Sounds and Sights Delight at Brewer Fountain Plaza

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After a $4 million renovation by the Friends of the Public Garden, the Brewer Fountain Plaza on the Boston Common is in the midst of its first post-renovation season! With the physical renovation complete, the Plaza now offers new features that make the space a perfect place to spend the day.
Café tables and chairs are set out under umbrellas for lounging during the day or grabbing lunch at the on-site Clover Food Truck. A reading area offers newspapers and magazines to browse while enjoying the view of the bubbling Brewer Fountain and the gold-capped State House just up the path.

Every weekday during lunchtime, students from Berklee College of Music play music on the piano. On Thursdays at 5:00pm, the featured pianist of the week joins a jazz trio for evening Summer Concerts. Berklee pianists James Fernando, Daniel Pugh, Justin Salisbury, and Vivienne Aerts will be featured in June and July.

The largest project the Friends has taken on, Brewer Fountain Plaza has become an attractive place of leisure, where park-goers can sit and read the newspaper, snack on a treat from Clover, and enjoy atmospheric music provided by talented local musicians.

Be sure to head down to the Brewer Fountain Plaza during a lunch break or on a sunny afternoon to take advantage of all that the space has to offer!

For more information about the Brewer Fountain Plaza, visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org or email info@friendsofthepublicgarden.org to let us know about your visit.

The Friends of the Public Garden Celebrate the Brewer Fountain Plaza!

On May 2, 2012, the Friends of the Public Garden, Mayor Thomas Menino and other Bostonians gathered at the Brewer Fountain Plaza to celebrate its historic re-opening in the Boston Common. The new plaza officially opened by Park and Tremont streets.

The renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza is just the first part of a $5 million project to restore parts of the Boston Common. The beautiful 22-foot fountain was refurbished with help from the city of Boston as well as private donors. Along with the fountain renovation, the festivities celebrated the new amenities within the Common. This project also helped raise money for benches, pathways and lots of curbs for the area surrounding the fountain. The grass leading from the fountain to the State House of Massachusetts, known as Liberty Mall, was improved tremendously over the course of the project. The Mall now has brand-new irrigation and fresh soil that Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak compared to the grass at Boston’s beloved Fenway Park.

The Brewer Fountain Plaza also has a few unique additions that will make even more special to the people of Boston. There will be lots of new chess tables with umbrellas as well as newsstands with papers, magazines and books to read! The Brewer Fountain Plaza will also have a fabulous piano available for the enjoyment of Bostonians during the nice weather! The piano, an Ivers & Pond model, was built in 1885 and designed by Ted Furst for the outdoor conditions in the park. It has an electronic keyboard, a mixer and professional speakers–the best part is that they’re all solar powered! The atmosphere of the Brewer Fountain Plaza will be even more fun and enjoyable for anyone who visits.

At the ceremony, spectators heard from Henry Lee, Mayor Menino, Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak and others, including representatives from the Friends of the Public Garden. The event included placing items in a time capsule, which will be buried in the Common to commemorate the project upon its completion next year. During the event, participants were serenaded by Cettina Donato on the piano and Dana Oakes’s beautiful trumpet.

The Friends of the Public Garden would like to thank Henry Lee, Mayor Menino, Salvatore LaMattina, Antonia Pollak and everyone else who made this amazing event possible! We hope to enjoy the Brewer Fountain Plaza and all of its renovations for many, many years to come

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!

Top 10 Reasons to be on the the Boston Common for New Year’s Eve

The holiday season is in full swing with New Year’s Eve quickly approaching! Boston’s First Night Festivities provide a bounty of New Year’s Eve entertainment and activities, many of which take place right on the Boston Common! With so much to do it can be tough to decide where to go first, and you can’t see it all!

Here’s 10 reasons to spend your evening on the Common.

1. The Boston Common is the nation’s oldest public park! It’s a wonderful, historic place to welcome the New Year.

2. “The Looking Glass”: Don Chapelle will be carving an ice sculpture so large that you will actually be able to walk through it (weather permitting)! This fantastic piece will be on display on the Common from 6 p.m. until 6:45

3. Master ice carver Steve Ross pays tribute to the island of Puerto Rico with his piece that will be on display near the Frog Pond from 6 p.m. until 6:45

4. The TADpole play ground will be home to several First Night Frogs, also in ice! Take a chance to walk around and see each of these incredible sculptures.

5. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Viva Viva will thrill audiences with a sound that is equal parts infectious-pop and dark-stomping-blues combined with their own blend of hope, disappointment, grit and wit.

6. Next up, Vanzetti will perform with their unique style of jazz, grunge and psychedelia- culminating in a post apocalyptic folk sound.

7. Count down to midnight with Amos Blood! Playing from 10:45 right up until midnight for your enjoyment.

8. Connect with neighbors and friends as you countdown to midnight in this great public space! Boston has a really wonderful community! See it first hand!

9. Enjoy an incredible view of the fireworks that will signify the beginning of a new year!

10. It’s a fun place to be and an amazing night to be there!

Have a safe and happy holiday!