About Beverly Farms and Other Community Organizations
Beverly Farms has a warm and vibrant community filled with proud members who love the area and the people who choose to live here. We are lucky to host a variety of organizations that spend the time to make this community a wonderful place to live for everyone -- families and single people, the elderly and the very young. All Beverly Farms organizations welcome the participation of community members and businesses to help maintain the quality of life we enjoy throughout the year. Direct contact information for many of our community organizations is below. Also, sign up to receive the newsletter about a variety of fun community activities from BeverlyFarms.org.
BEVERLY FARMS IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY
The Beverly Farms Improvement Society (BFIS)was incorporated approximately 60 years ago by local residents whose aim was to improve the Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing communities by enhancing and preserving their natural beauties.
Today, BFIS continues its original mission and has expanded its scope. BFIS has made substantial infrastructure improvements through many beautification initiatives throughout the community.
BFIS is a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation and 100 percent of ALL donations are used for beautification, maintenance and infrastructure improvements in Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing neighborhoods. BFIS has also created an endowment to support similar projects for future generations for all to enjoy. Some of the projects executed, maintained and donated by BFIS are:
Designed, manufactured and maintains all black iron trash receptacles and benches
Installs all seasonal plantings in receptacles, horse trough, war memorial
When the iconic Prides Crossing “Democrat” and “Republican” benches were rotted, BFIS had them custom made, perfectly duplicating them and placed the originals in the Beverly Historical Society
Led the efforts, donated and raised funds for Dix Park—Installed new tennis, multi-purpose, basketball courts. New bleachers. Granite benches, 2000 perennials, 10 new trees, 2 new entryways, secured house lot donation to install new handicap accessible entry and parking lot, created perimeter walking/jogging path, stone outdoor ping pong table and more!
BFIS is also responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of the iron arched and engraved brick Coluntino Way connecting the library to West Street. 1000 tulips have been installed along with other seasonal plantings, flowering Rosebud trees, a lit pathway, and festive holiday lighting.
BFIS led the efforts donated and raised funds to upgrade our local fire station: new windows, shades, air conditioning, exterior lighting, landscaping, an American flag and more.
BFIS also writes and publishes the “Farms Flyer” with fun and local news for all residents which can found in local shops and online at www.bfisinc.org
BFIS’s goal is to continue to preserve and beautify the character of our village, making it a unique and most enjoyable place to live, work and shop. We hope you will consider making a donation to our wonderful community where 100% of your tax-deductible donation will be utilized to improve Beverly Farms and Prides Crossing.
Kindly send donations to:
Beverly Farms Improvement Society
P.O. Box 5051
Beverly Farms, MA 01915
We are always interested in adding new board members and would be delighted to chat with anyone interested. Any and all inquiries may be sent in writing to Beverly Farms Improvement Society, P.O. Box 5051, Beverly Farms, MA 01915 or by email to Wendy Drinkwater
BEVERLY FARMS MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION
Located less than 30 miles north of Boston, along with the southern coast of Cape Ann, the village of Beverly Farms is home to more than 40 businesses, including shops, restaurants, providers of services, and much more. The Beverly Farms Merchants Association seeks to give voice to the merchants within the community and to promote the downtown as a destination for both residents and visitors. The Merchants Association sponsors an annual Sidewalk Bazaar each year in July.
Artists, crafters and other vendors are invited to join us for this fun event. To find out how to participate in the Sidewalk Bazaar, visit BeverlyFarms.org.
FARMS-PRIDES 4TH OF JULY COMMITTEE
The Beverly Farms – Prides Crossing Fourth of July Committee runs the annual Independence Day celebration that traces its roots back to the 1880s. The 4th of July, over time, has developed into a highly anticipated annual homecoming event for current and former Farms-Prides residents.
The featured events are the always unique morning Horribles Parade and a spectacular evening shoreline illumination and aerial fireworks display held at West Beach. Once again we will dedicate the 4th of July West Beach Shoreline Illumination to our friends who cannot be with us to enjoy our hometown celebration. To honor a loved one at the Shoreline Illumination please visit BeverlyFarms.org.
Rounding out the holiday events, the Committee also sponsors the House Decorating Contest, the Family & Friends Cookout, the youngsters Scavenger Hunt, the post Parade "Old Timers" adult softball game at Dix Park, races and games at West Beach on the afternoon of the 4th, and musical entertainment at the Beach leading up to the fireworks.
The Horribles Parade is a very special event. The majority of the Parade is comprised of floats entered by individuals and neighborhoods from the greater Farms-Prides area. These floats often poke fun at current events, local issues, and national politics. Although there are many musical entries, the local participation is what gives the Parade its special character. Plus, it steps off at the early hour of 8:00AM! Enter a float in the parade and win up to $500! Corporate Sponsors and area businesses are encouraged to show their 4th of July spirit with an entry in the parade. Prizes will be awarded for Best Sponsor and Best Business entry. Political candidates are also welcome to enter the parade and reach an audience of several thousand viewers.
