It’s July 4th–a Big Day for Picnicking at the Park

5 Jul

Among those there were the Green and Dedmon family and White, Cabral and Ramos families of Cambridge… It was lovely, cool and festive. Lots of pool action, too!

Summer Programs for Little Ones Begin

29 Jun

With Amanda Gazin’s stories and singing at the park Monday, we kicked off our summer programs for little ones. Amanda and Jamie, Youth Service Librarians at the Central Square Library, will be back five more Monday mornings at 10am. Mass Audubon will bring Nature Detectives to the park starting next Tuesday at 10am. July 7 will focus on Bugs; July 14 on Birds; and July 21 on Flowers. July 12th the New England Philharmonic String Quintet performs a family-friendly concert, with meet the strings. July 31st will be Sports Day at Magazine Beach and on August 4th the Little Red Wagon Theater brings The Princess, The Pauper and Other Stories to the park. For more information, click on Events above.

The swimming pool is now open, too, each day from 11am-7pm. Head to Magazine Beach this summer for fun, relaxation and a cool, refreshing dip.


The Beginning of Something? Salsa Party at Magazine Beach!

21 Jun

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About 100 turned up last night to Salsa along the Charles. While rain seemed imminent, we danced the evening away with DJ Rob Suave, MetaMovements, and Salsa dancers from all over the world–including Cambridgeport! It was joyful and fun and a delight to spend the evening at the powder magazine. No wonder the teenagers love it. To see our lesson and the dancers in motion, look at Werner Grundl of Videosphere’s 8-minute video right here.

Thank you MetaMovements! Thank you Werner. Thank you for the generator, Home Depot. And many thanks to Whole Foods and Snowy Joey’s for bringing their food trucks!

The Beginning of Something Else as Well: Just One Stroke

Look for Robinson Greig’s Just One Stroke at the park this summer. Thanks to Artist & Craftsman Supply, we’ll have you painting at the park.

Kick off the Summer with a Salsa Party: Sat., June 20th!

17 Jun

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Metamovements will lead us in our first Salsa Party at Magazine Beach Park this Saturday, June 20th, 6-8pm (rain date: June 21). Free salsa instruction and social dancing. All are welcome. Bring a picnic. Foodtrucks! Gather beside the Powder Magazine (the granite-block building) for an evening of dancing along the river and under the big, open sky. Free!

There will be limited parking, so please walk, bicycle or take public transportation to the park at 668 Memorial Drive, at the foot of Magazine Street, and across from Micro Center Plaza. The park is a 10-minute walk from the Central Square T stop (red line) and the BU Central Station (green line, D line). You can also take the 47 bus there.

This will be our first event of the 2015 Summer Season. Click on Events above, to learn more about Tai Chi, Stories & Singing, Nature Walks, Concerts, Sports Day, Theater and Bread & Puppet–all coming to the park. Many thanks to this year’s sponsors: Sanofi, Forest City, MIT, Cambridge Arts, the Charles River Conservancy, the Riverside Boat Club, DCR, Knucklebones, and Artist & Craftsman Supply. We couldn’t do this without you!

2015 Summer Events at Magazine Beach! Salsa Party Saturday, June 20th!

12 Jun

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Salsa Party Saturday, June 20th!
Put on your dancing shoes and join us as we salsa along the river, under the stars! Metamovements will lead us in our first Salsa Dance Party at Magazine Beach next Saturday, June 20th, 6-8pm. (Rain date: Sunday, June 21). It’s FREE. Free lessons. Foodtrucks! Fun! Looking forward to seeing you at Magazine Beach this summer. Yes, finally, it’s summer at the beach–Magazine Beach! 

Program: A Renaissance on the Cambridge Side of the Charles, Thursday, June 11@ 6:30pm

6 Jun

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Where & When: Main Branch, Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway) on Thursday, June 11,  6:30-8:30pm

While the Esplanade has long been the jewel on the Charles, the Cambridge river parklands, at long last, are beginning to receive their due. Hear the latest about North Point Park’s skate park, Greenough Boulevard, and Magazine Beach improvements. A discussion about best models for the public/private partnerships that have made these advances possible will follow. Be part of this conversation!

Speakers: Rep. Jay Livingstone, Charles Sullivan (Ex. Director, Cambridge Historical Commission), Gina Foote (Board Member, Charles River Conservancy), Herb Nolan (Deputy Director, Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation), Cathie Zusy (Chair, Magazine Beach Comm., Cambridgeport Neighborhood Assoc.). Richard Rossi (City Manager, Cambridge), Karl Haglund (Senior Planner, DCR). Celebrated mediator and facilitator Jack Wofford will moderate.

Transportation Information:

The Main Library is accessible by both bus and subway.

A 70-car underground parking garage with access from Broadway is available when the library is open. It costs 25 cents for every 15 minutes of parking. You may pay by using quarters or credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

Hot off the press, 2015 Event Poster! Click here: MB event poster_15_8.5×11.1

Thank you for the Cleanup, Novartis!

28 May

Many thanks to Novartis for their cleanup of Magazine Beach today. About 100 volunteered painting benches, removing invasive plants, trimming back Russian Olive, raking leaves, and picking up trash. They gathered about 200-300 bags of organic debris. Julia Giordano of the Charles River Conservancy noted that it was a “beautiful day for a cleanup and the Novartis volunteers did great work as we readied the park for the summer.”

Thank you Novartis and the Charles River Conservancy!


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