The Friends of the Boylston Public Library will be having their annual booksale on Memorial Day, May 30 from 9am-2pm. (Special preview sale is from 8am-9am; cost is $20.)
I cannot recommend this booksale enough.
The selection is great, the prices are pretty good, the library is adorable, and the sale is part of a larger Memorial Day commemoration. There’s a big fair on the common, an extremely cute parade down the street, bouncy castles, cotton candy, popcorn, etc.
And — conveniently down the road in Northboro — the First Parish Northboro has a Memorial Day Fair from 11am-3pm, with a book sale, plant sale, and the best strawberry shortcake ever. (The biscuits are amazing!!)
So — hit the Boylston book sale, have a run or two through an inflatable attraction, then go to Northboro for more books and strawberry shortcake.
Of course, none of this is to diminish from the whole point of Memorial Day, which was originally established to remember those who died in the Civil War.
There are some official Memorial Day commemorations in Worcester. Please attend one (or more):
Water Ceremony – Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2:00 PM at Elm Park. Registration is at 1:15 PM at the corner of Russell and Highland Streets. A Water Ceremony honors Veterans who died at sea and/or have no traditional grave.
127th Memorial Day Observance Remembrance Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:00 AM at Hope Cemetery. Participants will meet at 8:45 AM inside the Main Gate for a short procession to the G.A.R. Veterans’ section (#45). Event will also include a speaking agenda and military tribute. This ceremony is an opportunity for the citizens of Worcester to honor its military heritage, its Veterans and those who are still serving our Country.
Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at Green Hill Park Wreath Laying Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Sponsored by the Perpetual Care Committee of the Memorial.
I know last year there had also been a ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial; if anyone knows if/when it will be this year, let me know.