Articles from the Neighborhood Newsletter

Summer Solstice Picnic

June 7th, 2008

By Marianne Curren (Hillsdale Road)

Summer Solstice Fun in Menotomy Rocks

It’s almost time for Litha, also known as the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Druids, bonfires, ancient dances — all are associated with this Solstice, which is considered the beginning of the summer season. Midway between planting and harvest, the Summer Solstice (or Midsummer) celebrates fertility, the promise of bounty, and the power of the sun at its height.

The Druids celebrated the day as the wedding of heaven (God as Sun King) and earth (Goddess as Mother Earth). And Midsummer’s Eve is one of three annual spirit nights, when the “veils are thin” between the two worlds. But the Summer Solstice has been a time of festivity across centuries and cultures throughout the world. From Ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Aztecs and Indigenous Europeans to traditions of modern day, people have reveled in the strength and the energy of the late-June sun with their own unique rituals.

Let’s celebrate the warmth and light in our own little corner. Come and share in a Summer Solstice Celebration on Sunday, June 22, in the front field of Menotomy Rocks Park. Bring your family and a picnic supper, and anything Solstice to share, and we’ll make merry from 5 p.m. until dusk.

The Baby Game

May 31st, 2008

by Elizabeth and Christopher Wren (Hillsdale Road)

A window into the imaginative play of students enjoying the playground renovation at the Bishop School. Many thanks to the Bishop Playground Improvement Committee and others in the community who helped to make the renovation possible.

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Thank You, Everyone!

March 10th, 2008

Remember the envelopes we placed into our last issue to encourage Newsletter contributions? That was a first for us; we weren’t sure what would happen. We found out soon enough, for your response was absolutely super. Through mid-January, we raised nearly $3500, from 116 separate Newsletter households.

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Appreciated Volunteers at Menotomy

March 10th, 2008

By MaryAnna Foskett (Brantwood Road)

Many thanks to the hard-working VOLUNTEERS who contributed their time,
energy. and enthusiasm during 2007 to help rid Menotomy Rocks Park of
invasive plants and trash — and, after the park renovation — to
plant 8 trees, 100 shrubs, 128 ferns, grasses and vines, as well as
many perennials – all native to our part of the world:
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Allons Jouer Au Tennis, or “It’s Only a Crutch”

March 10th, 2008

By Louise Goldstein (Shawnee Road)

People in Arlington are very active and athletic. There are bikers in Spandex outfits going so fast that they leave my poor Corolla behind like an unwanted relative at a family gathering. There are kids shooting hoops, playing soccer, and learning the martial arts. There are joggers and rollerbladers, swimmers and rock climbers. Me? I’m a librarian. I read about things. I decided that this would change on the day of my 49th birthday. For those of you not in the know, 49 is the new 29

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