Given the events over this past week, wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate something positive. Well we have just the event. Come down to Ginn Field on Sunday April 28th from 11-1pm and celebrate the “opening” of the new Stone Family Playground. The beautiful new playground is representative of what Winchester and its residents can accomplish when we come together as a community. Come down to the playground on Sunday and try your musical talents on our marimba or metallophone or perhaps your climbing skills on our spider net. Maybe you have a budding sand sculpturist in your family and the sandbox with its digger is your thing. With the new basketball courts adjacent to the Stone Family Playground it truly is a great place to visit with the entire family. We will have refreshments, music, prizes and some fun family games at this event. We look forward to seeing you there.
For those of you who are not familiar with the background on this project, following is a short summary of how this project started and thankfully finished.
After many wonderful years the old wooden playground at Ginn Field needed to be replaced. In the Fall of 2009 the Winchester Neighbors Club created the Committee to Restore the playground at Ginn Field. After many fundraising events and tireless volunteer hours, in June 2011, the Committee reached its fundraising goal and gave the town the necessary funds to complete a new playground. Unfortunately a new playground could not be built until after Winchester finished its flood mitigation project of widening the Aberjona River. Finally in late October 2012 the playground was finished and dedicated to the memory of the Stone Family. The Winchester Neighbors Club will still have a Playground Committee to help maintain the playground. If you are interested in participating in the occasional clean up of the playground or have some suggestions on playground improvements you can join this committee even if you are not a WNC member. Just contact Mary Ellen Rourke-Falvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now go play!
At long last there is a new status to report about the status of the playground at Ginn Field. As many of you know we reached our fundraising goal last June and provided a check to the town of Winchester to build a new playground at Ginn Field. So the hard part is over. We are now just waiting for the town to complete the Aberjona River Widening Project. As you may have noticed there are currently giant piles of dirt on the site of the old playground. The river widening project has encountered some problems during the construction phase however the town still anticipates the playground will be in place sometime in June. However like any construction project, this timing could be altered by unforeseen circumstances experienced by the Aberjona River Widening Project. As soon as we have more information from the town, we will post it on this site. We plan to have an opening party as soon as we have a firm completion date. We truly appreciate all of your patience and support. Thank you!!!!
Despite uncooperative weather, “A Race to Remember” hosted by the Playground Restoration Project together with the Stone Family on Sunday, June 12 was a huge success with 400 runners and walkers from all over New England raising $15,000 for a memorial at Ginn Playground in honor of the Stone-Mortimer family. Donations for the event were made from as far away as Texas and Florida.
Reverend Thomas Brown from The Parish of the Epiphany began the dedication ceremony with a touching prayer about new beginnings. Debra Stone Sochat was visibly moved by the outpouring of support. She gracefully and tearfully thanked the community for coming out and celebrating the lives of her loved ones who will never be forgotten.
“I am touched to see the way the community has come together to support my family and to celebrate the lives of our lost loved ones,” said Debra Stone Sochat. “Ginn Playground was Charlotte and Finn’s favorite park and this would have meant so much to my sister,” continued Sochat.
Renowned opera singer Winchester resident Heather Poduska sang the national anthem while the local Girl Scouts proudly displayed the American flag. Representative Jason Lewis said a few words before running the race. Massachusetts District Attorney Martha Coakley and Channel 7’s Kim Khazei were among the runners.
The rain did not dampen the spirits of the participants or the hundreds of spectators. Winchester residents came out along the course route to cheer on the runners and walkers. The men’s winner, John Hinchion of Peabody and close friend of the Stones, completed the race with a time of 20:29 (pace: 5:42) and the women’s winner Brittany Boulanger of Winchester ran it in 23:42 (pace: 6:36).
Many local organizations formed teams to run or walk including the Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School with more than a dozen people walking, running and navigating strollers in “Listen. Be Kind. Do Your Best.” team t shirts.
Following the 3.6 mile race, nearly 100 children participated in the “Kids Fun Run” on Ginn Field and every young athlete received a medal. The post race celebration featured Pixie Sticks from Arlington playing family friendly music as well as food, face painting and games.
The platinum sponsors for the race were LEAP School in Lexington, Patriot Energy Group in Woburn and Peterson Party Center. Silver Sponsors were Pediatricians Inc. and Shanahan Real Estate Group. Bronze Sponsors were BookEnds, Kids Footstop, Mahoney’s Garden Center, United Methodist Nursery School, and the Winchester Police Relief Association.
