St. Patty’s Day, Jack Keroauc, Turkish Food, Scavenger Hunt, & Pie Fight
03/08/09 by Johnny Monsarrat
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The Week in Weird
|Lincoln’s 2nd Inauguration and Presidential Ball||Mar 8||Southern Mass|
|It’s almost too late but I couldn’t resist this re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration. Today! 2pm or 6pm. Call ahead for tickets. Will sell out.
Good News Hall, 235 West Street, Attleboro, MA.(508) 226-8020. more
|Bill Maher & Anne Coulter||Mar 10||Boston Metro|
|Bill Maher is a talk show host on HBO and the creator of the documentary film Religulous, which everyone should see. He’s having a debate with conservative hater Anne Coulter.
Wang Theatre, Boston, MA. more
|Adult Hike – Moonlight, Moonbright||Mar 10||Metro West|
|Also Tuesday, if you live off Route 2, a state park is doing a guided moonlight hike. If there’s snow, bring boots or snowshoes.
Doyle Reservation, 464 Abbott Avenue, Leominster, MA. more
|Evacuation Day Ceremony (Revolutionary War)||Mar 14||Boston Metro|
|March 17 @ 9am, culimating at 10:30 at the Dorchester Heights National Historic Site, Thomas Park in South Boston. Then 12pm, fife and drum and re-enactment starting at Fort Hill in Dorchester Heights. Actors dress up in revolutionary war costumes and re-enact the British evacuation of Boston.
Dorchester Heights, Boston, MA.617-817-5862. more
|BugFest @ Harvard Natural History Museum||Mar 14||Boston Metro|
|Or perhaps you’d rather stay indoors. BugFest is all about live insects, and it’s a “family festival” which means you have to be a kid at heart to enjoy it, most likely.
Harvard Natural History Museum, Cambridge, MA. more
|Annual Kerouac Birthday Celebration||Mar 14||Metro West|
|OK, here’s a celebration for adults. Although they don’t list it on their website (that’s 2008!!), I’m on the case! I called to confirm this schedule with the organizer: 9:30am Walking tour from Pollard Library. 2-4pm reception at the Arts League of Lowell Gallery, 246 Market St. 7:30pm Kerouac Birthday Party at Cafe Paradiso, 46 Palmer St.
Lowell, MA. more
|Turkish Food and Crafts Fair||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|It’s St. Patrick’s Day!! Let’s all go to the Turkish Food Fair. (It’s the only Turkish festival in our area, so it’s your one chance!) 10am-5pm.
Turkish Cultural Center, 1105 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. more
|St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Boston||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|1pm, from Broadway T stop (Thomas Park) to Andrew Square.
West Broadway, South Boston, MA.617 268-7955. more
|St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Scituate||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|Parade starts from 104th & Western… And… They don’t say where it’s going from there.
Scituate, MA.617 268-7955. more
|St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Worcester||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|Worcester, MA.617 268-7955. more|
|St. Patrick’s Day Open House||Mar 14||South Shore|
|There’s also an open house at the Irish Cultural Center, and a big list of Irish events on this website. And go for a walk at the nearby Blue Hills as well. 12pm to 1am.
Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA.781 821-8291. more
|South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and “Roast||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|And there’s a “Roast” of local politicians, for anyone who’s both awake and not in church Sunday morning. 10am-12pm.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Hall, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA. more
|501st New England Storm Troopers Garrison||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|Make sure to watch for the stormtroopers from Star Wars in the St. Patrick’s day Parade. http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com/ma/southies_south_boston_st_saint_%20paticks_day_parade.htm.
Boston, MA. more
|NERO 20th Anniversary Reunion||Mar 13 – Mar 15||Worcester|
|Or go BE the stormtrooper at this roleplaying event.
Ye Olde Commons,120 Northside Rd, Charlton, MA. more
|The Horizons Hunt||Mar 13||Boston Metro|
|But this gaming event is more accessible. You rush around the city collecting clues (not stop signs) in this “scavenger hunt” for charity for homeless children. Starts 7pm 3/13 ends 7pm 3/14.
Starts at Indoor Quad, Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. more
|Boston Cream Pi Fight||Mar 14||Boston Metro|
|Gather at 1:59pm to smoosh whipped cream pies in each others faces, in celebration of the fact that the mathematical symbol “Pi” is 3.14159 and Today is March 14th (3/14). Yes, it’s completely silly.
Boston Common, Boston, MA. more
|Mass Audubon’s Maple Sugaring Festival||Mar 15||Southern Mass|
|But I would rather be eating maple syrup at this or any one of a number of events listed on the website.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon, MA. more
|PostSecret||Mar 10||Western Mass|
|There’s an artist who receives postcards from contributors. Each has a work of art and a secret about their lives. It’s pretty cool and he’s coming to give a talk. (It’s not quite as cool as my project, see http://wheelquestions.org !). 7-9pm.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA. more
|Smuckers Stars on Ice||Mar 14||Rhode Island|
|This ice skating event features former world champions.
Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI. more
|Cannon Crash Test Dummy Race||Mar 14||New Hampshire|
|But the real fun is sending crash test dummies sledding down a huge ski slope! Uh oh! Looks like a huge ramp coming up! And a big wall of snow!
Mt. Cannon, Franconia, NH. more
|Dummy Big Air Contest @ Mt. Sunapee||Mar 15||New Hampshire|
|This place is doing it, too.
Mt. Sunapee, Newbury, NH. more
|Boston Restaurant Week – Winter||Mar 15 – Mar 27||Boston Metro|
|Various fancy restaurants offer eating discounts. It’s a promotion, not an event, but the winter is sparse, so we’ll take what we can get.
Boston, MA. more
|BSSC Mt. Monadnock Adventure Course||Mar 15||New Hampshire|
|Want to try some rapelling? Here’s a day of safe-ish adventures at the nicest mountain within easy drive of Boston. 8:00AM-4:00PM.
Rt 124, Jaffrey, NH. more
|9th Annual Poetry & Chili Festival||Mar 14||Cape Cod|
|Poetry slam. With chili. 6:30-10:30pm.
Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA. more
|Richard Stallman on Copyright vs. Community||Mar 19||Boston Metro|
|Richard Stallman created the Linux operating system, well, the part of us that Linus didn’t make! Come hear him talk about idealism. 6:30-8pm.
Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, Boston, MA. more
|Lecture on Arthur Conan Doyle||Mar 15||Metro West|
|With all the attention that Edgar Allan Poe got last month, now it’s time to celebrate the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle turns 150 years old this year. 2pm.
Needham Public Library, Needham Heights, MA. more
|Pokeman State Tournament||Mar 21||Metro West|
|Like you really need to encourage your kids to play Pokemon more.
TJ Collectibles, 160 Main Street, Milford, MA. more
|Pendragon Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day||Mar 15||Rhode Island|
|My favorite folk band is playing a St. Patty’s Day concert! Highly recommended.
Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. more
|Dropkick Murphys||Mar 12 – Mar 17||Boston Metro|
|But this group is more well-known. And closer.
House of Blues, Boston, MA. more
|WERS A Capella Concert & 60th Anniversary Celebration||Mar 15||Boston Metro|
|WERS is my favorite radio station. They’re having their annual concert and there will be a ton of A Capella!
Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA. more