The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department hosted the 9th annual lighting of the trellis this week, featuring music by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center Children’s Choir, Jeremy Sarzana on guitar and Ray Cavicchio on the accordion. The 260 feet of trellis are bathed in blue with 50,000 lights. In addition, the Kennedy Rose Garden is decorated with lights and bows, as are several trees in the park.
Speaking at the lighting were Boston’s First Lady, Angela Menino, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak, FOCCP President, Joanne Hayes-Rines and NEMPAC’s Executive Director Rebecca Griffin. NEMPAC’s Children’s Choir sang several holiday songs along with bell ringing and a sing-a-long. Starbucks personnel from 2 Atlantic Ave. served coffee and hot chocolate at the event.
The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (www.foccp.org) is an all-volunteer group that supports the lighting through their annual fundraising gala and donations.
Short cut: The trellis lighting itself is at 15:00 in the video.