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Benefit Party 9.14 @ Riverside

25 Aug

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Join us Saturday, September 14, 5:30-7:30pm, for our annual fundraiser for the park. (No paper invites this year. THIS is the invite.) Enjoy appetizers, drinks, live music by The Ruta Beggars, and the sunset, from the Riverside Boat Club, overlooking the Charles. And help us keep our momentum going. All proceeds will go to park improvements.

Note: This year, our party will be on the 1st floor of RBC, on the balcony and docks, so prepare to watch a GORGEOUS sunset over the Charles and bring layers. There is cover if the weather turns messy…

Purchase your tickets now! We will be selling tickets at the door (by check, cash or credit card), but we can plan better if you buy tickets ahead.

Tickets: $45 each/$80 for two

To pay: Write a check to: Magazine Beach Partners, Inc.

Mail to: Cathie Zusy, President, MBP, 202 Hamilton St., Cambridge, MA 02139 OR pay by Paypal by pushing the DONATE button on our home page. If you can’t join us, consider a tax-deductible donation.

Note: Just before the Benefit, at 5pm, DCR’s Project Manager Rick Corsi will lead a half hour walk of park, showcasing work happening there now. To join in, meet at the new canoe/kayak launch on the eastern end of the park. The walk will end up at the RBC and the Benefit Party.

Thank you, event sponsors!!!!

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The Water is Crisp & Clear

18 Aug


But the pool closes this Thursday. Swim there while you can. It’s quiet there today… The pool’s open 11:15am-6:45pm daily. (The spraydeck closes Sept. 2.)

$50k Earmark for Magazine Beach 

A few weeks ago, Governor Baker signed into law another $50k earmark for the park. This will be used to fund shovel-ready plans for the next phase of improvements to the park. THANK YOU, Rep. Jay Livingstone and Sen. Joseph Boncore for your ongoing commitment the park! And thanks, Gov. Baker!

Phase II-2 will include:

*replacing the sunken parking lot between the swimming pool and the river with a “grassy beach,” better integrating the pool and the park;

*adding a dock (increasing engagement with the river); and

*removing the invasives along the shoreline.

Magazine Beach Partners has submitted a request for $47,700 as well to the Cambridge Community Preservation Act Committee to match these funds.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 14, 5:30-7:30pm, for our Benefit Party for the park. More info coming soon.






Our 2019 Summer Series Comes to a Close

12 Aug

Tanglewood Marionettes copyLast Thursday the Tanglewood Marionettes brought magic and whimsy with butterflies, clowns, ballerinas, princes, princesses, elves, mice, caterpillars, spiders and bees, all, performing in a Fairy Circus.

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This was the 6th full summer of programs provided by Magazine Beach Partners, getting kids outside, and young and older out enjoying the park. This year’s events included the Busted Jug Band, the Boston Lyric Opera’s Barber of Seville, Devin Ferreira & Bands and Knucklebones, a Strum Along, African drumming and so much more.

Over 1,400 participated in 22 programs. Thousands more have swum in the free outdoor pool, splashed at the spraydeck, and picnicked at the park. The pool is open until August 22 and the spray deck until September 2. SAVE THE DATE: Our annual Benefit Party for the park will be Saturday, Sept. 14. More info about that very soon.

Most photos by Doug Feinberg. Thank you, Doug, for serving as our Program Coordinator!

Tanglewood Marionettes Bring Fairy Circus Thursday

7 Aug

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Thursday, August 8 @ 10am, Tanglewood Marionettes will close our series with their Fairy Circus. Look for puppets to dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. Because rain is predicted, the show will happen not at the park, but at the Morse School auditorium (40 Granite St.). Please join us. And thank you Community Schools for co-sponsoring this program.

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Tuesday, Cambridge Arts brought us Who Came Up With That? UNH’s Little Red Wagon theatrical troupe shared an original play celebrating the ingenuity of creative folks, through time, solving big problems. Among those featured were Johannes Gutenberg, Thomas Edison, Madame Curie and George Washington Carver.

Our summer programs have brought hundreds of children to Magazine Beach, listening to stories, exploring nature, and enjoying music and theater. How good it is to see kids exploring and enjoying and delighting–all outside!

“Jazz Hop” & Play

5 Aug


Devin Ferreira and friends and Knucklebones delighted over 200 at the park last night with our last of four Sunday evening events. 

Young musicians and bands, including Ava Sophia, Troubadour Soul, Anders Olson Band and many others performed mostly original work. And Knucklebones, brought balls, hoots, bouncy rubber ponies,  tetherball, an obstacle course and more to play with.

Many thanks to Devin and friends, MC Amanda Shea, to Knucklebones, the City of Cambridge (who provided the stage), and to Program Coordinator Doug Feinberg who made it happen. Summer sponsors:  MIT, Kimco, BioMed Realty, Brookfield Properties, and the Charles River Conservancythank goodness for you!

