SMAMS Welcomes Jerry Samy, the 2015 Farmers’ Market Manager

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Farmers Market, News, Uncategorized

Greetings,Jerry Samy, SMAMS

My name is Jerry Samy, and I am the 2015 Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager and intern for ST. Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS). I am recent Economics graduate from UMass Boston. This Farmers Market season, I will be my focusing on having a successful Farmers Market and bringing the community together. We’re happy to announce and welcome back our new and seasoned vendors.

You can stay up-to-date on the latest farmers’ market news viaFacebook (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 26 for opening day, and every Friday this summer until October 16.

For those who may not know, SMAMS is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen and support local businesses along Dorchester Avenue, from Ashmont Station to Melville Avenue. To learn more about SMAMS, visit

For any inquiries, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at or 617- 825- 3846.


Jerry Samy, Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market Manager


Celebrate Historic Preservation Month: All Saints Ashmont Restoration Tour

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Events, News

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



Job Opportunity: SMAMS Seeks Executive Director

April 23, 2015 | Posted in News

SMAMS Logo Blue & Yellow cropped


Saint Mark’s Area Main Street (SMAMS) is conducting a search for a creative and dynamic Executive Director (ED) who will embody and promote the district vision. The ED will work with multiple stakeholders and municipal and private agencies to achieve objectives. He/she will publicize and market the district, develop and execute programs that enhance the district and provide information and support to current and prospective businesses, residents, and other stakeholders as identified. View Detailed Job Description.


The ED will have a working knowledge (education or work experience) in several of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, public relations, design, journalism, public planning, business administration, retail, non-profits, volunteer administration, fundraising, and small business administration.

The ED is expected to understand the issues confronting SMAMS business owners, property owners, public agencies, and community organizers. He/she will act as “ambassador” for the district and must be entrepreneurial, energetic, organized, imaginative and capable of functioning in an independent situation.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 – 5 years professional experience preferred
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and engage people
  • Presentation and communication skills are essential
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks, MS Office, Constant Contact, etc.


Please send cover letter, resume, and references to Resumes will be accepted until Friday, May 8, 2015. No phone calls please.

Executive Director Search Committee
Saint Mark’s Area Main Street
1914 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124​


Vendor Applications for 2015 Farmers’ Market Now Open!

March 18, 2015 | Posted in Farmers Market, farmers' market, News

FarmersMktThe 2015 season of the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market is rapidly approaching. Vendor applications are now open. Please download our Vendor Application and email it to if you are interested in joining this year’s market.

We’re also looking for help organizing this year’s market. If you’d like to join our Farmers’ Market Committee, have suggestions about performers we could contact, or want to help out on a particular market day, please provide your contact information below. We’ll follow up with you soon!

The 2015 Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers’ Market will run weekly on Fridays from 3-7pm. This year’s season begins Friday, June 26 and ends Friday, October 16.


Oscars on the Avenue is Back!

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Fundraisers, News

Oscars Postcard final 01-18-15Join SMAMS 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!

Sunday, February 22, 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 celebrity emcee and awards, a fantastic auction, and more!

Tickets are $75 in advance (until 5:00pm Feb. 20) 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 or 617-825-3846. We may have a limited number of reduced-rate tickets available, made possible by our event sponsors. 

 See you on the red carpet!


January Social Media Class: Spots Available!

December 12, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

social media flyer


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

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







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***

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

We look forward to seeing you!


Cocktails at the Carriage House

October 1, 2014 | Posted in Events, Fundraisers

carriage house


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

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 This is NOT a race, it’s a game. Come play with us!

pedal poker river run


Beautification Plan Community Meeting: Wednesday, July 23

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Committees, News

If you can think all the way back to last November when SMAMS had our Community Visioning meeting, one of the major topics of conversation was beautification.  SMAMS has since partnered with COGDesign, an organization providing pro-bono landscape design services, to help us develop a comprehensive plan for “greening” the SMAMS district.

We’ve started thinking about the beautification plan, and we need your input! Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30-8:00pm to brainstorm creative ways to add beauty, public space, art, and green space to our neighborhood business district. We’ll meet at the MAHA (Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance) building at 1803 Dorchester Ave. Spread the word!


community beautification meeting flyer