Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wilson Farm Dinner in the Field

Thursday, June 27th • 6pm • $135 per person
Dinner in the Field is back! Master Chef Raymond Ost has another extravagant dinner menu planned to tantalize your tastebuds. Take in the sunset on the field where dinner was harvested. Paired with a wine for each course, this unique dining experience is one you don't want to miss.
Dinner In the Field Menu
Course 1:
  • Grilled Shrimp
  • Garlic Spinach Crostini
  • Pulled Pork & Sunchoke Empanada
  • Caramelized Spring Onion Tartlets with Mascarpone
  • Duck & Apricot Phyllo Beggar’s Purse
  • Butternut Squash Panzerotti
  • White Truffle Potato Croquette
    Course 2:
    Eggplant Caviar with Warm Crisp Goat Cheese Brick, Mint & Pear Tartare, Spring Flowers
    Course 3:
    Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Roasted Artichoke Heart Barigoule, Sauce Vierge,
    & North Atlantic Saffron Noodle Gratin with Parmesan
    Course 4:
  • Sweet Riesling Poached Rhubarb Napoleon, Strawberries, Lemon Chibouste, Mint Syrup
  • Petit Fours: Lemon Streusel Bars, Earl Grey Ganache Truffle, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Blackberry Frangipane 
    Call 781-862-3900 now to reserve your seat at the table. 

  • Monday, June 10, 2019

    Best Time To Sell Lexington, MA Home Is June!

    If you want to sell your home in the Lexington MA real estate market, this June may be the best time to do so! According to a recent analysis, 19 of the 20 best days to sell during the calendar year fall in May or June. This was concluded after looking at more than 28 million single-family home and condo sales over the past eight years. 

    Why is this? Weather is great for open houses and showings, and kids are out of school, making this the ideal time for families to move. June was listed as the top month, with the most sales, the best median sales price and the highest seller premium. More information is available in this RISMedia article.

    Ready to sell your Lexington MA home? Give me a call, your Lexington real estate agent! I am here to help!

    Theresa D'Antuono

    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    6 Things to Know Before You Start Growing Your Own Food

    Imagine walking out your kitchen door and picking huge leaves off kale plants so tall that they look like mini palm trees. Zucchini and tomatoes pile up on your countertops, and fresh-picked chives, often so expensive and difficult to find in stores, are just a matter of visiting the pot on your balcony. You have so much lettuce that you’re giving it away. Such is the life of a home gardener.

    With a little bit of knowledge and a lot of practice, it’s possible to grow much of your food. Even apartment dwellers can reap the benefits of container-grown herbs and vegetables. Growing food can beautify your surroundings, reduce your carbon footprint, provide a creative and active outlet, and increase your access to nutritious food. Gardeners reap the benefits of a world of delicious and colorful produce that takes local and seasonal eating to a new level, including things like fresh-picked peas, tomatoes, arugula, cucumbers and blueberries that taste better than anything you can buy in stores.

    Many people want to grow their own food but don’t know where to start. Vegetable gardening is a learning process. And as with any art form, you’ll never truly master it. Yet with a few simple principles and a willingness to learn from your mistakes, you can grow food — whether it’s a pot of basil on your windowsill or a full-scale backyard farm. Trying to decide if you should grow vegetables this year? Here are some things you should know first.

    1. Anyone can grow food. If you don’t have a big, sunny backyard, take heart: You can still grow food. A balcony or even a windowsill will work. 

    2. Start small. Gardening is a skill that takes time to learn. If you’re new to growing food, start with just a few potted herbs or one raised bed. Embrace mistakes and don’t beat yourself up if you lose a crop to slugs. Gardening is a forgiving practice: You can always begin again. 

    3. Good soil is key. Don’t expect results from your yard’s existing soil. To grow vegetables, you need rich soil with lots of nutrients. Before planting anything, get the best soil you can find, preferably organic. If you’re working with a full-size yard, find a soil supplier in your area and arrange a delivery. For container gardens, you’ll want a good-quality potting mix. To keep your soil fertile year after year, you’ll need to add compost every spring.

