Saying thank you with music and dance

14, May, 2010 Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Paying tribute to those who make the world a better place, like a mother or caregiver, can seem daunting. But a simple “thank you, mom” can go a long way…Whether you say it in a card, a Mothers’ Walk Paver, or a little song and dance. On Saturday, May 8th we said just that, thank you, with “A Tribute to Mothers”, a day of free activities and performances in the Wharf District Parks.

The day began with some wicked Boston weather but all were warm and cozy in the tent for the Boston Ballet Orchestra’s performance of some of the greatest love songs with Music Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee. Audiences were treated to an up-close-and-personal performance of The Dying Swan by Dalay Parrondo, Boston Ballet corps de ballet member. Her grace and power sent shivers down the spine!

After the performance, mom was treated to colorful roses from Wholefoods, chocolates from Trader Joes, and pampering. The kids enjoyed dancing on stage with drums, meeting Dora the Explorer, the New England Aquarium Fur Seal and Sandy the Shark; plus freebies and games with the YMCA of Greater Boston.

In one of the most surprising moments of the day, we welcomed over 150 Morris dancers from across New England (and Canada too) into the tent. Their costumes adorned with bells and their enthusiasm for their English folk dance brought much color to the grey skies.

The Greenway Conservancy would like to give a very special thank you to our summer 2010 program sponsors – State Street (our lead sponsor) and Boston Marriot Long Wharf – for making the Greenway a better place.

Thank you also to our in-kind donors: Suzanne Brownell of Health Thyself LLC, New England Aquarium, Lisa J.A. Porro (Mary Kay Consultant), Heather Smidt (Massage Therapist / Reiki Practitioner), Trader Joe’s Boston Back Bay, Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza store, and YMCA of Greater Boston.

Visit our Flickr page for more images of the day and YouTube for a snippet of the orchestra’s moving performance.