Historical Society Hosting Open House at Historic Home, Unveiling New Features

Charlie BreitroseThe Edmund Fowle House, home to the Historical Society of Watertown, will reopen in October. Here, the house hosts the Treaty Day celebration. The Historical Society of Watertown will reopen the Edmund Fowle House for the first time since the pandemic shutdown. To celebrate the group is hosting an open house where the house’s new features can be seen. The Fowle House dates back to 1772, it served as the headquarters of the executive branch of the Massachusetts government from July, 1775 to September, 1776.

Watertown Community Fridge Now Open, Give or Take Food for Free 24/7

Watertown Community FridgeThe Watertown Community Fridge, located outside Francis Market. The Watertown Community Fridge officially opened this week, and people can take or leave food at the free community resource. The fridge is located in a shed outside of Francis Market, 1084 Belmont St. in Watertown. Organizers said people have already made use of the fridge.

Charles River Group Makes Case for Removing Watertown Dam During Public Tour

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Dam near Watertown Square slows the flow of the Charles River. A group is advocating removing the dam. Around 50 people showed up Saturday morning to hear about a proposal to remove the Watertown Dam, and restore the area to how it was before the first dam was put there in the 1600s. The Charles River Watershed Association organized the tour, and the group is advocating for the dam to be removed to allow more fish and wildlife to travel up and down the Charles River, and also because it poses a risk of failure in a major storm, said CRWA Executive Director Emily Norton. The first dam in the area of the current Watertown Dam was a grist mill built in 1634 by early colonists.

October at the Library: Chinese Acrobats, Music, Car Maintenance and More

See Chinese acrobatics at the Watertown Library in October. The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

Welcome to fall! We have a full calendar of children’s programs coming up including Chinese Acrobatics, Music with Matt Heaton, and Baby Story Time. Front Lawn Story Time will continue outside on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 AM. 

Also this month, Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme is back by popular demand to offer A Deeper Dive Into Car Ownership. Teens will get a chance to learn Special Effects Makeup and Gore just in time for Halloween. For Children

Music with Matt HeatonSaturday, 10/16 | 10 AM | In the Library | Matt Heaton plays kid-friendly, original folk and surf-inspired songs with a few re-worked hits. Come early and sing along! Registration required.   

WFPL Presents Chinese AcrobaticsSaturday, 10/30 | 11 AM | In the Library | Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, foot juggling, and more!

Three New Restaurants Opening in Watertown, One Changing Management

Flavor Boom!Some of the dishes served up at Flavor Boom!, a new restaurant on Arsenal Street. The restaurant scene in Watertown is brimming with life, with the addition of three restaurants. Plus, an established eatery is changing hands. The three independent restaurants are on or near Arsenal Street, one features barbecue, another serves Central American and Mexican dishes, and a third has a variety of flavorful dishes from around the globe. Flavor Boom!

Tour the Charles River Near Watertown Square and Learn About a Proposal to Remove the Watertown Dam

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Dam near Watertown Square slows the flow of the Charles River. A group is advocating removing the dam. A group that has been studying the removal the Watertown Dam to improve the environment for fish and to protect against a potential failure will give a public tour of the area on Saturday. The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Watershed Association:

Watertown Dam Site Walk – Saturday, October 2nd, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the Watertown Dam Overlook Parking at DCR Dealtry Pool Lot, 64 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA. Come for a walk along the Charles River Reservation and learn about the opportunities to remove the Watertown Dam to improve fish passage, climate resilience, and eliminate the threat of dam failure.

Watertown Church Invites Public to Blessing of the Animals

Church of the Good Shepherd. The following announcement was provided by the Church of the Good Shepherd:

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites all animal lovers to join us for the 2021 Blessing of the Animals. 

All animals and their people — including pets, stuffed animals, and photos of pets (the dearly departed or who can’t be present) — are welcome to join us for a special blessing by the Reverend Andrew Goldhor. This annual ritual observing the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held twice this year: outside the church on Sunday, October 3 at 12 noon (after the 10 a.m. worship service), and indoors on Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m. (prior to the Hidden Brook contemplative prayer service). At the indoor blessing people will be masked and observe social distancing.