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Help the Angel Run

Help out Medfield’s Most Family Friendly Event!

From Meg Foley –

We still need bananas and apples for the day of the race. The more we get donated the less money we have to spend! 🙂 

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Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray

This past Saturday afternoon there was a Troop 89 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for new Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray at the UCC. All three are 2022 graduates of Medfield High School and had returned to town for Thanksgiving.

Left to right (with the merit badge sashes): Billy Whitaker, Josh Lozano, and Hayden Gray

The Lozano family

The Whitaker family

The Gray family, with Eagle adviser Hilli Passas

Hayden Gray delivering his remarks

Madeline Rothstein – Medfield’s first female Eagle Scout

Madeline Rothstein – Medfield’s first female Eagle Scout

At an Eagle Scout Court of Honor this past Saturday at the UCC, Madeline Rothstein became Troop 10’s, and Medfield”s first female Eagle Scout.

Madeline was administered the Eagle Oath and Charge by her older brother Ben, who is a Troop 10 Assistant Scoutmaster. Ben pinned the Eagle Award on Madeline. Ned Rothstein, Madeline’s father, and the Troop 10 Scoutmaster also participated in the ceremony.

Scouts showing all the ranks in scouting through which Madeline had progressed to get to Eagle.

I was told that the scout on the left in the front holding the Eagle placard and sporting the double sashes, acquired every merit badge that scouting offers.

Nice to see in attendance Rep. Denise Garlick (with a cane due to recovering from knee replacement surgery), our new State Senator, Becca Rausch at her first such Medfield event, and my fellow Select Board member, Eileen Murphy, who said that as only the town’s third female Select Board member that she especially wanted to celebrate the town’s first female Eagle Scout.

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report

Legacy Fund Grantees Report

Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.

  • Peak House Heritage Society showed a remarkably informative video produced by Medfield TV of the PHHS’s archeological dig that the PHHS’s grant funded in the basement of the Peak House. Rob Gregg reported that the most mysterious findings were three 1912 license plates, mysterious because the last residents in the Peak House left in 1910. The rest of the archeological findings are in the process of being analyzed and cataloged.
  • Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Society reported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
  • Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
  • Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”

About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.

ANGEL RUN 12/4 – on-line registration ends 11/18

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The Angel Run is back! 
Join us for the 17th running (or walking) on Sunday, December 4th at 12:30pm.

 
 

On-line registration closes on Friday, November 18th at 11:59pm.  In-person registration the day of the event will be available.  

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  

The Angel Run is a community “fun” raiser and family event. It brings members of our community together during a festive time of year to generate funds in support of Medfield families in need. In 2006, family and friends organized the run in remembrance of Natasha Domeshek. The Medfield Foundation Inc. (MFi) took up the holiday tradition in 2012. Since then, the proceeds support town residents in need through the MFi Public Need Fund. 

The Route
The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run utilizes electronic disposable bib timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins at Medfield High School and ends in front of Blake Middle School. 
 
Parking
There is plenty of parking at both Medfield High School and the attached Blake Middle School. For overflow parking, we suggest using Metacomet Park which is only a few blocks walk to the starting line.

Our Presenting Sponsors
We would like to acknowledge Needham Bank and The Louis & Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation and thank them for their continued support.

About The Medfield Foundation Charity
The mission of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents and build a stronger community by supporting private fundraising initiatives that address un-met public needs.  In 2021, MFi received 38 requests for assistance. Rent assistance continues to be the number one most common type of request.  As a community foundation, we have had the privilege of working with many organizations and individuals in our town to raise over $3 million dollars that has been directed back to Medfield since our inception in 2001.
 
Participation in MFi initiatives like the Angel Run have a direct impact on Medfield residents in need.  “There is so much to say about this foundation that words could never express. I have so much gratitude for everyone who is a part of this and consistently helps families such as myself. A few years ago, my lease was up for renewal and the rent increase was more than I could handle. This foundation donated a portion of the rent, which allowed me to situate my bills and funds to be able to help me be prepared for the upcoming months. The amazing souls apart of this program have honestly been a blessing and got my family and I out of multiple ruts. I hope all families in need can continue to receive their help and gratitude. Thank you again for all that you do!” – Recent recipient of MFI support.

To learn more about MFi please visit our website at http://www.medfieldfoundation.org.    

We look forward to seeing you in December!
 
The MFi Angel Run Team

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Medfield Town House
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
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Angel Run – registration is open

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The Angel Run is back! 
Join us for the 17th running (or walking) on Sunday, December 4th at 12:30pm.




Registration is Now Open!
Early bird registration submissions received by October 28th, 2022 are $30.00 per person and will include the 2022 Angel Run shirt. 

The Angel Run is a community “fun” raiser and family event. It brings members of our community together during a festive time of year to generate funds in support of Medfield families in need. In 2006, family and friends organized the run in remembrance of Natasha Domeshek. The Medfield Foundation Inc. (MFi) took up the holiday tradition in 2012. Since then, the proceeds support town residents in need through the MFi Public Need Fund. CLICK HERE TO REGISTERThe Route
The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run utilizes electronic disposable bib timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins at Medfield High School and ends in front of Blake Middle School. 
 
