“Wall that Heals” Memorial this Weekend

American Flag with Soldier

This weekend marks one of the time honored traditions revered and shared by South Bostonians for more than three decades.  The South Boston Vietnam War Memorial will be rededicated for its 34th year and this year there is even more to see.  The traveling “Wall that Heals” will be on exhibit for everyone to visit this weekend.  It is a large replica of the Vietnam Memorial that is on display at the Mall in Washington D.C.  People are encouraged to visit the traveling wall and can even sketch names of loved ones on a piece of paper as a token of remembrance.

The “Wall that Heals” will be on display all weekend, but the main event you will not want to miss is on Sunday, September 20.  The Memorial Mass begins at 10:30am at St. Brigid Church, featuring Irish Tenor, John McDermott.  After the service, the procession will lead the crowd to Medal of Honor Park, just across the street from the church.  This spot is where the rededication ceremony of the Memorial will occur.  We ask all South Bostonians, young and old, to please join us in commemorating this important event.  There will be 19 brave Medal of Honor recipients in attendance.

This is such a special weekend to take part in, not only to remember the brave soldiers who lost their lives standing up for America, but also to give thanks for everyone fighting for our freedom, both past and present.  The weather looks great for Sunday, so make sure to grab the family or some friends and head out to support this wonderful event.

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Girls Night Out at Dew Luxe in Southie

Girls Night Out in Southie

Mark your calendars for Sip, Shop, REACH!-Girls Night Out in Southie.

On Thursday, September 24th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at the wonderful boutique Dew Luxe, located at 36 A Street in South Boston, women interested in (or already) reaching for the stars will gather for an evening of fine appetizers and champagne, designer fashion at affordable prices and networking opportunities with women entrepreneurs from around Massachusetts.

At any career stage, there are probably others who’ve been in your position before. These are the people poised to help you imagine and navigate next steps. Potential mentors might be right around the corner. Sip, Shop, REACH! – where establishing connections is a goal — is presented by REACH!, a collaboration of people dedicated to linking people who go after huge (and perhaps wild) dreams.

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The South Boston Street Festival

South Boston Street Festival

One of our very favorite things about South Boston is the way in which sustaining a sense of community is a priority for residents, local business owners, and people who work here. Throughout the year, South Boston finds way to celebrate this community spirit.

The South Boston Street Festival kicks off the fall season with a day-long celebration of so much in which Southie takes pride: On Saturday, September 19th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, East Broadway (between I and L Streets) will become the site of a host of children’s activities and entertainment, live music on two stages, dance performances, and special offers from local merchants and artists. Arrive ready to play, partake of great food and drink, browse inside cool boutiques, learn about the work of local organizations, and mix and mingle with your neighbors!

Musical performances will feature Adam Herbert’s Sinatra Band, Thomas Park (South Boston-based cover band whose repertory includes rock, R&B, and top 40 hits), to Parents Choice award-winner Karen K and the Jitterbugs, and many other ensembles.

With more than 70 vendors – everything from Zip Cars to ABCD South Boston Headstart, and dozens of restaurants, shops, and non-profit organizations in between – this 16th annual edition of the South Boston Street Festival promises to be a winner.

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Fresh and Local

South Boston Farmers Market

The Fall Harvest Season is just around the corner. While it’s possible – and enjoyable – to visit various farms and orchards, why not take advantage of the fact that local growers are represented in abundance at the South Boston Farmers Market?! By going to just one site, you’ll have your pick of a great variety of fruits and vegetables, and even meats, baked goods, plants and more.

The South Boston Farmers Market takes place on Monday afternoons through October 26th at 446 W. Broadway. Stop by between noon and 6:00 pm to purchase luscious tomatoes, blueberries, corn and other produce, as well as fish, eggs and flowers, too.

This season you’ll find Freitas Farm, Wengers Farm and Red’s Best represented each week. The first Monday of every month, musicians are present, adding to the ambiance. On various Farmers Market days throughout the summer and early fall, the Bicyclists Union offers free bike tune ups, UMass Extension Nutritional Program gives out healthy food samples and recipes, and some South Boston non-profit organizations set up information and display tables.

On September 14th, the New England Aquarium will bring the Traveling Tide Pool program, for people of all ages, to the Market.

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Boston’s Waterfront on Labor Day Weekend

The unofficial mark of the end of summer is upon us. Transitioning from summertime to fall brings with it both stress about new beginnings at school or other endeavors, and excitement about what is to come.

The Boston Harbor Association and Mayor Martin J. Walsh invite all to celebrate this moment with an incredible fireworks display at the Harbor. Position yourself along the HarborWalk – at Christopher Columbus Park, Fan Pier and Piers Park – for a spectacular view.

This third annual Labor Day weekend fireworks show will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm.

If you want to start the party early, check out the Mass Brewers Fest on Friday, September 4, from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. Sample over 100 local craft beers from more than 40 Massachusetts breweries while listening to live music. The Fest, open to those 21 and older, will be held at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd, along South Boston’s Waterfront. Tickets are $40, with food (curry coconut shrimp or hot dogs steamed in Harpoon beer, for example) available at additional cost.

