We just wrapped up our third Annual Winter Farmers Market at Sons of Italy Hall, and it turned out to be a great success. This year we nearly doubled our attendance numbers, thanks to our amazing vendors, our die-heart volunteers, and all of you!
Special thanks go out to:
Kim Patch, for booking a blowout line-up of local Roslindale musicians that came to the market every other week to brighten our days.
Liz Graham-Meredith and Richard Chalfin, our fearless Farmers Market Committee co-chairs that did everything from vendor recruitment, merchandising, running committee meetings, and of course…shoveling snow off Sons of Italy’s sidewalk at 7:00am in the morning.
Farmers Market Committee, whose commitment and excitement to take on projects is what makes the market special.
Terry and Cassie Curran, for (as always) graciously letting us book the Sons of Italy space every winter — a place where people gather and connect in cold winter months.
Alia Hamada Forrest and Kelsie Evans, your constant support and direction is why this market happens! We have an RVMS team that is always taking on new challenges and activating the community in strong creative ways.
Steve Marcelin, our Farmers Market Assistant, who keeps the market running smoothly from start to finish every Saturday.
Our Platinum Supporter, Balanced Rock Investment Advisors, who helped make the children’s craft table and biweekly live music a reality.
All of our vendors for taking the time to get to know Roslindale, for talking to residents, and for making our local food system thrive.
Want to ensure a strong Farmers Market for Roslindale? Donate to our Spring Appeal, and save the date for our summer fundraiser, The Backyard Stomp on July 22nd, a night of music, food, and community in support of the Farmers Market.
We’ll take the next two months to continue planning a spectacular Summer season, and we will see everyone back at Adams Park on Saturday, June 3rd.
–Emmy Smela, Roslindale Village Main Street Farmers Market Manager
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our Annual Meeting this year!
We were able to present the successes of our committee projects, events, and initiatives in 2016, and we also shared some of our plans for the future. Be sure to read the 2016 Annual Report if you haven’t already. Please also check out this very short & sweet video, which we premiered at the event. It showcases the warmth of our community and the history of Roslindale Village Main Street, generously produced, filmed, and edited by Rozzie residents Kevin Tobin and Lisa Wall.
Thank you to St. Nectarios Church for hosting our event again this year!
Thank you to the Boston Cheese Cellar for a delightful cheese platter!
Thank you to Birch Street Bistro for the delicious fruit!
Thank you to Diane’s Bakery for the scrumptious cupcakes
Thank you to Glenn Williams for helping us with our music and sound.
Thank you to the new RVMS President Anthony Giordano for taking the helm of our Board!
Thank you to our outgoing Board Members: Jason Corral, Sue Forti, Dennis Patch, Tony Paciulli, Jen Leggett!
Thank you to the Committee Chairs who presented the great work of RVMS: Denge Agola, Peter Castelucci, Erin Doherty, Elizabeth Sherva, Robert Orthman, Andrea Miller, and Liz Graham-Meredith.
Thank you to RVMS Program Manager Kelsie Evans for managing the event, acting as timekeeper, and coordinating the creation of this year’s Annual Report.
Thank you to Rose Gallogly, the local graphic designer who created our Annual Report!
Thank you to our new Board Members of 2017: Erin Doherty, Terry Fitzgerald, Mandana Moshtanghi, Adam Shutes, and Jeff Terrey – Welcome to the Team!
A round-up of some of the St. Patrick’s Day specials and events in Roslindale
Tony’s Market has corned beef, hand cut to order, as well as Baccala and eggplant for Lent and vegetarians.
The Boston Cheese Cellar is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Irish cheese tasting, featuring artisanal Irish cheese, like Milleen’s Washed Rind from Co. Cork, Gortnamona goat’s milk brie from Co. Tipperary, Cashel Blue, also from Tipperary, and an Irish One Year Vintage Cheddar.
Birch St House & Garden ordered a number of St. Patrick’s Day scarves, in addition to lucky charms, Celtic knot ornaments, and shamrock tea towels.
Redd’s in Rozzie will be serving Irish dinner of corned beef with traditional sides as well as a stout braised beef pot pie, and pouring pints of Guiness.
Both Diane’s Bakery and Fornax Bread Co. have Irish soda bread and St. Patrick’s Day-themed treats.
And of course, check out our local pubs, Napper Tandy’s and JJ Brannelly’s.
Balance out the St Patrick’s Day fun and join LYFE CYCLE for a single RYDE class (indoor cycling) or LYFT class (bootcamp) and save $10. That means RYDE for $8 and LYFT for $12! Use promo code stpatty17 at checkout by Monday the 20th. Visit them HERE to sign up.
RVMS Board Members Attended the Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan Release Discussion
Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative to envision a bold transportation future for the city for the next 5, 10, and 15 years.
