What’s with all the Purple?

In the years leading up to Reading’s last birthday bash – the 350th anniversary of 1994 – the steering committee held a contest to choose a logo. Judith Hunt Gabriel won the contest with a logo done in purple pen. The choice of design was unanimous, but the color was another thing. Some in the group were happy with the symbol of the celebration as presented, while others argued that the design was great, but maybe a different color would be more fitting. No one could quite agree on what color that would be though.

Meanwhile, there was a marketing subcommittee working on developing a look and feel for the anniversary as a whole. Discussed were font styles, sizes and, of course, color. The sub-group wanted to develop a uniform and original theme that would become so entwined with the celebration that it screamed “350th.”

The matter was settled for both groups in serendipitous fashion. Deep in the records of the 250th celebration from a century before was found one line that said: “The Bank Building was adorned in purple felt bunting …”

After that, there was no more discussion. Purple it was, throughout those celebratory two weeks in 1994, and purple it is for 2019.

Let’s keep up the tradition. During the first two weeks of June, look for the color purple all around town. You and your family can join in the celebration – decorate your house in purple lights, hang out some purple bunting, plant purple flowers, and wear your purple Reading 375 t-shirt proudly this spring.

About Reading 375: Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. Commemorative anniversary t-shirts are available at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios. Limited edition Reading375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook and check out our website at reading375.com.

Reading 375 Enjoys Support from The Quannapowitt Players

The Reading 375 Committee is thrilled to partner with The Quannapowitt Players to celebrate our town’s 375th anniversary.

From March 22 – April 6, come out and enjoy the powerful, touching play “Mothers and Sons.” Reading 375 t-shirts and commemorative pins will be on sale in the lobby before and after the show and at intermission.

The Quannapowitt Players are also participating in PorchFest, an afternoon of outdoor music on June 8 that is part of the Reading 375 celebrations. You can learn more about PorchFest, and all of the Reading 375 celebration on our website: reading375.com.

The Quannapowitt Players’ final production of the season is a truly hysterical comedy, “Funny Money,“ which will run from May 17 – June 1. Enjoy $5 off their ticket price by using your Reading 375 commemorative pin!  Make a reservation by calling the Box Office at 781-942-2212 and bring your 375th to confirm your reservation.  Pins are available at Whitelam Books, The Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios.

Reading 375 is grateful for the support of The Quannapowitt Players.

Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. Commemorative anniversary t-shirts are available at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook and check out our website at reading375.com.

If This House Could Talk Workshop This Saturday

As part of the Reading 375 celebration this spring, Reading home and business owners are invited to participate in “If This House Could Talk,” a celebration of the original stories our homes tell. Your home does NOT need to be historically significant or have had a famous historical figure live there, to participate. Every home has a story – tell us yours!

Here’s how it works. You find out something interesting about your home or business in Reading. Reading 375 will supply a custom blank sign, and you supply the story of YOUR home or business. You write just four or five sentences telling an interesting tidbit, which could be historical, personal, or public about your building or the people inside it. You then place the sign outside your home or business during the Reading 375 celebrations from May 31 – June 15. As people walk by, they will read the story of your home – who lived there before? Has it been renovated? Is there something special about its architecture? Is there a legend of a ghost? Why did you choose this particular home? The only limit is your imagination.

For help investigating the history of your house, the Friends of Parker Tavern will host a workshop this Saturday, March 30th from 9:30 am – 12 pm. Space is limited, so RSVP to hold your spot by emailing parkertavern325@gmail.com. If you are unable to attend this workshop, the Friends of Parker Tavern are happy to provide materials on how to research your home.

To learn more about If This House Could Talk, and to register your home or business to participate, check out reading375.com.

About Reading 375: Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. Commemorative anniversary t-shirts are available at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook and check out our website at reading375.com.

Trivia Night THIS FRIDAY to Support Reading 375!

Join your neighbors and friends THIS FRIDAY for a night of fun, laughter, and trivia to support Reading 375!  

The Reading 375 Steering Committee is excited to announce our LAST Trivia Night fundraiser, before gearing up to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary this spring. Please join us THIS FRIDAY, March 8at 7 PM at RCTV Studios (557 Main St., Reading). Tickets are $20, or $120 for a table of six. If you are not part of a team, we’ll assign you to a table. Light snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own snacks or dinner to enjoy during the night.

