Category Archives: Cultural

Cultural Council budgets OK

I just heard Governor Patrick say that he thought that the budgets of the state’s Cultural Councils should be OK, despite the fact that the house budget released yesterday cut those budgets in half.  Medfield gets $4,250 a year in state funds and pays for lots of things with little money.  There is a pending annual town meeting (ATM) warrant article to have the town match the state contribution, to effectively double spending on the arts in town.  However, I believe the Warrant Committee is not supporting that new spending this year.

Cultural Council 6 PM tonight at Zullo

Medfield Cultural Council grant awards this evening at 6 PM at the Zullo Gallery.

See and hear from the grant recipients, see the Zullo’s exhibit, see and listen to real live politicians, and take part in the first First Thursday of 2014.

For details click here.


This from Jean Mineo -
Deadline: Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 at 5 pm
The Town of Medfield owns a small 5,352 square foot parcel of land between Zebra’s and Starbuck’s that has affectionately been called the Pocket Park for lack of an official name. The Pocket Park Steering Committee was appointed in Oct. 2013 to initiate a public planning process to both propose a design for the park and establish its name.
Naming Contest
Medfield residents are invited to vote on, or propose, a name for the Pocket Park by completing an on-line survey here:
History of the site is included in the short survey.
As an added incentive, Woodland Theater has generously donated two tickets to a Jan. 24 – 26 performance of Spelling Bee, one of Broadway’s most buzzed about Tony award winning musicals. The winner for the tickets will be selected at random from among all entries. The performance takes place in the Lowell Mason Theatre at the Medfield High School and additional tickets may be purchased at
The Pocket Park Steering Committee will select the name from among the entries and forward for approval at Town Meeting. Thank you for participating in this exciting opportunity to name our Pocket Park!
For questions or more information, please email

Medfield’s new downtown dog

Jean Mineo explains Medfield’s new downtown dog (I personally think the choices for the first Art Box were brilliant)-

Jean Mineo also commented on her J.A.S. Monks Art Box album.
Jean wrote: “At an unknown date, Jack became the faithful canine companion of then 23 year-old Dr. Arthur Mitchell who arrived in Medfield in 1887 and served as the town’s beloved doctor for the next 47 years. During a storm of epic proportions (perhaps the one from October 12-15, 1895), the young doctor fell into floodwaters of what is assumed now to be the Charles River. Caught under the rapids, with his lungs filling with water, Dr. Mitchell glimpsed his ever-faithful dog Jack who had offered himself as a canine life-jacket. With his life in the balance, all Arthur remembered was holding onto Jack for dear life as they paddled for refuge. Reaching the river bank, Arthur grabbed onto tree branches and pulled himself to safety with Jack still by his side. Dr. Mitchell never forgot his own near drowning, or the fact that Jack saved him. For this memory and honor, Mitchell commissioned Medfield artist John Austin Sands Monks to paint a portrait of Jack which later hung in the doctor’s office. It appears that the portrait was painted sometime between the 1895 storm and Jack’s death in August 1899. After Dr. Mitchell’s death in 1934, his will stipulated that the painting become property of his housekeeper, Mrs. Mary Carver Haskell. She later donated it to the Medfield Historical Society before her death in 1951. Both the good doctor and his faithful dog were buried side by side in Temple, Maine’s Mitchell Cemetery. The other images on this Art Box are 1) the 1888 Monks Block (across the street) which the artist and his wife Olive built on property owned by her parents, Orson and Olive Wales (Thayer) Young, and 2) an etching of sheep for which John Austin Sands Monks became America’s painter par excellence. This Art Box was sponsored by M.E.M.O., the Medfield Employers and Merchants Organization. The Art Boxes are a program of the Medfield Cultural District and the remaining five will be installed in the spring, each telling a different story of Medfield’s cultural history.”
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Santa photo op at Dwight-Derby House

From the Medfield Cultural District -

Dear Medfield Cultural District Steering Committee and Friends,

In the spirit of keeping everyone informed about upcoming cultural events, I wanted to let you know about Santa’s special appearance at the Dwight-Derby House to continue Medfield’s traditional annual “Free Santa Photo Op.”  He will arrive on Friday, December 6 immediately following MEMO’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and will leave for the North Pole at 9:30 pm. In conjunction with his visit The Dwight-Derby House Shoppe will be open on Friday, December 6, from 7pm to 9:30pm. It will also be open on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 3 pm.


I will be posting the event on the Medfield Cultural Council Events Calendar. Attached is an event flyer as a PDF and a jpg (for posting on Facebook). The press release  copy appears below and is attached.  We are hopeful that you will circulate the flyer and/or the press release to your various constituencies. Please contact Cheryl O’Malley with any questions.


Thanks very much. We hope to see you there!


Best regards,

Jo Ellen



Jo Ellen Collins



Press Release


Contact Information:

Cheryl O’Malley, President

Friends of the Dwight-Derby House

(508) 359-7264


Santa Claus is Coming To… The Dwight-Derby House for Free Photos



Medfield, MA – Yes, it’s true! Santa is making a special appearance at the Dwight-Derby House to continue Medfield’s traditional annual “Free Santa Photo Op.” He will arrive immediately following MEMO’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Baxter Park at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 6, which officially kicks off the holiday season in Medfield.


