Part of my intention in creating (and sustaining) this blog is to crow about my favorite Boston-area events. The four listed below are my long-standing loves.
Boston Skillshare: I learned of the Boston Skillshare as a result of my volunteering with Boston NOW. My first Skillshare (I’ve been attending for about seven years) was a wonderment -free learning, for real, of the most random assortment –knitting, soda brewing, spoon whittling, home schooling, time management?! At my second skillshare, I taught a class on letter writing. Now everyone I meet, practically, I attempt to sway to the way of the Skillshare. I’ve won lots of folk over, including my own mother.
Boston Pride Parade: I’m not sure how I learned about the Boston Pride Parade, but I’ve rarely missed a year of standing along the route, clapping and shouting and jumping for beads. In the time that I’ve been attending, the LGBT community worked towards and won the right to marriage equality in Massachusetts. And it might just be my opinion/experience but I believe, the Parade has since “cleaned up” just the tiniest bit, with fewer men shaking-their-rears on the elaborately decorated beds of semi-trucks to club beats.
Cambridge Citywide Dance Party: I’m only a three-year veteran of the biggest free dance party in Cambridge, where the city closes down one of its busiest streets, pumps up the music, and sets out chairs in front of the Senior Center for folks to enjoy watching the dance mayhem. Want to see how well your city councillor dances, conga with strangers, or steal some new moves from a four-year-old? This is your party.
Bike By Bike, At Night: I’ve only made it to two of these all-night rides that are so underground they don’t have a website (just flyers posted around the neighborhoods.) Begun in 1989, this annual tour is organized by the Back Bay Midnight Pedalers and features stopping points at historic and architectural sites of note in Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge. I haven’t yet made it to sunrise due to the lack of bathroom breaks combined with no published route, but once I figure those two issues out, I just might!