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.
Given the serious problem of addiction that Watertown and surrounding communities face – both opioid and alcohol abuse – I cannot fathom why any town official would seek to encourage outdoor, day-time drinking at our Saturday Faire. I believe this sends a completely wrong message to our children and their families. I am a moderate alcohol drinker, so have no particular objection to drinking of alcoholic beverages. But I believe this is truly inappropriate at an outdoor, public, town-sponsored, family-oriented event.
I ask, no matter what stage this particular decision finds itself in, that this proposal be retracted. Please keep our beloved celebration alcohol-free!