What: Intergenerational Month (formerly called Intergenerational Awareness Month, or IGAM, at Bridges Together) is a global movement celebrating the many benefits of relationships between adults aged 60+ and young people. It also seeks to raise awareness about the societal changes that have created the need for mindfully uniting the generations. Bridges Together is carrying the work of the organization Intergeneration Month, which initiated the recognition of a month devoted to celebrating intergenerational connections. (Read more about this partnership here.)
In Massachusetts, many organizations across the Commonwealth will be holding events and/or launching programs to celebrate our bookend generations – the youngest and oldest.
When: In the United States, this month is celebrated in September and often kicked-off with Grandparents’ Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day.
In 1978, Congress passed legislation to recognize this day and President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation.
Who: Bridges Together is encouraging communities throughout Massachusetts (although living in Massachusetts certainly isn’t a requirement!) to celebrate this special month by planning events – however big or small – to unite generations. For suggestions on local activities, please visit the Bridges Together How-To Guides, which are toolkits or templates for planning a success IG event.
Check out the following communities that planned IGAM events in 2016:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6:30 – 8:30 in WATERTOWN:
Intergenerational Chorus “Kick Off,” sponsored by Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus. The Greater Boston Intergenerational Chorus begins its fall semester on Tues Sept 6th. Open to all who love to sing ages 10-110! Meets Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. First rehearsal open to public; enrollment fee to join after that. Contact: Joanne Hammil; joanne AT joannehammil.com, 617-851-9098
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 9:30 AM in NORWELL:
Granddads & Donuts, sponsored by the Norwell Council on Aging. Looking for something to do with your grandchild and have an opportunity to connect with other granddads? Join us for donuts and juice, coffee and an activity to share. This is a free event. Contact: Susan Curtin; scurtin AT townofnorwell.net, 781.659.7878.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 8 – 10 AM in SURPRISE, ARIZONA:
Intergenerational Art Show, sponsored by Bennevilla. Children from Wirtzie’s preschool and adults from Lucy Anne’s Place Adult Day Program will share their art work at Benevilla. All art was made together between the two groups and is available for purchase. Light refreshments and snack will be offered. Contact: Jeanette Rosas; JRosas AT benevilla.org, 623-584-4999.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 10:00 AM in NORWELL:
Music Together, sponsored by the Norwell Council on Aging and South Shore Conservatory. Music is ageless, music connects us. The Norwell Council on Aging is partnering with the South Shore Conservatory to offer a Music Together class for parents and grandparents to explore music with their special child ages 6 mos. to 4 years old. This is a free program. This is a great opportunity for families and children to foster meaningful musical relationships across the ages. If you don’t have a special child to bring and are interested in participating, we welcome you. Let’s have fun making music together! Class size is limited and registration is required by calling 781.659 .7878.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 11:00 AM in BREWSTER:
Grandparents Day Craft, sponsored by Brewster Ladies’ Library. Come to the library to celebrate Grandparent’s Day! We are making papier-mâché boxes to give to our very special family members. If you have a
photo smaller than 4×7, please bring it so we can place it inside. The event is free. Contact the library for more information: 508-896-3913.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM in JAMAICA PLAIN:
Friendship and Flowers, sponsored by Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly. Friendship & Flowers is an opportunity for volunteers to visit with elders living in assisted living facilities. Volunteers will arrive at the LBFE office for an orientation at 11:30 am where they will make bouquets of flowers to deliver to the elders and choose which neighborhood they would like to go. The visits will last from 1:00-3:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to chat, play games, and enjoy each others’ company during the 1-2 hour visit. This is a good opportunity for both individuals and families. There is no cost to participate in this program. Contact: Airlie Parham, aparham.bos AT littlebrothers.org, 617-524-8882.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2:00 PM in CONCORD:
Grandparents Tea, Saturday, September 10, 2:00 PM, sponsored by Concord Council on Aging. Seniors bring a grandchild or great-grandchild for tea and sandwiches, photos, magician, face painting and more. Contact: Marcia Zaniboni; mzaniboni AT concordma.gov, 978-318-3015.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in WESTON:
Intergenerational Show and Tell, sponsored by the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History. Do kids collect things like their grandparents and parents did when they were young? Are today’s children still interested in gathering baseball cards, comic books, post cards, shells, rocks, sea glass, dolls, bottle caps and many other interesting objects of our culture or have computer games won out? Come find out as the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History on the Regis College campus in Weston holds an intergenerational “Show and Tell”! Contact: Henry Lukas; henryjlukas AT hotmail.com, 617-784-5838.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 12:00 PM in SUDBURY:
