Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wilson Farm 2018 January Events

Souper Sampling Weekend
Saturday & Sunday • January 27th & 28th • 11am - 4pm
There is nothing better on a cold New England day, than a warm bowl of hearty soup. Join friends and family January 27th & 28th for a Soup-er Sampling Weekend! We have invited our favorite soup vendors to showcase their soups, chili, bisques and chowder. Plus, you know our Kitchen and Bakery are whipping up some unique treats guaranteed to tantilize your taste buds. This event is free and open to the public. See you down on the farm.

Cooking Class with Chef Raymond Ost
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 • 6pm - 8pm

Our Executive and French Master Chef Raymond Ost is leading our first cooking class of 2018: An Alsatian Evening with a Sweet Tropical Finish. The Class is $50 per person, and includes hands-on direction from Chef Ost and his team. RSVP is required and space is limited. Call 781-862-3900 now to register! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lexington Pops Chorus Winter Concert

Admission: Adults $20* at the door, Children (under 13) $5   (*Adults $17 if tickets purchased in advance from a chorus member or online. )                                                                                              
For directions and accessibility information, please click: Hancock Church

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lexington MA Homeowner Tasks for January

January Home Maintenance Tasks for Lexington Homeowners
Now that the holiday season is over, do you feel like you’re quickly falling into a winter’s funk? As your Lexington real estate agent, I’m here to offer you a list of homeowner maintenance tasks! As a Lexington MA homeowner, you know there are always things that can be done around the house. However, these particular tasks are best completed in the month of January.

See how many of these you can check off your list this month:

1.  Organize seasonal storage and holiday décor. Before you stuff your holiday décor away and then struggle with it next year, take this opportunity to sort through it, take inventory, donate or trash what you no longer care to keep, and organize and properly store what is left.

2.  Give your kitchen a deep cleaning. If you hosted the holidays at your Lexington MA home, your kitchen most likely took a beating. Go through your pantry and refrigerator and remove expired leftovers and snack foods. Then, give the kitchen a deep cleaning, including walls, kickboards, everything.

3.  Plan summertime projects now. If you want to add landscaping, decks, patios, pools or any other outdoor projects to your Lexington MA property come spring or summer, the time to hire contractors is now. There schedules fill up quickly!

4.  Clean all of your home’s filters. Aside from the obvious HVAC filter, others that are smart to clean and/or replace this time of year as needed are the filters in your fridge, vacuum cleaner, dryer, air filter, humidifier or dehumidifier and other household items.

5.  Shop for new linens and towels. They go on sale in January! This is a tradition that dates way back and is still true today.

You know what else you can accomplish this month? Your Lexington MA real estate market goals! If you want to buy and/or sell this winter season, I am here to help. Contact me, your Lexington MA real estate agent, and let’s get going early this year on accomplishing your real estate goals for 2018!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Positive Habits to Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolution

The start of a new year is, of course, the perfect time for a fresh start. There’s the metaphorical power, plus the numerical ease of counting days and months of success from Jan 1. But balanced against the celebratory excess and indulgence of the holiday season, New Year’s resolutions can, sadly, tend towards abstinence.

This year I’ll stop smoking. This year I’ll lose weight. This year I’ll quit Diet Coke. This year I’ll be the better, purer, stronger version of myself. Better and stronger is awesome, but here’s a proposition: get there without having to tell yourself “no.”

Deprivation is nasty stuff. It’s woven into the Puritan work ethic that’s woven into so much of American culture—the idea that abstinence is virtue, that willpower is spiritual strength. Sure, there are bad things in life, and it’s best to stay away from them, but an ethic of deprivation is a slippery slope to a life of empty asceticism.

Deprivation is also often a recipe for nasty relapses. When you assign yourself a new zone of self-control, unless you’re doing work to replenish your mental energy, you will run out of “strength.” Think of a rubber band pulled and pulled until it snaps. That snap is your slip, and the tighter you’ve pulled yourself, the more it’s going to hurt. (If you’ve ever gone on a restrictive diet and, after hours or weeks, found yourself bingeing in a way you never would’ve before the diet, you know this feeling well.)

