Each year, following Boston’s Pride Parade, which can only be described as “boring”, the unofficial block party on Chandler Street starts. One might assume the reason this block party is so awesome has everything to do with the fact that the Boston Pride Committee has nothing to do with it, but whatever the reason if you are in Boston for Pride Weekend check out this party. This is the best part of Pride week in Boston.
A $15 donation is requested with all proceeds going to The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The fun starts at 1:30 and concludes at 7:00pm, providing sufficient time for all to go home, sober up and take a quick disco nap.
I’m not able to participate in Boston’s AIDS Walk this year but my thoughts are with the organizers from The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. If you are not participating in this year’s walk which started earlier this morning won’t you consider making a donation to this worthwhile charity?
AIDS Action of Massachusetts
This Sunday The AIDS Action Committee (AAC) will host Boston’s 26th AIDS Walk. This event which draws thousands has been held the first Sunday of June since 1986 and it serves a dual purpose; first it raises large sums of unrestricted money to allow AAC to better serve its mission; second it raises awareness within our community.
Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to attend the event, but I will be sending a donation to the AAC. I would ask you to consider doing the same if you will not be attending this event.
Why is it important to keep walking?
Every 9.5 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV.
AAC makes participating in the walk very easy. You can log online at AIDSWalkBoston.org and sponsor yourself then join everyone down at the DCR Hatch Shell along the Esplanade.
Make your reservations today and plan to dine out on Thursday, April 26th to help fight AIDS here in Boston or in your community.
Since 1990, Dining Out for Life has offered an easy and delicious way to raise money to fund critically-needed services for people with HIV/AIDS, and next Thursday participating restaurants around the country will donate a portion of all sales to local AIDS service organizations. Here in Boston, participating restaurants will donate 25% of sales of meals to AIDS Action Committee.
So spread the word by “Liking” Dining Out For Life on Facebook at Facebook.com/Dine4LifeBos, or follow @Dine4LifeBos on Twitter and use the hashtag #DOFL. Here is a list of Boston area restaurants that are participating – Boston Dining Out For Life.
Make your reservations Today!
You know how much I enjoy my food so the fact that I look forward to the Taste of the South End each year will not be a shock. The event draws 40 restaurants from the neighborhood and consistently sells out. The proceeds go to the very worthy AIDS Action Committee.
The event includes plenty to eat and drink with more than a dozen different wines to sample. Sam Adams was the brewer on hand this year and they were featuring their new cider, Angry Orchard. If you like cider, its worth the try. The VIP lounge which traditionally includes a specialty bar, restaurants from outside the South End and comfortable seating did not disappoint. Restaurants in the VIP lounge included: Jasper White’s Summer Shack, Cambridge favorite – Upstairs on the Square and The Ritz Carlton’s – Artisan’s Bistro. Below is a video that I created for AIDS Action Committee
Next Tuesday is the Taste of the South End. This event which draws 40 of the neighborhood’s restaurants and cafes to showcase some of their favorite bites and more than a few cocktails is an absolute must for Foodies. The fact that the money raised helps the AIDS Action Committee is a bonus.
As with years past, I’ll be in attendance; no doubt overeating and loving every minute of this very friendly and highly social event. Several new restaurants will be joining the event for the first time, but I’m most interested in sampling the food from Cinquecento the new restaurant from The Aquitaine Group which will open this spring in the space previously occupied by Rocca.
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Today I was sent this picture of the BF and me when we attended the AIDS Action fundraiser earlier this fall called ARTcetera. It was a fantastic evening.
Today is World AIDS Day. Acknowledged in nearly every nation, this day draws attention to the fact that AIDS is still very present. Now 30-years old, HIV / AIDS is no longer the death warrant it was when it first appeared and was referred to as a “Gay Cancer”.
- Despite progress that has been made in educating the public here in the US and globally, the United Nations estimates that a jaw dropping 33 million people live with HIV / AIDS
- AIDS has killed more than 25 million people and more than 580,000 Americans. This ranks AIDS with malaria and tuberculosis as one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world
- More than 15 million children have been orphaned by HIV
- In the US more 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and the CDC estimates 20% (220,000 people) do not know they are HIV+
The Boston Living Center will be hosting a World AIDS Day celebration, lighting the Prudential Tower red. Today’s ceremony will occur in the center of the mall near the customer service desk in the atrium and will run from 4:30 – 6:00pm. You can read more about the program on the event facebook page.
Contact your local AIDS Service Organization (ASO) to volunteer or make a donation. New England has several worthwhile ASOs but I prefer to donate to the AIDS Action Committee of MA.
Every weekend in the fall there are large fundraising events but ARTcetera an event which raises funds for the AIDS Action Committee (AAC) always stands out. The event started in the 1980s as a way for local artists and gallery owners to respond to the AIDS crisis which was ravaging the Boston arts community, and over the years it has developed into one of the largest art auctions in all of New England.
