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'Circle the Square' to Bring Arts, Music, Food to Medford Square

New event will run every third Thursday through October, starting this week.

This report uses information from a press release provided by Medford's Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy:

A new monthly program starting this week will bring music and arts to Medford Square through October.

On the third Thursday of each month between July and October Circle the Square will bring music, art, food trucks, activities and other free entertainment to Medford Square.

The program created by CACHE, the Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy in Medford, and it's designed to make Medford Square a destination and make local entertainment accessible to all. It kicks off this Thursday, July 19. It runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Medford Square is an incredibly unique and beautiful region of our city with many spaces that lend themselves perfectly to entertainment opportunities.”  CACHE Programs Manager Allie Fiske said in a written statement.  “Programs like this have proven to be extremely successful in communities such as New Bedford, Pittsfield, and Jamaica Plain, and we’re excited to bring that momentum to our community and get people out and enjoy the talents and resources in their own backyards.”

Circle the Square will take place on July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18.  A unique line-up of programs each month will take place in a variety of locations around the Square, including the plaza near the Salem Street Burial Grounds, the parking lot of Members Plus Credit Union, the newly renovated greenway by Clippership Drive, the walking bridge by Shipyard Way, Sloane Square in front of Century Bank, and the steps in front of City Hall.

Circle the Square is currently seeking musicians, dancers, theater groups, artists, and other performers to provide programming during any of the Circle the Square events.  In addition, the group is also seeking volunteers to help with the operations of each event. For more information about Circle the Square including a schedule of events, and how you can get involved, visit www.circlethesquare.org.

A schedule of events this Thursday can be found here.

ella watson July 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM
To The Organizers Of Circle In The Square: You State That The Use Of The "the parking lot of Members Plus Credit Union" Will Be Used To Provide Local Entertainment.. Is Brilliant. It Shows Exactly What We Need To Prove Our Point...That Even With The Added Parking Needed For Events In The City..We Don't And Won't Need The Mayor's "Proposed Garage." Thank You To All The Organizers..Groups And Business Owners Involved In Bringing "Circle In The Square" To The City Of Medford. It Will Be Effortless Now... To Prove Once And For All That.. "We Don't Need Or Want The Mayors "Proposed Garage" In Medford Square." Even Organizers Of The Majority Of Events Throughout The City And Throughout The Years Don't Need The Mayors " Proposed Garage"...And Can Also Give Up A Dozen "Parking Spaces" At The Credit Union Location Approximately 100 Ft. From The Mayors "Proposed Garage Location." ...:::To The Mayor And The City Council Members, The People have Spoken..And With The Help Of All The ..."circle in the square " Cache Organizers Have Spokened..“Medford Square is an incredibly unique and beautiful region of our city with many spaces that lend themselves perfectly to entertainment opportunities.”....with plenty of parking spaces.. we don't and won't even need the parking spaces we have. To Cache...All The Citizens That Opposed The Garage Thank You. Just goes to show that "A Parking Garage
ella watson July 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Could Cache or anyone else provide some links to the "circle in the square" That are happening in Pittsfield, Jamaica Plains and New Bedford to get some Ideas, on what made success for those city/towns. I have been unable to find anything..even searching on google for "circle in the square" Pittsfiend, Jamaica Plains...Found something on Aha ..New Bedford.
raymay July 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The events in the different cities have different names, they are not called "Circle the Square." Pittsfield's version is called "3rd Thursday": http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_departments/arts_and_culture/3rd_thursdays_is_back_in_2012.htm New Bedford's version is called "AHA" as you found: http://newbedford360.com/local-guide/aha-12.html Jamaica Plain's version is called "First Thursday:" http://www.jpcentresouthmainstreets.org/first-thursday.php
ella watson July 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Raymay, Thank you for the links. Very interesting information. Medford should do well. With us having the mystic river and all our history in medford. Circle in the square should do just fine. I love the concept. Maybe an indoor version in the winter months. Should be fun for all. Tomorrow folks from 4pm.-8pm. Food,music,fun.

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