Hundreds Get in the Holiday Spirit at Watertown’s Tree Lighting

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Tree Lighting and other activities drew a crowd at the Commander’s Mansion. Hundreds of children and their parents flocked to the Commander’s Mansion Saturday evening for the Watertown Tree Lighting. One lucky family was selected in a raffle to turn on the lights on the Christmas tree set up outside the Mansion. The winning ticket was selected by the Mayor of Whoville, played by City Council President Mark Sideris. The winning family was escorted over to the light switch next to the tree by a parade led by the Tuba Guy.

Visit the Whoville Jubilee and the Watertown Tree Lighting at the Commander’s Mansion

The City of Watertown and its sponsors presents The Whoville Jubilee and Official Watertown Tree Lighting! Come visit the grounds of the Commander’s Mansion for a jolly night of holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.! This will be an indoor and outdoor walking experience. Your Whoville Passport will make sure you don’t miss a moment of merrymaking!

Mosesian Center Welcomes Writers & Musicians for Earfull Series, Group that Melds Hip Hop & Other Genres

The Mosesian Center for the Arts provided the following announcement:

While the Mosesian Center for the Arts building remains closed for renovation, the arts center continues to produce live, in-person events on the grounds of the Commander’s Mansion at the Arsenal on the Charles. On July 14 and August 4, two Earfull events takes the stage—and both are nearly sold out. Since the early 2000’s, Boston musician and author Jen Trynin, and bookstore connoisseur Tim Huggins, have been hosting the series, bringing together the worlds of writers and musicians. They prove that, given the right environment, Book People will love the experience of live music, and Rock People will realize how cool it is to hear great authors reading their work aloud. On July 28, STL GLD performs with Regie Gibson.

Watertown Veterans Gather In-Person to Commemorate Memorial Day

Charlie BreitroseWatertown veterans salute the Flag during the playing of the National Anthem at the Memorial Day Observance. Memorial Day 2021 in Watertown had more of a normal feeling than last year, with veterans able to gather in person and pay tribute to those who gave their lives serving their country. While the parade was cancelled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Town’s Memorial Day Observance took place under a tent next to the Commander’s Mansion. “I think the community and everyone else has learned a crash course in what veterans call improvise, adapt and overcome,” said Watertown Veterans Services Officer Patrick George. Last year, members of the Shutt Detachment of the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and AmVets organized the place flags on graves of veterans and place wreaths at memorials around Watertown despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Watertown Memorial Day Ceremony Moving to Commander’s Mansion

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Police and Fire honor guards stand at attention during the Memorial Day Ceremony. For 2021, Watertown will commemorate Memorial Day at the Commander’s Mansion, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31. The annual parade was cancelled due to concerns with COVID-19, but the ceremony held afterward will take place, said Watertown Veterans Services Officer Patrick George. The weather prompted a change of venues for the ceremony. “It was going to be at Victory Field, because the bleachers would allow people to space out,” George said.

Volunteers Wanted for Commander’s Mansion’s “Whoville Jaunt”

The following information was provided by the Watertown Commander’s Mansion:

Jaunt on by to find out why you should come & play. Volunteer to be a “who”, the Grinch will be with you.  So will Santa – sans his sleigh! The Commander’s Mansion will be hosting The Whoville Jaunt — a Dr. Seuss themed/drive-through evening with lights, music and a food pantry donation zone! Join us for an informational evening and find out how you can get involved.