    4. Gardening takes time. You can’t just plant seeds once at the beginning of the year and walk away. Gardens thrive with weekly planting, thinning, weeding, harvesting and pruning, and may need to be watered as often as twice a day if you’re in a hot climate. When planning your garden, take your schedule into account. A full backyard may need up to 10 hours of work a week, while a small balcony can get by with only a couple of hour.

    5. You still have to wash your vegetables. Even when your crops are pesticide-free, it’s important to wash them thoroughly to remove soil, bacteria and parasites like Toxoplasma gondii. A big salad spinner will be your best friend.

    6. You can grow a lot of food. With just six 8-by-4-foot raised beds in a sunny backyard, you can easily feed a family of four all the kale, tomatoes, carrots and greens you could possibly eat without having to go to the store, plus enough extras to freeze or can for the winter. If your space is smaller, a collection of medium-size planter boxes can keep you supplied with the salads you need.

    The benefits of gardening are immense. Growing food is a fascinating hobby, an effective stress reliever and a surprisingly good workout — just watch your back when it comes to digging. Growing a significant portion of the vegetables your family eats, or even all your vegetables, is more attainable than most people realize. By starting small, setting aside time each week for garden maintenance and not getting discouraged if things don’t go perfectly, you’ll be well on your way to garden success.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    Lexington Goes Purple

    The Town of Lexington will turn purple for two days in June with programs and activities to raise awareness about the far-reaching impact of Alzheimer’s disease and to support affected residents and families.

    The events begin on Saturday, June 8 (events 10:30-5) in Cary Memorial Library at 2pm with a presentation “The Science of Hope:  Progress Toward A World Without Alzheimer’s Disease”.  The talk will be given by Kelsey Gosselin, Manager of Medical and Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association World Medical Congress, who will discuss the latest research in the field including information on how residents can participate in clinical studies.

    Following the talk, the Library will host the Citizen’s Science project “Stall Catchers”.  Attendees can play this web based video game on their mobile devices and, in so doing, help researchers at Cornell University advance their research.  The Library will also host a lemonade stand.  Stop by for a cup of lemonade.  All donations will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Cary Library’s Idea Wall will feature Alzheimer’s and dementia related and questions on which  community members can provide feedback and share their experiences for all of June, which is Brain Health month.
    Then on Sunday, June 9 (events 11-4) activities start with the Purple Puppy Promenade at 11am, open to all dog owners. Dress your pooch in purple and join in a walk around Emery Park and along the Minuteman Bike Path.  Make a donation and take home some purple swag for your pup.  Show off your pet’s tricks and obedience skills and win a prize!   Register in advance by emailing Joyce Murphy at or on site the day of the event.

    The events at the Lexington Depot begin at noon and will include activities for the whole family. 
    Children can participate in a multi-generational dementia coloring book project and learn origami to help create 1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of hope and healing and to fulfill the wish for a cure for Alzheimer’s.  The afternoon will also feature a performance by the Lexington Chamber Society and a closing celebration with purple ice cream.

    From 1:00 to 4:00pm, Brookhaven at Lexington will host a social bridge tournament.  Partners will be provided and prizes will be awarded.  Registration in advance is required, and a $10 donation is requested.  Please contact Jim Osten at or Jeanne Krieger for registration and more information.

    Lexington Goes Purple is part of the Alzheimer’s Association event “The Longest Day”.  All proceeds benefit the research, advocacy and support services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    Spring Cleaning Your Lexington Home

    It’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning your Lexington home. Spring cleaning is important for everyone, particularly if you’re an allergy sufferer. You owe it to yourself and your family to enjoy a clean that’s more than dirt-deep. Think allergen-deep.
    And you don’t have to dread spring cleaning. Just follow the top 10 spring cleaning tips and tricks for allergy sufferers from

    1. Make a Schedule
    Scope out your home: What areas need the most work? Where do you skip during routine cleaning? Those are the best places to start. Regardless of where you start, having a plan for when you’re tackling each room will keep you focused on the task at hand.

    2. De-clutter
    Decluttering makes you more efficient and keeps you organized. But more than that, clutter has psychological influences. It signals to your brain that work isn’t done. Studies have shown that a disorganized home adds to your stress level. The scientific implications of inhaling dust – combined with the psychological stress of coming home to a pile of unsorted laundry or cluttered desk – can take a toll.
    Set aside some time to:
    Organize your closets
    Dust and organize your office
    Look through that dreaded junk drawer
    You may be surprised how fresh you feel after you eliminate unnecessary stress from your life.

