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Kids have fun at the ‘Forge

by Elizabeth Connolly

Hometown Weekly Reporter

The first Saturday of May boasted what was arguably some of the best weather of the year, which was especially lucky for the team at the Bellforge Arts Center - also known as Bellforge, or simply the ‘Forge. This was because it was the day of their annual “Fun at the ‘Forge” event, a day focused on entertaining the youngest generation, though everyone in attendance appeared to be enjoying themselves.

The event, which was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featured an exciting show called Mad Science: Fire and Ice, a hilarious magician named Bonaparte, and fun live music from children’s musician Wayne Potash. Also in attendance was Hugo the therapy pony, who was trotting around to make visitors smile. In addition to the acts, there was face painting, lawn games, food offerings, and plenty of room to run and play. New this year was a market that featured crafts, stickers, keychains and more from 15 talented kid vendors. 

“We just stopped by today, not sure what to expect,” said one mom, who was buying ice cream for her crew at the ice cream truck parked at the festival. “I thought we’d only stay an hour, but we’ve been here for almost three! The kids are all having the best time.”

“All of our children are going to sleep well tonight,” added another mom in the group. “This really has been a lot of fun. And the performers were all so talented!”

The Bellforge Arts Center was a dream that became reality in 2020, when a portion of the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital, located at 45 Hospital Road, was leased from the town for 99 years. A team of dedicated staff, board members, and volunteers have been working hard to transform the space into a unique arts and entertainment venue. This vision includes a variety of events - most of them free - throughout the spring, summer and fall season, as well as fundraising for the future.

Up next at the ‘Forge is an art and craft festival on Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a local music festival on Saturday, June 1st from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information about these and other upcoming events, as well as plans for the future and a link to donate, can be found at

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