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  Friday, February 27, 2015
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Beach Party at the "L"
By Rick Winterson

      It is formally known as the James M. Curley Recreation Center.  It is informally known as the L Street Bathhouse, or more simply, as the “L”.  It sits on one of the best urban beaches in the nation, it has been home to some of America’s most remarkable handball players, and it is the site of the century-old New Year’s Day swims by the legendary L Street Brownies.  It is one of the Mayor’s Centers for Youth and Families.

      The “L” wants you to attend the Southie End-of-Summer Beach Party this Thursday evening, starting at 6 p.m.  South Boston’s newer residents are particularly welcome – the “L” is reaching out to you – but everyone is invited.  Bring your families – there’s something for everyone.

     The Beach Party has received strong support from many local businesses.  MassPort is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.  Christin Linehan Armour, who owns the event consulting firm she calls “Soiree”, has volunteered to organize the Beach Party.  It will be a highly enjoyable community affair.

     First and foremost, a summer evening at the beach needs good food.  How about “chowder from Legal” as a first course?  If you come wearing Red Sox clothes – a cap with the red “B” will do – you’ll get free sausages while they last from the Sausage Guy of Landsdowne Street.  The Sausage Guy, as most know, is Southie’s own Dave Littlefield, who also owns Salsa’s.  Ask for his autograph – nowadays, Dave is known nationwide.

     The Dunkin’ Donuts sample truck will be parked at the M Street entrance.  And if that’s not enough, there’ll be hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and soft drinks for everyone.

     A second requirement for a successful beach party is great entertainment, so the “L” is bringing in two bands.  Curragh’s Fancy will play traditional Irish tunes and songs of the sea, a good fit for the shores of South Boston.  They use traditional instruments, such as a fiddle and mandolin.  The Linehan Brothers are teaming up with Leo Stapleton to perform classic favorites of the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, and so on.  The entertainment will be non-stop.  Comedian Tom Hayes – Southie’s “wallet man” – will bring his routines also, along with the “Boston Bean”

     MIX 98.5 will be there with their “street team” and banner booth, spinning and playing games for prizes – trivia and their patented “plinko”.  The kids can get their faces painted, line up for balloon creatures from the L Street clown, and then take part in the sand castle building contest.  A booth from UMass Boston, sponsored by Balance Bar, will be at the beach to talk over back-to-school nutrition and proper eating with young people and teenagers. 

     The “L” is running an on-the-beach triathlon by Tom Regan’s students in the “Ripped for Regan” program.  We won’t reveal the components of the triathlon, except to say that one event involves pushups.  The “L” is also setting up an information booth of its own.  Check in and find out about the renovations that will take place inside the “L” this fall.  Look into Tom Regan’s fall programs called “Ripped for Regan”, which will be expanded to encompass pre-teens and parents this fall as well.

     The “L” is open to all.  It sits on a beautiful beach.  It offers handball, a solarium in cold months, and inexpensive family activities.  Weight rooms, aerobic facilities, and a wide variety of conditioning are available year-around.  As the L’s Director Freddy Ahern says, “The L has always been a focal point of the community.  In the future, we plan on making it even more of a center for community activities like the beach party.  We want to attract both lifelong South Boston residents and our new neighbors.”

     See you there.  Be sure to bring your own beach chairs and blankets to sit on.

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Freddy Ahern, Director of

the Curley Community Center -

the "L" - planning the sand castle competition on M Street Beach. The banks will play in the handball courts to the rear.