Angel Run Shirt
Commemorative Angel Run shirts are available to participants who register by the early bird deadline of October 28, 2022. Please note that shirts are available in Adult and Youth sizes. Please pick your size accordingly.  

Your shirt and race bib will be available for you to pick-up this year during the Medfield Holiday Stroll scheduled for December 2nd, as well as at Medfield High School on December 3rd and race day, December 4th.  Stay tuned for more details!

Parking
There is plenty of parking at both Medfield High School and the attached Blake Middle School. For overflow parking, we suggest using Metacomet Park which is only a few blocks walk to the starting line.

Our Presenting Sponsors
We would like to acknowledge Needham Bank and The Louis & Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation and thank them for their continued support.

About The Medfield Foundation Charity
The mission of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents and build a stronger community by supporting private fundraising initiatives that address un-met public needs.  In 2021, MFi received 38 requests for assistance. Rent assistance continues to be the number one most common type of request.  As a community foundation, we have had the privilege of working with many organizations and individuals in our town to raise over $3 million dollars that has been directed back to Medfield since our inception in 2001.
 
Participation in MFi initiatives like the Angel Run have a direct impact on Medfield residents in need.  “There is so much to say about this foundation that words could never express. I have so much gratitude for everyone who is a part of this and consistently helps families such as myself. A few years ago, my lease was up for renewal and the rent increase was more than I could handle. This foundation donated a portion of the rent, which allowed me to situate my bills and funds to be able to help me be prepared for the upcoming months. The amazing souls apart of this program have honestly been a blessing and got my family and I out of multiple ruts. I hope all families in need can continue to receive their help and gratitude. Thank you again for all that you do!” – Recent recipient of MFI support.

To learn more about MFi please visit our website at http://www.medfieldfoundation.org.We look forward to seeing you in December!
 
The MFi Angel Run Team
Copyright © 2019 Medfield Foundation, All rights reserved.
You registered for the Medfield Foundation Angel Run

Our mailing address is:
Medfield Foundation
Medfield Town House
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
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CultureFest at Bellforge Arts Center 10/8, 10-3

From Lauren Zembron –

The Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion Dance will feature a dance performance, during which the
lion will “eat” a head of lettuce (representing money) and two oranges (representing gold). The
lettuce and oranges will then be tossed back into the audience to symbolize sharing of good
fortune and luck. There will also be a costume try-on session for children following the
performance.

Next up will be Kurt Jackson, a beloved Medfield teacher, artist, and children’s storyteller, who
will be sharing his energetic and engaging storytelling with the audience.

Following Kurt will be Sista Dee, a Caribbean Steel Pan Artist. Originally from Trinidad and
Tobago, Sista Dee is known for her steel pan playing & vocal style. She performs all around the
world.

After Sista Dee, there will be an African Dance Workshop with Simdaca African Dance
Academy
. Simdaca focuses on expression through authentic Authentic Urban, Traditional
Western & Central African Dances, and Afro-Contemporary Dance. Both adults and kids are
welcome to join the dance workshop!

Comelia Latin Jazz Band will be on stage next. This ensemble band features instrumental jazz
standards performed with Latin rhythms.

Given that CultureFest is the Saturday prior to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we are especially
excited about and thankful to be welcoming The Nettukkusqk Singers to the performer lineup.
Comprised of women from both the Wampanoag and Nipmuc Tribes, this group performs
traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles, and water drums. In
the Natick dialect of Algonquin, “nettukkusqk” means “my sister”.

The last performance of the day will be the Turkish string ensemble, Bengisu Gokce Trio, joined
by the Boston Music Project. The Boston Music Project is comprised of teaching artists and
Boston Public School students. It is of interesting note that composer, Lowell Mason, was born
in Medfield and is widely considered to be the “father of public music education in America”. The
addition of music into the standard school curriculum was largely due to efforts Mason made in
Boston in the mid-19th century. Thus, it is fitting to have Boston Public School students
performing in the birthplace of Lowell Mason.

All are welcome to attend this fun day out and join in celebrating and learning about the
customs, traditions, artwork, music, and food of diverse people within and around Medfield. In
addition to the musical and dance performances, there will be kids’ activities, arts & crafts
vendors, and food purveyors. CultureFest runs from 10 am to 3 pm on October 8th at Bellforge
Arts Center, located at 45 Hospital Road (https://bellforge.org/getting-here/). Rain date is
October 9th. There is plenty of free parking and visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or
lawn chairs to enjoy the festival.

We hope to see you there!