Still, this week at the park:

Tuesday, August 6 @ 10am: Children’s Theater, A Time Traveling Adventure, co-sponsored by Cambridge Arts

Thursday, August 8 @ 10am: Tanglewood Marionettes brings their Fairy Circus, co-sponsored by Cambridge Community Schools

Note: In case of rain, programs will move indoors to the Morse School (40 Granite Street).


Moving to the Beat: African Drumming & Concert Sunday

1 Aug

This morning well loved African drumming teacher Jafar Manselle and friends got kids dancing, singing, and drumming at the park.


Sunday at 5:30pm, come for more fun. Emmy-award winning composer Devin Ferreira and his band will play family friendly “jazz hop” and Knucklebones will bring games and activities, including a ball pit, climbing structures, fitness machines, giant tubes, Rodys (& Rody Max), Gaga, Double-Sided Basketball, Cornhold, Ladderball and much more.


The pool is open daily from 11:15am-6:45pm. Come cool down at the park!

Opera, Theater and African Drumming…

29 Jul

IMG_7937160 joined us Sunday at Magazine Beach for the Boston Lyric Opera’s family- friendly The Barber of Seville and opera favorites. After introducing us to some of opera’s greatest arias, members of the BLO performed scenes from The Barber of Seville, inviting young audience members to help in telling the story. Last Thursday, Behind the Mask Theatre and Cambridge Community Schools brought Cat Mountain, a Japanese folk story about Sho, a young servant girl, who journeyed to a strange and far-off mountain, where she hoped to find her freedom and her lost cat. 

It was wonderful to see families and children enjoying the arts under the trees, cool with the river breeze. Many thanks to the BLO for presenting last night, to the City of Cambridge for providing the stage, and to our summer sponsors who make all of our programs possible: MIT, Kimco, BioMed Realty, Brookfield Properties, and the Charles River Conservancy

This Thursday at 10am, Jafar Manselle will bring African Drumming to Magazine Beach. And on Sunday, August 4 at 5:30pm, join us for Devin Ferreira and Band and Knucklebones (games for children), too.

Take note: Our Ribbon Cutting for Boat Launch & Outlook has been postponed again, this time because of a cyanobacteria outbreak on the Charles River. Please keep your dogs out of the river! It’s not good for them just now.


Progress & Art at Magazine Beach…

23 Jul

IMG_7812Work is moving along at the park. Over the next two weeks R. Bates & Sons will begin putting in the patio and rebuilding the granite wall beside the Powder Magazine.


Waypoint Adventure launching from the site July 18. Photo by Lily Robinson.

DCR’s official ribbon cutting for canoe/kayak launch & outlook has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 1, at 9:30am. Please join us to celebrate its opening. Waypoint Adventure, which organizes outdoor adventures for disabled youth and adults, will have a group launch from the park at 10am. (Postponed due to cyanobacteria in the river.)

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And this week at Magazine Beach: Thursday at 10am: Cat Mountain, a Japanese play with masks and Sunday at 5:30pm: The Barber of Seville, courtesy of the Boston Lyric Opera. Both FREE! (Click here for further info.) See you there!


Traditional Irish Session Cancelled Due to Weather–Sorry!

19 Jul
Update: Tuesday’s Nature Detectives is cancelled due to rain.

Hi All, we’ve just made the hard call to cancel our 3rd Traditional Irish Session at Magazine Beach. We believe that even though it’s truly cooler at the park, the highly publicized 95 degree F. temperatures, high humidity, and possible rain and thunderstorms will discourage attendance. Sorry to cancel this AMAZING event. Our 3rd Traditional Irish Session will now happen in 2020. Come swim and splash in the spray deck today at the park to cool off. 

Come beat the heat on Magazine Beach! On Sunday, July 21 at 5:30pm, we’ll host our third annual Traditional Irish Session featuring musicians Sean Clohessy, Tina Lech, Ted Davis, John Coyne and the Rebecca McGowan Irish Dance Company. Bring the family and cool off in the pool. Then join us in shade for music and dance!

Great Music & Humor Launch Sunday Evening Series

15 Jul

IMG_7729The Busted Jug  Band delighted over 130 picnickers last night with music from the 1920s and pure silliness. This was the first of our Sunday evening series. (See our full event listing here.) Coming this Sunday: our third Traditional Irish Session featuring Sean Clohessy, other Irish musicians and Rebecca McGowan of Rebecca McGowan Irish Dance. Thank you, the Druid our inspiration for the event, Brian O’Donovan!


Update: POSTPONED DUE TO PREDICTED RAIN! Stay tuned for new date.This Thursday, July 18 at 5:30pm, join us at the new ADA-accessible boat launch, near the BU Bridge, for an official ribbon cutting. Waypoint Adventure, who provide outdoor experiences for disabled adults and youth, will launch from the site at 6pm.