By DAN TOMASELLO
Published May 15, 2019
LYNNFIELD — Townscape Lynnfield’s annual Geraniumfest/Kids’ Day fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynnfield Middle School.
The highly anticipated fundraiser, which has been a town fixture every spring for over 30 years, seeks to benefit the town’s parks and playgrounds.
“We are excited to bring Geraniumfest and Kids’ Day back,” said Townscape Lynnfield Co-President Rich Sjoberg in an interview with the Villager. “The entire Townscape Committee has been working very hard since last September to put on this annual event. It’s our only fundraiser, which allows us to donate money for the planting of shade trees as well as make improvements to the town’s parks and playgrounds.”
While the deadline to preorder geraniums and plants has ended, Sjoberg said Townscape “will have a variety of geraniums and plants for sale.”
“We have partnered this year with Ellen Crawford and the Village Home and Garden Club, who are managing the flower sales,” said Sjoberg.
If residents preordered geraniums, they will be able to pick them up at 8:30 a.m.
Townscape expanded Geraniumfest in 2015 by adding Kids’ Day, which has become a big hit among local children and families. The amusements planned for Kids’ Day includes the Red Sox Showcase and Wally the Green Monster.
Kids’ Day will also include NASCAR Rock N’ Roll Racing, a petting zoo featuring baby animals, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses, inflatable obstacle courses, an inflatable boxing ring, touch-a-truck, a game truck, laser tag, food trucks and the Massachusetts State Police Museum. Sjoberg also noted Lynnfield Recreation will be sponsoring games including a pickleball demonstration.
“We will be having pickleball demonstrations on the tennis courts so people can try it,” said Sjoberg.
Retired figure skater Nancy Kerrigan will be participating in a meet-and-greet at Geraniumfest. She will be appearing at the event along with Revise Energy and William Raveis’ Nikki Martin Team.
“For every Mass Save Energy audit that a resident signs up for free of cost at Geraniumfest, Revise Energy will make a donation back to Townscape,” said realtor Christina Hixon in an email sent to the Villager.
Charing Cross, A Mom’s Village and DJ Rick DeSanctis will provide music. Sjoberg said local nonprofit organizations will have vendor tables set up as well.
“We want to promote the good charitable work each one of them is individually doing in town,” said Sjoberg.
Residents should visit www.townscapelynnfield.org in order to purchase tickets. The cost for a child between the ages of 2 to 15 to enter Kids’ Day is $20. The cost for two children to enter is $40. The cost for families with three or more children is $50. Adults and children under 2 will be admitted for free.
Sjoberg encouraged residents to attend Geraniumfest/Kids’ Day.
“Every single penny goes back into the town through a shade tree or improvements to a park or playground,” said Sjoberg. “All of this is done through the work of great volunteers.”
Herb Chambers is Geraniumfest’s presenting sponsor. Lahey Health is the event’s health and wellness sponsor. The Village Home and Garden Club is the flower sponsor. Schumacher Dental is the diamond sponsor.
The Marjorie Youngren Team and GTA are platinum sponsors. The gold sponsors are DiVirgilio Insurance, Plymouth Rock Insurance, The Savings Bank, Wakefield Co-Operative Bank, East Boston Savings Bank, MarketStreet Lynnfield, the Lynnfield Moms Group, Kimball and Kimball, Everett Bank, Supino Insurance Agency, Inc., the Sjoberg family, the Pizzotti family and Betty Adelson.
Geraniumfest’s silver sponsors are Renewal By Andersen, A Mom’s Village, North Shore Children’s Therapies, Btone Fitness, Goldfish Swim School, Aspen Home Design, Gaslight Lynnfield, ABH Services, Inc., Eastern Bank, Revise Energy, Re/Max 360 DiVirgilio Homes, Roper Investment Group and the Nikki Martin Team.