    3. Always Work from Top to Bottom
    When you think about how to spring clean your home, it’s important to start from the ceiling down. This will force debris downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space. If you have a vacuum with an extension hose, use it to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings and fans first.
    Then dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust and debris off your floors. It will save you time.

    4. Use a HEPA Vacuum
    Is your vacuum ready for spring cleaning? Finding the right vacuum is one of the most important parts of spring cleaning. Remove more than just dust and build-up when you vacuum. A high-quality HEPA vacuum catches particles you can’t even see. It traps pet dander, allergens and all household particles in your home.
    It’s one of the best spring cleaning supplies you can arm yourself with. Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration will remove dirt and dust, but it will also remove allergens and impurities from your air.
    You’ll see this suggestion on just about every spring house cleaning list.
    If you don’t have a HEPA vacuum, look for one with attachments, like dusting brushes and crevice tools, and hoses that can be used to clean any location.
    These tools make it simple to clean ceiling fans, cobwebs in corners, furniture, pillows, and tight spaces like behind furniture. Be sure to move your furniture too (or at least vacuum under it).

    5. Think Green When You Spring Clean
    You want to start spring off on a clean note, so don’t expose yourself to chemicals and toxins. A steam cleaner is one of the best green products for spring cleaning. It can be used to clean your microwave, tile, hard floors, kitchen appliances, bathrooms, and even outdoor areas.
    Since steam cleaners only use hot water vapor, they are a 100% natural and chemical-free cleaning solution. But keep in mind – not everything can be steam cleaned.
    If you don’t have a steam cleaner, one of the best natural combinations for cleaning is white distilled vinegar, baking soda, and water. These ingredients are affordable, non-toxic, and have worked for ages when it comes to cleaning.

    6. Walls and Windows Need Love too
    People almost always clean their floors, but they typically forget about walls and windows. Not all dust settles on the floor and other surfaces. Just use a damp towel to wipe down walls and blinds (starting from the top). Remove and wipe down the window screens outside.
    When it comes to the actual window, we don’t suggest using chemical cleaners. A steam cleaner with a squeegee is a great way to clean windows.

    7. Don’t Be Scared of the Kitchen and Bathroom
    Wipe down your cabinets.
    Go through your pantry and refrigerator. Wipe down the shelves, and throw away any old items.
    If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to use gentle cleaners or a steam cleaner to avoid scratching or other issues.

    Change your shower curtain.
    Go through your cosmetics drawer or medicine cabinet and throw away any expired items.
    Consider installing or upgrading to a new bathroom fan. Replacing an existing fan or adding a new one can help to ensure your bathroom remains in top notch condition. They are great for ventilating moisture during showers and removing odors/vapor removal. Depending on the unit you select, it may even come with built-in lighting, automatic operation, and other user-friendly features.

    8. Don’t Forget About Your Air
    Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most important and overlooked parts of spring cleaning. In fact, replacing a standard filter with a more robust one with a high MERV rating will help keep you healthier as you enter spring.
    It will catch smaller, irritating particles. Air conditioner ducts build up dust during winter, and upgraded filters catch unwanted particles so they don’t enter your space. It’s an inexpensive way to make sure you’re breathing clean, healthy air.
    The best way to ensure healthy spring air void of allergens, indoor chemicals or odors is with an air purifier. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or wakes up stuffy during allergy season, adding an air purifier to his/her bedroom will help.

    9. Have Severe Allergies? Protect Yourself.
    Cleaning will more than likely unsettle all the winter dust on furniture and fixtures. If you suffer from allergies or are using heavy-duty cleaners, be sure to read the labels. For safe spring cleaning, wear rubber gloves, masks, scarves and even hairnets. Protective clothing will help guard against skin irritations and allergic reactions.

    10. Let Spring Cleaning Set a New Tone
    If your space feels dark and heavy, you can make small changes to help make it light and fresh for spring. Adding new colorful pillows or art are great ways to change up your space. Replacing items like bedding, towels, table linens, and even window treatments are other ways to transform your rooms for spring and warm weather ahead.

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    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 —

    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 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    Phone: 781-862-1450

    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