Free Fun in Boston NYE Weekend

Free Fun in Boston NYE Weekend

Bostonians… New Years Eve weekend is just around the corner. While Christmas has come and gone, there is still fun and celebrations to be had throughout the city. And, with it, there are plenty of events, shows, and activities to participate in. While you may have spent your last spare dollars over the Christmas holiday, you don’t have to worry. You can still head out for a bit of free fun this Boston NYE weekend!

Lights

If you haven’t been there already, you can still check out the Christmas tree at Marketplace Center at Faneuil Hall. They are still putting on the Blink! Light and Sound Show ever half hour. The show features some favorite holiday songs in sync with the blinking lights. This will continue until the first of January.

For more art and lights you can head over to Somerville and check out their new art installation: nightLIGHTS. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone teamed up with the Somerville Arts Council to bring bright artwork to public spaces. The art was created by Chinese artist Wen Yu and Lam Partners, the light design consulting firm. You can view their pieces outside the East Somerville Library as well as in Davis Square Plaza and Union Square Plaza.

Music

While you are in Somerville, you can also stroll through their Winter Farmers Market from 9:30 am to 2pm on Saturday. They will have food from local vendors and even some live music. The jazz-pop duo, Fashionflower plans to perform.

For more free musical fun, there is the Boston Baroque Free Community Concert on Sunday, starting at 2 pm. The Boston Baroque is North America’s first Baroque orchestra. Viewers will love this free Bach and Vivaldi concerti. The Grammy-nominated orchestra is sure to put on a fantastic performance of “Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G Major.” Simply register your tickets online beforehand to secure a spot at the show!

So, keep these events in mind when you are planning your Boston NYE weekend. Even if your budget is tight, you can still enjoy the fun of the holiday season!  

Tyler Thornburg Comes to an Agreement with the Red Sox

Tyler Thornburg Comes to an Agreement with the Red Sox

Lately, there have been many disputes about how Tyler Thornburg’s break from the Red Sox should be handled. On Friday, November 30, 2018, the Red Sox announced they have come to an arrangement of a one-year deal, despite Thornburg’s relief from the team.

Fans, unsure about the deal, are uneasy with his abandonment of the team in September. In summary, Tyler Thornburg was unable to play for the 2017 season due to an intensive surgery. This surgery was to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, but the pitcher was supposed to return to the mound in 2018. Although he did return to the team, he left after playing in 25 games. The player claimed it was to better focus his efforts on the upcoming 2019 year, especially since he performed with a 5.63 ERA.

Taking advantage of his full off-season, the player hopes to redeem himself to his former glory. As one of the best pitchers for the Milwaukee Brewers, he went 8-5 with a 2.15 ERA and was able to strike out more than 12 batters for every 9 innings. Hopeful towards a successful year, Thornburg’s deal is estimated to be about $1.75 million for the year.

The team itself also plans to create 29 new contracts for the upcoming year. These twenty-nine unsigned players are a new addition to their big-league roster. Also, ten Red Sox players have already signed deals for the next season. Presently, they have a single opening on their forty-man roster.

It’s times like this that the team looks to the fans for their support. Winning the World Series in 2018, the Red Sox hope to continue their winning streak and form a great team for the upcoming season.

Take a Second Look at Boston: Alternative Ways to Explore The City

Take a Second Look at Boston: Alternative Ways to Explore The City

BostonBoston is known for its Faneuil Hall and the Samuel Adams Brewery. But let’s have a look at the bunch of alternatives to the most touristy restaurants, markets, monuments, and parks in Boston.

If you have ever been to Boston, you probably joined the hungry crowd gathered for shrimp cocktails and platters of oysters at the Union Oyster House. This historic place has been serving its clients since 1826.

The North End’s Neptune Oyster is a better alternative for the phenomenal East and West Coast oysters. It also has a fairly reasonable wait time.

This place is also perfect for date nights or, why not, after-work oyster slurping. You will be served with daily seafood specials, as well as a stellar lobster with fries. Yummy!

In case you are looking for a bakery everywhere you go and want to avoid long lines, check out Bova’s Bakery at Salem Street. You won’t believe, it’s open 24 hours.

No trip goes without shopping, right? For boutiques, galleries, specialty stores check out Charles Street in Boston’s Historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. Enjoy getting new stuff in a more relaxed neighborhood atmosphere.

