Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Do you have a client team in place?

Congratulations to my first-time Buyer client on her purchase of a beautiful home in Framingham, MA. 

#HomeForTheHolidays


Excellent work by the #ClientTeam: Bob Naranjo of First Home Mortgage and Andrew Rubenstein of Rubenstein and Associates. Great team work makes all the difference in your selling and buying experience (and it was duly noted by our client). 

Is buying or selling real estate on your to-do list in 2018? Connect with me at Renata@BetterLivingRE.com or call 508-507-9715.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2017 New England Holiday Lights and Event Guide

MASSACHUSETTS

Blackstone Valley Polar Express, Nov 17 - Dec 23
Blink!, Boston, MA - Nov 29 to Jan 1
Boston Winter @ City Hall Plaza, Boston MA, opening Nov 24 at 11am
Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield, MA - Nov 22 to Jan 1
Christmas by Candlelight, Old Sturbridge Village, MA, weekends starting Dec 2
City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration, Lowell, MA, Nov 25
Enchanted Village at Cape Codder, Hyannis, MA - Dec 1 to Dec 23
Enchanted Village at Jordan's Furniture, Avon MA - Nov 18 to Jan 1
Fatima Shrine Christmas Lights, 101 Summer Street, Holliston, MA - typically from Thanksgiving to early January
* Festival of Lights 2017, Worcester Common Oval, Dec 1, 4:30-8pm
Festival of Lights at Edaville USA, Carver, MA - Nov 18 to Jan 1 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Festival of Trees, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA, Nov 17 - Dec 31
Festival of Trees, Methuen, MA - Nov 18 - Dec 2
* Festival of Trees and Snow Village, Elms Bank Gardens, Wellesley, Nov 24- Dec 10
First Night Boston, Boston, MA - Dec 31
* First Night Trail Walk, Holliston MA Rail Trail, Dec 31 - check FB for updates
Gardens Aglow at Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich, MA, Nov 24 - Dec 30 (Fri, Sat, Sun), 4:30-8:30pm
Holiday Giving Tree Lighting and Events @ Patriot Place, Nov 22, 4-9pm
Lights of Boston, Boston, MA - no info available for 2017
Lighting of the Green, Taunton MA, Dec 2, 3-8pm
Marblehead Christmas Walk, Marblehead, MA - Nov 30 - Dec 3
* Middleborough Drive-Through Festival of Lights, Dec 9, 10, 16, 17, 4-9pm
Nantucket Christmas Stroll, Nantucket, MA, Dec 1-3
National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro, MA - Nov 23 to Jan 1, 5-9pm daily. Free event, donations appreciated.
* Polar Express Holiday Celebration, Wachusett Mountain, Dec 16, 11am-2pm
* Rockport's Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival by Boat, Rockport, MA - Dec 2, 1-5pm
Stoughton's Parade of Lights and Winter Warm Up, Dec 9, 5-8pm
Winter Reimagined, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA - Nov 24 to Jan 7
ZooLights at Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA - Nov 24 to Dec 31, 5-9pm (closed Dec 25)

