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Flipping the Switch at the Columbus Park Trellis Lighting [Photos]

 2014 Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park with (L-R) Mayor Marty Walsh, Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and City Councilor Sal LaMattina
2014 Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park with (L-R) Mayor Marty Walsh, Miss Massachusetts, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines and City Councilor Sal LaMattina

Kicking off the holiday season, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park hosted its annual trellis lighting on Monday night. A tradition in its 13th year, the iconic trellis was set aglow with blue and white lights, funded entirely by the all-volunteer FOCCP group and its sponsors.

The warm weather brought out hundreds to the park to enjoy the festivities. Helping flip the switch this year was Mayor Marty Walsh, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, FOCCP President Joanne Hayes-Rines, Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn and dozens of neighborhood kids. NEMPAC was on hand with entertainment and refreshments were served courtesy of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Starbucks and Magic 106.7.

“With an ambitious docket of projects before us, we are more dependent than ever on the generosity of our members, both private and corporate, in Boston and outside the city, who help us fund these efforts,” says Hayes-Rines. “We have been one of the most successful Friends groups to support a city park, and we truly appreciate everyone’s help and continued donations to keep pulling all this off.” The major corporate sponsors for this year’s trellis and tree lighting are Boston PushCart, The Chiofaro Company, CL Waterfront Properties, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Marriott Long Wharf Boston, NorthEndBoston.com, Sunstone Hotel Investors and Tia’s Restaurant. The Friends would also like to recognize the support of Sanibel Electric in this year’s trellis lighting.

 A large crowd with kids of all ages came out for the trellis lighting
A large crowd with kids of all ages came out for the trellis lighting
 Celebration after the switch goes on with Mayor Walsh, Councilor LaMattina, Miss Massachusetts and lots of neighborhood kids.
Celebration after the switch goes on with Mayor Walsh, Councilor LaMattina, Miss Massachusetts and lots of neighborhood kids.
 Trellis lighting entertainment by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center
Trellis lighting entertainment by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center
 Iconic blue and white lights at the trellis lighting at Christopher Columbus Park with the Custom House tower.
Iconic blue and white lights at the trellis lighting at Christopher Columbus Park with the Custom House tower.

Photos by Matt Conti.

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5 Replies to “Flipping the Switch at the Columbus Park Trellis Lighting [Photos]

  1. FYI: One of the original members of FOCCP told a group of us last night, the original idea was to light the trellis for 2-3 years and then come up with another ‘clever’ idea..HAH… What happened was, people loved the blue-lit trellis so much all winter long, we cannot possibly change it now, 13 years later. We do have a wonderful surprise in store later in 2015, though. Stay tuned.
    Many thanks to all our friends and sponsors and many thanks to all the participants. It was a wonderful evening. Thank you Matt for the coverage and the perfect pictures.
    Thank you Peter Hannon. That was such a lovely gesture. Come visit us in the Garden in June and introduce yourself.
    Happy Holidays to all.

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