Category Archives: Events

fall-bostonAre you traveling to Boston this Fall or are you just looking to fill up your calendar with fun events?  Well, you’re in luck because Boston has something for everyone.  The changing leaves and the brisk cool air is the perfect time to get outside and see Boston in its glory.  I’ve created a list of what I think are the not-to-miss-out-on events this season.

 

  1. Salem Witch Museum – Take a look back into the Witch Trials of 1692. Through this stirring narration witness the dark times of the era when women were prosecuted unjustly.
  2. Museum of Fine Arts – On October 10th “Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA’s annual Fall Open House and the Fenway Alliance’s 15th Annual Opening Our Doors Day.  Hear a medley of musical performances throughout the day including a concert by a 17-piece ensemble from the Boston Pops.  Enjoy a range of art-making activities and tours for families and adults.”
  3. Freedom Trail Walking Tour – “A 2.5 mile red-lined route that leads you through historically significant sites.”
  4. Head of the Charles Regatta – October 22nd & 23rd is the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta. This is the biggest rowing event in New England.  For more info hocr.org
  5. Boston Children’s Museum – October 16th 4pm – 8pm Take the kids to the museum’s October Fall Festival! Your kids will have lots of fun pumpkin painting, operating a bicycle-powered cider press, visiting the veggie stand and listening to live music.  There will be other great activities too!
  6. Visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University – Take a free guided tour with a knowledgeable volunteer who will educate you on the different flowers and plants in the Arboretum as well as “highlight the Arboretum’s work as a research institution and living museum.” arboretum.harvard.edu
  7. Charles Riverboat Cruise – Get your tickets now through October 10th for a one hour sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Enjoy all the historical and cultural sights as well as the beautiful Fall foliage. charlesriverboat.com
  8. Topsfield Fair – Running September 30th through October 9th. Visit America’s oldest agricultural fair filled with carnival rides, games, livestock exhibitions and don’t forget the giant pumpkin weigh-off!
  9. Plimoth Plantation – Explore Plimoth Plantation and see how the Wampanoag people and the Colonial English community lived or should I say survived in the 1600’s. Ticket information visit plimoth.org
  10. King Richard’s Fair – Open through mid-October in Carver, Massachusetts. Travel back to medieval times and experience a 16th century marketplace filled with “handmade crafts, foods, musicians, singers, dancers, minstrels, magicians, exotic animals and knights joisting on horseback.”
  11. Cape Cod Brew Fest 2016 – October 1st 3:30pm – 7:00pm Enjoy live music, food trucks and over 75 breweries to sample. And for designated drivers there is a special discounted rate! * This is a 21+ event.  capecodbrewfest.com
  12. Apple picking, pumpkin picking and corn mazes – During the Fall visit any of our local farms throughout Massachusetts pick up fresh fruit and veggies. Don’t forget to get yourself a candied apple too!
  13. The Public Gardens, Boston Commons and the Esplanade – Get the kids out in the fresh air and visit Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings; the inspiration for the popular children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey over at the Public Gardens. Take a swan ride and then walk over to the Commons and the kids will have a blast playing at the Tadpole Playground and riding the carousel.  Finish up by checking out one of the many events held by The Esplanade Association (TEA) at the park.

There’s no better place to be this Fall then taking in the sights of Boston.  Exploring is a great way to find out about neighborhoods and the community.  Maybe you might want to make Boston home!  Call me and we can explore together.
 About the author: jennifer-scali-newJenn Scali was born and raised in the Boston area.  Call her today and go out exploring! Jenn is an agent with RE/MAX Legacy and you can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at www.jennscali.com


Sarah_Ferguson_Joins_RE_MAX_Legacy_

RE/MAX Legacy in Woburn, MA
adds Sarah Ferguson to its dynamic sales team

REALTOR joined because of Legacy’s support and emphasis on education

Woburn, MA – February 18, 2014 RE/MAX Legacy, located at 65 Pleasant Street, is pleased to welcome 6 year real estate expert Sarah Ferguson to growing sales team.   “I am excited to be part of this fantastic and fun team,” said Ferguson “My move to RE/MAX Legacy will be a significant benefit to my clients  because of support and resources that are offered.”

