A Few of My Favorite (Somerville) Things

Every so often I like to share a few things I’m loving right now in Somerville. This list could go on and on, but I’ll keep it to just a few items that I can’t get off my mind at the moment. And if you’ve got something you’re loving a lot right now in the ‘Ville, please share it in the comments!

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Creative Somerville Series
Last week, Mia Scharphie, my Creative Somerville co-curator, and I held the fifth event in the series and everything just clicked. We heard from Colin Davis, founder of the Something GUD local grocery delivery service, about his sustainable entrepreneurship, feasted on bowls of local vegetarian fare from Canteen & Co., and enjoy some beers from our host, Aeronaut Brewing Company. We had a huge, engaged, energized crowd and loved meeting so many of you. Our next event is with Mike Dacey, founder of Repeat Press and Fringe Union, on June 17 at Aeronaut and it promises to be spectacular. The events are free, but space is limited, so we urge you to RSVP in advance.

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Pepe Bocca
I’d been hearing terrific things about Pepe Bocca, a new Italian food market in Davis Square in the former Sessa’s space, from lots of folks, so I knew I had to check it out soon. I was instantly taken in by the huge containers of olives, fresh bread, speciality cheese and charcuterie, fresh-made sandwiches and desserts available at the shop. Best of all? Pepe Bocca has that rare Somerville luxury: outdoor seating.

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Farmers Markets
All winter when we were buried in snow I couldn’t stop thinking about shopping for fresh spring and summer produce at the farmers market. At times it seemed like we’d never get that chance, but the snow eventually melted and the growing season is well underway. We’re lucky to have four markets in Somerville to choose from in the warmer months, two of which are open now and two that will be opening soon, so you can shop and eat local all season long.

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Flowers and Trees
This may seem pretty basic, but again, after the long winter, I was aching to see some green outside instead of white. Somerville puts on quite a show in the early spring with its plethora of flowering trees and that beauty continues all summer long as leaves turn green and other flowers begin to pop-up. And this year we’ve got even more trees to provide some much-needed shade and greenery thanks to an effort by the city to plant 2,000 trees by the end of this year.

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Special Events and Festivals
Somerville is home to some pretty awesome festivals and events that begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer and fall. We’ve already enjoyed Somerville Open Studios and PorchFest and are now looking forward to things like ArtBeat in July, the Fluff Festival in September and HONK! in October as well as smaller events that pop up all season long. We’ll have a full listing on our calendar, so be sure to check there for the latest details on what’s going on in Somerville.

What are some of your favorite Somerville things right now?

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