The Christmas Revels: A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice


It’s warm and overcast out, and looking to only get warmer as the week goes.  We’re more likely to have a wet Christmas than a white Christmas, but I know the holiday is coming soon.  Today my family and I celebrated the solstice with a matinée of The Christmas Revels.  This is our (mostly) annual…

Sunday, 9/27 @ 2 PM: Cambridge Common walking tour


    This Sunday I will be leading a Boston By Foot Tour of the Month of Cambridge Common, both the park and the neighborhood surrounding it which includes churches, collegiate campuses, and family homes.  It’s fun and chock full of history!  Buy tickets online at Boston By Foot, and meet us at the Harvard…

The 44th Annual Christmas Revels


The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge are annual family tradition.  My first Revels experience was in Washington in 1996.  After moving to the Boston area, the Cambridge Revels were an annual event from 2001-2006.  We missed the show in 2007 due to a newborn, and in 2008 due to a blizzard, but have…

Beer Reviews: Cambridge Brewing Company Sgt. Pepper


Beer: Sgt. Pepper Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company Source: 22 oz, bottle Rating: **** (8.1 of 10) Comments:  Spicy and unique, this beer pours out golden with effervescence and a thin head.  The scent is spicy & yeasty and the flavor is a peppercorn spice balanced with a caramel malt.  I found it went well with a vegetable…

Beer Review: CBC Spring Training IPA


Beer:  Spring Training IPA Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating:  ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: A hazy, golden-colored beer is defined by lots of carbonation and a thick, big-bubbled head.  There’s a grassy bitter aroma and a taste of strong floral hops.  Even after quaffing for a while, the head is still going strong…

The 43rd Annual Christmas Revels


This afternoon, my wife, son, and good family friend Craig took in the  performance of The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. The annual pageant of music, dance, storytelling, and drama focused this year on the pilgrimage along the Camino de Compostela in the Spanish region of Galicia.  As a Celtic culture, the Galicians…

Book Review: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud


Author: Claire Messud Title: The Woman Upstairs Publication Info: 2013: Books on Tape ISBN: 9780307913630 Summary/Review: Messud’s “Woman Upstairs” is her take on the character without an identity such as Ellison’s Invisible Man or The Mad Woman in the Attic, but in this case the nice woman who no one takes notice of.   Nora is a school…

Book Review: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks


Author: Geraldine Brooks Title: Caleb’s Crossing  Publication Info: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, 2011. ISBN: 9781441790200 Summary/Review: This engaging novel set in 17th Massachusetts, primarily Martha’s Vineyard and Cambridge, is the recollections of a Puritan woman Bethia Mayfield regarding the life of a Wampanoag she befriends as a child who takes the name Caleb.  The language of the narrative carries…

Beer Review: Cambridge Brewing Company Heather Ale


Beer :Heather Ale Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company  Source: 22 oz, bottle Rating: *** (7.3 of 10) Comments: This is a unique beer that channels ancient styles with herbal additions to the brewing process.  The beer is a hazy, amber looking a bit thin at the bottom.  The nose smells of flowers and honey with a hint of…

The 42nd Annual Christmas Revels


It would not be Christmas without the Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  This year my wife, son and I joined by our friends Abby, Kim, & Sid took in the Winter Solstice performance on the evening of December 21st.  The show was delightful as always with the subject being near and dear to…

Beer Review: CBC Amber


Beer: Cambridge Amber Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Company Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.0 of 10) Comments:   This beer features a dark copper/brown color with a thin head.  The scent is faint and grainy while the taste is nutty and yeasty with a clean finish.  Sporadic lacing covers the inside of the glass.  This is an enjoyable local…

Beer Review: Cambridge Brewing Co. Sgt. Pepper


Beer: Sgt. Pepper Saison / Farmhouse Ale Brewer: Cambridge Brewing Co. Source:  22 oz. bottles Rating: *** (7.8 of 10) Comments: The beer is a nice cloudy copper with lots of bubbles and a foamy head. The smell and taste stand out as the peppercorns give the beer a spiciness that is unique.  It also…

The 41st Annual Christmas Revels


This afternoon my family and I took in the annual performance of The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge.  The Revels is a family tradition and this marks the tenth Christmas Revels production I’ve attended (including a Washington Revels performance in 1995 and performing as a cast member in the 2009 Christmas Revels).  This…

The 40th Anniversary Christmas Revels


Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I’m a big fan of Revels and their annual Christmas Revels performances at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.  I was excited and honored to attend the dress rehearsal performance of this year’s 40th anniversary production of the Christmas Revels on Thursday, December 16th.  Had I better journalistic standards…

Boston By Boat


Boston By Foot is known for leading excellent walking tours of Boston’s architecture and history.  Now you learn about Boston’s architecture and built environments on a 90-minute cruise!  Teaming with the Boston Society of Architects and the Charles Riverboat Company, the Charles River Architecture Cruise offers a unique perspective on Boston and Cambridge. I took…

The Best Dam Walking Tour in Boston


I promote a lot of tours on this blog, but if there’s one tour you must take this summer it’s the Exploring the Charles River Basin tour offered by Boston By Foot guides (including myself).  The tour steps off at 2 pm on Sunday, June 27th from Nashua Street Park just opposite the exit from…

Book Review: Interpreter of Maladiesby Jhumpa Lahiri


Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Title: Interpreter of Maladies Publication Info: Mariner Books (1999) ISBN: 039592720X Previously read: The Namesake Summary/Review: Lahiri’s collection of short stories demonstrates that she is one fine writer.  The stories – mainly set in the Cambridge/Boston area or in India – cover some common themes such as the meetings of peoples of…

Scary Frosty Wants You!


In Central Square,  Cambridge an angry snowman demands that you keep your sidewalks clear of snow. I’ve actually noticed that the sidewalks in Central Square & Cambridgeport tend to be better maintained than other places in and around Boston. So this vindictive anthropomorphic mass of crystallized precipitation is doing his job. Respect his authority!

Christmas Revels: The Reviews Are In


As reported earlier, I’m participating as a member of the Roaring Gap Chorus in this year’s Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater in Cambridge, MA.  The show has been great thus far and tickets are still available for the final six performances.  Come out and see us and don’t just take my word for it, read…