“We are excited about Sarah joining our growing company,” said Roland Spadafora, one of the owners of RE/MAX Legacy,” “Her enthusiasm, personality and experience spell out a formula for success and we are proud to have Sarah as part of our family.”

Sarah has lived in the Woburn/Burlington area for more than a decade and has an extensive knowledge of the local real estate market.  She has a true passion for real estate and whether you are a first time home buyer or a luxury home seller, Sarah approaches each transaction with excitement and energy, regardless of price.  As a full time realtor, YOU are Sarah’s first priority. Her goal when working with both buyers and sellers is to make the process fun and stress-free.

Sarah currently resides in Burlington with her husband and two daughters whom she adores. She enjoys spending her free time helping out in their classrooms at Burlington Public schools and is also very involved in the community.  You can contact Sarah through her personal website www.sarahfergusonre.com

About RE/MAX Legacy

Located in Woburn, RE/MAX Legacy is among the fastest growing real estate companies in Woburn and is your local leader in marketing and technology.  They are committed to providing their clients with the most positive real estate experience. RE/MAX Legacy’s expert agents, cutting edge tools and outstanding resources ensures a smooth transaction from start to finish.
RE/MAX Legacy is at the intersection of Pleasant and N. Warren Ave with easy street parking. The office is home to 9 professional real estate agents. Specializing in homes sales and leasing for both sellers and buyers in Woburn and surrounding northern suburbs, RE/MAX Legacy is committed to building personal relationships with customers.  The agency’s website www.legacyMA.com has a database of available properties as well as helpful information for all your real estate needs.

 


Category: Events

poloarThis winter is turning out to be one of the coldest winters in many years.  This is due in part to the Polar Vortex. You might ask, what is a polar vortex & why is it effecting us now?  Simply defined a polar vortex is an area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere above where most of our normal weather occurs.  Occasionally pieces break off and sweep toward southern Canada, helping to drive artic cold plunges into the United States.

This is not a new occurrence, but because we do not normally have such cold temperatures throughout the U.S., we are not as familiar with this phenomenon.  Even places like Texas & Florida that normally have moderate to mild temperatures in the winter have been affected.  Air travel has been a real challenge & school kids have had extended vacations everywhere.  Even cities & towns as far north as Minnesota have had to completely shut down.

Fortunately there is some good news! In spite of the cold weather there are still many buyers looking to purchase.  If you are thinking about selling, please do not let this big chill stop you!

sharon
About the Author: Sharon Potts is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. Yo
u can contact her directly through her website at


Category: Events, Winter

Did you know that National Senior Citizens Day is on August 21 every year? While doing some research I happened on to this special day. This year my family had some landmark birthdays. My mother turned 90 in May and my husband was 70 in July! And I am slowly approaching 65……

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day. This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the United States who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens. President Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”

Various events and activities are organized on Senior Citizens Day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements.  The following are some ideas for individuals wanting to recognize their elders:

  • Visit with a family member or friend and have them share their stories
  • Take a family member or friend out for coffee or a meal
  • Go to their house and help out cleaning, mowing their lawn, repairing items
  • Offer to take a neighbor to the store, or just a scenic drive
  • Surprise someone with some delicious homemade baked goods
  • Write a personal note of thanks to someone who has made a positive impact on your life
  • Do volunteer work in support of the elderly
  • Encourage your school to participate in an “adopt-a-grandparent” program

What will you do to make a Senior Citizen feel special?

About the author – Gale Spadafora is a Realtor with RE/MAX Legacy and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  Visit her on her website at www.galespadafora.com


lifeisshort                       Life is too short!!
Mark your calendars with valuable days.

July 28th is national parent’s day.  Honor your parents; also give yourself and your husband a tap on the back for being great parents.

