Woburn Welcomes

Woburn residents gathering for Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19, hundreds of Woburn residents joined local organizations to  observe and honor Juneteenth Independence Day. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people within the United States, observed annually on June 19th. Just two days before our Juneteenth Woburn event, President Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday.

The event included a Juneteenth flag raising with Mayor Galvin, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, and local elected officials including State Representative Richard Haggerty, State Senator Cindy Friedman, City Councilors Robert Ferullo and Jeff Dillon, and School Committee members Colleen Cormier, Ellen Crowley, Andrew Lipsett and Michael Mulrenan. SCI’s Deputy Director Phil Gordon and St. John’s Baptist Church Deacon Ron Walker performed the ceremonial flag raising honors.

The flag raising was followed by a speaking lineup of community members and student leaders who provided background on the history of Juneteenth and reflections on its meaning today in the ongoing quest for a more equitable society. The speeches were followed by a series of children’s activities, including storytime with school committee members Ellen Crowley and Michael Mulrenan.

The Juneteenth Woburn guest of honor retired was Retired Air Force Colonel and member of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Clifton E. Reed, who held an open Q&A on the Tuskegee Airmen in the Woburn Public Library Program Room.

I would like to say a big thank you to the following organizations who joined with SCI to coordinate and support this event: the City of Woburn, Cummings Properties, embRACE Club, Gourmet Kreyol, the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, the NAACP Mystic Valley Branch, St. John's Baptist Church, the Woburn Democratic City Committee, the Woburn Public Library, Woburn Public Schools, Woburn United Methodist Church, and Woburn Welcomes.

There are several individuals whom I would like to highlight for their leadership and extensive efforts in making the event a success. First, our event committee chairs, Phil Gordon, Jennifer Baker Jones and Lipsett. Next, a special thank you to Hermayne Gordon, Assistant Director of the Woburn Public Library, for hosting the event and working with the rest of the Library team to create information displays and book selections for Juneteenth. Mike West from St. John’s Baptist Church for all his help with the audiovisual aspects of the program. A special thanks to goes out to Zane Crute, President of the Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP for all of his support and guidance.

We had a very strong committee of volunteers, too long to list here. Thanks to all of them for their participation in this inaugural Juneteenth event!

Community Culture Cards

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 5:00pm

Join us in learning about different holidays and traditions celebrated in our community! Make a holiday card, and include your own traditions and recipes to share with the Woburn community.

Sign up here:

https://forms.gle/MTQ1wmwRECRJn7yt5

Festival on the Common

A new initiative coordinated by Social Capital Inc, the Tanner Youth Coalition is a collaboration between embRACE, Keystone Club at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Spectrum, the Woburn Youth Council, and Woburn Welcomes. The Tanner Youth Coalition will be running a trio of events during the month of December to spread holiday cheer in the Woburn community, see below for details!

Woburn Positivity Video

--The video date has been postponed due to weather and COVID-19 concerns.-- To spread some hope in a time of need and some holiday cheer with all the wonderful holidays coming up, embRACE is putting together a Holiday Positivity Video with multiple groups and participants! Following CDC as well as WPS guidelines concerning COVID-19, embRACE will choose an outdoor location in Woburn and compile a video of positive words and the diverse clubs of our city. Participants will be asked to create hand-made signs with positive messaging, and embRACE welcomes participants to make signs in different languages! After assembling filming, the positivity video will be shared with all participants as well as the greater Woburn community to spread hope and holiday cheer. If you or your group is interested in participating in the filming, please reach out to Sophia Matthews at 21smatthews@woburnps.com!

Holiday Centerpiece Raffle

Woburn neighbors, brighten your winter or holiday table with a beautiful floral centerpiece!  This no cost raffle is open to all Woburn residents.

This year, we are not able to get together with family, friends, and loved ones as we typically would.  In order to spread winter/holiday cheer through Woburn, The Woburn Youth Coalition (Keystone, SCI, Woburn Youth Council, Woburn Welcomes, WMHS embRACE, and WMHS Spectrum) will be raffling three floral centerpieces.

Please complete this Google Form between December 1 and December 17 to be entered into the raffle.  Winners will be announced on Friday, December 18.  (Centerpieces will be delivered to the winners. Participants MUST have a Woburn address - no P.O. boxes.)

Thank you McCue's Garden Center for generously donating the centerpieces!

https://www.mccuegardencenter.com/

Community Culture Card Drive

Help spread holiday cheer! Send a card to a member of the community and receive one back!

The Intrepid Keystone Club and Woburn Youth Council are facilitating a card swap among residents of Woburn. If you would like to participate, sign up by filling out this Google Form. Please sign up by Friday, December 18.

You will receive an email with the information of the person you are sending the card to by Friday, December 11. Feel free to include any traditions your family has surrounding the holidays or even a recipe to a favorite holiday meal!