During lunchtime, you will see the crowd of tourists fighting for oversized pretzels in front of Faneuil Hall.

To have irresistible apple cider doughnuts come to Boston Public Market. You can also get edible souvenirs, such as a bottle of local craft beer from Hoopsters Alley and a jar of honey from the Boston Honey Company.

When it comes to Boston, you have everything in one place.  For entertainment, Arnold Arboretum is a wonderful place to get to know with 4000 kinds of trees, vines, and shrubs.

The scent of the lilac collection from Explorers Garden will amaze you.

To sum up your wonderful trip, visit the Boston Fire Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With free admission, and, bonus for kids- a real firehouse dog named Sparky.

Simply enjoy!

 

Do You Believe in Witchcraft ? Visiting Boston in Fall Will Make You Do So

Do You Believe in Witchcraft ? Visiting Boston in Fall Will Make You Do So

Boston Halloween witchIf you haven’t been in Boston during fall, you have missed out the cities’ amazing experience of the season.

Fall in Boston reminds a fairy tale with its richly colored foliage and crisp breezes. The scent of apples and pumpkins is everywhere.

If you decided to make it to Boston in fall, keep on reading. Boston has lots to offer.

For visitors, the best way to see more and to pay less is getting a Go Boston Card with the number of Boston area activities included.

Would you like to go back in time and see how it felt living like that? Well, visiting Boston Historic Salem will take you back to New England. Historic Salem is the oldest and most historic area of the United States. Feel history breathing down your neck in New England.

This area will give you the most amazing Halloween dominating October feel. Tourists who love scary and mysterious happenings in the fall are welcome to Boston Historic Salem.

There is nothing more appropriate than visiting The Salem Witch Museum for Halloween. It’s a must see for the whole family. Make the best of Halloween by having fun at the museum and also keeping yourself informed about historical context.

Do you believe in witchcraft? You better start!

At the museum, you will be exposed midwives and healers to witch hunts and Wiccans. You will be introduced to the story of the witch hysteria of 1962 in an educational, thought-provoking way. The gift shop of the museum sells everything from craftsman wares to the most intriguing Halloween costumes you will ever see.

Don’t forget to grab an original souvenir for your friends from the gift shop.

Boston is all about history. Take the longish Freedom Trail Tour to get to know the history of the colonial area. The tour is fun and educational at the same time.

Get dressed appropriately for being outside for hours. Boston can be breezy, especially close to the water.

Enjoy beautiful Fall season in Boston!

 

 

Boston Plans to Position itself as a Home for Start-ups

tech officeBoston is one of the top cities in America for start-ups, including 2016 and 2017 and venture investment in the Boston metro area. It hit $5.2 billion so far this year, according to Tech Crunch.

The city also has invested in various tech projects and aims to position itself as “a home for start-ups and other entrepreneurial activity,” as the National Endowment for the Arts website informs.

The Boston Globe has recently reported that Takeoff Technologies, a Boston-based tech company, recently raised $24 million from investors. The Series B funding round was led by Forrestal Capital and brings the startup’s total venture capital haul to $46 million.

Barry Canton, co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, informed “CNBC Make It” the city of Boston has been greatly helpful for the prosperity of the company. The company builds made-to-order microbes for customers in markets such as agriculture, pharmaceuticals and food. He mentioned that the company connects with the talent at MIT, Harvard and other universities and industries. And this wouldn’t be anywhere possible.

Akili Interactive Labs, a Boston-based startup, develops mobile video games intended to assess and treat a range of cognitive disorders. The company reported it licensed technology that aims to improve brain function through a combination of cognitive tasks and physical movement.

Indigo Agriculture, an agricultural technology start-up, has recently closed $250 million to launch digital farmer’s market. David Perry, CEO and the president of Indigo Agriculture agrees that Boston has a strong group of biotechnology investors who are open to exploring innovative technologies.

Moreover, the entrepreneurs believe that living in a diverse and cultured city ensures a high quality of life for the team and their families.

According to the Global Livability Index, Massachusetts is ranked one of the top 10 states to live in 2018, and Boston is the fifth most livable city in America.