CultureFest Performers


(Medfield, MA): Medfield Together and Bellforge Arts Center are excited to share the performer
lineup and schedule for CultureFest, a multicultural festival held on October 8th at Bellforge Arts
Center. The performance schedule will be as follows:

BAMS at Bellforge Arts Center – 12-7PM on 8/20

From Jean Mineo, Executive Director, Bellforge Arts Center

BELLFORGE ARTS CENTER BRINGS BOSTON’S BAMS FEST TO MEDFIELD

(Medfield, MA): The Bellforge Arts Center and BAMS Fest will present #SOULFULL on Saturday, Aug. 20, from noon to 7 pm. The well-established Boston festival will be bringing six notable artists to Medfield for an all-day music event featuring Tenille Ja’Nae, Ava Sophia, The Undaunted Professor Harp, Jonathan Suazo, D. Ruff, and DJ SavSoul.

“The Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival is one of the fastest growing urban arts and music festivals in the City of Boston that celebrates Afro-centric identity and Black artistry, all while amplifying the voices and creative contributions from local, regional and national entertainers of color,” says BAMS Fest organizers.

#SOULFULL will offer not only a great line up of Blues, Soul, Jazz, and R&B artists, but also a variety of food options from Suya Joint, and a full bar featuring Patrón Tequila, all at the site of the new Bellforge Arts Center on the former Medfield State Hospital campus. Free tickets and more information, including musical clips from the artists, can be found online at https://bit.ly/BellforgeBAMSAug. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor concert. Aug. 21 is set as the rain date.

The BAMS Fest Pop Up is one of many free concerts, festivals, and events organized by Bellforge for the summer. For more information about the Bellforge Arts Center, including a schedule of upcoming programs and events, please visit www.bellforge.org.

# # #

The Bellforge Arts Center is a new multi-arts complex being built on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital to support artists, expand cultural opportunities, and nurture the creative community. Bellforge currently offers outdoor concerts, festivals, and community events, along with over 200 miles of nature trails and outdoor recreation space. Once fully renovated, the center will also offer visual and performing arts studios, arts education, a 300-seat performance venue, and more.

BAMS Fest is a cultural movement led by Greater Boston Black and Brown artists, culture makers and creative entrepreneurs who are on the front lines of racial equity, spatial justice, and economic empowerment.

Culturefest at Bellforge 10-3, 10/8/22

From Lauren Zembron –

Medfield Together and Bellforge Arts Center Present: CultureFest


(Medfield, MA): In partnership with Bellforge Arts Center, Medfield Together invites you to join us
on Oct. 8, 2022 for CultureFest. This FREE family-friendly festival aims to bring our community
together in celebration of and learning about the customs, traditions, artwork, music, and food of
diverse people within and around our town.

“The incentive for CultureFest was twofold: to celebrate diversity by centering the cultural
traditions of an array of people and to learn about multiculturalism in a fun and engaging
atmosphere,” says Medfield Together Steering Committee member Lauren Zembron.
Everyone is welcome to attend this fun day out that will include performers, kids’ activities, and
ethnic food trucks. CultureFest runs from 10 am to 3 pm at Bellforge Arts Center, located at 45
Hospital Road (https://bellforge.org/getting-here/). There is plenty of free parking and visitors are
encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the festival.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Medfield Together for CultureFest and to provide the
opportunity to celebrate so many cultures through art, dance, music and food,” says Jean
Mineo, Bellforge Arts Center’s Executive Director.

Summer Sounds at Bellforge – 12-7 on 7/30

From Stacy David, Director of Marketing & Communications, Bellforge Arts Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2022

Contact: Stacey David, Director of Marketing & Communications, sdavid@bellforge.org

BELLFORGE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES “SUMMER SOUNDS” MUSIC FESTIVAL

(Medfield, MA): The Bellforge Arts Center’s second concert in their three-date outdoor music festival series called Summer Sounds is July 30, from 12:00-7:00pm in Medfield, MA. July’s free concert will feature Van Buren Records, Latrell James, Red Shaydez, Najee Janey, Greg Roy, and DJ WhySham.

Summer Sounds will offer not only a great line up of hip hop and reggae artists, but also a variety of food options from Ribpublic BBQ, and a full bar featuring Patrón Tequila, all at the site of the new Bellforge Arts Center on the former Medfield State Hospital campus. Free tickets and more information, including musical clips from each of the artists, can be found online at https://bit.ly/SummerSoundsJuly. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the outdoor concert.

The Summer Sounds Festival will be returning on Aug 27 with a concert featuring Valleyheart, The Q-Tip Bandits, 5ever, and more. Summer Sounds is one of many free concerts, festivals, and events organized by Bellforge for the summer. For more information about the Bellforge Arts Center, including a schedule  of upcoming programs and events, please visit www.bellforge.org.

# # #

The Bellforge Arts Center is a new multi-arts complex being built on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital to support artists, expand cultural opportunities, and nurture the creative community. Bellforge currently offers outdoor concerts, festivals, and community events, along with over 200 miles of nature trails and outdoor recreation space. Once fully renovated, the center will also offer visual and performing arts studios, arts education, a 300-seat performance venue, and more.