Cambridge Squares in Focus: Harvard Square

shutterstock_120245011Harvard Square is a large, vibrant neighborhood that is located in the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street. It is adjacent to Harvard Yard and is considered the historic heart of Harvard University. As such, the Square functions as a commercial center for Harvard students, as well as residents of western Cambridge, the inner western and northern suburbs of Boston and western Cambridge. Many residents also use the Harvard station, a major MBTA Red Line subway and bus transportation hub located in the area.

Harvard Square is sometimes used to refer to the entire community that surrounds the intersection for several blocks in each direction. The nearby Cambridge Common has become a park area with a baseball field, a playground, and a number of monuments, several in which relate back to the Revolutionary War.

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Peter, Paul and Mary’s Noel Paul Stookey headlines the 10th anniversary Revels RiverSing, a free, open-air celebration of the Autumnal Equinox!

Join us for an exciting and energetic evening of music, song and celebration as Revels bids farewell to summer and welcomes in the fall along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This year marks RiverSing’s 10th anniversary and will include:

  • A puppet-filled parade to the Charles that all can join
  • Communal singing, music, and more along the parklands by the Weeks Bridge
  • And family-fun festivities in Harvard Square

Celebrating this special anniversary with us will be:

  • Guest performer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary plus the Revels Singers
  • Sax great Stan Strickland
  • An amazing folk band
  • Guest soloists
  • Actors’ Shakespeare Project
  • Cambridge Poet Populist Lo Galluccio
  • Acrobats and street performers from Moonship Productions
  • Sara Peatie’s Puppeteers Cooperative
  • A terrific “honk” band
  • And the incredible, larger-than-life butterflies of Gabriel Q.

Then at the Charles, we’ll:

  • Belt out familiar folksongs (lyrics will be available online at and at the event)
  • Enjoy seasonal poetry at the evening’s end
  • And the most magical moment of all: an improvisational call-and-response from jazz great Stan Strickland aboard an illuminated Sun/Moon boat floating along the Charles!

Event Timeline:

5:00 p.m. – Gather in Winthrop Park for family festivities including face-painting, hula-hooping, a “honk” band and more!

5:45 p.m. – Parade to the River (all join)

6:00 p.m. – The singing along the Charles begins!

Come early and enjoy a picnic along the River amidst the splendor of the Parklands!

Revels RiverSing is supported, in part, by the Harvard Square Business Association, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Charles River Conservancy (co-founder), and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

5 p.m. in Harvard Square
6 – 7:30 p.m. along the river
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Harvard Square’s Winthrop Park and by the Weeks Footbridge along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge


For more information on Revels RiverSing, please visit or call 617-972-8300 extension 22.

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