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Celebrate Hisoty and Culture at Mount Auburn Cemetery

23 Sep

 

Bigelow Chapel

I’m back. I know, I know, you’re excited. And you should be.

So now that you’re done groaning, I can tell you about something that I stumbled upon (not using the service, but still).

Last year I wrote an entry concerning Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. I know that most of you don’t think about walking around a cemetery as having a good time, but it can be a lesson in culture and history. Plus some of the gravestones are pretty freakin’ cool (pictures are in the other post. And on my Facebook page).

This weekend, meaning tomorrow and the day after, Mount Auburn Cemetery is celebrating its 180th birthday! Saturday, September 24, 2011 is when the majority of the festivities are going to happen.

The following is what is happening (taken from their Facebook page):

• Free hour-long guided walking tours will be held at 9, 11, 1, & 3 highlighting notable moments from our 180 years.

• New self-guided materials will also be available for you to explore the Cemetery on your own.

• Stop in the Visitors Center from 9 – 4:30 for birthday refreshments and to peruse a selection of discounted publications.

• Bigelow Chapel will be open 1 – 4 PM where staff photographer Jennifer Johnston’s Seasons of Mount Auburn exhibit will be on display and docents and staff will be on hand to answer questions and point out the chapel’s interesting features.

 I really suggest checking it out. Washington Tower provides one of the most amazing views of Boston and the grounds are gorgeous. If you would rather wait for a day that you can leisurely stroll around without running into people, this is not the weekend to visit. But if you are interested and have time I say go for it.

How to get to Mt. Auburn Cemetery: It is in Cambridge, but not really accessible by the T. I suggest going to Harvard Square (Red Line) and taking either the #71 or #73 bus to Mt. Auburn Cemetery (right at the intersection of Brattle St.). Once you enter the main gate, you can go into the Visitor’s Center and buy a map for 50 cents. I highly recommend that because you obviously want to see the famous (dead) people. But, as always, just wander and explore.

Exploring the History of Boston

19 Nov

The other day I posted an article about 25 free things to do in Boston that was written by Boston.com. I mentioned in that post that there were a few walks/tours I would later highlight so they wouldn’t get in the way of the original material. Well, I didn’t completely lie. I just do not have that much time today to write this blog, but I did not want to leave y’all hanging (because I know you were waiting to hear about the walks that will take you out in the cold, away from your blankets, alcohol and TV and make you prance around a city full of crazy tourists on vacation for the holiday season. Sounds like fun, right?).

Anyways, the Boston.com mentioned two tours that I think are brilliant. Both are meant to be done by driving, but I think it would be easier to look through the sites, pick your favorites and walk/take public transportation. The first is a tour of JFK’s Boston. Okay, so to me it does not sound fascinating. Heck, it doesn’t even sound interesting. But I know many people who are interested in politics that would kill to go on this tour. The route seems phenomenal; it takes you through Cambridge, Downtown, the North End, the Financial District and of course South Boston. Some of the stops are hotels and restaurants. Others are churches that may be interesting to stop inside of. Others include his birthplace and the JFK Library and Museum. That is why I suggest picking the spots that sound most interesting to you and checking those out.

The second tour that Boston.com mentions is the Boston Sports Trail. This, to me, is amazing and innovative. Everyone knows that Boston is a sports town, but not everyone knows the history of sports in the city. This tour takes you from the North End, through Downtown, through the Common, Northeastern, Roxbury and finally puts you at Boston University. Stops include the Boston Sports Museum, which is the TD Garden (while you are there, check out the statue of Bobby Orr). There are some statues sprinkled across the city and a few things related to the Boston Marathon. Stops also include the arena at Northeastern, the arena at BU and the field at BU, all of which have significant ties to Boston’s sport’s history.

As these walks show, Boston has many places of interest. If you are interested in something specific, say the Boston Marathon, higher learning or hospitals (I know, that’s weird. I just couldn’t think of anything else), then do a little research online and create your own walk. It is a great way to see the city and the surrounding area and you may learn something in the process. Or you can use it as a bragging tool to your friends.

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