Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Remove Odors from Lexington MA Home

Lexington MA House Cleaning Tips
If you're preparing to sell your home in the Lexington MA real estate market this spring, or you're spring cleaning, removing home odors should be a priority. As your Lexington MA real estate agent, allow me to share some tried-and-true methods for common home odors:

Pets – The odor of pets, particularly pet urine, is a hard one to remove. Apply an enzyme spray on the floor or furniture to break down odor molecules. Replacing carpet might be necessary.
Lingering food smells – Cook with windows open and range hood fan on high. Clean pans and utensils right away after cooking. Absorb smells overnight with a bowl of vinegar or coffee grounds.
Paint – A cut onion can neutralize paint smells. Who knew?!

For more common odors and how to remove them, check out this realtor.com article. When ready to buy or sell in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent!

Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, May 6, 2019

Happy May Day Lexington


May Day is usually celebrated on May 1 but this year will be celebrated on May 6. It is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day.
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on 27 April during the Roman Republic era. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane, most commonly held on 30 April. The day is a traditional summer holiday in many European cultures.

As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration. The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and North America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps.
In some parts of the United States, May baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. May Day celebrations are common at women's colleges and academic institutions.

In Minneapolis, the May Day Parade and Festival is presented annually by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre on the first Sunday in May, and draws around 50,000 people to Powderhorn Park.



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Lexington Visitors' Center Will Temporarily Relocate to Cary Memorial Building on April 22


Shortly after Patriots' Day, on April 22, 2019, the Visitors' Center will temporarily move operations to the Cary Memorial Building at 1605 Mass Avenue for approximately 12 months while we construct a brand new Visitors' Center, which will open spring 2020.
What:  
The existing Visitors' Center will be demolished, and a new 6,000 sq. ft. Visitors' Center will be built in its place. During the interim, the Visitors' Center and its programs, including the gift shop, Liberty Ride Trolley Tour, and private charter tours, will operate from the Cary Memorial Building at 1605 Mass Avenue (adjacent to the Town Office Building, near Grant Street). The Battle Green Walking Tours will still be available on the Lexington Battle Green.
When: 
The existing Visitors' Center will temporarily close from April 22 through May 5, 2019 to move operations into the temporary space.  The Visitors' Center will reopen on May 6, 2019 in its temporary space in the Cary Memorial Building (1605 Mass Avenue).  The Visitors' Center will continue to operate a limited gift shop in the temporary space and maintain the other programs on a regular schedule - the Liberty Ride Trolley and the Battle Green Walking Tours – until the new Visitors' Center is move-in ready, expected spring 2020.
Who:
The Visitors' Center is host to over 120,000 guests every year – from Lexington residents to international tourists. We will continue to serve all our guests with generous Lexington hospitality and our passion for the American story.
Why:
The Town chose to build a new Visitors' Center in 2018 to better share the story of Lexington’s role in American Revolutionary history. The original building was built in the 1960’s to accommodate a third of the current visitorship; it lacked essential accessibility accommodations and was suffering from structural disrepair. The Town is committed to being stewards of our country’s birth story and views the new building as a gateway for those coming to experience Lexington.

Contact:
Phone: 781-862-1450
Email: visitorscenter@lexingtonma.gov

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lexington League of Women Voters First Friday Forum



Women in the United States won the right to vote with the passage of the nineteenth amendment to the Constitution in 1920. Everyone knows about the famous Seneca Falls Convention in July 19/20, 1848. But an important part of the struggle took place right here in MA. As early as October 16/17, 1850 (before the Civil War), Lucy Stone and other abolitionists launched the organized women's movement at the first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester, MA. After the war, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association to lead campaigns across the country.

On Friday, May 3, 2019 from 7:30-9:00PM, The League of Women Voters of Lexington and the Lexington Historical Society are co-sponsoring a talk by Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers. Barbara Berenson tells the story of the national suffrage movement and finally gives this state’s suffragists the attention they deserve.  This event will take place at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington, MA 02420. It is free and open to the public. This is the League’s regular May First Friday (there is no morning program at Cary Library that day).

This program is the 8th in the 2018-2019 First Friday Forum series hosted by the League of Women Voters, Lexington, to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues. The Forums usually take place in Cary Memorial Library’s large meeting room at 1874 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles of self-government established in the Constitution of the United States.  The League works to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government.

For more information, contact the League at lwvlexington@gmail.com.


 



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2019 Musketaquid Earth Day Parade & Festival


Celebrating the Confluence of Art & Nature
This Year's Theme: Embracing Diversity in a Climate of Change
Saturday, April 27, 10:30am–2:00pm
*Rain Date: Sunday, April 28

The Umbrella Community Arts Center



EARTH DAY PARADE
10:30am–11:30am @ The Umbrella to The Old Manse
Giant puppets, stilters, dancers, music, costumes, banners, community groups, families, and friends meet at The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord, at 10:30am and start to parade down Main and Monument Streets at 11am.

