Boston’s Adult Playground

September 1st, 2015

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

Adults (and kids) of Boston officially have a new playground!  Lawn on D, which opened last August, provides a “next-generation park” to Bostonians and visitors.  This three-acre lot adjacent to the BCEC hosts weekly live music performances, art installations and lawn games in an effort to bolster civic engagement and foster creativity in South Boston.  Boy, have they been successful!  The outdoor space can fit 3,000 guests for events from Spring through Fall and has definitely been a popular destination.

Summer To Do BCEC South Boston

Breanne, Jenni and Jamie getting their swing on at the Lawn on D!

With only 21 days left of Summer, Lawn on D is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the last few weeks of warm weather.  The space hosts a rotating list of Boston’s best food trucks on a weekly basis, offers Friday “lunch breaks” featuring Berklee College musicians and recently launched “Sport’s Sundays”, where visitors can cheer on the Red Sox under The Tent!  The venue also presents a wide array of signature events designed to entertain and delight.  This fall, locals can attend a music festival, kids day or pumpkin fest – all for free!

The Lawn on D is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily through early October.  For more information or to plan your visit, head to http://lawnond.com/!

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A Coastal Clambake

August 28th, 2015

Boston Event Planning Summer Outing

2015 was the Summer of Newport, RI!  As we created proposals for summer outings, the CE office noticed a common trend among local corporate groups.  Many wanted to mix things up a bit by getting out of Boston and heading to a seaside locale within an hour or two of the city.  After considering Ipswich, MA and Thompson Island, this Boston based group decided Newport was the spot for them! The destination offers plenty of outdoor and historic activities and a beautiful, oceanfront spot for a relaxing luncheon.

Guests’ began their day with coffee and donuts before hopping on private motor coaches and heading to their morning activities in Rhode Island.  Those looking for an active and water friendly experience could participate in a kayaking excursion or America’s Cup Regatta, while a more relaxing and historical tour awaited guests at Rough Point Mansion – the home of heiress, philanthropist and art collector, Doris Duke.

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Boston Event Planning Summer Outing Water Activity

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing Historical

After the morning activities wrapped up, guests were whisked off to their coastal clambake lunch. Established on July 4, 1799, Fort Adams is a former United States Army post and the largest coastal fortification in the US.  in 1965, the fort and surrounding land was donated to the state of Rhode Island to be used as Fort Adams State Park.  The impressive architecture of the massive fortress and the picture perfect view of Narragansett Bay provided a unique outing backdrop.  After a busy morning, guests arrived ready for some light bites, cocktails and fun!  Games were spread out across the grassy area and many spent the afternoon playing baggo, croquet and bocce.

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Fort Adams

The highlight of the afternoon was a New England, pit-style clam and lobster bake that had been cooking on the lawn all morning.  Guests were asked to gather on the lawn and watch as the chefs unearthed the mass quantities of shellfish, potatoes, corn and sausage.  These guys have been putting together authentic  lobster bakes for over 45 years!  As they peeled back the many layers of canvas and revealed the meal, they explained the traditional cooking process passed down from early New England colonists.  It was truly a site to behold!

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing

Following the big meal reveal, guests headed to the tent where a mixture of industrial wooden tables and burlap topped rounds awaited them.  Table decor featured our favorite “rusti-chic” style.  (Yes, we are still trying to make “rusti-chic” happen!)  Wild flowers in purple, yellow, green and white were arranged in metal and natural wood containers while scattered succulents and mason jars filled with candles rounded out the centerpieces.  Coupled with summertime hits played by the McMurphy’s, it was the perfect atmosphere for the delicious meal!

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing Fort Adams

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing Fort Adams\Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Summer Outing Fort Adams

Boston Event Planning Rhode Island Fort Adams

Jay Murphy of the McMurphy's entertained guests throughout the outing!

Once their bellies were full, guests headed back into the sunshine to enjoy more games, drinks and music.  The afternoon couldn’t have been lovelier!

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About Town: Art on the Greenway

August 11th, 2015

On a beautiful Spring, Summer or Fall day we consider ourselves quite fortunate to have the Rose Kennedy Greenway just steps away from our office.  The result of Boston’s infamous “Big Dig” and more than a decade of planning and construction, the Greenway is a mile and a half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people in the city with beauty and fun.  Besides the plethora of parks and variety of food trucks, one of our favorite things about the Greenway is the abundance of art.  From sculptures to murals the innovative and contemporary exhibits are constantly changing and always a treat to take in.  Best of all, they are free!