Celebrate family structure and values. July 28th is not a gift day; keep the gifts for mother’s and father’s day. The best way to mark this day is spending time together. It is important to let your parents know how much you care.

Life is too short, let us express our love to our family. Don’t let a day go by not expressing the love you have to your family and relatives. Mark your calendar and celebrate each one of these special days.

  • Brothers and Sisters Day Always on May 2nd.
  • Mother’s day when: Second Sunday in May.
  • Father’s day when: Third Sunday in June.
  • National Parents day when: Fourth Sunday in July
  • Aunt and Uncles day when: July 26th.
  • Father-In-Law day when: Always July 30th.
  • Sister’s day celebrates First Sunday in August (day varies depending on websites but still tell your sister you care.
  • Son and Daughter Day when: Always August 11th.

JanineAbout the Author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. You can learn more about her on her website www.mahomesonline.com 


Category: Events, Family, Holidays

Activities for Kids and Teens in Woburn

New to Woburn, not sure what to do with your kids? All you need is to find the activity your kids would enjoy.   Here are some great ideas that will keep your family busy for a long janine1time.

Join the North Suburban YMCA. Lots of sports, swim, summer camps, family activities an indoor swimming pool, rock climbing wall and sports. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests.

janine2woburnWoburn Recreation Center  has great programs for you and your kids to keep active all year round. Adult Fitness & Wellness Programs,  some free activities at the parks in the summer, field days and more. Don’t forget your summer bracelet to access the pools during the hot summer days.
LaserCraze  Lazer tag a fast-paced high-tech game, which combines the games of hide and seek, tag, and capture the flag. It incorporates state-of-the-art interactive computer and laser technology to create an exhilarating experience you won’t forget.

Janine3
Boston Rock Gym Qualified, patient instructors will guide you through the basics of using the equipment and developing safe climbing habits. Climbing shoes, a harness, locking carabineer and belay device, and chalk bag are all provided.  You will learn the following skills: properly tying into the rope, safely belaying in a top-rope system, catching a falling climber, as well as other basics.

Horn Pond I think this it is a great place to walk, jog, ride your bike,  go fishing and more. We all love Horn Pond.  Everyone is friendly and says hi all the time.  Not to forget Horn Pond Day and all the fundraising walks that happen around the pond throughout the year.

janine4Woburn Bowldrome  Why not take the kids for a glow bowling night? It is the perfect way to spend a Friday or Saturday night out. Lights are turned off and the black lights are on with disco balls, fog machine, and loud music for all ages.  Also a great place for birthday parties, tournaments and leagues.
Boys & girls club in cooperation with the Woburn Public Schools, offer the After the Bell Afterschool Academic Enrichment Program at the Shamrock Elementary School. They have programs to help kids do their homework. Academic support is their primary but they also offer the following: computer time, healthy snacks, fun & games, crafts, brain games and more.
janine5
Jump On In includes over 11,000 square feet of slides, obstacle courses, trampoline basketball, table games and bouncers. A great place to have your kids birthday party or just spend some time and burn some energy jumping on the moon bounces,  playing dodge ball , soccer, basketball and more.

O’Brien Ice Skating Rink. Have an hour here and there take the kids to skate at the O’Brien ice skating rink located at the Joyce middle School.

Last but not least Woburn’s sports leagues have a place for every kid and every sport. From soccer,  basket ball, hockey, baseball, lacrosse and Football.

JanineAbout the Author: Janine Elkhoury has been living in Woburn for 12 years and enjoys the many activies Woburn has to offer with her family. Learn more about her on her website www.woburnhousevalues.com

 

 


A “Holiday Tree”?

I come from a home with a Jewish mother and Catholic father. We celebrated Chanukah and Christmas. I have been to Church and I have been to Temple. My sister had a Bat Mitzvah and my brother converted at an older age and is a practicing Catholic.

