Things To Do

The Great Pumpkin - Facts & Tips on Pumpkin Picking & Decorations

From lattes to chapstick and even pizza, the pumpkin spice craze has hit an all-time high this fall. But long before there was pumpkin pie, Growing up in the area, Suzanne and Company wanted to share with you some fun facts about pumpkins, the best local farms, and patches, as well as some of our favorite fall and pumpkin decorating tips.

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Greater Bedford's Best Places to Go Apple Picking

Autumn in New England means the return of football season, colorful foliage, fairs, and delicious, crispy, local apples. Whether you crave the sweet crunch of a Honey Crisp apple, the juicy sweet flavor and vivid red color of a local favorite, the Macintosh apple, or love the Cortland apple, ideal for an apple pie or apple crisp, apple

picking is a quintessential New England fall favorite activity.

                                                                                            There is something special about packing the family into the car for an afternoon at a local orchard with its sweet, alluring scent, trees filled with ripe red fruit, bags overloaded with the best apples to bring home and a sampling or two of the apples direct from the trees! And, let’s face it, there are few things better than biting into a crisp, sweet, perfectly juicy apple!

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Labor "Stay"cation Ideas!

Labor Day weekend is the last unofficial day of the summer (it actually ends on Friday, September 22nd), the kids are back to school and the temperatures have already started to cool so you want to do something fun this Labor Day to bid farewell to the summer of

2017.

While it may seem like everyone has headed to the Cape, the mountains or Maine, why not stay home and celebrate the three-day weekend at home?

Here are a few ideas for stay-at-home ways to enjoy Labor Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day Celebrations and Parades

t’s Memorial Day weekend and in the Greater Boston area that means somewhere within driving (or walking distance) you can watch a parade.  No matter your age, it is almost impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of marching bands, colorful floats, local youth groups throwing candy, waving dignitaries and ear shattering, siren [...]

Things to do for February School Vacation in and near Bedford, MA

Wow! February school vacation totally snuck up on me!! I'm still recovering from the Patriots epic Super Bowl victory!

 

If you've already got your plane tickets and hotel reservations set for your family's favorite sunny or snowy spot, I wish you safe travels and loads of fun. If, on the other hand, you're more like me, and you've got no idea what you're gonna do with the kids for a whole week (Wait, didn't they just have two snow days? Doesn't that count??), here are some ideas to get you on your way without busting your budget:

 

This past Sunday's Boston Globe had a great article with reminders that this can be a great time to get outside and explore! The snow we've gotten over the past week or so completely changes the landscape, making even familiar places look and feel new. Some top sources for ideas: the Appalachian Mountain Club, The Trustees of Reservations, and the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

 

And now that there's actual snow on the ground, snow shoeing at Gore Place in Waltham and cross country skiing at the Weston Ski Track are two of my favorite winter outdoor activities.

 

If you're looking to stay closer to home and (mostly) indoors, Bedford Kids has a great list of local activities including arts & crafts, music, storytimes, and much more.

 

With such an abundance of options and opportunities, it can be hard to even remember all of the options. Thankfully MassVacation.com has thoughtfully highlighted exhibits, openings, and performances throughout the state, organized by region so you can easily plan to stay local or explore an unknown corner of our great state!

 

And it doesn't have to break the bank to have some fun while the kids are out of school. Besides the regional listings, MassVacation.com also includes a handy list of 50 activities that cost under $50 for a family of four or two adults. Hmmmm, I wonder if I can find someone to watch the kids after the Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory tour so the hubby and I can check out one of the Cape Cod beer tours??

 

What do you and your family have planned? Got any great tips? Please share! 

 

Wishing you a heart-warming time with the kids, regardless of the temperature or the weather!

 

Things to Do In January In & Around Bedford MA

The holidays are behind us, the kids are back in school, and the gray days and dark nights of Winter are upon us. While it may be tempting to snuggle under an afghan and hide out at home, there are still plenty of things to do to energize and entertain you and the kids.

Here are some highlights:

Places To Skate

If you're not already spending all your time at an ice rink while one of your kids plays hockey, here are some great places to practice your double axel, including my favorite — Frog Pond on the Boston Common.

