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Event schedule, booths (.PDF)

Thousands of people turned out under mostly sunny skies on Saturday, Sept. 21, to celebrate Town Day, a town tradition since 1976.

Town  Night was held Friday, Sept. 20, and included fireworks.

The day of music, food, exhibits and more with 340 vendors celebrated Arlington along Mass. Ave. between Pleasant and Jason streets. This area and access to Mass. Ave. from adjoining side streets were closed to vehicles.

The Walter V. Moynihan Town Day Road Race was held Sept. 21. The 2.7-mile race began at 8:30 a.m. along the Minuteman Bike Trail.

Trophies were awarded to the top male and female finishers in multiple divisions.

Town to demo New online budget tool

As part of the continuing effort to improve transparency in government, town employees have been developing a new online tool that allows residents to view financial information and see how their tax dollars are spent.

The town invited residents to see Arlington Visual Budget (AVB) in action at Town Day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium. Members of the development team will be on hand to introduce AVB and to give you an opportunity to test the new interactive, online tool.

AVB is a fresh way to view Arlington’s financial information. The tool is intended to provide the public with a visual representation of the town’s financial history and outlook, as well as illustrate key trends. AVB allows users to dive into the budget as they never before using graphics to more easily understand how tax dollars are spent.

The town plans to launch the feature later this year.

Calendar to aid public art

The Chairful Where You Sit 2014 calendar was on sale at Town Day for $10 featuring many of this year's wonderful artworks. Proceeds will help fund future programming of Arlington Public Art. 

Art on the Green! Art Festival and Museum Raffle

The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum was host to its annual Art on the Green! art and craft festival, in front of the museum in Whittemore Park ( Mass. Ave. and Mystic Street).

Area artists will exhibit and sell their works in front of the museum. Offerings included fabric art (quilts/hand-painted/knits/felted), handmade jewelry, letterpress cards and invitations, small paintings and collages, ceramics, photography, notecards, soaps, and sports memorabilia.

Dick Haley Booksellers was host to several local authors for book signings, Arlington Center for the Arts will had a public art tent and the Dallin Museum sold merchandise including Arlington cotton blankets, museum magnets, T-shirts, mugs, and posters. Free parking is available on Town Day in the municipal parking lot behind the museum.

A raffle to support the Dallin Museum’s educational programming took place at Art on the Green. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance online at or in person at the museum. Tickets can also be purchased on Town Day at the museum’s tent in Whittemore Park.

Prizes include $100 cash, merchandise donated by local businesses, and hand crafted wares from participating artists. Donations from the following businesses and artists were among the raffle prizes: Acitron, Anton’s Cleaners, Art Beat, Art Wear, Chilly Cow, Coyote Impressions, Book Rack, Jam ‘n Java, J. R. Burke’s Salon, Giles Wine & Spirits, Menotomy Grill & Tavern, Menotomy Beer & Wine, Not Your Average Joes, Play Time, Punjab, Quebrada, Something Sweet Without Wheat, Starbucks, Wild Child, Wow Blast Fitness, and artist Aileen McElroy.

The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Visit for more information.

Spy Ponder football

The AHS Football Team sold Richie's Slush, bottled water, candy, Football Helmet Lamps, and Arlington SpyPonder T-shirts.

AHS girls' field, ice hockey

The AHS girls' field hockey team sold caramel apples.
The AHS girls' ice hockey team sold fall plants, including pumpkins and mums.  The team also sold hot dogs, chips and bottled water.

This story was first published Thursday, May 2, 2013, and updated Sept. 22.