|May 25, 2017|
The Wang Center is one of the most popular places in New England to see traveling Broadway Shows. In addition, the theater is a good location for Company gathering and weddings.
In 2016, the theater was rename the Boch Center.
Tanglewoood in Lenox, Massachusetts is the largest concert hall in New England. It holds 5,100 seated inside. It has the ability to handle up to 18,000. ( That's 12,900 people sitting on the lawn outside.
The Dress Circle seats are not available for the general public. They are reserved for Boch Center Members. Generally, these seats are for corporate sponsors of the show or major sponsors of the Wang Center.
You can park at the Tuffs Shared Services Parking garage next door.
We like to park at the Motor Mart Garage on Stuart Street. It's very easy to get to off the Massachusetts Turnpike. Simply Take the Prudential Exit. Stay right on the ramp heading towards Copley Square. You'll be on Stuart Street. Simply drive about 5 blocks and the garage will be on your left. You'll see the garage sign by the time you get past Berkeley Street.
Both garages charge $28 a day. (Sunday Rate)
|May 18, 2017|
Every Memorial Day weekend there are thousands of American flags that are placed in the grass on the Boston Commons.
These flags are a memorial to each Massachusetts Soldier that died in battle.
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is responsible for placing and maintaining the flags. In 2016, there was a sign:
The sign reads:
This garden of 37,000 flags was planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. These flags will be on display throughout Memorial Day weekend for your observance and reflection. Please remember and honor the ultimate sacrifices of our local heroes.
Each flag represents a fallen service member; please respect the display.
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund are looking for volunteers are needed to help out set up the flag, protecting the flags and taking them down. Download a Volunteer Information sheet for more information. If your able to help out, use their online sign-up form.
Here's a timeline that I created of the Flag Garden events. Activities start on Wednesday, May 24th:
You can find the flags between Frog Pond and Charles Street. The best way to see them is from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. The flags are on display for a very limited time. This year the flags will be removed on Memorial Day - May 29th at 6 pm.
It's quite a sight to see 37,000 flags planted in the ground, and certainly worth seeing!
|May 11, 2017|
Between the Old State House and the Irish Famine Memorial is a small alley called "Pi Alley."
When you walk down the alley you can learn some history of the Alley from a sign on the wall:
The Pi Alley Story
As downtown Boston evolved from a residential to commercial area by the end of the 19th century, the name of this alley evolved from the names of local landowners to one more descriptive of the area. Many small restaurants set up shop in the alley to serve the area's workers. A staple in many of these places was meat pies (often ordered by colorful names such as "Cat Pie" earning the alley the name "Pie Alley".
In the days when Washington Street was home to most of the city's newspaper printing plants, many of the printer and typesetters frequented a tavern in the alley called the Bell In Hand. In their haste to get refreshment, the newspapermen would often drop pocket full of mixed up loose type (called "pi" in the printing business) on the ground, leading to the current name "Pi Alley".
Today the alley continues the tradition of small businesses serving the people who work in the area.
The sign is a bit misleading, locals have always referred the Alley as Pi Alley. The first printed reference to Pi Alley was in the Boston Globe in the early 1890s.
Pi is a terminology used by printers to describe type matter that has been upset or spilled. If a compositor had the misfortune to pi a line of type, they were expected to fix it at their own expense. Fixing the line of type was too much work. So many compositors just threw out the pi out the window into the alley - that is if no one was looking. It was that custom the alley got its name - Pi Alley.
In 1898, there was a restaurant called Dennett's that was located at 241 Washington Street - which is on the southwest corner of Pi Alley. Joseph Gridley food and hospitality was so good, that he was known as the "King of Pi Alley." His pies were good that people did consider changing the Alley to Pie Alley.
Every major newspaper company had their offices nearby here, including:
You can find Pi Alley is located at 275 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108. It's located on the Freedom Trail. You can see the entrance to Pi Alley next to the Pi Alley Garage.
|May 4, 2017|
District Hall is Boston’s public innovation center. It has the distinct honor of being the first building completed in seaport square.
The answer is in the window as you walk by on Seaport Blvd:
District Hall is a not for profit civic innovation center, public workspace and event venue designed to inspire innovation, build community, and make your ideas happen.
A Whiteboard greets you as you walk in...
If your looking for a nice quiet WiFi spot to get some work done, then District Hall is perfect.
