Another Charmed Evening at Riverside

5 Oct

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Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for an evening of community and celebration at the historic Riverside Boat Club. It was a lovely party and we raised almost $4,500 for Magazine Beach Park—money for programs and park revitalization.

Jay Shetterly, President of the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, welcomed the crowd as did Richard Garver, historian of the Riverside Boat Club. Lauren Ayer, just back with her RBC teammates from the World Rowing Championships in France, shared her experience of rowing in the U.S. Lightweight Women’s Quad. And Landscape Architect Deneen Crosby, of Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge, spoke of the firm’s overarching ideas for the Phase II park design. See Videosphere’s coverage of the event here.

Thank you, Riverside, for hosting the Benefit, and to Best Ever Chicken for serenading us once again!

Special thanks to Decia Goodwin and Brian Conway, party organizers, and to the rest of the Magazine Beach Committee: Olivia Fiske, Richard Garver, Max Moore, Peter Klinefelter and Marge Amster. Julie O’Neil and Werner Gurndl, thank you for the photos and video and we’re grateful to all of those who donated food and drink.

Harpoon Brewery contributed the beer; Whole Foods, the cheese platters; Trader Joe’s, food and drink; and Club Havana, MetaMovements, Micro Center, Massage Envy, Starbucks and Harpoon, door prizes—a great hit. Thank you!

Working together, great things are starting to happen!

Note: Donations are still welcome! Send checks made out to “Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Inc.” For: Magazine Beach Revitalization” to CNA Clerk Olivia Fiske, 131 Magazine St., Cambridge, MA 02139.

Preliminary Design! & Benefit Party THIS Sunday, October 4!

3 Oct

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See the plan up close and meet the landscape architects at our Benefit Party THIS Sunday, October 4 at the Riverside Boat Club (at Magazine Beach).

Bluegrass by Best Ever Chicken! Fabulous food & drink. And amazing door prizes. (Thank you Micro Center, Starbucks, Massage Envy, Havanna Club, Meta Movements and Harpoon Brewery!) And why not celebrate our progress!

Tickets are $40 per person and a tax deductible donation. Drop off your check TODAY with Olivia Fiske (131 Magazine St., Cambridge 02139), pay at Eventbrite, OR pay at the door. Checks and cash only! Note: Pre-pays will have express entrance to the party.


Comments, please, about the preliminary landscape design by October 16th! Submit them here or write to the DCR Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. If you missed the presentation on Wednesday, you can view it on DCR’s website

See you Sunday, 5-7pm at Riverside!

(Note: The Riverside Boat Club is at 769 Memorial Drive, across from Starbucks and Trader Joe’s.)

CSS Will Present Preliminary Plan for Magazine Beach Wednesday Night

29 Sep

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CSS Will Present Preliminary Plan for Magazine Beach THIS Wednesday Night, September 30th, 6:30-8pm, at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center (806 Massachusetts Avenue)

Note: This is a PRELIMINARY PLAN that incorporates YOUR initial feedback (from surveys, interviews and exhibition tags) and discussion with the Magazine Beach Committee and the City of Cambridge. The plan will develop and mature over the next months. The focus now is on the “bones” for the park, its overall design, rather than the location of the picnic tables and benches, grills, water feature and climbing elements. That will follow. There will be public bathrooms in the powder magazine and at the swimming pool bathhouse.

A few explanations:

*We believe that less is more and this plan reflects that. The goal is to leave Magazine Beach Park open and NOT add a lot of infrastructure.

*In red are the paths, parking areas and entrances to the park. The proposed path from the pedestrian footbridge to the “beach” will not be a boardwalk, though it sort of looks like one on the plan.

*One of the big changes will be to broaden and alter the magazine terrace, so that it becomes a stepped terrace, opening up access to the “beach” (changing its current appearance as a fortress.)

*Another big change will be changing the grade of the land from the swimming pool to the river, so that the pool is no longer estranged from the landscape. The stars denote (removable) “beach” umbrellas.

Please come to the meeting on Wednesday night with an open mind. After the presentation—which will provide greater clarity—we will welcome your constructive criticism. The goal is to create a park that works and that we will all enjoy!

See you Wednesday at the Senior Center, 6:30-8pm!


