On Thursday, June 21 and July 19, Circle the Square will brighten Medford Square for the 7th year with live performances, food, and countless activities from 3:30-7:30pm. In June, the theme ‘Bountiful Medford’ will celebrate the culture of food in our community with a focus on activities that explore where food comes and the role it plays in our lives.
The Medford Food Security Task Force will offer tips on food shopping on a budget and give out free recipes for quick, easy, and inexpensive meals. Learn about the Medford Community Garden program, how to adopt your own plot, what type of foods can be grown there, and enjoy free produce from local gardens. Try your hand at some food trivia and receive a $5 credit on the new innovative Food for All app designed to increase access to affordable foods while minimizing food waste. Celebrate Thanksgiving in June with Sanctuary UCC and contribute to a community collage that reflects our appreciation for food.
There are many opportunities to make and create at Circle the Square. Build your own dreamcatcher with the Lakota Youth Stay program, make impressive infinity cards with the Mystic Makerspace, or craft tissue paper flowers with Gentle Dragon Preschool. Paint your own piggy bank with East Cambridge Savings Bank, and add your mark to a community mandala art project with Borealis Yoga. Stop by the Medford Education Foundation table to create art representing a new skill you plan to work on this summer or visit the MARV art bus to paint a flower pot and plant a seedling. Watch talented glass-blower Hugh Naggar create beautiful glass figurines and purchase one of your own.
As always there will be plenty of activities that will keep kids moving during Circle the Square. Knucklebones returns with fun games and equipment designed to let kids bounce, balance, and play. Kick around some soccer balls with Redemption Hill Church while learning about their summer Soccer Nights program, and visit the Medford Family Network area for activities and games for young children.
Get ready for the summer and stop by the Medford Recreation table to purchase a pond or pool pass, learn about summer programs such as the free Parks and Free Lunch program. Visit the Medford Bicycle Advisory Commission to learn about the new bike share companies coming to Medford this summer and take a look at the bikes. Get geared up for the Medford Public Library’s summer reading program and play Telephone Pictionary.
Need to relieve some stress? Take advantage of a 15-minute acupuncture session with Blake Acupuncture, try your hand at board-breaking with Elite Freestyle Karate, or take a breather while you get a henna tattoo from Henna Cafe. Get your photo taken with the one and only Captain Barry Clemente, play corn hole with the Medford Chamber of Commerce, grab a free book from the Friends of the Medford Public Library, and watch stilt-walkers sponsored by Members Plus Credit Union. The Medford Energy and Environment Committee invites you to map your home and favorite Medford spots and see how climate change may affect them in the future.
Make your way around the Square and enjoy a number of talented local musicians and performers. Musical performances include singer song-writers Kali Stoddard-Imari and Lydia Harrell, the energizing drumming of aNova Brazil, the jazzy Niko Malinowski Trio, and the ever-popular funk and blues tunes of the Larry Terry Project. The Dance Studio will present hip hop and jazz performances from young dancers, Xtreme Ninja will perform martial arts demonstrations, and Century Bank will present popular street performer and magician Robert Clarke.
Medford truly is bountiful and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a diverse range of delicious foods. Sit back watch one of these many performances while enjoying a range of foods available for sale including sweet and savory hand pies from The Roving Lunchbox, pulled-pork sliders and homemade potato chips from Simple Fare, ice cream from Frozen Hoagies, and slush from CB Scoops. Or, drop into any one of Medford’s many popular restaurants throughout the Square. Chicken and Rice Guys is giving away free iced tea or lemonade with the purchase of a meal, Blue Fuji will give a 15% discount on dine-in or takeout meals, and if you buy one meal at Carroll’s restaurant you get one children’s meal for free. Take a look at a free sushi-making demo at Nagoya Sushi and try some of their most popular maki rolls. Then after Circle the Square, stop by Salvatore’s after Circle the Square for Trivia Night.
Circle the square and visit local businesses to see what they’re offering. Play a duck game and giveaway with Middlesex Federal Savings Bank, plant and take home potted tree seedlings with Cosmopolitan Realty, and enter a raffle for a free photography session with SCKY art studios. Take a walk up Governors Ave. and visit the Medford Historical Society to see the opening of their new exhibit honoring Lydia Maria Childs and the many contributions she made as an activist in 19th-century America. Children can try their hand at completing a puzzle of the world and win a prize at Mystic Valley Travel.
Play the Circle the Square scavenger hunt: fill your bingo card with foods in each food group for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Roving Lunchbox, or a Stone Soup Board Game and Peace Mandala Tote Bag. Pick up your bingo card at the Circle the Square welcome table at the intersection of River St. and Riverside Ave. Support CACHE by buying a Medford Saves Key Tag, which saves you money at more than 40 local businesses. Key tags will be on sale for $15 near the Welcome Table at the intersection of Riverside Ave. and River St. and are valid until December 2019.
Circle the Square is supported in part by the Medford Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC and MassFestivals programs, the Tufts University Neighborhood Service Fund, and the City of Medford, as well as the sponsorships of East Cambridge Savings Bank, Tufts University, and Sanctuary UCC .
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