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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 champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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D Street Tunes: Here is the full DJ schedule for Lawn on D’S summer series ‘Lester Bangs Presents’

With only about a year of programming under its belt, outdoor space The Lawn On D might be this summer’s hottest music destination in Boston. This past weekend, the Southie-slash-Seaport multi-purpose venue hosted a jam-packed Narragansett party with Bearstronaut, and two upcoming Bowery Boston shows — Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros on June 17 and Passion Pit on July 23 — are already sold out.

 

Saturday nights at Lawn On D are taking a more chill approach, with a series of various personalities in the Boston music scene DJing parties that pay tribute to their favorite artists and musical moments in time.

 

It’s called Lester Bangs Presents, and it kicked off this past weekend with Eli “Paperboy” Reed spinning southern soul, and future events include the Boston Herald’s Jed Gottlieb spinning local favorites, DJ ABD throwing down all things related to Prince, and this writer tapping into his former life as DJ of the Pill for a night of Cool Britannia.

 

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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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Keep Lawn on D alive — and put it on a sustainable path

WHEN THE Massachusetts Convention Center Authority first proposed an 18-month pop-up park on D Street in South Boston, the agency didn’t need a long-term plan to keep the space open afterward. But now it does.

Eventually dubbed the Lawn on D, the 2.7-acre park was supposed to bring some life to the area just east of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center until the authority could get a major expansion project underway. But two big things have happened: The Baker administration put the convention center expansion on hold. And the Lawn on D, with its extensive roster of events and public art installations, has proved to be an enormously popular attraction.

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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MassMutual Center in Downtown Springfield gets new LED scoreboard, lighting

At first glance, the black rectangle in Scott Griffith's hands looks like a bumpy piece of plastic.

But those bumps are really LEDs: light emitting diodes. It's those diodes, spaced a centimeter apart, that will light up in a few months and display highlights, statistics and advertising to Springfield Falcons fans when they take the ice at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.

The black rectangles each have their own bit of computer circuitry and fit together to form the 18-foot-by-12-foot scoreboard panels that will be hung in a four-sided box over the ice.

Curved pieces go on the corners and wide strips of LED display go on the top and bottom for constantly rotating words and images. The whole thing gets topped with permanent light-up signs lettered with MassMutual Financial Group's logo.

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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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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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