Women’s Equality Day is a reminder that a Woman’s Work is Never Done

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Martha Coakley with Lucy Stone

On August 26th of 1920, exactly ninety-one years ago, the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, became law. Today caretakers of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Boston Women’s Commission and the Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Celebration Committee hosted Women’s Equality Day to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the 19th Amendment and to honor many women who have made a contribution to Massachusetts’s civic and cultural life.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino with Women Equality's Attendees

Mayor Thomas M. Menino made the opening remarks and called Bostonian women to action. He told the crowd “the right to vote is no good unless we use it, Vote!” Attorney General Martha Coakley also took a moment to make a few remarks about the great women who have paved the way for equality. She marveled at the strength of those brave ladies who fought so hard and achieved so much. Men at the time thought, if given the vote, women would neglect their domestic duties. “In my case, they were right!”, Coakley jokingly said.

Lyn Paget at Women's Equality Day

One of the many women honored today was Julie Paget. Her great granddaughter Lyn Paget was present and spoke about how Julie established herself as a business owner 42 years before women had the right to vote. After more than a century, the Swan Boats are still owned and operated by the Paget family and today Julie is recognized as one of the most influential women in Boston’s history.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino at Women's Equality Day

After the opening remarks, a small group of attendees gathered to walk the Women’s history trail to the Women’s memorial at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. It turned out to be a beautiful day for such a fabulous celebration.

Brief Brewer Fountain Update

Friends of the Public Garden is excited about the progress being made on the Brewer Fountain restoration! We’re looking forward to the project’s completion so Bostonians can once again enjoy this beautiful space!
The pulverization process is finished and contractors are ready to begin the next phase of reconstruction.
Up Next: 
  • On August 15th the installation of granite curbing is scheduled to begin. Paths around the fountain are also going to be paved.
  • The construction of a granite plaza which will include the names of donors who gave $100,000 or more.

Puppets on the Common

The Friends of the Public Garden with the support of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department is re-introducing a wonderful Boston tradition on the Common. It is an exciting new and free children’s program called Puppets on the Common that will take place at the Parkman Bandstand.

Puppet shows are a time-honored tradition on the Boston Common, since as early as 1883 puppeteers have entertained Boston’s youngsters.  It has been 16 years since the last puppet show and Friends of the Public Garden is happy to announce the return of these family friendly functions.

The performances will be:

  • Thursday August 18th at 2:30 PM – Rosalita and the Giant Bugs
  • Thursday August 25th at 2:30 PM – Aesop’s Fables

Children of all ages will be delighted by the artistry of Master puppeteer, Charlotte Dore, of Rosalita’s Puppets.

The Parkman Bandstand is located near the Boylston Street Subway Station off of Tremont Street, near the tennis courts. If the weather is fair, bring a blanket or chair; If the weather is rainy, up to 30 children can be accommodated under the Parkman dome on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Brewer Fountain Groundbreaking Pictures & Video

We just uploaded pictures of the celebration onto our Facebook page.

The Beacon Hill Patch also captured the moment we unveiled the sign detailing the end result: the Brewer Fountain Plaza.

We also have some wonderful recaps & slideshows up on some great Boston online publications:

Celebrating a Spring Revival – Your Town Beacon Hill, Boston.comPhoto Gallery: Rebuilding Brewer Fountain

City to Break Ground on Second Phase of Boston Common Renovations – Beacon Hill Patch

Photo Gallery

370 Years Old: Time for a Facelift – The Boston Channel

Announcing Duckling Day 2011!

A dog dressed up on Duckling Day 2010 Courtesy of Michael Dwyer

The Friends of the Public Garden, in association with the Boston Parks & Recreation and Mayor Menino, will once again celebrate Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, with Boston families and the beloved story of the Mallards from Robert McCloskey’s classic Make Way for Ducklings. This year, the Boston Parents Paper will be an official media sponsor.

Like Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack, children will parade around Boston dressed as their favorite characters from the book.  The Harvard University Band will lead the parade from the corner of Park Street and Beacon Street, weave through Beacon Hill, and suitably finish at the statue of the Mallard family. Family entertainment, including face painting, balloon artists, and a magician will be offered prior to the parade. After the parade, the Wheelock Family Theatre will treat attendees to a dramatic reading of the book.

A donation of $25 per family is requested for all participants and each family who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys and treats. Registration will start at 10:30am and the parade will commence at 12pm.

Attend the Boston Flower Show Preview to Support Boston Parks

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the Boston Flower Show Preview Party on March 15, 2011. All proceeds will benefit the Boston Parks Department. This event is a great opportunity for both individuals and businesses to support Boston’s parks, from planting new trees to caring for our large, old ones throughout our city’s parks. In addition to helping keep our parks healthy, the Boston Flower Show Preview Party will be a wonderful way to see the flower show: there will be no waiting in lines or working your way through crowds. All guests will receive a gift bag. A Friend or Sponsor will receive a VIP gift bag plus a chance to win fabulous prizes from local businesses. For more information, please visit the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s website.