Franklin, MA
* Christmas Handbell Concert at Franklin Federated Church, Nov 25, 7:30pm
* Santa on the Town Common - Sun, Nov 26 at 4pm (to be confirmed)
Ceramic Christmas Tree Class, Dec 1, 1-3pm (7-10 years old) - Franklin Recreation Dept. (registration required)
* Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Elks Lodge, Dec 2, 8-11am, $7/pp, children under 3 and Scouts in uniform eat free.
* Christmas Fair (including pictures with Santa) at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dec 2, 9am-2pm
* Holiday Open House with Santa Visit at Hillside Nurseries, Dec 2, 11am-3pm
* The Nutcracker - Dec 2 at 7:30pm, Dec 3 at 2pm - at FHS
* Holiday Craft Fair at Franklin Senior Center, Dec 5 and 7, 10am-1pm
* Annual Holiday Shop at Parmenter Elementary School, Dec 6, 5:30-7:30pm
* Holiday Stroll - Downtown Franklin, Dec 7, 4-7pm
* Holiday Stroll with Mrs. Clause, Franklin Historical Museum, Dec 7, 4:45-7pm
* Santa's Foundation Annual Breakfast with Santa at British Beer Company, Dec 9, 9am (call 508-440-5190 to reserve your spot)
* Breakfast with Santa at Franklin YMCA (registration required), Dec 9, 8am-11am
* Cookies with Santa! at Daddario Hardware, Dec 9, 2-4pm
Winterbloom at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse at FUSF, Dec 9 at 8pm
* Visit Sensory Friendly Santa Clause, Cole's Tavern, Dec 10, 12-4 (registration required!)
* 'Tis the Season at FHS, Dec 9 at 7:30pm, Dec 10 at 2pm
* Lessons and Carols at St. Mary's Church, Dec 10 at 3pm, free event
* New England Irish Harp Orchestra at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dec 10 at 7pm (tickets $10 at the door)
* Stories with Santa! at Learning Express, Dec 11 (6:30-8pm), Dec 13 (10:30am-12pm)
* Chanukah Celebration and Lighting of Freedom Menorah, Dec 12, Franklin Town Common, 4pm
Christmas Cookies and Cocoa with Santa, Dec 13, 3:30-5pm, Franklin Recreation Dept. - registration required
* Crafts with Santa's Elves!, Dec 16, 11am-1pm, My Little Sunshine Children's Consignment Boutique
* Om for the Holidays with Tranquil Souls Yoga, Dec 16, 4-6pm
* 2017 Santa Skate at Pirelli Veterans Arena, Dec 17, 6-7:30pm (all ages, admission: donation for Franklin Food Pantry, helmets are required)
Annual Holiday Panto at the Black Box, Dec 22 at 7:30pm, Dec 23 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
* Christmas Lights Show - 39 Hayden Ln, typically Black Friday to New Year's Eve (weather permitting)

Near Franklin, MA
* Pursuit of Presents: Pictures with Santa, Medway - Nov 15, 5-8pm
* Tree Lighting at Patriot Place, Foxboro, Nov 21, 5-7pm
Medway Christmas Parade (followed by fireworks) at Choate Park, Nov 25 at 5:30pm
Sachs Family Lights Extravaganza, 21 Mann St., Bellingham, typically from Thanksgiving to New Years, check FB for Open House/Santa's visit
Santa Parade and Tree Lighting, Mendon - Dec 1 at 6:30pm
* Brunch with Santa at Lake Pearl, Dec 3, 9am-1pm, Wrentham
* Autism Eats: Meet Santa, Restaurant 45 in Medway,  Dec 3, 12-2pm. Registration required!
Lions Club Santa Parade, Norfolk - Dec 3, 3:30-6pm
* Milford Santa Parade and 2 Mile Run, Dec 3, 4-7pm, Milford MA
* Milford Menorah Lighting and Dinner, Milford, Dec 15, 3:15pm
* Cookies and Milk with Santa and Mrs. Clause, Foxboro, Dec 19, 12:30-2pm, Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel


RHODE ISLAND
Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport, RI - Nov 18 to Jan 1
Pawtucket Winter Wonderland, Pawtucket, RI - Dec 2,3,9,10 - 4 to 8pm
Winterfest at Diamond Hill Park, Cumberland, RI
Christmas in RI

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Holiday Guide to NH

CONNECTICUT
Holiday Lights Displays in CT

VERMONT
Christmas Activities in Vermont 

MAINE
December Festivals

Last updated on 12/7/2017


Know of an interesting event not mentioned? Send me an email to Renata@BetterLivingRE.com

Thursday, August 24, 2017

StoryWalk® on the SNETT rail trail

As some of you may know, I'd like to give back to our community. In the past few years, I have been an active volunteer member of the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee.

We have a wonderful rail trail in our backyards, but many people still have not discovered it. To help bring awareness, we have a StoryWalk® event planned tomorrow, Friday 8/25/17, 9-11am on the SNETT (Souther New England Trunkline Trail) in Bellingham (Center Street Trailhead).

Here is a nice article by Heather McCarron in The Country Gazette, where you can read all about it!

http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20170824/rail-trail-group-plans-walking-story-event

You can follow our committee and trail events and developments on our Facebook Page too!

See you on the trail!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.