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Lee Founders Weekend 2017


Thursday, September 14, through Sunday, September 17, 2017

What a great weekend we had in 2016! Perfect weather, fabulous food, amazing music, fun activities and wonderful fun-loving crowds!!! Join us in 2017 to see what new activities we have added – tons of family fun!

Thanks to all who participated – visitors, vendors, artists, community groups and Lee residents in 2016! See you in 2017 for another fabulous celebration – along with a few surprises!!!

3 days of fun for the entire family … Food, Music, Art, Hometown Parade, Community Block Dance, Crafts, Magic Show, Face Painting, Entertainment, Duck Derby, Vintage Tennis Tournament, Sidewalk sales, Contests & Prizes, Street Vendors and much, much more!

Artwork by Eva Ricci – Lee High School

Hometown Parade

Antique cars, Lee High Band, Lee Fire & EMS,
Berkshire Highlanders and floats galore!
Saturday at 10:00 AM – Don’t miss it!

Become a sponsor of the
2016 Lee Founders Weekend
Call 413.243.1705 for details now!

Special thanks to the Lee Police Department
whose members help to ensure everyone’s safety during this event.

Photos courtesy of

Preliminary 2017 schedule

Thursday (Sept. 14)

Lee Historical Society Cemetery Tour ~ Fairmount Cemetery, 5:00 pm.


Taste of Lee; 5:00-8:00 pm

Main Street will be closed from Academy Street to Park Street during the event to allow our participants to line the street with their wares and to ensure that attendees can enjoy dining al fresco in a street festival atmosphere – food, music, & fun – in a safe environment. There will be limited parking in this area beginning at 4:00 pm. (Lee Recycling Committee Zero-Waste event)

Musical performances by Robin O’Herin, Housatonic Philharmonic, and Moonshine Holler from 4:00-8:00 on Main Street.

Main street vendors ~ Community organizations offering food and other items for sale; raffles, contests, and keepsakes.

Friday, Sept 15 – CreativeLEE XVII, Reception 3 – 5 pm in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery at the Lee Library. CreativeLEE is the 17th annual exhibit of local art sponsored by the Lee Library Association, 100 Main St.

Saturday, Sept 16 – CreativeLEE XVII, 10 am – 2 pm in the J. Peter Scolforo Gallery at the Lee Library. CreativeLEE is the 17th annual exhibit of local art sponsored by the Lee Library Association, 100 Main Street.

Carr Hardware, 5:00-8:00 pm ~ Children’s Carnival , bouncy houses, games, cotton candy, popcorn, fun & games + Sidewalk Sale.

Street Artisans/Craft Fair, Friday & Saturday ~ Offering hand-made jewelry; wood products; paper art; wind chimes and more. On Main street.


5K Road Race, 8:00 am ~ Runners will be tackling the Finnegan Course at Lee High School. Register for the race by mailing in a completed registration form and $15.00; or in person on race day $20.00. Race day registration will be on the lawn at Lee Middle & High Street at 300 Greylock Street in Lee starting at 7:00 am. For online registration:

Hometown Parade, 10:00 am

Grand Marshall: STAY TUNED

Parade participants will begin assembling at 9:30 am and the parade will step off promptly at 10:00 am. There will be limited parking on Center Street to allow participants to prepare to march. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Center Street to the Ice Rink (parade termination site) during the parade (approx. 1 hour). Dick Lindsey will again serve as Master of Ceremonies from in front of The Morgan House Restaurant.

Street Artisans/Craft Fair, Friday & Saturday ~ Offering hand-made jewelry; wood products; paper art; wind chimes and more.

Bowey the Clown Magic Show, 11:30 am ~ Bowey will perform for local children and offer free face-painting, games, and balloon art at the Lee Athletic Field (behind The Rink on Housatonic Street).

Big Green Egg Cooking Contest, 11:30-1:30 ~ Come watch and taste some of the best local restaurants cook on the Big Green Egg Cookers and compete against each other for the title of “The Best Non-Beef Burger in Town!” All proceeds to benefit the Kiwanis Club of Lee.

