Category Archives: Boston

Head of the Charles Regatta is this weekend

HOCRThe Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into a massive two-day rowing competition that draws more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators, making it the largest rowing event in the world.

The 2019 HOCR takes place this Saturday and Sunday. The forecast suggests plenty of sun with Sunday being the warmer of the two days and thankfully for the rowers, very little wind. If you’ve not been to this premiere rowing events, head down to the Charles River to cheer on these amazing athletes.

The organizers have created a great website that includes more information about the races, maps and FAQs. You can learn more by visiting the official HOCR website, www.hocr.org.

American Airlines adds nonstop service Boston to London

flightright.com, flightrightEarlier this week American Airlines announced they will begin a nonstop service from Logan Airport to London Heathrow Airport. starting on March 29, 2020. The new daily flight will depart from Boston at 7:15 p.m. and arrive in London at 7:30 a.m. the following day on Boeing 777-200 airplanes.

Tickets for the route are available for purchase beginning starting on Monday, Oct. 7.  American Airlines joins an already crowded field of carriers who provide nonstop service between the two cities but with additional flights comes (hopefully) more affordable fares and better options for travelers.

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American Airlines will add nonstop service from Boston to London in 2020

Delta announces Boston newest hub

travel, handsome, hunkEarlier this summer Delta Airlines announced Boston would become the airline’s newest hub, putting Jet Blue – Logan Airport’s largest carrier – on notice. Delta plans to ramp up the number of non-stop flights out of the Boston airport and use it as a transatlantic gateway to Europe for flights leaving from the United States. Recently, Delta added nonstop flights to Portugal adding to a growing list of European destinations one can fly non-stop from Boston on Delta.

Currently JetBlue carries nearly double the number of passengers as Delta from Boston with the New York-based airline taking 28% share of Logan’s 39.3 million passengers, while Delta serves slightly less than half with a 17.3% share.

This is great news for travelers coming into and out of Logan Airport. Hopefully Delta’s commitment to the area will result in cheaper fares due to more competition and new non-stop destinations.  You can read more about the announcement made earlier this summer, here.

Making friends: Boston’s LGBTQ social groups

With the influx  of so many new residents at the start of each academic year, I like to update and share this post each September. If you are new to the area or looking to meet more people outside of a bar setting the groups listed below might be a good first step. 

 If you’d like to find some more active options check out my accompanying post Boston’s gay sports clubs / teams.

BAGLY is a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization committed to social justice, and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs and policies for gay youth (volunteers are always welcome).

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses.  Auditions are being held on Sunday, September 9th

Boston Gay Men’s Books Club is monthly book club on MeetUp featuring literature by and about gay men. This month’s book is Liquor by Poppy Z Bright, and they will next meet on Monday, September 30 at 7PM at Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street in Back Bay.

Boston Prime Timers is a social organization of mature gay and bisexual men and their friends who join together for educational, support, and social activities.

Dignity Boston is a progressive, inclusive community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their allies.

Fenway Health has been serving the local LGBT community for more than 40 years; the Fenway and AAC are always looking for volunteers.

Gay Beer Club is a Boston based organization that produces events and gatherings for members of the gay community.

Gay For Good mobilizes the LGBT community to interact with the greater community by volunteering their time with different monthly activities.

Gays for Patsy is a country western dancing club that holds events each month. Beginners are encouraged to join.

Gold Fruit Gaming is a team of LGBTQ+ [PC] Gamers with a passion for competition, cooperation, and kicking ass. Come here to queue up with others who seek to improve their gameplay.

History Project is a volunteer-driven organization established in 1980 that focuses on preserving the history of Boston’s LGBT community to make it accessible to future generations. Next Thursday join the History Project when David Scondras reads from his memoir Angels, Liars, and Thieves 

Jamaica Plain and Roslindale Men’s Group is a social group for gay men living in, near and around JP & Rozzie that organize dinners and events.

Men of Melanin Magic is a social group in the Boston metropolitan area for those who identify as queer men of color.

Naked Yoga for Men Naked Yoga For Men has been meeting since January 2000. For most of its history it has met twice per week. Our purpose is to improve our health and also to make friends.

Opus Affair is probably best known for their monthly cocktail party hosted at local restaurants  to raise money for local arts organizations.

OUTbreath offers a safe space for those who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to come together to explore the practice of meditation and support each other in community.

Queer Boston Board Gamers is a friendly LGBTQ meet up group that connects regularly to play board games.

The Welcoming Committee is a young, social group who organize activities to broadening the spectrum of gay life here in Boston and beyond.

Yankee Cruising Club was founded over 25 years ago to bring LGBT boaters together to meet, make friends and most importantly get out on the water.

Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay organizations in the area.  Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.

State patrols on M Street beach are irksome and have little impact

kiki beach bostonDid you see the Boston Globe article, Southie’s line in the sand is at M Street Beach? I regularly go to M Street Beach and the ‘crackdown’ is an accurate description but pointless since its has had (and will continue to have) no impact.

The article says the increased presence of State troopers has come at the request of some Southie residents “who have raised concerns about the number of young people at the beach and the amount of alcohol they consume.” IMHO, this is just code for long time and mostly older residents upset with the changes they see taking place in their neighborhood. This former blue collar bastion of Irish-American families is increasingly a magnet for affluent 20 and 30 somethings. The nostalgic residents conveniently forget that the “good ol’ days” weren’t so great. The beaches in Southie overlooked the dirtiest harbor in the country and the beaches were filled with litter, including used needles and cigarette butts.

Watching the police patrolling M Street, it is hard to tell who is more unhappy; the people on the beach or the police who look uncomfortable wearing their polyester uniforms in the blazing sun. It is worth noting that in the years I’ve gone to M Street beach, I’ve not seen fights or disturbances attributed to drinking so the alarm raised by residents seems more peevish than reality.

So here’s my sincere ask to Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker, can we please use these public funds more effectively? In lieu of paying for police to patrol our public beaches, acting like resident assistants in a dormitory, can we use those funds more effectively? I’m sure the MBTA could use the money.

Straight Pride: Media spectacle only if you allow it

Channeling your anger at this group is what they want. 

During Boston Pride Week, news of a different sort of Pride captured headlines around the country and world when three men said they would host the first “Straight Pride” in Boston this August. Initially, the band of three designated Hollywood star, Brad Pitt, as their mascot until they received a cease-and-desist order from Pitt’s attorney. Days later the surreal spectacle took an unexpected turn when they named the much loathed (and gay) Milo Yiannopoulos as their new mascot and parade marshal.

When pressed why they felt the need to host the parade now and here in Boston, organizers said they need “advocates on behalf of the straight community in order to foster respect and awareness with people from all walks of life”. I’m unsure what that means. Last I recall, nobody heterosexual was denied the right to marry, denied access to a dying loved one at a hospital, been thrown out of their home as a teenager for their  sexual orientation, subjected to ‘conversion therapy’, denied housing or jobs, etc…

I can’t help but think this was a media stunt meant to take away from Boston Pride -consider the timing days before the Boston’s Gay Pride Parade. As of 6/25 organizers had only raised $764.00 – well shy of an easy $5,000 goal.  Who can say what their real intentions are and if a parade will occur? No doubt if it does, it will be quite a spectacle, but I would like to propose everyone ignore them. Channeling your anger at this group is what they want. The reality is they don’t deserve the attention or media so don’t give them a reason to get it.

UPDATE: 6/26 The city of Boston approved application for straight pride

Time Out Market Boston to open June 27

Boston diningTime Out Boston, a new (and highly anticipated) food hall has announced that it will open to the public in its new Fenway location on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Time Out brings together some of Boston’s best chefs under one roof. Think Faneuil Hall but amped up several notches; at least this was what Sergio and I thought after we stumbled upon Time Out Lisbon (shown below).

Occupying the ground floor of the 401 Park Drive building in the Fenway (just blocks from Fenway Park), Time Out Market Boston will showcase the city’s best chefs and restaurateurs, drink-slingers and cultural offerings, all handpicked by Time Out’s editors. The curated mix showcases 15 food offerings, two bars, a cooking academy, one retail shop and artists from across the city all in one iconic site–an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929.

Portugal

Time Out Market Lisbon

Some of the culinary options that will be a part of Time Out Boston include:

  • BISq (sibling restaurant to Bergamot) will serve mouth-watering charcuterie and cheese boards
  • Roman-style pizzeria from award-winning chef Michael Schlow
  • Mamaleh’s Delicatessen will offer its delicious deli classics
  • Chef Tim and Nancy Cushman – known for their restaurants o ya and Hojoko  will take over two kitchens with a pair of Asian concepts
  • James Beard-Award winner Tony Maws will serve Craigie Burger
  • 2 bars featuring seasonal craft cocktails, local beers, and a selection of more than 20 wines

Time Out Market Boston hours will be Mondays–Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m–midnight, Saturdays from 9 a.m.–midnight, Sundays from 9 a.m.–11 p.m.

Time Out has aggressive growth plans after the success of the hugely popular Time Out Market Lisbon which opened in 2014.  Time Out Markets are also set to open in Miami, New York, Chicago and Montréal in the coming year with more planned globally. You can learn more about Time Out food halls here.