Intergenerational Stories, sponsored by Sudbury Senior Center and Goodnow Library. Visit the Goodnow Library or the Sudbury Senior Center to share your favorite books with readers of all ages. What was your favorite book as a youngster? What should younger or older readers read to learn about your life experiences? Who is your favorite character? Fill out a Story about Stories Survey and post it on the Intergenerational Stories About Stories Bulletin Board. Surveys will also be available and posted at the Sudbury Senior Center. This activity will be ongoing, beginning on Friday 9/16. Drop in to share and read.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 8:30 AM to 2:00 in SUDBURY:
Grand Family Faire, sponsored by Bridges Together. Join Bridges Together at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn for our Grand Family Faire! Grab your grandchild, child, group of friends or anyone in your circle of love to celebrate Intergenerational Awareness Month with some old fashioned family fun, including old fashioned games (relay races, marbles, jacks), food trucks, storytelling in the Redstone Schoolhouse, arts & crafts, pony rides and professional family photos at The Grist Mill. Kick off the day at 8:30 with a kids fun run promoted by GetLOCALMA and end the day with an Interfaith Intergenerational Worship Service (conducted by the Sudbury Clergy Association at The Martha Mary Chapel) and then some birthday cake as Bridges Together celebrates 25 years of the Bridges program! Contact: Debbie Howell; Debbie AT BridgesTogether.org, 978.793.9650.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 7:00 PM in BELLINGHAM:
Community Band Concert, sponsored by Bellingham Council on Aging and Bellingham Cultural Council. Free rides are available to seniors and younger disabled residents if arrangements are made by Friday, September 16th. Call 508-966-0398 for information. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Contact: Laura DeMattia; ldemattia AT bellinghamma.org, 508-657-2705.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 10:00 AM in NORWELL:
Nature Explorers, sponsored by the Norwell Council on Aging and South Shore Natural Science Center. Last Spring the Norwell COA successfully piloted the Nature Explorers Program with the Nature Center Preschool at the South Shore Natural Science Center. We are happy to be partnering again for the upcoming school year. We are looking for 10 volunteers to participate in this program with preschool students to learn about signs of fall, wild turkeys, winter birds, fox families, planting, pond life and more! This is an interactive program taught by SSNSC staff where children and older adults will learn and explore together. The sessions are taught by SSNSC staff. This group will meet once a month for two hours, between October and June. If you are interested in participating, please call Susan in the COA office at 781-659-7878. Participants must attend a brief orientation session with the SSNSC staff and are required by the State to have a CORI/ SORI. We look forward to seeing you outdoors!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 9:30 to 11:20 AM in JAMAICA PLAIN:
Creating Art at Home: Workshop in Intergenerational Expressive Arts, sponsored by Families Creating Together. Creating Art at Home/Birds of a Feather at ABCD Jamaica Plain Head Start, 315 Centre Street, JP. Two FREE workshops for parents, grandparents, caregivers. Use recycled and simple art materials in imaginative ways. Learn about birds of the tropical rain forest and New England. Create habitats using clay and other materials. After 2nd workshop take home art materials to continue your adventure! Wheelchair accessible. Child care provided. FCT is a program of Community Service Care/Tree of Life Coalition. To register and for more information call 617-522-4832 or email email@example.com. Additional information at www.familiescreatingtogether.org
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 3:30 to 5:30 PM in NORWELL:
Painting Pals, sponsored by the Norwell Council on Aging and Nate Nottingham, art teacher at Norwell High School. Participants must register by Sept. 20 by calling 781.659.7878. Snacks will be served!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 3:00 PM in PROVINCETOWN:
Build Your Own Sundae Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Provincetown COA and Independence House. In honor of Intergenerational Awareness Month, Independence House is sponsoring an ice cream social, including “Build-Your-Own-Sundaes,” at the COA for seniors and for children in the Provincetown Recreation Department’s After-School Program. Contact: Chris Hottle; chottle AT provincetown-ma.gov, 508-487-7080.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 6:15 PM in SUDBURY:
Intergenerational Back-to-School Recital, sponsored by Note-worthy Experiences Music Studio and Sudbury Pines Extended Care. Note-worthy Experiences Music Studio will host a Back to School Themed Recital for the residents of a local nursing home. This private event is free to all residents, staff and Note-worthy Experiences families.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM in WEST YARMOUTH:
Intergenerational Model UN, at the Yarmouth Senior Center, sponsored by Age-Friendly Yarmouth. Pairing 25 seniors with 25 high school students to participate in a Model UN fast track curriculum with a topic focus of water. Pilot funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation as part of Age-Friendly Yarmouth continuous improvement plan. There is no cost to the participants. Contact: Kathi Bailey; firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-394-7606.
Bridges Together is putting together a calendar and supporting other organizations throughout the state as they celebrate intergenerational relationships throughout the month. This movement is an offshoot of the networking Bridges Together has done over the past few years and the recommendations of those who participated in the Statewide Intergenerational Strategies Summit. Please click here to learn about the Grand Family Faire — Bridges Together’s own Intergenerational Awareness Month event — on Sunday, September 18 at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury.
To get involved, please contact Debbie Howell at 978-793-9650 or Debbie@Bridges Together.org.