Sweet Haven performs at the Blue Bunny bookstore during the Dedham Square Crawl on Feb 9. [Wicked Local Photo by Ariane Komyati]
By Ariane Komyati
WICKED LOCAL DEDHAM
FEB 9, 2019
Community members and residents gathered in Dedham Square on Feb. 9 for the fifth annual Dedham Square Crawl.
The night was all about raising money, chatting with fellow community members, listening to live music, supporting local businesses, tasting local food and, of course, having fun. There was no official theme this year, but crawlers were encouraged to wear Dedham garb.
“Crawlers” met at El Centro to buy raffle tickets and plan which square venues to visit. Then, the crawlers divided and conquered to visit the Mocha Java, Panchos, Dedham Square Coffeehouse, Deli After Dark, Blue Ribbon BBQ, Cafe Tremezzo, Cathay Kitchen, Dedham Community Theatre, Dedham House of Pizza, Emily & Addie, Heart of the Square, Kouzina, Oscar’s, and Ron’s Ice Cream - all located in Dedham Square.
Ali Koushan, owner of the Dedham Coffeehouse, has participated in the crawl for the past five years.
“The raffle will be held here tonight,” said Koushan. “I love seeing people come around here, I love seeing their happy faces during the crawl.”
Maria Panagopoulos, who owns the Dedham House of Pizza, has also taken part in the Dedham Square Crawl for all five years.
“It is a great way to get people together for a great cause,” Panagopoulos said.
Crawlers enjoyed live musical performances at multiple businesses. The musical acts included The Lariats, Sweet Haven, Joe Rich & Eric Myers, 2nd Precinct, Nick Vecchio and DJ Rob Blaney.
“We are so excited to be participating in the Dedham Square Crawl again, and we are so honored to have Sweet Haven play here,” said Sarah Reynolds, the manager at the Blue Bunny. Reynolds added that the crawl is a great way for community members to meet new people.
At 10 p.m., the winners of the raffles were chosen. Raffle prizes included gift cards to the Blue Bunny Bookstore, Dedham House of Pizza, Oddfellows Hall, LifeSpa in Lifetime Westwood, and two dozen bagels from Cafe Bagel.
All proceeds from the night went to the Dedham Youth Commission and Haymakers for Hope, a boxing event that raises money for cancer research and outreach programs.
For more information on the Dedham Youth Commission, visit http://www.dedham-ma.gov/departments/youth-commission.
For more information on Haymakers for Hope, visit https://haymakersforhope.org/.
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