoor furniture on the front porch to give the space a fresh, “buy me now” appeal.
But if you don’t have time for a full overhaul of your front yard, at least replace your welcome mat with a new one and paint or re-stain your front door.  

2. Love the hardwood
 One of the biggest turnoffs for buyers is dirty old carpet. To get the best price possible, it is worthwhile to invest in wood floors.
Right now, carpeting isn’t just an aesthetic choice—it’s a choice that can actively turn away buyers who can’t see beyond it. Instead of noticing what a wonderful, light-filled living room you have, they can think only about just how much money it will cost to get rid of that nasty old carpet. What you have underneath might be far more presentable, with a bit of cleaning and refurbishing. If it isn’t, a new floor is a worthwhile investment.
Decided to keep your carpet? At the very least, make sure to clean it thoroughly before buyers come trekking through your home.

3. Fix windows and doors
So you’re selling an older home, complete with creaking windows and doors that don’t open and close easily after years of use. Maybe you’re hoping buyers will overlook the problems in favor of “charm.”
When a showing starts, potential buyers are going to open and close windows and doors and learn that something is awry.
You’re not just irritating buyers by refusing to fix broken windows and doors. Ignoring basic repair work might actually cast a pall on your entire home.
Buyers will suspect that other hidden items in the house haven’t been kept up either.

4. Paint (and wash!) walls
If any of your rooms are doused in a dark shade, such as eggplant or emerald, cover it up with a coat of light or neutral paint. Buyers find it easier to picture themselves living in a home with neutral walls—plus, they’ll make your home seem larger, cleaner, and far more appealing.
If you still can’t bring yourself to paint over the hues you’ve so carefully selected, consider this: After living in a home for a few years you may become a bit blind to how your walls are showing to newcomers.

5. Clean the cabinets
If you’ve never sold a house before, you might be surprised by how bold buyers are. Digging through your drawers? Peeking inside your cabinets?  But buyers are expected to be little investigators—so be prepared before they start sleuthing.
Buyers should be able to see how much storage is available rather than the clutter you might have there.
Also, check for any loose drawers, hardware, or shelving so buyers don’t wonder what else might be amiss. And hide those strange or semi-incriminating items that aren’t at all meant for public display.

6. Update the lighting
Before putting your home on the market, bring in a second set of eyes (your Realtor or stager is perfect for this) to look over your lighting. Is it dated? Does it serve the space poorly?



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Patriots' Day Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 15 - Monday, April 17, 2017

242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington
 

Volunteer
to be a 
Parade Ambassador!

Schedule subject to change - please check back closer to Patriots' Day for the final schedule

Lexington Alarm Letter on View

Couriers delivered the news of the conflict at Lexington throughout the colonies soon after the event. See one of the actual letters that helped spread the news, penned on April 20, 1775.
On view at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Rd 
Saturday, April 1 - Saturday, April 21
The Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM  

Saturday, April 15
 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lexington Visitors’ Center - free
1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
781-862-1450  
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
Visitors' Center
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Battle Green Guided Tours - free
Official Lexington Battle Green Guides in Colonial clothing offer informal tours, history, visitor information and directions throughout the day. View one of the oldest war memorials in the country where the remains of 7 of the   8 Militia who died on the Battle Green on April 19th are buried.
Lexington Tourism Committee
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours - $   
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society
10:00 AM Parker’s Revenge - free   
Lexington Minute Men gather on the Lexington Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms from Captain Parker with additional dialogue from Reverend Jonas Clarke. Following this event, the Minute Men will march to Fiske Hill before continuing on to Parker’s Revenge site in the Minute Men National Park.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours - $  
36 Hancock St
Guide-led tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Liberty Ride Trolley Tours - $ 
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Tickets required; purchase tickets online in advance or at the Visitors Center.. 
Board at the Lexington Visitors Center 1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00 & 2:30
Lexington Tourism Committee
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Lexington Alarm Letter on View - free
Couriers delivered the news of the conflict at Lexington throughout the colonies soon after the event. See one of the letters that helped spread the news, penned on April 20, 1775.
The Alarm Letter will be on view from Saturday, April 2 - Saturday, April 23. The Museum is open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road
       
11:00 AM Meet and Talk with the Minute Men at Fiske Hill - free
At Minute Men National Park, on the Battle Road at Old Massachusetts Avenue.
12:00 PM - 4 PM  Munroe Tavern Tours - $   
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided or guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.  
Lexington Historical Society
1:00 PM Parker’s Revenge Wreath Laying Ceremony - free
Parker’s Revenge site on the Battle Road near the Minute Men National Park Visitor Center, Rt 2A, Lexington
National Park Service  
2:00 PM Parker’s Revenge
A skirmish at The Bluff on the Battle Road at the intersection of Old Massachusetts Avenue and Rt 2A.  
National Park Service                                          
4:00 PM Tower Park Battle Reenactment - free  
Follow the British retreat as they fight the Colonial militia.  Massachusetts Avenue opposite Pelham Road. 
Lexington Minute Men

