The rave reviews for the 2018 Faire on the Square continued at Tuesday night’s Town Council Meeting.
Town officials tried to change things up from previous years to breathe new life into the annual event, which drew thousands on Saturday. “This was a really fun, successful, revitalized event,” Sideris said. He thanked several people for organizing the event, including Dan McCarthy, who took over as chairman of the Faire on the Square Committee. Watertown resident James Mello said the event brought back memories of Town events from many years ago. “It reminded me of when we were kids on the Fourth of July when they brought out rides and set them up behind Town Hall,” Mello said.
A poll of Faire on the Square attendees found that traffic/transportation came top among concerns about Watertown, followed by development. People who stopped by the Watertown News table could participate in the poll, in which they were asked “What concerns you most in Watertown Today,” and participants could check one or more of these five issues, and could write in their own issue:
Or, add their own write-in issue
This year 30 people took the poll, and some checked more than one issue. Traffic/transportation received 21 votes, followed by 15 for development. Close behind was heroin/opioids, which got 12 votes. The schools got 10 votes and property taxes got six.
A mix of new attractions, old favorites and pleasant weather made for a grand celebration during the 2018 Faire on the Square on Saturday.
Thousands of people came out to Watertown’s Saltonstall Park to check out all the action. Organizers brought in new rides for kids, moved the music stage to the middle of the action, added new food offerings and introduced a beer and wine area. Visitors also had the chance to visit dozens of booths to find out more about local organizations, businesses and Town Departments. A second performance area featured dance groups and other entertainers. For the politically inclined, the local Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians had their own booths, and Republican Congressional candidate John Hugo stopped by to meet voters.
For 15 years the Watertown Community Foundation has given money and organized volunteer events to help the community, and Saturday the group will hold a celebration at the Town’s biggest gathering of the year — the Faire on the Square. As in the past, the Foundation will have a booth at the Faire, but this year there will be even more activities, and prizes for lucky raffle winners, said WCF Executive Director Jan Singer. She hopes to see some familiar faces, and hopefully some new ones. “We’ve been around for 15 years and for some we are still a well kept secret. We don’t want to be,” Singer said.
I am writing to express my concern about the recent proposal regarding sale of beer and wine at Watertown’s Faire on the Square. I don’t know if a decision on this proposal has already been approved by the Licensing Board. But whether or not that has happened, I am strongly opposed to this. Faire on the Square has always been a very special time for families. Children of all ages gather to have loads of fun, and young and old alike enjoy strolling past the many tables and booths, playing games, and learning about the richness of all that Watertown has to offer.
Visitors of this year’s Faire on the Square will see some changes, including new rides, entertainers, food truck and — organizers hope — beer and wine. The 2018 Faire is the 20th annual Town celebration. It will be held on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will once again take place around Town Hall. In an effort to liven the event, organizers have brought in some new elements.
Organizers of the 2018 Faire on the Square announced the date for the Town’s annual celebration.
The Faire will be held on Sept. 22, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saltonstall Park —next to Town Hall, 149 Main St., Watertown. In case of rain, the Faire will be moved to Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. For more information, including an application for exhibitors, see the Faire’s website: faireonthesquare.com
Residents are most concerned about traffic/transportation and development, a poll conducted by Watertown News at Saturdays Faire on the Square found.
People were asked “What concerns you most in Watertown Today,” and participants could check one or more of these five issues, and could write in their own issue:
Or, add their own write-in issue
A total of 28 ballots were cast at Saturday’s Faire on the Square, and the top issue, with 19 votes, was Traffic/Transportation. A close second was Development, which received 16 tallies. Next was Schools, with 11 votes. Heroin/Opioid use in Watertown received 9 votes, and Property taxes got 8 votes. Four people wrote in their own issues: Open Space/Recreation, Public Events, Gentrification and the Elderly.