RIVER CEREMONY
11:30am–12:00pm @ Minute Man National Historic Park @ The Old North Bridge
Singing, drumming, and the launching of Earth Floats at the river. Storytelling by Valerie Stephens.

ARTS & ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL
12:00pm–2:00pm @ The Old Manse Lawn and Orchard
Featured attractions and performances include:
  • “Ecology of Sound,” with Brazilian musician Ricardo Frota
  • “A Passion for Birds,“ with birder/actor Henry Lappen
  • “Judy Saves the Day” puppet show with Sarah Nolen
  • Mass Audubon/Drumlin Farm’s Birds of Prey
  • Enjoy food from Concord Market/Trail's End Cafe


PLUS Music, table exhibitors, poetry challenge, and art activities throughout the afternoon
Related Programs




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 Patriots' Day Weekend Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
(across from the Minuteman Statue)
781-862-1450
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Battle Green Guided Tours
On the Lexington Battle Green
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.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Buckman Tavern Tours &
#Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit

1 Bedford St
(across from the Battle Green)  
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 

The #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit explores how news of the Battle of Lexington went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Free with admission to Buckman Tavern.
9:30 AM

Description: Revolutionary drum
Parker's Revenge
Battle Green
Lexington Minute Men gather on the Battle Green to reenact the second call to arms for Captain John Parker, with took place on the afternoon of April 19. With additional dialogue from Reverend Jonas Clarke.
Following this event, the Minute Men march up Mass Ave to Fiske Hill before continuing on to the Parker’s Revenge site in the Minute Man National Park for a skirmish reenactment. Free.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
View an Original 1775 Alarm Letter
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
33 Marrett Road
Couriers delivered the news of the conflict at Lexington soon after the event. One of the letters that helped spread the news will be displayed  Free, donations accepted.
10:00 AM
Liberty Ride Tour
Begins @ Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
11:30 AM
Liberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
12:00 PM
Parker’s Revenge Wreath Laying Ceremony
On the Battle Road near the Minute Man National Park Visitor Center
Route 2A, Lexington
Lexington Minute Men lay a wreath at the site of the Parker’s Revenge skirmish, which occurred in the afternoon of April 19 when the Lexington Militia Company under Capt. John Parker ambushed the retreating Redcoats near the Lexington-Lincoln town line. Free.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Munroe Tavern Tours
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 
1:00 PM
Parker’s Revenge Reenactment
On the Battle Road near the intersection of Old Massachusetts Ave and Route 2A
Lexington Minute Men reenact the Parker’s Revenge engagement on the Battle Road. Free.
1:00 PM
Liberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.

3rd US Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard
Check back for more information
The 3rd U.S. Infantry, traditionally known as “The Old Guard,” is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, serving our nation since 1784

The Old Guard is the Army's official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, and it also provides security for Washington, D.C., in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.
2:30 PM
Liberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
4:00 PM

Description: Revolutionary drum
Battle at Tower Park
Massachusetts Ave opposite Pelham Rd.
Follow the British retreat as they fight the Colonial Militia in Tower Park, featuring a working reproduction cannon. Organized by the Lexington Minute Men.


SUNDAY, APRIL 14

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
(across from the Minuteman Statue)
781-862-1450
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Battle Green Guided Tours
On the Lexington Battle Green
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.
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Buckman Tavern Tours &
#Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit

1 Bedford St
(across from the Battle Green)  
Self-paced audio tours available. Admission tickets available at the house.

The #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit explores how news of the Battle of Lexington went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Free with admission to Buckman Tavern.    
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
10:00 AM
Liberty Ride Tour
Begins @ Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
11:30 AM
Liberty Ride Tour
Begins at Lexington Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave
A unique 90 minute trolley tour of the historic Battle Road. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the Visitors Center. Boarding is in front of the Visitors Center.
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Munroe Tavern Tours
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 
7:00 PM
House of Hancock
Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square
History at Play presents a revolutionary musical weaving together the life of John Hancock with the thrill of Broadway’s HamiltonAdmission tickets will be available online and at Buckman Tavern.
11:30 PM

Description: Revolutionary drum
Paul Revere Ride Reenactment
Hancock-Clarke House, 36 Hancock St
A reenactment of the arrival of Paul Revere at the Hancock-Clarke House. Free.

