December 14, 2018/Dispatch

More Holiday Events and Special Invitation from Kate

Greetings from Kate and Matt
Dear Democrats, 

My weekly introduction is easy this time of year! A lot of political activity is winding down and I don’t have it in me to comment on “Individual 1.” I am free to promote the Westborough Dems Holiday Party, which I know has come to be known as Kate’s party. 

Every year I invite Dispatch readers. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Bill Galvin, Congressman Jim McGovern, State Senator Jamie Eldridge and State Rep. Carolyn Dykema all plan to attend. The party is on Sunday December 16th from 2 to 6 pm at the Red Heat Tavern in Westborough. We anticipate county officials and legislators from across the state to join us. Just a reminder that this is a holiday open house. Our special guests come and go just like everyone else! See details below. 

The Red Heat Tavern takes part in Westborough Toy Drive. If you are interested, please bring a new unwrapped toy or book to donate. I want people to know that this is an option and that many may prefer to help in their own communities. 

Democratically yours, 

Kate Donaghue 

PS Please be sure that you use the DDemDispatch-owner e-mail address when sending in events. And please keep in mind that Matt and I work hard to try to get the most up to date information, but sometimes things change or there is a miscommunication. Check with the organizer or the website if you see something that looks wrong. 

Ideas for Committees – Political Memorabilia Swap
Want an easy way to turn your December or January meeting into a holiday or post holiday event? Have a Yankee Swap of political memorabilia. You can add the option of a non-political item for those who don’t accumulate political stuff as much as I do. 
Keep it simple and fun. Follow whatever rules you like for swaps. Encourage re-gifting if you are doing this at a post holiday celebration. You want to make sure that enough people are taking part so that you have some fun, without putting pressure on folks who don’t want to try to figure out what to bring. It can be helpful to quietly encourage those who have multiple items that they want to move forward to bring them so that as many people as possible have a chance to take part. 
If my suggestion is too late for a holiday swap for your group, then consider the same thing in April in celebration of Earth Day! 

You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear
John Fugelsang – [Responding to Trump’s “No smocking gun … No Collusion” tweet] The only thing we know for sure is that you’ve never colluded with a dictionary. 

Event details:

12/12/2018 Maura Healey End of Year Celebration

Wednesday, December 12, 5:30 – 7 PM
Carrie Nation 11 Beacon Street, Boston

Join us for an End of Year Celebration in support of Attorney General Maura Healey. 
Suggested Contributions: $100, $250, $500, $1,000. 
RSVP to: . 
To donate via secure contribution, please visit: 
Checks can be made payable to the Maura Healey Committee 

12/12/2018 5th Annual Holiday Party with Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Wednesday, December 12, 6 – 8 PM
The Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston

Please join Mayor Martin J. Walsh & Lorrie Higgins for a fun filled evening of friends and holiday cheer at the Fifth Annual Holiday Cocktail Party. 
The Mayor & Ms. Higgins encourage attendees to bring a new of gently used winter coat for all ages to benefit the City of Boston’s Homeless Shelters. 
Please RSVP here: 

12/12/2018 Longmeadow Dems Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 PM
Mario’s Cafe Ambiance, 60 Shaker Road, East Longmeadow 

Each year, we get together during the holidays to celebrate with each other and share some of our favorite political moments from the previous year. With so much to celebrate this year (like a Democratic House Majority!), we hope you can join us! Don’t forget the annual LDTC Yankee Swap! To enter in, bring a gift valued $10 or less! 
Donation $25. 