Sponsored by Henry’s Electric; location: DPW Gazebo. (Lee Recycling Committee Zero-Waste event )

Lee Sons of Italy Italian Grinder Sale Annual Fundraiser, 11:00-2:00 ~ Church Park. (Lee Recycling Committee Zero-Waste event )

Trustco Bank, 11:00-4:00 ~ Children’s games, bouncy house, and giveaways.

Baja Charlie’s/Ingegni Salon, Noon- ? ~ Live Music, Food, and Lawn Games; Beer & Wine available.

Lee Youth Commission Children’s Activities, 1:00-4:00 pm at Lee Athletic Field~ crafts, tennis, games for children, Terry A la Berry + much more!

Locker Rooms Sports Pub ~

Festival Latino, 2:00-8:00. Church Park ~

Spectrum Playhouse


Kiwanis Club of Lee Pancake Breakfast, 8:00-11:00 am, St. Mary’s School.

Locker Rooms Sports Pub

Lee Lions Club – Duck Derby ~ Many prizes!

CTA Vintage Tennis Tournament, 10:00 am, Greenock Country Club.

2016 Lee Founders Weekend Sponsors


Frank Consolati Insurance Agency

Lee Bank


Dresser Hull Company


Adams Community Bank

AF Viale Insurance

Greylock Federal Credit Union

Greylock Federal Insurance

Kindred Laurel Lake

Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc.

Trustco Bank

Wheeler & Taylor Insurance


51 Park Restaurant & Tavern

Applegate Inn

Ben’s Shop

Henry’s Electric (celebrating 70 years in business!)

Hunter & Graziano, Attorneys at Law

Michael J. Considine, Attorney at Law

Ray Murray, Inc.

Salmon Run Fish House

Toole Insurance

Zabian’s Fine Jewelers


Clark’s Garden Center

Comalli Electric

Daley & Son Trucking

Devonfield Inn

Finders Keepers

Lee Hardware True Value

LePrevost Plumbing & Heating

Locker Room Sports Pub (celebrating 25 years in business!)

Lucky Nails

Suburban Internal Medicine, Inc.


2017 Founders Weekend Vendor Registration Form

2017 Founders Weekend Vendor Registration

Click here to download form. Please mail completed form by August 1st.

Lee Founders Weekend 5k Run
Saturday September 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Lee High School – Finnegan Course

Race Information: Start and finish the run is at Lee Middle & High School.

Registration and Packet Pick-up Information: Register by mailing in a registration $15.00 or in person on race day $20.00. Race day registration on the lawn at Lee Middle & High Street at 300 Greylock Street in Lee starting at 7:00 am.

Course Description: Start and finish main entrance at Lee Middle & High School.

Awards: Top three overall Male and Female and age group award winners.

Additional Information: T-shirts to all pre-registered runners and limited amount available on race day.

Any questions call Danna Snow (413) 243-1734 or email

5k Run Entry Form

2017 Founders Weekend 5k Run Application

Click here to download form. Mail Entry Form and make Checks payable to: Mail in registrations should go to Wildcat Cross Country Booster Club, 185 Summer St. Lee, Ma 01238. Make Checks payable to: Wildcat Cross Country Booster Club.

Online registration:

The Lee Cross-Country Running Team working with the Lee Founders Weekend Committee are bringing back the Lee Founders Weekend 5K Run. We are not using any funds from the Lee Founders Weekend Committee!

We are looking for sponsors at any level:

Platinum Level Sponsorship: $200.00 or more
Your company or individual name will go on the t-shirt that will be given to the first 100+ runners. You will also receive four race entries and four t-shirts. Your donation must be received by September 1st in order to be listed on the t-shirt.

Gold Level Sponsorship: $100.00 or more
Sponsor the start, finish or a mile marker (Company or individual name will be listed on a sign on the course.) You will also receive two race entries and two t-shirts.

