Summer at Arsenal Yards: Picnic in the Park, Fitness Classes and a Biergarten

Arsenal Yards has plenty planned this summer. The following information was provided by Arsenal Yards:

With summer just around the corner, Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood in Watertown, invites area residents and visitors to get outside and enjoy the weather in a beautiful setting this season. Guests, local employees, and residents alike can enjoy the return of the popular Picnic in the Park series, a series of complimentary fitness classes, and the brand new Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co. pop-up outdoor biergarten! 

“With the return of both our summer picnic series and popular outdoor fitness classes, and the exciting addition of the Mighty Squirrel biergarten, we’re thrilled to invite the Watertown community back for a fun-filled, jam-packed schedule of events this season,” said Jessica Reed, Marketing Director at Arsenal Yards. “This year, we’re bringing back Picnic in the Park better than ever, bringing in popular acts such as Couch and Fish House, local bands with loyal followings that we think our neighborhood will love. And, as many are eager to get back outside and spend time with friends and family again, there’s no better time for our residents and visitors to enjoy notable new openings at Arsenal Yards, including the recently opened Tori Jiro, Condesa Restaurante & Tequila Bar, and Kura Sushi, plus soon-to-open additions like Vitality Bowls and Taffer’s Tavern, while experiencing everything that Arsenal Yards has to offer all summer long.”

Guests and residents are invited to munch and move their way through summer with Picnic in the Park, a monthly outdoor event series featuring a schedule packed with a variety of entertainment, including Peter Gross, Magic & Other Suspect Activities, Fish House, and Couch.

Art from Many Major Artists to be Displayed at Armenian Museum in Watertown

The Armenian Museum of America will host an exhibition of artwork from some of the top artists of the late 20th Century called “On the Edge: Los Angeles Art 1970s – 1990s from the Joan and Jack Quinn Family. There will be a companion exhibition featuring Armenian artists. The Armenian Museum provided the following information:

This exhibition, our largest in 50 years, features more than 75 artists including Lita Albuquerque, John Altoon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Vija Celmins, Gregory Wiley Edwards, Frank Gehry, Helmut Newton, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.Curated by Rachel McCullah Wainwright. The companion exhibition, “Discovering Takouhi: Portraits of Joan Agajanian Quinn,” will include Armenian artists such as Dahlia Elsayed, Jean Kazanjian, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Ara Oshagan, Zaven Sarkissian, and Aram Saroyan. Curated by Gina Grigorian and Natalie Varbedian.

See What Helps Small Saves Sleep at Night in This Week’s Comic

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

Chorus Auditions for The Midwinter Revels Coming to Watertown

The Midwinter Revels will feature a chorus of all ages. One of the tryout locations will be in Watertown. The following announcement was provided by the Watertown-based Revels:

Chorus Auditions announced for The Midwinter Revels: A Celebration of the Solstice at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

Audition for The Midwinter Revels, one of the region’s most popular holiday entertainments! THREE DATES – TWO LOCATIONS:

WHEN:  Monday, June 13 & Tuesday, June 14, 2022

(4-6 pm children ages 7-12) (7-10 pm adults)

WHERE:  Belmont-Watertown UMC, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 

WHEN:  SATURDAY, June 18, 2022

(4-6 pm children ages 7-12) (7-10 pm adults)

WHERE:  Tony Williams Dance Center, 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

Revels seeks a diverse and talented volunteer chorus of adults and children to join us onstage for 15 performances of The Midwinter Revels at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA.

Watertown Hosting First Pride Extravaganza Featuring Parade, Music, Crafts & More

Community members are invited to don colorful outfits, and come out and enjoy a parade, music, dancing, crafts, games, and more during Watertown’s first Pride Extravaganza. The celebration of Pride Month will take place on June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St. The all-ages event is hosted by the Watertown Free Public Library and the City of Watertown, and will have something for everyone, said Marissa Monteiro, the Library’s Outreach Librarian. “There will be music, there will be frivolity, there will be dancing, there will be bubbles, there will be kazoos, there will be flags,” Monteiro said. “I really hope that everybody comes in their most colorful outfits because I feel like during Pride Month it is not just about showing your true colors, it is about showing every color!” 

Teen Librarian Carey Conkey-Finn said she hopes people will come and have a good time.

La Festa Italiana Returns to Waltham Common

The following announcement was provided by the Italian American Alliance:

Cheers everyone! La Festa Italiana; The Italian Style Festival is returning this year to Waltham for an encore at 610 Main St. Waltham, MA 02452 (Waltham Common), Saturday, June 11, 2022 (rain date June 12th) from 10 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

It’s an enjoyable day, packed with fun events aimed at celebrating and promoting the ITALIAN culture and heritage. The live entertainment; food; crafters; children’s amusements, games and activities; music; dancing; etc. will provide an exciting day for everyone, young and old. The Italian American Alliance promotes mutual cooperation between its members and the community, while reinforcing the society’s common goals and preserving the historical significance and achievements of Italians and Italian Americans. 


Small Saves Has a Present for Mom in This Week’s Cartoon

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

New Rep’s New Voices Theatre Festival Features 3 Original Plays

The following information was provided by New Rep Theatre:

The first New Rep, New Voices Theatre Festival features three 20-minute plays that were selected out of over 150 plays during our March call for submissions. New Repertory Theatre presents the first New Rep, New Voices Theatre Festival, from May 21 through May 28 in the Black Box Theatre at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown. Tickets are $25 for Adults, $10 for Students and can be purchased at:

The Plays

AURORA by Ramón Esquivel

Featuring: Aliyah Harris & Lonnie Miller

The play takes place on an Autumn Night on the The Aurora Bridge in Seattle in 2010. Kai has come here to end their life, and Halen tries to stop the attempt. We learn that Halen committed suicide in the same spot two years earlier, and has reappeared to support Kai in this time of crisis. This play employs magical realism in an ultimately uplifting story about depression, grief, metaphysics, and the transcendent nature of love.