When you’re born and raised in Greater Boston, you might overlook the amazing sights and sounds that bring so many tourists to our city. But if you take the time to ‘visit’ Boston as a tourist, you might be surprised by what a great city it is! On a beautiful Sunday in July, twenty participants of Chaverim Shel Shalom, a social program for Jewish adults with psychiatric disabilities, had the opportunity to do just that. We spent the day experiencing the beauty and history of the Boston waterfront. We began our day at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. This is part of the Rose Kennedy Greenway and it is really lovely. We strolled around the park enjoying the flowers, the fountains, and the people. It was easy to spot visitors from all over the world enjoying the park right along with us, and we wondered if we sounded as foreign to them with our Boston accents as they did to us!
At midday, we spread out blankets and made ourselves comfortable on the grass and on the benches and had a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, some of us wandered out of the park to explore the larger waterfront area while several of us stayed and were entertained by an amazingly talented duo that played drums and electric guitar: they played a wide range of instrumental music from Greensleeves to Green Day including many favorites by the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.