Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager
From the desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.

The E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center’s new curator, Yasmina Kamal, is hard at work promoting the Cultural Center as well as working on new exciting programs.  She is working closely with local organizations like the Cultural Council and the Art Association, including working in the Clock Tower Gallery.  She is busy planning events for the Lyceum, a multi-purpose room on the first floor, which will be used for art classes, a lecture series and a Coffee House night.  Two weeks ago, Yasmina worked with Alan Thibeault, the Director of the Winthrop Library, on a free summer concert featuring folk music.  Yasmina has a lot of great ideas for the Cultural Center and is looking forward to implementing them.

The Winthrop Public Schools are conducting a community survey in regards to our school Rebuilding Process. The survey will begin Monday, July 25th and~end on Monday August 8th.~ The survey will assist the School Building Committee with which options to explore for the Feasibility Study for Winthrop High School.~ To take the survey, go to: and then click on Winthrop Public School Building Survey under News and Announcements. In addition, the School Building Committee will conduct two public hearings.~ The dates are Thursday, August 11th at 7pm and Tuesday, August 16th at 7pm.~ Both public hearings will be held in the Harvey Room at Town Hall.

Friends of the 21st Century After School Program are having a Pirate Party on Saturday, August 6th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Winthrop Landing at the New Town Pier.  Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults and are available by calling Kathy’s Place at 857-816-3400.  There will be face painting, sword fights, games, a pirate costume contest, a DJ, and goody bags.  Rain date would be Sunday, August 7th.

WCAT is hosting its Annual Cookout Fundraiser on Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 at the Winthrop Elks.  Tickets are $10.00 and include an all you can eat BBQ.  Plus, there will be great live music outside, a cash bar, and raffles.  This is a rain or shine event.  You must be over 21 years of age.  Tickets are available at WCAT- 165 Winthrop Street or by calling 617-846-3400.  All proceeds benefit the WCAT equipment fund.

The Viking Pride Foundation will be hosting their second annual summer concert Saturday, August 6 at 8:15 at Miller Field.  Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes and Evelyn “Champagne” King will perform.  For more information, go to or call 617-539-4873

The Winthrop Art Association is having a mini Arts Festival on Saturday, August 13th from 9 am until 2 pm at Crest Ave Park in the Winthrop Highlands.  Art and crafts from Art Association members will be available to view and purchase.  Support our local artisans!

The Winthrop Playmakers is sponsoring a walk-a-thon on Saturday, August 13th from 9:30am - 12:30pm to help raise money for their Turn Up the Volume fund.  Funds raised will go towards improving the sound system at the Playhouse. Starting at the Playhouse, located at 60 Hermon Street, the walk will go to Deer Island and then "back to the Playhouse" for a bite to eat. Get people to sponsor you on the walk. If interested, send an e-mail with your name, contact information and t-shirt size to

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS EXHIBIT: The Winthrop Public Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit on the top floor of the Frost Building about the Boston Harbor Islands. The exhibit, put together by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, tells about the Islands, its lighthouses, includes a map of the National Park and its origins as well as geological, plant and animal features on the islands. There is also information about how the Friends help the parks and what volunteer opportunities exist. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours (Mon.-Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tue.-Thurs. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Fliers containing more information on the Friends and the Harbor Islands can be found in the foyer inside the main entrance to the Library. The exhibit is schedule to run through Labor Day.
The Winthrop Cultural Council is presenting an exhibit Hot Fun In The Summer Time (selected works of art with a summer theme – featuring many works from members of The Winthrop Art Association) at The Clock Tower Gallery at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center.  Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2-4 p.m. through August 25, 2011.

The Winthrop Lodge of Elks is hosting its annual Help Hook the Cure Derby on August 27th, 2011.  This is a fun day for a great cause.  If you are interested in participating in the fishing tournament, you can contact Norman Hyett at 617-909-0912.  Otherwise, people are welcome to come down to the Elks to watch the Derby and enjoy the day.  Lunch will be available to purchase from 2:00-4:00.  All funds raised will go to the Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Research Foundation.  

The first annual Neil Shapiro Charity event will take place on September 17th and 18th.  On Saturday, September 17th there will be a 5K kick-off party at Winthrop Yacht Club from 6-11pm.  Enjoy a pasta dinner and entertainment by cover band Somerset.  This event is for ages 18+.  Tickets are available in advance at for $15 or at the door for $20. Then on Sunday, September 18th there will be a walk/run around Deer Island. Registration for walkers and runners begins at 9:00am, and then the walk/run will begin at 11:00am.  Registration is $25 before September 10th and $30 after. Carpooling is recommended, as parking is limited.  All proceeds will benefit Viking Pride.  Neil has been gone 10 years, but never forgotten!