Go to heaven for the climate, Weymouth for the company!
- Jim Melody

Welcome to WEYFEST

Weymouth is the Third Oldest Settlement in the USA. Weymouth has more Medal of Honor recipients than any town in the USA. Weymouth has nurtured and developed influential personalities in a variety of professional fields. We’re proud to call her home. She deserves a celebration!

On June 18th I invite you and your family to WEYFEST – a daylong Arts, Music, Cultural and Recreation Festival presented at Southfield celebrating our Past, Present and Future!

WEYFEST is intended as a vehicle to build community pride and will become an annual event. WEYFEST - a fun, free, family day of activities with an arts/live music festival component. Please join us in a day of memory making!

- Mayor Bob Hedlund

Spirit of Community

Throughout Bob Hedlund’s 2015 Mayoral campaign a consistent theme was offered in the variety of public forums that led to his election as Weymouth’s third Mayor: Weymouth’s Community Spirit and overall Town Pride could use a “booster” shot.

Formerly known as the “Rock n Roll Senator", Mayor Hedlund’s response centered on a community building day that featured a live music festival. Hedlund then enlisted Weymouth residents and longtime amigos Jason Thayer and Jim Melody to found WEYFEST.

A Dream Lives

While the centerpiece of WEYFEST stays true to the Mayor’s original concept, Thayer and Melody recruited Weymouth devotees Kevin Reilly, Tony Castagnozzi, Peter Newman, Ric McConkey, and Fred Hapell to begin the process of inventing WEYEST.

Intended to be a celebration of all that is POSITIVE about our amazing community, WEYFEST has been expanded to include an Arts, Recreation, and Cultural component. Our festival will recognize and give back to the citizenry and civic groups that represent the core of Weymouth’s goodness.

WeyFest Committee

The WEYFEST Committee brings over a combined 100 years in event management and operations related task experience.

Jim Melody

For over 30 years Melody has directly represented major venues, professional sports teams, and elite broadcasting brands in the NYC and Boston markets. Jim began his event creation and promoting career at the Weymana in 1979 and can include Radio City Music Hall as well as Boston’s City Hall Plaza and World Trade Center as additional successful professional/event mgmt endeavors. Musically, Melody has been played on radio stations throughout New England since 2004 and has been recognized by both Mayor Menino and Mayor Walsh for his contributions to the City of Boston. Melody’s UMASS Amherst squad won the 1986 Ultimate Frisbee World Championship in Amsterdam, Holland. Melody is a WNHS 1978 grad, and owns a home in 02190. Visit my website >>

Jason Thayer

For over 20 years Thayer has been involved with major event security planning, management and execution at concert and sporting venues ranging from Gillette Stadium to the South Shore Music Circus. A career law enforcement professional, Jason is currently a Sergeant at the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office. Thayer also served in the US Marines. Jason owns a home in 02189.

Kevin Reilly

Is the developer and former owner of The University Sports Complex in Hanover, one of the largest sports and recreation complexes on the East Coast. A CPA with over 30 years in accounting, operational logistics, and financial management experience, retired Army Lt. Col. Reilly managed these same processes during his 23 years of service time. Musically, Kevin fronted the band Bald Walter for over 20 years and had 2 CD’s chart nationally. Reilly was Class Treasurer for WNHS 1982 and owns a home in 02190.

Tony Castagnozzi

Is the co-owner and operator of legendary Rattlesnake Bar + Grill on Boylston Street in Boston. Caz is the operating partner and the straw that stirs the drink for over 25 years in the Boston restaurant community. ServSafe, Choke Safe, & Allergy Safe certified, Caz brings over 40 years of professional food and beverage management skills to the WEYFEST initiative. Caz has been shooting 3 pointers as Manager of Weymouth’s Adult Hoop for the past 20+ years at WHS, is a 1974 grad of WNHS, and owns a home in 02190.

Ric McConkey

A native of Weymouth, Ric McConkey is the Managing Partner at RSW Advertising, the premier media, information and marketing services company servicing Cape Cod and the Islands. Ric oversees the company's strategic direction and spearheads new and innovative opportunities for the company's growth.

Ric joined RSW after serving as president of Lateral Group’s North America practice, a fully owned subsidiary of DST Systems (NYSE:DST).

As founder and principal architect of Capital Fulfillment Group (CFG); Ric successfully grew this start up, with anchor facilities in Weymouth, to $20+ million in annual sales. CFG was successfully sold and rolled up into DST Customer Communications (NYSE:DST) in 2010.

During a ten-year period on Wall Street, Ric held senior sales and marketing positions with Goldman Sachs, Quest for Value Distributors and Oppenheimer Capital. Ric brings a unique blend of over 30 years of sales distribution, marketing, and technology experience to his newest venture, Financial Media Exchange (FMeX).

Julie Heapes

Julie Heapes is the Senior Retail Officer and Security Officer at South Shore Bank. Ms. Heapes joined South Shore Bank in 2012 as manager of its Shaw's Plaza office branch in Weymouth, was promoted to Retail Officer in 2014 and promoted again to AVP Regional Retail Officer in May 2015. Julie is on board as the WEYFEST Community Group Booth coordinator!

Become a Part of the WEYFEST Tradition in Our Community

WEYFEST has been created and financed with limited funds, relying mainly on Sponsorship and Concession sales to meet our budget goals. We are grateful to our generous corporate sponsors and are seeking similar commitments from a finite and select group of additional partners. We are actively working to bring many exciting activities to this year's event. Please consider joining our group to help support WEYFEST and to keep it running in the future.
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