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

26 Aug

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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!

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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.

This Week, Children’s Theater Comes Twice to MB

3 Aug

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The Princess, The Pauper, & Other Stories, Tuesday, August 4 at 10am  (at our rain location: the Morse School)

This play, brought to us by Little Red Wagon Theater from New Hampshire, combines several Moroccan Fairy Tales into one beautiful story.

Young prince Amir, grew up on the tales told to him by his family. Follow along as these stories come to life and help him as he must make many important decisions. This play explores the lessons learned in fairy tales such as The Princess and the Pauper, The Girl who lived with Gazelles, & The Stone by the Door. Each story guides its characters towards deciding what makes a good person and a great friend. Presented by Cambridge Arts Summer in the City.

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Yellow Bird Chase, Thursday, August 6 at 11am  (Rain location: Morse School) FREE!

A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical yellow bird. Seeing its value, they try to capture the bird, but it escapes and a great chase begins. Racing over land, across the sea, and through the air, battling pirates, monsters and terrible pop songs, how far will our crew chase to catch the yellow bird? Join Liars & Believers Theatre in a new story for all ages told in mask, puppetry and gibberish. This new play has just debuted on the Boston Common to great accolades.

Both events will take place under the trees beside the pedestrian foot bridge (at the foot of Magazine St. and Memorial Drive). Look for the balloons! Thank you to Sanofi, Forest City, MIT & the Charles River Conservancy for sponsoring our 2015 summer programs!

Music, Poetry, Bicycles & a Gorgeous Evening…

1 Aug
Session Americana, just back from Europe...

Session Americana, just back from Europe…

We couldn’t have had a lovelier evening at the park last night. Cyclists, pedestrians, MBTA users, among others, savored the cool river breeze as Dinty Childs and friends—Session American—serenaded us. Cambridge poets shared visions of crowded underground trains and spinning wheels whizzing by trees*; and Susan Israel, her Rising Tides, reminding us of the accumulated effect of carbon emissions.

Iggy’s and Trader Joe’s provided bread, cheese, jams and lemonade for the occasion; and colleagues from the Charles River Conservancy, MBTA, 350MA, Femmes Mechanics, GeoOrbital Wheel, Green Streets Initiative, and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association shared their work. Photos above and below courtesy of 500 ASA Photography.

Big news announced, too: Thanks to the efforts of Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Rep. Jay Livingstone, the State has allocated another $150k towards the stabilization of the Powder Magazine! More about this soon!

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Thanks to Sanofi, Forest City, MIT and the Charles River Conservancy for sponsoring our 2015 summer programs and to Green Streets Initiative for partnering with us on the Walk/Ride Day Celebration!

Remember: Tai Chi this morning (Saturday) at 9:30am! And, this coming week there will be not 1 but 2 outstanding children’s theater productions at the park. Click on Events for details. Note: The Yellow Bird Chase— Thursday at 11am—was just added to the program! Don’t miss it!

*Read poems at: http://gogreenstreets.org/blog/green-commuting-poetry!

There’s a Cool Breeze Along the River….

31 Jul

Come cool off along the river today, Friday night, 5-7:30pm, for our Walk/Ride Day Celebration. Magazine Beach is the place to be. Bring your swimsuit and a picnic and listen to Dinty Child (just back from touring Europe with Session Americana) and friends; hear Cambridge poets recite their commuter-inspired poetry; watch videos of green commuting; experience Susan Israel’s Rising Tides; and meet folks from various sustainable living and nature-related organizations: the Charles River Conservancy, MBTA, the City of Cambridge, Green Streets Initiative and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association—the event’s co-sponsors. For more information, click on Events.

Cambridge Youth Share Ideas for the Park

Thursday afternoon six Mayor’s Program students focusing on “Our Riverside” at the Cambridge Community Center studied the site and then made suggestions for it:

*More benches and picnic tables, in shade!
*Picnic tables should be closer together or there should be groups of tables together.
*Mobile picnic tables and chairs?
*Add public bathrooms, not port-o-potties!
*Put a plaque on the building telling about its history.
*Play area should be closer to pool for parent supervision.
*Pool should have a place to put stuff.
*Fix the soccer field.
*Evening performances.
*Closer water fountains.
*Add trashcans.
*Invite community centers to use the park.
*Don’t make the park overcrowded.
*Invite taco and ice cream trucks to come! Not healthy food….
*No corporations. Just small businesses in the powder magazine.
*Don’t take away from nature.
*The park is very out of the way. It needs big events to attract people.
*Add Wifi (available in parks in Montreal).
*Create community gardens.
What they liked about the park
*The shade from the trees. More trees and more trees to climb!
*Lots of wind.
What they didn’t like
* The broken wading pool. It’s ugly and takes away from nature.

Also, thanks to Team Green Sense for doing a cleanup of the park last Tuesday. Their ideas for the powder magazine: turn it into a nature center OR make have all different types of sporting equipment available there to rent for park use.

With the help of the Mayor’s Program kids, Magazine Beach is and will be will only getting nicer!

Dinty Child & Friends at Walk/Ride Day Friday, July 31!

28 Jul

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Walk/Ride Day Celebration, Friday, July 31, 5-7:30pm (Rain date: Saturday, August 1)

Walk, bicycle or take the 47 bus to Magazine Beach Park Friday, July 31, from 5-7:30pm for an evening of music, poetry, video, art, swimming and fun. Celebrate the end of the week, the end of the month and green commuting by bringing a picnic (and your swim suit for a dip at the pool?) to the park. There is a special raffle and other rewards, too, for those who check-in (log) any commute for July’s Walk/Ride Day!  FREE at Magazine Beach Park, at the foot of Magazine Street and Memorial Drive. For further information, click on Events.

Brought to you by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association and Green Streets Initiative. Sponsored by Sanofi, Forest City, MIT & the Charles River Conservancy.

In Bloom…

23 Jul
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