Silver Level Sponsorship: $50.00 or more
You will be listed as a sponsor for announcements prior and post to race. You will also receive on entry and one t-shirt.

Bronze Level Sponsorship: $25.00 or more
You will be announced as a supporter of the event, and you will receive a race t-shirt.
Raffle Donations – We are also looking for gift certificates and items to raffle at the conclusion of the race.

Thank you!

Any support is greatly appreciated! Please send any donations to: Lee Middle and High School Cross-Country,300 Greylock Street, Lee, MA 01238. If you have any questions, please call Danna Snow (413) 243-1734 or email

2016 Duck Derby! Quack!


Duck Derby

The recipient for this year’s Duck Derby will be Lee Lions Club!


Each duck that floats down the Housatonic River during Lee Founders Weekend will be numbered. We’ll match the winning ducks to their owners and those lucky individuals will win a prize donated by area businesses. Please check back to see a list of the fabulous prizes for the 2017 Duck Race as they come in.

2016 Founders Day Duck Derby Prizes

Lee Chamber – 1st Prize $500
51 Park Restaurant & Tavern $50 Gift Certificate
Adams Community Bank Picnic Pack/Blanket + Stadium Blankets
Barrington Coffee Roasters Three Region Sampler ($44 value)
Ben’s Shop Gift Certificate
Berkshire Theatre Group 2 Free performance passes
Carr Hardware $25 Gift Certificate
Chez Nous Bistro Gift Certificate
Devonfield Country Inn Gift Certificate/1 Free Night
Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Gift Basket
Knead A Bagel $15 Gift Certificate
Lee Hardware $25 Gift Certificate
Lee Historical Society Set of Commemorative Mugs
Locker Rooms Sports Pub Large Pizza Gift Certifcate
Lucky Nails $25 Gift Certificate
Meow & Growl Free Dog Wash
Naumkeag/TTOR Two VIP passes + picnic for 2
NBT Bank Gift Basket
Norman Rockwell Museum Two free passes
Paperdilly Custom Picture Framing
Pine Cone Hill Comforter + $100 Gift Certificate
Ray Murray Inc. Fire Pit (value $199)
Starving Artist Creperie & Café $25 Gift Certificate
Ventfort Hall 2 free admission to Medieval Faire
Zabian’s Fine Jewelers Gift Certificate

Lee Police Announce Founders Weekend Temporary Road Closures

The Lee Police Department would like to remind everyone planning to attend Taste of Lee on Friday evening, that Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic by 3:30pm from the Town Park to Franklin Street. Any vehicles parked along this stretch of Main Street after 3:30 on Friday will need to remain there until after Taste of Lee ends around 8:00PM, for the safety of the pedestrians and vendors who will line Main Street for this popular event.

On Saturday morning, motorists are asked to keep in mind that Main Street to Canal Street will again be closed for the Hometown Parade that begins at 10:00 AM. By the start of the 10:00am parade, police will close the route from Fuller to Summer and Laurel until the completion of the parade.

Authorities and officials from the Lee Chamber of Commerce ask for your understanding and cooperation as we offer Founders Weekend activities to commemorate the Town’s incorporation 239 years ago — in 1777. Thank you!

Support Lee Founders Weekend 2017

The Lee Chamber of Commerce produces this annual event for townsfolk, neighbors and visitors alike to enjoy. However, this ever-popular and festive event would not be possible without the generous support of members of the local business community. Please help us keep the tradition alive by contributing at whatever level is comfortable for you. Your assistance helps to defray the cost of security, sanitation, promotion, staffing and other essential expenses. Thank you!

Levels of Giving

۝ Platinum Contributor $2,000+
۝ Gold Contributor $1,000 — $1,999
۝ Silver Contributor $500 — $999
۝ Marble Contributor $250 — $499
۝ Paper Contributor $100 — $249
۝ Friend $99 or less __________

Contributions will be acknowledged publicly if received by August 1.

Make checks payable and mail to:

Lee Chamber of Commerce
Founders Weekend
PO Box 345
Lee, MA 01238-0345