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    MayFair 2010 - A Community Gathering with a Big Heart!


    The weather gods smiled upon Harvard Square this past Sunday offering up a perfectly gorgeous hot and sunny spring day! Every one of our six stages of entertainment was surrounded by happy audiences. Our performers, artists, and artwork could not have been more joyfully presented or more joyously received.

    What may not have been abundantly clear to the hundreds of thousands of happy festival participants joining in all the fun at this free event is that MayFair also raises an enormous amount of money for charity.

    We are pleased to report that the Spring Hair-Cut-A-Thon sponsored by Plan B, Salon Bellamar, and Floyds Barbershop was again a huge success which raised $1,900 for the Hoffman Breast Health Center at Mount Auburn Hospital – that is an enormous number of $20 haircuts for one team!  Thank you to our local salons for working together to do so much good and to give so many a new fresh spring hair-do! 

    Just up the block the Grafton Street/ Sam Adams beer garden was in full tilt and packed with relaxed and refreshed do-gooders. Each year the staff at Grafton Street chooses a local charitable organization in need of funding support and the proceeds of their MayFair Beer Garden are donated. This year, Harvard Square’s very own “Boston Boy Choir” will receive $3,000 to help underwrite the free tuition which they have provided to talented students since 1963.

    Around the corner, a magnificent display of Chalk Art on Church Street, created before the eyes of enrapt on-lookers continued to charm crowds of passers-by all day long. Even after the festival had ended and the crowd has dissipated, the art still found an audience on the street. The annual Chalk on the Walk event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cambridge, it is staffed by volunteers and the Chalk Artists volunteer their time and have the opportunity to compete for first, second and third prizes. Chalk Art “Frames” or boxes are underwritten by local businesses. Over the past few years, the Chalk on the Walk event at MayFair has raised over $100,000 to help fund scholarships for CRLS Students and local literacy projects.

    In our 100th year of Caring for the Square, the Harvard Square Business Association established in 1910, continues to produce free public events that are entertaining and enjoyable for people of all ages and from all over the world.