12/12/2018 Hudson Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 12, 7 PM
Avidia Bank Community Room, 17 Pope Street Hudson, MA 01749

12/12/2018 JP Progressives: End of Year/ Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 12, 7 – 9 PM
Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Join JP Progressives in celebrating the election of Ayanna Pressley, Nika Elugardo, Rachael Rollins, Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Liz Malia. Joining themSuggested donation: Texter: $25/Phone banker: $50/Canvasser: $100/Organizer: $250/Campaign Manager: $500. Donate at 

12/13/2018 Getting to the Point with Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 – 8 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley will participate in a moderated discussion at the Institute where she will preview the issues she will be fighting for in the 116th Congress, share insights from her longstanding commitment to community-based policy reform, and reflect on her most recent history-making campaign. This event is free but please register at 

12/13/2018 Celebrate Rep. Jay Kaufman’s Retirement

Thursday, December 13, 7 PM
Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington

Representative Jay Kaufman has been a member of the Lexington Democratic Town Committee since 1990 and our Representative in the Legislature since 1995. He is focusing the last session of Open House before his retirement on an assessment of the challenges and opportunities he has experienced in his years as a legislator and his advice for those who seek to follow in his progressive footsteps. Our celebration of his service will take place immediately after the taping of that edition of Open House. The Open House program runs from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and the celebration will begin immediately after. 

12/14/2018 Ashland Democratic Town Committee Holiday Party Potluck

Friday, December 14, 6 – 8:30 PM
41 Rockwood Drive, Ashland

Email for more info. 

12/14/2018 Mansfield DTC Holiday Party

Friday, December 14, 7 – 10 PM
National Black Doll Museum, 288 N. Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048

Democrats and Friends to gather and celebrate the Blue Wave and to network with local activists to prepare for the future. RSVP to Sally Fehervari at 

12/14/2018 Sterling Dems Drinking Liberally

Friday, December 14, 7 – 10 PM
The Old Timer Restaurant, 155 Church St., Clinton, MA 01510

This monthly ‘Drinking Liberally’ event, co-hosted by the Town of Sterling Democratic Committee, is a great opportunity to network, plan, discuss and debate our need to make our communities, our state and our nation stand on solid ground. And a great opportunity to see the ‘new’ Old Timer, and relive great memories and make new ones. Please RSVP at 

*12/15/2018 Dennis Dems & Cape and Islands Democratic Council Holiday Party*

Saturday, December 15, 6 PM
Kathy & John Ohman’s home, 12 Thomas Court, Dennis

Annual Pot Luck Dinner. Good food and good cheer. Please RSVP ASAP to or 508-385-4141 with your favorite dish to bring. 

12/16/2018 Natick Dems Holiday Party

Sunday, December 16, 2 – 4:30 PM
Home of Lindsey & Ricardo Galvao, 8 Lincoln Street, Natick Center

It’s time for our Party to party. And, we have lots to celebrate, right here, in our town. Natick continues to shine as the Home of Champions. Of course, we can’t ignore taking back the US House of Representatives. 2018 has been a big year for us. 
We have much to be thankful for! I hope you can join us December 16th. 
RSVP: ​Karen Schlosberg at 

12/16/2018 Westborough Dems “Kate’s” Holiday Party

Sunday, December 16, 2 – 6 PM
Red Heat Tavern, 227 Turnpike Rd., Westborough, MA 01581

Westborough Democratic Town Committee Holiday open house. Great place to talk politics and celebrate the election season. 

12/16/2018 Groton DTC Meeting

Sunday, December 16, 4 – 6 PM
American Legion Post #55, 75 Hollis St, Groton

See for more information. 

*12/17/2018 State Rep. Mike Connolly’s Winter Event & Fundraiser*

Monday, December 17, 6 – 8 PM
Workbox, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Join Rep. Mike Connolly to celebrate accomplishments and raise funds to support the work needed in 2019. Food an beverages will be provided. RSVP at and donate online at 

12/17/2018 Greater Boston Young Democrats Holiday Meeting

Monday, December 17, 6 – 9 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate, 210 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125

Join GBYD at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate for “Across the Aisle: Finding Common Ground in Congress,” a bipartisan panel of Members of Congress who will discuss the state of affairs in Washington, opportunities for common ground in the 116th Congress, the political challenges they face, and how to foster a vibrant civic dialogue. The event is free but please register at 
After the panel discussion ends at 7:30 the group will head to BansheeBar Boston at 934 Dorchester Ave. for a few drinks and a quick update on GBYD plans for 2019. For more info see 