Also, before you forget, BUY YOUR TICKETS for our BENEFIT PARTY THIS Sunday, Oct. 4, 5-7pm, at the Riverside Boat Club (on Memorial Drive, just across from Starbucks, at Magazine Beach).

Great bluegrass, delicious food and drink, historic charm, river views and amazing door prizes (from Micro Center, Massage Envy, Harpoon Brewery, Starbucks, Havanna Club and MetaMovements)! Meet landscape architect Deneen Crosby, DCR’s Director of Partnerships Tom Reece and a world champion RBC rower! Also, support a great cause by making a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets: $40pp. Click on Events for ticket info.

Save these Dates: 9.30 Public Meeting about Phase II & 10.4 Benefit Party

19 Sep

Public Meeting for Phase II Landscape Design

When: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6:30-8pm

Where: Cambridge Citywide Senior Center (806 Massachusetts Ave.)

Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge landscape architects will present their proposed plan for updating the design for the western part of the park—from the playing fields to the Riverside Boat Club. We’re eager for YOUR thoughts. The goal is to have shovel-ready plans by the end of December or January, in time for the spring construction season. Presented by DCR, the City of Cambridge and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Assn., Inc.

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Magazine Beach Benefit Party

When: Sunday, Oct. 4, 5-7pm

Where: Riverside Boat Club (769 Memorial Drive)

Bluegrass by Best Ever Chicken and great food and drink at the historic Riverside Boat Club. Join us as we celebrate our 2015 accomplishments at the park. Meet special guests: Deneen Crosby of Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge (CSS), the landscape architects hard at work on Phase II plans; DCR’s Director of Partnerships Tom Reece; and a Riverside Boat Club rower just back from the World Championships. Door prizes! Tickets: $40 pp. For ticket information, click on Events.

Beer provided by Harpoon Brewery, cheese plates by Whole Foods, and other food & drink by Trader Joe’s. Door prizes from Massage Envy, Micro Center, Harpoon Brewery, Starbucks and MetaMovements!

Alas, the Summer Draws to a Close

12 Sep

It was wonderful while it lasted: Tai Chi, Story Hour, Nature Walks, Salsa Party, Sports Day, Walk/Ride Day, Dvorak, the Yellow Bird Chase (theater!) and Bread & Puppet, all at Magazine Beach. Over 1,300 attended our 2015 Summer events.

But the fall promises its own delights. The pool is closed, but Magazine Beach is a fine place to fish, read a book, take a nap, play soccer, workout, paddle board and walk your dog–activities I just observed during a cycle through the park.

Two important events are coming up! Save these dates!

Public Meeting about Phase II Park Improvements (for the area from the playing fields to the Riverside Boat Club), Wed., Sept. 30th, 6:30-8pm, at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center Ballroom (at 806 Mass. Ave, across from City Hall)

Our Benefit Party at the Riverside Boat Club, Sunday, Oct. 4, 5-7pm. Toast the sunset from the balcony of the Riverside Boat Club and help to move Magazine Beach forward! $40 pp. For more information, click on Events.

Riverside Rowers Compete at World Championships

8 Sep

Hot off the press! Report on Riverside’s successes at last week’s World Championships from RBC’s own Amanda Milad:

RBC Rowers in US Women's Lightweight Quad- (from left to right) Lauren, Mary, Hillary and Erin.

RBC Rowers in US Women’s Lightweight Quad- (from left to right) Lauren, Mary, Hillary and Erin.

Riverside had a great week at the World Championships at Lake Aiguebelette in Southwest France.

– The US Lightweight Women’s Quad which was comprised entirely of Riverside members, Lauren Ayers, Mary Foster, Hillary Saeger and Erin Roberts and coached by Judith Vogel. They finished sixth in the A-final. (See photo above.)

– The US Lightweight Men’s Eight, in which two Riverside members, Tobin McGee and Peter Schmidt, were racing, came in third place – a bronze medal!

– The US Women’s Eight, in which two Riverside alumna, Lauren Schmetterling and Meg Musnicki raced, came in first place for a gold medal AND the tenth consecutive world championship for the USA Women’s Eight. An incredible feat.

We are SO proud of all our rowers who competed at the World Championships and we’re cheering on all our elite athletes as they continue to Row towards Rio!

