Town tossing popular party

When the Marion Town Party began in the 19th century, it was known as “Marigold Days” and once drew President Grover Cleveland, who had a summer home in town. The tradition continues Aug. 24, most likely without presidential presence. Food, music, and dancing in the street, children’s activities, and a bonfire will provide a slice of Americana, said Steven Gonsalves, one of its organizers. “It’s a good time to slow down, see your neighbors, and be reminded of what a great place we live in,” he said, adding that as in years past, a slide show will run of old-time Marion. Admission is free. Funds raised through sale of food and other items benefit the town’s recreation department, which will use the money to build a playground at Washburn Park, and the Marion Firefighters Association, which will buy thermal-imaging gear. For information, call Gonsalves at 508-264-5852.