*12/17/2018 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting*

Monday, December 17, 7 PM
Office of Atty John Graham, 115 Court Street, Plymouth 

The PDTC’s final meeting of 2018 will be a Local Engagement Sub Committee Meeting. At this meeting we will be starting our initial discussions around the town election in May. If you are interested in learning more about government in the Town of Plymouth or are thinking about running for town meeting please join us! We look forward to seeing you there! 

*12/17/2018 Northborough Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Monday, December 17, 7 PM
Northborough Public Library, 34 Main St,


*12/18/2018 Rep Ayers’ Annual Holiday Party*

Tuesday, December 18, 5 – 7 PM
pin Siros at Marina Bay 307 Victory Rd, Quincy

Please join us to celebrate the season at my annual Holiday Party. Come by for some good food, great company and holiday cheer! 
As always, we are collecting toys for our annual Toy Drive, in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots. If you’re able, please bring an unwrapped toy to help a family in need. 
Suggested contribution: $25, $50, $100. 
Contributions accepted at the door, or online at: 

12/18/2018 Boston Ward 4 Dems Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 18, 6 – 8 PM
Shun’s Kitchen, 520 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02118

Join local Democrats for an evening of good cheer as we celebrate our victories in 2018 and prepare for the new year. Suggested contribution: $15 (to cover the cost of the provided buffet). Shun’s does not have a dessert menu, so show off your baking chops by bringing your best holiday dessert. 

12/18/2018 Malden Democratic City Committee Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 – 8 PM
Hugh O’Neill’s, 45 Pleasant Street, Malden

Come join Malden Dems to celebrate a great year and more to come. Special guests, munchies, cash bar. For more info see 

12/18/2018 Dartmouth DTC Meeting

Tuesday, December 18, 7 PM
Dartmouth Town Hall Room 304, 400 Slocum Road, Dartmouth. MA

Please email with any questions. 
Future meetings: 1/22, 2/26. 

*12/18/2018 Boston Ward 5 Dems Holiday Party*

Tuesday, December 18, 7 PM
Lir, 903 Boylston Street, Boston

Boston Democrats! It’s Time to Celebrate . . . and Unite! 
Come to the Boston Ward 5 Democrats’ HOLIDAY PARTY – (A ‘Mini-Fundraiser’). 
Light Appetizers, Cash Bar, Bring Your Friends!. 
Boston Democrats in Action!. 

*12/19/2018 Senator DiDomenico’s Annual Winter Event *

Wednesday, December 19, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Oliveira’s Restaurant, 749 Broadway, Everett, MA

This is always a great night with outstanding food, as well as, complimentary beer, wine and valet parking. 
Suggested contribution $75, $125, $250, $500 
If you cannot attend, but would like to make an end of year contribution please use the link below: 

12/19/2018 Melrose Dems: Year-End Celebration

Wednesday, December 19, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St., Melrose, MA 02176

celebrate the end of 2018 with the Melrose Democratic City Committee. Bring some snacks and some laughs. See for more. 

*12/20/2018 Rep. Josh Cutler Holiday Party*

Thursday, December 20, 7 – 9 PM
Olde Hitching Post, 48 Spring St., Hanson

Please join us for our 4th annual Ho-Ho-Holiday Party! 
Eat, Drink & Be Merry! 
Live Music, Appetizers & Cash Bar. 