Okay, so: how can you achieve your goals without telling yourself “no”? Most of the time, it’s a simple flip:

  • Stop eating junk food. → Eat more vegetables.
  • Lose weight. → Do Couch to 5k or Go to yoga class once a week.
  • Stop overcommitting socially. → Reserve one night a week to stay in.
  • Quit Diet Coke → Drink more water.
  • Stop looking at Twitter in bed. → Read a book for ten minutes before bed every night.

They’re not one-to-one matches—you can eat junk food and vegetables, and running won’t necessarily make you lose weight. But these positively framed resolutions get at the core value you’re trying to develop in yourself by focusing on adding a new habit instead of subtracting an old one, whether it’s fitness, peacefulness, or hydration.

Even if your resolution is truly, at its heart, about stopping a bad behavior, it’s hugely useful to couple stopping the bad thing with the addition of a new, positive habit—a yes in addition to the no. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself at your 3pm smoke break just looking around with nothing to do and an awful craving. It’s easier to replace a habit than to erase one. Think about where, when, and how your old habit happened, and be prepared with a replacement—a thing you will do to replace the thing you won’t.

Remember that resolutions of any kind take energy to turn into long-lasting and secure patterns. Be gentle with yourself, and you’ll be able to do great things.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ideas to Enjoy New Year's Eve at Home

1. Make a homemade meal. Considering that ordering out on New Year's Eve often costs more (since prices are usually increased for the holiday), this is a good excuse to splurge a little and make a family meal at home. Pick out dinner food that everyone enjoys but you don’t get a chance to have very often, like steak, chili, or lobster. This family meal can turn into a New Year’s Eve tradition.
You could also consider making a meal out of appetizers. This could lead to a more casual dinner setup, and the kids will like having the ability to pick and choose different kinds of food.
Cheese fondue is another fun dinner idea for New Year’s Eve.  Eating cheese fondue with bits of bread and meats will require everyone to sit and eat together. You can take turns dipping your food into the cheese and tell stories from the past year as you eat.

2. Make fun snacks and desserts. Consider making cookies, toffee, or other desserts that you can make together as a family and eat throughout New Year’s Eve night. You can get even more in the New Year’s spirit by making New Year’s specific desserts. Lots of cultures have New Year’s Eve desserts like Vasilopita, a Greek New Year’s Eve cake baked with a coin hidden in the dough.  Whoever gets the piece of cake with the coin will have good luck for the upcoming year.
Marshmallow countdown skewers are another fun dessert idea. Each marshmallow has two or three numbers drawn on with edible ink, and you can eat the marshmallows as you count down to midnight.
A fun idea for New Year’s Eve kid friendly drinks are milk and cookie toasts. The kids can join in on the New Year’s toasts by clinking their milk glasses together and eating their cookies as they toast.

3. Make some holiday drinks and mocktails. Kids will love having hot cocoa, fruity soda pop, and sparkling grape juice on New Year’s Eve. You can even make other mocktails like strawberry-kiwi spritzers, cranberry sparklers, and peppermint drinks.  Be sure to use plastic champagne flutes or other plastic “adult” like glasses to make the kids feel really special.  Adults can make their own specialty drinks, or stick with classic champagne.
If you or family members are starting to feel tired, consider making some fun coffee drinks with and without alcohol.

4. Have a family game night. Bring out board games, card games, and electronic  games, and even group video games to play as you wait for the clock to strike midnight. You could make up game tournaments, or try to play all the games at least once during the night.

5. Have a movie night. Pop in a movie you already have at home or rent a movie that you all have been wanting to see. Watching a movie can be just one aspect of your New Year’s Eve plans, or you can turn it into a movie marathon. During this time you can eat and drink different snacks that you have prepared for the night.
You can also use this time to watch old home videos and reminisce on good times. Depending on how many home videos you have, you can make it a dinner time activity, or have them playing throughout the night.