There are plenty of tables and couches with a plug nearby. It does seem to get busy shortly after lunch time. Looks like most people use the Cafe Hangout to talk about projects they are working on.
Check the walls for the current Wiki name and password.
The smell in the Lounge is very nice, you don’t have the strong coffee smell that you find at Starbucks. The WiFi range is powerful enough to reach the outside patio.
Hungry? Thirty? Want to meet-up over coffee? Enjoy the Brew cafe. They brew Starbucks coffee and have a delicious selection of sandwiches. Prices are fairly reasonable. A single size pizza is $3.50.
There's hardly any wait at the cafe. The service is quick and the selection is excellent. Coffee is good.
If your into some afternoon celebration try Gather. They have a great selection of beer and wine. They also have pizza and lots of other delicious entries.
You can sit outside and have a nice view of a park and the Boston Harbor in the distance. In addition, this summer there will be tall ships that will be dock close to District Hall. This will add a nice touch to the scenery.
District Hall is a great venue to hold a meeting of just about any size. They have several large rooms with removable walls to accommodate big meetings.
As an added bonus, meeting rooms have whiteboard paint on some of the walls. You'll run out of ideas long before you run out of whiteboard space. Tip: If your hosting an event, bring a step stool so you can write high up on the wall.
They offer excellent catering services with a wide selection - including health and Gluten free options.
I attended several meetings in the Assembly Rooms, they were nice and quiet. Room temps were very nice, I attended meetings on a very cold winter day and a nice spring day. You may occasionally hear aircraft taking off from Logan airport. (They usually don't fly over the District Hall, but weather factors may change their take-off paths.)
District Hall is located 75 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 in Boston’s Seaport district.
It’s about an 8-minute walk from South Station, or you can catch the Silver Line and get off at Court House. It’s the first Silver Line stop after South Station. Once you get upstairs it’s a 1/2 a block walk to the District Hall.
District Hall is open to the public 8 am to 5 pm, Monday thru Friday. They are open other times for private events.
|April 27, 2017|
William Dawes was one of many critical messengers on April 19, 1775. William Dawes, Paul Revere, and Percy were task by Joseph Warren to warn John Hancock and John Adams that the British were coming to arrest them.
Dr. Joseph Warren was one of the leaders of the revolutionary forces that stayed in Boston as the British started to increase their size.
Many people may know Paul Revere because of Longfellow poem:
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."
The Poem was written in 1860 by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that commemorates the actions of American patriot Paul Revere on April 18, 1775, although with significant inaccuracies. It was first published in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. It was later retitled "The Landlord's Tale" in the collection Tales of a Wayside Inn.
There's a lot of great information on "William Dawes: The Forgotten Midnight Rider" over on HistoryofMassachusetts.com. It's certainly worth the read.
Despite being left out of Longfellow's poem, his name was mentioned at the 200th celebration on April 19. 1975. At a special 200th Anniversary ceremony at the Old North Church, President Ford mention him:
Remarks in Boston at the Old North Church Bicentennial Lantern Service. April 18. 1975
That was the only mention of William Dawes in a United State's president speech. Paul Revere's name has been mentioned in at least 20 speeches. Various Presidents from Benjamin Harrison in 1892 to Barack Obama in 2016 referenced Paul Revere's ride. Some of the speeches just referenced William Dawes and Samuel Prescott as his companions and not their name.
There is a gravestone in King Chapel graveyard with an inscription to William Dawes. However, he is actually believed to be buried in Forrest Hills Cemetery, 25 miles away. You can read up on all the research that one of the Descendants of William Dawes did to find the truth.
It's possible that there's nobody buried at William Dawes grave at the King Chapel graveyard.
The Ride of William Dawe
Listen, my children, for oft you will hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere But now, if you will but pause, You shall here the tale of William Dawes.
When the lights of the Old North Church flashed out Paul Revere was waiting about, But Dawes was already on his way To warn the farmers of the coming fray.
Through the still night down Washington street He rode on his steed, swift and fleet. Through Roxbury and Brighton rode he in huste. Swift as a courier in a chase.
|April 20, 2017|
At the Old City Hall are two statues, Benjamin Franklin and Josiah Quincy. Two icons that help guide this country to the prosperity that we have today.
This post is all about the Josiah Quincy statue.
Note that there are a couple of blank sides which were intentionally left empty.
