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Blog :: 02-2014

Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight

BOATS NANTUCKET 2012

From February 22-March 2, 2014 the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show returns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The show has become the largest boat show in New England, filling 300,000 square feet of space and features hundreds of boats and marine accessories offering something for beginning boaters to expert sailors. If you are new to the water and are looking for some good advice on how to get into boating, be sure to check out the Welcome to the Water booth. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to boat on a budget. For those already on the water, the show features a jam-packed seminar schedule for the DIY boater. Seminars cover a range of topics regarding general boat and motor maintenance and include question and answer sessions as well as demonstrations. Sessions run daily in Booth 2048. In addition to the DIY sessions, be sure to check out the Seminar Series presented by Boatwise Marine Training. These seminars take place throughout the hall and cover a wide range of topics. Some of the seminars are what you would expect to find at a boat show (Moving Up to a Larger Sailboat, How to Qualify for Your Coast Guard Captains License, Understanding the Nautical Chart, etc..). But there are also some that may be of interest to the more casual boat fan, or anyone that likes a good story. Author and sailor Judith Silva will be speaking about her sailing adventures in presentations entitled The Voyage of the Yankee Lady, Circumnavigating New England on a Sailboat and Voyage of the Albatross - Journey to the Bahamas. Blogger and cruiser Tig will also be speaking. Not to be left out are those of us that like to keep our feet on dry land but enjoy the drama of a good reality series. Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com which is featured on National Geographic Channels hit show Wicked Tuna will also be making appearances at the show. Be sure to check the show website for seminar and appearance schedules as well as additional information and a list of presenters. The convention runs from February 22-March 2, 2014, and the hours vary by day.

Admission is $15 for adults, children under 15 free, and tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is located at 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210.

Website: http://www.newenglandboatshow.com/

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Frozen Frog Pond

SKATE

With winter in full swing, there are loads of great activities in Downtown Boston. Now that the holidays are over maybe exercise was one of your New Years resolutions? Exercise doesnt need to be exercise for exercise sake. Have some fun while you are at it, and get yourself limbered up just in time for the Olympics. A great opportunity to get some fresh air and get the muscles moving is going for a skate at the Frog Pond on Boston Common. A wading pool in the warmer months, The Frog Pond is transformed from mid-November to mid-March each year into a skating rink. Youll find every level of skater here, so dont feel self- conscious if you are a beginner. You may even like it so much that youll sign up for skating lessons from the Skating Club of Boston which runs the rink in co-operation with the Boston Parks Department. Located right between Beacon Hill and the Back Bay, the open air rink is open from 10am daily (closing times vary). If you are coming by car, parking in the Boston Common Garage right under the Common is a good option. By T, take the Green Line to Park Street Station and by the Red Line exit at either Park Street or Boylston Street. Adult admission is only $5, and kids under age 13 skate for free. Locker and skate rentals are available, and if you come with your own skates, sharpening is available for $8. The Frog Pond Caf is right on site and offers a heated area for you to relax post-skate and enjoy a hot chocolate or one of their other treats including Belgian waffles. Admittedly you may be keeping one resolution (exercise), while breaking another (diet), but least youll be getting some fresh air! For more information, daily hours and inclement weather notices please see www.bostonfrogpond.com or call (617)635-2120.

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