I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year. My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list. That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list a top twenty every year since.
Here is my 22nd annual list.
January to March – Photography Course: I began to learn how to put my DSLR camera to use.
January 21st – Boston Women’s March: We live in frightening times, but it was inspiring to join 125,000 other people on the Boston Common who believe in making our country a better place.
February 20-25 – Florida: Vacationed in the Sunshine State with stops at Walt Disney World, spring training, the beach, and the Everglades
March 24-25 – New England Archivists Spring Meeting: I presented at a conference for the first time. It was also memorable because I was horribly sick that weekend too.
April 14-16 – Easter in New York: Took the kids to visit their Nana in the City, featuring stops at a chocolate museum, Coney Island, Pelham Bay Park, and the Bronx Zoo.
April – September 24 – Youth Baseball: My daughter played he first year in teeball and my son’s team had a thrilling season winning their division championship. Then he played in the Mayor’s Cup. And his team even appeared on NESN Clubhouse.
May 2 – November 7 – Tito Jackson for Mayor: My first time actively participating in a political campaign. I gathered signatures, stood out with placards, and marched in the Wake Up and the Earth and Pride Parades. I wish I could’ve done more, but mostly I wish Tito won the election. Still, got to meet an inspiring group of people with a positive vision for Boston’s future.
May 27-29 – Memorial Day in New York: Visited with my mother in New York sans children and we explored the Chihuly exhibits at the New York Botanical Garden, visited Lower Manhattan, and took in the art at the Metropolitan Museum.
June 4 – Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon: Riding with my kids in this annual event is always memorable.
June 18 – Father’s Day at Canobie Lake: I was feted with roller coasters and log flume rides.
June 26 – 3rd Grade Freedom Trail Trip: Chaperoned my son’s class tour of the Freedom Trail where the kids themselves presented on each of the sites.
July 15 – Castle Island: A beautiful summer day with friends and breezes off the Boston Harbor.
July 18 – City Splash: I swam in the Charles River and loved it.
July 28-30 – Tully Lake Campground: camping in Massachusetts, featuring a bird watching walk and disc golf.
August 13-19 – Wildwood Camp: My son went away to sleepaway camp for the first time!
August 21 – Solar Eclipse: Joined a crowd in Arnold Arboretum to watch the sun (mostly) disappear.
August 27 – SoWa Tour BBF Guide of the Month: Researched, wrote, and lead a tour of this evolving South End neighborhood.
September 1-5 – Mount Desert Island: A magical weekend at Acadia National Park and environs.
November 22-26 – Thanksgiving: Another weekend in New York, featuring the Thanksgiving Day Parade a visit to Wave Hill, and a concert by the New York Philharmonic.
Five Questions with Besty Rosenblatt Rosso: Did you know that I appeared on a podcast.
Just a note here to remind myself of a 20th and final memorable event that wouldn’t be prudent to publish publicly.