The statue is located on the front right side of the Old City Hall. Old City Hall is located at 45 School St in Boston, MA.
|April 13, 2017|
In 2009, I wrote about how the Kirstein Business Branch was closing and being relocated to the main library.
After a few year of being in limbo, the Kirstein Business branch is in its new permanent home the basement of the Boston Public Library. The library had a grand reopening on July 9, 2016.
Old Kirstein Kirstein Business Branch at 20 City Hall Ave, Boston MA
The old library felt like your in a 19th Century reading room. The floors would creak as you walk around the library. The rooms were dark. There wasn't color, white walls with a dark frame.
The library was on multiple floors, so you would have to change seats if you were looking for something on a different floor. It also made it challenging to find someone to help you.
Despite its old look and feel it was nice because it was separated from the regular library. You knew everyone else that was there was business oriented.
This week, I decided to check out the Kirstein Business section at the main library.
The area in the basement looks very nice and modern compared to the old branch. You don't feel that your in a basement of an old building.
The whole place is bright, despite having no outside windows. You certainly get a nice warm feeling as you walk around the area.
There are plenty of tables to sit down and read all sorts of books and magazines. Each table has a plug and USB stations so you can charge up your laptop or any electronic device while your doing research.
If you have any dream of starting a business, this is the place to go to jump start your vision.
The new location has meeting rooms which the old location lacked. As I recall, when there were meetings they held them on one of the floors.
There are plenty of books separated into eight sections. There are books for Careers, Business Management, legal and so much more.
Opposite of the book shelves is numerous trade magazines and journals. You can read the current issue or lift the shelf cover and pick out an old one.
Great Place to Research Your Business Idea
When you come in, walk over to the information desk and they will help you get started.Did you know
The Macintosh machines in the Innovation Center has much popular application. You are free to use the computers in a two-hour session per day. The following software applications are available on each machine:
The Kirstein Business Center has a 3D Printer for public use! To use it, submit designs in STL format to get printed.
Checkout the website for more information.
The next time your in Copley Square stop by the Boston Public Library and check out the Kirstein Business Center.
To access the KBC, enter through the main doors on Boylston Street. Walk straight in and where you see a staircase, go down.
|April 6, 2017|
The Ether Monument, is a statue and fountain near the northwest corner of Boston's Public Garden, near the intersection of Arlington Street and Marlborough Street. It commemorates the first use of Ether in anesthesia in 1846.
At the base of the monument is a plaque on the ground that reads:
Preserved with support from local citizens, Save Outdoor sculpture!, Target Stores and The National Endowment for the Arts, SOS! is a Project of Project of Heritage preservation and Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The monument is located in the North-West corner of the Boston Public Gardens. It's located near the intersection of Arlington Street and Marlborough Street. If you're on the Lagoon Bridge, walk towards the Washington Statue and turn right. Follow the path along the lagoon.
|March 30, 2017|
Fenway park opening day is April 3rd. Fans traveling to Fenway via Kenmore Square will see something new this year:
This past winter the City of Boston put up the unusual sign in Kenmore Square to signify the length of Route 20.
The sign is a little small and may be hard to spot. The sign is located at the corner of Kenmore Street and Commonwealth Ave. It's located near the MBTA bus station at Kenmore Square.
If your driving into Kenmore Square, your better off seeing it coming in via Commonwealth Ave. The sign will be on your left just before you get into Kenmore Square.
If you're taking the Green Line to Kenmore Square, you'll want to use the Beacon Street Exit. Once you're at street level, head to the lights at Kenmore Street, away from the Citgo Sign, then cross the street. You'll see the sign as you look back towards the Citgo sign.
|March 23, 2017|
Spring has officially arrived and pretty soon things will get busy in the City of Boston. Here are some notable openings that pretty much guarantee that the warmer weather is here to stay for a while.
|February 25, 2017||Sullivan's at Castle Island|
|March 22, 2017||Duck Boat Tours|
|March 25, 2017||Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove|
|April 3, 2017||Red Sox Opening Day|
|April 17, 2017||Boston Marathon|
|April 30, 2017||Christian Science Center Reflection Pool|
Is there anything that I am missing that you think that should be mention here? Let me know in the comments.
|March 16, 2017|
Charles F. Hurley was the 54th Governor of Massachusetts and is the first Irish Governor of Massachusetts. He only served one term from January 7, 1937, to January 5, 1939. He represented the Democratic Party.
