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Five Places to Outdoor Ice Skate in Boston

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Mar 01, 2015

 

Embrace these last (hopefully) few weeks of winter weather by taking advantage of Boston's outdoor ice skating options. Here are five great spots, as provided by the Boston Calendar:

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Chinese New Year Events - Dim Sum & Lion Dance Parade

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, Feb 28, 2015

Celebrate the year of the goat this Sunday, March 1st at the Chinese New Year Events in Chinatown. 

 

 

Start out by grabbing some Dim Sum (Chinese version of "small plates," served in the morning, and often through mid-afternoon on weekends - the perfect brunch!). Here are some ideas for great spots in Chinatown, from Boston Discovery Guide:

China Pearl: "Waitresses bustle around with carts of dim sum fresh from the kitchen.  If you don't see anything you like on one cart, you're sure to find plenty on the next.  Lines get long on the weekends; arrive before 10am for the shortest wait"

Chau Chow City: "Another Boston favorite serving dim sum from steam carts is Chau Chow City.Like China Pearl, Chau Chow City has plenty of large tables - excellent place to come with a group."

Great Taste Bakery and Restaurant: "Here, you order off a menu of sorts - really just a paper list.  You check the items that you want.  They arrive at the table, piping hot, as soon as the kitchen prepares them."

After a Dim Sum brunch, head out into the streets to enjoy the festivities,starting with the Lion Dance parade. The traditional Lion Dances are believed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck. The dances will start on Beach Street at the Chinatown Gate and continue on various paths through he neighborhood, going from business to business and street to street. "Offerings", oftentimes oranges and cabbages,  are placed on a small chair or table by local bakeries and restaurants outside of their front door. 

There will be no shortage of Lion Dances, firecrackers, and drums making this an exciting event not to be missed.

To learn more about the Chinese New Year events, click here

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Boston Scavenger Hunt

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Experience Boston in a different way with this Urban Adventure Quest. "Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour." You'll start out at Boston Common, one of the oldest parks in the nation and from there, make your way through the city stopping at key historical points along the Freedom Trail. Attractions you'll see include the Granary Burial Ground, Quincy Market, Paul Revere's House, and the North End. 

"Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your own pace. " 

There are tons of start dates to choose from. See them all here!

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Whole Foods Boston Beer & Wine Paint Night

Posted by Susie Callahan on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Learn how to paint a masterpiece at the first ever Whole Foods Boston Beer & Wine Paint Night. Enjoy beer, wine and light appetizers while painting with their own in-store artists.Tickets are only $20 and all of the proceeds go to the Whole Planet Foundation - an awesome non-profit organization dedicated to poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

This event will take this Saturday, February 28th at 7pm in their Cafe. 

Be sure to buy your tickets ASAP, as they're capping the event at 15 people. Sign up here and RSVP to CRPevents@wholefoods.com so they have a headcount! 
Check out their events calendar here for more fun events!

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Stargaze at BU's Coit Observatory

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Get a chance to see the night sky up close and personal at the Coit Observatory. Each (weather-permitting) Wednesday, Boston University hosts a Public Open Night, giving you have access to their telescopes to stargaze, check out planets, and see the moon. Staff members are there to offer you educational tidbits and provide any help you need.  These events are fun,free, and educational so this is a great idea for kids or out of town guests. 

 

Be sure to check their twitter feed the day-of, to make sure the event isn't canceled due to weather. 

You can also give them a call at (617) 353-2630. 

 

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Afternoon Tea at the Boston Public Library

Posted by Susie Callahan on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Sure, we all know about the Boston Public Library, but did you know there's an afternoon tea party held there three days each week? For just $32 per person,enjoy tea sandwiches (think Lobster Salad with Marcona Almond on Pate a Choux and Deviled Chicken & Espelette Pepper), scones and other sweets while sipping teas ranging from Earl Grey to Matcha to White Wedding Tea. 

Here's a sample of their tea menu:

Organic Darjeeling
A second-flush Darjeeling from the Seeyok Garden for Darjeeling fans who prefer an organic version.
Matcha
This powdered tea has been the pride of Uji for several centuries. A real eye opener!
Dragon Pearl Jasmine
Beautiful hand-rolled pearls from Fuan, China gently infused with floral essences from Jasmine flowers. 

Afternoon tea is served every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm-4pm.

 

These events are hosted by The Catered Affair

Take a look at the full menu here!

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Drawing in the Galleries at the MFA

Posted by Susie Callahan on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Tap in to your artistic side at Drawing in the Galleries at the MFA. Held each Wednesday evening until August 26th, the MFA hosts an event (with limited drawing materials supplied) where you're able to sketch live models or objects in their collections. "A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork". These events are free with admission. Best part - admission to the MFA is free on Wednesdays after 4pm, so these events are very budget friendly. 

The next Drawing in the Galleries session is on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

 

The location changes each session, so be sure to check in at the Sharf Visitor Center. 

To check out this event and more of what's happening at the MFA, click here.

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Catch a Bruins or Celtics Game

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Feb 22, 2015

With five major pro sports teams, Boston is arguably one of the best sports cities in the world. The Patriots wrapped up the football season with an exciting Superbowl win, so now it's time to focus on hockey and basketball.  Emerge yourself in the Boston sports scene and head over to TD Garden to catch a Bruins or Celtics game. Buy tickets to the Bruins vs Canucks on Tuesday 2/24 here and Celtics vs Knicks here

For the complete Bruins schedule, click here

For the complete Celtics schedule, click here

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Sunday Brunch

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, Feb 21, 2015

tmg-slideshow_xlThere are few things better than ending your weekend with a Sunday Funday. So, gather your friends and family  and check out some of Boston's best spots for Sunday brunch. Whether you want to enjoy tasty cocktails and oysters at Island Creek Oyster Bar, try out the award-winning tapas at Toro, listen to a live jazz band while brunching at The Beehive, or build your own bloody mary at East Coast Grill, Boston's got something for everyone.  

 

Check out more great brunch spots this Thrillist article here

 

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Watch the Oscars While Helping a Great Cause

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards are just around the corner. Watch in style while supporting the Ellie Fund, a non-profit organization that provides necessary support and services to breast cancer patients and their families.

"Join the celebration of film, fashion, food and fundraising" at The Ellie Fund's Red Carpet Gala this Sunday. WCVB-TV Channel 5's  Phil Lipof, Jim Lokay, J.C. Monahan and Kelley Tuthill will be hosting this event at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Enjoy hosted bars with wine, beer and cocktails, gourmet chef stations featuring some of Boston's best chefs, live auctions and deluxe gift bags! 

You can purchase tickets here

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