UPDATED Sept. 24: The return of Town Day -- the 44th -- drews thousands of people on a beautiful, blue-sky day, followed after dusk by 22 minutes of fireworks on Saturday, Sept. 17. See a brief clip of "the bombs bursting in air" here >>
Town Day had not been held since 2019 because of the continuing pandemic.
Chamber of Commerce video >> | See photos here >>
Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group of Jaffrey, N.H., provided the aerial displays, the first since Town Day Night in 2018, as shown in the photo. The cost was $10,500.
The Town Day Committee raises funds through fees, donations and sponsorships. This money goes into a Town Day Fund, and all expenses relating to Town Day, including fireworks, are paid from that fund, Select Board Chair Len Diggins explained Sept. 20 in response to questions from YourArlington. The only exception: The town gives $5,000 for Town Day expenditures as an appropriation for celebrations and events.
A perspective piece about this year's Town Day was published here >>
ACMi News shows how Town Day returned in 2022:
Walter V. Moynihan Town Day Run
Traditionally held on Town Day, the run will have a new route: three laps around the newly renovated Arlington Reservoir.
The event is being organized by Arlington Recreation, Arlington Boys and Girls Club and Arlington's Fidelity House, with all net proceeds going to youth programming.
AHS tours in the morning
The new Arlington High School wings will be open for tours on Town Day, on Sept. 17, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Tour the new performing arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) wings before heading to Town Day.
Self-guided tours begin and end at the Mass. Ave. lobby and include only the new wings.
Attendees are advised to park near the Mass. Ave. entrance (accessible parking is available on Schouler Court). There is no access through the rear entrance on Mill Brook Drive.
The Phase 1 wings opened to students in February. Phase 2 construction will last until the fall of 2023, when the new humanities wing and district administration and preschool spaces are anticipated to open. For more information, visit www.ahsbuilding.org.
New Plein Air Art Festival held
A new event in Arlington was the first Plein Air Paint Festival, held on Town Day within the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 17. Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors.
- Artists participated in one of two self-designated categories: Professional or Amateur Artist (art students). Prizes will go the the winners: $500 in cash will be awarded to a professional artist, $250 to an amateur winner and a gift certificate to the Arlington's Choice Winner.
- Artists must be self-sufficient by bringing the surface previously approved in the application — see below -- and all the necessary tools to paint (easel, canvas or paper, brushes, rugs, a chair and containers for water).
- Only water media was accepted (watercolors, acrylic, pencils and pastels). Water will be available at the ArtLinks tent.
- There will be two two-hour shifts for painting. At the end of the shifts, artists were to clean up and bring their finished pieces to the ArtLinks tent for display, judging and public presale.
AFD demonstrations were behind the library.
Arlington firefighters provided fire-safety demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the library. Featured were Metro Fire SAFE’s Smoke House, a three-room trailer designed to teach children about fire hazards in the home, plus Jaws of Life demonstrations and touch-a-truck opportunities.
APD Family Services Team and K9 Eiko Demos
APD booth on Mass. Ave. and at Robbins library.
Arlington police provided public safety information at their booth on Mass. Ave. at the Robbins Library entrance. The family-services team was on hand to provide assistance on a wide range of topics. K9 Officer Michael Hogan along with the APD's K9 Eiko conducted demonstrations at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the Robbins Library parking lot.
Free Drinking Water at Town Day - BYO Water Bottle
ZW Zone was between Academy and Jason streets.
Visitors were able to hydrate at a kiosk sponsored by the Zero Waste Committee’s campaign to reduce single-use plastics in Arlington. People could bring water bottles, travel mugs or cups to the zero-waste zone between Academy and Jason streets and fill up for free; Arlington’s tap water is healthy, delicious and a valuable resource. The new Arlington on Tap campaign aims to make drinking water access more convenient for people on the go.
Pie Palace: First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington offered pies in front of the church at Mass. Ave. and Pleasant Street with or without ice cream or whipped cream. All money raised is to go to fund social-justice activities at the church.
Park Avenue Congregational Church: The booth distributed information about attending Sunday morning services and upcoming events, in-person or virtually. Visitors could meet the Rev. Leah Lyman Waldrons, talk about coping with the pandemic and state what they would like PACC to do to serve Arlington and the wider community.
Arlington Community Media inc.: ACMi provides access to equipment, training and hands-on experience in television production to Arlington. At the booth, visitors were able to learn about programming and also see how ACMi covered Town Day live on-air.
The Julie A. Bankovich Foundation : JAB, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, raises funds to create memories and provide joy to those living with metastatic breast cancer, a terminal disease. JAB was started in honor of Julie (Brusgulis) Bankovich, who grew up in Arlington and passed away from the illness in April 2020.
Morningside Music Studio: Those staffing the booth provided instruments for visitors to try and shared information about private and group lessons and discounts on lessons.
Zero Waste Arlington, a town committee, taught visitors how to put zero-waste efforts into effect in Arlington, including the town's newly adopted ban on single-use plastic water bottles, as well as composting, textile recycling and how the committee works to reduce waste in the community.
Arlington-Teosinte Sister-city Project: This was an opportunity to shop for fair-trade Salvadoran coffee, textiles and crafts -- all to help the town's sister city. Volunteers are accepted year-round. To volunteer, sign up here >>
Arlington Children's Theatre: The booth provided information on ACT's programs and facilitated registration for the 2022-2023 season; sweatshirts to commemorate ACT's 30 years were available for purchase.
Arlington Land Trust: The booth provided information about Land Trust projects
Arlington Community Card from Thompson School PTO: Visitors were able to purchase the Arlington Community Card at Town Day to get yearlong discounts at 35-plus local Arlington businesses to help them shop local, save money and contribute to the curriculum-enriching fund-raiser. All proceeds from card sales are to go directly to Thompson PTO.
YourArlington: Four dozen visitors answered questions about the town in a real-news test for a chance to win a restaurant certificate, and five of them won. They also had an opportunity to suggest to YA's reporters what stories to cover.
Town planning: Visit Department of Planning & Community Development staff and committees, including:
Open Space Committee
Affordable Housing Trust
Arlington Community Electricity
Clean Energy Future Committee
Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture
Transportation Advisory Committee
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Sept. 18, 2019: Town Day celebrated before showers fell
Town Day 2017: A view from above
This announcement was published Thursday, May 12, 2022, updated July 7 to describe the new route for the Moynihan run based on information from the town website and updated Aug. 14 to clarify wording and invite participants to share their plans with YourArlington's readership. It was updated Sept. 22, 2022, to add video link, and Sept. 24, to add ACMi News video.
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