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dedham square  logoWelcome Back Scoop Fans!    Brace yourselves, this weekend is going to be cold one.  There are lots of places to warm your spirit and your bones in the Square. Dress warm, grab a hot cup of joe and head down to our historic downtown to do some holiday shopping, catch a show at the theatre or a grab bite to eat.  It's all right there in Dedham Square!
Keep It Local
Support Small Businesses - No other season reflects the power of the dollar quite as clearly as the holidays.  In fact,  many retailers count on holiday sales for as much as 40% of their annual revenue.   Where you choose to do your shopping makes a big difference.
Why support Dedham Square businesses this holiday season?   It's good for you, and it's good for the economy.  Making just a 10 percent shift in your spending can have a big impact.

3/50 projectChew on this...
National awareness and support of the new  "3/50 Project" is quickly gaining.  The concept is simple:  Pick 3 independently owned businesses you'd miss if they disappeared.  Direct $50 of your monthly spending to these merchants.   Your purchases are what keeps these businesses around.
News Circling the Square
stroll photoHoliday Stroll a Big Success!   Hundreds of people flocked to the Square last Friday night for the Dedham Square Circle's 5th Annual Holiday Stroll.   Merchants stayed open late with special offers while Oldies 103, a singing Santa, roving carolers and a life-size Frosty attracted large crowds.  Click here to read the front page article in yesterday's Dedham Transcript.

If you had pictures taken with Santa by photographer Teja Arboleda the night of the stroll,  stop by The Studio at  565 High Street (at the back of Cafe Video Paradiso) to pick up your 4x6 print, and a 10% discount on your next professional portrait photograph with Teja.  

Sign of the Times -  a beautiful new hand carved sign will welcome visitors to Dedham Square thanks to the efforts of the Dedham Square Circle and Dedham Civic Pride in partnership with the Town of Dedham.   The handsome black sign with gold leaf lettering will soon be installed at one of the Square's most prominent gateways, at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Providence Highway.  The area will be professionally landscaped next Spring and will feature an array of plantings.  Stay tuned for more details!

antique clockWhat Time Is It?  Time to celebrate!  Today at noon, Dedham Civic Pride will dedicate the new beautiful antique replica clock in the Square, located at the intersection of High and Harris Streets.    The clocks sponsors, including the Dedham Square Circle, and the public are invited to the dedication which will include lite refreshments, holiday music provided by the Dedham High School Brass Ensemble

This celebration also marks the end to the High Street Bridge Construction Project.  What was once an area lined with orange barrels, construction debris and traffic detours is now a beautiful streetscape.  The parking lot at the corner of High and Eastern Ave., across from the new clock, offers ample parking and is just a hop skip and a jump from your favorite shops, restaurants and the theatre. 

Magic MagicCool Tunes - congratulations to the members of Magic Magic for the nomination of their song "Sleepy Lion" for song of the year at  the 2009 Boston Music Awards.   Four band members - Mike Hlady, John Murphy, Brendan Hughes and Dylan Gough - are Dedham High grads.  They performed last Spring at the Dedham Square Music Fest and have a huge fan base around the globe!  We hope they'll return for an encore performance at MusicFest 2010 next June!


Wardle's Expands -
the oldest operating business in the Square is opening a second location!  Wardle's owner Peter Levangie shared with us that they'll operate a satellite store at the Newbridge on the Charles complex, the new Hebrew Senior Life retirement community located on West Street.   Congratulations to Peter and his staff, we wish them continued success in their new location!

Dedham Square Happenings
Want more info. on the events listed below? Simply click on the link in the listing!

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Holiday Movie Event
Dedham Parent Time hosts a showing of the holiday classic "Polar Express" at the Dedham Community Theatre this morning at 9:30.  Click here for more info.

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Tree & Wreath Sale!
Head on down to the Dedham Community House to pick out the perfect tree and wreath. Sale runs from 10-3 today and tomorrow.  Get there soon - they sell out every year!  Click here for more info.

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It's Show Time!

Now playing at The  Dedham Community Theatre are two great films getting rave reviews.  Click the movie title below to see the trailer.

 "An Education"
"Coco Before Chanel"
For show times visit www.dedhamcommunitytheatre.com.

Have you joined the "Friends of the Dedham Community Theatre" group on facebook?  Click here to join the hundreds of DCT supporters.  Help spread the word and invite your FB friends!xmas tree 4

Live Theatre In the Square!  This year's Annual Holiday Pageant at First Church & Parish Unitarian Univeralist,"The Spirit of the Christmas Tree", will be performed by the children Sun. 12/13 at 10 a.m. The pageant is an intergenerational experience and everyone has a little part. Story, singing, costumes, a little chaos, and sweet moments. Don't  miss the traditional Hanging of the Greens.
Square Biz
Reynolds BrothersPicture Perfect-  Check out portraits of  Peter and Paul Reynolds, Bob Iverson, Paul McMurtry, Gay Read, Susie McIntosh and other Dedham personalities photographed by local shutterbug Ned Roberts for his "White Seamless Project" -- now on display at nest.   Also at nest, a collection of other small paintings and photos by local artists Ted Rabidoux, Lisa Houck, Kerry Hawkins, Bruce Baumann, Emma Payette and nest's own Molly Jackson, among others.   You'll also find sumptuous scarves, cozy socks and gloves, and luxurious creams to keep you warm and soft.  Jewelry to keep you glowing and sparkly and antiques to enjoy and treasure.  Holiday hours: Monday 12-5, Tuesday to Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-4.  622 High Street.

exchange picFeel Good Shopping
Shop at The Dedham Exchange, non-profit gift shop, for the holidays:
Making Pretty!
Making Tasty!
Making Memories!
Click here for  more info. on their upcoming event on 12/17 featuring gourmet treats and Vivian Normandeau of the Secret Garden,445 Washington St., 781-326-5009, free parking!

Spread A Little Joy - There is still time to participate in Needham Bank's annual "Stockings of Joy" campaign to aid local families. Click here for more info.
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Space for Lease
- looking for prime retail space in the Square?  The brand new building located at 439 Washington Street next to The Dedham Exchange, will soon be finished and ready for new tenants.  If you or someone you know is interested in space between 900-1,800 square feet, please call (781) 329-6100.
Elsewhere Around Town
toys for totsToys for Tots -  Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer and the spirit of giving at the Toys for Tots fundraiser Sunday, 12/13 from 6-10 p.m. at the American Legion  (the one with the tank).   Benefiting children of Dedham, Italian Home for Children and Children's Hospital.  Please bring an unwrapped toy or a $20 donation.  For more information contact  Michael Humphrey 781.389.0779 or at  cherokeetrophy@verizon.net

east dedham lightsEast Dedham Christmas Light Display

A Dedham tradition for the past 36 years!  The Civitarese/Cushman family invite the public to come see their amazing display of  Christmas lights and decorations in their yard.  Bring the kids to take a walk through and enjoy some hot cocoa.   Every evening (weather permitting) from 5-9 at 121  Garfield Road.  Santa will be making an appearance on Sun. 12/13 and Sun. 12/20 at 5PM.
About Us
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The Dedham Square Circle is a non-profit organization committed to invigorating Dedham Square by increasing its economic prosperity, promoting its rich history, arts and culture, and aesthetically enhancing the Square's physical environment to benefit the entire community.  www.dedhamsquarecircle.org

We rely on the generosity of individuals and local businesses to help us carry out our mission.   Contributing to the Dedham Square Circle is not charity, it's an investment in your very own community.