Over 300 turned out at Magazine Beach Park last night for a perfect almost summer evening of picnicking, music, games and art. Neighbor Ken Field’s New Orleans Mardi Gras band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble created a fun and funky ambience for picnickers as children delighted in Knucklebones’ very fun assortment of games and amusements. Whole Foods fed the crowd, first with their food truck, and then, later, with an unplanned feast—courtesy of the River Street store. Thank you, Whole Foods! Frosty’s provided ice cream. What could be better? To top it off, artists Ross Miller and friends marked the shoreline of Captain’s Island with little blue flags and artist Susan Israel marked, with stencilled fish, where the water may rise in 2050 and 2100. (Turn off your lights. Vacation at your local park. Let’s preserve our planet!)
Thank you to Tom Scanlon for playing a lead role in organizing and getting the word out about this event and to the many others who made it happen. This was the first of a full program of activities organized for Magazine Beach Park. This summer, come vacation at the beach, Magazine Beach!
Note: Our next event will be next Sunday, June 29th, a benefit party to raise funds for programming in the park and park revitalization, at the Riverside Boat Club—the training grounds for many an Olympic rower. Please join us for wine, hors d’oeuvres, great conversation, river views, and live music! Tickets are $35 per person and tax deductible. Please make checks payable to: Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Inc. Note: For Magazine Beach Revitalization. Mail them to: Magazine Beach Committee, CNA, c/o Olivia Fiske, 131 Magazine St., Cambridge, MA 02139. Or purchase tickets on Eventbrite.
All of these events have been organized by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Inc., with partners the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, the Charles River Conservancy, Riverside Boat Club, Cambridge Arts and the Cambridge Historical Commission. Our sponsors are Sanofi, Knucklebones and the Charles River Conservancy.
For a video of the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performing at Magazine Beach click here.