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Friends of Christopher Columbus Park announce upcoming events

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 20, 2013 04:01 PM

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The grand trellis at Christopher Columbus Park.

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park have announced three upcoming events, including the group’s second annual Independence Day Celebration.

On Saturday, June 22, the Friends group and the North End Waterfront Health and Beauty Alliance will host the park’s first annual NEWHBA-Fest, a health and beauty expo that will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Andrew Ference, defenseman for the Boston Bruins, will discuss his citywide recycling initiative at the event, and former professional snowboarder Krista Ference will share her health and beauty advice.

The event will include free exercise classes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., health and beauty consultations from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and live music from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

On Saturday, June 29, the Friends group will hold its second annual Independence Day Celebration from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To help celebrate, the group invites children to decorate their bikes, strollers, scooters, and themselves for an 11 a.m. parade through the park.

The family-friendly entertainment will include Big Joe the Storyteller and T-Bone, marionettes, a magician, and a musical performance by the North End Music & Performing Arts Center.

Performers from NEMPAC will return on Sunday, June 30, for a fully staged production of Mozart's opera “Cosi Fan Tutte” from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. It is directed by Brent Wilson and conducted by Tiffany Chang.

The group will also perform the opera at Faneuil Hall on Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

For more information on the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, visit

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