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Area Fireworks and Events for July 4

Yes, of course, you can go into Boston for fireworks (concert on July 3 and July 4, fireworks on July 4). If you’re looking to stay local for the 4th, the nearest events and fireworks are:

  • Sudbury: July Parade (1-4pm)
  • Concord: July 4 Picnic in the Park (11am-4:30pm)
  • Lincoln: July 4 events all day, Fireworks at 9:15pm
  • Lexington’s Carnival (June 30-July 4) and Fireworks (July 3 at 8:30pm)
  • Waltham: July4 Children’s events 10am-2pm, Back in Time performing at 5:30pm, Fireworks at 9:30 at Leary Field
  • Newton: activities all day, fireworks at night
  • Needham: July 3 fireworks and events before


The Town Crier embedded this map into a post:

The Boston Globe published this list: Here’s a list of upcoming fireworks displays in Massachusetts.

Boston Central posted lists sorted two ways:


Free Fun Fridays at Museums and Cultural Events around the state this summer

Highland Street Foundation:  Free Fun Fridays.  Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.

June 23

  • Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Boston)
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library (Boston)
  • The Sports Museum (Boston)
  • Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
  • The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home (Lenox)
  • Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
  • Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)
  • The Discovery Museums (Acton)

June 30

  • Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)
  • MIT Museum (Cambridge)
  • Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
  • Springfield Museums (Springfield)
  • EcoTarium (Worcester)
  • Maritime Gloucester (Gloucester)
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)
  • The Gardens at Elm Bank (Massachusetts Horticultural Society) (Wellesley)

July 7

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)
  • Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum (Lenox)
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Barrington)
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)
  • Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
  • The Hall at Patriot Place (Foxboro)

July 14

  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute (Boston)
  • The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum (Chestnut Hill)
  • Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Cambridge)
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown)
  • Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
  • Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
  • Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)

July 21

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) (Boston)
  • Tanglewood (Lenox)
  • Boston Athenaeum (Boston)
  • The Museum of the NCAAA (Boston)
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees (Harvard)
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History (Weston)
  • Lynn Museum (Lynn)
  • Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
  • Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

July 28

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum(Boston)
  • Commonwealth Museum (Boston)
  • Arnold Arboretum (Boston)
  • The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
  • Berkshire Theatre Group (Stockbridge)
  • Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
  • Wenham Museum (Wenham)
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)

August 4

  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
  • Old State House (Boston)
  • The Greenway Carousel (Boston)
  • Fort Devens Museum (Devens)
  • Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)
  • The Old Manse, The Trustees (Concord)
  • JFK Hyannis Museum (Hyannis)

August 11

  • Franklin Park Zoo (Boston)
  • Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)
  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis)
  • Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
  • Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester)
  • Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket)
  • Smith College Museum of Art (Northhampton)
  • Naumkeag, The Trustees (Stockbridge)

August 18

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA) (Boston)
  • Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)
  • Freedom Trail® Foundation (Boston)
  • Buttonwoods Park Zoo (New Bedford)
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
  • Concord Museum (Concord)
  • Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
  • Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

August 25

  • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park (Boston)
  • USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)
  • Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
  • MASS MoCA (North Adams)
  • Nantucket Whaling Museum (Nantucket)
  • The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River (Fall River)
  • Museum of African American History
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens (Sandwich)

Carriage House Longest Day Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Association

Please join us at Carriage House at Lee’s Farm (134 Boston Post Rd, Wayland) for a fun afternoon of silent auctions, raffles, dunk tanks, music and a cookout..100% of all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association! Saturday, June 24, 4-6pm. Everyone is invited!  Event flyer online here

Support Hatun Runa’s Expedition to Peru

On June 21, six Wayland residents will embark on a nearly 3-week expedition with Hatun Runa, a small non-profit working to provide resource development in healthcare, education and the overall quality of life in remote villages accessed through Leymebamba, Amazonas, Peru. Wayland’s Leslie Moloney, one of the founders Hatun Runa, is organizing the expedition which will include her son Collin Moloney, Jih-Ho Donovan, Owen Donovan, Carlos Melero Jr., and Matt Edwards, all from Wayland. We will be joined by archaeologist and solar engineer Ricky Lightfoot, who designs our solar systems for portability and durability in the harsh environments we trek to and install the systems in.