In response to questions and comments from the public, Go Boston 2030 released a Vision and Action Plan on March 7, 2017. They hosted a panel with transportation leaders across the country to mark the release, and Roslindale was well-represented in the audience!
Roslindale resident and RVMS Board Member and Farmers Market Committee volunteer Liz Graham-Meredith said, “It was great to hear from representatives from other major cities that face the same challenges as Boston, and the approaches they have taken to be successful. Makes me excited about what we can accomplish in Boston thanks to the fervor of our neighbors have toward making Boston a safer and more mobile city in the near future.”
“It is a credit to the advocacy of so many fellow neighborhood residents that Roslindale is well-represented in the Go Boston 2030 plans. Between the Arboretum Gateway Path, a dedicated rapid bus lane between Roslindale Square and Forest Hills, the American Legion Parkway multi-use pathway, and even an eventual Orange Line extension to Roslindale Village, this plan represents the great potential available to significantly enhance transit options in our community. Now it is on all of us to champion this plan to our friends and neighbors and to advocate strongly for implementation of these ambitious goals as expeditiously as possible. I am glad to be part of Roslindale Village Main Street, WalkUP Roslindale, and other neighborhood groups working to make these plans a reality,” said Robert Orthman, Roslindale resident and RVMS Board Vice President and Economic Development Committee Co-chair.
We’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for Roslindale and supporting advocacy efforts of our local organizations.
Adam Shutes, Business Owner
Adam was born in Norfolk, England, and lived his formative years in two of the (in his view) best cities in England: Oxford and London. He moved to the US in 2001 for post-doctoral studies in Molecular Oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he worked for 5 years. However, he missed the cosmopolitan vibrancy of a real city, and so he moved to Boston for work in 2006. He first rented in Jamaica Plain, but moved to Roslindale in 2008, drawn by the Arboretum, the open space and the ‘village green’ (Adam’s Park).
In 2015, Adam felt an urge to contribute more to his adopted community of Roslindale, where he found the diversity, and authentic passion of other neighbours, striking. Luckily enough, he was able to take over operation of Boston Cheese Cellar on Birch St in 2015 — figuring that his time spent wandering around Turl St Covered Market in Oxford, or Neal’s Yard Dairy in London, would help him re-launch the business.
Since then during most days, he is to be found in the shop, or elsewhere in Boston, talking about, making, or looking at cheese.
When not thinking about cheese, he can be found riding bicycles competitively, for pleasure or for charity — or being walked by his two beloved greyhounds.
Jeff and his wife moved to Roslindale from the Fenway in 2005 after the birth of their son. Since then they have celebrated the birth of their daughter and have adopted both a dog and cat. They proudly live in Roslindale’s oldest (and probably coldest) house, built in 1725.
Jeff is currently a senior vice president for Rasky Partners, a Boston lobbying and public relations firm where he runs grassroots and lobbying campaigns on the state and local level. He has been active in Boston politics since he graduated from college and moved to Boston in 1992. He is a graduate of Alfred University and holds an MBA from Boston College.
Mandana and her husband traveled a great deal before choosing to settle in beautiful Peters Hill. Born and raised in Heidelberg, Germany, she also lived much of her life in Tehran, Iran where she earned her B.Arch and M.Arch. Having had the good fortune of being exposed to many different cultures, Mandana enjoys and is comfortable working with a diverse population. She cares deeply about issues such as the economic empowerment of individuals and communities, housing and urban revitalization.
While living in Washington D.C., Mandana volunteered at the AIA/Washington DC chapter’s community design services, where she participated in a research study and created and developed innovative designs for a variety of vending cart and kiosk types for the Downtown Business Improvement District Office. She has also volunteered at the National Building Museum as an instructor, helping junior high school students to use photography as a tool to explore and document their city’s built environment and to develop an understanding of urban design.
As an Architectural Designer, Mandana has worked on a variety of mixed-use residential projects throughout Tehran, Washington, D.C. and Boston. Mandana also holds an MBA with a concentration in financial analytics from Simmons School of Management.
Terry founded Centre Cuts in 1980, in Jamaica Plain, MA, later moving to the current location in Roslindale. As an business owner, Terry takes pride in creating a small business built with the principles of providing great customer service, hiring talented technicians and providing an inviting space for both her clients and staff. It has been extremely rewarding for Terry to be able to facilitate the development and growth of the salon and spa. Being close to home, working in a tight knit supportive community, makes Roslindale a great place to work and live! Terry enjoys being able to shop locally, where she can pick up most of what she needs right in the neighborhood! In her spare time, Terry enjoys spending time with her husband Charlie, family and friends as well as any occasion with good food and wine!