Annual Booklovers’ Gathering Features Record Number of New National & International Dealers

 

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THE 37TH BOSTON INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR RETURNS TO THE HYNES CONVENTION CENTER, NOVEMBER 15-17, 2013

Annual booklovers gathering features record number of new national and international dealers.

Free Sunday admission with a valid student I.D.

BOSTON, MA –The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 15-17, 2013. The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.

One of the oldest and most respected antiquarian book shows in the country, the Fair is an event that offers the ‘crème de la crème’ of items that are available on the international literary market. Whether just browsing, buying or poking, the Fair offers something for every taste and budget—books on art, politics, travel, gastronomy and science to sport, natural history, literature, music and children’s books.

Among the highlights of this year’s event are rare and first editions of works by Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Ian Fleming, George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jonathan Swift, Percy Shelley; a hand-colored print of William Blake’s beloved poem The Tyger, a dollar bill inscribed by John Lennon; the first issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe on the cover (and centerfold); and several pages from the original recording manuscript of The Kingston Trio’s Boston Anthem – Charlie on the MTA. Attendees are invited to bring in their own books for a free appraisal on Sunday, November 17 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including Saturday afternoon’s talks by New England Sports Museum curator/collector Richard A. Johnson on building a sports library and by curator Anne-Marie Eze on Isabella Stewart Gardner’s book collection and Sunday’s talk by B.U. archivist Ryan Hendrickson on the history of espionage.

OPENING HOURS, TICKET PRICES & CONTACT INFORMATION

Friday, November 15 5:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $15.00Opening Night (tickets valid throughout the weekend)

Saturday, November 16 12:00-7:00pm
Tickets: $8.00

Sunday, November 17 12:00-5:00pm
Tickets: $8.00 – FREE with a valid student I.D. (Sunday only)

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during show hours. For more information, call 617-266-6540 or visit bostonbookfair.com.

 

EVENTS AT THE FAIR

Building a Sports Library – Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:30pm

Richard A. Johnson, who has one of the largest sports book collection in private hands, on the five-decade journey of a collector/curator. Johnson has served as curator of The New England Sports Museum since 1982 and has authored or co-authored 21 books.

Intro to Scrimshaw & Collecting Scrimshaw Books – Saturday, November 16, 2013 2:00pm

Dr. Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator Emeritus at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and founding Director of the Scrimshaw Forensics® Laboratory, Dr. Frank will discuss collecting books instead of scrimshaw.

The Ticknor Society – Collectors’ Roundtable – Saturday, November 16, 2013 3:30pm

Women in the Book Trade & Their Collections – Panelists include Susan Krinsky (science fiction collection), Teri Osborn (Indiana-ana collection), and Heather O’Donnell (unique literary classics).

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Book Collection – Saturday, November 16, 2013 5:00pm

Dr. Anne-Marie Eze, an associate curator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, researches and promotes the Gardner’s little known book collection. Her 2011 exhibition Illuminating the Serenissima: Books of the Republic of Venice (2011), reflected not only Gardner’s passion for Venice—as seen in her Venetian-style palace and its art from the Serenissima—but also her love of books.

Secrets, Covert Ops, and Spies – Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00pm

Investigate the history of espionage with BU archivist Ryan Hendrickson. Examine America’s first spy satellite; go behind WWII enemy lines with an OSS agent; and uncover the truth behind Operation Neptune.

Bring in Your Books for a FREE Appraisal by the Experts – Sunday, November 17, 2013 1:00 – 3:00pm

Expert appraisers will be available to Fair attendees who wish to bring their own books and manuscripts for appraisal.

 

For digital images, or for further media information, contact NinaJBerger@hotmail.com or call 617-543-1595.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo.

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

HIGHLIGHTED ITEMS AT THE FAIR

(Digital images available upon request)

✦ Hand-colored print of William Blake’s ‘The Tyger,’ perhaps the most famous of his lyric poems. First published in 1794 in Songs of Innocence and Experience, the poem has thrilled children and has had academics arguing for over 200 years as to its meaning. The book is regarded by many as the first color-printed children’s book.

✦ An original copy of the front page of the first edition of the November 3, 1948 Chicago Tribune, that ran the world’s most famous newspaper error, “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline – signed by Truman, “It was a mistake!”

✦ First edition of Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, with an inscription from the author “To Aubrey/who wrote some of it!/From Ian.” Aubrey Forshaw was the managing director of Pan Books, publisher of James Bond novels in paperback and Fleming’s expert for technical information concerning James Bond’s cars.