Where the road ends, Hatun Runa’s work begins. For 10 years, Hatun Runa has been working in remote villages in the Northeastern Andes of Peru. These forgotten villages are thousands of miles from the crowds of tourists in Cuzco and Machu Picchu and are accessible only by foot. With limited or no health care, clean water, sanitation, electricity and educational materials, everyday life is a struggle. Hatun Runa’s efforts are focused on providing resources to these communities by providing solar power for their health posts and schoolrooms, as well as basic medical equipment, educational supplies and training. Hatun Runa and Loose Change (also a Wayland-based non-profit) are the only American non-profits working in this area due to the difficulty of simply getting there. The region has transformed in the past ten years that we have been traveling to Peru, but there is always so much more to be done.

In 2010, Hatun Runa started a solar power initiative which changed the delivery of care in the village health posts. These are solar power systems that could be trekked by foot into the mountains, in order to provide light, radio for medical emergencies and power a small fridge for life-saving vaccines and medicines. In 2011, a Hatun Runa container was shipped from Boston to Lima, then trucked 2000 miles to Leymebamba. It held the first surgical suite, dental suite, maternity suite and other medical equipment as well as enough educational resources for 6 schools. Last year, torrential rains caused a flood and landslide in the middle of the night in the village of Chilchos, accessible only by a 26-mile trail. A mother and three children were washed away and search efforts were nearly impossible as the village had no electricity or emergency lighting. The community requested help, and last summer we installed a set of tactical solar powered flashlights in the health post for the future.

This year’s trip will be an intense surgical strike: we will visit all three of the health posts’ solar installations for maintenance and upgrades, and bring medical and educational resources for the health posts and schools. Supplies are trekked in by our group on foot and on horseback. We will visit La Morada, a nearly 40-mile(two-day) trek through altitude, high jungle, and mud. This is a village that lives at poverty level and hardship is 24/7. Four years ago Hatun Runa was the first non-profit (foreign or domestic) to visit this village of shy/cautious people. We installed solar panels in their health post as well as lighting, a vaccine refrigerator and dedicated radio. We brought supplies to the mud-walled, dirt floor school. Our leader warns: “The hike to this village is going to be the hardest hike you will ever do but the most rewarding if the weather is good. The beauty of it is beyond compare.”

Some of us will also visit Chilchos, a 26-mile trek from our base town, Leymebamba. We do this hike in one day, we stay for one day, and we hike back the next. Only a small group will do this hike while the rest of the group spends some time in the schools in Leymebamba. Atuen, the closest village, now has a road!!! So this will be a one day trip.

We humbly ask for your donation to help Hatun Runa fund the installation of improved solar equipment in 3 health posts to ensure durability over time. We will also bring medical resources, books, and educational materials to schools. Please note: All travelers are funding all of their personal travel costs, so all donations will go directly to improving the lives of the people in these villages.

100% of your donation goes to these projects. You can donate by clicking here

If you would like to learn more about Hatun Runa visit:

Thank you for your consideration

Found Bird: Blue Australian Pudgy

Found Bird: This little blue Australian pudgy has been hanging out in a Wayland yard. He’s in good hands, but it would be great to get him reunited with his family.  He seems to be in perfect health.  If he’s yours, message Kim at

News and Events from the Wayland Library, June 16, 2017

Adult Programs and Workshops:

  • The Role of the Honeybee In Our Environment & A Honey Tasting with Kenneth Warchol, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm, You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity’s survival on Earth. Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival. Ken will bring samples of a variety of honeys for everyone to taste.
  • Bhutan, Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, Thursday, June 22, 7-8:30pm.  The little known Kingdom Of Bhutan is perhaps best known to the outside world for its guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness. John Leupold will discuss Gross National Happiness, along with Bhutan’s history, culture, and politics. John is a one-time Wayland resident and will soon be departing on his 30th visit to Bhutan which he as his second home and enjoys sharing his experiences about this unique country.
  • Deer Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life”, Monday, June 26, 7:00-8:30pm.  Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious and are on the increase.  Join Entomologist Dr. Larry Dapsis and Dr. Stephen Rich, a professor and researcher of microbiology at UMass Amherst for this presentation.
    • Dr. Larry Dapsis – Entomologist since age five, holds a B.S. in  Environmental Science & Biology from Fitchburg State University and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.
    • Dr Stephen Rich holds a PhD in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Irvine. His latest work is centered on the realm of tick-borne diseases.  He and his colleagues have engaged in a first-of-its-kind passive surveillance for established (eg. Lyme) and emerging (eg. AnaplasmaBabesia, and Bartonella) pathogens in the range of human-biting ticks.  Much of the data he has gathered on tick infection rates contributes substantially to our understanding of tick-borne disease in Massachusetts.
  • English Conversation Group.  Do you know someone who is learning basic English? This group is ideal for people who want to practice their English and learn about American culture. The Library’s English Conversation group meets two Fridays each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The next session will be held on Friday, June 30 in The Raytheon Room.
  • Digital Games and Education.  Change in program schedule for this event to Thursday, July 20 7:00-8:30 pm with Professor Kyle Moody of Fitchburg State University.

