Head of the Charles Regatta Weekend Guide

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Saturday, October 20th and Sunday October 21st

It is Head of the Charles Regatta weekend. This is a weekend I look forward to every year.  Head of The Charles weekend has a quintessential New England feel.  As a family, we usually bike down to the river and spend some time watching the boats and the rest of the time strolling, sampling, picnicking and catching up with friends who have also found themselves down by the river.

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Get your Glee on at Faneuil Hall Marketplace with the 22nd Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace A Capella Competition.

The Town and The City Festival in Lowell is a two day music and arts festival that takes place in various event spaces, bars, cafes, and galleries throughout downtown Lowell, Massachusetts on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018. The festival celebrates the spirit of Jack Kerouac inspired by the creativity and exploration for which the author was so famously known and will present a diverse mix of musical genres and artistic disciplines to inspire discovery and to celebrate a love of life.

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Let’s talk bigger boats for a minute.  You can head over to the Navy Yard to celebrate some Birthdays.  The birthdays being celebrated are the U.S. Navy (243rd), “Old Ironsides” (221st), and USS Cassin Young (75th).  From knot tying to monkey fist throwing to birthday celebrations and cake the whole family can enjoy the festivities.  Legoland Discovery Center Boston will be on site too so your Lego builders can build their own naval vessel and will have a surprise build to reveal as well.

Only six seats remain, and one could be yours for the Baking Demonstration and Book Signing with queen of baking Rose Levy Beranbaum.  Beranbaum is the award-winning, and much loved, author of The Cake Bible, The Bread Bible, The Pastry Bible and her newest book Real Baking With Rose.  Tickets include a copy of the book, recipe demonstration and sampling. This is at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts which is one of my favourite places to go for demos because it is well equipped and intimate.

Youth Screening of The Hate U Give at AMC South Bay Center 12.  Violence in Boston, Inc., Tito Jackson & State Rep. Elect Liz Miranda are bringing over 220 young people to see “The Hate U Give” on October 20th at AMC South Bay.  Support this opportunity by giving what you can here.

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

I can never pass up a fall celebration and as I mentioned before, I’m not always willing or able to leave the city for it. That’s why I rounded up city spots for your cider donut.

If you want to stay close to town, then head over to The Street in Chestnut Hill.  Spend a family-friendly afternoon exploring the pumpkin patch on The Green and warm up by popping into some of my favourite shops (Lululemon, Splendid, David’s Tea, Pottery Barn and that new flower shop* I love over by Miniluxe!) * Thanks Nancy for reminding me of the name: Fleuri Designs.

Have fun posing for a family photo at the photo booth, paint pumpkins and enjoy complimentary sips and bites. Autumn attire is encouraged so pull out your warmest plaids, but you can also warm up by dancing to some live music.

I have Shakespeare on my mind lately, after seeing Hamnet and now preparing to go see Measure for Measure, but this weekend it is all about playing in Fog.

Fog x Macbeth brings Shakespeare’s tragedy of political ambition, blood, and flawed humans into the landscape of the Arnold Arboretum, and the art and shifting atmosphere of Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture. The play’s live, and site-specific, performance will resonate with Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape design and Fog x FLO, Nakaya’s fog installation throughout Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system. The performance is free and will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Blues and Brews Oktoberfest at Nashoba Winery is a day of music, brews, food trucks and beautiful fall views.  The winery, orchard and food trucks are open to the public and tickets get you into the beer garden and lawn area for the music.  Beers are $3 for a 16oz cup.  Food trucks open at 11:00 until food runs out and include: The Shuck Truck, Trolley Dogs, Sun Kim Bop, Chez Rafiki, Boston Nuts Man, and Say Cheese.

You can save $5 by purchasing tickets online in advance otherwise tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for children over 4.  This is a popular day so come early if you want guaranteed parking.  The lot opens at 9:45.

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Save the Date

Thursday, November 8th Shake and Bake at the Summer Shack in Cambridge. Summer Shack has teamed up with Arthur Murray Dance Center to provide swing lessons at 7 p.m, followed by a Clambake dinner at 8 p.m, and of course, more dancing! Tickets are required for this event and are available at EventBrite.

I love vintage books especially children’s books so I’m excited for the opening of the Virginia Lee Burton The Little House exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum on November 3rd. The Little House: Her Story, features the work of beloved children’s book author & illustrator Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968). In addition to Burton’s drawings, book illustrations and prints, an artfully-created scale model of her “Little House” will be on display in the gallery. The exhibition opens on November 3 and will remain on view through March 31, 2019.

James Beard Foundation Taste Boston weekend includes three events and lots of delicious food from local chefs including Daniel Bojorquez of La Brasa, Tracy Chang of Pagu, Tony Messina of Uni, Meghann Ward of Tapestry, Douglass Williams of Mida, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, Joanne Chang of Flour, Renae Connolly of Benedetto, Brian Mercury of Oak + Rowan.

Visiting all star Renee Erickson of The Whale Wins will also be featured for the Night of Culinary Stars.  The Taste Boston events include:  Welcome Reception at Hojoko on November 1st, Taste Boston Benefit Dinner on November 2nd, Free Demos with Renee Erickson and Ana Sortun on November 3rd at Sur La Table in Boston.

Get out your neon ski jackets and your velvet scrunchies.  Gather some friends who can also sing all the words to The Final Countdown. Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour opens on October 23rd.  Find out how Katie LaMark interprets Sherrie Christian’s role as a small town girl in Los Angeles reaching for her dreams.

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