REACH Holds 7th Annual Waltham Neighborhoods Fall Festival

More than 400 people came out this past Saturday for the 7th annual Waltham Neighborhoods Fall Festival at the Waltham Public Library.  Months of planning and a myriad of partners helped to make this day special.  Sponsored by REACH Beyond Domestic Violence and the Friends of the Waltham Public Library, the fall festival has become a Waltham tradition – and represents the best of this community. 

REACH staff and volunteers with Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy at the 2016 Fall Festival

REACH staff and volunteers with Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy at the 2016 Fall Festival

The festival brought both familiar faces and many, many new ones.  It wasn’t just about having fun – although there was a lot of that – it was also about coming together as a community, meeting new folks, greeting old friends, and feeling the warmth and spirit of Waltham.  We met our goals – to increase social connection and decrease isolation – two things that can help those who experience domestic violence.  We came together as a community.  Children were everywhere – and so were older folks.  People enjoyed the free food, the entertainment, the games, the crafts, the photo booth, the prizes, our community art project, and having their faces painted. 

Check out our Facebook page or the Reach Organizer page to see some great pictures from the event.  We hope that Waltham can hold onto that warm feeling of community togetherness that we felt at this year’s fall festival. 

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, many of whom have helped us year after year:

Waltham Public Library

Waltham Boys & Girls Club

Greater Waltham Arc

Arlex Oil

Osteria Posto

Discover Waltham

Hannaford

Market Basket

Mike Randall, photographer

Catedral de Adoração

Kiwanis Club of Waltham

Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce

Waltham Women’s Club

Joyce Funeral Home

Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham

RTN Federal Credit Union

Marcou Jewelers

Karen Toney

John Peacock

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Urgent Care Waltham

Diamond Family Circus

Ann Callahan

WCAC

CVS

Waltham News Tribune

Katie Saddlemire

Marta Fajardo

Waltham Fire Department

Waltham Police Department

Rotary Club of Waltham

Waverly Oaks Athletic Club

Applegate

Star Market

Shaw’s

Rachel Smith

Matt Carriker

Whole Foods

Shopper’s Café

Dancing Deer

Organic Valley

Charles River Museum

Starbucks

Scott Jameson

UPS

Lake Boon Ice Company