There are many good reasons to choose Arlington as the place to call home, but this weekend in particular is one of the best! Arlingtonians love Patriots Day, no doubt about it, as do many of the local businesses which help fund the various festivities like the Parade.
You don't have to live here to join in on the fun, as a participant or a spectator, so take your pick for the list below or better yet why not do all three!
1. Sunday, April 17
8:45 AM – The 47th Annual Patriots’ Day Fun Race hosted by The Arlington Boys and Girls Club. Visit the Arlington Boys and Girls Club website for registration form and additional details.
2. Monday, April 19
Cycle, Chalk and Cheer with Arlington's "Ciclismo Classico" ! Here's an invitation from founder, Lauren Hefferon.
"Come join the Ciclismo Classico gang for the 10th Annual Chalk-the-Hill. This is a three-part event that includes cycling, chalk drawing and cheering at Boston's most famous sporting event: The Boston Marathon. Each year Ciclismo Classico gathers at the top of Heartbreak Hill (mile 21 of the race) to cheer and cover the course's most challenging stretch in colorful chalk messages.
Have you always wanted to watch the marathon? Do you have a friend who is running and want to show them your support? Are you a die-hard fan who stays on the sidelines from start to finish? Are you curious to experience the course by bicycle before the runners start?
Our fun Ciclismo Chalk-the-Hill has something for everyone! Be a part of Boston at its very finest and join thousands of cheering fans. We invite you to:
1. Cycle! This year we've added two early morning rides of the marathon route. There will be a 60-mile no-drop ride that will leave from the Starbucks in Arlington Center at 6:15 am and arrive in Hopkinton just before the marathon participants depart. You'll ride the gorgeous course closed to traffic all the way to Heartbreak Hill. The later ride will leave at 8 am at the corner of Commonwealth Ave. & Center St. in Newton and do a section of the course before returning to Heartbreak Hill (30 miles). From Heartbreak Hill, cyclists can ride back to Arlington with a Ciclismo guide or return home.
2. Chalk! From 9 am-10:30 am we will be handing out over 600 pieces of brightly colored chalk to fans on Heartbreak Hill. Our goal is to cover the hill with a rainbow of colorful messages. Bring the kids. Use your imagination and be ready to draw and write BIG. Almost every year a local TV station has filmed chalkers! Meet us at the top of Heartbreak Hill at 9 am (map). Don't be late, we have very little time before they close the hill.
3. Cheer! Come join the Heartbreak Hill Ciclismo Party and meet Ciclismo alumni and friends from all over the area. We'll have our Ciclismo tent set up from 8 am to 4 pm near the top of the hill. At our tent we'll have refreshments as well as markers and posters for you to make a poster for your favorite runner. This year the Ciclismo crew is cheering for CC team member and super athlete Natascia Armitage. (map)
No need to register in advance. Just come join the fun as we cycle, chalk and cheer on Marathon Monday.
For more information call 800-866-7314 or email email@example.com."
3. Sunday, April 18
2:00 PM – The Patriots’ Day Parade
"The annual Arlington Patriots' Day Parade will be held on Sunday April 17. The Shriner's are back, always a favorite, along with eight bands, the Wells Fargo Stage Wagon and many others joined by community groups. The parade will start at 2:00 p.m., at Brattle Street and Mass. Ave., and will march east on Mass. Ave. to Walgreens in East Arlington. Come out and celebrate Patriots' Day in the town that had the most action on that historic day." More information about the parade can be found on the Arlington Patriots Day Parade Committee website.
Enjoy the weekend,
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There are a number of open houses in Arlington MA on Sunday, June 6th and the weather's supposed to be gorgeous once again. So why not treat yourself to something fun after doing the serious work involved in buying a home or condo? Here are two excellent after-open house activities you can easily do in one afternoon. There's always something exciting going on in Arlington and Cambridge!
The Annual Greek Festival at Saint Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church will continue through Sunday, from 11am to 8pm. Held rain or shine - just look for the happy crowd under the big tent! Lots of wonderful food and pastries will be available, as well as rides for the kids and Greek dancing lessons! What a great way to spend the first Sunday in June! Just stop by 4 Appleton St. in Arlington to enjoy this excellent community event for yourself!
For more info, check out the Arlington Greek Festival's Fan page on Facebook or pay a direct visit to the Greek Festival website, which includes a schedule of events. If you are interested in seeing a short video clip of Saturday's events, visit Steve Katsos's recent video posting of it on Youtube.
And speaking of Youtube, you should check out this cute video of the Red-tailed Hawks who've setup their nest high above Fresh Pond circle. If you feel like checking them out for yourself after the Greek Festival, bring your binoculars and head on over to the Freshpond Shopping Mall parking lot. Even the hawks seem to know Cambridge and Arlington are now officially green and eco-friendly Communities!
You can get more information by visiting our Avenue 3 Real Estate community pages for Arlington MA and Cambridge MA. While there, don't forget to sign up for our real estate newsletter, The Week in Review, so you can stay on top of all the latest real estate market statistics in our area.
Until next time, Peace!
Arlington, MA continues to be a desirable place to call home. In the last month alone, 51 properties (28 Singles, 19 Condos and 4 Multi-families) were put under-agreement, pretty impressive in this market. These numbers are not surprising to those of us who reside in the town. Most residents will tell you that Arlington has what they need to live a convenient, safe and exciting lifestyle.
The town features easy access to Boston via highways 128 & 93, public transportation, great restaurants, an excellent school system, a variety of housing styles, and involved citizens! Something is always happening, a restaurant opening, a debate on the widening of Mass. Ave., a cultural event at the Arlington Center for the Arts or the approval of a new CVS next to the High School; and even a petition going around by a resident who wants to raise hens in her backyard; and the list goes on.
So if you think this is the place you want to drop anchor, we suggest the following:
1. Familiarize yourself with the town, its neighborhoods and its resources.
2. Attend Sunday Open Houses around town taking note of the asking prices of the homes you're visiting in relation to style, condition and neighborhood.
3. Speak to a Mortgage Professional, get pre-approved for a mortgage and have that document in hand.
4. Find a knowledgeable real estate professional, an Avenue 3 Buyer Agent that can offer sound guidance starting with your search process all the way to the closing table.
5. Know the Arlington market. Sign-up with Avenue 3 for daily property updates for the information you'll need in an active and competitive market. Each day you'll be updated with the newly listed properties that fit your personal criteria as well as the recently closed (sold?) properties with their asking price and sale price.
The only real navigating tool you need is knowledge and, with the support of Avenue 3, you'll find yourself with an Arlington address, dining at a restaurant on Mass. Ave and attending a selectman or school committee meeting!
Arlington Additional Resources:
The Town of Arlington Web Site
Massachusetts Residents Report
Arlington Community Web Site
Avenue 3 Community Resources for Arlington, Boston and Metro West