June 27, 2013
Last weekend when it was so gorgeous out, I was looking for something to do *outside* and realized there’s no one place that lists all the cool (usually free) outdoor entertainment we are so fortunate to have in and around Boston in the summertime. I started compiling info I found on various sites and then realized this might be useful to my readers as well, so here it is!
Starting in Cambridgeville of course…
Somerville has a whole lineup of summer entertainment including SomerMovie Fest with outdoor movies at various parks around the city every Thursday from July 11 – August 29. The City of Cambridge also has an outdoor summer movie series — Screen on the Green — where the films are supplemented with magicians, clowns, music, and other family-friendly entertainment every Wednesday through August 14. Here are also a few neighborhood-specific options:
Harvard Square has a full calendar of events that includes outdoor summer entertainment.
Concert Series @ Kendall Square (co-sponsored by Berklee College of Music) — on the plaza at 300 Athenaeum Street on Thursdays 12 – 1:30 pm, now through September 5. Plus evening concerts 4:30 – 6 pm on July 16, August 6 and August 27.
And if you’re in the mood to cross the river, there are many more options, and most of them are FREE (yay for free!) — check it out…
Hatch Shell Concert Series — a varying schedule (but mostly Wednesday evenings) of orchestra performances, starting with the Pops on July 3 and running through August 28.
Free Friday Flix at the Hatch Shell — July 12 – August 23.
Berklee Summer in the City — free mid-day and evening music performed at at a variety of locations in the metro area — now straight into September.
Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concert Series — July 18 – August 28. Shows start at 7 at City Hall Plaza.
Summer in the City Movies & Music at the Boston Harbor Hotel — June 13 – August 30 live music every Monday – Friday evening, followed by a movie at dusk on Fridays. Download the brochure here.
Shakespeare on the Common — July 6 – 28 — this year’s production is Two Gentleman of Verona.
MFA Concerts in the Courtyard — June 26 – August 28 with shows starting at 7:30 — unfortunately this one is not free, but might just be worth springing the $30 for…
August 15, 2012
Last month, my condo association received the following letter from the City of Cambridge, notifying us that we were required to schedule an inspection of our smoke & CO detectors and our fire escapes/second means of egress:
Because the letter was addressed to the owners of the home before the condo conversion, back when it was a 3-family, I assumed it was a mistake. I’d never heard of such an inspection, nor had any of my colleagues. But when I called Inspectional Services, I was informed that this inspection DOES, in fact, also apply to condos… basically it applies to any multi-family dwelling, regardless of the type of ownership.
Those of us who see a lot of older multi-families and condo buildings understand that this is a very good idea. Still, the process was not super convenient, as we were required to produce an affidavit signed by an architect, engineer, or licensed contractor, certifying that our back stairs, which function as our emergency egress, were structurally sound. In addition, we had to have a recent smoke/CO detector inspection certificate from the fire department. Fortunately, one of the units in my building had recently sold, and we still had a copy of the smoke certificate. I also luckily have some good contractor contacts, so was able to call in a favor and get this done quickly (and for free!).
Yesterday we had the actual visit from Tom Barry of Inspectional Services, and I’m happy to say that we have passed and won’t have to deal with this again for another five years. But I’m sure a lot of my readers will be facing the same process shortly — they’re apparently going around the city by neighborhoods — so thought I’d share the info. Good luck!
June 3, 2012
I know it’s June, and we’re all thinking about air conditioning, not heating, but if you’ve got an old boiler (from 1983 or older), it might be worth shifting gears for a bit… Mass Save is currently offering rebates of $1,750 to $4,000 if you switch out your old boiler to a new, more efficient one before July 31, 2012. For more info on this deal and other current rebate programs for homeowners, visit Mass Save’s website.
March 25, 2012
I’m sure that for most of us urban dwellers, *street sweeping* brings to mind seriously reduced available parking, last minute scrambles to move the car and bad memories of being towed. But I personally love to here that familiar early morning alert: “Street sweeping — no parking on the odd numbered side of the street. You will be tagged and towed.” To me, it’s a sure sign of spring, and evidence of our tax dollars at work. But… none of us wants to be towed, so here’s your notice:
Street sweeping in Cambridge and Somerville resumes Monday, April 2!
Keep an eye on those signs, and sign up for alerts of street sweeping in your area:
February 4, 2012
Am making my way through all the great new restaurants in my neighborhood…