What a Season Finale! Bread & Puppet Brings 500 to the Park!

1 Sep

Thank you, Bread & Puppet, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridge Community Center, Sanofi and DCR for a splendid last day of August at Magazine Beach. Didn’t make it? Want to relive the event? See Werner Grundl of Videosphere’s video of it right here.

Bread & Puppet Performs at Magazine Beach Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 3pm

29 Aug

B&P will perform at Magazine Beach Park today. See you there!

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Looks like a perfect day for Bread & Puppet Theater’s The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus this Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3pm, at Magazine Beach Park. But just in case, the rain location will be at the Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender Street.

Description: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing

upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by

teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and

dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight

planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution

lead the way, with a lively brass band for accompaniment. Bread & Puppet’s

“Circus” acts can often be politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying

kids can usually explain them. Sourdough rye bread will be served and cheap

art will be available for donation after the performance.

Presented with assistance from the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, and the Cambridge Community Center.

Our 2014 summer programs at Magazine Beach Park have been sponsored, too, by Sanofi and the Charles River Conservancy.

Thank you, all, and see you there!

Summer Comes to a Close…

24 Aug

Arneis Quartet performs in the park.

Arneis Quartet performs in the park.

On Friday night the Arneis Quartet performed our first classical concert at the park. Tanglewood East! Thanks to the Arneis Quartet for performing, to Victoria Cheah for producing the event, to Whole Foods and Taco Party for providing refreshment, and to Sanofi and the Charles River Conservancy to making this all possible!

The Powder Magazine gets a new roof!

The Powder Magazine gets a new roof!

In the background was the Powder Magazine—almost with a new roof—and the swimming pool. Today is its last day for the season; it’s open until 7pm tonight.

Last day to swim at Magazine Beach this summer!

Last day to swim at Magazine Beach this summer!

It’s been a fabulous summer at the park. Thanks to the many who have contributed in so many ways.

Our last event for the season: Bread & Puppet perform their “Nothing is Not Ready” Circus on Sunday, Aug. 31, 3-4pm. Rain location: Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender St. Our event co-sponsors: Cambridge Arts and the Cambridge Community Center. Thank you!

There’s a cool breeze, calling at Magazine Beach. Stop down by the river!

 

Cambridge Associates Paint Benches & Picnic Tables Today AND This Week, Yoga and the Arneis Quartet

15 Aug

Thanks to the employees of Cambridge Associates who volunteered at the park today. They painted benches and picnic tables, weeded the front garden bed, and picked up garbage. Thanks also to Danielle Stehlik of the Charles River Conservancy for organizing this event!

Remember, our last session of yoga for the season is tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 16th at 9am, just on the Magazine Beach side of the pedestrian footbridge. Bring a mat and a water bottle. Free, but donations are welcome.

And 2 more events in August: next Friday, Aug. 22, 6-8pm, the Arneis Quartet will serenade us and on Sunday, Aug. 31, 3-4pm Bread & Puppet performs their “Nothing is Not Ready Circus.”

About the Arneis Quartet’s program:

It will begin with New England composer George Whitefield Chadwick’s String Quartet no. 4, composed in 1895–a joyful expression of the early American folk style in classical music featuring soaring pentatonic melodies and a Yankee sense of humor. This will be followed by Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet (1924), paying homage to folk music in a different way, evoking a Viennese waltz, a serenade, Czech folk dances, tango, and the tarantella. Mendelssohn’s richly romantic String Quartet in A minor, op. 13 (1827) will complete this elegant program.

Thank you to Tori Cheah for producing this event and to Sanofi and the Charles River Conservancy for sponsoring it! Note: In case of rain, this event will be cancelled.

Magazine Beach in Full Swing with Reid Reunion Saturday

12 Aug

The Reid/White/Mills/Shepard family of Cambridge had their 16th annual reunion at Magazine Beach Park on Saturday. Over 200 came… Butch Reid and his son Kamaul organize these to promote higher education and accomplishment among their family. At their first reunion, only Butch had graduated from college. Sixteen years later, 20 family members have Bachelors of Science degrees, 3 or 4 have Masters, and 2 or 3 have PhDs! As a family, they pool money to help pay for books and expenses for the first semester of college. Go Reids and what an amazing day for a reunion.

Magazine Added to DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program & Gets New Rafter Tails

8 Aug
The 1818 Powder Magazine Has Been Added to DCR's Historic Curatorship Program

The 1818 Powder Magazine has been added to DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program

The Powder Magazine is Added to DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program

Many thanks to our State Senator Anthony Petruccelli and State Rep. Jay Livingstone for introducing this legislation and nursing it along. Senate Bill 1966 passed by a 39-0 vote on Thursday, July 31. On Wednesday, the Governor signed it into law. This is big news: the legislation will allow DCR to lease the building to a third party in exchange for converting it to its next use. A powder magazine in 1818, a bathhouse for Charles River swimmers in 1899, a concession/meeting space/pop-up performance space in 2015?

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Longleaf Lumber to the Rescue: Donating Heart Pine for the Rafter Tails

More big news! This morning Marc Poirier of Cambridge’s own Longleaf Lumber delivered old-growth, reclaimed longleaf heart pine for the structure’s rafter tails. When we realized that the new pressure-treated pine boards ordered for this purpose were already twisting and cracking, we give Longleaf a call and they delivered! Thank you, Longleaf. They “repurposed” posts from the old Crocker Paper Mill in Holyoke, MA to serve our renovation of the oldest building on the Charles River Basin. The wood is over 200 years old! Thank you to DCR, the Cambridge Historic Commission, Clark & Green Architects, Restoration Consultant Bill Finch, and Stanley Roofing for your commitment to fixing the building right. If history is any guide, this is a once in a hundred-year opportunity.

 

For further information about this, see: http://www.longleaflumber.com/magazine-beach-powder-house/.

Save these Dates: Aug. 22 & 31 for Music & Puppets in the Park

1 Aug
Arneis Quartet performs Fri., Aug. 22nd

Arneis Quartet performs Fri., Aug. 22nd

Picnic in the Park to the Arneis Quartet

Friday August 22, 6-8 pm  Free

Praised for their “beautiful sound” (Beijing Global Times), the Arneis Quartet is proving to be one of the finest emerging ensembles of its generation.“As a relatively young quartet, they have already achieved something it often takes years to develop: a unique, collective sound which is as warm and full of sparkle as liquid gold” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Foodtrucks, too: Whole Foods and Taco Party! In case of rain, this event is cancelled. Thank you to Sanofi, our lead sponsor for this summer’s programs at Magazine Beach!

Bread & Puppet perform Sun., Aug. 31st

Bread & Puppet perform Sun., Aug. 31st

Bread and Puppet Theater

Sunday August 31, 3-4 pm Free

The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution lead the way, with a lively brass band for accompaniment. Bread & Puppet‘s “Circus” acts can often be politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying kids can usually explain them. Sourdough rye bread will be served and cheap art will be available for donation after the performance. Presented with assistance from the Cambridge Arts Council and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. Rain Location: Cambridge Community Center  at 5 Callender Street.

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