Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Read on for a list of the most popular stories for April 2013.
As a new regular feature at the beginning of each month, we'll bring you a list of the last month's most popular stories on Patch. That way, if you missed anything, it'll be easy enough to catch up. What did you think were the biggest stories of the past month in Lexington? Let us know in the comment section below.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Explosions at the Boston Marathon's finish line turned a great day into a tragic one in a matter of seconds. These are the Lexington residents who finished the marathon, according to the BAA.
A chilly Patriots' Day morning warmed its way into a beautiful afternoon in Concord and Lexington, where rebels clashed with Redcoats, children and musicans paraded and other pomp and circumstance took place. But in other parts of the state, where Patriots' Day is a distant second second to "Marathon Monday," the afternoon took a decidedly darker turn. Sometime after 2 p.m. and just a few minutes into the marathon's fourth hour, a pair of explosions claimed two lives and injured dozens of people who gathered 'round the finish line of America's most famous race. As the sun set and day turned into night, details were still scarce about exactly what happened on April 15 in Boston. But this much we know; these are the Lexington runners who the…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Hours after Lexington celebrated Patriots' Day and the start of the American Revolution, tragedy struck in Boston as explosions rocked the area around the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Two explosions within a football field and a few seconds of one another rocked the area around the Boston Marathon's finish line this afternoon, reportedly killing two and injuring dozens more. A third explosion reportedly occured more than an hour later at the JFK Library in Boston. Deb Mauger, chairwoman of Lexington's Board of Selectmen, released the following statement after news of the explosions reached the town, which for most of the holiday weekend had enjoyed its annual Patriots' Day festivities: The Board of Selectmen is horrified by the loss of life and injuries from explosions at the Boston marathon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were killed, to the injured and their families, to all those who …
British Regulars and Colonial Militia clashed during a reenactment at North Bridge in Concord on Patriots' Day, April 15.
British reenactors conducted a "Mourn Arms" ceremony in honor of the British dead buried at North Bridge on Patriots' Day morning in Concord. The Redcoats were then met by the Colonial Militia, exchanging volleys (and cannonfire) with the Minutemen from opposite banks of the Concord River. Concord, Lexington and Bedford were represented by their seperate companies of Minutemen. Stick with Patch for more coverage of the Patriots' Day festivities in Lexington and Concord, including the Concord's annual Patriots' Day Parade.
The parade made its way down Mass Ave around 7:30 a.m. this Patriots' Day morning in Lexington. Some photos and video of the LHS and Middle Schools bands performances.
There was just enough time for folks to fill up at one of the pancake breakfasts around town between the early-morning re-enactment on Lexington's Battle Green and the Sunrise Youth Parade, which stepped off at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15. Flip through the photos above to see some of the parade participants, and check out the videos to see performances by the Lexington High Band and the Lexington Middle Schools Band.
Patriots' Day dawned with drum beats and musketfire. Some video highlights form the annual re-enactment on Lexington's Battle Green.
Click the above video for some video highlights of Lexington's annual Patriots' Day re-enactment on the Battle Green. And be sure to stay tuned to Patch for continuing coverage of Patriots' Day festivities in Lexington and Concord.
April 15 in Lexington, in easy-to-read PDF form.
From the alarm and battle beginning at 5:30 a.m. this morning on through the Norwich University Regimental Band and Drill Team's patriotic performance at 2 p.m., there's lots going on today around Lexington. Click on the PDF to your right for the full schedule of events, courtesy of the Town Celebrations Committee.
From minutemen to massive hot dogs, Lexington's Patriots' Day parade -- held a day earlier on Sunday, April 14 in recognition of the town's 300th anniversary -- had a little bit of everything.
Click through the photos above for some scenes from Lexington's annual Patriots' Day parade, which was held a day earlier than normal -- on Sunday, April 14 -- in recognition of the town's 300th birthday celebrations. Your turn, Concord.
A few facts, figures and tidbits about the Massachusetts holiday.
1. What do people do? For some people in the states of Massachusetts and Maine, the third Monday of April is a welcome day off work or school. In the area around Lexington and Concord, re-enactments of the battles in 1775 and the events leading up to them are held. A particular highlight is the opportunity to ring the bell that warned the local troops that British soldiers were approaching. Lectures, concerts and road races are also organized. Click here for a schedule of events today in Lexington and Concord. 2. Public life Patriots' Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, where state, county, and municipal offices are closed. However, Patriots' Day is not a federal public holiday and federal offices are open. Many schools are …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Before a robust audience along Mass Ave in Lexington, the minutemen battled back the British Regulars to claim the field at Tower Park Saturday afternoon as part of the Patriots' Day festivities along the Battle Road.
Like so many times before, their calls of "Huzzah" fell flat as the Redcoats retreated to the east. The minutemen companies had swarmed Tower Park, pushing back the British Regulars to claim the field here in Lexington. As re-enactments go, this one looked pretty real: Fake gunfire led to fake fatalities. That's fitting, though, since the Battle of Tower Park itself is fake -- unlike the other Patriots' Day weekend festivities along the Battle Road, the Saturday afternoon show isn't based on a real battle. The historical fiction is plenty popular, however. A crowd of maybe a dozen deep lined the sidewalk along Mass Ave, looking over the park as minutemen battled back the Redcoats to advance past foes lying prone in the field and through …