In our community Greater Taunton June 2021 events
Dighton Historical Society Strawberry Festival
The Dighton Historical Society will hold fourth annual Strawberry Festival at Under The Sun Farm, 1050 Williams St., N. Dighton, on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
There will be strawberry shortcake for sale, food stuffs from Under The Sun, plants, lunches and cold drinks, hay rides, music and vendors. Booth spaces are 10×10 and the cost is $25. Vendors need to bring their own table, chair and pop up tent.
To reserve a table, call Chris at 508-669-6888.
June events at the OCHM
Join the Old Colony History Museum for family-friendly, virtual and socially-distanced events throughout the month of June. See everything they have to offer and book a spot using their Eventbrite page: https://oldcolonyhistorymuseum.eventbrite.com.
Special Exhibit on Portuguese History
Portuguese Heritage Around the World, supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with the Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture at UMass Dartmouth, is an exhibit which tells the history of Portuguese contact with civilizations around the world from the 15th to the 17th centuries. The special exhibition runs from Tuesday, June 1 through Saturday, June 5 at the OCHM.
This special exhibit is on view on the handicapped-accessible first floor during the Museum’s regular business hours, from 10 am to 4 pm. The exhibition is free with regular Museum admission which is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for kids under 12 and OCHM members.
Passport to History
Passport to History is a joint effort of local museums to share and explore the diverse history of southeastern Massachusetts. This year there are 16 sites where you can visit to get your passport, which serves as admission for one free visit, and start exploring the history of the Old Colony. The program runs from June 1 through Sept. 1. See all the sites and start planning your exploration at https://www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/explore/passport-to-history.
Blue Star Museums
The Old Colony History Museum joins museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program has begun and will end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
June Events at the OCHM:
M is for Museum Story Time
Tuesday, June 1, 10:30 a.m.
OCHM’s initiative to encourage early literacy in our future historians by providing a sensory-friendly space for families to hear a story in our historic setting. Books will be middle-elementary level and families of all ages are welcome. Join in person or watch on Facebook Live.
Virtual Visit to Plainville Historical Commission
Friday, June 4, 2 to 3 p.m.
Join for a virtual “visit” to learn about the history of the Old Colony region and beyond. In June the museum visits Plainville Historical Commission to learn about Plainville’s “Cowboy Town.” This was Massachusetts’ own Wild West theme attraction, which operated from 1957 to 1960 with cowboys, gun fights, rodeos, a stage coach, and Rex Trailer of Boomtown!
Photo Scanning Day
Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. to noon
Bring in your photos taken in the Taunton area (people, events, landmarks, holidays, and more) and let the museum scan them for their digital collection. You’ll get back the originals and your images will become a part of OCHM’s photographic record of our community. This program takes place the first Saturday of every month.
Tuesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 12
Feed your creativity with a new craft each month. June’s craft is friendship bracelets. Drop in any time this week between 1 to 3 p.m. for a fun, easy craft. Instructions and all materials will be provided. Crafternoons are free with regular museum admission.
Saturday, June12, 11 a.m. to noon
Join in on Zoom for a friendly discussion with a group of people who love to read and discuss good books.
June’s book is “Caleb’s Crossing,” by Geraldine Brooks. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, “Caleb’s Crossing” tells the story of a young man from Martha’s Vineyard, who became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.
OCHM After Hours: Beer with Bronson
Thursday, June 17, 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Grab a pour and take a tour with Curator of Collections, Bronson Michaud.
Hear about the untold stories from the museum’s collection and take a peek at objects on display just for you. Plus, you’ll receive a Beer with Bronson koozie to keep your beer cold and hands warm!
This tour is free with museum admission and will focus on postcards from the collection and the stories of places, events, and people they feature. Root beer will be available for those under 21 or who don’t drink alcohol.
Liberty & Union Walking Tour
Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to noon
Come take the Liberty and Union Downtown Walking Tour! This is a free, one-hour guided tour of Historic Downtown Taunton. The one-mile walking tour highlights some of the important architectural, cultural, and commercial sites between Church Green and Taunton Green. A great way to learn about the city, from its earliest days through the present, these tours are the third Saturday of every month, May through October, rain or shine.
Arts & Humanity
Saturday, June 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
Join in on Zoom for a friendly, inclusive afternoon of sharing of the human spirit through the arts. Featured performers will present diverse perspectives through their original works. All are invited to simply listen and enjoy the work of these area artists and share in their creative energy. Registration is encouraged to ensure a presentation slot; please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-822-1622 to get on the list.
A Taste of Old Colony History
Thursday, June 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Let’s cook up some history…from home!
Join the OCHM staff from their home kitchens as they try their hand at historic recipes and local favorites. After you register, you’ll be emailed the recipe of the month and ingredient list so you can cook along, step-by-step, or just sit back and watch! June’s recipe is strawberry shortcake.
