Last week BuzzFeed had posted The 23 Most Boston Things To Ever Happen. It is rather bizarre but a few of the photos had me smiling. Like this image. I’m very excited about tonight’s game against St. Louis.
Thanks to @MoInMontrose for pointing out this article.
Perhaps my favorite news story from last week happened to be a local story that went viral when it was published by Huffington Post. Last Tuesday while dining at an unnamed restaurant in Boston a man noticed that two women got very emotional after getting a call from their doctor with news of a diagnosis. The unnamed gentleman signaled to his waiter that he’d like to pay for his check and the ladies next to him without their knowing.
I never tire of these stories and wish that these nameless Samaritans were more often acknowledged. Want to read more about the story? HuffingtonPost has a nice article here.
Once the dust from the “Big Dig” settled construction in Boston turned to a section adjacent to Downtown and the Waterfront that had been largely left vacant. The New York Times wrote an article about this new neighborhood called The Seaport and in particular the development on Fan Pier in their 2007 article, From Empty Lots to Bustling Waterfront. The recession in 2008 slowed development for a couple years, but construction is in full swing and buildings are being built and approved at a rapid rate not normally seen in Boston.
Fan Pier represents 21 acres mostly of waterfront property with views of Boston Harbor and Downtown. Restaurants, retail stores, condominiums and office space seem to be opening every month. If you haven’t been down to this part of Boston in a while you may want to check it out.
Today, Boston’s Fan Pier resembles neither photo from above. The picture on the left shows what the pier looked like September 2012. The photo to the right shows what the pier will look like after the construction finishes in the next couple years.
Take advantage of the fact that there are several free events happening in Boston this weekend and use it as an excuse to get up off your couch and get outside for a bit.
The Boston Book Festival, which started yesterday and runs through Saturday in Back Bay’s Copley Square is a great event to check out. The Boston Book Festival runs from October 17th-19th.
The world’s largest regatta – The Head of The Charles – is a two day event that draws more than 300,000 spectators and 9,000+ athletes over two days. Hop the Red Line to come down to Harvard Square or walk / ride over to The Charles and pick a spot to spread out, watch and cheer on these athletes. The regatta runs from October 19th – 20th.
Each Sunday the SoWa Open market draws thousands who come to peruse the artisan stalls, purchase fresh food from the farmer’s market and eat from the many food trucks that park just down the street. The 2013 season for the market concludes at the end of this month so come down for one last visit before the season ends. SoWa Open market is open Sunday 10-4pm.
Today starts the fifth annual Boston Book Festival that will run through Saturday, October 19th. The program is a celebration of the written word and has programs aimed to encourage reading and promote Boston’s cultural heritage as a place that has fostered some of America’s finest authors past and present.
This year renowned author and essayist Salman Rushdie is the keynote speaker. He is joined by numerous others including, Mike Barnicle, Alan Dershowitz, and Joe Klein to name just a few of the presenters. For a full list of scheduled events link here.
The Apartment List has generated a large (and funny) infographic, teasing Boston area residents by playing up stereotypes that seem strikingly on point.
Link here to see the full infographic that includes similar caricatures for: Allston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Charlestown, East Boston, Fenway, Financial District, JP, North End, Somerville, South End, Southie, and West End.
Starting at dusk tonight and running through October 13th each night until 2 AM a public art installation will be visible as a bright-red beam of light will slice the Boston skyline, stretching between two Boston University towers more than a half mile apart.
The afterhours show is part of a temporary public art installation by Florian Dombois. The display is intended to serve as a “metaphorical centerpiece” for TransCultural Exchange’s 2013 conference happening at Boston University, Engaging Minds: International Opportunities in the Arts.
Thanks to BostonInno for the tip.
I can’t recall the last time I said this but last Saturday I grabbed my passport (sorry local joke guys) and headed over to Harvard Square, and I have to admit it was a blast. The next day while I was perusing the Boston Globe online I happened to see an article raving about the nightlife in Harvard Square.
So why is Harvard Square’s nightlife rebounding? According to The Boston Globe article it is due to a concerted effort to help it flourish (Hello Boston Mayoral candidates would you please take note?)
The city of Cambridge wants a more vibrant nightlife and are encouraging more live music venues and asking restaurants to stay open later. The city is also reviewing the current cap on liquor licenses and policies governing outdoor late night dining. Don’t believe me? Read the Boston Globe article, Harvard Square Gets Its Nightlife Groove Back.
