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At South Boston’s Lawn on D, a peek into parks’ future

The most conspicuous feature of Lawn on D, other than the bright blue and orange lawn chairs and big white tent over the bar, is an oversized swing set whose ring-shaped seats light up at night. Designed by the local firm Höweler and Yoon Architecture, the installation is a major draw: Search #lawnond on Instagram, and you’ll find lots of happy people posing on glowing O’s.

What’s clear is that the park satisfies a need — one that’ll become more and more evident as the Seaport fills in, and as today’s visitors rave about the experience on Twitter and Yelp. It’s whimsical recreation for an accelerated era, and the public appetite for it is only going to grow.

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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Social Studies: Oyster fest slurping to a new spot near you

Check out this pearl of wisdom — the Island Creek Oyster team is taking its show on the road, D Street to be exact.

The famous seafood suppliers and restaurateurs are hosting the annual Island Creek Oyster Festival right here in Southie at the Lawn on D on Sept. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Valley Fest aims to showcase area’s passion, creativity

Dan Lanigan admitted if you had told him years ago that Springfield would play host to a craft beer festival, he would have thought you were crazy.

More than a decade ago, Lanagan took a shot at craft beer in Western Massachusetts when he opened the Moan and Dove, a small bar in Amherst catering to the craft beer drinker.

Lanigan’s success of the Moan and Dove, and later The Dirty Truth in Northampton, represent for many a springboard for the public’s appreciation of the industry in Western Massachusetts.

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Social Studies: Oyster fest slurping to a new spot near you

Check out this pearl of wisdom — the Island Creek Oyster team is taking its show on the road, D Street to be exact.

The famous seafood suppliers and restaurateurs are hosting the annual Island Creek Oyster Festival right here in Southie at the Lawn on D on Sept. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Swing Time at The Lawn on D Will Be Powered by the Sun This Year

Last fall, the official opening of The Lawn on D featured what became the experimental park's most popular feature, Swing Time – a set of 20 engaging swings outfitted with LED lights that change color when swung at varying speeds and heights. As The Lawn on D's programming slate is poised to be bigger and better than last year, so too is Swing Time, which underwent environmentally sustainable improvements.

The product of Höweler + Yoon, a local and renowned architecture firm, Swing Time differs this year in that it will be powered by solar energy. This way, its flagship lighting feature will be maintained completely off the grid. It's aptly being called Swing Time 2.0.

"We call it 'eco-literacy,' the idea that architecture and design can help people become more ecology literate – that they are empowered to understand the relationships between their actions and the ecology that they are a part of," said Eric Höweler on the combination of environmentally friendliness and park innovations.

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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