 

Fun Weekend in Boston: ‘’Cannabis Education Village’’ Is About to Start

Fun Weekend in Boston: ‘’Cannabis Education Village’’ Is About to Start

Boston festival weekendLet’s skip the traditional way of spending the weekend in front of the TV and go out to explore Boston. A lot of fun is guaranteed with the Boston Comedy Festival this weekend.

The last final three days will feature some of the festival’s highlights, including the semifinals and finals of the stand-up competition. The entrance fee is $15-30 per show. Just keep in mind that children are not allowed to get in for the show.

Boston gives a lot of freedom to visitors. Despite complaints from neighbors, the annual pro-cannabis rally known as Hempfest will return to Boston. This is the second-largest festival of its kind. The festival will last for three days. It features musical performances and a ‘’cannabis education village’’.

It covers the topics like how to grow your own plants to start a small business in the marijuana industry.

The festival has free entrance and is open to people of all ages.

The opening of ‘’Hamilton’’ in Boston is pretty close. Everybody is welcome to sing along to some of their favorite songs from the musical at Cary Hall in Lexington this Friday. Don’t forget to get dressed for the event and don’t be surprised if you end up winning a life-sized cutout of ‘’Hamilton’’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

America’s Test Kitchen Boston Eats Festival will serve you with unlimited food from top Boston chefs and mingle with the stars of ATK’s long-running TV shows. Come here to enjoy food, wine and to have a glimpse of celebrity life.

Just in case you are going to bring your children with you, be certain, they are not going to be bored. On Sunday there will be a number of kid-friendly activities as well.

Boston will transform into a land of delicious food, performances, drinks and will allow you to set free from your daily routine.

Enjoy your weekend in Boston!

 

Fun Weekend With Family in Boston Before The School Start

Fun Weekend With Family in Boston Before The School Start

Boston Fun weekendIf you are looking for some place to have fun with your kids before the school year starts than Boston is the top destination for a few more family-friendly activities.

This Thursday Charlestown Navy Yard held a Family Day. Navy Yard covers activities with rope making, block and tackle, monkey’s first throw, and knot tying.

Eataly’s series of block parties will return Thursday night with another Piazza all” Aperto inspired by the food festivals held in the plazas of Italian towns.

The Italian food will include cannoli, gelato, pasta, mozzarella, and many other delectable dishes on hand, as well as frose, wine, beer, and cocktails to sip on while enjoying live music and lawn games in the heart of Back Bay.

Good news for visitors! The entry to the event is free. If you want to save some money on food and tickets, you can purchase them online.

For movie lovers, Boston offers plenty of outdoor movie screenings.

The top pick for this weekend goes to the Lawn on D for its showing of ‘’Black Panther’’ on Thursday.

Boston’s theater scene is still buzzing from the world premiere of ‘’Moulin Rouge! The Musical ‘’, and another big-name production named ‘’The Book of Mormon’’.It’s a musical from ‘’South Park ‘’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that won nine Tony Awards in 2011.  You can get the tickets from 40-225 $. It will take place at the Boston Opera House on Sunday, August 26.

You want to celebrate Global Climbing Day by joining free climbing on August 18 ? Go ahead.

For every person who climbs at a Rock Spot gym, The North Face will donate $1 to the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal. It’s an organization that is committed to teaching responsible climbing practices through community-based programs.

 

Your visit can bring you more fun if you visit a zoo with your kids or family. On Saturday adults will run the show at the Franklin Park Zoo.

Visit animals and have fun with beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages from more than 40 vendors.

Pilates and yoga lovers are invited to an outdoor class followed by lunch. Sounds like a great Sunday, right?

Have a good vacation.

2-year-old boy Was Killed By a Car:Protests For The Safer Streets in Boston

2-year-old boy Was Killed By a Car:Protests For The Safer Streets in Boston

Boston Protest street safetyA protest demanding street safety in Boston gathered residents in South Boston’s Tynan School on Thursday.

The incident that brought the community together was another tragedy that happened two weeks ago with a 2-year-old boy.

The little child was killed by a car on the sidewalk. Tragically, the little boy named Collin McGrath was in a stroller when a van jumped the curb after crashing into a small car.

‘’We should be able to leave our houses without the fear of getting hit by a car’’, the leader of the march, Kati Donovan said. Kati was hit by a car and she is still in the wheelchair. She has compassion for what’s happening in the streets because she has been through it herself.

