Selectboard logo, May 20, 2019
On outdoor dining, 'we'll have an update soon.'
-- Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine

 UPDATED, March 28: With warm weather on the way, the town is preparing a framework to allow outdoor performances this year.

“This framework recognizes the arts-and-culture community, which has been hard hit by the pandemic. As soon as it’s safe and practical, it will allow the arts community to get back into the community,” Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine told the Select Board on Monday, March 22.

The plan -- developed jointly by the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture and the Arlington Economic Development Recovery Task Force - was unanimously received by the Select Board that night.

“However, we need to go through a few more paces with the Board of Health and Park & Recreation Commission before getting approval. We’ll iron out these details in the next week or two and then bring it back to the Select Board,” added Chapdelaine. See the draft proposals >>

“We’re working to get outdoor dining up and running with the nicer weather, and will have an update soon,” said Chapdelaine. 

Lawn signs promote Blue Jean Ball 

Meanwhile, be on the lookout for lawn signs advertising the Arlington Center for the Arts’ (ACA) annual Blue Jean Ball, held virtually this year. For more, click here >>

Blue Jean Ball image

“Our goal is to promote awareness in the hope that people then go home and buy tickets,” said Tom Formicola, ACA executive director. 

To publicize this year’s April 10 virtual fund-raiser, 20 lawns signs are placed in well-trafficked areas of town, as unanimously approved by the Select Board. 

Locations for the 18 - by 24-inch signs include Arlington Center along Mass. Ave., Uncle Sam Plaza, the Minuteman Bikeway and when entering the town from Cambridge and Lexington.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Blue Jean Ball will feature live music, dancing, awards and a silent auction. This year’s theme is “Our Town,” celebrating Arlington’s many treasured elements. 

“The Blue Jean Ball is something we look forward to every year. It’s one of the premiere events at Town Hall, and hope it can be held there next year,” said Board Chair John Hurd.

See the ACMi video of the March 22 meeting:


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This news summary, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published Wednesday, March 24, 2021, and updated March 28, to add ACMi window.