Guide to Founders' Day 2003

September 13
Entertainment Schedule

8:30 AM

Flag Raising -- Veteran's Council (Doug Cooper, President)

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks / Introductions (Town Manager, Andrew Bisignani)

9:15 AM

Wanapanaquins / Baton

9:30 AM

"Start" Saugus Founders' Day Harold Vitale Road Race (sponsored by the Saugus Chamber of Commerce) Starts / Ends at the Saugus High School

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Sandra's School of Dance

11:00 AM

Saugus Karate Kung-Fu

12:00 Noon

Persons of the Year 2003

1:00 PM

Richie Willis and STYLE

2:30 PM

Do You Want To Dance Studio

3:00 PM

Christine Proia's Dance Academy

3:30 PM

Saugus High School -- A MINORS

Please remember to support the local non-profit organizations this is always a team effort and proceeds go towards their activities for the year ahead

Description by the Saugus Founders' Day Committee

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Rain Date -- Next Day

Saugus Founders' Day 2003 will open the Country Market on Saturday, September 13th in front of Saugus Town Hall. Saugus celebrated is 350th birthday in 1979 and there were activities throughout the year. Some of the events included a dance, crowning of a Miss Saugus, a carnival, country market and a parade through the town and a great display of fireworks. There was such a great feeling to see the town coming together and each year we continue this tradition of the Country Market to keep that spirit alive for our children and grandchildren. This year will be the twenty-fourth Saugus Founders' Day and we are happy to welcome our new Town Manager, Andrew Bisignani, and thank him for his enthusiastic support and help for this year.

As you can see from the following schedule of events, businesses, churches, schools, senior citizens, youths, veterans, town employees, civic minded volunteers, our town officials and neighbors are involved each year to make this day a great success.

Stop by the Saugus Advertiser, sign the "I Was At Saugus Founder's Day" page, and buy a raffle ticket for a free subscription to the Advertiser.

Saugus American Little League Champs -- will have a booth to sell hats, bumper stickers, 2004 Calendars and sign autographs! This will be the most popular booth in town!!! Congratulations.

Paul Penachio and the Emergency Management Agency is organized "Touch-A-Truck" this year. Located behind the Saugus Public Library and with the cooperation of the DPW, Fire and Police Departments, "Touch-A-Truck", children will be able to actually climb on and sit in the vehicles they are usually only able to read about. They can try on the many hats, boots and equipment too. The Saugus Fire Department will have a Pumper Truck ready for action, the Saugus Police Department will have the black and white police cruiser, the D.A.R.E. Bug and Pick-Up Truck. The DPW will have a front-end loader and sidewalk plow. Staff will have real police hats, fire helmets, boots and construction hard hats, and provide a picture for you to take home.

Saugus Fire Department will sponsor the Safe Trailer -- The Metrofire Community SAFE Trailer, Student Awareness of Fire Education, will be parked on Taylor Street in front of the old police station. The public is invited to tour this smoke filled house, run by Saugus Firefighters, to see what the Saugus Firefighter SAFE educators are teaching children in the school system. Firefighters will be on hand for all your questions and concerns. Fire related pamphlets and handouts for the children will be available.

The Saugus Police Department -- will again hold the annual Bike Auction on Founder's Day. The auction will be held in the visitor's parking lot at the Public Safety Building. You will be able to view the bicycles at 10:00 AM and the auction will be at 11:00 AM

First Congregational Church will hold a giant yard sale, including toys, furniture and many holdhold goods. Hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages will be the menu for the day.

Community Health Van, sponsored by Union Hospital, will conduct free health and blood pressure clinic. Look for the mobile van across from Town Hall. Special "thanks" to the Saugus Community Health Task Force and to Frank's Gulf for also sponsoring this community service.

Saugus Lions Club "they're back"! The Lion's Club will be doing what they do best -- grilling sausages. They love this job and have a great time.

Saugus Historical Society -- will be selling notepaper, magnets, maps / booklets, and T-shirts in front of Saugus Town Hall. There will also be an Open House at 30 Main Street celebrating their 75th Anniversary. Refreshments will be served, Songs and Stories and Shoemaking in the 10 footer building, 10:00AM to 2:30PM. They will also sponsor Pony and Horse Rides, available with pictures at the Unitarian Church lawn on the corner of Summer Street and Taylor Street. $2.00 for ride and $2.00 for photos- 11:00AM to 12:00 Noon and 12:15PM to 2:15PM. At 12:00 Noon there will be an Equestrian Demonstration.

Kaitlyne Wadman, 12, of Saugus is a member of the Youth World Horesback Riding Team. Kaitlyne will put on an Equestrian Demonstration at 12:00 Noon in back of the Unitarian Church on the lawn.

