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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Liberals & Conservatives

Hurrah! This is the 100th post on the First Parish blog!

In today's summer service, Frank Yeatman introduced a fascinating video from TED Talks, in which Jonathan Haidt explores the developmental and moral dimensions of political identity. The survey that Haidt describes is available at

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Juneteenth Gathering: Island Grove Park

June 19, 2011 at 11AM, followed by picnic

Photo by Bunkosquad
Island Grove Pond is a 38 acre artificial pond created in the 1700s by building a dam on the Shumatuscacant River. The impoundment created was used to power a sawmill. The 1.74 miles of shoreline has on the eastern shoreline the 11 acre town owned Island Grove park with picnic tables, a summer camp (Busy Beaver Summer Camp) and a town swimming pool; the rest of the shoreline is developed with road frontage and residences. The bottom is sand along the edges and muck in the deep areas. Aquatic vegetation is abundant.

Abington’s Island Grove Park is often called the “Crown Jewel of Abington” and has long been a historic gathering spot. From 1846-1865, the park drew crowds of Abolitionists, this historic use was honored in 1909 at the spot where speakers once addressed the annual meetings. In 1902, the Civil War Memorial Arch and Bridge were constructed to honor the town’s Civil War veterans for the town’s bicentennial. In 2002, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Shoreline fishing is readily available from Island Grove Park with the main entrance off Park Street and access across the Memorial Bridge from Wilson Place. Small non motorized boats and canoes can be launched from the park. From the town of Abington website.

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From Bridgewater:
North on Route 18
Right on Route 123 (at lights)
Left on Washington St. (at lights) – still Route 123
Right at next lights still Route 123
First Left is LAKE STREET     (see below)
Fourth Left is PARK AVENUE (see below)

LAKE STREET            There are maybe ten to fifteen parking spaces along Lake Street. You will have to cross the footbridge to enter the park (see view above).

PARK AVENUE          Main parking is along Park Avenue. You will be able to drive into Island Grove Park to unload, but will have to return your car to Park Avenue. If you have a handicapped parking sticker you may park within Island Grove Park.

Chairs, picnic lunch, a dessert for sharing, maybe some bug spray, and, if you are adventurous, some swimming trunks. Musical instruments if you are inclined.

Note: The "Juneteenth" in the title of this post refers to the historic significance of this date, rather than any specific aspect of the program.