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Throwback Thursday: Labor Day Weekend and the End of Summer

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 03, 2015 @ 12:46 PM

Fall officially begins on September 23rd, but we all know that the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day Weekend. For those who get to take Monday off in observance of the federal holiday, it is the last chance to enjoy a short vacation and say goodbye to the beach. Our Throwback Thursday image is of hundreds of people enjoying Nantasket Beach in the early 1900s.

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Throwback Thursday: Fun at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 01:03 PM

As summer starts to draw to a close, there a few weeks left to enjoy some of Massachusetts's local watering holes. One of those spots is Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield. This natural lake has been used by residents since Puritan settlers found the area in the mid 1600s. You can see here, that even back in the early 1900s, people spent time at the shore during the hot summer days.

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Throwback Thursday: The Marshfield Fair

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

Today’s Throwback Thursday post isn’t a picture but an event. THE event for those who live in Southeastern Massachusetts. Tomorrow, The Marshfield Fair opens for the 147th time! From August 21st through the 30th, the fairgrounds will be open for people to enjoy carnival rides, play games, snack on fair food, check out a petting zoo, listen to music, watch animal competitions, and more. Plus, the annual demolition derby, which is always a crowd favorite.

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Throwback Thursday: Hudson Balloon Festival

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

This weekend, the Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge invites everyone to the Hudson-Concord Elks Pavilion on Saturday to enjoy the annual Balloon and Blues Festival. Hot air balloons have been flying above the Assabet River almost every year for the last ten years. Wicked Local captured this photo from the 2006 event.

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Throwback Thursday: Saugus Iron Works

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 01:55 PM

You may not know this, but Saugus, Massachusetts is home to the nation’s oldest iron works. In 1645, Richard Leader sailed from England and set up shop on the Saugus River and one year later opened for business. The iron works created horseshoes, saw blades, nails, wagon wheels, other tools, and was considered to be state of the art (for the mid 17th century). However, despite success and acclaim it was forced to close in 1670 and was lost as nature slowly grew over the site.

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Throwback Thursday: Main Street in Newburyport, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

From time to time, we like to share a “Main Street” image from the past to honor and celebrate how important local businesses are to each one of our communities. Today’s “Your Main Street” photo is of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Published in 1906, this image shows Newburyport’s Market Square full of small and independent businesses that served the town in the early 20th century.

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Throwback Thursday: Town House Square - Marblehead, MA

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 12:38 PM

Settled in 1629, Marblehead is one of the oldest towns in the Commonwealth. It’s also one of the best places north of Boston to shop, eat and enjoy the outdoors. One of the signature landmarks of the town is Town House Square, which prominently features Marblehead’s Old Town House. Built in 1727, the building has been used for over 250 years as a place for debate and discussion. It is still used for a meeting space and as a museum for the Marblehead Police Department. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, Town House Square has been an important part of Marblehead’s history.

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Throwback Thursday - Beach Life in Scituate

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 12:22 PM

This weekend looks to be a great time for you to pack-up some sandwiches and soda, grab a towel and sunblock, and head to the beach. You probably spent a lot of time thinking about the perfect beach day this previous winter, when you were trapped indoors by the record snowfall. You’re not alone. Now that summer is in full swing, people are swarming the beaches to enjoy the ocean and the sun. It’s actually something that Massachusetts residents have been doing for generations.

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Throwback Thursday: The Cape Cod Baseball League

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

In the summer, Cape Cod becomes a vacation destination for people who want to enjoy the beautiful beaches, shop in seaside towns and taste fresh seafood. It also is a great place to watch amateur baseball. The Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), founded in 1885, invites the best collegiate players from around the nation to participate in the three month summer league. Players live with host families, get jobs in their town to learn about the community and help teach baseball fundamentals to boys and girls.

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Throwback Thursday - Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 01:44 PM

We want to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. As you’re celebrating this weekend, make sure to support the local businesses in your town. Go to local butchers to buy your steaks and hamburgers. Visit independent grocers to purchase plates, cups, napkins, and snacks. Before you go to the beach, pick up some sunblock from your local pharmacy.

This weekend, while you are celebrating the nation’s independence, take time and celebrate your community's businesses too.

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