✦ A 1969 U.S. dollar bill, signed by Lennon, John. Inscribed “thanks for legs / John Lennon.” The original owner received the bill when he did a walk-on part in Mr. Lennon’s 1970 underground film “Legs for Peace.”

✦ First edition, first impression, of all three volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1954/55 masterpiece The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — The Two Towers — The Return of the King. Of these sets, many have been read, and re-read, so many times that finding them in a clean and collectable condition is rare indeed.

✦ An exceptionally rare uncorrected proof of the first edition of George Orwell’s 1935 novel A Clergyman’s Daughter. This is the earliest extant version of the novel, which underwent significant changes before the manuscript was printed, since the publisher, Victor Gollancz, was unwilling to risk legal action for libel.

✦ The 1st edition, 1st printing of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels printed in London in 1726. One of only 50 trade copies with the frontispiece portrait in the 1st state, this 2-volume edition is very rare! Lush 19th century full green morocco gilt inner dentelles & edges.

✦ An original 1953, 1st edition of the first Playboy, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover (and centerfold), inscribed by Hugh Hefner. For the literary purists who read Playboy for the articles and fiction, extracts from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sign of Four and Boccaccio’s Decameron are among the latter in this rare periodical.

✦ One of only 225 copies of the first edition of William Morris’s The Order of Chivalry. Reprinted in 1893 from Caxton’s Edition of 1484, with engraved frontispiece by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. From the original L’Ordene de Chevalierie, a french poem of the 13th century.

✦ An 1894 first edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with original drawings by Hugh Thomson and a preface by George Saintsbury. Printed in London by George Allen.

✦ A folio of all issues of the 1970s counter-culture magazine Horseshit, The Offensive Review, (vols. 1-4) with a leather binding by the very famous British bookbinder Arthur Johnson in an “American Flag” design which incorporates an erotic image within wavy red and ecru stripes topped by white stars on a blue background.

✦ The original 1959 recording session manuscript, handwritten by Dave Guard, founder and leader of The Kingston Trio, for the Boston Anthem – Charlie on the MTA.

✦ A wonderful gilt and inlay leather-bound three-volume set of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1847 The Poetical Works, with an introduction by his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. An example of the fine bookbinders art at its best!

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by CommPromo.

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IN PRAISE OF THE PRINTED WORD The 36th Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center, November 16-18, 2012

BOSTON, MA – The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 16-18, 2012. The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Argentina who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.

Seminars and events punctuate the weekend, including, The Annual Ticknor Society Roundtable, a panel discussion of collectors talking about their collections. More events will be announced, and folks can visit www.bostonbookfair.com for up to the minute details.

Contact: Betty R. Fulton 617-266-6540, x12 / bfulton@commpromo.com

Friday, November 16 5:00-9:00pm Tickets: $15.00 – Opening Night (tickets valid throughout the weekend)
Saturday, November 17 12:00-7:00pm Tickets: $8.00 each day
Sunday, November 18 12:00-5:00pm Tickets: $8.00 each day
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA
www.mccahome.com

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Boston Public Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Tickets will be sold online at www.bostonbookfair.com and at the show’s box office during show hours. Additional information, including a list of exhibitors will be posted soon at www.bostonbookfair.com. For more information, please call 617-266-6540.

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is produced by Commonwealth Promotion, Inc

Mass Farmers Markets Seeks And Finds Support From Corporate Partners

Sponsorships Help Underwrite Activities to Make Local Food Accessible to Broader Audiences

Boston, MA – July 31, 2012 – Folks expect to find local blackberries at their local farmers market, but not AT&T/Blackberry. With the flock of customers descending on area farmers markets in the summer, more companies are realizing the benefits of appearances at local markets as a valuable and effective way to connect with customers. This summer, Mass Farmers Markets is finding success in reaching out to corporate partners whose participation as sponsors help underwrite the community activity so necessary for successful markets.

Mass Farmers Markets (MFM), founded in 1978, is the only non-profit organization working statewide on behalf of farmers markets. In addition to managing three of the most robust farmers’ markets (Copley Square, Boston; Davis Square, Somerville; and Central Square, Cambridge), MFM provides educational resources to some 250+ other markets and their communities throughout the state. MFM also manages the redemption process for the state’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and the Elder Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. It also is a leader on SNAP sales broadening access to local food for a growing population.