Sunday, April 16

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lexington Visitors’ Center - free
1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
781-862-1450  
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
Visitors' Center
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Battle Green Guided Tours - free
Official Lexington Battle Green Guides in Colonial clothing offer informal tours, history, visitor information and directions throughout the day. View one of the oldest war memorials in the country where the remains of 7 of the   8 Militia who died on the Battle Green on April 19th are buried.
Lexington Tourism Committee
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours - $   
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Liberty Ride Trolley Tours - $ 
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Tickets required; purchase tickets online in advance or at the Visitors Center..
Board at the Lexington Visitors Center 1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00 & 2:30
Lexington Tourism Committee 
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours - $  
36 Hancock St
Guide-led tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Munroe Tavern Tours - $   
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided or guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.  
Lexington Historical Society 
11:30 PM Paul Revere Ride Reenactment - free 
Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St, Lexington
A reenactment of the arrival of 
Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House. 
Lexington Historical Society
 

Monday, April 17 - Patriots' Day


5:30 AM “The Alarm” at the Old Belfry - free
Belfry Hill, Massachusetts Ave at Clarke Street across from the Battle Green.
Come ring the bell that sounded the Alarm that the British Regulars were coming
5:30 AM Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington on the Battle Green - free
(Rain date: Saturday, April 22 @ 5:30 AM)

(Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, April 2 @ 2 PM; rehearsal rain date Saturday, April 8 @ 2 PM) 
The Battle Green, Massachusetts Ave at Bedford St
The Lexington Minute Men
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM  Pancake Breakfasts - $
  • Boy Scout Troop #160 at St. Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue
  • First Baptist Church of Lexington, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from Police Station) 
  • The Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street (Massachusetts Avenue @ Meriam Street).  All proceeds to benefit LexRAP (Lexington Refugee Assistance Program).
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Lexington Visitors’ Center - free
1875 Massachusetts Ave, across from the Battle Green
781-862-1450  
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
Visitors' Center
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Buckman Tavern Walk Through Tours - $  
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Walk through the rooms of the historic tavern. Admission tickets available at the house.  Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society 
7:30 AM  Sunrise Youth Parade - free
Starting at Munroe Cemetery driveway, proceeding west along Massachusetts Ave through Lexington center onto the Battle Green.
8:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Buckman Tavern Tours - $   
1 Bedford St, across from the Battle Green
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hancock-Clarke House Tours - $  
36 Hancock St
Guide-led tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
Lexington Historical Society                             
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM  Munroe Tavern Tours -   
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided or guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.  
Lexington Historical Society
8:15 AM  Patriots’ Day Ceremonies on the Battle Green - free 
Massachusetts Ave at Bedford Street. 
9:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society
10:00 AM Lexington Lions Club 103rd Annual Five-Mile Road Race
Starting/ending on Massachusetts Ave at the Battle Green. 
For more information call (781) 862-2534 or visit Lexington Lions Club
10:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Child $1  
Lexington Historical Society
10:30 AM Lexington Minute Men Company/DAR Wreath Laying Memorial Ceremony - free
On the Battle Green at the Obelisk
The Lexington Minute Men
11:00 AM USS Lexington Memorial Ceremonies - free
Visitors Center, 1875 Massachusetts Ave, adjacent to Buckman Tavern.  
Lexington Lions Club
11:00 AM First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors - $
At the Lexington Depot, Depot Square, one block east of the Battle Green
Tickets available at the door. Adults $3/Children $1  
Lexington Historical Society
11:15 AM – 12 PM Annual Patriots’ Day Handbell Concert of Patriotic and American music - donation  
Hancock Church, 1912 Massachusetts Avenue  (the  stone church across from the battle green)
The concert is family-friendly and includes music played on 5 octaves of hand bells and 6 octaves of hand chimes, sure to please all ages: Broadway hits, American gospel,  spirituals, and patriotic songs.  Suggested donation of $3 per person to benefit the Handbell Scholarship Fund to assist ringers to attend workshops and festivals.
12:00 PM   “What Really Happened that Day.” - free
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road.
Lexington Minuteman Dan Fenn gives a half hour talk on what really happened on April 19, 1775.
12:30 PM Float Judging on Massachusetts Ave in East Lexington - free
1:00 PM Paul Revere Arrives at the Battle Green on Horseback - free
Greeted by the Board of Selectmen and the Lexington Minute Men Company
Lexington Minute Men
2:00 PM Patriots’ Day Afternoon Parade - free
Starting at Massachusetts Ave and Maple St in East Lexington, proceeding west along Massachusetts Avenue through Lexington center, left onto Worthen Road ending at the town pool parking lot.