“This event is the culmination of years of work on behalf of the entire Winchester community to revitalize Ginn Playground. We are so pleased to be able to create a permanent memorial to the Stone family,” said Ginn project chairwoman Mary Ellen Rourke-Falvey.
The top runners in each age category follow. If you want to view your race results/placement please click on the following link to view. http://www.coolrunning.com/results/11/ma/Jun12_ARacet_set1.shtml
Overall Female: Brittany Boulanger, Winchester, time: 23:44
Male: John Hinchion, Peabody, time: 20:30
Under 19: M, Nathan Frappier, Feeding Hills 28:37 F, Cynthia Mahoney, Winchester, 34:08
20-29: M, Darren Pitzner, Wilimington 24:18 F, Ann Ferracane, Boston 32:33
30 – 39 (Overall Winners came from this category)
M (so 2nd after overall), Ryan Hayes, Woburn 21:24
F (“) Rebecca Trachsel, Winch, 24:28
M Michael Quinn, Arlington 23:05
F Kirsten Healey, Winch 27:57
M Jim Gallant, Medford 28:40
F Elizabeth Jerant, Winch 29:58
M John Grant Medford 32:05
F Dot Butler
Race Day, Sunday June 12th, is fast approaching and Winchester seems all abuzz about the race. Right now the weather looks like it will be perfect running/walking weather in the mid to high 60s. It will be a great outing for kids and adults of all ages. Post race we will have live music courtesy of the Pixie Sticks of Arlington, free carnival games, face painting and food will all be part of the days celebration. Following are more race day details:
REGISTRATION Online registration is now closed. Runners and Walkers will have one more chance to pre-register for $25. We will be at Winchester’s Farmers Market this Saturday June 11th from 9:30-1:30. Registration day of race will be $30 from 7:30-8:30 (cash and check only).
WEATHER : This is a Rain or Shine event so if you are worried about the weather please be prepared.
BIB PICK UP – For all pre-registered runners/walkers you can pick up your bibs Saturday June 11th at the Greater Boston Running Company in Lexington 1844 Mass Ave(this is a change from the Winchester Farmers Market) or day of the race in the pre-registration table.
TIME OF THE RACE Runners will line up at 9:00 and the race will begin at 9:15. Walkers will begin at
RUNNERS ONLY: The 3.6 mile course will be chip timed. There will be prizes given out to the top male female and in the following age categories: 25 and under; 0 – 25; 26 – 35; 36 – 45; 46 – 55; 55+
KIDS FUN RUN Parents can register their children for the Kids Fun Run (50 and 100 yd dashes) from 7:30-10:15 the day of the race. The Fun Runs will begin at 10:30. Registration is $5. Children will be grouped by age and sex. All children will receive a prize for entering these races. The age groups will be broken out as follows 3-4 5-6 7-8 and 9-10.
RACE COURSE: The race will begin and end at Ginn Field. Participants will begin on Bacon continue to Fletcher, then onto Palmer St. to Middlesex St. down to Canal St., then to Main Street continue on Church St. back onto Bacon Street and onto Ginn.
DIRECTIONS: The official Address for Ginn Field is 35 Waterfield Rd. Winchester, MA. The race will begin at Ginn Field which is right off of Bacon Street in Winchester. (There will be a big tent and hopefully enough signs so you know where you are going.)
PARKING: you will not be able to park down at Ginn day of the race. The closest parking lots available are the parking lots at the Winchester Wedgemere Train Station or in the upper Aberjona parking lot (near the other train station) in the center of town.
QUESTIONS:- Please email email@example.com if you have any last minute questions.
The Ginn Playground Restoration Project together with the Stone Family will host “A Race to Remember” on Sunday, June 12, 2011 to celebrate the lives of Charlotte Mortimer, Finn Mortimer, Laura Stone-Mortimer, and Ragna Ellen Stone. Funds raised from “A Race to Remember” will be used to build a memorial at Ginn Playground in honor of the deceased members of the Stone-Mortimer family. A lifetime resident of Winchester, Laura Stone -Mortimer was an avid runner and the playground at Ginn Field was her children Finn and Charlotte’s favorite playground so a race at the park is a symbolic a way to pay tribute to the family.
