The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into a massive two-day rowing competition that draws more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators. The 2014 HOCR takes place this Saturday and if you’ve not been before or if you don’t already have plans, I’d suggest checking it out.
Head of Charles Regatta – October 18-19
The organizers have created a great website that includes more information about the races, maps and FAQs. You can learn more by visiting the official HOCR website, www.hocr.org.
According to an article in this week’s BostInno the cost of an uberX ride in Boston is less than the national average.
Data in BostInno’s article shows that Boston uberX rides of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 miles will all cost less than the national average. The graph put together by Streetwise National Data Editor shows that users gradually save more the longer their trip – in terms of mileage or minutes traveled.
Illuminus D is a three day event that is free to the public, taking place October 9th – 11th at The Lawn on D. This experimental event will bring together different communities, audiences and area residents for innovative programming and events in Boston’s Innovation District and South Boston neighborhood.
In conjunction with Boston’s first annual Illuminus festival which will take place on Oct. 25th, Illuminus D will be a public celebration featuring large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that re-imagine the city at night. Each night is intended to offer unique opportunities to interact with technology and the visionaries who make them happen.
Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Play: Learn from the best with interactive workshops and tutorials on 3D projection mapping, sound and motion-responsive technology
Friday, October 10 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Experiment: Digital artists are invited to make use of powerful projectors to animate buildings and structures around the Boston Convention Center.
Saturday, October 11 from 4:00 – 10:00 PM – Dance: Select the link to see the line up of artists who will be on hand to perform.
A 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.
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 now, BosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddy, BosGuy Tip #3: Chocolate and BosGuy Tip #4: Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
BosGuy 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.
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 now, BosGuy Tip #2: Find a cuddle buddy and BosGuy Tip #3: Chocolate.
BosGuy 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.
The 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.