You may have read several days ago that we transformed the Red Line into a First Class Train. We hopped on the Red Line -- dressed to the nines -- at Alewife, handed out snacks, cleaned the cars, and generally brought some good humor to a handful of lucky passengers. That was our original plan, anyway. This is the second part of that story.
See, we had soon arrived at JFK/UMass, where we'd been planning on exiting and boarding a northbound train to continue our experiment. Alas, it was not to be... apparently officials had gotten wind of our shenanigans, and -- pursuant to the MBTA's apparent policy of making people's rides as unpleasant as possible -- asked us to leave, rendering the train decidedly more coach class.
The good news is that we are persistent, and creative. So after a brief meeting, it was decided to take our extravagance out of the subway and into a more public space...the Boston Common.
What we weren't prepared to find was that it -- being the first real nice day of spring -- was the perfect day to find throngs of people sprawled out on the grassy expanse.
So, with missing hardly a beat, we descended upon the park green with our typical flair, much to the delight of the patrons who seemed pleased to realize they were in the newly-appointed First Class section.
Once again, let's let the pictures tell the story:
Marching out of Park Street station...
...and onto the Common (look at the construction...that must be Coach Class!).
Setting up and getting in tune.
The butlers happened upon a bride-to-be and gave her a First Class bachelorette party for a few moments!
Onward to the official First Class District du jour.
We chose a small hill -- upon which lay dozens of lounging attendees -- and descended upon them with our typical fare: platters of snacks, hot towels, handi-wipes, and other various sundries.
Look! He's using tongs to handle the snacks, just like a good little butler...
...as is this one. They are trained so well!
Enthusiasm is the name of the game.
Who knew an afternoon on the Common could yield such pleasantries?
What a lovely treat!
She takes time from her phone call to accept a hot towel.
They seem skeptical of the towels, but you know they'll come around.
Of course, just like the subway, any First Class experience isn't complete without making sure the grounds are in spotless condition, so the butlers made sure to take some time out and ensure utmost cleanliness. Some of the targets:
The chains along the walkway...
...and even one lucky patron's laptop keyboard!
Of course, no First Class experience, Common or otherwise, is complete without the accompaniment of some light music. Our musicians were quick to set up and provide the requisite ambience:
Piano and stringed instruments add a touch of class...
...while a butler once again dutifully serves as a human music stand.
Before long, however, it was time to wrap up, and just as soon as they arrived, the butlers moved to disappear...
...and slowly march away.
So there you have it: in the span of an afternoon, we were able to transform not just one, but two unexpected public spaces into full-fledged (or at least as -fledged as possible) First Class experiences.
Oh, and don't think it's going to end here...
Photo Credits: Khaled Abdel Ghani, Chris Andrews, Nick Carlisle, Emily Holden, and Courtney Howe.