All money raised by the Committee to provide the celebration comes from the local community. There is no government or grant funding received to support this great tradition. The annual budget is more than $100,000! A major fundraising event is an annual auction held on the first Saturday in April each year at the Hastings House, the location of the Farms-Prides Community Association. Additionally, starting in June and continuing right through the holiday, wristbands are sold at various business locations and by volunteers who solicit donations door to door.
Our Corporate Sponsor program offers many benefits to your business including web, email and printed material exposure to the Farms-Prides community. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this opportunity to promote your business.
The Committee is actively recruiting new members and welcomes all who would like to participate. The annual meeting is held on the last Thursday in October at the Hastings House. The remaining meetings are held approximately every other Thursday at 7:30. These are always open to the public.
The Committee can be reached by writing to P.O. Box 5259 in Beverly Farms, MA 01915 or email to email@example.com.
Please direct any media inquiries regarding the Farms-Prides 4th of July activities to firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHEAL J. CADIGAN, JR., AMERICAN LEGION, POST 46
Commander Kevin Gannon 978-921-5714
Adjutant Donald O’Connor 978-927-4033
Past Commander Philip Butman 978-922-0595
The Michael J. Cadigan, Jr. Post 46 has been a part of Beverly Farms since 1919 when assuming the responsibilities from the G.A.R. that was formed in Beverly Farms in 1886, a long, proud and traditional legacy.
The Post is currently holding a drive to collect items to send to Military Personnel serving in the Armed Forces especially those in Iraq or Afghanistan. If anyone knows of Men and woman in the Military please call one of the officers listed above.
Some of the items requested are as follows.
Batteries AA and AAA
CD's and DVD's
Powered Drink Mix
Telephone Calling Cards
Small Packaged Crackers/Peanut-Butter
Dry Soup Mix/Microwavable
All items can be left at the Farms Fire Station or by calling any of the American Legion Posts officers. If you would like to support this program with a monetary contribution this would help us with purchasing calling cards or help with the postage. Checks can be made out to the Michael J. Cadigan Post 46.
We will be having an unserviceable flag burning ceremony after the first of each year. It will be conducted in conjunction with the annual Christmas tree burning at West Beach. If you have any worn, torn and unserviceable flags they can also be placed in a bag and dropped at the Fire Station or again call one of the officers above.
The Legion hosts the annual Memorial Day Parade. The Legion invites all Veterans to participate in the Parade, in or out of uniform. We also invite the public to attend this small but humble parade.
To read the moving address by Ralph Coluntino, delivered at the 2013 Memorial Day Parade, "Mr. Paul Fiore and the Battle of Guadalcanal", please click here.
The American Legion meets the 2nd Monday of each month, except July and August at 8 Rezza Road.
WEST BEACH CORPORATION
West Beach Corporation was founded in 1852 providing enjoyment and a special outdoor facility to residents and subscribers ever since.
Typically, West Beach is open for the summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, during the summer of 2020, special dates and rules apply.
The West Beach Board of Directors is preparing to open the beach for the 2020 Summer season on June 15th to MEMBERS ONLY from 9am to 9pm. Parking will be limited and require displaying 2019's residency sticker. (Contact the Board via email if you are new to the area.) Walk-in access will be strictly for Beverly Farms / Prides Crossing residents ONLY - bring proof of residency. (Residency between 504 Hale St. and the Manchester proof required).
The Board is focused on providing a positive beach experience in 2020, bound by a common-sense approach to our collective health and safety. This season, there are many facets to the opening and operation of West Beach that will be quite different from any previous year. As we progress into the season with many unknowns, adjustments may be made. It is our intention to continue following guidance from various authoritative health and safety resources. Please email email@example.com if you have further questions about the 2020 season.
During the nine-month off-season, the property is open to the general public. Dogs are not allowed on the property year-round.
The Beach provides a safe environment for summer fun including swimming, boating, cookouts, and family activities. It’s also a wonderful place to just sit and relax!
Special events each year include hosting several activities for the annual 4th of July celebration, volleyball tournaments, the T-shirt decorating day for the younger set, and the annual Labor Day "end of summer" sandcastle contest and cookout. Unfortunately many, if not all of these events, will likely be markedly different and/or canceled in 2020.
Access to the beach parking lot in the summer is by car sticker. Those residents eligible for a sticker must live within a boundary established in 1852 which was defined by the two school districts in the area at that time. Subscribers, those who reside outside the boundary, may apply for a sticker and be placed on a waiting list. The Beach provides a weekday sticker as well. Individuals who have a weekday sticker are on a waiting list for a full seven-day sticker and are moved up as openings occur. Parking for the Beach is on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
The Beach is a non-profit organization maintained for its members by an elected eleven-person Board of Directors. Elections for the Officers and Board positions are held in the Fall each year.
The mailing address of the West Beach Corp:
P.O. Box 5860
Beverly Farms, MA 01915
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone/voice mail - 978-922-2934