Bread & Puppet Provoke & Delight!

7 Sep

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About 500 turned out in the heat yesterday for political and social commentary and slapstick humor: Bread & Puppet’s Overtakelessness Circus. Thank you to Bread & Puppet for reminding us of the values at the foundation of our democracy and our responsibility to protect them, promoting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

And thank you for being part of our little revolution at Magazine Beach, where committed citizens are working with the State and City to create a nicer park. Hear more about our efforts and Bread & Puppet, too, on WMBR’s Radio with a View. (Click on Radio With A View for Sept. 6th, 10 am. Our portion starts at about 37:05 minutes in, starting with B&P brass band music.) For a video of the event, click here.

Coming Soon:

*Public meeting for the Phase II landscape design for Magazine Beach. Date and location TBA.

*Benefit Party for Magazine Beach at the Riverside Boat Club. Sun., Oct. 4, 5-7pm. Celebrate our progress to date, help to move it forward AND toast the sunset at this historic boat club—part of the rich history of the park! $40 per person.

Photographs by Julie O’Neil; video by Werner Grundl.

Bread & Puppet Presents The Overtakelessness Circus Sunday, Sept. 6

1 Sep
From last year's circus!

From last year’s circus!

The award-winning Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater will bring their new The Overtakelessness Circus to Magazine Beach Sunday, September 6th, at 3pm. FREE! Cross over to the park on the pedestrian footbridge, at the foot of Magazine Street and Memorial Drive. Rain location: The Morse School at 40 Granite Street.

Background : Now in its 52nd year, the Bread & Puppet Theater is one of the oldest and most unique self-sustaining nonprofit theater companies in the United States. The theater champions a visually rich slapstick style of street-theater that is filled with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard, combined with masked characters, improvisational dance movement, political commentary, and a lively brass band. The company’s performances are described by The New York Times as “a spectacle for the heart and soul.” For further information, click here.

This event is brought to you by the CNA and Cambridge Arts. Outside of our upcoming benefit Sunday, Oct. 4th at the Riverside Boat Club, this will mark the close of our 2015 season. Thank you, sponsors! Sanofi, Forest City, MIT, the Charles River Conservancy and Knucklebones.

The Pool is CLOSED. Bread & Puppet is coming. And more….

26 Aug


The Magazine Beach pool closed this past Sunday, August 23th. Sorry, we thought it would be open another week.

Bread & Puppet Circus, July 19, 2015. Photos ©Mark Dannenhauer. 2015.

Bread & Puppet Circus, July 19, 2015. Photos ©Mark Dannenhauer. 2015.

Mark your calendars: Bread & Puppet comes to Magazine Beach Sunday, Sept. 6 at 3pm! FREE! For further info, click here.

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And earlier this summer: Waypoint Adventures took blind and visually impaired adults for a kayak, launching from Magazine Beach. What a way to begin or end the day! Photograph courtesy of Dan Minnich.

Another $150k for the Powder Magazine!

6 Aug
The Yellow Bird Chase performed, today, beside the 1818 Powder Magazine

The Yellow Bird Chase performed, today, beside the 1818 Powder Magazine. It got a new roof in 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of State Rep. Livingstone and Senator Petruccelli, the House and Senate just restored $150k to the State budget to complete the stabilization of the Powder Magazine.* According of DCR’s Historic Curatorship Project Manager Peter Seweryn, the State will soon be soliciting bids to replace the structure’s window and doors. Ex. Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission Charles Sullivan noted, “The powder magazine is well-known as the oldest and one of the most significant structures in the Charles River Basin National Register District. The timely and much-appreciated appropriation of $150,000 will consolidate restoration gains already made, and allow the reuse project to proceed to the next stage.”

The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association (CNA) has been working with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for four and a half years to revitalize Magazine Beach Park—at 15 acres, Cambridge’s second largest park. Since 2011, the City of Cambridge has committed Community Preservation Act Funds three times to study and stabilize the 1818 granite-block structure, and, most recently, to complete the landscape plan for the park. There will be a public meeting about the landscape plan in September and DCR will begin looking for a lessee for the magazine then as well. PROGRESS!

*The House and Senate overrode $100 million of Governor Baker’s $162 million proposed cuts.


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