6. Create a New Year’s Eve photo booth. Arrange an area of your home to be the photo booth stage. Find a wall or background that you can use as a backdrop, and decorate it with some holiday decorations or your written resolutions. You could even print out some masquerade type costume pieces, and have your very own photo props.

7. Play dress up.  Bring out everyone’s best clothes and make everyone in the family feel like they are a part of a fancy New Year’s Eve party or ball. You could play music, dance, and everyone’s fancy outfits can make for some great photos.

8. Make countdown bags to open every hour. Fill small bags with different snacks and goodies to open up at every hour leading up to midnight. You can make as many bags as you want depending on how early you want to start opening the bags. Some ideas for bag fillers include:
  • Disposable cameras
  • Activity tags: watch a movie, eat ice cream, play a game, etc.
  • Craft kits
  • Candy

9. Make your own New Year’s Eve decorations. Make your own party hats with some construction paper, string and decorating supplies.  You can also make your own New Year’s Eve noisemakers by putting rice, confetti, and glitter inside empty water bottles. Simply twist on the cap and shake to loudly bring in the New Year. Consider making a balloon drop for when the clock strikes midnight:
Simply blow up balloons, and create netting around an overhead fan with some tape and wrapping paper or fabric. Place all the balloons inside the netting, and release the balloons whenever you plan to ring in the New Year.

Reflect on the past year and make resolutions together. Around midnight or throughout the night in general, you and your family can gather together and reminisce over where the past year has taken each of you individually, and as whole family. After, make and share resolutions for the New Year and what you hope to achieve. You can even try to make a resolution as a family and be each other’s accountability partners.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lexington Annual Christmas Eve Caroling

Please bring family and friends to Lexington’s annual Christmas Eve Caroling event!  As always, caroling will take place from 4:00 – 4:30 pm on December 24th at the Hastings Park Bandstand in Lexington, which is located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Worthen Road.  Join in this town tradition that is enjoyed by several hundred residents and neighbors each year who gather to sing an assortment of traditional and favorite carols. 

Song sheets, hot chocolate, and cookies will be provided to all!

Contact Jackie Piscitello with any questions at  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vocal Revolution: WinterSing!

Vocal Revolution, the Northeastern District Barbershop Champions, and winners of WGBH Sing That Thing! season 2 are teaming up with some of this years Sing That Thing winners for a fantastic a cappella extravaganza! Saturday, December 16, at  2:00pm at Cary Hall.

On stage will be the Sing That Thing Season 3 collegiate winners Endicott Singers and high school winners Wellesley High Schools Rice Street Singers.

Also singing will be VR's own collegiate quartet champions: the 2017 champions Greenlight and the 2016 champions Last Chance!

The proceeds of the show will support all of the performing groups as well as Vocal
Revolutions outreach program to develop a cappella and barbershop singing.

We also invite our audience to join us after the show for casual singing and conversation! (Details of the location at a nearby restaurant will be announced at the show.)

Please click here for tickets.

This year we have two special guest choruses joining us:
  • Endicott Singers, the Sing That Thing Season 3 collegiate winners.

  • Rice Street Singers from Wellesley High School, the Sing That Thing Season 3 high school winners.

Also, two special collegiate quartets:

  • Greenlight, the 2017 Northeastern District collegiate champions

  • Daily Special (formerly known as Last Chance), the 2016 Northeastern District champions

It will be a show to remember!

Please click here for tickets.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
Cary Hall
1605 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington 02420

Please click here for tickets.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Habits to Make Dream of Lexington Homeownership a Reality

Healthy habits for Lexington homebuyers
Do you dream of buying a Lexington home in 2018? Are you ready to stop throwing your money away on rent and invest in your future? Home prices and mortgage rates are expected to increase in 2018, so the sooner you buy, the more you might save in the Lexington real estate market!

