Celebrate Historic Preservation Month: All Saints Ashmont Restoration Tour

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Events, News | By

All Saints Ashmont Restoration Project Tour

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.








Saturday, May 9, 11am-12:30pm
209 Ashmont Street, Dorchester MA (map)

The Parish of All Saints and Saint Mark’s Area Main Streets (SMAMS) invite you to Dorchester’s historic Peabody Square for a post-restoration tour of All Saints’ Church, led by parishioner and SMAMS Board member Jeffrey Gonyeau.

Listed on the National Register, All Saints is the first church designed by Ralph Adams Cram and profoundly influenced American church design in the Gothic Revival style. After four years of planning and twenty-two months of construction, the comprehensive rehabilitation of the church and Parish House has resulted in a dramatic transformation of these iconic structures.

The tour will begin in the church parking lot at 209 Ashmont Street.

Free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP below or by emailing office@smams.org:



SMAMS Annual Meeting: Wednesday Nov. 12, 6-8pm


October 31, 2014 | Posted in Committees, Events, News | By







Please join us for our annual meeting!

We’ll review our successes from last year and share our plans for the future. Learn about the SMAMS work plan and budget, find out how you can get involved, and meet your neighbors. Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend! We’d also love you to help us spread the word – share our Facebook event and let us know you’re coming!

What: SMAMS 2014 Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday November 12, 6-8pm
Where: Epiphany School, 154 Centre Street, Dorchester (map)

We’ll also welcome our new board president, and current SMAMS members will vote to elect new board members.

***If you need to renew your SMAMS membership ($20/individual or $50/business) please send a check, payable to SMAMS, to 1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124, or pay on-line at http://www.smams.org/get-involved/membership/***

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact us at office@smams.org or 617-825-3846.

We look forward to seeing you!


Cocktails at the Carriage House

carriage house

October 1, 2014 | Posted in Events, Fundraisers | By

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SMAMS is very excited to invite you to Cocktails at the Carriage House! We had so much fun at our last house party fundraiser, Cocktails in the Skylounge, that we’ve decided to do it again. Click here for more information and to register for the party.


Nancy Anderson will be our gracious host for an evening of fun and catching up with friends at her Ashmont Hill home on Saturday, October 25 from 5-7pm. This will also be a unique opportunity to see the amazing transformation of Nancy’s historic (circa 1894) carriage house over the last year.


Tickets can be purchased online, by check, or at the door the day of the event. Regardless of your preferred payment method, we encourage you to register in advance to help us get an accurate headcount. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street.


Thanks for your support!


Support SMAMS at the Pedal Poker River Run!


September 15, 2014 | Posted in Events, Fundraisers | By

We’re very excited to announce that SMAMS is partnering with the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) and Brookwood Community Farm for this year’s Pedal Poker River Run! Proceeds from this family-friendly outdoor event will benefit all three organizations – AND you can win great prizes.

Please join us on Saturday, October 18 for this awesome event! Get more details and register to ride, run, or walk at PedalPokerRiverRun.com. This is NOT a race, it’s a game. Come play with us!

pedal poker river run


Get ready for the 2014 farmers’ market!


June 10, 2014 | Posted in Events, Farmers Market, farmers' market | By


It’s time once again to announce the return of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market. Opening day is just 10 days away! On Friday, June 20 from 3-7pm we’ll kick off our best market season yet. Please join us for a great celebration with live music, children’s activities, and more! We’ll be having the official ribbon cutting at 4pm on the Ashmont MBTA plaza.

We have some great stuff in store for you this season. We’re welcoming back most of our vendors from last year, and we’re introducing two new vendors: Oakdale Farms and swissbäkers. We also have a new market manager, Shaquille Jones, who you may know from his amazing work in the Dorchester community. We’re so excited to have Shaq on board!

Other important things to note: We’re still accepting SNAP/EBT, and Boston Bounty Bucks will match up to $10 of produce purchases when you use your SNAP/EBT card. And this year, we’re accepting credit cards too.

You can stay up-to-date on the latest farmers’ market news via Facebook (search for Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market) and on Twitter @AshmontFarmMkt. Like and follow the market so you don’t miss announcements of new vendors, entertainment, and more. See you on June 20 for opening day!


UPDATE: Dorchester Bike Festival moved to Rain Date

Farmers' Mkt Bikes 07-30-10

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Events | By

Due to the weather forecast tomorrow, the Dorchester Bike Festival has been MOVED to its rain date, Sunday April 27. Please help get the word out! See you Sunday, 9am-12noon.

