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ArtBeat festival will hit the streets, the Mobile Farmers Market begins, and a discussion on the Somerville Junction Park expansion



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ArtBeat to be inspired by the theme of “Pop!”

The Somerville Art Council (SAC) will be holding ArtBeat this summer, and the theme will be “Pop!”. Celebrating pop art, the festival will happen on July 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Davis Square. The rain date will be July 11. According to a press release, participants can “expect to see pops of color, eye-popping installations, and a whole lot of surprises popping up all over Davis Square.” There will be street closures, as in the past, but there will also be fewer traditional craft vendors on the streets, and instead, there will be more roaming performers. The organizers are hoping to inject some vibrancy, brightness, and inspiration through the celebration, according to the SAC website.

“It’s been a long, rough year, yet things are getting better and we’re all emerging from hibernation. By summer, we expect things to pop—artistic activity, street life, and optimism!” reads the SAC website. “We’re looking forward to business bustle, backyard barbecues, and popping in to visit friends and neighbors. Let’s celebrate all good things popping up—ideas, cultural trends, celebrations, flowers and new life. At this year’s ArtBeat Festival, expect pop-up performances, pop music (among other genres!), some eye-popping dance, a healthy dose of pop art, and just about anything else that might pop up.”

The schedule can be found here:

Mobile Farmers Market begins 2021 season

The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market begins its 2021 season on July 9. Customers will be able to buy fresh local produce, on Fridays and Saturdays, until October 16. The market will be offering a 50% discount for anyone who needs it and will be accepting cash, debit, credit, SNAP, P-EBT, WIC farmers market coupons, and senior farmers market coupons for payment. The Mobile Market is a traveling van that sets up food stands at various outdoor spaces throughout Somerville. Through the summer and fall, you can find the Mobile Market at the following locations:

  • Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Council on Aging/SCALE, 167 Holland Street
  • Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street
  • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon – North Street Housing Development, 24 North Street
  • Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Mystic Housing Development, near playground between 15B and 25B Memorial Road

Customers visiting the Davis Square and Union Square farmers markets will also be offered a $15 match up, if they are paying with SNAP and P-EBT. The Davis Square Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays between noon and 6 p.m., and the Union Square Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City hosts talk on Somerville Junction Park expansion and renovation

Mayor Joe Curtatone, Councilor Mark Niedergang, and City staff will be hosting a virtual community meeting with the goal of discussing proposed expansion and renovation of Somerville Junction Park. They will give an “overview of existing conditions, present conceptual ideas for potential future uses, and gather feedback from attendees,” according to the City of Somerville. It will take place on July 7 at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending can register at the following link:

The park would be expanded into a space that had been a parking lot for Cambridge Health Alliance. The parking lot has been closed off for use as a staging area to support GLX construction.

Fourth of July celebration lights up Trum Field

Somerville celebrated Independence Day on June 30, at Trum Field. Pictures by Ron Newman were taken and can be seen below:

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Shira Laucharoen is assistant director of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and assistant editor and staff reporter of the Somerville Wire.

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