Saturday, April 13
Housewarming Celebration at the Jason Russell House
The Arlington Historical Society welcomes you to the Jason Russell House to celebrate the recent discovery that a portion of this Menotomy homestead dates to 1684. In the spirit of family and sustainability, Patriot Jason Russell used timbers from his grandfather Jason Russell’s house to build his own home. This weekend, we honor the patriot, his home, and the important role this site played on April 19, 1775 with a special housewarming celebration.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Jason Russell House open for tours, donation requested
• Complimentary children’s activities and refreshments on the lawn (weather permitting)
• Visit with the Menotomy Minute Men
• Lecture: Frugality, Sustainability, and the Comforts of Home: Situating the Dendrochronology Results of the Jason Russell House in Arlington, 1684-1745, with speaker Faith Ferguson, museum administrator, Arlington Historical Society, admission fee $5, free for Historical Society members
Sunday, April 14
Jason Russell House Tours
Jason Russell House open for tours (donation requested), noon to 4:00 pm
Patriots Day Parade, 2PM
Show your Menotomy spirit and cheer along Massachusetts Avenue at this year’s Patriots Day Parade! The parade begins at 2:00 pm at Brattle Street and ends at Walgreens in East Arlington. It features a full showing from the Shriners, clowns, bands, and other local favorites. (Quiet zone between Mill Street and Pleasant Street, where there will be no sirens or gun shooting). Visit the parade’s website at http://www.arlingtonpatriotsday.org/ and join the parade group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/152518374333/?fref=ts
Road Closures and Parking Restrictions
To allow for staging the parade, starting at noon in Arlington Heights, Mass. Ave. between Park Ave. and Forest St. and Lowell St. between Mass. Ave. and Downing Square will be closed and no parking allowed. Also feeder streets will have limited access during this time. Please plan your travel plans accordingly and walk to the parade if you can. You can view the parade route and staging area here.
Monday, April 15
Flag Raising and Burying Ground Ceremonies
Rise and shine with the Menotomy Minute Men! Lexington isn’t the only town getting up early! Join the Minute Men in honoring the men who lost their lives on April 19, 1775. The tribute starts at the Town Hall flagpole at 7:15 am. From there, walk with the Minute Men to raise the flag at the Jason Russell House. March with them to the Old Burying Ground to pay respect to Menotomy residents Jason Russell, Jabez Wyman and Jason Winship, and the others who lost their lives in our town on the first day of the American Revolution. Visit the Minute Men’s website at http://www.menotomy.org/home
Join the Menotomy Welcoming Committee
Get ready to greet Lancer re-enactment riders Paul Revere and William Dawes when they stop at Town Hall. The fun starts at 11:30 am and continues until 2:00 pm with children’s crafts, music by Diane Taraz, refreshments, and readings of the poems about Revere and Dawes. We’ll follow the riders on Twitter (@greetRiders/Menotomy’s Waiting) and give them a rousing welcome when they arrive! (Riders expected between 12:30 and 1:00). The event is hosted by the Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development and sponsored by Bowes Real Estate. Visit http://www.arlingtonma.org/ for more information on this and the other Patriots Day weekend events in town.