Category Archives: Events

The Anchor Boston brings new life to Shipyard Park

CHARLESTOWN, MA – The Anchor Boston, a new venue in the Navy Yard’s Shipyard Park since last summer, sought to “bring vibrancy to the public realm” and quickly succeeded with its two-story public gathering space, performance venue and open-air wine and beer garden where it offered free programs, live entertainment and more.

The owner, Chris Sinclair, who began doing events as a way to make money in high school, created what became The Anthem Group as a marketing agency in college and today, operates it to include catering, concessions, and most recently in the Navy Yard, a full service restaurant, bar and beer garden, The Anchor. This past Summer and Fall seasons saw the restaurant bring a host of activities and hundreds of people to an under-served area.

Sinclair believes that when a business does well, it must use that success to help the community it serves. Even when something has not been done previously, he says, that is no reason to not do it. Coming into a neighborhood that has been underserved in terms of entertainment and foodservice venues since it first opened in the early ‘80s, The Anchor brought an estimated 100,000 visitors to the new outlet.

He sees a way for his company to grow and evolve as it “leaves an imprint” on the city through a “pioneering initiative” on what had been a relatively untapped area on the city’s waterfront. The Anchor offered some 300 free public programs and events, including movies and games as it focused on what Sinclair calls “ the right things for the venue.”

The venue reached out to residents of public housing projects in the area as well as Navy Yard residents with its many programs. Going forward, it now has many residents who hope to collaborate “significantly,” he says. He hopes to replicate offerings such as a movie and paint party, as well as inviting vendors to offer their wares in a sales setting along the harbor. The group exceeded its goals for public programs for the first year, he says, and hopes to extend its season this year. Anchor’s customers and audience came from all 50 states as well as 40 countries,

For the holiday season, Anchor offered a winter garden with brightly lighted Christmas trees, both large and small, and giant “candy canes.”

Sinclair notes that the group has had numerous requests for an extension of Anchor’s season and plans to start earlier in the Spring this year. “We are working to have scenarios to improve our food and do more events, and plan even more community engagement,” he says. They may, he adds, replicate the formula for other venues. “It’s a true passion of mine,” Sinclair points out. “It was a pretty park but was largely under-used so we sought to create a multi-faceted program with arts, entertainment and hospitality.”

The Anthem Group and Anchor credit the mayor’s office and BPDA for their support and help. The group had a three-tiered jobs program that employed and trained persons transitioning from homelessness back to the workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Tailgate Party honors Baldor Specialty Foods

lovinspoonfuls-logo.pngBOSTON – Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ 9th annual Ultimate Tailgate Party, Nov. 3 when Baldor Specialty Foods will be honored with the Thomas M. Menino Award for Leadership for its commitment to sustainability in every aspect of the supply chain to optimize environmental and social best practices.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Founder and Executive Director Ashley Stanley notes since the company’s start in 2010, via large scale support of events, operations, and the personal advocacy of Sales Executive Shane Brunette, Spoonfuls has been able to count on Baldor Specialty Foods as a committed partner. “Baldor is a true leader in the food space with tremendous impact through their sustainability initiatives; they represent an impressive commitment to zero waste,” she declares.

Through advocating for responsible production and consumption, Baldor Specialty Foods is a pioneer for sustainability in the wholesale space. Their programs, such as SparCs and Imperfect Produce, rescue fruits and vegetables from a fate of compost or landfill.

“It’s always incredible to partner with an organization that gets it, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls truly gets it,” says Thomas McQuillan, Baldor vice president of Sustainability. “Baldor continues to identify and promote food sustainability best practices and, together with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, is having a genuine impact in the communities we both serve.”

He’ll be joined at the party by Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern who returns as host. Zimmern, a member of Lovin’ Spoonfuls Culinary Board and a past Menino Award recipient, is a renowned advocate on issues relating to food justice and access. Attendees at this year’s Tailgate will enjoy tailgate- inspired dishes from restaurants like Uni, Myers + Chang, Eventide, Little Donkey, Bar Mezzana, and more than 20 others. The event takes place from 4-8pm, ending prior to the Patriots’ kick-off versus the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20pm (away game), and will be held at Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. Tickets sell out each year, and are now on sale. More information and the complete restaurant lineup can be found here. General admission tickets are $200 and VIP tickets are $300. All proceeds benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls. The Ultimate Tailgate Party is Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ primary fundraiser of the year, attracting more than 450 guests and over 25 restaurants. For more details, contact Liz Ferguson at liz@lovinspoonfuls

26th annual BANNED IN BOSTON event coming in May

Check out the performers in the 16th annual Banned In Boston event, scheduled for Friday, May 3 starting with a cocktail reception at Landsdowne Pub, 9 Landsdowne St. downtown at 7:45 p.m.  Tickets ($250 apiece) are available from http://www.rehersalforlife.org/attendbannedinboston.

In 2017, the Freelance Players and Urban Improv  together under the umbrella name Rehearsal for Life, unifying the programs in their continued commitment to using theater as a vehicle for social change. Rehearsal for Life’s mission is to strengthen young people’s social and emotional skills for every stage in life, though dialogue, creativity and performance. To learn more about Rehearsal for Life or to support the organization and its programs, visit http://www.rehearsalforlife.org.