One of our favorite instillation’s is the monumental sculpture hovering hundreds of feet above (you read that right) the Greenway.  ”As If It Were Already Here” from internationally renowned local artist, Janet Echelman, is a must see in our opinion.  The soft, billowing sculpture is designed to respond to the forces of nature – wind, water and light.  The piece is mesmerizing during the day but when lit at night creates a particularly powerful impact.  Although the exhibit is temporary, you have till early October to sit beneath the knotted fiber sculpture and admire it’s whimsy!

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Corinthian Events Boston

This past June, the Greenway unveiled their newest public installation in the Chinatown section of the park.  Located just around the corner from our office we love seeing these cute, paper sheep on our way to and from the train.  Did you know 2015 is the Year of the Sheep?  ”Wandering Sheep” is the first in a series of animal exhibits based on the Chinese zodiac and in 2016 the exhibit will feature monkeys!  The new art in the Southern area of the park is a great way to connect this sometimes forgotten end to the rest of the Greenway.

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Last, but certainly not least, is the 70 x 76 foot Shinique Smith mural in Dewey Square.  Installed in September 2014, “Seven Moon Junction” will be on display through August 2015 – so catch it before it’s gone!  Inspired by the intersection where the mural resides, the merging of people and the joining of art and life, Smith’s mural is centered by a constellation of fabrics patterned with bursting fireworks and flowers.  We love grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby food truck and basking in the sun beneath this larger than life piece, but can’t wait to see the what’s on deck for September!

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Whether it’s a long walk down the Greenway on a perfect Saturday or a 10 minute break from the office we urge you to catch these unique exhibitions before they are gone and while the sun is still shining.  As much as we hate do admit it, we’ll be buried in snow and huddled indoors before we know it!

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Explore Your Inner Creative

July 17th, 2015

New England Event Planning

We promised you a closer look at some of our June events and we are starting with one of Newport, RI’s premiere venues!  Located just over an hour South of Boston, Newport is one of our favorite seaside cities to visit (especially in the summer) and when a client decides to take their event or meeting to this New England resort town we are thrilled!

Over the course of the three day program, 400 guests were given the opportunity to explore Newport during multiple activities and off sites.  One particularly memorable evening took place at Belle Mer, a chic Newport event space that combines elegance with contemporary glamour.  Located on the edge of Narraganset Bay, Belle Mer offers sweeping views of Newport Harbor and the true Newport society experience.  Guests were welcomed to Belle Mer for a night full of cocktails, delicious bites and some unique entertainment.  A variety of low and high cocktail tables were spread across the property to promote casual dining and informal mingling.  Sticking with the ocean side theme and complimenting the sleek space, punchy patterned linens in blue and green topped guest tables.  Centerpieces featured white ceramic and glass containers filled with succulents and white florals.

Many guests spent time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather, playing lawn games and exploring the seven acres of manicured lawns.  Collections of Adirondack chairs were scattered around the picturesque, ocean-view setting and were the perfect place for guests to catch the sunset!

Oceanside Nautical

Oceanside Nautical

Oceanside Nautical

Baggo Lawn Games Tented

Rhode Island Belle Mer View

The highlight of the evening was the variety of unique entertainment and performances that encouraged guests to explore their creative sides.  From caricaturists and ice sculptors to bucket drummers and magicians, we ensured guests were engaged from arrival to departure.  Throughout the evening two talented artists created larger than life nautical masterpieces.  A muralist began with blank canvases and by the time the event ended had painted a beautiful ocean scene.  At the same time world renowned artsit, Rob Surrette, created an equally impressive piece made entirely of push pins! As the sun set, guests were invited outside to view the night sky with the help of  a few telescopes. Guests were able to see Saturn and Jupiter while a local astronomer provided background on the two beautiful planets.  To cap the night off, dueling pianists picked up the tempo and played crowd favorites and sing-along classics.  The skilled pianists encouraged song requests, creating a truly interactive experience.  Entertainment was staggered over the course of the evening and strategically placed in different areas of the venue so there was no shortage of things to inspire guests creatively!

Belle Mer Newport

Belle Mer Newport

Belle Mer Newport

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