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Blue Hills Octoberfest to be held at Wakefield Estate Oct. 20th

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:47

The Wakefield Estate will host its 1st annual Blue Hills Octoberfest on Saturday, October 20 from 2:00-5:00pm. The event will feature live music, delicious street food, kids activities, farm animals, garden games and a fine selection of locally crafted beers by Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain. The Blue Hills Octoberfest is a benefit to raise funds for the Outdoor Environmental Education Program, which enables over 2000 Boston-area students to enjoy a day of outdoor learning each year at the Wakefield Estate. This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Blue Hills and Brookwood Community Farm.
Adding to the festival-feel of the event, live music will be performed by Electric Standard, a trio of local musicians that plays an eclectic mix of original songs and classic blues, rock and soul. Delicious food for will be prepared by The Chubby Chickpea, a Boston-based food truck serving Israeli street food, specializing in vegetarian and gluten free options - in addition to delicious chicken! - and creative side dishes.
The Blue Hills Octoberfest will feature locally crafted draft beers from Turtle Swamp Brewing of Jamaica Plain, the first true home of American brewing. Turtle Swamp Brewing is a neighborhood brewery that strives to be a good neighbor, while making consistent beer with high quality and local ingredients. "The beer of Jamaica Plain."
Tickets are $20, kids are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance via this link or the website: Ticket price includes garden entrance, one free pour of Turtle Swamp Brewing draft beer, and a raffle ticket for a private tour and beer tasting at Turtle Swamp Brewing with its founder/owner. The rain date for this event is Sunday, October 21, 2:00-5:00pm.
The Wakefield Estate is located at 1465 Brush Hill Rd. in Milton. for more information, call 617-333-0924 x22.
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Join us Oct. 13th for a day of mindfulness, reflection & fun!

Thursday, 06 September 2018 12:50

Wakefield Wellness Day:
a day of mindfulness, reflection, inspiration & fun!
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm;
with "early bird" yoga in the garden at 8:00 am
(rain date: Sunday, October 14)
Have you ever experienced the calming influence of nature? On October 13th, the Wakefield Estate will hold a special event designed to allow visitors to explore some of the estate's special resources in a new way. At Wakefield Wellness Day, participants will have the opportunity to choose from an variety of activities designed to improve and enhance their health and awareness. The activities will include garden yoga, guided mindfulness meditation, labyrinth exploration, "forest bathing" (no swimsuit required!), nature art, and a talk on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This event is designed for all ages, and all activities will be easy and require no previous experience. The day kicks-off with an early bird session of garden yoga at 8 am for those who want to enjoy the gentle morning light of the estate (bring your mat if you have one), followed by the other activities beginning at 9 am (note: yoga will be offered again at a later time).
Admission is $10 per person; kids free.
Pre-registration is required by calling 617-333-0924,
or on-line by registering here.
Participants may choose from a variety of activities and can opt to enjoy all or just some activities, based on this tentative schedule:

8:00 am        Early bird yoga in the garden

9:00 am        Gather in the barn for welcome and orientation

9:15 am        Session ONE options: (30-45 minutes -choose one):

  • “Forest Bathing” in the Front Garden
  • Labyrinth Exploration
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation (using stories – all ages welcome)
  • Living Mindfully (more adult-oriented)

10:00 am      Refreshment and Reset

10:15 am      Session TWO options: (30-45 minutes -choose one):

  • Garden Yoga
  • “Forest Bathing” out and about
  • Guided Mindfulness Meditation (using stories – all ages welcome)
  • Living Mindfully (more adult-oriented)
  • Labyrinth Exploration

11:00 am      Refreshment and Reset

11:15 am      Session THREE: (30-45 minutes -choose one) 

  • Talk – Pilgrimage: Thoughts on the Camino de Santiago by Mark Smith
  • Nature art (all ages welcome)

12:00 pm      Closing Gathering, remarks and reflection

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August Summer Music Event Features Electric Standard Aug 15th

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 19:37

Join us for a delightful and relaxing evening in the garden during our second 2018 Summer Garden Music event on Wednesday, August 15th from 6:30-8:00pm. This month's evening of garden splendor, music and refreshments will feature Electric Standard, a trio that plays an eclectic mix of original songs and classic blues, rock and soul. Weaving together influences from a wide range of American roots music, drummer Mark Walsh, bassist Seth Peterson and guitarist and vocalist Drew Dunphy capture the sound, spirit and enthusiasm of the earliest rock 'n' roll combos. The Garden Music series offers visitors an opportunity to stroll the gardens and hear great music in a casual format. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10; this event is subject to cancellation due to weather so check our website or Facebook page in the event of inclement weather. Please call to RSVP: 617-333-0924.

Explore Fungi at The Wakefield Estate Sunday July 22nd

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:55

There are hundreds of thousands of fungi all around us. Some help trees to thrive, others decompose organic materials and turn them to soil, some are destructive and some are edible. Mushrooms appear as if by magic after a rain and often disappear as quickly. Come take a walk at the estate with members of the Boston Mycological Clubthe country's oldest surviving mycological (dealing with fungi) society on Sunday, July 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Go out and search for various types of fungi and bring them back to be examined and identified. This will be a special opportunity to learn the basics of identifying the mushrooms you find as you explore the outdoors.
For more information call 617-333-0924 x 22.
This event is free and open to the public.


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