September 2019
Celebration in the District!
The district was buzzing with activity and celebration this summer with events such as Natick Nights, Concerts on the Common, Tunnel of Love and Smiling Faces Mosaic dedication ceremonies and Multicultural Day!

September brings more exciting and new events with Natick Days on Sept. 7th, followed by PorchFest on September 14th! Read on for other highlights and info. you won't want to miss.

Be sure to visit our full calendar of events at our website at  natickcenter.org .

Located at 20 Main St., the Welcome Center is open:
M – Friday: 6:30 am – 7:00 pm,
Sat.: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm,
Sun.: – Closed.

This self-service center provides information about upcoming events and also some highlights of Natick history with the new Natick Historical Museum kiosk, be sure to visit soon!
It was a perfect day on the common filled with color,
cultural performances and community
during our 3nd Annual Multicultural Day Event
on August 24th!   
Multicultural Day 2019
It was a gorgeous day on August 24th as the common was filled with flourishing heritage in the form of dress, food and performances from many cultures during our 3rd Annual Multicultural Day celebration.

The crowd was delighted with the performances that included; Spanish Flamenco Dancing with Eve Costarelli, Traditional & Pop Chinese Dance with CJT Dream Dance, Bollywood Medley Dance, Always in Season with American Folk music, Trend N Motion, The Drum Nomads and a special appearance by Nancy Kelley and her Dancers!

The community came together to learn and explore the many heritages represented during the event. The countries exhibiting were: Mexico, Mali, India, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Spain, China, Guatemala and even some Cricket demos on the common!

Joining us for the event were our amazing community partners: SPARK Kindness, Natick is United, and  Roche Bros.  who generously provided cool, sweet treats to the community.

Children participated in a scavenger hunt learning about each country represented and engaging with them to learn something new. Many completed forms were entered in to a drawing for a gift card from Wegmans.

We are grateful to all the groups involved for making this event a success. Thank you to  MutualOne Bank  for the generous sponsorship and for their employees who participated by wearing their native cultural dress!
Local community members share their cultural traditions from China and Guatemala.

Baja Mexican Restaurant looking amazing in their traditional cultural dress while providing
some delicious Mexican food to the participants!


Photo on right: Some delicate, hand embroidered shoes from India.
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, it's a great way to bring the community together through music!
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!
We've received many personal notes of support from the community along with donations for the fire affected businesses! Thank you all!
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.

Through generous donations from the community members we have raised nearly $35,000 that will be distributed to the fire affected and destroyed businesses.

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 may also be delivered to the Natick Middlesex Savings Bank branch. Notify the teller that you wish to donate to the Emergency Fire Relief Fund.

Natick Center Associates is a 501(c)(3), and donations will be deposited into separate  Middlesex Savings Bank  account.
MBTA, CRT &
N. Main Street Updates
Natick Center MBTA Station

The MBTA is reconstructing the Natick Center station to make it fully accessible. The new station will include high platforms, elevators, and ramps as well as stairs to provide faster boarding, with new connections to Main Street and Washington Street. A new pedestrian bridge will be constructed across the tracks, and Moran Square Park be improved for easier pedestrian circulation. The new station design will provide more bicycle parking, improvements to North Avenue and Main Street, and easier connections to Regional Transit Authority buses and for car pickup/drop-off. The new station will eventually provide a direct connection to the Cochituate Rail Trail. The MBTA project was recently advertised for construction, and a contract is likely to be awarded this fall, with work getting underway in early 2020. This station will take about 2-1/2 years to complete, and is expected to remain in service throughout construction, with only occasional closures.

Cochituate Rail Trail

The Cochituate Rail Trail is finally under construction. This project will be finished in the first part of 2021, and will include new bridges across routes 9 and 30, with a connection to Speen Street and the Natick Mall. This project has been a goal of many in Natick even before freight service ended in 2005. The current project will terminate in the vicinity of Willow Street; once the MBTA station is completed, the Town is proposing to MassDOT to extend the trail to the station and to Main Street. You can stay up to date on the rail trail project at  natickma.gov/crt , or   facebook.com/crtrail .

North Main Street

In another state- and federally-funded transportation project, the reconstruction of North Main Street from Natick Center to the Wayland town line is also expected to begin in early 2020. The Route 9/27 interchange is a separate project that is still in the design stage.
Possible design option for the Pedestrian Bridge over the train tracks.
Some potential design renderings for the new and accessible Natick Center MBTA Station.

Photos courtesy of the MBTA.
The market is on Natick Common each
Saturday from 9:00 am -1:00 pm and will move to Common Street for the month of October.
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.
Preserving Our Past with Steve Evers
Join Steve Evers in a look at some of Natick’s historical assets, including historic homes, parks, burial grounds, and other sites on September 11th from 1:30-2:30 pm. He’ll talk about how they're being preserved through government and private efforts, and look ahead at sites that are threatened. Steve Evers has served on the Natick Historical Commission for 40 years. He is also a Board Member of the Natick Historical Society, an architect by profession, and has been a local history buff since he was a youngster.

This event is FREE and open to the public in the Natick Community Senior Center.
Preserving our Past on September 11th
from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
at the Natick Community Center,
117 East Central St.

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!