I first wrote about this back in April, but I wanted to remind everyone that later this week the city of Boston in conjunction with Together Boston will host their second annual Donna Summer Roller Disco in Government Center on Friday, June 19th. Last years party was a blast but the lines to get onto the rink were crazy long so this is one party where it pays to be early otherwise you may end up spending most of your time in line.
Date: Friday, June 19th
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Boston City Hall / Gov’t Center
Here are a few photos from last year’s inaugural Donna Summer Roller Disco.
Boston’s 45th Pride celebration closes tonight Sunday, June 14th and while I attended fewer events this year than in the past, reports indicate most events were well attended. Once again the surprise highlight of the week was the 2nd Annual Heels for Hope party on June 10th at Cathedral Station raising money for BAGLY.
Warm weather and plenty of sunshine helped bring a larger than expected crowd into Boston on Saturday to watch the parade and parties around the city. Thank you to everyone who shared photographs and were nice enough to pose.
Later this week Boston’s most delicious fundraiser takes place June 2-4 at City Hall Plaza. Funds raised go to benefit the Jimmy Fund so embrace your Dad Bod and help yourself to as much ice cream as you like because it is all going to a worthy cause.
Tickets start at just $10 and this year’s participants include: Baskin Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Delish by Walgreens, Edy’s, Friendly’s, Hood, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt and Yuengling’s Ice Cream.
Scooper Bowl Dates and Hours
Tuesday 12Noon – 8PM
Wednesday 12Noon – 10PM
Thursday 12Noon – 8PM
For more details visit the official 2015 Scooper Bowl website.
Bartlett Place in Dudley Square
Could this be the sign of a new trend in real estate development in Boston?
The Boston Herald is reporting that nearly half (46%) of all new housing that started construction in Boston (January – March) is designated as affordable housing.
According to a housing report released from the city earlier this week these properties are designed for people who make between $50,000 and $95,000; that is an increase of 26% over the same time last year.
That translates into 745 units designated as affordable housing or middle-class housing as compared to 442 high-end or “luxury” units that began during the same time period. An example of the housing under construction is Bartlett Place in Dudley Square which is a mixed use property that will have 32 of the 60 units designated as affordable. For more information about projects like Bartlett Place visit courbanize.com.
I hope that this is a trend that continues to help make Boston a more affordable and diverse city welcome to everyone; teachers, social works, artists, etc… as well as engineers, lawyers and doctors. You can read the full article here.
With the Winter finally over Lawn on D is ramping up for their first event of the spring season later this week on Friday, May 15th.
Lawn on D in Southie
One of its features coming this spring includes a 16,900-square-foot inflatable maze designed by Architects of Air, a British firm. Artistic director Alan Parkinson calls this particular labyrinth Pentalum, which was developed, according to the firm’s website, in 2013 as “a celebration of the beauty of geometry.”
The maze will be open from May 28 to May 31, and will cost $5 to enter.
ArtWeek Boston runs from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 10th
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, the 10-day ArtWeek extravaganza that starts next month spotlights programs like pop-up dinner theater and or entertainment, immersive workshops in unusual places, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, and more. The intention is to highlight bold, creative and unique events that are unexpected.
All the fun will start at the ICA at their ArtWeek Cocktail Kickoff April 30th 5:30 – 7:30 PM. For more information about the week+ of arts programs visit their website at artweekboston.org.
Last Monday The Boston Globe reported that Roche Bros. Supermarkets will open the doors of its new 25,000 square foot flagship grocery store in Downtown Crossing on Wednesday, April 29. I’m just happy to see life coming back to Downtown Crossing and a viable grocery store moving into the Downtown Crossing neighborhood.
The new Roche Bros. will feature grab-and-go items as well as several hot and cold food bars on the ground floor. A lower level, which formerly housed Filene’s Basement, will house a traditional grocery store with a bakery, deli, specialty cheeses, meats and fresh seafood.