Tomorrow, April 20th is Fenway Park’s 103rd birthday. The fact it is still here is a testament to the city of Boston and Red Sox fans everywhere who have been coming to games at Fenway Park for generations.
Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use, but it looks great thanks in part to continued improvements. I wish more professional sports teams and the cities who host those teams would learn from the lesson Fenway has taught us here in Boston; traditions matter and can help carry you through tough seasons if only because Sox fans the world over consider Fenway Park their home. And as the saying goes, “home is where the heart is.”
Boston buskers: Rhett Price and Josh Knowles
Two former Berkelee College of Music students, Rhett Price and Josh Knowles, have made a full time job out of playing contemporary music on their violins for MBTA riders. Making a living as a full time busker can be tough, but these guys are clearly talented and I wish them continued success. Should you see these guys playing, please be generous and drop a few dollars in their violin case. MBTA Performers Make a Living Playing Taylor Swift Songs on Violins for Riders.
You can read more about these guys in Steve Annear’s article,
You can also follow these guys on Facebook here.
Although I’m still saddened by the senseless nature of Monday’s tragedy, it is a new day and I have to place my faith in the work our government will do to trace who did this and hope for the best for those injured.
This photo of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood was circulating on Twitter on Monday, and while I don’t intend to forget what happened, I’d like to start to focus on the beauty of my home rather than the horror of those memories.
Apologies – I can’t seem to find who captured this beautiful image.
For anyone hosting people impacted by the bombing:
Resource center at Boston Park Plaza Castle
Restaurants serving free meals this evening
Information on help, MBTA updates, etc
Concerns for Family Members, Requests for Counseling Resources Mayor’s Health Line: 617-635-4500
Reflection Services today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday)
Guides developed by the Child Witness to Violence Program at BMC for discussing the events with children or young adults are available by emailing staff – email here.
General resources and FBI tip line or call at 617-223-6610
Posting to show solidarity in light of the Marathon bombings and out of respect to those who know and love those injured or killed. My sincere thanks to the men and women who helped those hurt and injured.
I will not be posting anything on Tuesday, but thank you for stopping by.
I’m writing a quick post to thank everyone who has reached out to check in on me and to let you know while I’m safe, I’m also incredibly angry at this attack and want to express my thanks to Boston’s first responders. I was approximately two blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line when the first explosion took place and was blissfully unaware (initially).
In a matter of minutes, scores of ambulances, fire trucks, police and special forces had shut down the entire area and where I was (Huntington Avenue) was closed in both directions to ensure victims could be swiftly picked up and ushered to hospitals.
Thoughts and prayers for all impacted and hope this is where the story ends.
Today is the running of the 117th Boston Marathon. I don’t care if you are the first or last runner to cross the finish line. I am impressed by anyone who sets out to run a marathon.
Congratulations to everyone who participates in today’s venerable race and much thanks to the City of Boston and the thousands of volunteers who make this such an amazing event for all in the city to enjoy.
The Boston Phoenix 1966 – 2013
This may not truly be a flashback in the sense that the shuttering of The Boston Phoenix happened so recently, but I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that The Boston Phoenix is no more; ceasing all publications approximately one month ago after publishing a free weekly paper in the city since 1966.
The Phoenix, as I called it, was a well recognized alternative weekly paper that was popular with college students and regularly reported on the city’s music scene, politics and local happenings.
My guess is that some Boston University students are laughing themselves silly after modifying this crosswalk sign in Kenmore Square.
Rather than seeing the more traditional “stop” signal when it isn’t safe to walk, some well placed electrical tape makes the signal a bit more emphatic.
While inappropriate, I confess I love it when this happens. It always gives me a chuckle. Yes, I’m that juvenile.
Last September the Design Museum Boston issued a challenge to design an iconic bench or ‘street seat’ that was also socially and environmentally conscious for the Fort Point Channel neighborhood in Boston.
172 entries from 23 countries were submitted. Models of all designs are currently on display at 1/8th their size at the museum. On Saturday, April 27th the Design Museum Boston will unveil 20 of these innovative bench designs in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood as part of their newest, public exhibit. The museum encourages the public to vote on their favorite bench and the designer with the most votes will receive the “People’s Choice” award.
Street seat models are on display at the Design Museum Boston at Factory 63 at 63 Melcher Street, Boston – Monday thru Friday 9-5pm / Saturday 10-4pm.
Next Monday is the running of the 117th Boston Marathon. As with Easter, the Marathon is another one of those events I automatically associate with the spring season and look forward to each year.
In advance of the marathon is the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium; starting this weekend on Friday from 2-7pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Nearly every athletic, fitness and nutrition firm you can imagine sets up booths to educate and sell their products. Vendors have special sales for the expo and there are usually some pretty cool freebies.
About the Boston Marathon (Source: Wikipedia)
The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897 and inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events. It is one of the five World Marathon Majors.
Although it is still weeks away, I wanted to give a shout out to The AIDS Action Committee which is working with individuals, teams and corporations to help fund raise for this year’s AIDS Walk and Run on Sunday, June 2nd.
This year is the 28th anniversary of this walk. Will you be participating in the Walk this year? Put the date in your calendar and talk to your friends about coming down to the DCR Hatch Shell.
You may sign up to run, walk or volunteer by linking here.
Boston Pride announced the pop duo Karmin will be headlining the Boston Pride Festival being held on Saturday, June 8th from noon to 6pm at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Karmin actually formed here in Boston back in 2010 when the Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met at Berklee College of Music.
Out of curiosity if you are going to attend Boston’s Pride Festival, will you attend the party at Government Center? I’ve never attended, preferring the “unofficial” block party in the South End at Fritz. Although after last year’s fiasco with the drink tickets at the South End Block Party my love for that party has been somewhat tainted, hopefully they can fix that this year.
Will you go to see Karmin or attend the unofficial S.E. Block Party?
Around this time yesterday a large, vibrant rainbow could be seen spanning much of downtown Boston. Coincidence this occurred as the Boston Red Sox were spanking the New York Yankees in their first game of the 2013 MLB season? I think not.
Thanks to Jennifer Walsh who took the photo and Universal Hub for sharing it
In just over a month Boston’s popular bacon and beer festival will take place (Saturday May 4th) at the House of Blues in Fenway. Proceeds will go to support the hunger relief organizations Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Community Servings.
The 2012 Boston Bacon and Beer Festival was a week-long event that included a harbor cruise and an art show. Get more details about this year’s event by joining their mailing here.