The charity fundraiser which was traditionally held in October on even numbered years took a temporary hiatus in 2010 so the AAC could rethink the program and breathe new life into the event. Bryan Rafanelli and his events team did a beautiful job transforming The Castle and the new venue was a welcome change.
Below is a quick 3-minute video from the event which sold out and drew a record crowd of 800 supporters and art enthusiasts. ARTcetera 2011 is expected to raise more than $700,000 for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.
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Pridelights in Boston always occurs on the Tuesday of Pride week. It use to be a huge community event that was staged on Tremont Street in the middle of the South End, but a few years back the venue changed and it is now hosted at Club Cafe.
The change of venue saved the event because cost and changes to the plaza that traditionally hosted it had became prohibitive, but the trade off means the event is a fraction of its former size. This year’s Pridelights was filled with a series of performances from Boston’s drag community. The crowd which interestingly attracts a wide demographic seemed to enjoy the event. For me the highlight was seeing a few friends that I know socially and spending time with fellow blogger and twitter-friend, Lenny. You can check out his blog, itzLenny or say hello to him on twitter, Product19.
Here are a few photos from tonight’s Pridelights at Club Cafe Boston.
AIDS is the leading cause of death for people in MA (ages of 25-44)
Thank goodness for The AIDS Action Committee which hosts AIDS Walk Boston each year. Its too easy to forget and sometimes too uncomfortable to remember the legacy of AIDS. Its like an ugly blemish you want to hide and forget about. In the 80s while tens of thousands of people were afflicted with AIDS / HIV our government was too squeamish to provide either the support services or educate people on how to protect themselves. Now some 30 years later we know better but AIDS remains and continues to spread. Betty Byrnes a long time AIDS activist and mother reminds us why its important and how we can help make a difference.
If you can not join the 30,000+ who will join in the walk through Boston, Brookline and Cambridge on Sunday morning, won’t you consider sponsoring a walker or making an independent donation to the organization? You can set up your own page in just moments or make a donation here.
Last week I first wrote about the Taste of the South End which benefits the AIDS Action Committee, and the event did not disappoint. Although there were no beads or parades to commemorate Fat Tuesday, nearly all who attended left a bit fatter than when they first arrived. And how could you blame them? With 40+ restaurants, wineries, beers and cocktails all tempting the tastebuds it was a food lover’s delight.
Restaurants new to the neighborhood like The Gallows and Noche kept pace with veteran establishments like Mistral and Stella. There were some noticeable absences, which will lead me to ask “Why?” on my next visit to these restaurants. You can see the full list of participants on the Taste website. Support these restaurants and thank them for their participation.
If you were unable to attend the festivities, you can check out this 2-minute video, which shows you some of the tempting treats cooked up for attendees. Again, sincere thanks to all the cooks and volunteers who made this a fantastic event.
The Boston Foodie also has a nice write up with more pictures from the event which you can check out by linking here.
In just a few days one of my favorite charity events in Boston will take place, The Taste of the South End. As the name implies this is one of the city’s many charitable fundraisers that revolves around food, but I think this is one of the best organized taste events, and the fact that the proceeds benefit such a wonderful organization, The AIDS Action Committee (AAC) is really a bonus. In addition to the participation of 40+ neighborhood restaurants, local chefs provide cooking tips and demonstrations. If you really enjoy food and dining out this event gives you an opportunity to sample some of the fare offered at some of the city’s best restaurants. While it won’t confirm if a restaurant has great service it does give you a preview of the type and quality food the establishment serves. If you arrive early with a VIP pass like I do each year, you also can chat with the chefs present before the event becomes truly crowded.
Below, I’ve included a two minute video from the 2009 event. It provides a quick preview of what one can expect on March 8th and closes with a shot of your’s truly stuffing his face with a fish taco.
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More than 25 million people have died from AIDS and there are more than 30 million people living with AIDS right now. Reach out to your local AIDS Service Organization and donate your time or money and thank them for their work and dedication. If you live in Boston check out my favorite ASO: The AIDS Action Committee of MA.
Wednesday, December 1st is World AIDS Day
Not sure how new this news is, but I had not heard about a breakthrough in AIDS research which found that a common acne drug first used in the 1970s can keep HIV dormant. I first read about this in Brenton’s popular blog, Aussielicious
this morning. And after a bit of searching on Google, I found that this study was actively being discussed back in 2008 at the XVII International AIDS Conference
As Brenton says in his blog, any advancement that can help prevent the spread of or help improve the quality of life of those impacted by this virus is good news. If you’d like to learn more there is a brief (1 minute) video of Dr. Janice Clements explaining what the acne drug minocycline does to the virus here.