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Free stuff in Boston later this week

Every week there are free activities that are great for dates or just going out on your own.  Break your routine and take advantage of what Boston has to offer.  Here are a few fun activities that will fit any budget and offer you an opportunity to get out and see something new.

MFA Art of the Americas wing opensEvery Wednesday, starting at 4PM Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is free.  BoA card holders also have free admission the first full weekend of every month.

Institute of Contemporary Art BostonEvery Thursday, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is free to the public after 5:00 PM.

The first Friday of each month is the South End First Fridays.  More than 60 participating artists open their studios for this monthly event at 450 Harrison Avenue.  Also check out one of my favorite galleries, Boston Sculptors Gallery, at 486 Harrison Avenue.

 

The students have returned to Boston

september 1Every city has its own traditions and Boston is no exception. Ranking right up there with the Red Sox home opener, Patriot’s Day (a.k.a. Boston Marathon), and the Head of the Charles (which is technically more of a Cambridge thing) is September 1st.

The universities that call this city home have shaped Boston’s reputation and play a major part in forming our identity. Literally tens of thousands of students have returned to Boston this weekend and along with them came moving cars, vans and trucks of all sizes.

The upside to this temporary insanity is that Boston (which is a sleepy hamlet from early May through August) suddenly jolts back to life. No city (but especially one as tiny as Boston) can ignore the impact these students have on city life. They revive the nightlife, crowd the restaurants and fill the sidewalks.  While I am not ready to say goodbye to summer, the students have returned and it is the start of another academic year.

Allston Christmas Eve

September 1For those not from the area, you may not be familiar with this rather unique Boston holiday that results from the onslaught of students moving into the area for the start of the next academic year. Don’t believe me? The holiday even is in the Urban Dictionary: allston christmas.

Allston Christmas will really begin tomorrow when renters begin to toss all their unwanted furnishings onto the street as they vacate their sublet or previous apartment and for the next 12+ hours are likely to be unable to get into their new apartment.

Summah in Boston

Summer Time in Boston

Much thanks to Jack Sparacino for sharing this photo at R.C.C.

Summer 2014 is nearly over and while it passed quickly, I wanted to point out some new events and places that gave our community a few more options on ways to spend their time during the summer.

Perhaps most notable was the opening of two fun, friendly bars Trophy Room and Cathedral Station. Both seem to have found a niche and are welcome additions to the Boston gay scene.

In addition, Manhunt pool parties hosted by Jonathan Crutchley are becoming more popular as they double as fundraising events for  local LGBT charities.

Chris Tobeck put a spin on summer tea dances by organizing the popular “Big Gay Boat Ride” and bringing popular gay DJs like Jim Clerkin to spin music out in Boston Harbor.

However you may have spent your summer, I hope you had a great time.  Students move back to Boston this weekend and that can only mean one thing, the fall season is nearly upon us.  Make the most of these last few days / weeks.

Saint Anthony’s Feast this weekend

The annual Saint Anthony’s Feast and festival in Boston’s  North End neighborhood is this weekend (August 29 – 31).Source: stanthonysfeast.com

The festival includes nearly 100 push cart vendors and amusements on Endicott Street.  The Feast honors Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Lucia, patron saint of the blind.

On Sunday at 12 PM the grand parade to honor Saint Anthony takes place.  You can check out the full schedule of events here.

It’s wicked hot

Staying coolToday temperatures in Boston can only be described as hot and humid, and you know what? I’m okay with that. Summer is nearly over and I feel like it only just started.  How is that for a cruel summer?

 

Gay For Good Boston: Charles River clean up

Gay for GoodNext Saturday (August 23rd) Boston’s chapter of Gay for Good will be helping the Charles River Watershed clean up the Charles River.

Details about the meet up location will be shared prior to the event for interested volunteers who RSVP.  Following the clean up G4G Boston will be hosting a picnic from Noon to 1:00 PM.

G4G Charles River clean up on Saturday, August 23

Volunteers are encouraged to bring sunblock and water; no open toe shoes or sandals.  To RSVP or if you need a ride, please link here.

Note: For those looking for a ride contact Bobby Morris. His email is included on the RSVP page (link shared above).