Friends Group Plans for Active Summer Season at Christopher Columbus Park

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, FOCCP, met on Tuesday June 12, 2012 at the Mariner’s House in North Square to discuss the many activities going on in the park and to make plans for the Summer and Fall 2012 season.

This was the first meeting after the May election of FOCCP officers. The election results and newly appointed committee chairs are as follows:

President: Joanne Hayes-Rines
Vice President: Trish Baumer
Treasurer: Virginia Kimball
Clerk: Audrey Tortolani
Directors-at-Large: Meghan Denenberg & Joe Bono

Committee Chairs:
Horticulture: Mary Ann Esparo and Robyn Reed
Infrastructure: Cole Landers
Membership: Beverly Knight
Website & Internet Communications: Christina Sperry

In addition to the regular committee reports, there are a few special events coming up:

Neighborhood Social, June 21st
Neighbors who want to learn more about FOCCP should come to the Summer Social on Thursday, June 21st from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at The Living Room, 101 Atlantic Ave. All current members are also encouraged to attend and bring a friend or neighbor. Delicious appetizers with be served with a cash bar.

Family Fun Day – Tall Ships Celebration
Saturday, June 30th, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Neighbors, friends, and visitors of all ages are welcome! Join us in Christopher Columbus Park as we celebrate the 4th of July and the Tall Ships visit to Boston. Lots of entertainment is planned!
10:00am – Everyone is invited to participate in a parade through the park led by active military members and Uncle Sam on stilts. Small US flags will be provided for parade marchers, and children are encouraged to decorate their wagons, bikes, scooters, etc., in red, white, and blue.
10:15am – 2:00pm – Free entertainment including a magician, a juggler, a storyteller, face painting, lawn games, and more.

Members Sunset Harbor Cruise, July 18th
Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
Wednesday, July 18th – 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: We will board Voyager III at the docks by Christopher Columbus Park.
Cost: $45.00 each (Adults Only)
No tickets will be issued; your name will be at the boat registration area the evening of the cruise.
Food: Hors d’oeuvres and Dessert
Catered by “Rock Island Caterers”
Drinks: Cash Bar
This Sunset Harbor Cruise is for Members of FOCCP and their guests only. Purchase tickets online here: Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise Tickets. Tickets are limited so order today!

Horticulture Committee Update
The roses have been blooming, and they are spectacular! The volunteers have been dead-heading and cleaning up the area, and we will be getting ready to trim back all the rose bushes after they have finished this first bloom. This is a lot of work, and we definitely have work for volunteers in the next few weeks!

We welcome anyone to come help us out at the rose garden on Wednesdays at 6:00pm and Sundays at 9:30am for about an hour. Just show up and enjoy! We will train you to do all the activities.

Save the Dates:
Sunday Night Movies in the Park start July 15, 2012
Old Fashioned Picnic in the Park – Sunday, August 18, 2012
Columbus Day Celebration – Monday, October 8, 2012

FOCCP Membership
Still need to renew or become an FOCCP Member? You can sign up online for immediate and secure processing, send a check to P.O. Box 130285 Boston MA 02113, or sign up at a meeting. Memberships start at only $25/year. Full membership level details are at the website.

Visit the FOCCP Calendar and FOCCP Events Listing for more details.

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