Sat., January 14

Blast-off Saturday with Concord Family Network

A morning of space exploration through crafts — make a telescope, a rocket that actually blasts off, and star constellations out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks.

  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 am
  • Free. Children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
    • RSVP to ensure enough supplies are on hand.
  • Concord Children's Center, 1300 Main St., Concord, MA

An Afternoon of Chinese Culture

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) and an afternoon of dance, music, food, traditional costumes, crafts, and a dragon parade!

  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Av., Lexington, MA, 781-862-6288
  • Free

Meet Marshall from Paw Patrol

Marshall from Paw Patrol will be sharing high-fives and hugs at the Learning Express of Bedford.

  • 3:30-4:30pm
  • 168 Great Road (Whole Foods Plaza), Bedford, MA
  • Free

Mon., January 16

Lego Zone at The Discovery Museums

Bring your imagination and they supply the LEGOs. Build whatever you can dream up and add your creation to the community display to inspire other builders!

  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (drop-in)
  • The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St. (Route 27), Acton, MA
  • Event included with museum admission of $12.50

Fridays, January 20 | February 10, 24 | March 10, 24

Moonlight Tours: Living in the Dark

Take a moonlight tour of Gore Place and learn what it was like to live on a country estate in the 1800s before electric light. The tour includes the 1793 carriage house, the grounds, and the 1806 mansion, one of the few early homes designed by a woman.

  • 7:30 PM
  • Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA
  • $15, $10 members and ages 5-12. Purchase tickets.

 

Happy exploring!!


 

Holiday House Tour 2016 Postponed

With the mild fall weather and no seasonal slow-down in the real estate market, the holidays kind of snuck up on us, and it appears we're not the only ones feeling this way. We were hard at work coordinating the 2016 Holiday House Tour with a Christmas in the Village theme along with some fun and interesting new elements when some key components fell through. At that point, we agreed with the Chamber's difficult decision to cancel. While we'll miss this festive event and the opportunity to welcome so many from the community at this special time of year, but just couldn't present something that wasn't our best. So we're taking a break for 2016 and are committed to returning next year, better than ever!

To help you get into the festive holiday mood, here's a look back at last year's tour — enjoy!

And we hope to see you out and about at all the other festive and seasonal activities in and around Bedford — this is such a wonderful time when our community comes together to celebrate and connect. We've been busy decorating our office and our homes — gathering greens, celebrating with colleagues, shopping for gifts and special

recipes. What makes this season special to you? Do you have a favorite family tradition or recipe? Please share on our Facebook page at — we'd love to hear from you!

And in case you need some ideas, here are some of our favorite upcoming community events!

Lexington Arts & Crafts Society Holiday Marketplace

Browse and shop for one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gift items from baskets, paintings, and ceramics to fine jewelry and photography.

  • December 2-24, 30 Waltham St., Lexington.
  • Free admission and parking

Bedford Family Connection Holiday Party

Play reindeer games, join the holiday sing-a-long with Footnotes Music, make festive crafts, and contribute to the Giving Tree. Snack and drinks available.

  • Saturday, December 10, 10am-12noon, The Great Room, Old Town Hall, 16 South St., Bedford
  • $3 per child for members/$5 non-members

Concord Band Holiday Pops

Get in the spirit with holiday favorites and seasonal tunes for symphonic concert band.

  • Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 8 pm, 51 Walden, Concord
  • $25/$15 children under 12

30th Annual Bedford Rotary Breakfast with Santa

A morning of family fun that supports the Bedford Rotary's local scholarships, local and international service projects, and special beneficiaries.

  • Sunday, December 11, 9am-noon, Bedford High School
  • $8 admission

Wishing you a happy, safe, and blessed holiday season!


 

Fun with the Kids Alert! Trunk or Treat Fri Oct 28

Ok, I'm not afraid to admit it — the entire team here at Suzanne & Company looks forward to this event! We've been hard at work on our costumes this year and can't wait for the big reveal. I'll give you a couple hints — it's related to real estate and based on one of our favorite pastimes. You'll have to come down to the Whole Foods parking [...]