Reading 375 News

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

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.

Calling All Photographers

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 PHOTOGRAPHER-IN-RESIDENCE

In celebration and recognition of the Town of Reading’s 375th Anniversary and the Reading Public Library’s 150th Anniversary, the Reading Public Library is seeking a candidate to serve as a Photographer-in-Residence to capture the unique life and culture of Reading over the course of one year (2019). The short-term goal is to continue adding the efforts to capture and preserve a photographic record of Reading for a 12 month period. The long-term goal is to continue this project for a period of years, with different photographers who will document changes in the town over time.

The position of Photographer-in-Residence will include a $1,000 stipend, and the term will run from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019. Anyone interested in serving in this position should submit a statement of vision for their year-long project and a sample portfolio of photographs by Friday, November 9, 2018. The statement of vision and sample portfolio can be dropped off at the Reading Public Library’s Borrower Services in print and/or in digital form on a thumb drive. This year’s winner will be announced by Friday, December 14, 2018.

Essential Criteria

  • Positions are open to all ages from high school and up.
  • Positions last for a one-year term, from January 1 to December 31.
  • The Photographer-in-Residence will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the year, half of which will be awarded at the beginning of the term and half at the end.
  • The Photographer-in-Residence will be required to submit twenty-five photographs every three months for a total of 100 photographs taken throughout the year. Each photograph should capture Reading’s life and culture in some way and must include information about each photograph (title, date, description, identification of people and events in the photographs, etc.). Photographs can be submitted in digital and/or printed form.
  • Anyone interested in applying for the position must submit a statement of vision for their year-long project and a sample portfolio of photographs in print or in digital form on a thumb drive. A committee will decide who will be awarded the position.
  • Applicants do not need to be Reading residents, but they need to be willing to engage enough with the Reading community to produce results.
  • All photographs submitted as part of the year-long project become the property of the Reading Public Library.

Please contact the Reading Public Library (rdgadmin@noblenet.org) or visit www.readingpl.org for more information.