*12/20/2018 Waltham Democratic City Committee Meeting *

Thursday, December 20, 7 PM
Clark Government Center Building, 119 School Street Waltham, MA 02451

Join the WDCC’s next meeting and holiday social. 
Meeting Agenda 
1. Bring a snack, dessert, or beverage to share with friends and colleagues. 
2. Enjoy! 
For more information contact or visit 

12/28/2018 Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? Wellfleet

Friday, December 28, 7:30 PM
Wellfleet Preservation Hall 335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

From Jimmy Tingle: 
As many of you know, I am transitioning off of the campaign trail and back to live performing where my politics will still take center stage with my newest show: Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? This show helps explain, in a very funny way, what motivated me to run for LT Governor and how and why I aspire to stay involved. 
Tickets $20. 

12/29/2018 Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? Beverly

Saturday, December 29, 8 PM
The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

From Jimmy Tingle: 
As many of you know, I am transitioning off of the campaign trail and back to live performing where my politics will still take center stage with my newest show: Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? This show helps explain, in a very funny way, what motivated me to run for LT Governor and how and why I aspire to stay involved. 
Tickets $28.50 to $53.50. 

*01/07/2019 Waltham Dems Ring in the New Year Gathering*

Monday, January 7, 6 – 8 PM
Cafe on the Common, 677 Main St, Waltham, MA

Join us to kick off the New Year by reconnecting with local politicians and friends after the holidays! Hosted annually originally by, and now in memory of, Karen O’Donnell. 
For more information contact or visit 

01/08/2019 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 7 – 9 PM
Wrentham Council On Aging, 400 Taunton St, Wrentham

Come on down – voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome! 
Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected. 
See for more information. 

01/08/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Tuesday, January 8, 7 – 8:45 PM
Thayer Public Library, Program Room, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA. 02184

Help Braintree Dems recruit and support candidates to run in the 2019 local election. 

*01/08/2019 Boxford Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Tuesday, January 8, 7 PM
Boxford Town Hall, 7A Spofford Road, Boxford, MA 01921

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation on Ranked Choice Voting by a speaker from The presentation will include an explanation of the process and then a mock election. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, or 978-502-2078. 

*01/09/2019 Sudbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Wednesday, January 9, 7 – 9 PM
Sudbury Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road, Sudbury MA 01776

First meeting of the New Year for the Sudbury Democratic Town Committee. On the agenda: plans for committe activities in 2019, legislative recommendations to State Senate and House of Representatives, fundraising, 2019 dues, reconstitution of the committee. Meeting is open to public and all are invited. Handicap accessible. For more information contact John Riordan, Chair, at

*01/09/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Wednesday, January 9, 7:15 PM
Function Room, Common Ground Arlington 319 Broadway Arlington

Our State Senator, Cindy Friedman, will be our guest speaker. All interested Democrats are cordially invited. For more information, visit or, or call Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339. 

*01/10/2019 Plymouth Dems Holiday Party*

Thursday, January 10, 7 – 9 PM
Second Wind Brewing Company, 7 Howland Street, Plymouth

PDTC Holiday Party! Please bring your favorite holiday treat or appetizer to share! Cash Bar. We are looking forward to celebrating with you at this locally owned business in downtown Plymouth! 

01/14/2019 Franklin Democratic Committee Meeting

Monday, January 14, 7 – 9 PM
23 Hutchinson St, Franklin, MA 02038

The Franklin Democratic Town Committee meets on the second Monday of every month. More information at or 

01/15/2019 Upton Dems Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 7 PM
United Parish 1 Church St Upton

For information contact: . 

01/23/2019 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Annual General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 – 9 PM
Boston Area Location TBD

Inclement Weather Date: Wednesday, January 30th 
Election of Board Members and Officers and other business to be put before all dues-paying members of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats. For more info see or contact

02/04/2019 DSC Meeting

Monday, February 4, 6 PM
Location: Second Congressional District. 

Watch for details and exact location. 

04/06/2019 DSC Meeting

Saturday, April 6
Location: Ninth Congressional District. 

Watch for details and exact location. 

08/24/2019 DSC Meeting

Saturday, August 24
Location: First Congressional District. 

Watch for details and exact location. 

11/13/2019 DSC Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District. 
Watch for details and exact location.