Annual Goldfish Pond Flea Market

Posted on September 6, 2009

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Daybreak at Goldfish Pond

Daybreak at Goldfish Pond

(Ed. note: Saturday’s event was rained out. The Fun ‘N’ Flea day will now be held on the raindate, Sept. 19. See you there.)

For the past 28 years, the Goldfish Pond Association has held their annual Fun ‘N’ Flea day at Goldfish Pond, one of Lynn’s hidden treasures. On September 12th from 9:00 to 3:00 (Raindate Sept. 19) they continue the tradition for the 29th time, inviting people from all around to enjoy themselves at one of the most picturesque places in town.

Not only will there be over 50 tables of unique goods to browse and buy; there will also be boat rides, face painting, raffles and food to enjoy. “We also call it our Sun ‘N’ Sea day,” said Kathy Montejunas, president of the Goldfish Pond Association. “We try to make it something the whole family can come to.”

For food, the fare is hamburgers, hotdogs, meatball sandwiches, snowcones and popcorn. To raise money, there’s a continuous raffle with over $2,000 worth of prizes. The Association contributes a $300 cash grand prize; but there are also several $100 cash prizes donated by Solomine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Homes, as well as gift certificates donated by Mildreds, Kelly’s Roast Beef, Hair Affair and other local businesses.

Montejunas said that Mayor Clancy may drop by to visit, and candidates for city council may also put in an appearance. The Democratic City Committee will be on hand for general voter registration, and the nonprofit organization Blanket the Globe will also have a table.

Blanket the Globe was started 2 years ago by then 15 year old Casey Ehrlich, daughter of state representative Lori Ehrlich, whose district includes part of Lynn. The organization’s mission is to give voice to the environmental concerns of children. Erlich started a quilt of 1 foot fabric squares and artwork designed by children which will be on display at the flea market.

Monetjunas has coordinated the flea market for over 8 years, but she has been a part of the Association from the very beginning. “Thirty years ago, the pond was in sad shape with trash and graffiti everywhere. The city was in charge of keeping the pond clean, but it would be weeks between mowings, and the lighting was less than adequate.”

So residents in the neighborhood decided to step up and maintain the park on a more regular basis. The Association does all the maintenance and purchases the necessary equipment. Their efforts have paid off, as Goldfish Pond is now one the cleanest and most beautiful neighborhoods in Lynn.

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