All You Need to Know About Discovery Day
Get the lowdown on Discovery Day with this information from the Lexington Retailers Association.
Celebrate the beginning of summer at Lexington's 33rd annual Discovery Day, on Saturday, May 26. The fun begins with a street fair and sidewalk sale from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. and concludes with an outdoor concert by the “NoWheremen,” a local Beatles cover band, at 3:30 p.m. in Depot Square.
Sponsored by the Lexington Retailers Association and hosted by over 90 of Lexington’s businesses and civic organizations, this event lets residents "rediscover" their town, and nonresidents "discover" the delights of Lexington. The rain date is June 2.
Lexington retailers will be ready for the crowds with plenty of great merchandise and giveaways in the Muzzey Street/Waltham Street Municipal parking lot behind Michelson’s Shoes.
Local restaurants will be selling a variety of tasty food, including Daikanyama’s Japanese cuisine, Khushboo’s Indian cuisine, Nourish’s hummus veggie plates and ribs, Ruyi Restaurant’s Asian food, Peets’ iced coffees and teas, Qdoba’s Mexican grill, Royal India Bistro buffet, Tutto Italiano’s grilled sausages and pasta dishes, goodies from Panera Bread, Upper Crust pizza and sweet treats from Fruitee Yogurt and Rancatore’s Ice Cream.
Between shopping and eating, take time to visit Lexington’s civic groups and learn about what’s happening in the community. The Lion’s Club “Eye Mobile” will be performing free, noninvasive screening for hypertension, vision loss, eye disease, and hearing loss. Like all great street fairs there will be fun and games to keep the kids happy. Stop by and discuss your concerns with state Rep. Jay Kaufman, as he holds “Office Hours” throughout the day.
In addition to great food, bargain merchandise, and displays of what Lexington has to offer, there will be live entertainment throughout the day. It will begin with performances from the students of the Dance Inn at the bandstand. At 10:45 a.m., music by Ben Rudnick and Friends’ get the crowds moving. From 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., the Mariachi Mexico Lindo will be roaming through the crowds livening things up.
Topping the day off will be the talented Lexington High School Jazz Improvisational and Jazz Combo Ensembles.
Throughout the day there will be drawings for prizes donated by local merchants. Following Discovery Day, the winners of the merchant's prizes will be notified through the mail of their prize and the location of the business where they can pick up their prize. Coupons are available in the LRA advertisement in this publication. To be eligible for the prize drawings, entrants must deposit their "coupon" at the LRA booth located next to the bandstand. The winners of the Discovery Day's free prizes will be announced from the bandstand.
The Lexington Recreation Department will be selling swim tags, tennis court and golf ID’s. The Lexington Department of Public Works Department will be providing information on water conservation and water quality.
Free Lexpress rides will be provided by Lexington Retailers Association, to help alleviate traffic around the center and to give new riders a chance to try out the bus service. If you are driving, there will be free parking at all Lexington Center parking meters and in the Meriam Street Lot. Lexpress will operate special Saturday hours from the 10 a.m. routes through the 4 p.m. routes. The regular fare will be charged for those going to and from Burlington.
Once again, the Friends of Lexington Bikeways and the Bicycle Advisory Committee are collecting used bikes and bike parts at Discovery Day to benefit Bikes Not Bombs, a charitable organization headquartered in Jamaica Plain.
Bikes Not Bombs reclaims these bikes to “create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation” both locally and in other countries. Bike parts and bikes of all sizes are accepted except those that are badly rusted.
And don’t forget to stop by the Lexington Historical Society’s annual Relinquished Treasures Spring Sale at the Depot from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There you will find for sale items donated from local homes such as glassware, china, silver, jewelry, vintage clothing, furniture & collectibles. Proceeds will support the organization, which has been instrumental in preserving the town's history for over 120 years.
Discovery Day is made possible with the additional financial support of the following businesses: Crafty Yankee, Grant Cole Realtors, Keith Asarkof DMD & Associates, J.P. Carroll Co, Ride Studio Cafe, Fitness Together and Otis Brown Insurance Agency.
For the latest event information go to www.DiscoveryDayInLexington.com. For other Discovery Day information contact Richard Michelson of the Lexington Retailers Association, 781-862-1034