Thursday, July 3, 2014

Independence Day!  Music, Fireworks and much much more! 
Here's all the exciting things you can do in July in Boston! 

What: Boston Pops Concerts

When: 3-4 July

Where: Hatch Shell at Boston Esplanade

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What: Boston Harborfest

When: 5-6 July

Where: City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Marketplace

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What: Bastille Day

When: 11 July @6pm

Where: Hatch Shell

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What: Movies in the Park – Despicable Me 2

When: 12 July @8pm

Where: Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade

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What: Tall Ship Tours

When: 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 &27 July

Where: Charlestown Navy Yard

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What: Sand Sculpting Festival

When: 18-20 July

Where: Revere Beach

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What: Justin Tiberlake Concert

When: 19 July

Where: TD Garden

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What: Movies in the Park – The Goonies

When: 19 July @8pm

Where: Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade

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What: Phantom of the Opera

When: Through July 20th

Where: Boston Opera House

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What: Shakespeare in the Park

When: 23 July @8pm

Where: Boston Commons

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What: Movies in the Park – Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2

When: 26 July @8pm

Where: Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade

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What: Summer Art Weekend

When: 26-27 July

Where: Copley Square

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What: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays

When: 28-30 July @ 7:10pm

Where: Fenway Park

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

An area of fine dining

It seems to us that Boston and especially the South End has become the home of the 'foodie.'  In our area alone, which we call 'restaurant row', one can partake of food from all ethnicities.  We have Spanish Tapas, Senegalese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Venezuelan, Lebanese, Indian, French and of course American.  With such a choice it is sometimes difficult to decide where to go for a night out.  But no more!  We have just had the most wonderful meal in Coppa.  This little Italian gem is located about five blocks from us.  The chef/co-owner is Jamis Bissonnette who last month won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast.  Do you still wonder why we love Boston's South End?

Monday, June 2, 2014

What: Scooperbowl Icecream Fest

When: 3-5 June @Noon

Where: City Hall Plaza

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What: Japan Festival

When: 7 June @ Noon

Where: Massachusetts Avenue  

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What: Spectacle Island 5k Fun Run

When: 14 June @9:30am

Where: Boston Harbor Islands  

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What: Bunker Hill Parade

When: 15 June @ 12:30pm

Where: Bunker Hill Monument  

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What: Dragon Boat Festival

When: 14-15 June

Where: Charles River

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What: Red Sox vs. Twins

When: 16-18 June @ 7:10pm

Where: Fenway Park

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What: Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss Concert

When: 17 June

Where: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

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What: Famous Boston chefs in shorts

When: 20 June @7pm

Where: Seaport Boston Hotel

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What: Chinatown Main Street Festival

When: 22 June @ 10am

Where: Harrison Ave

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What: Phantom of the Opera

When: All month!

Where: Boston Opera House

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

David you are killing me

David of Zeitgeist Theater, of whom I speak often, just finished his latest production.  I don't know how the man manages it all.  He no sooner finishes one play then he is holding auditions for another and then rehearsals etc, etc.  But manage he does!  His latest play Good Television was really spectacular.  It is a play about reality television (think tv show Intervention) but not really.  It goes behind the scenes of the show which is about meth and alcohol addiction.  It is a very powerful story where the bottom line for the producers of the show is 'ratings.'  The actors do a wonderful job of sounding authentically Southern and desperate trailer park residents.  The playwright, Rod McLachlan, is an actor who made his Off Broadway debut as a playwright with this play.  Kudos David!

The joy of giving

There is a very worthwhile organisation called Self Help Africa which had a fund raiser in Boston recently.   We were only too delighted to help them out in raising awareness and money for such a great cause.  And our contribution was twice blessed as one might say because the person who bought our Aisling Bed and Breakfast certificates donated them again for a similar function in NY.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Check out the ton of awesome stuff happening in our great city in May!!

