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Earth Day "Picnic for the Planet"
Celebrate Earth Day, rain or shine, at this family-friendly event at the Boston Common Frog Pond with The Nature Conservancy, Radio 92.9 and The Skating Club of Boston.
From noon to 3 p.m., take the planet out to lunch with Picnic for the Planet! The Nature Conservancy will make a Guinness World Records ® attempt for the largest global picnic. The soundtrack will be live music courtesy of Radio 92.9. Learn more about nature in Massachusetts, sample great local and natural foods, participate in a nature treasure hunt with your family and enter to win free tickets to EarthFest in May.
From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Skating Club of Boston, which manages the Boston Common Frog Pond, is teaming up with Down:2:Earth to sponsor a D:2:E Green Spot, with local vendors offering information about living green in the city and activities for families. Picnickers can visit Earth-friendly vendors, including Massachusetts Farmers Markets, Honest Tea, Cow and Crumb, Whole Foods Markets, Flavrz Organic Drink Mix, Emmett’s Edibles, and Progressive Asset Management among others. Family-friendly activities – including arts and crafts workshops using recycled materials – will also be part of the day’s entertainment.
More About Boston Common
Founded in 1634, the Boston Common bears the distinction of being the oldest park in America -- making it a longtime and excellent neighbor to Beacon Hill. The jumping off point for the Freedom Trail, the Common is host to everything from full-scale Shakespeare productions to Ultimate Frisbee and impromptu snowball fights. Its a fixture of life in Boston and Beacon Hill residents benefit from their close proximity to the nearly 50 acres of green space. While the Common has a rich history filled with revolution, political protest and a whole lot of cattle grazing (up until 1830), most of today's Beacon Hill residents enjoy the Common as a great place to take a blanket and relax in the sun or else grab some ice skates for a spin around Frog Pond in the winter.
City parks officials recently announced plans to remake the "Pink Palace" -- a now-defunct men's restroom near the Common tennis courts -- into a high-end restaurant. This park really has seen everything.
The Common is bordered by Beacon Hill to its north and the Boston Public Garden to its west, which was created 200 years after the founding of the Common. Together with the Public Garden, the Common makes up nearly 75 acres of green space in the heart of downtown Boston.
Other events here
- Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare on the Common: The Two Gentlemen of Verona July 6, 2013 / July 7, 2013 / July 8, 2013 / July 9, 2013 / July 10, 2013 / July 11, 2013 / July 12, 2013 / July 14, 2013 / July 15, 2013 / July 17, 2013 / July 18, 2013 / July 21, 2013 / July 23, 2013 / July 24, 2013 / July 25, 2013 / July 26, 2013 / July 27, 2013 / July 28, 2013,