Friends of Town Hall -- will be featuring a new hometown collectible of the current Saugus High School. The cost is $20.00 per collectible. Be sure to see if there is any historic Saugus throws still available. There are a few left at $50.

Saugus Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the 22nd Annual Saugus Founder's Day Harold Vitale Memorial Road Race & Non-Competitive Walk. This is a 4-mile race and the first 250 paid, qualified applicants will receive a free T-Shirt. There will also be a free Pee-Wee Fun Run at 9:00 AM

Friends of the Saugus Public Library -- will hold their annual Founder's Day Book Sale from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Because the main library will be closed for the day, please use the Taylor Street side entrance. Proceeds will benefit various library projects.

The Saugus Public Library will also sponsor Story Hours under the apple tree at the Saugus Historical Society Home, located at 30 Main Street. Amy Martin, Children's Librarian will be sharing stories at 10:30a.m. and again at 1:30PM American Legion Post 210 Hall -- located at 44 Taylor Street will be open for the day and will be serving food and adult drinks. A nice air-conditioned place to get away for a break from the activities and show your appreciation for our Veterans. Also look for their booth in Saugus Center where they will have "split the pot", coffee & donuts and Baked Potatos. The 911 Remembrance Wall will be located at the American Legion this year. It will be there all day. Action Ambulance, under the direction of Joe Amello, will have a booth at the American Legion next to the 911 Remembrance Wall so that you can participate in writing cards and letter to our troops.

American Legion Post 210 Auxiliary -- will have a raffle for a Holiday Gift Basket, Romance Gift Basket and several gift certificates. Look for the Auxiliary in front of Town Hall and let them know you appreciate all their efforts in supporting our veteran's organizations.

Saugus Community Blood Drive -- sponsored by the William Sutton Masonic Lodge. The team from the "Brigham & Women's Hospital Blood Donor Center will be in the lower level of the Saugus Masonic Lodge 9:00AM to 2:00PM to accept donations. The Lodge is located at 47 Adams Avenue (off Central Street). First-time donors and walk-ins are welcome. All donor group numbers -- fraternal, civic, or employer -- will be honored and credited. Light refreshments will be served to donors. Make Saugus Founders' Day a really special event: help save a life, donate blood.

Eastern Bank will sponsor Ju Ju The Clown for the children's entertainment. Look for Ju Ju on the Hamilton Street side of Saugus Town Hall.

Saugus River Watershed Council -- water quality sampling, volunteer programs, educational programs and kids environmental activities. Learn about on-going efforts to improve the health of the Saugus River. -- Saugus Founders' Day information is now on the Internet. Look for Eric Brown on the Town Hall lawn to learn what he has available for you on the Internet, tell you about the free 6th Annual Ghost Story contest, and compete in his annual Trivia contest. First person to answer any question correctly will win a T-Shirt.

Saugus Center For The Arts -- The mission of this new committee is to foster and cultivate participation in the creative and performing arts -- to help search out budding talent, to celebrate all forms of successful artistic endeavors and to encourage and support community occasions for the display of all art forms. They are currently working on their second Arts Festival with a date and location to be announced shortly.

Food Booths -- The non-profit groups / organizations will provide the menu again this year. Special "Thanks" to the Saugus Board of Health for all their help and support for this fundraiser activity. This year's sessions have been provided by the Board of Health on the preparation, handling and serving of food items. Congratulations to those who have taken the time to volunteer. This takes time and energy on the part of the volunteers each year but they have fun planning, working together, and at the same time make money for their activities for the year. Food this year will be provided by: Saugus High School Band, Saugus High School Classes of 2004, 2005, 2007, Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62, Knights of Columbus, Saugus High School Field Hockey, Saugus High School Girls Tennis Team, Saugus High School Peer Mediation under the direction of Mr. Volpe and Mr. Maruzzi, Saugus High School Softball, Saugus Youth Soccer, Lynnhurst School and the Saugus Lions Club. This is a cooperative effort of the businesses of Saugus, students and parents all working together on a volunteer basis. Sincere thanks go to the businesses that continue to believe and support these non-profit groups / organizations -- Kowloon, Hilltop, Fuddruckers, Border Café, and Domino's Pizza, Applebee's, Honey Baked Ham.

Church Activities -- Baked goods and deserts and information, church history, etc. will be provided by the Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus Community United Methodist Church, East Saugus Methodist Church. The Saugus Domestic Violence Coalition will also have a table with the East Saugus United Methodist Church for information or questions.