Since tomorrow is Saint Patrick's Day, I thought it would be interesting to learn more about Massachusetts first Irish Governor.
Obviously was named after the former Governor. It is the only monument/building to honor the former governor.
The painting in the hallway of the Massachusetts State House.
You can see the painting of Charles F. Hurley, and other Massachusetts governors at the Massachusetts State House. Charles F. Hurley painting is on the third floor between the Secretary of State office and the State Library. You have to go up the stairs and all the way in the back of the building.
I learned that the sitting Massachusetts Governor can put any hallway painting in the Executive Office. They decorate the office with paintings of past Governors that they admire.
|March 9, 2017|
The Irish Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. As a result of the Famine, the country population drop 25%.
The famine was caused by mold that was growing on the potatoes. Many Irish depended on potatoes as the food source due to strict land regulations. In addition, years of oppression on the Catholic Irish caused people to live just below the poverty line.
Boston was seen as a beacon of hope, and many Irish emigrated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to escape the rough conditions in Ireland.
The Irish suffered job discrimination with people putting up signs in store windows which read, "Irish need no apply." People saw the mass migration as a threat to the skillful workforce.
In 1998, Boston dedicated a memorial to the Irish Famine.
There are two statue monuments in the memorial.
Some people say that the two monuments demonstrate how the potato famine impacted the poor and the rich.
There are eight plaques around the memorial which tells the cause and effect of the Irish Famine:
The memorial is located on Boston's Freedom Trail at the corner of Washington St. and School St. It's right between the "Old Corner Bookstore" and the "Old South Meeting House."
The memorial is not an official site on the Boston Freedom Trail.
|March 2, 2017|
In 1942 one of the world's worst nightclub fire happen in Boston. On the night of November 28, 1942, 491 people died at the Coconut Grove nightclub. This is still the worst nightclub fire in History.
Twelve things that I learned about the nightclub fire:
Today the site of the former nightclub is a parking garage and a large empty lot. The area of the original main dining room is now a new street called Coconut Grove Lane.
In 1993, on the 50th anniversary of the fire, a memorial plaque was placed at the original location of the nightclub. The plaque is placed on the sidewalk near where the revolving door was located. (Many of the victims died as a result of the rush to the revolving door.)
The plaque reads:
Erected by Bay Village Neighborhood Association. In Memory of the more than 490 people who died as a result of the Coconut Grove fire on November 28, 1942. As a result of this terrible tragedy major changes were made in the fire code and improvements in the treatment of burn victims no only in Boston but across the nation.
"Phoenix out of the Ashes"
This plaque crafted by Anthony P. Marra, Youngest Survivor of the Coconut Grove fire. You can see a map of the nightclub on the plaque, and the revolving door
Anthony P. Marra was a Cocoanut Grove Club employee who escaped the fire.
The plaque is located at the corner of Piedmont Street and Coconut Grove Lane, (17 Piedmont Street.) It located just underneath the lamp post sign.
|February 23, 2017|
At the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Charlesgate West, near Kenmore Square, is a sign indicating that it's Oliver Ames Jr Square. Did you know, that Boston had two famous Oliver Ames Jr?
The square is named for Lieutenant Oliver Ames Jr. who served in the 165th United States Infantry Regiment, part of the 42nd Infantry Division in World War One. On July 29th, 1918, he gave his life at the Second Battle of the Marne.
Oliver Ames Jr (1807 - 1877) is the father of Oliver Ames Jr (1895 - 1918)
Some interesting thing that I learned about Oliver Ames Jr:
You can see the new "Boston Strong" sign from the square. The square is between the cars and the "Boston Strong" sign.
Oliver Ames Jr buried at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in Picarde, France. His grave reads:
Oliver Ames, Jr. 2nd Lt. Inf. U. S. R. Killed in action, July 29th, 1918 Act. Adjutant 1st Btn. 65th Inf.
|February 16, 2017|
On Court Street, near the Washington Street intersection, if you look around the sidewalk you will see the following:
You can see these sidewalk markers in various places around the city of Boston. Mario Susi & Sons is an excavating contractor that has performed construction projects for the city of Boston.
Excavation Contractors perform site preparation, grading, trenching and other various soil-related tasks. They basically get to drive around very large pieces of heavy equipment to get the job done.
I wasn't able to find a lot about the company, which is surprising since they do a good job with streetside advertising.