The mayor announces office hours
Mayor Shaunna O’Connell will be holding office hours on Thursday, July 15, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Silver City Boardroom at City Hall, 15 Summer Street.
Visitors can enter through the riverside entrance (back) and proceed to the second floor. Residents are encouraged to schedule a phone meeting or a virtual meeting through Zoom.
Anyone wishing to meet with the mayor in person, virtually, or by phone can call 508-821-1000 or email LMadeira@taunton-ma.gov to reserve a time. Making an appointment is mandatory to avoid waiting times.
Free movies at Patriot Place
Patriot Place will host a free, family-friendly outdoor movie series at Enel Plaza outside of Patriots ProShop and the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.
The series begins on July 14 with a screening of “Raya and the Last Dragon”, followed by “The Croods: A New Age” on July 28 and “Trolls World Tour” on August 11, before ending with “Moana” on 25. Guests can reserve their seats from 6:00 p.m. and each screening will begin at sunset. These screenings are free to the public, and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Food and non-alcoholic beverages can also be purchased at any Patriot Place dining destination to be enjoyed while watching the movie. For more information visit https://www.patriot-place.com/summerflicks.
BBQ for the benefit of firefighters
The Rehoboth Station 2 Firefighters Association is hosting a Drive-Through Chicken BBQ at American Legion Post 302, 84 Bay State Road in Rehoboth on Sunday, August 15, from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a donation of $ 15 per ticket. Consult any firefighter at Station 2 for tickets or call 508-226-2914 or 508-252-3132.
July events at OCHM
Join the Old Colony History Museum for family events, both in person and virtually this month. To see all they have to offer and to register for the events taking place on Zoom, visit the museum’s calendar of events at www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/events.
July events at OCHM:
Arts and crafts
From Tuesday July 13 to Saturday July 17
Feed your creativity with a new profession every month! For July, we make: Mason Bee Houses. Spend anytime this week between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for some fun and easy crafts. The museum provides instructions and all materials. The Crafternoons are free with regular admission to the museum.
Facts and Family: An Introduction to Genealogical Research Session 2: The Basics
Thursday July 15, from noon to 1 p.m..
Join Dr Cynthia Ricciardi and start the journey in your family history. Six sessions will take you from first steps to fundamental questions and fascinating discoveries, so sign up for one or all depending on your skill level. In this session, explore Internet research approaches as well as more (and less) conventional research sources. We’ll also discuss using interviews as a way to collect specialized data, and look at ways to organize the results of your new obsession. Each session costs $ 5 for OCHM members or $ 10 for non-members.
Freedom and Union walking tour
Saturday July 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Come take the Liberty and Union Downtown walking tour. Take a free 1-hour guided tour of historic downtown Taunton. This mile-long walking tour highlights some of the significant architectural, cultural, and commercial sites between Church Green and Taunton Green. A great way to experience the city from its earliest days to the present day, these tours take place on the third Saturday of each month, May through October, rain or shine.
A Taste of Old Colony History: Jordan Swamp Blueberry Muffins
Thursday July 22 from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cook a little history … from home! Join OCHM staff from their home kitchens as they try their hand at historic recipes and local favorites. Sign up on the museum’s website and you’ll receive the recipe of the month and ingredient list by email so you can cook step by step, or just sit back and watch!
Cemetery Tour: Mount Pleasant
Saturday July 24, 11 a.m.
See you at Potters Field in Mayflower Hill!
Special summer programs:
Passport to history
Passport to History is a joint effort of local museums to share and explore the diverse history of Southeast Massachusetts. This year there are 16 sites you can visit to get your passport, which serves as an entrance to a free tour, and start exploring the unique and inspiring history of the ‘old colony’. The program runs until September 1. Discover all the sites and start planning your exploration on https://www.oldcolonyhistorymuseum.org/explore/passport-to-history.
Blue Star Museums
The Old Colony History Museum joins museums across the country as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that offers free entry to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will run until Labor Day, Monday, September 6. Find the list of participating museums on arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
About the Old Colony History Museum
The Old Colony History Museum is located on historic Church Green in Taunton. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance to the museum costs $ 5 and is free for museum members.
Foxwoods Travel for Seniors
A seniors trip to the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14. The bus will depart Silver City Galleria Park & Ride at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 a.m. for boarding), and the bus will depart Foxwoods at 4 p.m. The cost is $ 35 per person and includes the driver’s tip. At this time, Foxwoods does not offer any bonuses (this may change). Snacks will be distributed on the return trip to Taunton. Call Jane at 508-822-5437 (home phone) to reserve a seat. Payment is required in advance. Masks will be compulsory during the bus journey.
Free summer events in the city center
The Downtown Taunton Foundation and the Trescott Street Gallery are inviting the public to free events in downtown Taunton this summer:
Music in the square
This free musical series features local music from a variety of genres, hosted at Liberty & Union Plaza at 82-86 Main St. The series will take place Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in July and August. A limited number of bistro seats will be available. Participants can also bring their own chairs, take out food and soft drinks. The Downtown Taunton Foundation snack cart will be on site and food trucks may be on certain dates. For more details on each artist and food truck, visit the DTF Facebook events page.
July 15th: Dennis Cook Quartet, with Judy DeRossi
22nd of July: Sinners Pie
July 29: So so
5 August: Bill O’Connor Trio
12 august: Professor Harp
August 19: Fran Fenton
26 august: Timmy Brown (rescheduled from July 1)
Movies on the square
The Downtown Taunton Foundation will present one free outdoor film per month through September.
Movies will be at Liberty & Union Plaza on Friday evenings at sunset, and movies will be of a variety of genres. Most will be suitable for families, but check the notes before attending. Participants should bring their own chairs and blankets, bug spray, and take out / soft drinks. Food carts and / or trucks may be on site for certain event dates (see Facebook page for details).
July 23: “Raya and the last dragon”
20 August: “Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle”
Sept. To be determined: “Aladdin” (2018)
The programs of the Downtown Taunton Foundation are funded in part by grants from the Mass Cultural Council, the Taunton Cultural Council, as well as members and sponsorships. Special thanks to sponsors Bristol County Savings Bank, Morton Hospital and Blount Soup Company.
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