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Join us at the Dorchester Bike Festival

April 14, 2014 | Posted in Events | By

We hope to see you at the Dorchester Bike Festival on Saturday, April 26 from 9am-12noon! Click on the image below for more details.



Upcoming SMAMS Events

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Events, News | By

Note: All upcoming events are also listed on our online meetings and events calendar.

NEW DATE: Walk Audit of Peabody Square: Wednesday, April 16, 5:30-7:30pm (this event was originally scheduled for Wed 3/26 and was rescheduled due to unseasonably cold weather)

walk auditHow pedestrian friendly is Peabody Square? Join SMAMS and WalkBoston for an interactive walk audit as we explore the pedestrian environment in the Peabody Square/Ashmont area. With your help, we’ll work on identifying ways to make the Peabody Square area safer and more inviting for pedestrians. RSVP on Facebook or contact the SMAMS office (office@smams.org, 617-825-3846) if you would like to attend. We will meet in the SMAMS office promptly at 5:30pm.

Save the Date! Dorchester Bike Festival: Saturday, April 26, 9am-12noon

Come enjoy some free breakfast and familiarize yourself with the new Ashmont Pedal & Park facility, which enables commuters to park their bikes before catching buses and trains at the Ashmont T Station. We’ll have family-friendly activities, prizes, and a family-friendly group bicycle ride around Dorchester. Stay tuned for more details! Sponsored by SMAMS, Ashmont Cycles, DotBike, Boston Bikes, BikeMilton, Boston Cyclists’ Union, MassBike, the MBTA and the MBTA Transit Police, the Livable Streets Alliance, and Quincycles.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the All Saints Restoration: Saturday, May 3, 11am-12:30pm

All Saints, Ashmont. Tower entry porch detail.The Parish of All Saints and SMAMS invite you to Dorchester’s historic Peabody Square for a tour of the comprehensive restoration project underway at All Saints, Ashmont. All Saints parishioner and SMAMS Board member Jeffrey Gonyeau, who is providing fundraising and other preservation support to this major project, will make a presentation and lead a tour of the project’s progress. This tour is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

RSVP to Jeffrey Gonyeau at jeffrey.gonyeau@gmail.com or to Meaghan Overton at office@smams.org.


Oscars on the Avenue is Back! Save the Date: March 2, 2014

February 7, 2014 | Posted in Events, Fundraisers | By

oscars 2014

Join SMAMS on the red carpet for a fabulous evening of delicious food, great friends, and LOTS of fun as we celebrate the Academy Awards! Click here to purchase advance tickets or RSVP.

Oscars on the Avenue is back and better than ever!

Sunday, March 2, marks the return of Oscars on the Avenue – SMAMS’ biggest fundraiser of the year. This community celebration of the Academy Awards will feature delicious Tavolo hors d’oeuvres, our own “Joan Rivers” and awards, a fantastic auction, and more!

Tickets are $75 in advance (until 5:00pm Feb. 28) and $90 at the door. All proceeds will support the work of St. Mark’s Area Main Street. Please RSVP in advance if possible, even if you plan to pay at the door.

For more information about tickets or sponsorships, please contact the SMAMS office at office@smams.org or 617-825-3846. We may have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets available, made possible by our event sponsors. 



Boston’s Social Media Accelerator

January 1, 2014 | Posted in Events, News | By

1488239_603646316351712_1693860354_nAre you interested in learning how to leverage social media to drive awareness, growth and profitability for your business?

If mastering social media is one of your resolutions for 2014, this FREE event is for you! (Register)

The Social Media Accelerator is a one day event for 100 Boston-based businesses being hosted at the beautiful Harvard iLab in Allston on Tuesday, January 7 from 10am-4pm.

The day will be spent learning about how social media can be an effective tool for growth and sustaining business. You will leave with completed profiles for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. You’ll also work with social media experts to create a social media action plan customized for your business.

In addition to hearing from peers and experts on social media for small business, you will have an opportunity to work directly, one-on-one with social media experts from some of the BEST social media companies in the Boston area who are volunteering their time for the event.

Network with peers and hear the inspiring story of how social media has spurred the rapid growth of some local area businesses including: Otto Pizza and SA PA


The event is FREE, but attendance will be limited to 100 businesses.