45 Danforth Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The origins of the organization date from the first Wake Up the Earth Festival in 1979. This festival was, in part, a celebration of the defeat of the proposed I-95 extension through many Boston neighborhoods. Further collaboration by some of the artists, activists, and residents who had worked on this issue in Jamaica plain/Roxbury contributed to the creation of new community gardens and parks on some of the land left vacant by the destruction of houses for the planned highway. The festival has taken place every year since, on the first Saturday in May.In October we sponsor the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade, a beautiful encircling of the Pond by people of all ages carrying handmade, candle-lit lanterns. At a time when the season is darkening, the community turns out to spread light and express hope.
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