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Blog :: 01-2014

Thirsty History Buffs Wanted

126491719 FREEDOM TRAILThe Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile route that traces some of the most significant spots of the American Revolution. The Trail came about in the 1950s when a concerted effort was made to preserve some of the locations important to both Boston and the countrys history. Comprised of 16 locations linked by either a brick path or red line, the trail includes Boston Common, the State House, Faneuil Hall, the Granary Burying Ground, Paul Reveres House and the Bunker Hill Monument among others. If you are new to the area, the trail offers some unique views and perspectives of locations probably only previously read about in history books. For those of us that grew up in the area, a school field trip to walk along the Freedom Trail might be a distant memory, but why not refresh that memory (and your palate) with an updated twist. Offered Tuesdays through February 28th is The Freedom Trail Foundations Historic Pub Crawl. A costumed tour guide will lead you to four Boston Taverns along the Freedom Trail (Union Oyster House, the Point, the Green Dragon, and Bell in Hand ) for a sampling of traditional Boston food and a sample sized beer at each stop. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance, and you must be 21 years of age.

To keep the holiday spirit just a little bit longer, consider the Historic Holiday Stroll. This 90 minute seasonal tour led by a guide dressed in 19th century finery includes holiday treats and complimentary hot chocolate, tea, wine and Boston Cream Pie at the historic Omni Parker House Hotel.(Reservations are required)

For those with kids in tow, or if you are looking for a more traditional Freedom Trail tour, the Walk Into History Tour is offered. It departs from the Boston Common Visitors Center daily and features a tour guide dressed in 18th Century attire. For more information on all the tours, check out www.TheFreedomTrail.org or call the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617)357-8300.

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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Wants Your Help

MFABostons Museum of Fine Arts is a world-class museum sometimes overlooked as a destination by locals. Housing over 450,000 works and located conveniently in the Fenway, the Museums treasures range from Egyptian artifacts to contemporary works, and every style in between. Originally opened at its current location in 1909, the museum is constantly evolving, with its most recent major addition, the Art of the Americas Wing opening in 2010. Throughout the month of January the MFA is offering you the chance to help select the pieces that will be displayed in a new exhibition of Impressionist painters. Entitled Boston Loves Impressionism, the exhibition will run from February 14 through May 26, 2014 and will feature thirty pieces of art from the Museums Impressionist collection. Over the course of the month voters will vote weekly on works grouped by theme: Week one is themed On the Water, and will be followed by From the Land, and finally Of the People. From January 27-29 the top ten vote getters will be whittled down to a top three which will be highlighted at the exhibitions entrance. Artists with works to be considered include Monet, Cezanne, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Aside from working on your curating skills, the Museum is offering an added incentive to lend your opinion. Voters will receive a voucher for two (2) one time admissions to the Museum of Fine Arts, valid for entry for the opening weekend of the exhibition, February 14-February 16, 2014. Sounds like the start of a perfect Valentines weekend to us. For more information and details, please check out the MFAs website, www.mfa.org.

The current main exhibit running through January 20, 2014 is John Singer Sargent Watercolors, an exhibit co-organized with the Brooklyn Museum which features over 90 of the artists works. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. It is open 7 days a week (holidays excluded - 617-267-9300).

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