In an effort to freshen up their storefront and increase their visibility from Washington Street, The Dedham Exchange recently installed a sharp new black and white striped awning, attractive new landscaping and handsome new façade lighting. The awning was funded in part through the Dedham Square Circle’s Sign & Façade Improvement Program which helps fund physical improvements to Dedham Square storefronts and building exteriors. Form left, DSC Executive Director Amy Haelsen, Dedham Exchange President Karen Guinan and DSC Design Committee Member Melanie King.
Welcome Back Scoop Fans!
Here we are mid April already, where does the time go? We have much to look forward to in the weeks ahead - milder temps, green grass and daffodils, school vacation fun and lots of activity in the Square. Read on!
Welcome Aboard – We are very pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Dedham Square Circle Board of Directors, Lisa Ingemi and Danielle Jurdan. A resident of Greenlodge, Lisa is a reference librarian at the Dedham Public Library and has a long history of community involvement with the Greenlodge School PTO, the Boys and Girls Club and the Dedham Jr. Women’s Club. Danielle is the founder and organizer of Dedham’s town-wide “TV Turn Off Week” and has served on the PTO for the Early Childhood Education Center and is a member of the Greenlodge School PTO. A resident of the Manor, Danielle is the Director of Communications for the First American Title Insurance. Please join us in welcoming Lisa and Danielle on board!
For the Ladies - Dedham Square Circle's 2nd Annual "Ladies Night Out" promotion will be held on Thursday, May 5. Square eateries and merchants will stay open late and offer special discounts and treats for females only (sorry, guys!) just in time for Mother's Day. Ladies, be sure to save the date for a fun-filled night on the town with your female companions! That night also kicks off the weekend long “Dedham Goes Pink” event organized by resident Mara Gorden to raise funds for her team’s Susan G. Komen Foundation 3-Day walk for breast cancer in July.
Fan Favorites - “Win-Win” and “Jayne Eyre”, both of which are getting loads of positive reviews from moviegoers and critics alike, will continue at the Dedham Community Theatre for the next week.
April Artist – Nest is now featuring local artist Molly Batchelder’s whimsical watercolors and hand painted frames, furniture, and decorative pieces through April 30th. Stop in to check them out.
Chock Full of Fun - There's lots of activities going on at The Blue Bunny during April school vacation including author visits, preschool story times, art and craft projects and more. Visit our "Events and Activities" page on the DSC website – www. dedhamsquarecircle.org for a complete list.
Turn It Off! The ever-popular annual TV Turn Off Week events will take place again during April school vacation. Danielle Jurdan and the event committee have done another bang-up job planning an array of activities for kids around town, many of which will take place throughout the Square. For a complete listing, visit www.dedham-ma.gov/TVTO.
Family Flick - Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and head over to the Dedham Community House gym for a FREE fun-filled Family Movie Night featuring “Megamind” on Thurs. April 21st at 7 pm. Sponsored by Donahue Real Estate.
Tea with Teddy - A "One Book, One Dedham" event on Tues. April 19th from 10-11 at the Endicott Estate. FREE! The Blue Bunny partners with Catching Joy and Oakdale Square Alliance. Bring a new teddy bear to donate to a child in need. Please pre-register. Call 781-493-6568.
Egg-ceptional Fun! - Grab those Easter baskets and head over to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Dedham Community House Saturday, April 23 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. with the hunt beginning promptly at 10:45 a.m. Don’t be late – the eggs go fast! Grab the camera – the Easter Bunny will be stopping by for a visit. Afterward, head over to the Dedham Square Country Store on Saturday for another Egg Hunt and then hop on over to The Blue Bunny for their Annual Easter Egg Party!
Holiday Favorites – There’s still time to order Vincenzo’s famous homemade mozzarella, ricotta pies, cannolis and much more for your Easter celebration. Stop in to enjoy a delicious grilled panini, classic sandwiches and daily specials including arancini, panzerotti, calzones and pizza.
Card Carrying Members – Did you know that members of the Dedham Square Circle get special benefits? Discounts and special offers at Isabella, Gopen Optical, Kouzina, Dedham Bike, Salem Food Market, among many others. New to the list is the Dedham Square Country Store. In partnership with LemonThyme Farm, DSCS will introduce a 10% year-round discount to DSC members on all seasonal, organic, and native fruits offered each week. Visit www.dedhamsquarecircle.org to join or renew online.
Forever Free – Needham Bank has introduced a new line of free personal and business checking accounts. Get up to $25 for your old checks and debit card. Free nationwide ATMs*, free checks* and free online banking and bill pay (*stop in to a branch for more details).
Bunnies and lambs and chicks - oh my! - Hop into The Dedham Exchange, nonprofit gift shop to get ready for Easter. For the tots you’ll find plush stuffed animals, hand knit sweaters, hand smocked dresses, adorable accessories and handmade wooden toys. Set your table in style with Dedham Pottery bunny patterns, decorative dinnerware, candles, napkins and more. Scoop up some delectable gourmet sweets while you’re at it.
Dedham Square Trivia – Answer a fun trivia question or solve a riddle about our historic downtown, get it right and you’ll be entered into our quarterly drawing to win a gift certificate to a Square merchant!
The answer to our last Trivia Question: Mocha Java is where you will find “Love Potion.” Congratulations to Steve Mammone and Tania Rooney who answered correctly!
This week’s Question: In what year did Wardle’s open in Dedham Square? Submit your answers by Friday, April 22, to firstname.lastname@example.org or to DSC, P.O. Box 593, Dedham, MA 02027.
Thanks for your support, see you in the Square!