Space is limited, so please purchase your tickets in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-375-trivia-night-tickets-52196794016?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two-week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/reading375/) and check out our website at reading375.com.

Images of America: Reading

The new history book, called Images of America: Reading, by Everett and Ginny Blodgett.

Images of America: Readingwill be released on May 13, 2019. The book has been written by Everett and Virginia Blodgett and is being published by the Arcadia Publishing Company. A reception, short presentation, and signing will be held on May 13 at the RCTV Studios at 557 Main Street, Reading @ 7pm. 

Profits from the sale of the book are being donated to Reading 375, the Reading Antiquarian Society (Parker Tavern), and to conserve some of Reading’s artifacts. 

If you would like to reserve a copy, please email: evblodgett@comcast.net

The price of the book is $21.99 and only cash and check (with ID) will be accepted. Please make checks payable Virginia Blodgett.

In coordination with the Reading Historical Commission and the Steering Committee of Reading 375, there will also be a “bundle” available for $45.00, which will include Images of America: Reading, At Wood End, (published for Reading’s 350th celebration in 1994), and a Reading 375 button. All proceeds from the sale of At Wood End will go to the Preservation section of the Reading Celebration Trust. 

IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK WORKSHOP THIS SATURDAY!

Every home in Reading has a story to tell – including yours!  The Parker Tavern and Reading 375 Committee invite you to attend a free public workshop this Saturday, March 2, at the Reading Public Library where you will learn tips for researching your home’s history, and explain how your home can be part of the Reading 375 Celebration by signing up for the “If This House Could Talk Project.”  The workshop will run from 9 – 12, and space is limited to 25 participants. RSVP via the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/405473903360787/.

Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019.  Events will occur over a two week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings.  The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future.  To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/reading375/) and check out our website at reading375.com.

Trivia Fundraiser

Help Us Celebrate!

Friday, March 8, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

The Town of Reading is celebrating its 375th birthday in 2019. Next spring there will be a week-long commemoration including events for the whole family. It’ll be here before you know it!

Our next fundraising event is coming up fast. On Friday, March 8th you are invited to a trivia night at RCTV Studios (557 Main Street, Reading) at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 each or $120 for a table of six. If you’re not part of a team, we’ll assign you to a table.

Light snacks will be provided, but please bring your own snacks or dinner to enjoy during the night! Cash bar – free soda/water.

Space is limited, so sign up soon!

For more information, and to learn about upcoming events, like our Facebook page, and check out our website.

Paint the Town – Reading 375 Art Walk Announced

Calling local artists! In 2019, the Town of Reading turns 375 and we want to “Paint the Town.” Local artists from grade 6 through adult are invited to submit a two-dimensional work of art that illustrates the life and times of our vibrant and historic town. It can be of a building, people, or a scene that captures some essence of Reading, from the present or back over our 375-year history.

Artwork will be displayed all around town at various venues from May 31 – June 15 as part of the Reading 375 celebrations. An Opening Reception will be held Wednesday evening, June 5, at the Pleasant Street Center.

According to Jane Burns, Reading’s Administrator for Elder and Human Services, “Reading is rich with history and the Art Walk is a way for all generations to come together and capture that history. Participants in the walk will see how Reading has evolved through the years and have the opportunity to visit local businesses, town offices, and public buildings. At the Pleasant Street Center, we are excited about exhibiting our senior artists and showcasing the Center at the opening reception on June 5.”

Ace Foulds, a member of the Reading 375 Steering Committee and longtime member of Walkable Reading, is looking forward to the event, which will get residents out and about in town, and give everyone an opportunity to see and celebrate the many talented artists who live in Reading. “Walking Reading is great anytime. Walking Reading to see locally created art is truly spectacular,” says Foulds.

A photograph of all entries with dimensions, title, and time period must be submitted to Reading375PaintTheTown@gmail.com by May 1, 2019. Full details, including submission requirements, can be found at reading375.com/paint-the-town/

Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two-week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. To learn more please visit Reading375.com