Another Adventure with Puppets on the Common

In the summer of 2011 after a sixteen-year absence, thanks to the vision of member Wendy Almquist, the Friends revived the tradition of puppet shows on the Common at the Parkman Bandstand. Over 200 children and parents attended the inaugural performances of this program, which we plan to expand in the coming years. On Thursday, August 23, puppets will return to the Boston Common for the second annual Puppets on the Common event.  This year’s performance is especially noteworthy since it will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Parkman Bandstand.

The Three Singing Princesses will be performed by Rosalita’s Puppets under the artistic direction of Master Puppeteer Charlotte Door and in collaboration with the “Stiletto Singers”. This musical show will feature three singers, masks, hand puppets and audience participation. The show is free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from the M. Holt Massey Charitable Trust. Simply show up at the Boston Common and prepare to be entertained!

When: Thursday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common

The Parkman Bandstand is located near the Boylston Street Subway Station off of Tremont Street, near the tennis courts. Guests are welcome to bring a blanket or a chair. In the case of inclement weather, up to 30 children can be accommodated beneath the Parkman dome on a first-come, first-served basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on Puppets on the Common contact the Friends of the Public Garden at 617-723-8144 or via email at

Shakespeare Returns to the Common this Summer

We are excited to announce the 17th season of free Shakespeare on the Common, thanks to the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. This season is sure to be a hit with the performance of Coriolanus

Coriolanus is a political drama that chronicles the rise and fall of a powerful general who battles enemies abroad and his resulting popularity at home in Rome. While the war hero triumphs in the heat of battle, his struggles with politics, responsibility and government threaten to undo him.

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is ready to thrill and entertain audiences at these free performances of Coriolanus throughout the summer in the city. The shows begin at the Parkman Bandstand this Wednesday, July 25th and will take place every Tuesday-Saturday night at 8 P.M. On Sunday evenings, the performances will begin at 7 P.M. Coriolanus is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Catch an ASL showing of Coriolanus on August 11th.

We hope you will be able to join us at the Boston Common for these free performances! Many thanks to our friends at the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company for all their effort and time. These shows embody what the Boston parks are all about–providing free resources that are available to all.

Earth Day News: Picnic For the Planet at Frog Pond!

This Sunday, April 22nd, the Boston Common Frog Pond will serve as the home for The Nature Conservancy’s second annual Picnic for the Planet!  This event celebrates the role that nature plays in daily life by reminding people to stop and take a few minutes to enjoy being outside and sharing a meal with their families and friends. Go outside and bring your family and friends to enjoy all the benefits that nature brings to our lives. So rain or shine, come join us for this family friendly event!

The Picnic for the Planet will take place from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. so you’ll have plenty of time to stop by and enjoy! Also, we’re happy to announce that there will be lots of entertainment throughout the day. The Nature Conservancy will be attempting the Guinness World Record for largest global picnic between noon and 3 P.M. During this time, Radio 92.9 will be providing live music and the opportunity to win free EarthFest tickets (plus other cool prizes!).

The Skating Club of Boston will also be working with Down:2:Earth to sponsor the D:2:E Green Spot, where families can learn about living green in Boston. Picnickers can visit Earth-friendly vendors, including Massachusetts Farmers Markets, Honest Tea, Cow and Crumb, Whole Foods Markets, Flavrz Organic Drink Mix, Emmett’s Edibles, and Progressive Asset Management among others. Family friendly activities – including arts and crafts workshops using recycled materials – will also be part of the day’s entertainment.

We hope to see you and your family out and about in the Common!

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.