Reading 375 News


PorchFest Coming to Reading in 2019!

What do Arlington, Somerville, Melrose, and Cambridge all have that Reading doesn’t? PorchFest! But thanks to some dedicated local volunteers, that’s all going to change. As part of the Reading 375 Anniversary Celebrations, Reading will be hosting its first ever PorchFest on Saturday, June 8.

PorchFest is an afternoon of live music played outdoors all over town. Take a stroll through Reading on Saturday, June 8, in any neighborhood, and you might hear rock and roll, pop, folk, bluegrass, or acapella singing. PorchFest is open to all residents, all musicians, and is FREE.

Alan Foulds has spearheaded the effort to bring PorchFest to Reading. When asked what gave him the idea, he replied, “I have seen how it brings people together in other towns and cities. Not only do you get to hear a big variety of music, but it makes you walk around in your own community, getting to know people and places right near home. When we began planning for the upcoming 375th anniversary of Reading it seemed a perfect fit.”

All residents are invited to participate and sign-ups are happening now. Local musicians and bands are invited to perform. Any resident with a great porch, front lawn, or driveway is invited to host a musical act at your home for a couple of hours on June 8. For full details and to sign-up to participate, visit reading375.com and click on “PorchFest.”

Mark your calendars, Reading. On June 8 you’re going to want to pop the babies in strollers and get those older kids out for a nice walk through Reading neighborhoods to hear some great music. Grab your spouse, grab your neighbors, and make an afternoon of it. At PorchFest, our town will come together to celebrate music, community, and our town’s 375th anniversary. 

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 (https://www.facebook.com/reading375/) and check out our website at reading375.com.

Reading 375 Celebration

Our town turns 375 years old in 2019, and from May 31 – June 15 expect Reading to be buzzing with excitement, energy, and tons of fun events. Reading 375 Steering Committee Chair Phil Rushworth says, “A lot of people have been working really hard over the past year to pull off a massive celebration. We hope everyone comes out to enjoy it.”

Planned Reading 375 Events Include

Friday, May 31 

Opening Ceremonies on the Common

Saturday, June 1

A Concert for Reading featuring the Reading Symphony Orchestra and Reading Community Singers

Friday, June 7  

Tavern at the Tavern Period music and libations at the Parker Tavern

Saturday, June 8  

Our Town, Your Story at the Reading Public Library

PorchFest – Music on porches and yards all across town

Vintage Baseball – 19th-century baseball at Washington Park

Clubhouse at the Tavern – Family friendly baseball refreshments and entertainment at the Parker Tavern

Revelry at the Tavern – An evening of cocktails, music, and entertainment

Wednesday, June 12 

Reading Rotary Taste of Metro North

Saturday, June 15 – Reading Day!

Reading Lions Club Friends and Family Day

Reading 375 Dog Parade

Reading Recreation/YMCA activities

Food Trucks

Reading Community Concert Band sponsored by FORR

Fireworks

In addition to all these events, there are several special activities that will be happening throughout the two-week celebration period, including:

Paint the Town – Town-wide Art Show

If This House Could Talk – Every dwelling has a story. See what makes Reading homes and businesses unique, and tell us what’s special about yours.

Reading Public Library Turns 150

Reading Scavenger Hunt – App-driven game sponsored by the Reading Cooperative Bank

In coordination with the celebration, local historians Ginny and Everett Blodgett have published a new book: Images of America: Reading. A book launch party will be held on May 13 at 7:00 pm at RCTV Studios. 

Select Board Chair Andy Friedmann is looking forward to the celebration. “I applaud the work done by so many local volunteers to create a fantastic two-week celebration of our town. I’m looking forward to the entire community coming together to celebrate.”

All residents are invited to show their Reading pride by sporting a commemorative Reading 375 t-shirt, which are available at Reading Trophy and Shirt and RCTV Studios for $20. Limited edition Reading 375 pins are available at Whitelam Books, Reading Cooperative Bank, and RCTV Studios for $3.75. Proceeds will go to support the celebration.

Reading residents are encouraged to follow Reading 375 on Facebook for updates on events and celebrations. For a full list of events, check out 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.

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

Cummings Properties Issues Grant to Reading 375

Reading, MA — On October 4, 2018, The Reading 375 Steering Committee was delighted to receive a $1,000 grant from the Cummings Properties Client Directed Giving Program, to support the celebration of Reading’s 375th anniversary.  The Client Directed Giving Program allows Cummings Properties to honor the commitment of its long-term clients and give back to the towns and cities that support its business operations.  The 375 Committee is grateful to Cummings Properties for their generosity and to Tom and Sarah Brukilacchio of Innovations in Optics Inc., who requested the grant.

Members of the Reading 375 Steering Committee accept a $1,000 grant from the Cummings Properties Client Directed Giving Program #CummingsCDG. (l-r) Amanda Foulds, Jeanne Borawski, Sarah Brukilacchio, Alan Foulds, Ace Foulds, Catherine Robertson, and Laura Gemme.

The Reading 375 Steering Committee is planning a two-week long celebration of Reading’s 375th anniversary between May 31 and June 15, 2019.  The celebration will include a town-wide art show, concerts, community events, and more.  Residents are encouraged to visit reading375.com.