Capitol Square’s Second Annual Spring in the Square!

Celebrate Arrival of Spring with Capitol Square’s Second Annual Spring in the Square
Saturday, April 9, from 12 to 4pm

East Arlington —Capitol Square businesses celebrate the arrival of spring during the second annual, Spring in the Square, on Saturday, April 9, from 12 to 4pm.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, friends can follow colorful pinwheels around Capitol Square to find spring-inspired activities for all ages, including garden & tea parties, sales, poetry reading, free crafts, and sweet spring treats.

“Along with tea parties, poetry, painting and planting, this is a great time for visitors to enjoy the new neighborhood streetscape,” says Diane Buxton owner of Luv and Other Gifts.

The Designer Is In: bring your questions to Derby Farm’s annual garden party, where designers will be on-call with ideas, advice and support. Enjoy afternoon tea while you shop, nibble and dream. All garden tools, statuary, planters and accessories will be on sale for 20% off. Plus, get a free seed package with your purchase of $35 or more.

At Artbeat, kids of all ages are invited to participate in a free painting activity: making watercolor flowers and fairies for bookmarks or to hang in their windows. Families can also enter to win a free seat at Artbeat’s upcoming Fairy Making Workshop on April 30. Next door, Maxima Gift Center will host a poetry reading with Gloria Leitner reading her poetry from 1 to 2pm for an adult audience, followed by poetry for kids from 3 to 3:45pm.

The Capitol Theatre will have a new mural on the Lake Street side of their building titled “Theatrics,” by artist Shun Yamaguchi. Visitors are welcome to meet and greet Yamaguchi from 2:30 to 4pm in the Capitol Creamery while they enjoy free ice cream toppings.

Across the street at Luv and Other Gifts, find the perfect quirky planter or colorful bud vase for your home at 20% off.  Each vase purchase includes a special discount on tulips from Derby Farm. Next door, Artwear will host a Mad Hatter tea party, where guests are welcome to sip and nibble in their favorite spring hats.

A few doors down at Something Sweet Without Wheat, enjoy free spring samples of gluten-free treats, as well as free decorations with the purchase of any cupcake.

Join 13FOREST Gallery, from 2 to 4pm, for an exclusive screening of the next installment in filmmaker Nick Noyes’ “Portrait of the Artists” series, featuring Somerville designer, illustrator and artist, James Weinberg. The documentary will be followed by a screen printing demonstration led by Weinberg, whose work is currently on view in “5 to 9: The double lives of commercial artists.”

Spring cleaning? Dust off those Shop Arlington First Gift Certificates and use them at participating stores during “Spring in the Square” for a chance to win up to $100 in additional Shop Arlington First Gift Certificates.

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled time in Capitol Square in East Arlington, MA – conveniently located near Routes 2 and 16, and less than three miles from Harvard Square. Visit unique, artsy shops and galleries and a variety of great eateries along Mass. Ave.

curb garden

Curb garden. Photo courtesy: Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens


James Weinberg, Trilobites (1/3), silkscreen on panel, 24″ x 18″. Photo courtesy: 13FOREST Gallery


Capitol Mural by Shunsuke Yamaguchi