JUNE’S DATABASE OF THE MONTH: NEWSBANK. The Boston Metro Collection from News Bank provides current and archived newspaper articles from 123 Boston-area media sources.  News Bank is brought to you by the Town of Wayland and the Wayland Free Public Library. The link for this resource is on the library’s online resources page at:


  • In the Library foyer, Ann “Cappie” Martin had a childhood illness that prevented her from attending school until the fourth grade. At that time she found sculpture as a hobby which later developed into a life’s passion for Art. As an art history major at Wellesley College, Cappie was exposed to all aspects of art study. Cappie’s watercolors and other mediums are on display through June 30.
  • In the Raytheon Room, The Red Tailed Hawks of Pelham Island Road, an exhibition by Peter W. Agnes, Jr.  Peter, a member of  Gateway Camera Club, is a nature photographer with a special interest in bird photography. This exhibit is the result of a four-month project which began earlier this year in which he focused on the area of Pelham Island Road from the Pelham Island Bridge eastward to the town administration building, including the area within the National Wildlife Refuge.

UPCOMING  JUNE BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR ADULTS. The library runs several adult book groups, and new members are always welcome. For more information about any of the groups, call the library at 508-358-2311 or visit us online at


  • Upcoming Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, June 20, July 11, 18 and 25 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays June 22, 29 and July 6 and 20 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Brain Building Storytime, Monday, June 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Storytime, parachute play, and brain building activity.  Led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver.
  • Zumba Kids Jr., Tuesday, June 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Julia Walderzak of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio.


  • Drop-in Craft:  Build a World in a Box, Wednesday, June 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Bring a box, big or small, and create a world within it. We will also provide some boxes. The program will be led by librarian Elise Katz. For ages 5 and up.
  • World Cultures: Ramadan and Eid, Thursday, June 22, 3:00-3:45 p.m.  Join us as we learn about Ramadan and the Eid festival, one of the most beloved holidays for Muslims around the world. Children will listen to stories, make a paper lantern craft, and get henna tattoos.  Program led be Wayland parent Najiba Akbar. For ages 4 and up.

FOR TEENS: Teen Pizza Study Nights:  Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20, 5:30–11 p.m. Teens! Feed your brain while studying with your friends at the library. Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. on these nights.  Granola bars, cookies, and other treats will also be available.  AND the library will stay open until 11 p.m. just for you.  We hope you ace your exams

SUMMER READING KICK-OFF, Wednesday, June 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Ed the Wizard will kick off the Wayland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Build a Better World with his magic show “Reading is Magic. “Ed the Wizard’s interactive magic performance is inspired by the Harry Potter books and emphasizes the importance of maintaining one’s reading skills over the summer. Readers are better able to Build a Better World!  For ages 5 and up.

Wayland Cultural Council seeks community input

The Wayland Cultural Council (WCC) is launching the Wayland Cultural Council 2017 Community Arts and Culture Survey. The survey is posted online at:

The Wayland Cultural Council is required to conduct a triennial survey to collect input from our community to set funding priorities for the next three years. We seek the widest possible input from the Wayland community. No particular expertise or experience in arts and cultural activities is required to participate in this survey.

We have set a deadline of Friday, August 4, 2017, for completing the survey.


The Wayland Cultural Council (WCC) is the local arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The WCC is chartered to “promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.” Every fall/winter, the WCC provides grant funding for local and area arts and culture projects and events.

The WCC is one of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each community LCC. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year.

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