After 10 years, it’s officially a tradition! In a fitting tribute with the largest crowd ever, North End / Waterfront neighbors and friends celebrated on Monday night at the 2012 10th Holiday Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park. Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak and Boston’s Chief of Public Property, Michael Galvin, joined with the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the NEMPAC Children’s Choir for a special evening of outdoor fun and spirit. State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and City Councilor Sal LaMattina also came out to support the tradition. In addition to the Children’s Choir, the Ockeghem consort sang festive carols to the hundreds of attendees at the event.
“The Friends of Christopher Columbus are proud to fund the over $25,000 necessary to light up the trellis for the season,” said FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines. “We are also proud of the excellent working relationship we and the Boston Parks Department have forged. As one of the most successful Friends groups to support a city park, we are grateful to our many members, in Boston and outside the city, who help us fund this and other events.”
“We are delighted to join all of you for this decade-long holiday tradition, and we’re happy to have such a close partner in the FOCCP,” said Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak. “Volunteer organizations working closely with city departments can really make a difference for our parks.”
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