Cemetery Tour: Mount Pleasant
Saturday, June 26, 11 a.m.
Based on the “rural cemetery” model first made popular by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, our Mount Pleasant Cemetery, opened in 1836, presents a “Who’s Who” of 19th and early 20th century Tauntonians. Many of the city’s most prominent civic, industrial, and political leaders are buried here. We’ll select a few of the most interesting figures and tell their stories. Limited space is available, so register for your spot on Eventbrite. After registering, you’ll receive all the details you need about attending the tour.
The Old Colony History Museum is located on historic Church Green in Taunton. The museum has its headquarters in the former Bristol Academy, designed in 1852 by the New York architect Richard Upjohn. Regular museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is $5 and free for members.
Middleboro Democratic Town Committee lasagna dinner
The Middleboro Democratic Town Committee will prepare and sell lasagna dinners for two for $20 on Saturday, June 12, with orders due by Tuesday, June 8.
The dinners will include lasagna, salad, bread and homemade dessert for two. Pickup will be at the Middleboro Town Hall parking lot on Nickerson Avenue on Saturday, June 12 between 3 and 5 p.m.
The dinner will also include a Zoom event at 6:30 that evening for those who wish to meet the committee. They are contacting representatives of elected officials, including local, state and federal, to join and give updates on issues, according to Rich Young, chair of the MDTC.
Choices will include lasagna with meat sauce or a spinach or eggplant lasagna with meatless sauce. A fresh salad with Italian dressing on the side, bread and homemade desserts provided by members of the MDTC will round out the meal.
Order by Tuesday June 8 at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/middleboro-dems.
The link for the Zoom event will be sent to all those who order dinners.
Rotary Club celebrates 100th anniversary
On Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Rotary Club of Taunton will celebrate its 100th anniversary with their annual Family Fun Day event at Camp Riverside at 388 Harvey St. in Taunton.
Family Fun Day is free for all to attend, with something for everyone, including Mama Deb’s Food Truck, live music from local band Four in a Row, Pony Rides, and a magic show and balloon animals by Dennis Blanchard.
A rain date is planned for June 12. The location for Family Fun Day was moved from its past THS site to Camp Riverside for the added experiences the property offers for families, including a swimming pool and splash pad, 40-foot rock climbing tower with a 400-foot zip line, high and low ropes adventure course, archery range, and ball fields.
This year’s festivities are presented by Premier Sponsor Bristol County Savings Bank, and nearly 20 additional sponsors who also lent their support for this event.
Other sponsors are as follows:
Gold: Bluestone Bank and Morton Hospital. Silver: BankFive; Colleen & Company at KW; Grieco Ford; Mechanics Cooperative Bank; Mozzone Lumber Co., Inc.; and The Lopes Companies. Bronze: Allan M. Walker Insurance; Bristol Community College; Carol Sullivan Real Estate; FBinsure; Jordan’s Furniture; Leahy, Cody & O’Donnell; Martignetti Companies; Matos Home Team; SagePoint Finanical, Inc.; Silva & Quinn, P.C.; and Staples.
The event will follow applicable Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines with regards to COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution for all attendees and staff.
Tribute to Veterans
A Tribute to Veterans, sponsored by the Mayor’s Worthy Cause, is scheduled for Saturday, June 12.
Morton Hospital, Mozzone Lumber and Quality Beverage are supporters of the Mayor’s Worthy Cause and were among the first to donate in support of the Tribute to Veterans. These donations, along with others from the Greater Taunton Allied Veterans Council and GAR Memorial Trust, as well as a grant from the Taunton Cultural Council, made it possible to host this free community event for Taunton residents.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial at Church Green. Additional activities will include the display of military vehicles downtown, an obstacle course event at noon behind City Hall, and patriotic art displays by local artists at Liberty & Union plaza.
Families may purchase a banner with their veteran’s photo, which will be displayed for several weeks on light posts throughout the downtown area. A subsidy, made available through a donation from Taunton residents Bruce and Sandra Thomas, is available for families who are unable to pay for the banner but would like to honor a loved one.
For additional information regarding the Tribute to Veterans or to download the application to purchase a banner, refer to the City of Taunton website (taunton-ma.gov) or Facebook page. Questions may be directed to the Mayor’s Office at 508-821-1000.
Clothing donation drive at Lakeville church
The Lakeville United Church of Christ is collecting gently used soft items, such as clothing and linens, in a large black or green plastic trash. Donations may include soft items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, pocketbooks, linens, and towels. Bags may be dropped off at the church office at 1 Precinct St. in Lakeville on Wednesday, June 2, or Friday, June 4, between 10 a.m. and noon, or on Saturday, June 5, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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