What: American Craft Beer Festival

When: 30-31 May

Where: 200 Seaport Boulevard

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What: Museum of Fine Arts Open House

When: 26 May

Where: 465 Huntington Ave

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What: Duckling Day Parade

When: 11 May @12:00pm

Where: Boston Commons and Public Garden

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What: Eddie Izzard Show

When: 8-9 May

Where: Wang Theatre

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What: Redsocks vs. Blue Jays

When: 20 & 21 May @7:10pm

Where: Fenway Park

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What: Mothers Day Cruises

When: 11-16 May

Where: Rowes Wharf

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What: Boston Theatre Marathon

When: 10 & 11 May @ 12pm

Where: 527 Tremont Street

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What: Street Performer Spring Showcase

When: 31 May

Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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What: EarthFest Free Concert

When: 17 May @11:30am

Where: Hatch Shell

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What: Free Jazz Concert

When: 12 May @12pm

Where: Hatch Shell

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What: Urban Scavenger Hunt

When: Daily

Where: All over Boston!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Not just the Marathon in Boston

Suddenly it seems that everything is happening at once in Boston.  A long dreary winter suddenly ended: last week we had bitter cold and a sprinkling of snow, this week sunshine, magnolias in full blossom, and daffodils shooting up.  The Boston Film Festival is also here, though not widely publicised.  We went to see an excellent documentary by a friend of daughter number one and her husband. The film, called "Finding Vivian Maier", is the story of John Maloof who happened to buy a huge tranche of old photographic negatives which turned out to be the work of an aloof eccentric who is shown to be a superb photographer who never exhibited her work and who died as she had lived in the deepest obscurity.  There were many delicious touches, including a linguistics professor who recited his academic credentials before pronouncing her French accent false, though as it turned out her mother was from France and she had spent long periods there.  I was left with the thought that even in this era a person can leave copious documentation over a long life, and still remain a mystery.  The film is making the rounds of the festivals, and is well worth seeing if it comes to a festival near you

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Very well done, David

You have seen that we are great fans of Zeitgeist Theater and David Miller and now you may know what discerning theater goers we are!  The Independent Reviewers of New England awarded his latest production (The Normal Heart) the following:  Best Play: Best Director (for David): Best Supporting Actor and Best Projection Design.  What can I say David is one talented person.


Went to see the Heartbeat of Home last weekend.  It was the last show and it was chockerblock full.  It was lovely but very similar to Riverdance.  How can anyone top Riverdance?

Back in harness

We, James and I, spent the month of March in Toulouse, France visiting our youngest daughter.  We spent a very pleasant time with Barbara, Pierre Yves and our grand-daughter, Ella.  The weather could have been better but we still managed to have lunch out on the patio a few times.  I heard that it was snowing in Boston during our absence.  Barbara took me to a day at the spa to unkink all the knots acquired by holding the bebe.  It was terrific - we started with a hammam and then a massage

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hey everyone!  Some great stuff is happening this month and we want to be sure that you're in the know!  Check out these awesome events happening in Boston and sign up for whatever catches your fancy.  

What: Guild of Boston Artists Exhibition

When: 10 April @ 5pm

Where: 162 Newbury St.

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What: Wine Riot Boston 2014

When: 10 April @7pm

Where: The Park Plaza Castle

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What: Swiss Gaming Corner Reception

When: 10 April @6:30pm

Where: General Assembly

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What: Paint the night red

When: 11 April @6:30pm

Where: Boston Center for Adult Education

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What: Drink craft beer springfest

When: 12 April @1pm

Where: Space 57 at the Revere Hotel

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What: Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Hall

When: 19 April @10am

Where: Faneuil Hall Market Place

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What: Boston Marathon

When: 21 April @ 9am

Where: 26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston

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What: 32nd run of the Charles

When: 27 April @10am

Where: Charles River

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What: International Film Festival 2014

When: Evenings 23-30 April

Where: AMC Loews Boston Commons

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What: Boston Up Front

When: 30 April @6:30pm

Where: Space 57 Revere Hotel

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Larry J's BBQ is Legit

I was looking for ribs in downtown Boston and I was disappointed in the selection.  I ventured out into the Seaport and found Larry J's.  Despite the fact that all of the buildings in the area are new, they found a way to operate in a BBQ shack style.  At least in the winter, there are no seats, or cover, so make sure you have a place to go.  I got the St. Louis style ribs which are dry rubbed.  Delicious.  They have multiple sauces to suit your palate as well. Going back for sure, looks like a good gut-busting picnic opportunity come summer.

600 D St, South Boston, MA 02210 (617) 348-9800

I shall return!


Damon is an entrepreneur and a guest blogger for Aisling Bed and Breakfast.  Visit his blog FOREX Effects

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Well March has arrived but it has yet to bring that lovely Spring weather with it. While we wait for old man winter to give up for this year, here are handful of events for this month for you to check out. Mark your calendars because there are some really great things happening this month ... especially for anyone with a love of the Irish in their hearts.