Santa will be available until 9:30 pm after which he will be heading back to the North Pole. Medfield photographer, Colleen Sullivan, will be taking the photos, so they will be of utmost professional quality—perfect for reproduction and gift giving. And she will email them to you—what could be easier? More good news?  When you arrive you will receive a number so you can browse and shop at the Dwight-Derby House Holiday Shoppe while you wait. No more standing in line.


The Holiday Shoppe, filled with fresh new merchandise and seasonal decorative items, will be open on Friday, December, 6, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 3 pm. Handcrafted jewelry by Susan Gerow and Cheryl O’Malley will be available. Ribbon yarn scarfs and shawls by Susan McCarthy are back by popular demand. We have many new items created by Colleen Sullivan who has integrated her artistic photography into her designs. Do you have a bird lover in your family? We have the perfect gift for them—a handcrafted replica of their house transformed into a birdhouse. Come see it all. We have gift items for everyone on your holiday list.

Shop the treasure trove of delightful and creative gift items produced in our own community at prices that are sure to please. Bring a friend! We’re located at 7 Frairy Street in Medfield right behind Meeting House Pond.

Give a gift that keeps on giving. Not only will your purchase delight someone special, but you will be supporting local artisans and the ongoing maintenance, preservation and development of the historic Dwight-Derby House.

Visions and Voices: Community Art Project

From Jean Mineo of the Cultural District -

Visions and Voices: Community Art Project

Pocket park between Zebra’s (21 North Street, Medfield) and Starbucks

(Medfield, MA): The Medfield Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce the second and final installation of the community art project Visions and Voices in the pocket park between Zebra’s and Starbucks.

During Medfield Day, a chalkboard kiosk was set up in the park for visitors to write their ideas for the park. Medfield photographer Connie Thomson took portraits of visitors which were then printed poster sized. These paper portraits are now temporarily installed along the sidewalk through the park to further capture public interest in this public space. The posters are adhered with a natural wheat paste and the paper will be completely removed within a few weeks; the duration is weather dependent.

Project Coordinator Jean Mineo says, “this project provided a way for people to reflect on their community and share their ideas publicly. Over 150 comments were left on the chalkboards during the two weeks they were in the park.” The portraits are part of the global on-line art project Inside Out, a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED prize.

Medfield Selectmen are appointing a Steering Committee to manage a public planning process over the winter. Anyone interested in participating in planning workshops can contact Jean Mineo at or 508-242-9991 for more information.

Visions and Voices is supported in part by donations from Will’s Hardware and Photographs by Connie Thomson.

For More Information:

Contact: Jean Mineo



Vote for Medfield

From Rob Gregg -

Friends – we need your VOTE every day through Sunday…click on the link below and VOTE for ‘Medfield Matters’ as part of the Successful Communities campaign. Each person can vote once a day, each day through Sun. Sept. 15. We already made the final cut to be one of the best “16″ from entries submitted across the country….the top 4 communities each get $500 we’ll put toward a Cultural District initiative. ANYONE CAN VOTE.

You’re going to have to “like” the Community Matters Facebook page and then you can vote for Medfield “Visions and Voices”. You can vote once per day, today through Sunday. Thanks!!!


Vote for Medfield

From Jean Mineo of the Medfield Cultural District Committee -

Friends – we need your vote…click on the link below and VOTE for Medfield’s Vision and Voices as part of the Successful Communities campaign. Each person can vote once a day, each day through Sun. Sept. 15. We already made the final cut to be one of the best “16″ from entries submitted across the country….the top 4 communities each get $500 we’ll put toward a Cultural District initiative. ANYONE CAN VOTE.

You’re going to have to “like” the Community Matters Facebook page and then you can vote for Medfield “Visions and Voices”. You can vote once per day, today through Sunday. Thanks!!!

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Art in our midst

From Medfeild resident, Jean Mineo -
Happy fall! I’m writing with news about two upcoming art projects.
This Saturday Sept. 7, 11  at 12:30 pm, I’ll be leading a free tour of the outdoor art installation at the beautiful plaza at the Christian Science Church in Boston. Boston Sculptors Gallery has installed 23 monumental and intimate sculptures on the site, on view through Oct. 31. The tour will leave from the entrance to their library at 210 Mass. Ave at 11 am and will last 1 – 1½ hours. Bring the kids! If you drive in from Medfield, take the Pike to the Pru exit and you can park under the Pru at the end of the ramp exit, or look for street parking. This garage is at the opposite end of the plaza from where the tour starts, so walk through the plaza to Mass. Ave. and see how many sculptures you spot along the way. More information here:
 Andy Zimmermann’s “Liminal Bloom”IMG_0619.JPG
Next up on Medfield Day, Sat. Sept. 21, join me and the Medfield Cultural District for a community art project in the pocket park between Zebra’s and the new Starbuck’s from 9 am – 3 pm. It’s called Visions and Voices and gives you a place to write your ideas for the park and then have your picture taken to be included as a poster on the walkway a few weeks later. Pictures will only be taken on Medfield Day, but the kiosk where you can share your ideas will be up through Oct. 7, so come back and “see what your neighbors are saying.”  More information here:
For information on other cultural events in Medfield, check out the Cultural Council’s on-line calendar:
Hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

Medfield Cultural Council’s great new website

The Medfield Cultural Council has a great new website.  Calendars of events, photos of art installations, and a list of local cultural groups with life links to their websites.  Really well done, really useful, and really cool.