This summer, corporate partners are participating in MFM markets in an effort to reach the large consumer crowds and to underscore their alignment with sustainability, eating locally, and building community. On a recent sweltering Friday, Peet’s Coffee & Tea served almost 3,000 five ounce samples of their new Peet’s Iced Coffee at the Copley Square market.

“Consumers head to farmers’ markets because of their desire to have a deeper connection to their food,” said Anna Shahsavari, senior marketing manager for Peet’s Coffee & Tea. “And Peet’s commitment to selectively sourcing the world’s best coffees, roasting them by hand in small batches, and delivering the freshest coffee to its customers made it a good fit with the market.”

The mix of professionals, urbanites, and young people is what attracted AT&T/Blackberry recently who used appearances at Davis Square and Copley to demonstrate the new Blackberry mobile line-up and to offer incentives to visit local sales outlets. While not as obvious a fit amongst the artisanal products and local produce, AT&T’s participation was welcomed when customers learned that their participation was helping to underwrite the market. Other companies that are on board this summer include Zipcar and Stonyfield Farm.

“Many folks think that farmers markets just spring up out of nothing in the spring, and fade away in the late fall,” says Jeff Cole, Executive Director of Mass Farmers Markets. “It actually takes year round effort and a lot of organization, attention to detail, and community outreach to run a successful market. Corporate sponsorships help us to keep the vendor contributions affordable for farmers, while bringing the best mix of products possible to the public.” As a farmer himself, Jeff has a unique understanding of both the business of farmers markets and the challenges of farming.

Mass Farmers Markets’ managed markets are held as follows:
Central Square, Cambridge (Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 5/21-11/19);
Copley Square, Boston (Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 5/15-11/20); and Davis Square, Somerville (Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 5/23-11/21).

For further details about Mass Farmers Markets, visit www.massfarmersmarkets.org or contact Betty Fulton at (617) 262-6540 x.12 or bfulton@commpromo.com.

Spring Harvest News From Mass Farmers Markets 2012 Strawberry Dessert Festival Opens June 1

BOSTON…
Jam-packed with delicious fresh fruit, the 2012 Strawberry Dessert Festival opens June 1, 2012 in greater Boston restaurants and cafés. For the month of June, chefs in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts will offer fresh, delicious strawberry-themed creations to benefit Mass Farmers Markets (MFM).
MFM is the only non-profit organization working on behalf of the 250 farmers markets held in the Commonwealth. From traditional strawberry shortcake to a five-course strawberry tasting menu, diners will find a treat to enjoy.
“Massachusetts farmers appreciate the support of these chefs for our fifth annual festival,” said Jeff Cole. He continued, “A strong farmers market system ensures the viability of our state’s family farms and provides everyone with access to fresh, healthy,and the best tasting locally produced food.”
Cole is the Executive Director of the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets (FMFM). He has served as Executive Director of FMFM since 2000. Jeff has farmed family land in Sutton, MA since 1981. He and his wife Martha own and operate Silvermine Farm.
To make your lunch or dinner reservation, please call the restaurants directly. A list of participating chefs can be found at: www.strawberrydessertfestival.org.
ABOUT MASS FARMERS MARKETS
www.massfarmersmarkets.org The Federation of Mass Farmers Markets is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to partner with farmers, consumers and communities to foster, enhance and sustain farmers market in Massachusetts to improve regional farm viability, consumer nutrition, and community social and economic development. Mass Farmers Markets (MFM) was founded in 1978 as a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the University of Massachusetts Extension Service, and farmers from across the state. Today, it is the only organization working state wide on behalf of farmers markets, the communities in which they are located and the farmers who rely on them as a crucial source of income. Media Contact: Betty Fulton or Sarah Leaf-Herrmann Commonwealth Promotion, Inc. T: 617-266-6540 sarah.leaf1@verizon.net bfulton@commpromo.com

Celebrate Earth Day with Picnic For the Planet at the Frog Pond

Get outside with your friends and family to enjoy all that nature brings to our lives.

BOSTON, MA – From the Antarctic to the South Pacific, to right here in Boston, people will celebrate Earth Day with The Nature Conservancy’s second annual Picnic for the Planet. The annual event celebrates the role that nature plays in daily life, by reminding people to stop and take a few minutes to enjoy being outside and sharing a meal with their families and friends.

