Bridgewater Garden Club donates flowers for Downtown Brockton Beautification Project

The Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Association recently received a wonderful gift from our Bridgewater Garden Club.

Next year Bridgewater Garden Club lilies and Iris will bloom, adding their beauty to Frederick Douglass Park!

Thank you!
Story and Photos by J. Rose
Historical Tidbit:
Kitchen Cook Stove
In 1921 my great grandparents paid $225.00 for a new kitchen stove. My great grandmother didn't care for it. She thought it was too big. However, after trying it she kept it about 40 years.
In 1985 when the old stove gave out, her daughter purchased a used wood stove for $65.00. (In 1985 a cord of wood cost $30.00.) 

These stoves were not like the wood stove people have today. This was the "kitchen cook stove." One would have to start a fire early in the morning and get the stove heated to just the right temperature before cooking on the stove top or in the oven. There were no controls to set it to preheat. We can only imagine what it took to learn when to take a loaf of bread out so it wouldn't burn or how long to cook a roast. Cooking in the summer took on a whole new meaning, the kitchen was hotter than outside.
Some time over the years an electric stove found its way into the Baker kitchen, but the "old" wood stove sat proudly in it's originally place waiting for cold weather to set in so that the warmth from it's wood fire could take the chill out of the air. There is nothing like a wood fire to warm one's bones! 

I remember visiting my great grandmother and sitting in the kitchen with my "keds" perched on the "shelf" on the side of the old stove. The heat coming from it felt wonderful. I never gave a thought as to what the heat was doing to the bottom of my sneakers, and yes, I did stick to the floor when I stood up.
sue and her plant 2011
Submitted by Sue Basile, 2019
Image credit: Hardyplants at English Wikipedia
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p

St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry
@ St Thomas Aquinas Church
103 Center St
2 x month 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Diane Fernandes
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Jacquelyn Rose

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United Way Annual Meeting
Wed, Jun 12
135 Burrill Ave

You're invited to join us in celebration 102nd Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration "Banking on a Strong Community" at Bridgewater State University on June 5th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. We'll have a keynote address from Meg McIsaac, President and CEO of Bluestone Bank and Bluestone Financial MHC; and President of Bluestone Charitable Foundation. This is a time when we gather to recognize our corporate donors, partner agencies, and volunteers who allow us, through their continued support, to build a stronger community. 
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music notes
Afternoon of Gospel Music
Sun, Jun 16
First Parish UU Church
50 School St

Join us for an inspiring Afternoon of Gospel Music. Enjoy soulful performances that will uplift your spirit and bring the community together. Don't miss this heartwarming musical event!
Music Alley: Air Traffic Controller & Total Strangers
Thu, Jun 13
Black Hat Brew Works

The Friends of Music Alley 501(c)(3) are proud to present Boston indie-folk-pop act Air Traffic Controller (ATC). ATC was created by singer/songwriter Dave Munro, who while serving in the US Navy as an air traffic controller, sent demos to family and friends back home, sparking a fanbase.

Over the next decade, Dave and ATC created timeless and classic music that is heartfelt, luscious, and authentic. Taking off from Boston, the band has released five critically applauded albums.

Total Strangers (TS), a five-piece pop-rock band that consistently delivers a live set of nonstop high energy original music. Drawing on a wide variety of musical influences, TS create a sound that is steeped in classic rock, soul, funk, reggae, and pop, but is unmistakably all their own.

Fronted by sibling duo Mal and Pat Fey, listeners are treated to powerful vocals and tight harmonies. TS just released their self-titled debut EP in May.

Flag Raising
Mon, Jun 17
The Academy Building in Bridgewater Center

Join this event for a celebratory Juneteenth flag raising ceremony. It will include the official raising of the Juneteenth Flag and a reading of the Flag Resolution. We are honored to have both student and adult speakers from the African American community who will share their insights and experiences. There will also be a special musical performance to enrich the ceremony. Local groups will also be present to offer resources and information. Come and be a part of this important celebration of freedom and community.

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Bigfoot: In the Shadow of the Red Eye
Mon, Jun 17
Bridgewater PL

Join Mike Familant, full-time producer and lead investigator of the show In the Shadow of Big Red Eye!

Mike has spent over 13 years researching and tracking down the truth behind North America’s most iconic cryptid, Bigfoot. He has captured some impressive evidence along the way, from the Florida Swamps to the North Country of Maine, and everywhere in between. Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Grassman, Skunk Ape, or Big Red Eye—whatever name you choose to call this large, bipedal hominid, Mike has probably tried to find it. He will share his stories at this event.

Registration is required on Eventkeeper.

Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.
Bring your chairs & enjoy the day!

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

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Vintage Car Show
Mon, Jun 17

The AgeWave Social Club is having a car show and everyone is welcome to come! Bring a friend, talk to the owners, get your photo taken, and enjoy a great time outside.

June Book Club
Tue, Jun 18
Bridgewater PL
Judith Gabriel Room

Join the Book Club for a discussion of Daughters of Nantucket by Julie Gerstenblatt. Books are available for checkout at the front desk. All are welcome, no registration required for this program.

High Street Dam Removal - World Fish Migration Day Celebration
May 21st, 2024
Video Courtesy of BTV Access Corporation
Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.

We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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Juneteenth Celebration
Sat, Jun 22
University Park at BSU

We invite you to stop by Bridgewater’s annual, free, family-friendly Juneteenth 2024 celebration. Watch live performances, including African drumming and blues, enjoy delicious food, check out our artisans, buy a Juneteenth t-shirt, visit informational tables, and participate in our famous raffle. Kids activities include puppet making, cookie decorating, and a story trail. Learn a bit about Juneteenth, Bridgewater’s local history, and the commemoration of the end of slavery. Celebrate with us this year as we Honor the Legacy of the African American Families of Bridgewater. Bridgewater’s 2024 Juneteenth is co-hosted by Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights, First Parish UU Church Bridgewater, and Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at Bridgewater State University.
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Planning Board Meeting
June 5, 2024
Video Courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Town Council Meeting
June 4, 2024
Video Courtesy of Town of Bridgewater
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How was the heat of the wood stove controlled?

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The Wild Adventurer in All of Us

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide
Adventure looks different for all of us; for some it may be trying a new restaurant, museum, or park where we've never been; for others it's traveling to experience a whole new culture.
Whatever your adventure, our souls & minds are richer for the experience, and spring is the perfect season to get out and explore!
Enjoy your wild adventure! ~ Jacquie
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