Photopost: Baseball Double Header


Over Memorial Day Weekend, I enjoyed a two-city, two-team, two-day baseball double header. On Sunday, I traveled down to New York to see R.A. Dickey and the Mets take on the San Diego Padres in the good company of some of my Mets fan friends. The next day, my son Peter & I went to…

Photopost: Wake Up the Earth 2012


Some photos from back on May 5th when Spontaneous Celebrations presented its annual Wake Up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain. This year we not only watched the parade but my son and I also participated in the festival, performing with Sing Positive JP. Here’s a sample of our chorus’ singing: Related Posts: Wake Up…

Beer Review: Slumbrew Porter Square Porter


Beer: Porter Square Porter Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company) Source: Draft Rating:  **** (8.3 of 10) Comments:  This is a nice porter.  It’s a deep, chocolaty black with a thick, foamy head.  The mouthfeel is very smooth and the taste is sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee.  Seek this out!

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…

Photopost: Holiday Week in Boston


There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Boston is our holiday home. With a week off from work and school, my wife Susan, son Peter, and baby Kay sought and found many adventures including: The Museum of Science, Boston Common, The Children’s Museum, The New England Aquarium, The Christmas Revels, The Larz Anderson…

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…

October 30th: Avenue of the Arts – Boston By Foot Tour of the Month


Come out this Sunday October 30th at 2pm for a guided walking tour of Boston’s Avenue of the Arts lead by Boston By Foot guides (including yours truly).  The tour begins in front of The Church of Christ, Scientist on Massachusetts Avenue and the cost is just $15/person.  If you become a Boston By Foot…

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon & Green Roots Festival


On Sunday June 26th, my son Peter & I rode in the fundraiser Bike-A-Thon for Bikes Not Bombs.  We were able to raise $376 for this worthy cause (feel free to add to our donations).  All-together 464 riders raised over $135,000 to support the work of Bikes Not Bombs! My photos are online and some…

Boston By Foot Boston Common & Public Garden Tour


Today I enjoyed another special Boston By Foot tour focusing on Boston Common and the Public Garden.  Our guide taught us a lot about the history of these two great public places, their features, and many works of public art.  It was a wet day, maybe not the best time to enjoy the parks, but…

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon


Would you like to help out a cute 3.5 year old kid and his dad as they ride a bike 15 miles around Boston to support Bikes Not Bombs?  Then donate now to support our efforts for the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon. My son Peter & I love riding our bikes around Boston and look…

Lilac Sunday


Jamaica Plain continued welcoming in the spring with Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum.  We took some time to pedal our bikes and sniff the petals.  Here are a few photos. Related Posts: Lilac Sunday, YEAH! Fall Foliage Festival at Arnold Arboretum Arnold Arboretum’s Lilac Sunday

Wake Up the Earth


Today, Jamaica Plain woke up the earth at the annual festival sponsored by Spontaneous Celebrations.  I took my son to soccer practice this morning and afterward we biked to Centre St to watch the parade.  Stilt-walkers, bicyclists, drummers, dancers and lots of bunnies starred in the procession. After the  parade passed, my son wanted to…

New Bicycle Blog


I’ve started yet another blog, this one about bicycle commuting, aptly named Bike Commuter through the Boston Biker blog network. I’ve been thinking about starting a bicycle blog for a long time and have dragged my feet about it but with spring coming in, this is as good of a time to get started. I…

Photopost: Woolapalooza


My son and I attended Woolapalooza today, Drumlin Farm’s celebration of all things pertaining to sheep.  We saw one man working hard with the shears to remove the wool of many sheep quickly and skillfully.   It was surprise that there wasn’t a team of people using electric shearing tools, but he got the job done…

Retropost: Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


In honor of this special day let’s revisit one of my favorite posts. While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in…

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…

Book Review: A City So Grand by Stephen Puleo


Author: Stephen Puleo Title: A city so grand : the rise of an American metropolis, Boston 1850-1900 Publication Info: Boston : Beacon Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780807050439 Previously read by the same author: Dark Tide Summary/Review: I looked forward to reading this book with great anticipation and was not disappointed.  With a certain amount of civic…

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Winter Lager


Beer: Samuel Adams Winter Lager Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.8 of 10) Comments: I had this on-tap at Doyle’s Cafe the pub close to the Samuel Adams headquarters in Jamaica Plain where Sam Adam’s beers always taste best.  This is a chocolate-brown beer with a thick – although quickly dissipating –…

Photopost: Ward’s Berry Farm


Visited Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon today for some hay-riding and pumpkin-picking.  Here are my gourd-eous and artsy  photographs from the pumpkin patch.

Photopost: Topsfield Fair


Today we went to the last day of the 2010 Topsfield Fair, America’s oldest fair dating to 1818.  Our time was limited and we were guided by a toddler, but I think we got a good sense of the fair and had a great time.  The Kiddie Land area had a lot of rides my…