Archive | June, 2011

More 4th Activities

29 Jun

I posted the other day about celebrating July 4th in Boston. Well, my best friend (who is currently employed full time-errr) told
me that I should also let my readers known about Boston Harborfest, a festival running from June 29th-July 4th.

Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t include it in the other post. (Well, okay I do. I was wicked tired and was watching one of my guilty pleasure shows. Bad mix.)

Anyways, I am not going to try to tell you everything the Harborfest has to offer. I mean, I can’t do everything for you! Well, I can,
but I won’t. Anyway…the website isn’t that great but it does list a ton of activities and the general location of things. I say that if you are bored just travel downtown and see what is going on. My guess is that something is happening.

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4th with the Boston Pops

28 Jun

Attending BU, I met a lot of people from California. The one thing they all said they loved about Boston is
the history of it, the importance of it in the history of our country. And every July, Boston and its history come together yet again to celebrate the birthday of the United States.

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Boston is amazing. I have only been able to do it once, but it was a great
experience and I had such an amazing time with my friends. This year, I am sure, is no different.

There are a ton of festivities throughout Boston and the area all this week through July 4th and they are all free. However, the main event, or rather the two main events, is this Sunday. On Sunday, July 3rd (it is July 3rd every year), the Boston Pops play a concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. This concert starts at 8:30 p.m. with the National Anthem and a flyover. At 9:30 p.m. the “1812 Overture” is played. Moreover, every year there is a special guest. This year, Lionel Richie will be playing. In addition, Michael Chicklis (“Sons of Anarchy”, “No Ordinary Family”) will be there as well with his band. The concert ends at 10 p.m.

The following day, on the US of A’s birthday, fireworks will go off at 10:30 p.m. over the Charles River. Many people gather to watch them on the Esplanade, and specifically at the Hatch Shell. I recommend finding somewhere else to watch them, or if you truly have nowhere else, somewhere on the Esplanade far away from the Hatch Shell.

All information on these two events can be found on the website July4th.org.

How to get to the Hatch Shell in Boston: Take the Green Line to the Arlington stop. Walk toward the river and cross the bridge 9that goes over Storrow Drive). Honestly, follow everyone else.

Oh, and make sure you get there early to see the concert. I recommend about 5 or 5:30. There is a ton of food trucks and whatnot set up so as long as you eat, you will be kept busy. Bring at least a blanket and a chair if you desire and have your own little (crowded) picnic.

SoWa Open Market is Where It’s At

24 Jun

Just a quick reminder that the SoWa Open Market in the South End is open for the season (has been for about a month, my bad). I have written about it before, but wanted to make sure y’all remembered it so I am slamming it into your head again.

SoWa Market is something you have to experience if you live in Boston. It is on Sundays through October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is a great market on Harrison Avenue that caters to the creative, the indie, the chic and the -wannabes.

Plus there are some amazing food trucks there. I mean let’s be honest, that is why I go. Grilled cheese (with fancy cheese and weird stuff inside) paired with a cupcake? Yeah, pretty amazing.

Honestly there is more to this market than I could ever write about. They have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, so make sure you  like and follow them if you are interested in having a great time in Boston on Sundays.

Bruins Championship Parade this Saturday

16 Jun

Can you believe the Bruins won the Stanley Cup? Rather, can you believe the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in Vancouver? Me either.

The city of Boston has something to celebrate once again, and for the first time in 39 years it is for a hockey championship, not one of the other three sports that rule the city.

And celebrate they will. There will be a parade to honor the Boston Bruins and their championship this Saturday, June 18, 2011 starting at 11 a.m. The parade will go from TD Garden to Copley Square. The exact route is unknown right now, but the Bruins website and Boston.com are bound to post every detail of this parade.

I have said again and again that I did not realize how big of a hockey town Boston was until I went to school at BU (a hockey school). But Boston is a hockey town and I can promise that the celebration is going to be amazing, and probably a little crazy. So enjoy your time in the spotlight, Bruins fans, enjoy.

Boston Pride: Parade and Festival to Celebrate Unity

10 Jun

You are in the middle of Boston Pride week, which you may or may not know. Boston Pride seeks “to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Fostering diversity, unity, visibility, and dignity; we educate, communicate, and advocate by building and strengthening community connections.” (So much easier to copy and paste than try to sounds all
smart and eloquent, at least smarter than the organization. My view: they worked hard on their mission statement, give them some credit.).

The theme this year is EQUALITY. No More. No Less. Boston Pride works to put on a series of events,
culminating in a parade, throughout the week to celebrate diversity and unity. There are an unbelievable number of events that happened this past week (sorry, this post is late) but there are even more this weekend. The parade, which is the focal point of all of this, is Saturday, June 11th. It starts at noon on Tremont Street in the South End. It then winds its way through Boston ending at, where else, Government Center.

Also taking place on Saturday is the Pride Festival, which is at City Hall Plaza from 12-6. As with most festivals, there promises to be food, vendors, music and cocktails. And because it is Boston Pride, probably some half-naked men and a lot of glitter.

I have never been to Pride Boston. I have never been in Boston during it. But some of my very good friends have (gay and straight) and they all love the feeling of unity and diversity. And they love the half-naked men. It sounds like it may be a little uncomfortable for me, but so much fun. It may be worth checking out if you are at all interested, because, well, if nothing else, you will most likely have good stories to tell your friends.

I would also check the website for a full list of events. I obviously did not list them all, just the two main ones this weekend- the
parade and the festival.

Your Bruins are in the Finals! Time to Celebrate!

1 Jun

This is going to be a quick post, so for that I apologize and say “you’re welcome.”

Tonight your Boston Bruins are in the Stanley Cup Finals. And that is reason to celebrate. They have not been in the Finals since 1990 and have not won since 1972. That is a huge drought however you look at it, but in Boston’s sports world, that is an eternity. Worry no more, Boston. Vancouver is here for the taking.

How do you plan on watching the big game? What is the best way to watch a hockey game in June when it is over 90 degrees out? Well, only you can really answer that question (well, what is your answer?). But I am here to give you a few options.
To begin with, any restaurant or place with a TV is going to have the game on, so if you have been meaning to try a new bar or pub, try it tonight and watch the game while you’re at it. The atmosphere is bound to be festive.

As always, I suggest going by TD Garden and going to one of the bars/pubs down there. Honestly, walk around until you find one that looks interesting. The Four’s is amazing and such a great place, but is likely to be crowded. I also suggest going near Fenway. The Red Sox do not have a night game so although there will most likely be left over fans, the bars will not be as crowded as they normally are. Cask ‘n Flagon, Jerry Remy’s and Boston Beer Works are great choices. I am not a huge fan of Game On, but the food is really good, it just lacks some spunk in my eyes.

I know that probably wasn’t the most helpful post, but I think it is so important to experience the sports culture of Boston and wanted to throw out a few ideas. If all else fails, get together with a couple friends and watch it on your own. Honestly, if you’re anything like me, that’s more fun.

FYI, today is also National Running Day. Sounds like hell to me, but some people may find it fun. So, go for a run tonight and enjoy the weather (well, there may be tornados, so if there are, stay inside. Don’t blame me if you get caught in one).

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