Sunday, June 26, 2011

Free Fridays!

Free fun Fridays kicks off July 1st! If you are in Boston on July 1st take a walk over to the Museum of Fine Arts. Why you ask? Because admission is free! Several other attractions in Massachusetts will offer free admission to the public on designated Fridays this summer. The Museum of Science, Children's Museum, JFK Library and a whole bunch of others are participating.

Check out the full list and dates here:

Don't miss out on Free Fun Fridays!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Farewell Big Man

It's hard to put into words how I feel about the passing of Clarence Clemons. I've been thinking about him all day and wondering why I feel so affected by his death.  I guess it's the reality that I won't see him perform with Bruce and the E Street Band ever again and that saddens me deeply.  As fans we know the story of Bruce and Clarence and the band. These guys have been together for years and are like brothers. When attending their shows you feel their joy and love for each other and those feelings elevate the music to a whole other level. There is a special connection, a spirtual connection between the band and audience. It's hard to imagine that I won't hear those glorious sounds coming from Clarence's saxophone. Jungleland, Bobby Jean, Born to Run and so many other songs take on different meanings.                     
   There's a video on YouTube that shows a clip from the band's last concert from the 2009 tour. When the camera spans the audience it lingers for a moment on a group of fans holding a sign that says "It's only rock'n'roll but it feels like love". That sentiment sums up the E Street Band for me. Farewell Big Man and thanks for the love.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Welcome home Lord Stanley!

There's nothing that bonds a city closer than when one of it's sports teams wins a championship. A championship puts everyone in a good mood; strangers talk to each other, food tastes better, even the T doesn't seem as hot and crowded. For a few days we all feel connected, we feel like we're part of something. We've been lucky in Boston to have seven championships in the last ten years.  Our lucky seventh came courtesy of the Boston Bruins. From the moment Big Z lifted Lord Stanley's Cup over his head B's fans let out a collective roar and have been celebrating ever since. The Bruins were bringing the Cup home after 39 years! (and no we don't count the time when Ray Bourque brought the Stanley Cup to Boston. The Cup that he won with another team. Does not count.).  
I knew as soon as the Bruins won that I would attend the parade. I had not attended any of the other team's championship parades not even the Sox but I've got a soft spot for the B's and I wanted to join in the celebration. (Oh wait, I did attend one of the parades.  In 1984 my mom took my brothers and I to the Celtics championship rally but I don't remember much about it except that it was very crowded and hot and that we got stuck on the Red Line coming home.)
This time would be different.  My mom being the trooper she is joined me for today's Bruins celebration. We got to the parade route about 8:45am. The parade wouldn't start until about 11am and it wouldn't reach us on Boylston Street until about 12pm. I thought it might be tedious waiting but the time flew by. We could feel the excitement in the air. I have never seen so many black and yellow jerseys, t-shirts and hats in one place. I was proud to be a Bruins fan! Finally the duck boats came toward us with all the Bruins players on board.  The crowd erupted and confetti exploded as Timmy Thomas, Chara, Bergeron, Lucic, Marchand, Recchi, Horton, Coach Claude and all the rest waved to the fans.  The actual parade went by quickly but it was so worth the wait.  Thank you Boston Bruins for one helluva season!
Boylston Street at 9am.

Fake Cup

Here they come!

Big Z!

Timmy Thomas!

Hi Looch!

 Tyler Seguin

Michael Ryder

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron!

 Andrew Ference

The Stanley Cup was carried right in front of me! Slow down boys!

Me and mom. Thanks for sticking it out Mom!

 Confetti is all that's left.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ice Cream!

29th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® logo

Did someone say all you can eat ice cream for $8?  Yes, it's that time of year again, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl!  Taking place at City Hall Plaza from June 7-9, the Scooper Bowl is a fun event where you can sample tons of delicious ice cream.  It starts at noon and runs until 8pm so head over during your lunch break, after work or after supper.  All the proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund so you don't even have to feel guilty for indulging.  Go and enjoy a scoop...or two or three!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Bruins Fever

I took a stroll through town this morning and was happy to see that Bruins fever is in high pitch. People were walking around proudly wearing their Bruins shirts and hats. Bruins banners are hanging from bars, roofs, statues and even the State House. I'm psyched that the Bruins are front and center, it's about time!

Screw the Capitals, George Washington is a Bruins fan!

Even the Mallards are in on the action.