“From the fish in our rivers and seas, to the forests that keep our air and our drinking water clean, to the vegetables we buy at the local farmers’ market; nature touches our lives every day,” said Alison Bowden, of the Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Boston Common Frog Pond

For more information, visit www.nature.org/bostonpicnic

DETAILS: We’ll be celebrating, rain or shine, cohosting the family-friendly event with The Skating Club of Boston, at the Boston Common Frog Pond:

  • Take the Planet Out to Lunch: The Nature Conservancy will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest global picnic from noon to 3 pm, to the soundtrack of 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 and other door prizes.
  • Down:2:Earth:  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 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. www.nature.org/mass

The Boston Common Frog Pond is managed through a public-private partnership between The Skating Club of Boston and the Boston Parks Department.  The partnership’s mission is to manage the Frog Pond for the benefit of Bostonians and visitors alike, and to provide recreational activities year-round at a customer-friendly destination in the heart of America’s oldest public park. www.bostonfrogpond.com

Contact:
Misty Edgecomb, The Nature Conservancy
medgecomb@tnc.org, 617-532-8317

Betty Fulton, Commonwealth Promotion, Inc.
bfulton@commpromo.com, 857-453-6651

The Skating Club Of Boston Launches New Program

“Skating in the Schools” uses Ice Skating Lessons to Teach Life Skills – A Partnership with Boston Frog Pond

Boston, MA—The Skating Club of Boston will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, celebrating a long history as one of the pioneers in the sport of ice skating. The Club has produced top competitors, national titleholders and Olympians, and is utilizing that deep experience to launch a Skating in the Schools program.  As part of the Skating Club of Boston’s Youth in Sport initiative, this program will extend the wealth of benefits of ice skating to an after-school audience of public school students.  The Skating Club of Boston currently manages the Boston Common Frog Pond, and will be conducting the Skating in the Schools program through its Frog Pond Skating Academy.

“Skating is a great way for students to experience first-hand the benefits of a healthy after-school activity,” says Cheri Rigby, Director of Programming at the Boston Frog Pond.  “Learning to skate is an empowering experience, leading to social benefits through interaction with your peers, and improved discipline and work habits.”

The pilot program for Skating in the Schools began on December 12, when students at the Washington Irving Middle School in Roslindale were picked up and transported to the Boston Common Frog Pond.   The Frog Pond Skating Academy is underwriting the Basic Skills lessons, skate rentals, transportation to and from the rink, a healthy snack and a season pass for public skating.

The new Skating in the Schools program is an innovative collaboration integrating the Boston Public Schools, the Park and Recreation Department, The Skating Club of Boston and US Figure Skating.  Financial support from the Friends of the Public Garden will underwrite the transportation costs for the students.  The benefits for participants as a result of meaningful after-school experiences include improved grades, work habits, school attendance, and social skills—all of which accrue to the wider community.   The pilot program is the first step in what would be the creation of an overarching, community-wide program for City of Boston youth.

The mission of the Frog Pond Skating Academy is to provide a fun and safe skating experience for skaters of all abilities, while teaching correct technique, promoting physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.  The Academy offers skating lessons at five locations, including the Frog Pond and The Skating Club of Boston; Foxborough; Marlborough; and Newton.  For further information please call 617-78-SKATE or visit www.skatingacademy.org

Winter Season Brings New Events To The Boston Frog Pond

Free Skating Spectacular Opens the Season November 18
$2 College Night every Tuesday – A Boston Frog Pond Event

The Boston Common Frog Pond skating season officially gets underway Friday, November 18th at 5:30pm with an Opening Night Skating Spectacular:  “Skating under the Stars”, a free show open to the public.  Mayor Thomas M.  Menino, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak, and The Skating Club of Boston President Joseph Blount will host this year’s festivities.  The Skating Spectacular will feature skating stars from Boston and beyond, including pairs teams, synchronized skating and champion singles skaters, as well as up and coming students from the Frog Pond’s Skating Academy.  Frog Pond Freddie and other special guests will be on hand for a fun-filled evening.  After the show, the rink will officially open for public skating for the season.

$2 College Night premieres this season with a special night of skating for college students every Tuesday beginning November 15 from 5-9pm (except 12/27 and 2/21/12).  Students from all Boston-area campuses are invited to come down for ice skating for a special price of $2.00 with current student i.d.   Equipment rentals will be available on-site for those who do not have their own skates.  WERS 88.9 FM will provide the music on College Night, treating folks to a lively programming mix including indie rock, alternative, reggae, hip hop, and some surprises!