MONDAY, APRIL 15 - PATRIOTS' DAY 

5:30 AM


Description: Revolutionary drum
“The Alarm” at the Old Belfry
Massachusetts Ave at Clarke Street
(across from the Battle Green) 
Come ring the bell that sounded the alarm that the British were coming. Free
5:30 AM
(rain date:
Saturday, April 20
5:30 am)


Description: Revolutionary drum
Reenactment of the Battle of Lexington
Lexington Battle Green   
The central event of Patriots’ Day weekend, the Lexington Minute Men have organized and sponsored the Reenactment for 48 years to recreate the birth of American Liberty on Lexington Common in 1775. “They nobly dared to be free!”

(Dress rehearsal Sunday, March 31 @ 2 pm; rain date Saturday, April 6 @ 2 pm)
5:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Operation: Home Ties’ Post 911 Portrait Tribute Wall of “Faces of Remembrance” and the Massachusetts Vietnam Gold Star Tribute Wall
Masonic Hall, 3 Bedford St
Rain or Shine
Burlington residents Gina Johnson and her brother Paul Roth, co-founders of this volunteer mission, will have both walls on display for viewing. Free
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lexington Visitors Center
1875  Massachusetts Ave
(across from the Minuteman Statue)
781-862-1450
View diorama of Battle of Lexington and shop for custom and unique Lexington gift items. Public restrooms.
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Buckman Tavern Walk Through Tours and #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit
1 Bedford St
Walk through the rooms of the historic tavern (interpreters present). Admission tickets available at the house.  Adults $3/Children $1.

The #Alarmed!: 18th Century Social Media exhibit explores how news of the Battle of Lexington went viral 250 years ago, and lets visitors imagine how colonials might have made use of our modern media tools to kick start a revolution. Free with admission to Buckman Tavern.
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Pancake Breakfasts:
  • Boy Scout Troop 160 
    St. Brigid Church
    2001 Massachusetts Ave
  • First Baptist Church of Lexington
    1580 Massachusetts Ave
    (across from Police Station) 
  • The Church of Our Redeemer
    6 Meriam Street
    (Massachusetts Ave @ Meriam St)
Fundraisers for the host organizations.

The Church of Our Redeemer: All proceeds to benefit Lexington Refugee Assistance Program (LexRAP).
7:30 AM
Sunrise Youth Parade
Starting at Munroe Cemetery driveway, proceeding west along Massachusetts Avenue through Lexington center onto the Battle Green.

8:00 AM
First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
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.    
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Guided tours available every half hour. Admission tickets available at the house.
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Munroe Tavern Tours
1332 Massachusetts Ave
Self-guided tours available. Admission tickets available at the house. 
8:15 AM
Patriots’ Day Ceremonies on the Battle Green  
Massachusetts Ave at Bedford St
Free
9:00 AM
First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
10:00 AM
Lexington Lions Club 105th Annual Five-Mile Road Race
Starting/ending on Massachusetts Ave at the Battle Green
For more information, call (781) 862-2534 or visit the Lions Club website.
10:00 AM
First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Lexington Minute Men/Daughters of the American Revolution 109th Wreath Laying Ceremony
Battle Green
The Lexington Minute Men and Daughters of the American Revolution lay wreaths at several of the war monuments around the Battle Green, including the Revolutionary Monument where the Lexington soldiers killed on April 19, 1775 are buried. Free  
11:00 AM
USS Lexington Memorial Ceremonies 
Visitors Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave

11:00 AM
First Shot! Film Screening and Q & A with British and Colonial Reenactors
Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Admission tickets available at the door. Adults $3/ Children $1
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Annual Patriots’ Day Handbell Concert of Patriotic and American Music
Hancock Church
1912 Massachusetts Ave
(the stone church across from the Battle Green)
The concert is family-friendly and includes music played on 5 octaves of handbells and 6 octaves of hand chimes, sure to please listeners of all ages. This year the concert is a multimedia production of American movie and show tunes from such favorites as “The Wizard of Oz”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, The Best of John Williams and many more. Suggested donation of $3 per person to benefit the Hancock Bell Scholarship Fund for ringers to attend skill building workshops.
12:00 PM
“What Really Happened That Day.”
First Parish Church, Seven
7 Harrington Rd
Lexington Minute Man Dan Fenn gives a half-hour talk on what really happened on April 19, 1775. Free
12:30 PM
Float Judging
Massachusetts Ave at Pleasant St
Free
1:00 PM
Paul Revere Arrives at the Battle Green on Horseback
Greeted by the Board of Selectmen and the Lexington Minute Men. Free
2:00 PM
Patriots’ Day Afternoon Parade
Starting at Massachusetts Ave and Maple Street in East Lexington, proceeding west along Massachusetts Ave through Lexington center, left onto Worthen Rd ending at the town pool parking lot.
Free.