The newly painted Unitarian-Universalist Church on the corner of Main, Summer and Taylor Streets will have a giant yard sale, Sweet Adelines Quartet. At noon, Fred Scholl, a Chef in Winchester, will have a "Healthy Cooking" demonstration. Crafts, sea glass jewelry, environmentally safe products, lovely plant table, Square Dance demonstration, and "Al's" Lemonade Stand. This is in conjunction with the Pony/Horse rides sponsored by the Saugus Historical Society in the same area.

Blessed Sacrament Church -- will have a GIANT YARD SALE -- 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM on the driveway of the church. Special "thanks" to Blessed Sacrament Church for always allowing parking for Saugus Founder's Day every year.

Saugus Home Depot -- Every year Home Depot supplies the flatbed carts that help to set up the streets with booths. They also take the time to organize a booth geared towards the children with hands-on activities and projects that they love.

Civic / Information Booths -- While sampling the food, you can take time to visit the following information booths. Saugus Lions Eyemobile, Saugus Advertiser, Theatre Company of Saugus, Garden Club, Saugus River Watershed Council, Home Depot, Saugus Chamber of Commerce, Hollett Real Estate, Century 21 Real Estate, Saugus Boosters Club, Gridiron Club, Eastern Bank, S.A.V.E., Saugus Tree Committee,, Family Chiropractic, Saugus Center for the Arts, Council on Aging, Briggs Chiropratic, Boy Scout Troop 66 (Color Your Own Button) and Cub Pack 62, Friends of Breakheart, Saugus Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and additional organizations are still coming in as we go to press.

"FUN" Area -- This would not be possible without the help of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department, Director CJ Serino, and Nicole Natalucci. Michael Gallant of "Perfect Parties" again will set up a great fun area for our youth opening at 11:00AM and running until 4:00p.m. This year parents and volunteers from the schools and sports organizations will monitor the many activities. Starting time will be 9:00AM. Look for the Saugus Elementary School participation of their PTO's -- Lynnhurst, Oaklandvale, Veterans, Waybright, Belmonte Middle School and Saugus High School. They will have games, items on sale and information on their yearly activities to make it a great school year for their students. Look for the Pirate Fun House, Moonwalk, Dunk Tank, Moon Bounce, Big Time Boxing, Speed Pitch, Bungee Run, Baseball Toss, Putting Challenge, and much more. Remember this activity encourages the teams to work together as a unit to be successful just like playing on their team as a sport. Mentoring is another element that is important because the parents and teachers also participate in making the fundraisers successful. All the money they raise will be used for their activities during their school year.

Face Painting -- Saugus High School Drama Club -- will also be in the "Fun" Area (be sure to ask them about this year's productions. Temporary Tattoos -- will be done by Elaine Lynch. Next to tattoos is a "Sand Art Bottles" which the children can create themselves.

Persons of the Year 2003 -- The announcement will be at noon on the state in front of Saugus Town Hall. Previous recipients have been 1989-Stanley Day, 1990-William McKinney, 1991-Belden G. Bly, Jr., 1992-Dr. Herb Upton, 1993-Alice Hatch Vail, and Jim Virnelli, 1994-Barbara MacKenzie and John Lumsden, 1995-Kathy Blasingame and Edwin "Bucker" Holmes, 1996-Rosemary DeGregorio and Rev. Walter Smith, 1997-Marie Poitras and Clayton Trefry, 1998-Therese Nolan and Ken Barnes, 1999-Mrs. Louise Rossetti and Earl and Nancy Ellis, 2000-Charlie Aftosmes and Barbara and Ralph Badger, 2001- Carol Cashman and Dr. Frederick Wagner, and 2002 -- Rev. Roger Nelson and Donna Gould. Nominations are made and voted on by the previous recipients. This yearly award is a special way to acknowledge Saugus citizens who quietly and unselfishly volunteer many hours to their community. 2003 recipients will be announced at 12:00 Noon. Congratulations and best wishes to all the recipients!

This day could not be possible without the help of many. Sincere appreciation is extended to the Board of Selectmen and Town Departments, Mr. Andrew Bisignani, our Town Manager, whose encouragement and support is appreciated. Special "thanks" to Sue Dunn, Administrative Assistant for her help and patience. Thank you to the The Daily Item, Saugus Advertiser,, Saugonian, and Comcast for getting the word out!

The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been inconvenienced through the years. Instead of complaining, they join in and have yard sales, cookouts and still always have a kind and encouraging word. Residents and businesses have truly displayed their community spirit by embracing this day and adjusting their schedules.

The Saugus Founders' Day Committee: Donna Gould and Kathy Blasingame, Eleanor Carlson, Joyce Tramontozzi. Special thanks to Nicole Natalucci and the Youth & Recreation Department's Saugus Teen Council students who helped put the FUN area together for us this year.

See you Saturday, September 13th! (Rain Date is Next Day).