What's everyone doing this Saturday, May 5th? Come on down to the ole Herter Amphitheater & help us get ready for our upcoming season (opening in just 3 weeks!). We need all hands on deck to help us rake, prune, weed, clean, scrape, paint & repair. If you have waders, boat hooks or pool nets, please bring 'em as we need help removing dead branches & debris from the moat. The day is short - just 9 AM - noon, so there is plenty of time to get your Cinco de Mayo on afterwards. And besides, what better way to enjoy an ice cold margarita or cerveza than after a few hours or hard (but rewarding!) work?
Please wear appropriate clothing, no open-toed shoes. Hats are always encouraged. Bring sunscreen or bug repellent, or what ever you may need. BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE OR SNACKS. Email Sasha at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Howdy folks! Are you an awesome, outgoing individual with some knowledge of theater tech & a flexible schedule? If so, we are looking for you! We are looking for 1-3 people to help us coordinate & manage the amphitheater space, from cleaning, event set up, volunteer coordination, working the lights, interfacing with patrons/vendors/performers to clean up & lights out. Our season runs from May to October, with 2-4 events per week. Access to a car is helpful but not mandatory. DEADLINE is FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018 AT 5:00 PM. For full job description & further information, visit: http://bit.ly/FOHP-job18
And save the date! Our first volunteer clean-up day will be May 5! This will be our only open-call clean-up event this spring. Visit the SCHEDULE page for more info.
Oh, wait... we just did! Phase I of the Herter Park Amphitheater Electrical Project is now complete! We have stage lights to wash the performers in colorful glows, house lights to get patrons in & out safely, and path lights all repaired & activated. There are plenty of outlets around the stage and side utility poles for equipment & what-all.
Huge thanks to the Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flex Fund (HAPRFF) for the initial grant award for the electrical project & to Ray Ciccolo & the Ciccolo Family Foundation for donating funds when unforeseen issues put us over budget. HAPRFF Chair, Gerald Autler, and Ray Ciccolo joined us for an intimate Lights Up! party last night to test the lighting out. It was great for them to be able to see their funds at work.
Thank you to the many contractors & consultants who helped us refine our project along the way & bring us to fruition - Ken Holman Electric, Mark Shore of High Output, Inc., Keith Yancy of Lam Partners Architectural Lighting Design, Larry Farrer of Engineering Advantage, Inc., & Michael Chabot of Boston Light Source. Super-duper thanks to Tim McHale, FoHP board member & president of McHale & Company Construction Management Services for putting the scope of work together and managing the entire process.
Thanks to Victoria Rowe, stage lighting designer extraordinaire, for learning the system on the fly & setting some quick lighting cues for us last night. We look forward to working with you in the future. Check out our Facebook page for more photos & videos of last night & stay tuned for a more formal celebration in spring 2018!
We have held several private/corporate volunteer clean-up days & have three more scheduled between now & mid-May. We raked out 140 bags of leaves! Yes, 140 bags!!! We are in the process of aerating, loaming & seeding the mounds facing the stage. Thanks to the Solomon Foundation for paying for the materials! We also want to thank the Esplanade Association for donating a 100 gallon watering tank to our project partner organization, the Charles River Conservancy. Watering the new grass seed is crucial for getting the grass to take. So all those dog-walkers strolling through the theater, please KEEP OFF THE GRASS while it is germinating. Thanks!!!
We did it! We broke the seal on 2017! We held our first clean-up day & boy, was it COLD! On Saturday, March 11th, ten committed community volunteers braved the freezing temperatures and joined the Charles River Conservancy for a chilly Herter Park Theatre cleanup. Originally scheduled from 9 am - 12 pm, a high of 23 degrees ended the event about an hour early. But in two hours, volunteers where able to get a lot done! Work included pruning branches obstructing pathways, removing dead limbs, and cutting back invasive multiflora rose. Thank you to all who came out!!! See you at the next one?