August 2019
We Burn Brighter
The early morning hours of Monday, July 22 brought a terrible blaze that raged in Natick Center for nearly 10 hours, destroying 5 businesses and affecting 7 others. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Natick Fire & Police Dept.'s and First Reponders the buildings nearby remained intact.

Through the tears and sadness the one thing that remains about this community is it's love for one another. The fabric of this town is one made of love, support and hope, which is never more apparent than after a tragedy.

The cultural district is privileged to be a part of this community. "We Burn Brighter" together, moving forward towards healing and restoration in the coming months. We'll continue our support for the local business community and continue to provide events that enrich the lives of those within it.
Local community members join on the Natick common during ArtWalk and Natick Nights signed the banner of strength and hope for those businesses we lost and were damaged on July 22nd.

Photos above courtesy of Conrad Gees www.conradgeeswhatnowphotography.com   
Natick Fire Emergency
Relief Fund
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Natick Center Associates has established an emergency relief fund to benefit those businesses destroyed and affected by the devastating fire downtown.

To donate online, visit:  paypal.me/nccd  or mail a check to "Natick Center Associates", P.O. Box 6284, Natick, MA 01760 with "Fire Relief Fund" in the memo section.

Donations can also be made directly at the Natick Middlesex Savings Bank branch, please notify the teller that you wish to donate to the Emergency Fire Relief Fund and they will help you make the deposit.

Natick Center Associates is a 501(c)(3), and donations will be deposited into separate  Middlesex Savings Bank  account.

Thank you to those that have already donated, your gifts will help those businesses directly affected by the fire.
The Emergency Fire Relief Fund was formed to support the downtown businesses that were lost during the fire and also those affected by the fire.
Artists Amy Robinson-Steinmetz and
Carol Krentzman at the dedication of their Smiling Faces Mosaic on July 18th,
along with many in the community.
Smiling Faces Dedication
The Smiling Faces Community Mosaic Dedication took place on July 18th and celebrated this massive collaborative artwork with the community and with smiles!

During the dedication State Rep. David Linsky, and Board of Selectman Member, Sue Salamoff spoke about how much joy this public art installation brings to the downtown and that this fabulous new mosaic on Court St. is what helps to make Natick Center shine.

The work of art was a collaborative artistic journey between Natick artists Amy Robinson Steinmetz and Carol Krentzman. The new mosaic is made up of thousands of pieces of tile made from recycled glass, and over a hundred custom designed fused glass elements. More than 70 volunteers from Natick and surrounding towns worked on the project for more than nine months!

The mosaic project was supported by the Natick Center Cultural District, Natick Cultural Council, local businesses and many private donations.
ArtWalk &
Natick Nights
Combining ArtWalk, Natick Nights and a Movie Night on the common proved to make the final Natick Nights the busiest of the season!

Over 60 artists were a part of ArtWalk and displayed their work along the sidewalks. There were face painters, balloon artists, a stilt walker and local food vendors, so many things to see and enjoy!

Santa arrived on the common in a vintage car accompanied by many things for children to do including the Polar Express movie provided by the Natick Rec. and Parks Dept. at dusk.

We hope you enjoyed this season of Natick Nights but don't worry there's more events to fill your calendar in the coming months!
So many fun things to do and see during
Artwalk and Natick Nights!
Multicultural Day will be held on August 24th
from 10-2:00 pm on the Natick Common.
Multicultural Day
The Cultural District's 3rd annual Multicultural Day will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 10:00–2:00 pm on Natick Common. This event will celebrate the various food, music and cultures found within the different ethnicities in our community!

If you are a part of a group or organization that would like to be represented please contact: Athena Pandolf, Executive Director, NCCD at athena@natickcenter.org or call the office at 508-650-8848. 

Proudly sponsored by  MutualOne Bank .
Natick International Film Festival
The Town of Natick and the Natick Center Cultural District will host it's inaugural Natick International Film Festival which will launch in 2020. In preparation for this, our generous friends at Arlington International Film Festival are hosting a pilot screening in Natick featuring immigration shorts.

The screening will take place on Saturday,
August 24, at the Common Street Spiritual Center from 2 pm-4 pm, immediately following the Multicultural Day celebrations on the Town Common.

Being shown are the new Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV), a collection of documentary films by and about new immigrants from 13 countries of origin. Their stories provide a unique insider perspective on the integration challenges faced by immigrants and the contributions they make to our culture, economy and social fabric. The filmmakers made these short films to engage communities in dialogue about immigrants and immigration. VIew more here: http://csfilm.org/films/new-immigrant-and-refugee-visions/

Director and filmmaker Michael Sheridan will be there for Q&A after the film.
The August 24th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Common Street Spiritual Center will be a pilot screening as part of the Natick International Film Festival, a partnership with the Arlington International Film Festival.
This event is generously sponsored by Kensington Investment Company
and is made possible by a partnership with the Natick Center Cultural District ,
the Town of Natick, MA and the
Arlington International Film Festival.
Natick Days will take place on September 7th from
10:00 am - 3:00 pm in Natick Center.
Natick Days
Natick Days is an annual festival celebrating our community by providing an opportunity for Natick youth groups and non-profit organizations to increase visibility for the great work they do. It's a Natick tradition that highlights the work of the service organizations and volunteers that make the Town of Natick such a great place to live, work and play!

Natick Days will be held on Saturday, September 7th, 2019
from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Attended by several thousand people each year, the event is held at Natick Common in the heart of Natick Center Cultural District. The festivities include food, fun and entertainment - past events have featured mini golf, a moonwalk, bungee challenge, pony rides, big trucks from the DPW, raffles, Big Daddy racing, a photo booth, obstacle course, and a lot more.
Natick Center PorchFest
Natick Center PorchFest on September 14th is a grassroots community music festival. Musicians play on front porches of generous hosts, who are sharing their porches and lawns with neighbors and the community around Pond St. in Natick Center!

Attendees enjoy lots of free music and local color as they walk and bike around the neighborhoods. It’s a great opportunity for local musicians to share their talents with their neighbors, and for residents to discover these musicians and their neighborhoods anew!

Visit natickporchfest.org for more details and location map. You can sign up your porch to be a part of the festivities or sign up as a musician, either way it will be great way to bring the community together.
Natick PorchFest will be held on
September 14 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm.
(Raindate September 15, 1:00 - 5:00 pm)

Check out www.natickporchfest.org to see
if your street is on the list!
The market is on Natick Common each
Saturday from 9:00 am -1:00 pm.
Farmers Market
Our award winning Natick Farmers Market features local farmers and vendors from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on the gorgeous Natick Common every Saturday. From fresh fruit & vegetables from local farms, to bread, cheese, pastries, unique crafts, live music and more!

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors. Local businesses may be a sponsor for the weekly market, please contact debrasayre@gmail.com for more details.

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Check out our Events Calendar at our website for information on Natick Center activities and information!

Also visit the business directory for downtown information on local merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!