Saturday, October 20, 2012
Did you get some nice snaps of this year's Lantern Parade? Share them with your neighbors here.
The Lantern Parade is one of JP's signature events. If you have some shots from this year's evening amble around Jamaica Pond, upload them here to share with the rest of JP. The parade takes place on two nights, Saturday and Sunday, with both events starting at 6 p.m. And if you like to share photos, the JP Patch Community Gallery is always open for uploads. Every week I showcase some of the most interesting shots.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The fifth annual Convite Banilejo brought crowds to the Southwest Corridor Park on Sunday. It's a celebration of Baní, a Dominican Republic city from which many Bostonian trace their roots.
Crowds gathered Sunday along the Southwest Corridor Park to sample arepas, dance meringue and play dominoes. The Fifth Annual Convite Banilejo is a celebration of Baní, in the Dominican Republic. Many Jamaica Plain residents trace their roots to the city. Did you take pictures at this year's festival? Share them with all your neighbors and friends here! Just click the big upload button above to get started. If you're a regular photographer and would like to showcase some of your images on Jamaica Plain Patch, consider starting a photo blog.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The sun even managed to finally shine during Saturday's streetfest. Add your photos
After initial uncertainty whether the weather would be good enough for the 34th annual Wake Up the Earth Festival, all systems were go on Saturday.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Despite a chance of showers, JP's biggest festival will take place on Saturday.
JP, your freak flag can fly as planned tomorrow. Organizers of the Wake Up The Earth Festival have decided against a rain delay to Sunday. There may be some showers (as there were at last year's event). But that shouldn't stop thousands of revelers from coming out to celebrate the neighborhood. There will be four stages of music and entertainment, plus food, information booths and just about all of your neighbors. The festival celebrates the community banding together to turn back plans to build I-95 through the heart of JP. Instead, the Southwest Corridor Park is where the interstate would have been. There are two parades to the festival. One starts at 10:30 a.m. at Curtis Hall Community Center and the other at 11:15 a.m. at the YMCA in …
Preparing the Garden for a Summer Drought: Choosing the Right Stuff; with Watering, Less is More; Keeping the Container Plants Alive; Getting a Raised Bed Going; Boston's Perennial Divide
The floating clouds of white dogwood, the appearance of dandelions in the lawn, the forty shades of green that make up JP’s lush landscape,– a gardener doesn’t need to look at a calendar to know that it’s time to begin. The birds know it – they are already patrolling backyards and plots in the community gardens looking for the tasty seeds gardeners are planting. So whether you are planning on growing herbs in a container, flowers to attract butterflies to your balcony or backyard, or a family size vegetable garden… it’s time! Something we may need to consider in particular this year: the experts tell us that we may be in for a drought this summer. Which means we may want to change the way we garden. John Lee and Helen Glotzer, gardening …
A special Wake Up The Earth edition of our daily guide to essential information.
1. Forecast: Cloudy. Showers likely, mainly in the morning. Highs in the upper 50s. 2. I'll turn the rest of this morning's Five Things over to all things Wake Up The Earth. JP's biggest festival is scheduled for Saturday, noon to six, along the Southwest Corridor Park near the Stony Brook T. Four stages of music and entertainment, everyone you know in the neighborhood and a pronounced JP vibe. 3. The rain date for the festival is Sunday. There's about a 30 percent chance of rain for Saturday. Spontaneous Celebrations, which puts on the festival, will announce it one way or another on its Web site this afternoon. Or just check back with JP Patch later today and we'll pass along the news. [In the items below I use Saturday. I will change …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rituals in our lives enhance our relationships. Day of the Dead celebrates life while we honor death.
I find the air exciting this time of year…okay, maybe it’s the frenzy of squirrels scattering acorns and the leaves blowing that gives me this sense that things are changing and we can’t hold on to too much for too long. A large part of sparking your life and enriching your love relationship is to share rituals that you either create yourselves or participate and acknowledge as being part of a community. These rituals will mark time, become part of your collective history and give you a sense of belonging. Rituals are important to help ground you when the world is turning and life is ever changing. Sharing rituals and creating a sense of community will help fuel your spark. “Day of the Dead” (a Mexican holiday to remember loved ones that …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Did you snap some shots at this year's Lantern Parade? Please share them.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
One of JP's signature events, the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, took place Saturday and Sunday nights. Here are photos from JP Patch editor Chris Helms and readers. Please add yours! The parade is put on by JP's Spontaneous Celebrations, a nonprofit community arts organization.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Music ranged from straight-out rock to jazz to hip-hop to even a hint of Stephen Foster-style classical.
There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Saturday’s Jamaica Plain Music Festival was the first of many to come. The event was a major success, drawing hundreds of people to Pinebank, near the shores of Jamaica Pond, for an afternoon of musical performances ranging from straight-out rock to jazz to hip-hop to even a hint of Stephen Foster-style classical. Lots more was in between. Kicking off with “America the Beautiful,” sung by JP artist Margie Nicoll, the fest soon blossomed into a celebration of music, with acts switching like clockwork between a main stage and a mini-stage (one band played while another set up), starting with the trio Shepherdess churning out three power pop tunes before turning things over to the melodic rock of…
Friday, August 19, 2011
Everything you need to know about the inaugural festival in one place.
The Jamaica Plain Music Festival brings 20 bands to the shores of Jamaica Pond from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Here's everything you need to know: [Editor's note: Information about the after party was removed from this post because of fire safety regulations about how many people can be there. The party is now invitation-only.]