I, like most are on Facebook. This time of year for the past few years my feed is full of posts about the Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holiday feud, and the fact that some schools, stores, and other public places have “Holiday Trees”. I have very strong feelings about both of these topics.

Lets start with “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”. December is a month of holidays. Chanukah started on the 8th, Christmas is the 25th, and Kwanza begins the 26th. This is the Christmas season for some, but a holiday season for all. Why we wouldn’t wish everyone a “Happy Holiday”?

Now, the holiday tree. Really? A Christmas tree is a Christmas tree. A decorated tree is a sign of Christmas. I have a Christmas tree and a Menorah. Should I call my Menorah a “Holiday Candle Holder”? I think it is very important for all holidays to be recognized. I think it is important for our children to know that there are in fact different holidays for different people.

Now, I am going to walk past my Christmas tree as I go to light my Menorah! Happy Holidays!

About this author: Liz Pedrini is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy.  You can contact her directly through her website at www.lizpedrini.com


Are you going to a Yankee Swap this month? I always look forward to December and the numerous Yankee Swaps I will be attending.  Whether it is a swap with my office, the church ladies, or close friends, I always have a good time. And the more swapping the more fun!  Sometimes I go home with a worse gift than I brought, but sometimes I get the Number One and go home very happily.  BUT every swap is unique and I can’t bring the same gift to my church group (holiday decorations, candles, candy, jewelry) as my friends drinking party (scratch tickets, “racy” items, wine bottles).

Did you ever wonder the origins of a swap? Do you ever go to a Yankee Swap and the rules are different? Or you attend a new swap and at the beginning at least 3 people are arguing over the rules?

Origins

The game is said to have come from the civil war holiday tradition of trading prisoners of war with the enemy. It seems that the Yankees and the Confederates at some point swapped prisoners as a sort of game to lighten up the atmosphere. How the term was adopted to gift giving is up for speculation.

In most parts of the United States the game is called “White Elephant Gift Exchange”, but in the Northeast is is more commonly called a Yankee Swap. It is often played during the winter holidays, but can be played any time of the year. Every swap party determines the price of the gift. $10 to $25 parties are common, and also some parties only allow used items.

Rules

Yankee Swap rules vary widely, but here are some BASICS. Every guest brings a wrapped, unmarked gift and places it in a designated area, trying not to let the others see what they brought.  Everyone picks from a hat a number from one up to the total number of participants. The person who receives the number 1 picks a gift from the pile and opens it for all to see. The person who receives number 2 then chooses a gift from the pile and opens it. He or she must decide whether to keep it or swap it for the first player’s gift.  Each person in order then gets to select a present, open it and decide whether to keep it or swap it for any other gift someone has already opened. The game goes on until everyone has had their chance.  At this point the person who picked first gets to choose from all the gifts or keep what he/she has already received.

Variations

Some swaps allow the players to visually inspect the gifts, pick them up and/or gently shake them.  Other swaps have a rule that if you touch a gift in the pile you must open that one.

Place a limit on the number of times a particular gift can be stolen.

The person who brings the best Yankee Swap gift will be rewarded, i.e. the one that gets stolen the most, by letting them choose from all opened gifts after all the swapping is completed.

Leave all the gifts wrapped until the end. Stealing is still allowed but must be done while the gifts are still wrapped.

Do’s and Don’ts

 – Play the game with a sense of humor.  Swapping is fun!

– Don’t take the outcome too seriously.

-When the guests arrive have a place ready to keep the gifts. They shouldn’t have to walk through the party to hand over the gift. The idea is to keep their identity a secret.

-All unwrapped gifts must stay visible to everyone. No putting the gift back in the packaging and hiding it behind your chair!

-When everyone has opened a gift some trading can be expected.

-The gift you bring should be something you would be happy to receive.

Please share your Yankee Swap stories, do’s and don’ts and variations. Remember that a Yankee Swap is a fun gift giving party game and if you go home with the worst gift of the party, there is always next year!

