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Happy Thanksgiving

I recognize that many people may not be with friends or family this Thanksgiving because of the coronavirus. It has certainly seemed like a long slog to get to this point but with a new administration coming into office and promising results from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, I feel as if we may be rounding the corner and truly have something to be thankful for.

Wishing you a happy, safe and healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker to be broadcast on NBC10, November 28th at 7pm

The Boston Ballet is partnering with NBC10 Boston to bring Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker to your home with a one-hour special excerpted from the 2019 production, with featured narration by Hoda Kotb (Today) and Colton Bradford (NBC10 Boston’s The Hub) as Drosselmeier.

The Nutcracker will air on NBC10 Boston on Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm with encore airings and on-demand viewing opportunities on NBC10 Boston, NECN and Spanish-language Telemundo. It will also be available free of charge on bostonballet.org for a limited time.

When to watch:

Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston
Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm on NECN 
Saturday, December 5 at 11 am on Telemundo 
Friday, December 25 at 5 pm on Telemundo 
Friday, December 25 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston 

Mass Bears & Cubs holiday toy drive

Mass Bears and Cubs are continuing their annual tradition to collect toys for those in need and have partnered again with Solutions At Work, a nonprofit organization for homeless families.

The toy drive is starting earlier this year due to COVID-19 precautions. Mass Bears and Cubs would welcome unwrapped toys in their original packaging and will be offering a Touch-Free COVID-Safe option for donations.

Toy Drive runs through Tuesday, December 15th

Drop off unwrapped new toys at The Alley Bar’s collection box and while there stop in and support this local gay business which is now serving apps, burgers and sandwiches in Downtown Crossing.

Alternatively, you can order gifts from the Solutions At Work Amazon Wishlist. Select the delivery address as: Solutions at Work Gift Address.

gay bear, xmas

Have a happy and healthy holiday season.

Halloween humor

Maybe this will only make sense to my Italian-American friends.

Boston Pops July 4th celebration

Photo Credit: Kelly Automotive

The Boston Pops annual fireworks show was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Pops will still offer patriotic music and fireworks during “A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes,” a pre-recorded performance airing July 4th.

This year’s program will pay tribute to the front line workers and those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 public health crisis and will air on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, and Boston’s WHDH-TV, on Saturday, July 4, starting at 8 p.m.

Merry Christmas

Mark Kanemura was on So You Think You Can Dance a few years back. He regularly posts short, entertaining videos like this one from last year. As you can see, Mark has enough Christmas spirit for all of us.

So for those of you who are celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and for the rest of you, enjoy this ridiculous video. I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face.

Hey Santa, all I want for Christmas is…

Santa's helperI’ve been really good this year so I thought I’d let Santa know that if he can’t give me world peace or control of the U.S. Senate, I’d like to have this under my tree.

Happy Thanksgiving

Rio de Janeiro BrazilIt is Thanksgiving in the US, and I am spending the day with Sergio, my parents and a good friend in Portsmouth, NH. I want to wish everyone celebrating this holiday a relaxing and fun day. The photo above dates back to Thanksgiving 2015 when we were visiting Rio de Janeiro with friends.

Happy Halloween

Salem, MASong of the Witches: “Double, double toil and trouble”
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
(from Macbeth)

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Notes: Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38

Happy birthday USA

Independence DayIt is Independence day in the USA and while I feel like our reputation has taken a hit in recent years (a self-inflicted hit at that), there is still plenty to be proud of and to celebrate so for everyone in the US and to those living abroad; have a wonderful July 4th.

Happy Easter

Here is a throwback to the spring of 2002 when Sergio and I lived in Back Bay and our neighbor was raising “show bunnies”; you read that correctly by the way.

We figured this would be our only chance to be photographed with so many bunnies so we took the opportunity and made the most of it.

Happy New Year

Since today is New Year’s Eve day, and tomorrow is a holiday I’ll refrain from posting my usual “What’s Happening This Week” and leave you with this image.

I suggest that you choose the color of your underwear wisely. If you’re in a sharing mood, leave the color of underwear you plan to wear tonight in the comments section.

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Boston

New Year's Eve, NYE Most of you likely have plans for New Year’s Eve. Sergio and I typically order out and watch movies; switching to watch the ball drop in Times Square at Midnight then crawling into bed with hopes that we will strike it rich in the New Year, quit our jobs and travel for the rest of our lives.

You too may have plans for New Year’s Eve but in case those plans fall through or you are procrastinating and wondering what you can do, I’ve pulled together  a list of options for you to consider. Many of these parties require tickets or have a cover at the door so click the link to learn more if interested.

Photo Source: bostonharbornow.org

Boston First Night Celebrations & Parties

FIRST NIGHT BOSTON is tame as compared to most cities but if you would rather get out and are on a budget this may be a great way to spend part of your evening. Highlights include:

  • Boston Family Fireworks 7-7:30PM on the Common
  • Copley Countdown at Midnight with a multi-sensory display of live music, a dazzling light show and pyrotechnics
  • Figure skating show at 7PM on the Frog Pond
  • Midnight Fireworks over Boston Harbor
  • Full calendar of events visible here.

SLUTCRACKER holds their final show at 7PM in the Somerville Theater
HEROES NYE doors open at 9PM at the Middle East in Central Square
ONESIE NYE BASH (upstairs) doors open at 10PM and is hosted by the Men of Melanin Magic with DJ Begbick and (downstairs) NYE bash with Tatiana and Violencia with DJ Jay Ine
BEARS FIRST NIGHT is at The Alley Bar wit the doors opening at 10PM
dBAR GOLD PARTY starts at 10PM in Dorchester with VJ Ryan Grow
NYE CELEBRATION at Club Cafe starts at 9PM with DJ Susan Esthera

However you celebrate, have a safe time and a wonderful 2019.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend

Although the heatwave that had most of New England sweltering through much of the week is no longer here and the forecast is for rain, I want to wish everyone a fun-filled long holiday weekend. Summer is Boston’s briefest season and I will miss it. I had a wonderful summer with friends and family this year.

Happy Easter from Seth and me

Caption this photoHappy Easter from Seth and me.