Guide to Founders' Day 2004

September 11
Entertainment Schedule

8:00 AM

The Saugus Veterans' Council will have "A Day of Remembrance" this morning on the Taylor Street side of the Town Hall in remembrance of 9/11. The Flag will remain at half-staff until Noon.

8:30 AM

The Invocation.

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks / Introductions (Town Manager, Andrew Bisignani)

9:15 AM

Wanapanaquins / Baton

9:30 AM

Saugus High School Band

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 2004

1:00 PM

Richie Willis, North Shore Acappella

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 Celebrates 375th

Saugus Founders' Day 2004 will celebrate the 375th Birthday with an old fashioned "Town Social" on Friday evening, September 10th at 7:00 PM in front of the Saugus Town Hall. A Victorian period bench will be dedicated with a plaque commemorating the occasion. The bench will be placed on the new Town Hall Green, which is in the process of being designed where the former Police Station was. There will be ice cream and cake and entertainment by the "A-Minors" and "The Melodies". What a great opportunity to see the new Town Hall Green and gather together in the spirit of friendship at the Saugus Town Hall.

The last celebration of Saugus was 25 years ago, in 1979. It took a great deal of planning for the gala year of activities for the 350th Birthday. 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. This 350th celebration was the beginning of Saugus Founders' Day. 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.

"A Day of Remembrance" sponsored by the Saugus Veterans' Council will begin with the Invocation at 8:30 AM on the Taylor Street side of the Town Hall. Saugus Founders' Day happens to fall on the 9/11 anniversary and the opening ceremony to start Founders' Day will be eliminated this year out of respect to the 9/11 remembrance.

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

The Saugus Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the 23rd Annual Saugus Founders' Day Officer 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. For information call 781-231-8407.

Stop by the Saugus Advertiser, sign the "I Was At Saugus Founder's Day" page, and fill out a raffle coupon for a free subscription. The Daily Lynn Item and its mascot will join us this year and also the Saugus Advocate will explain their new "Calendar of Events" as a courtesy to the town.

Paul Penachio and the Emergency Management Team (located at the old Fire Station) will have the station open for family visits to view the building and the equipment. Paul will be looking for volunteers to sign up for Emergency Management and grilling sausages, pepper and onions in front of the station.

Emergency Management Station, located at the old fire station building, will be open for tours of the building, vehicles and the children can learn how the Emergency Management Team volunteers their time to help during storms and emergency situations in town.

The Saugus Police Department will again sponsor the annual bike auction in the visitors' parking lot at 27 Hamilton Street. Viewing will begin at 10:00 AM and the auction will start at 11:00 AM.

The Saugus Community Policing Sergeant Michael Stewart and Alzheimer's Program Coordinator, Jean Poole will at Saugus Founders' Day to give out leaflets and information on the Alzheimer's Safety Program. If you have a family member or friend with Alzheimer's, this is a good opportunity to stop by and be able to ask questions and learn how you can help. There will be a raffle with 20 prizes and water bottles, pens, and magnets will be given out.

The Saugus Historical Society in collaboration with the Massachusetts Aviation Historical Society presents a major photographic and historical exhibit at 30 Main Street. Soaring Over Saugus: The Saga of Early Aviation 1911-1923. Don?t miss this wonderful photographic exhibit by our local historians. The Society will also have a table in front of the Town Hall, selling notepaper, magnets, maps / booklets, brochures and T-Shirts.

The Friends of Town Hall will sell the hometown collectibles. This year the newest collectibles are the new and old Saugus High School. The cost is $20.00 per collectible. There will be a variety available of past collectibles. Be sure to see if there is any historic Saugus throws still available. There are a few left at $50.00 in full color.

The Friends of the Saugus Public Library will hold their annual Founders' Day Book Sale from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 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 and Saugus Cultural Council will sponsor "Henry The Juggler" for the children. The performance will begin at 1:00 PM at the Library and there will also be a workshop on juggling.

The Touch-A-Truck will be available again this year behind the Saugus Public Library. The will be vehicles from the Police, Fire and DPW for the children to explore and sit on for pictures so you need to remember those cameras.

The 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 with all the fixings. The Post 210 Auxiliary will also have a booth with their annual raffle.

The Saugus Community Blood Drive will resume on Founders' Day at the Masonic Lodge Hall at 47 Adams Avenue. There is plenty of free parking behind the building for donors. Please come; your help is needed. The Blood Bank team from Brigham & Women's Hospital will be set up in lower level at accept donations between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. We credit all donor group numbers from Fraternal, Civic, and Work Groups. The Masons will again provide a complimentary brunch to donors.

