23 MayFirst Ever Eastie Week to kick off in East Boston June 6-15
East Boston, MA (May 23, 2014) – On Friday, June 6th, East Boston Main Streets and The Boston Harbor Association, in association with other local partners will kick off Eastie Week – ten days of events and community programming that will run from Friday, June 6th through Fathers’ Day, Sunday, June 15th “Eastie Week is a fun and interesting way to invite visitors and residents to experience all that East Boston has to offer,” said Mayor Walsh. “I look forward to residents and visitors alike enjoying the neighborhood’s diverse culture, arts, and food.”
East Boston Main Streets is proudly partnering with The Boston Harbor Association and other local partners to create this exciting new event, highlighting East Boston and promoting the East Boston waterfront and neighborhood to the wider public. As an integral part of TBHA’s Summer on the Waterfront initiative, now in its third year, Eastie Week promises to become an annual anchor event for East Boston.
“Eastie Week is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great things East Boston has to offer,” said State Representative and East Boston resident Carlo Basile. “We are excited to celebrate and recognize such a vibrant and evolving community. Eastie Week will bring people together from all walks of life and show Greater Boston and beyond that East Boston truly is the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Programming and events will highlight both the cultural and artistic wealth East Boston has to offer while also bringing focus to East Boston’s local resources whether it be the waterfront, the parks or public facilities such as the brand new public library, or the local merchants and restaurants that make up the bustling business district. Additionally, local musical talent such as the renowned band Cloud Factory and the various professional and youth performances at Zumix will be highlighted.
“East Boston has so much to offer – a diverse mix of food, shops and entertainment, a beautiful waterfront and more,” said lifelong East Boston resident and City Councilor Sal LaMattina. “I am excited to showcase my neighborhood during our first Eastie Week and invite my neighbors from all over the City to join us for a great week of family fun, cultural events, and parties.”
Some highlights include:
“Where on the Waterfront is Bustah the Crab,” a small business scavenger hunt
Open Studios including original public art installations created especially for Eastie Week
Migrant Worker memorial by renowned artist Nora Valdez – June 6
Women’s Rights Installation by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh – June 6
Free community sailing at Piers Park Sailing Center – June 8
Complimentary 2 hour harbor cruise with on-board food and entertainment by Cloud Factory – June 10
Original documentary movie screening by director Bill Gentile – June 13
Ice cream social and kids’ activities at the library – June 14
Fathers’ Day Block Party featuring food, music, youth pageants, and fashion show – June 15
“This is a thrilling time for us at EBMS – being part of something new; something that will last and grow over the years; something positive and fun that will bring energy, excitement, and business to East Boston,” said Max Gruner, Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets.
For a complete schedule of events, please go to: http://summeronthewaterfront.org/East-Boston-Week
EBMS is a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and do business in East Boston.
The Boston Harbor Association educates, advocates, and celebrates to achieve our vision of a Boston Harbor that connects coastal communities from Winthrop to Hull. The waterfront is both a lively destination for cultural and recreational offerings and a robust center of maritime economic activities. Boston Harbor’s waterfront provides a gathering place and welcoming front yard for everyone. Our people and places are prepared for a rising sea, living with it where possible, protecting or retreating where necessary.