Foxboro HS Band Practice

The Foxboro High School concert band practices under the direction of director Aaron Bush.

Demonstrating that even copious amounts of precipitation can’t put a damper on community spirit, local residents are preparing to pitch headlong into a seasonal whirlwind of activity which, for many in Foxboro, marks the most wonderful time of the year — if not the busiest. Bookended by April school vacation and the Founders Day celebration on June 8, this stretch is characterized by a rising tide of volunteerism, heart-warming showcases of student achievement and community decision-making at its best.

The springtime sprint begins this Saturday morning with a pair of complimentary events: Foxboro Lions will be coordinating a bottle & can drive to benefit the high school tennis team (donations can be left at curbside or dropped off at the Town Hall parking lot) even as scores of volunteers gather at the foot of Bird Street before fanning out across town as part of the annual Clean Up Foxboro Day. Launched in 2013 by Dooley Disposal Services, the event’s primary sponsor, this perennial beautification effort has become as much a harbinger of spring as — well — April showers.

Speaking of whirlwinds — or is it woodwinds? — the annual Pops concerts on May 4-5 launch what shapes up as a memorable week for Foxboro High School musicians and their families. Traditionally a swan song for senior music students, the Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances in the FHS gymnasium feature the school’s highly regarded musical units, including the concert band, symphony orchestra, concert choir, vocal jazz ensemble and jazz ensemble. This year’s theme is Adventures to Ancient Greece, with both floor tables and bleacher seating available.

Sunday afternoon’s Pops finale is followed three days later (Wednesday, May 8) by the Spring Jazz Fest in the FHS auditorium which showcases the jazz ensemble, jazz lab band, jazz choirs and Ahern School jazz band. The Jazz Fest will serve as a final tune-up of sorts for members of the award-winning jazz ensemble, who the very next morning board buses for the trip to New York City, where they will be among 15 finalists competing in the 2019 Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival.

Even as local students are busy making beautiful music, citizens will be privileged to exercise their right to self-government by voting in the annual town election on May 6 and, the following Monday, helping conduct the town’s business and shape the local agenda by participating in the annual town meeting. Despite the lack of contested races on this year’s ballot, townspeople still have an opportunity to make a statement about the importance of civic engagement by taking the time to support both of these institutions.

The same could be said of the town’s traditional Memorial Day observances, to be held on the Common this year on Monday, May 27. Could there be any more important demonstration of community values than gathering to honor the memories of those who sacrificed all to help preserve the principles we hold most dear?

Last but not least is the annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday, June 8. This year’s theme, “What Foxboro means to me,” is the subject of a contest sponsored by organizers to select the 2019 parade marshal. Townspeople are encouraged to briefly explain what Foxboro means to them on index cards available next to drop boxes at the Boyden Library, Orpheum Theater, Town Hall, Public Safety Building, Senior Center and Cindy’s Diamond & Jewelry Gallery. Those who fill out cards by May 10 are eligible to be chosen as grand marshal.

Before then, however, there remains a full slate that includes — not only the aforementioned events — but hazardous waste collections, junior proms, Senior Olympic competitions and church confirmations. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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