About this author: Gale Spadafora is one of the broker owners of RE/MAX Legacy and loves to shop for and attend Yankee Swaps.  You can contact her directly through her website at www.galespadafora.com


Holidays and traditions are celebrated around the world in different ways.

During this holiday period a lot of us celebrate by wrapping gifts with colored papers, sending greeting cards to friends and family, exchanging presents, making a Christmas tree, having a manger, and being visited by Santa Claus. Around the world a lot of other holidays are celebrated by different people that can be your neighbors.  Some are on fixed days and others vary.  Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, or January 6th   depending on your religion. (Egypt, Armenia).  Various holidays not to forget are: Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan & Eid El Fitr. Learn more about your friends and families tradition and don’t forget to wish them a Happy Holiday.

November 11th : St Martin’s day (Netherland)
December 4th : St. Barbara’s day (Czech Republic, Lebanon and more…). St Nicholas might be checking on you if you have been naughty or nice. (Belgium)
December 6th : St. Nicholas will be leaving some gifts, fruits, candies etc… and leaving them in your stockings, shoes or baskets. He is sometimes accompanied by the angel or the devil (Europe). But, If Black Peter knocks on your door then you have been naughty. (Luxembourg)
December 7th: Families in Colombia  light scores of candles and use them to outline streets, sidewalks, and parks so that entire cities are illumined
December 8th : Commemorating the Immaculate Conception during which more prayers and candles are offered to the Virgin Mary.(Colombia)
December 13th : St. Lucy’s day. Families plant wheat seeds in a plate of shallow water. (Croatia)
December 15th : Las Posadas celebrated by The Mestizo group in Belize. They have a ten-day procession commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings before Jesus’ birth. During this ritual, statues are carried to different houses where they ask for and are granted food and shelter for the evening. The ceremony is repeated at a different home each night until Christmas Eve, when Joseph and Mary make their way back to the church.
December 16th : In Colombia Christmas trees are raised and decorated also starting the Novena, a ritual with a rosary said during nine days in anticipation of Christmas day. Mexican households are decorated with flowers, evergreens and colored paper lanterns. This is considered as the beginning of the Christmas season.
December 21st : St. Thomas’ day.  The holiday season in Estonia, often called Yuletide.
December 25th: Christmas Day.
December 26th:  Kwanza An African-American holiday based upon ancient customs of Africa. Takes place Until January 1st . Junkanoo, takes place until January 1st . (Bahamas, Caribbean)
December 28th: is the Feast of the Holy Innocents and is celebrated as a day of fooling friends and family. It is similar to April Fool’s Day (Philippine, Puerto Rico)
January 6th: Epiphany is the arrival of the three kings to the manger.
January 13th: St. Knut’s Day St. End of the holiday season in Puerto Rico.

 Hope you enjoy the holiday season with all your friends
and share your traditions with us…

About the author: Janine Elkhoury is a REALTOR at RE/MAX Legacy and is originally from Lebanon. You can learn more about her on her website www.MAhomesonline.com


The first annual RE/MAX Legacy Yard Sale and Food Drive was a huge success thanks to all the support from the community! The rain held off for the most part and we were able to raise $325 plus a whole lot of food donations for the Woburn Food Pantry! Thank you to everyone who donated “stuff” and for all those who came out and bought it!! The support from the community was overwhelming! Without you this could not have been possible! View some photos from this event on our Facebook Page

RE/MAX Legacy would especially like to thank all those who donated various things to make make this event possible

The Tammaro Family, Woburn
Joe Moody, Woburn
Tina Papadopoulos, Woburn
Anonymous, Woburn
Janine Elkhoury, Woburn
Doreen Breland, Arlington
Jan Cambria, Everett,
Amy Linger, Swampscott
Jill Singer, Boston
Ali Lowell, Winchester
Roland and Gale Spadafora, Stoneham
Cathy Dyl, Stoneham
John and Bonnie Giglio, Stoneham
Amy Linger, Swampscott
AnneMarie Torcivia, Malden