The 13th annual lighting of the Christopher Columbus Park trellis brought out hundreds on a chilly Monday night for the debut of new, state-of-the-art, dimmable LED lights. “Every year it is thrilling to watch the park transform into a winter wonderland when the trellis is illuminated,” said Joanne Hayes-Rines, President of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park. FOCCP is the all-volunteer non-profit group that funds the annual lighting.
FOCCP Infrastructure Chair Ford Cavallari was instrumental in bringing the new lights to fruition along with Sanibel Electrical who generously donated the cost of installation. The energy-saving lights have a longer life and will allow for different colors and holiday patterns in other seasons.
Throwing the switch this year was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh along with State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Parks Commissioner Chris Cook, Santa Claus, Rudolph the Reindeer and dozens of neighborhood kids. Students and teachers of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) sang holiday songs and played violins along with feature performances by Gian Faraone and Sharon Zee. The Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, One Medical Group, Starbucks and Magic 106.7 provided refreshments and holiday treats.