UPDATED June 23: The Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens was the host for a garden party on Friday, June 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., as the nonprofit reported $89,000 in funds for registration (scroll down).

Organizers are asking friends, family and neighbors to come to the garden at the center of Arlington, between town hall and the library.

They will be able to hear live music fromWhat She Said, covering rock and R&B favorites, and eat local Food from Tatte Bakery & Cafe and Cookie Time.

 From Tatte, there will be assorted sandwiches (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato; chicken salad, mozzarella and corn latke).

Cookies to be provided by Cookie Time will include vegan and gluten-free options.

Drinks available will be beer, wine and nonalcoholic refreshments

Tickets are $55 per person, which covers a meal and two drinks.

Attendees may purchase ticketsonline using the PayPal “Buy Now” button here >>  and then pick up the tickets themselves at the party entrance.

Tickets can also be purchased via check or exact change at the Book Rack, 13 Medford St., Arlington Center; or at the Select Board's office, second floor, Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.

All net proceeds from the party will go toward continued restoration and maintenance of the gardens, organizers said.

$89k in CPA funds for garden restoration  

The town plans to restore the Winfield Robbins Memorial Gardens area in and around Cyrus Dallin's "Menotomy Hunter" statue (grotto).

The Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens and the Arlington Historical Commission partnered together to secure $89,000 in Community Preservation Act funding for this restoration project, the town announced June 23.

Local contractor JNJ Sacca Inc. began the restoration work this week. The project will take approximately two weeks to complete.

When the plantings conclude, there will be a protective fence around the plantings, but the garden will remain open to the public. Read more at arlingtonma.gov/projects

This news announcement was published Saturday, June 17, 2023, based on information from Cynthia Hamilton. It was updated June 23, with an announcement about CPA funds.