Not just A Lawn on D, THE Lawn on D

Josie WiltseGeneral

Which feels longer:

  1. Doing literally anything at the DMV.
  2. An uber ride with a driver who won’t stop explaining to you why he deserves the entertainment center in the divorce, as if you have anything to do with it.
  3. 300 years.
  4. Winter in Boston.

If you chose anything other than winter in Boston – well, congratulations: you did not spend winter in Boston.  For me, the official opening of the Lawn on D was winter’s waving of its white flag.  No more salt-stained shoes.  No more “Really? In this weather?” inquisitions from my uncultured friends when I order an iced coffee from Dunkin’.  No more crying when I have to wait more than 2 minutes for the T (which you probably know, is ALWAYS).  The spring has sprung!

With JCALPRO’s help, the Lawn on D has an impressive line-up for the upcoming months.  When you stop by – which I know you will! – look for JCAL’s work: if you can see anything out there on the Lawn after dark, you’re welcome! JCAL is responsible for rigging the Lawn’s lighting, along with assisting with any colored lighting for special events.  JCAL also helps out the Lawn by prepping it for that not-so-casual winter I mentioned above: we take down the lights and winterize the tent after the Halloween events.  And whenever events with mobile stages or truss work roll through, we’re there to make it happen!  Yardwork has never looked better.

Here are some opportunities you’ll have this month to come see JCAL’s work and experience what that Lawn on D Street is really all about! Don’t miss ‘em!

MOVIES ON THE LAWN

This spring the lawn will be bringing you hit movies from the power duo of Steven Spielberg and John Williams.  Reasons to come?  Firstly, it’s not easy to find an opportunity to watch an outdoor movie on a huge screen while lounging on a picnic blanket, and it’s even harder to find the opportunity to do such for free. Secondly, the next time you’re out to trivia night and the host asks “Name a movie featuring the work of both Steven Spielberg and John Williams,” you can prove your worth by knowing the answer while all your friends look at eachother going “Who is John Williams?”

Thursday May 31st: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

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An alien. A suburban California neighborhood.  Some subtle Reese’s Pieces product placement (used by Elliot to lure an abandoned E.T. to his house).  A young and adorable Drew Barrymore.  Super powers.  A bicycle.  That just about sums it up.  Still not convinced to come?  Let’s see if this changes your mind.Image result for e.t. dressed up

Come on, how could you say no to that face?

Thursday June 7th: Jurassic Park

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Picture this: We Bought a Zoo, but replace the animals with dinosaurs, and instead of anything going right everything goes wrong.  It’s the recipe for a perfect movie.  With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World, coming out in less than a month (June 22nd to be exact) it’s wise to brush up on your Jurassic knowledge.  And if you’ve never seen the movie… I’m at a loss of words.  Be there: June 7th, 8 P.M.  I’ll be taking attendance.  (In all seriousness though, it’s my go to “What’s your favorite movie?” answer and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.  PLUS, I can’t even think of a better way to experience it than on a big screen in a dark field).

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This will be you in disbelief of the special effects Steven Spielberg was able to pull off back in 1993.

Follow the Lawn on D on social media for updates on more movies to come!

LIVE MUSIC

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Bring your ~best vibes~ ~best moves~ and ~best friends~ to the summer concerts on the Lawn and discover a handful of new artists!

May 24th (tonight!)

  • Comanchero: 6 – 10 p.m.

May 25th

  • Wolfpack Band: 6 – 10 p.m.

May 26th

  • Unity: 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Brian Delac: 7 – 10 p.m.

May 27th

  • Pop Disaster: 3 – 6 p.m.
  • DJ Dakeya: 7 – 10 p.m.

June 2nd

  • Hit Play: 7 – 10 p.m.

June 3rd

  • Radiostar: 3 – 6 p.m.

June 10th

  • Back to the 80’s: 3 – 6 p.m.

Follow the Lawn on D on social media for updates on more live music to come!

SPECIAL EVENTS

Harpoon IPA 25th Year Anniversary: May 24th (tonight!)

Do you have the perfect Spice Girls’ ensemble in your closet and finally have enough friends to pull it off?  Do you, for whatever reason, dream of a socially acceptable opportunity to dress up as Goofy and Roxanne of A Goofy Movie with your significant other?  Is your most overdone party trick doing the Carlton?  Are you ready for (a.k.a desperately in need of) a fresh audience?Image result for dancing gif

Dust of your argyle sweaters, people.  Slip into those over-sized overalls.  The Lawn on D will be hosting a 90’s themed party on May 24th in celebration of the Harpoon IPA 25th year anniversary.  And don’t hold back: there will be prizes for the most authentic ’90s outfits.  Free tickets to Harpoonfest anyone?

Lawn of Champions: June 16th

On June 16th, The Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots will be bringing a collection of championship trophies down to the lawn.  I can’t say that Tom Brady or Larry Bird will be hand delivering the trophies – if I could I wouldn’t need to write a whole paragraph explaining why you should come – but a chance to revel in the glory of Boston Sports on a casual Saturday afternoon is pretty cool too.  Bring the kids, tell them about the flat screen TV you were about to rip out of the wall during Superbowl LI until Julian Edelman made a catch so unbelievable you started considering that the Matrix might actually exist.  Relive the breaking of the curse.  Out of state friends? Time to remind them of all the times their teams lost to ours!  Remind everyone why they love to hate our Boston teams.

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Come on, don’t leave the Lawn hangin’!

Follow the Lawn on D on social media for updates on more special events to come!

EVERYDAY FUN

Even when there aren’t special attractions at the Lawn, like movies or live performances, it’s still a great place to spend time.

Here are the important hours to know when planning a visit to the Lawn on D:

THE LAWN IS OPEN**:
Sunday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
**Unless private events are booked.  Check THE CALENDAR for details.

FOOD, BAR, AND GAMES:
Friday and Saturday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Outside food and beverages are permitted whenever concessions are not being served!  This makes the Lawn on D a perfect weekday picnic spot.  The Boston Commons are lovely of course, but if “less overly-confident squirrels” is on your green space checklist, the Lawn is the place for you.

And the best part about the Lawn, as far as my college-kid bank account is concerned?  It’s free!