2024 Watertown Pride Events Include Parade & Tipsy Tea Party

The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

Plans are underway for Pride Month in Watertown! Please visit the city’s official Pride website at WatertownPride.com for upcoming event details and sponsorship opportunities. More community events will be added as they are announced.  

Watertown Pride 2024: Loud, Proud, Island-Bound will be held on Sunday, June 2 from 12 to 5 p.m. It is an inclusive, all-ages event that celebrates our LGBTQIA+ communities. The event will kick off with a parade at noon beginning at the Moxley parking lot leading to a festival at Saltonstall Park. 

Watertown Pride 2024: A Tipsy Tea Party is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Commander’s Mansion (440 Talcott Avenue). This is a ticketed event for guests ages 21 and up. Head to the Watertown Pride website to purchase your ticket today!  Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be capped at 200 guests. We are also seeking local eateries to provide “brunch bites” during this event.  

More information on both events can be found on the Watertown Pride website. Contact info@watertownpride.com if you have details to share on this website about Pride community events in Watertown.

Poppy Social Returns to Commander’s Mansion, Bricks in Freedom Garden Available

The following announcement is provided by the Watertown Veterans’ Services Department and the Commander’s Mansion:

Watertown Veterans’ Services and the Commander’s Mansion are excited to announce the details for this year’s Poppy Social! This event is open to the public and features an Open House at the Commander’s Mansion on Friday, May 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and a guided tour of the mansion will take place at 11:00 a.m.   

Engraved bricks to honor your military loved ones are available for purchase prior to the event.  The memorialized bricks will be showcased in the Freedom Garden located on the Commander’s Mansion grounds. 

The botanical garden, where flowers and plants consistently bloom throughout the seasons and serves as a habitat for butterflies and bees, features an honorarium wall of bricks to pay tribute to the stories of our Veterans, many with ties to the Watertown community. Please visit www.commandersmansion.com/bricks for the order form and more information. All brick orders are due by March 1st. 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, May 24th for the Poppy Social! 

Watertown Inauguration Taking Place at the Commander’s Mansion

Watertown’s Commander’s Mansion. The public is invited to attend Watertown’s inauguration ceremony at the Commander’s Mansion on Jan. 2. 2024. The newly elected members of the City Council, School Committee, and the Board of Library Trustees will be sworn in at the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. The historic mansion is located at 440 Talcott Ave., off of Arsenal Street.

Whoville Jubilee & Tree Lighting Returns to the Commander’s Mansion

The Commander’s Mansion sent out the following announcement:

Join us for Watertown’s Fourth Annual Whoville Jubilee & Official Tree Lighting on Saturday December 2nd 2023 from 5:30-8:00 PM at the Commander’s Mansion! Cheermeister parade and tree lighting will take place at 7 PM! We will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots the WPD Whooley Foundation! Join us for family friendly activities including:

– Holiday bazaar- Photos with Santa, the Grinch and Max!- Train ride- Kids crafts- Story time- Live performances- Sweet treats… And more!

Watertown Hosting Senior Health & Wellness Fair This Week

On Nov. 15, 2023, the Watertown Department of Senior Services will host the Health and Wellness Fair at the Commander’s Mansion. The event includes free presentations, fitness demonstrations, health screens, a raffle, giveaway as and many vendors! The event takes place from noon to 3 p.m., and doors open at 11:40 p.m. Seating is limited, and the event is wheel chair accessible with a elevator. Watertown’s Commander’s Mansion is located at 440 Talcott Ave., Watertown, MA 02472

See the list of events and vendors below:

Vendors Wanted for Watertown Senior Health & Wellness Fair

The following information was provided by the Watertown Department of Senior Services:

Calling all local healthcare, wellness, nutrition and fitness professionals and organizations! There is still time to be part of a senior health extravaganza like no other! We cordially invite you to join us for our sensational Senior Health and Fitness Fair. The best part? Tables are absolutely free, and participation won’t cost you a dime!

Freedom Garden to Break Ground at Watertown’s 2nd Annual Poppy Picnic

The City of Watertown invites the public to come to the Commander’s Mansion on May 27 for the Second Annual Poppy Picnic! Grab your picnic blanket and join us on May 27th, 2022, to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend! There will be music, food trucks, kids’ games, crafts, story time, adaptive game demos, military vehicles, a donation station, and the groundbreaking for The Freedom Garden. At the picnic, Operation American Soldier will be accepting donations of non-perishable goods to send to our troops. With each donation, you will be entered for a chance to receive an engraved memorial brick to dedicate to a friend or family member for no additional charge.

Freedom Garden Planned to Honor Veterans, City Puts Out Call for Sign to Mark Spot

Charlie BreitroseThe Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. Watertown veterans will be honored with a new garden to be planted next to the Commander’s Mansion, and the City has put out a call for bids to create a sign to go with the garden. The garden includes not just flowers and plants, but also memorial bricks to honor veterans, and a sign. Watertown Public Arts & Culture Planner Liz Helfer put out a call for bids to create a sign for the new garden. “The city’s first call for public art is live!