What: Beer Wars Dinner – “5 course dinner, 10 beers, 1 winner”

When: 7 March at 7:30pm

Where: McCormick & Schmick’s at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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What: A midsummer night’s dream – “In this Midsummer, it’s not just the lovers, foes and fairies who are spellbound. Trees, objects and tools all pulse and tingle with the possibility of existence in a future primitive world where, thanks to the magic of Handspring Puppet Company alongside a brilliant company of actors, all objects are granted the right to life.”

When: Daily from the 7th – 15th

Where: Cutler Majestic Theatre

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What: Dropkick Murphy’s Concert – “Come see Boston’s favorite Celtic punk rock band play their iconic favorites”

When: Evenings the 13th – 16th

Where: House of Blues

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What: Cinderella at the Opera House – “Magic comes to the Boston Opera House when the Boston Ballet presents this spectacular production of Cinderella. Sublime dancing, choreography and music bring to live this classic tale of beauty and love triumphing over evil and hatred.”

When: Evenings from the 13th – 23rd

Where: Boston Opera House

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What: Irish Heritage Trail Guided Walks – “The 90 minute walk led by an experienced tour guide takes you on 300 fascinating years of Boston’s unique Irish history and heritage.”

When: Afternoons from the 15th – 17th

Where: Boston Irish Tourism Association

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What: St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn – “For the past eight years, St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn Concerts have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians alike to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style. “

When: Daily from the 16th – 17th

Where: Sanders Theatre

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What: Erin Go Beehive – “St. Patrick's Day at The Beehive means an evening of authentic entertainment including a live performance from Boston-based Katie McD, Irish-inspired drinks, à la carte food specials from Executive Chef Marc Orfaly and an evening that only The Beehive can create.”

When: 17 March at 5pm

Where: Beehive Restaurant

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What: St. Patrick’s Day Parade -- Don’t forget to wear green and bring your camera!

When: 17 March at 1pm

Where: From Broadway T station to Andrews Square

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What: Boston Irish Film Festival – “March is a month for all things Irish and this 4 day Boston Irish Film Festival will make you think you’re back in the Emerald Isle. Films focus on Ireland and Irish culture and what it means to be Irish in the 21st century”

When: 20th-23rd

Where: Somerville Theatre

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What: 2014 Boston Anime Convention – “Anime Boston is a three-day convention held annually in Boston, Massachusetts celebrating and promoting Japanese animation, comics, and pop-culture.”

When: Daily from the 21st – 23rd

Where: Hynes Convention Center

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What: Ridge Vineyards 5 Course Wine Dinner – “Hosted by renowned winemaker Eric Baugher, this exclusive experience will feature authentic Italian cuisine prepared by Strega Waterfront's Executive Chef Salvatore Firicano, paired with Baugher's hand-selected sips sourced directly from Ridge Winery.”

When: 26 March at 6:30pm

Where: Strega Waterfront

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What: Boston Underground Film Festival – “The BUF screens independent, provocative, and experimental films and videos that deliberately push the envelope in style, content and form”

When: Evenings the 26th – 30th

Where: Brattle Theatre in Harvard Sqare

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What: Free tour of Symphony Hall – “ Musicians and engineers consider Boston’s Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. Join BSO volunteers on a behind the scenes tour and hear all about the hall as well as the history and traditions of the famed BSO’s musicians”

When: All throughout March. Reservation required in advance.

Where: Symphony Hall

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Recommended by Cara Magazine!

Cara, the inflight magazine of Aer Lingus, recently recommended Aisling as a great place to stay in Boston.  The only other two were the Liberty Hotel and the Ritz Carlton, nice company indeed! Check it out, we are on page 19 from the viewer.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February Events

February is here and Boston has many great things going on even in the face of the snow!

Here are some of our favorites that we think might interest you.

February 13th

What: 2014 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography awards

Where: Photographic Resource Center at 832 Commonwealth Ave. Boston MA.

When: 6:30pm-8:00pm

More info: The Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards honor Leopold Godowsky, Jr., the co-inventor of Kodachrome film. Established by the Godowsky family in 1987 and held every four years, the awards recognize "achieved excellence in color photography." For the 2014 awards, the PRC sought nominations from hundreds of photography experts around the world, including directors, gallery owners, curators, educators, and critics. Over one hundred and fifty artists submitted work for consideration by the jury.