Tree Lighting Pre-Show at Frog Pond Skating Rink On December 1, the Frog Pond will be presenting a holiday skating show at the Frog Pond at 5:00pm prior to the Official Tree Lighting.  The Frog Pond will host local and national champion figure skaters, pairs and dance couples, and entertaining holiday performances from Skating Academy students.  And the Frog Pond will again be part of Boston’s First Night celebration on December 31st at 6:00pm with a presentation of skating performances for the festivities.

During open hours for the Frog Pond, the Frog Pond Café will be serving up seasonal fare including a grilled cheese bar, hearty soups, Belgian waffles made to order, along with comfort food for blustery days.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is managed through a public-private partnership between The Skating Club of Boston and the Boston Parks Department.  The partnership’s mission is to manage the Frog Pond for the benefit of Bostonians and visitors alike, and to provide recreational activities year-round at a customer-friendly destination in the heart of America’s oldest public park.

Updates to the winter schedule will be posted at www.bostonfrogpond.com, and on our Facebook page, Boston Common Frog Pond.  For further information, call 617-635-2120.

AT A GLANCE

November 18, 2011, 5:30PM – Official Opening Night Ceremony  followed by pubic skating

November 15, 2011 – $2 College Nights premiere every Tuesday 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Music provided by WERS 88.9 FM

December 1, 2011 – Tree Lighting Pre-Show at the Frog Pond Skating Rink – 5:00pm

December 31, 2011 – Boston’s First Night Celebration – 6:00pm

Winter Skating schedule is as follows:

Mondays: 10am – 4 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving:  closed
Christmas Eve: 10am – 5pm
Christmas:  closed
New Year’s Eve:  10am – 6pm
New Year’s Day:  12noon – 5pm

Admission (14+) to the Frog Pond is $5.00; children 13 and under are FREE.  Season passes are available.  Equipment rental is available.  The Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy offers lessons for skaters of all ages and levels.   For further information, visit www.bostonfrogpond.com, or call 617-78-SKAT

Franklin Park Zoo and the Frog Pond Host 1st annual Frog Appreciation Day

Free event on August 20 will feature fun for the whole family, educational activities, music, and all things Frog

Boston, MA—The Boston Common Frog Pond is partnering with Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo to create the first annual Frog Appreciation Day, on Saturday, August 20, 10am to 2pm.  Frog Appreciation Day is a free, entertaining family-friendly event aimed at educating young people about frogs both in our area and around the world, and heightening awareness of the importance of protecting animal habitats.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Frog Pond on this event,” said Carol Thistle, Director of Marketing at Zoo New England.  “In addition to fun frog-themed games and activities, we hope to raise awareness about the global plight of amphibians.  Kids will learn cool frog facts and how they can help save frogs in their own neighborhoods.”

Frog Appreciation Day is the latest in a series of activities held at the Frog Pond this summer, all meant to enhance any visit to this summer oasis on the Common.  In store for participants will be an interactive presentation from Zoo New England’s Educator, and leader of the Zoo’s Frog Watch efforts in Panama.  Young children will have the opportunity to observe live frogs, a frog skeleton, and toy samples of endangered frogs from around the world.

Other activities will include face painting (where you can get in touch with your own inner frog), an arts and crafts tables to make beanbag frogs, leapfrog activities, and a ribbit contest.   Participating kids will join in a ceremonial Frog Release of dozens of toy frogs into the Spray Pool creating a large flotilla of frogs gliding across the water.  Free children’s tickets to the Franklin Park Zoo will be distributed while supplies last.

For further information about Frog Appreciation Day, please call 617-635-2120 or visit www.bostonfrogpond.com or www.zoonewengland.com.


Zoo New England has taken an active role in saving frogs by building public awareness through exhibits and education programs, training citizen scientists in detecting incoming threats to our frog population, and by sending staff to help with the international Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project in Panama.  To learn more about this: www.zoonewengland.org.

The Boston Common, the nation’s oldest park, has belonged to the people of Boston since 1634 when each householder paid a minimum of six shillings toward its purchase. For over 350 years it has been a center and a mirror of civic life, free and open to all. Today this hallowed ground remains a green oasis in the heart of the city.  The Frog Pond opened on the 25th of October, 1848 as a real artificial pond, and ice skating has found its home there for over 150 years.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is managed through a public-private partnership between The Skating Club of Boston and the Boston Parks Department.  The partnership’s mission is to manage the Frog Pond for the benefit of Bostonians and visitors alike, and to provide recreational activities year-round at a customer-friendly destination in the heart of America’s oldest public park.

