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.
Photos by Matt Conti.