Category Archives: Boston

Head of the Charles Regatta is this Saturday and Sunday

Head of Charles Regatta

Head of the Charles regatta is Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22

Every city has their own traditions and events that are distinctly their own. I like to write about these events here in Boston because it is easy to take them for granted or overlook how they contribute to and enrich the city. One such unique tradition which I associate with the autumn is the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The annual event typically occurs while foliage is nearing its peak each year in Boston and it can make for a beautiful backdrop for the 11,000+ athletes who are expected come to compete in the world’s largest regatta this weekend.

The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into the world’s largest rowing competition that spans two days, drawing more than 400,000 spectators who line the banks of the Charles River on both the Cambridge and Boston sides. Be sure to check it out. I prefer to watch from the Cambridge side between the Harvard footbridge and the JFK bridge but there really isn’t a bad place to watch

For more information about this world class event visit hocr.org or check out this really interesting infographic Boston Magazine published last year (2016) about this historic and truly world class event.

HOCR

New development proposed: Exchange South End

View of The Exchange South End from Albany Street looking East

Last month The Abbey Group filed formal plans to redevelop the former home of the Boston Flower Exchange in the South End. The 5.6-acre site sandwiched between I-93 and Albany Street will be significantly transformed. Adding four buildings with a combined 1.4 million square feet of mixed-use commercial and life science research space; 42,500 square feet of ground floor retail space; 30,000 square feet of civic space situated around a new park; and approximately 1,145 below-grade parking spaces.

The Abbey Group has proposed a phased approach, building the two smaller buildings along Albany Street first; Building A (6-stories) and Building B (14-stories). Building C (20-stories) and Building D (15-stories) which are closest to I-93 would be built in a second phase. Below is a rendering of what The Exchange South End will look like from I-93.

More information about The Exchange South End is available here.

Boston’s HUBweek starts this week

HUBweek (October 10-15) is a citywide festival that celebrates innovation  in art, science and technology. The amazing event starts tomorrow and while events will take place all over the city most take place in Boston’s City Hall Plaza, which has been transformed with dozens of art installations and six geodesic domes.

Thought leaders like Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Atul Gawande and more will speak and networking programs have been organized to allow people to  connect with some of the areas most impactful start-ups (all for free).

HUBweek is about bringing together Boston’s incredible creative economy. Come and join this amazing week of events but be sure to register first!  Learn more here: hubweek.org

Gay Bowl XVII comes to Boston this weekend

gay boston, gay sportsThe Gay Bowl is the national LGBT flag football tournament, put on every Columbus Day weekend by the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL). Started in 2002 as an annual national championship tournament for LGBT flag football teams, about 40 teams will compete in multiple divisions (including a women’s division) from across North America in Boston this weekend.

I first wrote about the Gay Bowl in May when it was announced that the New England Patriots would sponsor the Gay Bowl, making them first NFL team to sponsor one of the annual Gay Bowl tournaments (and let’s hope not the last).

In addition to a lot of football that will be played through the weekend, a host of social events including a “Pep Rally” party tonight at the Emerald Lounge (how appropriate is that), Bracket Reveal Party later in the evening at ICON as well as parties each night, concluding on Sunday at Royale with a closing ceremony that will take place just prior to the large dance party from Chris Harris Presents in the same venue. For more information visit the website Gay Bowl XVII.

And just to give you a flavor of how fun Boston’s league is, I wanted to share this video from Boston’s F.L.A.G. flag football league – enjoy. If you think you may like to learn more about this group which was instrumental in bringing the Gay Bowl to Boston this year visit their Facebook page, here.

Boston’s HUBweek 2017 is October 10-15th

HUBweek (October 10-15) is a festival for the future that celebrates innovation  in art, science and technology. HUBweek will kick off with events taking place all across the city, but will be centered on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, which will be transformed into a first-of-its-kind festival site. Filled with 80 shipping containers, dozens of art installations, and 6 geodesic domes, HUBweek will bring toether thousands of artists, innovators, and creators from across Boston, and the globe.

Join thought leaders like Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Atul Gawande and more; connect with 100+ of Boston’s most impactful start-ups; and interact with Boston’s creative economy and those who are helping rethink Boston’s future.

I’ve registered (it is free BTW) to attend, MIT IDE Inclusive Innovation Challenge Celebration, Leading for Creativity, and I’d encourage you to look throgh the full list of meetings, discussion groups and sessions available.

Learn more here: hubweek.org

Boston’s newest (and coolest) cafe: Explorateur

Explorateur opened earlier this month in Boston’s historic Masonic Lodge at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Street. The new space overlooks a busy corner of the Boston Common where you can grab breakfast and lunch in their cafe or dinner in their restaurant seven days a week.

They describe themselves as a community-focused, all-day dining, European styled cafe, bar and restaurant. The cafe is filled with long community tables that let you spread out (which also conveniently have outlets) as well as smaller cafe-style tables where you can sit quietly with a friend to catch up. Eater Boston has some great photos of Explorateur’s interior here.

Strictly for research purposes of this blog I ordered a few bites from the cafe. In addition to the typical sweets and pastries you would expect the cafe provides heartier options for breakfast including omelets, pancakes and a chocolate-hazelnut French toast (that I’ll have to try on my next visit). The coffee, quiche and breakfast sandwich were all very good although the orange juice (not shown) was a bit off so perhaps stick to fully caffeinated beverages if you try the cafe.Explorateur BostonStop by and check out this great space and let me know what you think of Explorateur.  I’ll reserve a proper review for a future dinner in their restaurant.

Explorateur
186 Tremont Street || Boston, MA
www.explorateur.com

Be a part of the world’s largest human peace sign

On Saturday, September 23rd at 10AM thousands of people will head to the Boston Common to help establish a Guinness World Record title to support the Children’s Services of Roxbury campaign called (CSR) “Peace of Mind”. CSR believes that peace begins and ends with building strong, nurturing family environments and they hope to assemble over 6,000 people to form the world’s largest human peace sign on the Boston Common.

Want to learn more? Visit their site where you can also register to participate ($10 donation suggested), World’s Largest Human Peace Sign.