Discover The Boston Common Frog Pond’s Summer Season

Full roster of Warm Weather Activities will interest yogis, foodies and families alike

Boston, MA—Known primarily in its winter incarnation, The Boston Common Frog Pond is attracting some new visitors this summer with seasonal activities that are encouraging folks to reconsider this green urban oasis in our midst.  The Frog Pond Café is under new management with updated food and beverage offerings and café seating next to the reflecting pool; weekly outdoor yoga classes developing a loyal following; and visitors resources welcome everyone walking by.

The schedule of upcoming events looks like this:

  • Spray Pool (time TBD) – Storytelling, facepainting, and all manner of children’s activities will signal the opening of this favorite Boston destination for keeping cool.
  • August 20 (10am – 2pm) Frog Appreciation Day (Rain Date August 21) FREE –in partnership with Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo.  Leap on over to the Boston Common Frog Pond for a fun-filled day of family activities! Learn cool frog facts from Franklin Park Zoo’s educators and how you can help save the frogs in your neighborhood. Kids are invited to participate in the first and largest toy frog race on Frog Pond. There will also be famous frog songs, storytelling and music. Frog stickers and Zoo coupons will be given to all frog loving participants.
  • Sept 5 Closing of the Spray Pool (festivities likely, time TBD)

Other activities are underway for the fall, and details about all events will be posted on the Boston Frog Pond website at www.bostonfrogpond.com.

The Frog Pond Café is open daily (M-Thurs  6:30am – 3:30pm; Fri-Sun 6:30am – 5pm) where patrons can enjoy their morning latte or afternoon lunch/snack in a beautiful natural  outdoor setting.  The Cafe will offer a fresh, locally sourced menu including salads, sandwiches, wraps, and fresh baked goods with daily/weekly specials featuring seasonal offerings.

The Boston Common, the nation’s oldest park, has belonged to the people of Boston since 1634 when each householder paid a minimum of six shillings toward its purchase. For over 350 years it has been a center and a mirror of civic life, free and open to all. Today this hallowed ground remains a green oasis in the heart of the city.  The Frog Pond opened on the 25th of October, 1848 as a real artificial pond, and ice skating has found its home there for over 150 years.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is managed through a public-private partnership between The Skating Club of Boston and the Boston Parks Department.  The partnership’s mission is to manage the Frog Pond for the benefit of Bostonians and visitors alike, and to provide recreational activities year-round at a customer-friendly destination in the heart of America’s oldest public park.

The Frog Pond Café Offers New Destination For Al Fresco Dining

New Menu features specialty coffees, seasonal offerings, and there’s free WiFi for patrons

Boston, MA—The Frog Pond Café on Boston Common has undergone a makeover, and is now offering a new menu featuring fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, and specialty coffees just in time for the outdoor dining season. The newly revived Café is a quick and easy take-out alternative for folks working and living in the area, as well as a tasty option for casual al fresco dining. The Café is self-service and will be offering free WIFI to patrons– the first area of Boston Common to do so.

The new General Manager of the Café is John Schaub, whose real roots go back to artisanal baking. In 1984, just after graduation from Northeastern University, John opened the Wheatstone Baking Company, an artisanal, from-scratch bakery which was consistently awarded Best of Boston. As owner/operator/head baker, he ran the Wheatstone for fourteen years; now after interim experience managing high-volume catering operations, he brings his multiple talents to elevate the quality of the Frog Pond Café.

For breakfast, The Frog Pond Café will offer espresso, cappuccino, lattes, as well as a wonderful Viennese coffee. Fresh baked goods will include croissants, muffins, scones, coffee cake, as well as fruit cups, yogurt parfaits and other healthy alternatives. For lunch, the menu will offer fresh salads (Caesar, Greek, Garden) and sandwiches, along with daily/weekly specials such as organic spinach salad with seasonal berries, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, balsamic dressing; roasted vegetable wrap with eggplant, zucchini, caramelized onions, red peppers, roasted garlic hummus; and other seasonal items that will feature more local and seasonal ingredients as the bounty of summer produce continues.

The Frog Pond Café hours for summer are daily 10am-6pm.