As your Lexington real estate agent, I am here to help guide you through the first-time buying process, and to answer any questions you may have. Even if you don’t plan to buy for another few months, there are habits you can start to implement now to better your chances at qualifying for a loan and a low interest rate! Here are the top three that just shared:

1.  Automate down payment savings. Saving enough money for a down payment is one of the hardest steps for first-time buyers, but the more you put down initially, the lower your monthly payments could be. Automate your checking account to save a certain amount of your paycheck each month into a down payment savings account. If you receive any monetary gifts, put them right in the account as well.

2.  Build your credit history. Keep your credit history clean by paying off or paying down past debts, paying all of your bills on time, and using no more than 30 percent of the credit available to you. Have bills automatically withdrawn to make paying on time easier.

3.  Practice living on a budget. Downsize your spending so you can save more for a down payment and pay off your debts. Don’t by new clothes, cars, vacations, etc. until after you buy your home. Make coffee and your meals at home instead of buying it out. Walk or bike instead of driving when possible.

There are all great tips on getting you on your way to saving the money you need for a home in the Lexington real estate market! Enjoy your holidays, and when ready to buy a Lexington home this year or next, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent. I am here for you!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lexington Tea Burning, Demonstrations, Parade, and More!

Lexington Tea Burning, Demonstrations,
Parade, and More!

Three days before the Boston Tea Party in 1773, citizens of Lexington burned all their tea in a common bonfire, and issued a stirring resolution supporting the people of Boston, announcing that anyone in town who used tea would be treated “as an enemy of this town and this country.”

Lexington Historical Society and the Lexington Minute Men invite all to the Lexington Tea Burning. The event will take place on the grounds of another sponsor of the event, the Lexington Visitor’s Center (1875 Massachusetts Avenue) and will begin at 10AM with an 18th century soldier encampment, followed by musket drills, 18th century cooking demonstrations, parades, and music, and culminate with the burning of the tea at 1:30PM.

Historic Buckman Tavern will be decorated for the holidays and open for FREE tours.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 10:00am
Lexington Visitors Center lawn
1875 Massachusetts Avenue

Lexington, MA 02420

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Your Complete Holiday Season Planner

Yes, it’s that time of year already. Thanksgiving is over, and Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s will be here before you know it. You may have already booked holiday flights or started buying a few Christmas gifts. Now it’s time to get going in earnest on holiday preparations. Our holiday season planner will help you stay on top of everything so you can enjoy this special time of year.

  • Book travel. Decide where you and your family will be for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. If you’re going to be traveling but haven’t yet made arrangements, take care of them now, reserving plane tickets, lodging, car rentals and restaurant tables. If you’re eating out locally on a holiday, you’ll also want to reserve a table in advance.
  • Make plans for your pets. If your “fur children” won’t be traveling with you, or they don’t do well with a house full of guests, contact a pet sitter or boarding facility to reserve a spot.
  • Mark your calendar. Note dates of holiday parties, concerts and programs you plan to attend at your children’s schools, your church, your workplaces and your social clubs. Plan out any parties you plan to give. And add other favorite holiday events, such as Christmas craft fairs, a Nutcracker ballet performance, a Handel’s Messiah singalong concert or a designer show house.
  • Save the date. Are you planning to host Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or a New Year’s party? Write up invitation lists and contact people you hope will attend.
  • Write out your gift lists. Set your holiday gift budget. Create a list of everyone you want to buy or make gifts for. Collect your family members’ Christmas wish lists and distribute to relatives who need shopping ideas.
  • Extend a hand. Do you take on any special volunteer duties or do any charitable giving during the holiday season? Consider contacting a soup kitchen or shelter to see how you can contribute to people in need.
  • Share the news. Update your holiday card mailing or email list. Choose or set up a family photo for your holiday card or newsletter. Order or buy Christmas cards. If you send out a holiday newsletter, start writing up the highlights of your or your family’s year.
  • Organize your gift wrap. Take an inventory of your gift-wrapping supplies. Buy or make gift wrap, ribbons and bags.
  • Get an early start. Hit the stores now to take advantage of sales and beat the crowds. To save time later (and prevent the curious from uncovering gifts), wrap presents as you go.
  • Be a good guest. Make or buy host gifts to take to holiday gatherings.
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