One of the neat things about Newton that separate it from other communities in Massachusetts is that it is comprised of thirteen different villages. Most people take pride in their villages and in the unique things their village has to offer. Last night provided one example of this. It was the fourth annual Feast of the Falls, the grand event of the Newton Upper Falls social calendar. The Feast is an entirely privately funded event. It is the brainchild of Upper Falls business owners Seana Gaherin and Christopher Osborn and Upper Falls resident and Upper Falls News publisher Jerry Reilly. They created an event unlike any other in the city. Here’s a description from the Feast’s website:
The Feast of the Falls is a community gathering like you’ve never seen. At 5 PM as the neighbors of Upper Falls walk through the streets towards the Feast the church bells begin ringing. The guests arrived over Echo Bridge to the decorated woods full of the music of a string quartet wafting through the trees. They sit down at one long 350 foot table for a four course gourmet dinner, served by their elected officials and the familiar faces from local businesses. When dinner ends guests are invited to join in the musical campfire where friends and neighbors play and sing together. As darkness falls, the guests leave via an illuminated Echo Bridge that have been decorated by the children of the neighborhood.
Unbelievably, thanks to the generosity of the organizers and sponsors, the event is free to all Upper Falls residents who request tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased by nonresidents, so look for this event next year.
Does your village have its own one of a kind event? Other examples I can think of are the St. Mary of Carmen Festival in Nonantum and the Christmas lighting also in Nonantum. Are there others? Please let us know in the comments! It would be neat to collect all of these in one place.