Learn more about our Patriotic Postcard Contest: Design what you think is patriotic and create on our postcard. Postcards are available at the Morse Institute Library / Children's Dept. and Natick Recreation and Parks Dept. Additionally, you can download the postcard pdf. Return your completed entry to the box at the Morse Institute or Recreation Dept. or mail to Natick Friends of the 4th of July, PO Box 27 Natick, MA 01760. Entries must be received by Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
Here is the flyer for the Natick Voice Competition and the Children's Parade which will happen on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm
Thank you to all of the team members who are working extremely hard behind the scenes to put this year's celebration together. I invite you to read the bio of Joe Landry, our 2017 Grand Marshal. Please note that our next meeting will be on June 15 at 7:00 pm.
Upcoming meeting reminder for this Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm. I am pleased to announce that Joe Landy will be the 2017 Grand Marshal. More details will be forthcoming.
Meeting Change notice: We will meet on Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm at the Cole Center, 179, Boden Lane.
The April showers have done their job and the May Flowers are arriving which means that the VOICE and the 4th of July Parade are getting closer.
Jones Drug update. We stopped in on Saturday to and saw Rich Peristere, a long time friend, and sadly he confirmed that Jones Drug was closing on Monday, April 24th.
We want to wish Rich all the best in retirement. A huge "thank you" to both Jones Drug and him not only for their support of the 4th of July Parade over the years, but the Town of Natick as well. They truly have been an institution in the town and will be sorely missed.
The end of another era,
The Red Sox have returned to Fenway Park, the Goldfinches have returned to the bird feeders and the flowers are slowly waking up in the flower beds, could it be the 4th of July festivities are not too far behind?
Yes, the parade will go on this year, but as with anything in life, some changes will be occurring:
THANK YOU BRUCE WEISBERG!
First and foremost, Bruce Weisberg, our current Fundraising Chairman, is retiring from Middlesex Savings Bank in June and will soon have his toes in the sand permanently in Florida. All of us owe Bruce a debt of gratitude for all that he has done over the past 17 years in support of the parade not only as Chairman of the “Natick Friends of the 4th” organizing committee but also the expert at raising the funds necessary to keep the parade as large as it is. “Congratulations!” and “Thank You!” Bruce, you will truly be missed!
SEARCH FOR NEW FUNDRAISING CHAIRMAN:
With Bruce’s retirement, we are now in search of a Fundraising Chairperson and would like to secure this person before Bruce moves on. If you would be interested, please contact me directly.
FAMILY NIGHT CANCELLATION:
It has been decided that we will not host Family Night this year due to the lack of volunteers needed to make it the successful event that it has been in the past. We, as a committee, will instead focus on “The VOICE on the Common Competition” (our 5th annual) and the 62nd edition of 4th of July Parade instead. We are grateful to Middlesex Savings Bank for their sponsorship of Family Night over the years and wish we could continue with it, but the lack of volunteer personnel makes it impossible.
HOWEVER, if you would like to organize the event to keep the tradition going and know of 35-40 people that would be willing to help you out, please contact me directly, there is still time to do it!
Happy Spring everyone!
Interested in participating in the 2017 Parade? Click to email Pat Destino
This year marks the 5th Annual Natick Voice. Registration is now open.
Our 2017 theme is Young at Heart!
Youth Wanted: Over the years, we have noticed that fewer youth have been involved in the Parade. This year we want to bring the youth back by and instituting a new youth award. Please visit our Youth Section for more information.
Thanks to Natick Pegasus, you can now see the parade online:
Peter Mundy, Chair 4/6/17
Articles from the Metrowest Daily News and the Natick Bulletin and Tab about the 2016 celebrations!
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