Saturday was a lively day in Boston. On the Common, people strolled under the trees and read by the fountain, children played in the Frog Pond and got their faces painted at the playground.
In the Public Garden, we sat for awhile in the shade listening to some violin music, watching the swan boats ferry tourists around the lagoon and a couple of cormorants fish among the floating mallards.
Next we walked out towards the seaport to check out a community arts project going on along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but overall we weren't impressed. Probably more fun for the people putting on the exhibition than for observers. A couple of the installations did look like they might be better lit up at night. Anyway, since were were out there, we had late lunch of Mexican food and treated ourselves to a margarita before heading back on the T to meet friends in Copley Square around 6pm.
The 3rd annual Boston Summer Arts Weekend festival was underway in Copley, with free live music both days from some excellent local and national performers. We sat on the grass to watch a set by Jesse Cook, a "nouveau flamenco" artist from Canada who had gone to Boston's Berklee School of Music. The main stage is set up in front of the old Trinity Church (circa 1733), with a mylar backdrop reflecting the surrounding buildings. Around the outskirts were food venders and booths for various local arts cultural organizations.
It was a long day out in the sun and we were pretty exhausted by the end, but we kept marvelling at how much the city has to offer in the summer.