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

St. John's Church will be running a Flea Market from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The church is located on the corner of Central & Prospect Streets. Sites are available for $15.00 per site. For information and reservations call 781-233-8276. There will also be a snack bar serving coffee and donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and cold drinks.

Special Thanks to the Blessed Sacrament Church for always helping Founders' Day with the availability of parking. This year they will be having a "Giant Yard Sale" 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with refreshments, sponsored by the Ladies Sodality and the Social Committee.

The Unitarian-Universalist Church on the corner of Main, Summer, and Taylor Streets will have a Craft Fair 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Table Space will be $20.00 and for information call 781-233-9484. Stop by for a great, cool drink of Al's Lemonade.

Bring your cameras -- The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, on the corner of Summer and Taylor Streets, will welcome the Indian Rock Stables. Pony rides will be available starting at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for $3.00. We thank the members of the Church and Indian Rock Stables for making this possible this year.

Church Activities on the Town Hall Lawn this year will be provided by the following: Cliftondale Congregational Church will serve their famous Strawberry Shortcake. The East Saugus Methodist Church will have their homemade cookies and they will again sponsor the Saugus Domestic Violence Coalition to give out information and answer any questions.

The Saugus Home Depot with the help of Store Manager, Nadia King, and under the direction of Bob Mederios will have the "Captain of the Kids Workshop". Associates Susie Diotte and Brad Mandell will provide hands-on projects to make wooden boxes, racecars, and frames. Parents are invited to work along with their children.

The Eastern Bank will sponsor JuJu The Clown for the children's entertainment. Look for JuJu on the Hamilton Street side of the 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 7th Annual Ghost Story contest, and compete in his annual Trivia contest. First person to answer any particular question correctly will win a T-Shirt.

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. 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 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, Boy Scout Troops 61 and 62 and 66, Knights of Columbus, Saugus High School Field Hockey, Saugus High School Tennis Team, Saugus High School Softball, Saugus Youth Soccer, Saugus Lions Club, Lynnhurst School PTO, Saugus High School Cheerleaders and Saugus High School Golf Team. 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, Dominos Pizza, Applebees, and Wild Oats.

Civic / Information Booths -- While sampling the food, you can take time to visit the following information booths. Saugus Advertiser, Saugus Advocate, Daily Evening Item,, Theatre Company of Saugus, Eastern Bank, Saugus Garden Club, Saugus River Watershed Council, S.A.V.E., Saugus Tree Committee, Home Depot, Saugus Chamber of Commerce, Saugus Boosters Club, Saugus Council on Aging, Boy Scout 66 (Color Your Own Button) & Cub Pack 62, Friends of Breakheart Reservation, Saugus Colalition Against Domestic Violence, and additional organizations are still coming in as we go to press.

Recycling: For the first time, the Town of Saugus will have recycling totters at several locations for proper disposal of cans and bottles at the Founders' Day celebration. Please join us in making this event a success by recycling your cans and bottles.

The Board of Health will have a table set up with information on Emergency Preparedness for Residents, Food Safety Tips, and Recycling.

"FUN Area" -- This would not be possible without the help of the Saugus Youth & Recreation Department, Director C.J. Serino, and Nicole Natalucci. Michael Gallant of "Perfect Parties" again will set up a great fun area for our youth opening at 11:00 AM and running until 4:00 PM. This year parents and volunteers from the schools and sports organizations will monitor the many activities. Look for the Saugus Elementary School participation of their PTO's starting at 9:00 AM -- 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. Look for the Obstacle Course, Virtual Speedway, Moon Walk, Electronic Golf Putting, Bungee Run, Dunk Tank, and Gladiator Joust. Remember that 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 also be available by Elaine Lynch, near the Fried Dough Stand. Next to tattoos is the "Sand Art Bottles" which the children can create themselves.

Face Painting -- North Shore Medical Community Health Van -- In conjunction with the Saugus Board of Health, the North Shore Medical Health Van will be available on Saugus Founders' Day, Saturday, September 11th, 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM Frank's Gulf Service, located at 3 Main Street, will close for the day to accommodate the Health Van. There will be Cholesterol Screenings, Glucose Testing and Blood Pressures taken.

Persons of the Year 2004 -- 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, 2002 -- Rev. Roger Nelson and Donna Gould, and 2003 - Florence Chandler and Norman Hansen. 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. 2004 recipients will be announced at 12:00 Noon. Congratulations and best wishes to all.

This day could not be possible without the help of many. Sincere appreciation is extended to the Board of Selectmen, Town Departments, and 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, Saugus Advocate, Saugonian,, and Comcast for getting the word out!

The Town Hall area has been blessed with wonderful neighbors who have been inconvenienced through twenty-five 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. Hope to see you Friday Night, September 10th at 7:00 PM for the "Town Social" and on Saugus Founders' Day, September 11th.