Jason Russell beer gardenUPDATED Sept. 25: The Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St., has acted as a host for outdoor beer gardens and live music on Saturdays throughout the summer.

Today, Saturday, Sept. 30, is the last scheduled show for the season, with an expected performance by Jug Band Festival.

Organized by Menotomy Grill and co-sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society, the weekly event is free to attend, open to the public and takes place unless weather interferes.

Rain or shine, guided indoor tours of the structure -- a site of deadly armed conflict at the beginning of the American Revolution -- usually take place inside the historic structure from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Arlingtonians can check the nonprofit's Facebook presence for periodic updates about band scheduling and any possible cancellations due to weather or other factors. 

Beer and food service generally is scheduled to start each Saturday at 2 p.m., music generally between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Beer may be bought by those 21 and older from American Beverage Inc; 16-ounce beers are $8 each, while seltzer, lemonade and bottled water are $2 each. Menotomy Grill is selling food; prices for burgers, bean burgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, etc., range from $5 to $10.  

These family-friendly events, in a shaded setting, are intended to promote the Arlington Historical Society, the Jason Russell House and overall awareness of the centuries-old history of Arlington, she says.

The society has stated the following: "In spite of our boarded-up windows (they are being repaired), the Jason Russell House in Arlington is open for guided tours until Oct. 29. The house saw the fiercest fighting on the first day of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775, and has many surviving bullet holes. The house and corresponding exhibit are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit arlingtonhistorical.org; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call 781-648-4300.

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This announcement was published Thursday, June 8, 2023, updated June 21, to add details about the beer gardens, and updated July 20, to provide context on the house, and tours there. It was then updated July 26, July 29, Aug. 1, Aug. 7, Aug.13, Aug. 18, and Aug. 21 and then again on Aug. 30 with information about live music for the month of September based on information from Arlington Historical Society Director Sara Lundberg. It was updated Sept. 5, 2023, and Sept. 6, 2023, with the announcement of the planned Sept. 9 musical act and the statement that the "utility-box artists" will be at that event. It was updated Sept. 8, 2023, to note that weather might interfere with Sept. 9, 2023, event plans. It was updated Sept. 30, 2023, to detail the last performance.

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