This summer I wrote a post about some of things I was loving in Somerville right at that moment. It was really popular, so I decided to reprise the theme and write about a few things I can’t get enough of right now in Somerville. The list isn’t in any particular order and it could’ve gone on and gone, but in the interest of brevity, I confined myself to picking just five things.
I absolutely love the holiday season and one of my favorite parts is all the light displays around the city. When it gets dark at 4 p.m., it’s so nice to drive down Highland Ave. or through the squares and see the streets all lit up. But the city isn’t the only holiday light game in town. Many private residents put up impressive light displays that you can check out as part of the Illuminations Tour this Saturday night. Tickets for the trolley tour are sold out, but there’s a bike tour version of the event on Saturday and starting on Monday, you can purchase a map for $3 from Blue Cloud and Magpie to see the lights on your own.
Local Retail Shops
Somerville is home to several local, independent retail shops that are the perfect places to purchase gifts for the holidays. In Union Square, stop by the newly opened Loyal Supply Co. or make a present at BeadKreative. In Davis, I love Magpie (and the kids store too), DSquared, The Boston Shaker and Whats-Nü. In Ball Square, you can stock up on reading material at The Book Shop. And on Highland Ave., shop handmade jewelry at e. scott and funky furniture at The Collector. And don’t forget to shop at the holiday markets happening from now until Christmas.
Somerville Winter Farmers Market
If you’ve been reading the Beat for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of the farmers markets. I couldn’t wait to shop at the first Winter Market of the season last Saturday and left the Armory with armfuls of greens, root vegetables, tea and coffee from Barismo. I also picked up some frozen tamales from new vendor Tex Mex Eats, who is also serving ready-to-eat food every other week, along with three other rotating vendors.
The thing that first made me want to live to live in Somerville seven years ago is still one of my favorite parts about the city: the people. And the best part of my job is meeting and collaborating with so many of them. From being on the board of Somerville Local First and helping to host events like the recent (very popular) Breaking Into the Food Business Panel (pictured above) and the upcoming Local is for Lovers Market to partnering with Creative Union on tonight’s “Fireside Chat” with Aeronaut Brewing, there are so many people working to make our city such a vibrant place.
I’ve known and admired local artist and designer James Weinberg for years, so when his new art show at Washington Street Art Center was having an opening, I jumped at the chance to go. The work he’s showing at Washington Street is terrific, as always, and at the show, I discovered the highly technical, captivating work of Nick Fuhrer (pictured above). You can see the show on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. through December 28.
What are you loving in Somerville right now?