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Moonlight Beach Party at the Res!!

Moonlight Beach Party

Join us on Saturday, July 26th for a fun filled evening of music, dancing, food, drink, live auction and raffles.

The Arlington Reservoir beach will be transformed into a paradise under the stars! Enjoy a fun adult evening with a special catered dinner as we raise funds and awareness for Arlington parks.

The event will take place from 7 pm to 11 pm and tickets must be purchased prior to the event.

Tickets are $65 each or $120 per couple.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Arlington Recreation Department and the Arlington Park Alliance. For more information about the Arlington Parks Alliance (APA), visit

Thanks to Joe Connelly for setting this up!

Shakespeare in the Park fundraiser, Tues 6/17/14

Join us for a Shakespeare in the Park Party & Fundraiser for this year’s Shakespeare in the Park Performances:

Tuesday, June 17, 7:30 at the Kickstand Café.  We’re having twinkly lights, wine, food, entertainment, and raffle prizes including season tickets to American Repertory Theater!!

Arlington Children’s Theater will perform scenes from “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” and our special guest Jeannette Hawley (Costume Shop Manager for ART) will be sharing behind-the-scenes stories and secrets from ART’s current, magical (and entirely sold-out!) “Tempest,” including tales of working with Teller on the play’s magic elements.

Suggested donation is $25 to support Shakespeare in the Park.  I really hope you can come!!!


A public art exhibition will be held on the Jason Street field from Saturday, May 3rd to Monday, May 26th, with an opening reception to be held on Sunday May 4th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The temporary outdoor sculptures will “serve to engage the public in considering the relationship between art and the environment“. We are deeply grateful to local artist and public art proponent Adria Arch, organizer of this innovative event.


Once again Tai Chi classes will be held on the Jason Street Field cul-de-sac this spring. Boston martial artist Dorri Li will be teaching classes on two mornings:

Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30 am à May 1st through June 19th

Saturdays 9:30 – 10:30 am à May 3rd through June 21st         FREE

The Thursday classes cost $48 for the eight-week session. The Saturday classes are FREE and sponsored by the Friends. You can register for either or both classes at 


Volunteer workers are needed to help with invasive plant removal on the following workdays this year:

Saturday, April 26th – 10:00 – noon

Saturday, June 21st – 10:00 – noon

Saturday, September 20th   – 10:00 – noon

Sunday, October 19th – 10:00 – noon

Saturday, November 15th – 2:00 – 4:00


Sunday, July 13th at 5:00 pm

The Arlington Center for the Arts, with support from FoMRP & FoRF, has engaged The New Rep summer troupe to perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Mark your calendars!

Spooky Walk 2013!

Spooky Walk 2013!

Saturday, October 26, at 6:30pm

Spooooky Walk is coming! When darkness descends on Saturday October 26, put the kids in the costumes and head over to Menotomy Rocks Park. You’ll see spine-tingling stations along the candle-lit path around the pond, and   finish up with donuts on the Jason Street field. Entrance will be at the Jason Street gate, and please bring a flashlight.

If you want to exorcise your creative spirit and set up a spooky, but family-friendly area, please let us know. The more spooky areas, the more fun the event. Be as bare bones or elaborate as you want. Set up time starts at 3:00 that afternoon.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Carol Band ( or Judy Weinberg (


Volunteer Work Day

Sunday October 20th, 1-3pm

Last year, with the help of a local Girl Scout troop and other volunteers, we started to tackle the invasive ENGLISH IVY that has migrated from adjacent yards into the Park. We’d like to take a second stab at that. The major problem is in the woods on the Spring St./Old Spring St. side of the Park. The ivy is climbing up the trees, and will eventually kill them.

We’ll meet at 1:00 at the Jason St. entrance and walk to this area. If you are able to come after 1:00, please look for us in the woods in the Old Spring St. area.

Please wear work gloves and old clothes. Loppers and pruning shears would be helpful. Thanks so much for your help.

Volunteer Work Day

SUNDAY, JUNE 16th  10:00 am – noon

Hopefully, everything will have dried out by Sunday —  and once again, we’ll be working on removing and cutting back INVASIVE PLANTS in the Hills Pond area – on the banks of the pond and on the adjacent hillsides.

Please wear work gloves and old clothes and bring a lopper, pruners, saws.

Thanks so much for your help.

Wisteria in full bloom at the park.