You know when you discover something wonderful, and you wonder why it took you so long to find it? That’s how I feel about Brookline Day. Held in Larz Anderson Park each September, Brookline Day highlights all the attributes I love most about Brookline: community, parks and open spaces, delicious food, and fun for all ages.
I attended for the first time this year, in two capacities. For the first two hours, I was a #BrooklineTogether Ambassador for the Town of Brookline. Then, I worked at the League of Women Voters table, registering voters and spreading the word about our then-upcoming Opening Meeting on September 28th. Next year, maybe I’ll run the Road Race in the morning, too!
Passport to Brookline
My boyfriend, Tyler, and I arrived at around 10:00AM to help with the set-up.
[Quick tip: Parking was extremely limited, so if you go next year, I recommend you take a bus there. Buses run all day throughout town.]
As we walked down the hill, I saw businesses, organizations, Town employees, food vendors, and musicians setting up for the day. A grid of vendor booths filled the field, surrounded by a bounce-a-house, a stage set, and food trucks. I walked towards my friends in the “Mini Town Hall” row. It was easy to spot my fellow #BrooklineTogether Ambassadors in their spirited red and white baseball shirts.
#BrooklineTogether seeks to promote civic participation in Brookline. Through this initiative, the departments work together to share community engagement opportunities in town, such as the Community Emergency Response Team and the Medical Reserve Corps, running for office, and serving on committees and boards.
Through my Ambassador role at Brookline Day, I got to hang out with amazing Town of Brookline employees and answer people’s questions.
We were all so happy to be there. Here I am with Chris Chanyasulkit, the Assistant Director of the Brookline Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations Office. Chris does AMAZING work in public health and community relations. She’s on the Board of the League of Women Voters with me, too. She’s actually the person who introduced me to the League!
I posted up at the bus stop, welcoming visitors and passing out Brookline Day BINGO passports. My roommates arrived pretty early so I gave them their passports and sent them on their way. They came back with a lot of free stuff, but that’s not all they took away from the day. When I later asked them what they enjoyed most about Brookline Day, Brooke said she liked the sense of community and togetherness. Clearly, #BrooklineTogether was a resounding success.
E is for Election Day
For the second half of the afternoon, I worked at the League of Women Voters’ table, chatting with passersby about all things Election Day! We had an amazing spread of children’s books about the election, donated by Brookline Booksmith:
I highly recommend you visit the Booksmith to pick up any of these books. They have a great display in the children’s section about the election. It’s never too early to educate kiddos about voting!
We also had a bunch of resources about how to register to vote online. It was great to hear from voters about the issues most important to them this election, from the statewide ballot questions to the presidential election.
Plus, we had a visit from Selectman Bernard Greene:
Until Next Time
But #BrooklineTogether didn’t end when we took down our tents and tables. We can come together all year long, and we will! We’ll be at other large-scale community events, like First Light, Lunar New Year, and Martin Luther King Day.
In the meantime, check out this handy list of ways to get involved in Brookline. Our communities are most vibrant when we each contribute our time, talent, and ideas.