A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to mark the opening of the newly renovated Memorial Park playground in Mansfield , located at 194 Church St. The park underwent extensive upgrades in May costing about $173,000, following four years of planning and fund-raising. “It was a 20-plus-year-old playground that needed some serious upgrading,” said Sherri Gurnon, director of parks and recreation in Mansfield. “The renovated park has a variety of climbing structures, swing sets, spinners, roped climbers, and a canopy with a picnic table underneath.” The Friends of Memorial Park and the Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department were among those celebrating the opening on July 13.
Barrett’s Alehouse in West Bridgewater has opened at 674 West Center St., the location of the former Charlie Horse, which closed last August after 25 years. The 23,000-square-foot tavern seats up to 530 people and includes a dining room, two bars, an outdoor deck, an arcade with about 50 games, and four areas for private events. In addition to craft brews and cocktails, Barrett’s offers burgers, pizzas, and prime rib. “We’re a family-friendly location,” said Dave Barry, managing partner and general manager. “Whether it’s drinks with friends, dinner with family, or a private event, we’re here to help out.” Barrett’s has three other locations in Massachusetts, in Fall River, Bridgewater, and North Attleborough.
Father Bill’s & MainSpring held its 23rd annual FoodFest fund-raiser on July 25 at Hingham Beer Works, located in the Hingham Shipyard shopping and entertainment center. The event drew more than 40 food vendors and about 700 attendees, and featured various raffles, a silent auction, and live music from District 21, a Boston-based band. It raised approximately $320,000, which will be used toward providing both emergency and permanent housing in the region. “We’re truly blessed to have more than 90 corporate partners supporting FoodFest this year, helping us ensure that the most vulnerable residents in our communities have a safe, supportive place to stay on any given night,” said John Yazwinski, the nonprofit’s chief executive and president. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org.