Monday, November 19, 2012
The selectman wanted Swampscott's Got Talent to be an annual event.
Vice Chairman David Van Dam resigned from the Recreation Commission Wednesday night, citing the commission's decision to hold the Swampscott's Got Talent event every other year. As a selectman, Van Dam served as a liaison member of the commission and cannot vote. He strongly opposed the decision not to hold the Talent event this winter. "Last year, they didn't want to do it and we made them," he said. The event made thousands of dollars, which was used to support other recreation programs, he said. "My time is better spent elsewhere," Van Dam said. Chairman Rich Malagrifa, who danced in the amateur talent contest last year, agreed. He said he would switch with Van Dam on their assignments. He will become the liaison with the recreation …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Recreation Commission still needs volunteers but the group is committed to opening the market at Swampscott High School starting in June.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Recreation Director Danielle Strauss and Recreation Commission member Glenn Kessler announced to selectmen on Wednesday that the commission is committed to opening a Swampscott Farmers' Market this year. That being said the commission needs volunteers to help with the market, Strauss and Kessler said. The location will be in the Swampscott High School front parking lot. The market, which already has a large Danvers farm as the anchor vendor, will be open Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm starting in mid-June, they said. It will run through mid-October. The commission is looking for a manager but will open this summer whether they find a manager or not. The commission wants the market to be a family friendly venue with entertainment. They hope …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Recreation Commission members are expected to make a market presentation to selectmen early next year.
Members of the Recreation Commission are exploring interest in a Swampscott farmers' market. Those explorations have included talks with a Marblehead farmers' market organizer, said David Van Dam, a selectman and Recreation Commission member. Commission members learned that the Marblehead market is run by volunteers, not the town. Van Dam said the response he's heard around Swampscott has been absolutely in favor of a local market. Recreation Commission member Glenn Kessler said at a recent meeting that he and others on the panel want to help get the market off the ground but it will require volunteers to sustain the effort. The commission will present the market idea to selectmen early next year, Van Dam said. He does not believe space …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Visitors to Swampscott's first classic car show got a front-seat look at some fine autos.
Recreation Department Director Danielle Strauss was expecting 30 cars at Sunday's first annual car show. Instead she got more than 100. They were vette's and goats, roadsters and ramblers, trucks and caddies. A daydream of classy cars. Visitors traced the elegant lines, sniffed leather interiors, and listened to muscle and sedan engines flex and purr. Drawn to the show were generational teens — from the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s — ogling rides from back in the day. Drawn to the show were car dudes and gals who cruised and raced in the street in these makes and models. Drawn to the cars and style were families and the pasersby shelving their Sunday drive. Miles of smiles reflected in the polished chrome. This show got off the line…