Category Archives: Boston

Bostonians love local cultcha

Free Fun FridaysA recent study conducted by the MFA Boston has concluded that Bostonians attend a greater number of cultural events per month when compared with the national average; and for those wondering sporting events were not factored into the survey.

The study found that 78% of Boston-area audiences participate in at least one cultural event each month, while only 69% of national audiences do.  The most culturally active audiences around Boston are Millennials (18 to 29) and Generation X (30 to 49).

The survey results really don’t surprise me.  Boston has a large number of cultural venues (more than most cities its size) as well as an affluent, young, educated population.  You can read more about the findings here.

How to survive a Boston winter

This is the fifth and final post in my 2014 “How to survive a Boston winter” series.  If you missed the previous posts you can read them here: BosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation nowBosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddyBosGuy Tip #3: Chocolate and BosGuy Tip #4: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

how to survive a Boston winterBosGuy Tip #5:  Embrace the winter. The axiom, if you can’t beat’em join’em applies here.  If you live in Boston you will inevitably have to make peace with the fact that winter is here to stay so take advantage of the many activities available to you.  This year the city is opening more public ice skating rinks and winter activities such as cross-country and down hill skiing are readily available.

Make plans now to get tickets and check out Stowe, Vermont’s Winter Rendez-Vous, January 21-25.  If skiing isn’t your thing, head up for the weekend and skip the slopes. You can still partake in all the apres-ski activities such as hot tubbing and cocktailing.

How to survive a Boston winter

For the past few years, I’ve been writing posts in the fall to help people prepare for the oncoming winter.  Earlier this week I shared these tips: BosGuy Tip #1: Book a vacation nowBosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddy and BosGuy Tip #3: Chocolate.

how to survive a boston winterBosGuy Tip #4: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Visit this gorgeous museum in February and March. The garden always has vibrant flowers, flowing water and grass. The combined affect awakens your senses and can quickly chase away the winter blues.

After you leave the museum, I suggest heading to the Back Bay or South End where you can purchase a delicious cup of hot chocolate (see tip #3) and talk about everything you saw at the Gardner Museum.

Boston Freedom Rally this weekend

marijuanaThe 25th Anniversary Boston Freedom Rally is this Saturday and Sunday September 13th & 14th on the Boston Common starting at “High” Noon each day and concluding at 8PM.

Sergio and I have checked out this event in years past which is intended to raise awareness about cannabis.   This is actually one of the largest rallies / festivals hosted in all of the United States.

Here is a photo of the Boston Freedom Rally from a few years ago.  For more information about the event, including performance schedules for the two stages, visit their website, here.

Boston Freedom Rally

Artweek Boston 2014

ArtWeek Boston 2014Boston’s Fall Artweek (September 26 – October 5) updated their website last week.  This week encourages people to explore art through out Boston and rediscover your artsy side.

Artweek includes more than 70 free, unique and affordable events as varied as the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, The Art of the Cocktail: The Labor of Liquor on October 1 and a Writing workshop with GrubStreet on October 4.

You can view the full listing of events open to you on the Artweek Boston website, here.

Boston condo sale by price range

David Bates real estate blog, The Bates Real Estate Report, recently published this chart which displays the selling price ranges for four neighborhoods in Boston for the first half of 2014.Boston real estateI wish David had plotted all of Boston’s downtown neighborhoods as well as surrounding communities like Central and Harvard Square and Brookline.  However, it is interesting all the same.

My neighborhood, South End, appears to top out around $655k – 1.24m for condo sales.  No wonder people feel the need to move out of Boston to find more affordable housing.

If you live in the area and follow the real estate market, this is a blog you might want to bookmark.

2015 Boston Marathon online registration opens on Monday

Boston MarathonThe Boston Athletic Association online-only, rolling registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon opens Monday at 10 a.m. on September 8, 2014.

Just as in the past years, the runners for the 119th Boston Marathon with the fastest qualifying times in each gender and age group will be allowed to register first on baa.org, according to the race’s rolling admission policy. Other qualified runners can follow who beat the qualifying time by 20 minutes or more.

For those who simply enjoy cheering on the runners (like me), note that the Marathon will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015.