Hello Boston – would you please take note?
The third Saturday of every month The Boston Chocolate School (yes we even have a school for that here in Boston) hosts a 3 hour class that is the perfect gift for any chocoholic.
I attended September’s class with my good friend and fellow blogger, 40-Something Life, unsure of what to expect. Our class was hosted by Chef Dorian (shown above with 40-something life blogger and yours truly). Dorian was the Season 2 winner of The Food Network show, Sweet Genius, and after taking his class, I can honestly say he’s also a comic genius. His class is both entertaining and educational – this man is CRAZY about chocolate.
The first half of the class, which takes place near Downtown Crossing in Boston, is spent learning about chocolate while sipping what might be some of the best hot chocolate in town. I learned things like the only 5 ingredients any chocolate should have: cocoa liquor (ground cocoa beans), cocoa butter, sugar, soy lecithin and real vanilla. So simple really, but because some large recognizable brands like Hershey don’t use this and add other “stuff” they aren’t technically considered chocolate.
With the Fall in full swing and colder weather coming, this might make for the perfect Saturday activity if you have even a mild interest in chocolate. Certainly the entertainment value that Chef Dorian brings to the class cannot be stressed enough. Boston Chocolate School classes occur the 3rd Saturday of each month, with the next class on Saturday, October 19th.
More information about this can be found on their website, The Boston Chocolate School.
This year’s Santa Speedo Run in Boston will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Runners will congregate at Lir Tavern and at Whiskey’s Bar on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.
Check out: ssrunners.org
Registration for this fun event is on a first come, first serve basis and it will fill very quickly so don’t delay.
Here is a recap of all the fun at the 2012 event.
Are you interested in fashion? You may want to check out Boston’s Emerging Trends 2013 at the Boston Center for the Arts (Cyclorama) at 539 Tremont Street in the South End on Saturday, October 5th.
Get Your Tickets Here
This event is a dedicated effort to aid Boston’s fashion community to encourage innovation and creativity by showcasing emerging designers from all over the world. Designers featured this year at Boston’s Emerging Trends 2013 include: Nina Athanasiou (Germany), Fleur Kelinza (London), Shefali Couture (U.A.E.) w/ Sabrinah Renee, boutique jeweler (US, L)isa Loveday Designs (Canada), NuVu Studio (US), Naomi Davidoff (US), House of Laura Williams (US), The Haute House (US) and Ivanka Eston (US). A handful of VIP tickets remain as do general admission tickets which range from $30-$45.
Not joining Sergio and I at The Donkey Show tonight? You may want to check out this program from Arts Week Boston: Xylograph Your Xylophone.
Hosted at the Audio Concepts Experience Center at 870 Commonwealth Avenue. The program runs from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and is $20.13. The fee helps pay for beverages, food and additional materials.
About Xylograph your Xylophone: Furniture maker, Ray Bachand of 60nobscot has combined two of his exceptional talents – woodworking and music – to create a memorable evening for people looking to do something different. During the course of the evening each participant will make a xylophone and learn to play it. Of course wine, canapés, and music will help fuel your creative inspiration.
This is the 13th year that Berklee School of Music has hosted the BeanTown Jazz Festival. The Festival is a giant (FREE) block party that attracts 70,000+ people.
The fun starts at Noon and runs through 6 PM on Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End.
For more information visit www.beantownjazz.org.
Earlier this summer I wrote a post about how Boston’s Logan airport has been successfully wooing new airlines and routes while consciously working to lessen reliance on traditional large US carriers and looking beyond Europe for destinations to serve in this post.
Japan Airlines (JAL) started flights to Tokyo, Turkish Airlines has announced flights to Istanbul and Copa Airlines announced flights to Central America from Boston. Now Emirates Airlines has announced that they will start flying to Boston in March 2014, making it the 8th US city they will serve. While flying can be a pain in the neck – I still love travel and welcome the news.
Much thanks to Adam from Boston Hospitality Industry Blog for pointing this out. You can read more if interested, in the Dubai Chronicle.
Play Me, I’m Yours is an arts project by artist Luke Jerram that has been touring the world since 2008, and starting today the program comes to Boston. Seventy-five pianos have been installed throughout the city with the invitation to Play Me, I’m Yours!
Curious where you can find these street pianos? Check out this street map.