The road race will begin at 9:15 am and will include a 3.6 mile Run/Walk as well as a 50 yd and 100 yd Kids Fun Run beginning and ending at Ginn Field. All runners will be chip timed. The pre-registration fee is $25 for individuals with 100 percent of the proceeds going towards the park and memorial. The first 300 people to register will receive a t-shirt. Following “A Race to Remember” will be a celebration at Ginn Field with the Pixie Sticks of Arlington playing family friendly music, carnival games, food and local VIPs. To register for the race, click the button to the left. Day of registration begins at 7:30-8:30 and the cost is $30. Online registration will end on June 5th.
The Ginn Playground Restoration Project is a collaborative effort started in Fall 2009 by Winchester residents to rebuild Ginn Playground. The project just needs an additional $20,000 to complete fundraising and complete a new playground in the Fall of 2011. Ginn Playground Restoration Project is a non-profit 501 (c) (3), all donations are tax deductible.
If you want to volunteer to help with this race we are looking for volunteers to man water stations, help register runners/walkers, and hand out the children’s medals. Please email Jen O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information or to volunteer.
If you cannot attend the race but want to contribute to the Race to Remember please click the Donate button below. All contributions are tax deductible.
To my darling Finn and Charlotte,
I took your hands once and you walked with me
Down a place no longer to see
I took your feet once and showed you the way
Until someone, somehow took you away
I made you laugh once as you did me
Let’s run together today in “A Race to Remember”
Walk with me little Charlie, let me see all you can be
Let me love you Finn, show me how
Run with me Charlie, run with us Finn
Let us all begin again
Begin Again at Ginn
Our January/February events we are a huge success. If you in missed any of these events here is a quick update….
The Klubhouse was packed with young and the young at heart supportng Ginn. Some of the older elementary school parents and children were out in force to see Despicable Me at the Next Door Theatre. Next up was the Blackhorse Tavern. Even though this event had to be postponed from its original date people were more than happy to come out of the cold, listen to some great music and share a beer with fellow Ginn Playground supporters. The fabulous raffle items didn’t hurt either with Rolling Rock Snowboard and a signed Bruins Jersey signed by Bruins Team captain donated by Anheuser Busch (ie. Dan Courtney), 4 tickets to a Celtics game donated by the Marianis, a fabulous NYC weekend getaway donated by the O’Donnells and various other aucition items that the winners were more than happy to walk away with. Last but not least was the incredible 1st year anniversary party the Parsons threw for Parsons Table with proceeds benefiting Ginn Playground. This was a great night with terrific food, drinks and company. Collectively, these events raised over $5000 for Ginn. A great big thank you to the Next Door Theatre, Megan and Chris Parsons, Tanja and Nick (Klubhouse) and the Kim and Jim Covino (the Blackhorse Tavern) for their support. A huge thank you also to Maura and Gene Fredey who threw a Poker night at their home and raised over $1500 for the play. We are so close to finishing the playground. If you still haven’t donated please consider adding your name to the hundreds of families who have helped rebuild this playground through their financial support. Please click on the Donate Here button.
Upcoming Events – Our last big fundraising event will be a 5K race on June 12th to honor the Stone-Mortimer family. All monies raised will be used to dedicate a portion of the playground in their honor. More details will follow in the coming months but this will be a terrific family event in which everyone can participate. Running races, games, music and food.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer for the race please email Mary Ellen Rourke-Falvey at email@example.com.
We can beGINN again!!!
February 2nd POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16 5:00-10pm – Blackhorse Fundraiser for Ginn Playground
DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER THE BLACKHORSE FUNDRAISER ON FEBRUARY 2ND HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 16TH. Treat the family or just yourself with a night out and come celebrate Ginn Playground’s Breaking Ground Milestone. That’s right we have raised over $240,000 which is enough money to break ground on a new playground. Come raise your glass and enjoy the rocking band that will be there to help kick start the evening’s celebration. Since Ginn still needs another $35,000 to finish the playground, the Blackhorse Tavern has generously donated an evening to Ginn Playground with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Ginn.
Thursday February 3rd- 9am-12pm Klubhouse Supporting Ginn Playground
On Thursday February 3rd from 9am-12pm come in out of the cold and let the kids run out all of their pent up energy in the creative, clean, fun play space the Klubhouse in Woburn’s Cummings Park has created for kids of all ages. If you have not visited the Klubhouse yet, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out and support a great cause with entrance fees from this morning’s festivities being contributed to the Ginn Playground Restoration Project. Date 2/3/11 Time: 9am-12pm Location Klubhouse 90 Cummings Park Woburn 781-937-5582.
If you have questions regarding any of these events please email firstname.lastname@example.org