What: Newport Jazz Festival

Where: Berklee Performance Center

When: 8:00pm

More info: The Newport jazz festival has put together a lineup of ferociously talented superstars to celebrate their legacy and pay tribute to one of America’s greatest jazz festivals

What: Boston Game Demo Night

Where: Microsoft Corporation Building in Cambridge

When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

More info: The Games Forum is the place to see the newest independent games being built in Boston and network with the people who built them. Each month, we get together to watch five demos, drink beer and eat pizza. We're doing it again this month at Microsoft. Join our community of game developers, designers, creatives, investors and more building across multiple platforms and genres.

February 14th

What: Bernstein’s West Side Story

Where: Boston Symphony

When: 8:00pm

More info: The UnderScore Friday Series offers a variation on the traditional BSO concert performance. Members of the BSO introduce the concerts from the stage, and during the 2013-14 season, each concert features a unique element, from multi-media to remarks from the conductor.

February 15th

What: Boston Wine Expo

Where: The Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center

When: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

More info: Your ticket grants you access to the main event on both Saturday and Sunday. You will receive a souvenir wine glass and be able to taste samples from over 300 wine producers. Food samples are also included from scores of providers and live cooking demonstrations.

February 19th

What: Cedric Tiberghien Performance

Where: Pickman Hall

When: 8:00pm

More info: Cedric Tiberghien’s flourishing international career continues unabated. With a magical touch  and crystalline poetic clarity, he has won the hearts of audiences in major concert venues worldwide. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear this dynamic French pianist in his Boston recital debut.

What: From the Ground Up – Circus Oz

Where: Citi Shubery Theater

When: Daily from February 19th

More info: These acrobatic dare devils from down under bring pluck and sass to their wildly entertaining, irreverent and family friendly performances. Credited with revitalizing the traditional art form in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock and roll, animal free, circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world.

February 20th

What: English Heraldry presented by the British Society of Boston

Where: The Chilton Club at 287 Dartmouth St. Boston, MA.

When: 6:00pm

More info: Reception begins at 6 and the presentation begins at 6:30. Dinner is optional. The discussion will be on how Americans may apply to the College of Arms for proving a right to arms or for granting honorary arms. RSVP by 17 Feb.

What: Boston Women in Media Mentoring Initiative Cocktails

Where: Back Bay Social Club

When: 6:00pm

More info: This event offers an inclusive and supportive environment to women in media, marketing, advertising and entertainment at all stages of their careers for professional development, lifestyle management and the formation of lasting friendships. The event is focused on connecting women to form mutually beneficial mentoring relationships.

What: 5th Annual Boston Chili Cup

Where: Ned Devine’s Pub at 1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA.

When: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

More info: What can be better than enjoying chili from over 20 of the best restaurants in Boston? Enjoying it with a good friends & cold drinks. Plus on top of it all it's for a good cause. All proceeds will go to support Community Work Services, a Boston based non-profit that provides effective job training, placement & support services that lead to greater economic self-sufficiency & advancement for people. All tickets include all you can eat chili & live music from Ryan Brooks Kelly. A raffle will be giving away many awesome prizes throughout the night. This is a 21+ event so bring your IDs.

February 21st

What: The Search for and Discover of the World War II German Submarine U550 presented by The New

England Chapter of the Explorers Club.

Where: The Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel at 400 Soldiers Field Rd. Boston, MA

When: 7:00pm

More info: The presentation will range from historical events leading up to the battle which resulted in the singing of the American tanker Pan Pennsylvania and the German sub, to the multi year search for and subsequent discovery of the submarine. This will include info on the exploration of the wreck site over the past two field seasons and the continuing research into the details of the battle.

February 27-28

What: TAO Dance Theater

Where: Citi Shubert Theater

When: Daily

More info: Since its founding in 2008, TAO Dance Theater has taken China’s dance world by storm. The company has performed in every modern dance festival throughout the country and has collaborated with leading Chinese artists across genres.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow

Actually, please let it stop snowing!  We got 8" of snow yesterday.  But we are smart.  We shoveled every hour and managed to keep back and front of the house clear.  We were fortunate in that we didn't lose electricity.  Time to get out the holiday brochures. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

A weekend in NY

Even innkeepers need a little break so we went to New York for a quick weekend - two nights in a B & B in East Harlem, Bubba and Bean Lodge.  The reason for our visit was primarily to see the Vermeer painting The Girl With The Pearl Earring.  It was in the Frick Museum.  It has been too long since we visited that museum.  The painting and the museum were just splendid and worth the trip.  We also visited the Neue Galerie
near the Guggenheim in New York.  This was our first time there and boy what a collection.  There were Klimts and Kandinsky paintings.  What a wonderful visit and the weather was not bad either!