People came from every corner of South for the gathering to protest against dangerous situation created by drivers for residents.

Kati Donovan led a slow-down march up to L Street, just past the corner of East 5th where little McGrath lost his life.

The city has since installed flex poles at several intersections for more visibility. But residents demand a master traffic improvements for all of the Southie.

Among protestors, there were people whose family members were killed in the streets. Deidre Habershaw said he remembers the promises given by the city officials to improve street safety, but yet, practically nothing happened.

His dad was killed more than five years ago.

For the safer environment, residents are demanding more traffic lights, four-way stop signs, speed bumps, crosswalks, and a 20 mph speed limit.

In response to the demands of the protestors, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said that they have to address the issue, and they are willing to do so.

 

Residents are very going to watch the response from community leaders carefully. The continued inaction would impact how they would vote in November.

 

An MIT Dropout Might Have Created the Next Big Device

MITAn MIT dropout wants to change the game and hopes to help saves thousands of lives with his new device.

 

But before I reveal what type of device this is, let’s get to know a little about the inventor of it. Kai Kloepfer is a 21-year-old college dropout from MIT in Boston.

 

He grew up in Colorado and was always interested in technology as well as engineering. He first started working on this device back when he was still in high school. He created the first model for a science fair about 6 years ago. Since then, he has been working on it and improving it slowly here and there.

 

Now, he is working towards making his science project his new business. Lots of investors from California were willing to invest in his creation, which is how he was able to obtain funding for it.

So, what, might you ask, is this device he’s working on? It’s a smart gun. Yes, that’s right, a smart gun.

 

If it goes the way he hopes, his invention will be the first ever handmade smart gun!

 

How would a smart gun work? Well, according to Kloepfer, the gun has a sensor on the handle that will only recognize one fingerprint, the owner’s. It can only be used and functional when the authorized person uses it with the right fingerprint.

 

Since he was from Colorado originally, the movie theater shooting that occurred a few years ago had upset Kloepfer and motivated him to come up with the invention of the smart gun. He hopes this new device can help save the lives of innocent people.

Biofire, his company, is constructing the handgun by hand and incorporating the sensor in it. Kloepfer stated that the smart gun will need charging every once a year.

 

In his opinion, Boston might not be the right city for having a gun company, however, there are lots of talented people that are right for the position of working in this company. He says, “Boston is, in my opinion, the best city in the United States for hardware electronics.”

 

This will make all the difference, especially with gun-related deaths that happen year-round.

Boston’s Parking System is Corrupt and Residents Demand Action

bostonParking fines keep rising in Boston throughout the last few years, if not decades. For those who commute to work in town, it comes with a price.

 

Locals who live in the city are starting to have to pay for parking by their own houses.

 

City councils are calling it a “broken neighborhood system.”

 

Antonio Planas, a Boston Herald reporter, says that Boston city councils are trying to find a solution to this system.

 

Residents are being charged for getting parking stickers to be able to park in their own neighborhood. If they do not have the required permit parking, they will get fined each time they park in the neighborhood.

 

What’s worse is that the city is actually limiting the number of permits that are being bought or handed out to residents, meanwhile, parking enforcers are giving residents or others more tickets every day for not having the permits.

 

At Boston’s Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation, city officials are trying their best to fix this problem, since it really has become a big problem for Boston residents.

 

Those city officials have been frustrated with the fact that the city is giving out an unlimited amount of the residential parking permits and is not charging people for those permits. The problem is that certain neighborhoods do not have a lot of parking spaces available which makes it hard for the ones living in those areas to park their cars when they return home.

 

Councilors are thinking of pricing the permits $100.

 

Parking spots might take up to an hour to be found, which is not going to work for people either.

 

Mayor Marty Walsh does not agree with the price for the permits. He states, “this would impact residents who can’t afford to pay for their permit, meaning a police like this could directly penalize those who make the least and may have few reasonable and affordable alternatives to travel.”

 

It’s true. The city should to put an end to this and find a reasonable solution to fix the parking problem in Boston to help its low-income residents.

 

There is talk about finding alternatives, like some sort of satellite tracking parking system or giving people incentives to park somewhere else.

 

Residents, commuters, and visitors of Boston should not be punished for owning vehicles but instead given some sort of an incentive.