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Finding Your Way- South Boston’s Waterfront

South Boston Waterfront Wayfinding Sign

Exploring South Boston’s amazing Waterfront – on foot — is a treat. There’s so much to excite the senses: the water, museums, restaurants, artist studios, and much much more. Some have noted, though, that navigating through the area can be a challenge. So, to the rescue came leaders from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and A Better City. They designed a plan that includes a pedestrian way-finding pilot program. That plan, involving the use of signs to guide the way, has been implemented this month.

Temporary signs along several paths to and from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center are now up. Transit stations, restaurants and other points of interest are easier than ever to locate. The current signs will be up through October. Aiming, ultimately, to improve the experience of pedestrians throughout the South Boston Waterfront district, the team who created this pilot initiative hopes to get a clear sense of what permanent signage is needed. That team needs your feedback in order to plan appropriately.

To that end, they’re asking that we all let them know how those signs help (or don’t), and if there’s other signage they should try. They’ll track feedback with the hashtag #WalkSBW.

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Restaurant Week/Dine Out in South Boston

Restaurant Week South Boston

It’s August so that means it is time for Restaurant Week! Actually, for two weeks – August 16th  – 21st and 23rd  – 28th — not just one, we’ll have a chance to explore the awesome range of cuisines in our midst with special menus at select establishments around town. Let’s begin with the “B”s:

  • Barlow’s , 241 A Street, South Boston.  Offering a two-course lunch plus non-alcoholic beverage for $15 and a three-course dinner for $33. Menu highlights include rock shrimp gazpacho, Korean two-shell taco, bourbon BBQ chicken, blueberry peach cobbler, and so much more.
  • Bastille Kitchen , 49 Melcher Street, Seaport District.  The three-course dinner is $38. And what a dinner: Appetizers (grilled watermelon is just one of them), entrées (an escargot omelette anyone, or salmon, or steak?), and desserts (among the choices, a mélange of all-things-strawberry — muscadet mousse, strawberry tarragon granita, strawberry rhubarb jam).
  • Blue Dragon , 324 A Street, South Boston. Presenting a five-course dinner menu for $38. Snacks you won’t find elsewhere (Japanese sweet potato chips with charred scallion and meat jus dip; whipped edamame hummus with spiced pita chips; etc.), tapas galore (for example, tamarind-glazed lamb lollipops with glass noodle salad and teriyaki bison burgers with smoked gouda, caramelized onions & shiitakes) and a deep-dish chocolate cookie await.

We’ll throw in a couple from the rest of the alphabet as well. All are excellent.

  • M.C. Spiedo , 606 Congress Street, Seaport District. Lunch is available at $20 for a three-course menu. A three-course dinner is $38. From summer vegetable soup and gnocchi sardi/herb pesto to veal saltimbocca and marinated shrimp pizza to sweet corn panna cotta and summer berry sorbet, this Italian spot covers all the bases.
  • Tamo, 1 Seaport Lane Boston, Seaport District. The two-course lunch is $20. The three-course dinner is $33. Contemporary American cuisine with a flair: Grilled avocado with mango salsa; fisherman’s stew (chef’s choice of fish with mussels in fennel and bell pepper stew with a roasted red pepper rouille), Nepalese dal bhat (lentil stew served with wild and red Himalayan rice), flat iron steak and even “s’mores in a crock.”

Check out these and other local “restaurant week” specials this month, and be sure to make a reservation. Tables go quickly. The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and American Express bring us Restaurant Week/Dine Out Boston twice a year. For the August 2015 event, all participating restaurants will donate a $100 certificate to be auctioned off at Proceeds from this auction go directly to the charitable partner, The Rose Kennedy Greenway.

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Gaelic Day Spa and Salon

Gaelic day Spa and Salon

On a recent Saturday, an excited group of women settled into the chairs at Gaelic Day Spa and Salon on West Broadway in South Boston. They were there for a day of primping and pampering: they were all members of a wedding party! Whether it’s a bunch of friends preparing for a special occasion, or an individual simply needing some sort of touch-up, a trip to a nail salon can hit the spot. It feels so good to be taken care of, and so wonderful to walk out transformed in just the ways you had imagined.

Le Phan, owner of Gaelic Day Spa and Salon, says that she took ownership of the salon two years ago, looking forward to establishing a place where people leave happy – a place where people know their nails will be treated as works of art, beautiful in both shape and color. Le notes how customer tastes reflect the shift in seasons. While during the late fall and winter months, women might tend to prefer muted or darker colors, spring and summer bring requests for bright, playful hues. Plus, this summer, gel manicures are all the rage. And Gaelic meets the demand: Their gel manicures last two weeks or longer. Plus, as a great customer-friendly follow-up, if, by chance, a nail breaks or chips, the salon will fix it – for free!

Le says she’s delighted to be working in South Boston, “with so many young people and professionals to meet and help make happy.” She’s at the salon much of the time, developing services (including waxing, facials and tanning) that keep delighting clients, both established and new. When she isn’t at Gaelic, she can be found playing with her husband and two toddlers, and cooking up a storm.

Check out Gaelic Day Spa and Salon on Facebook and in person at 389 W. Broadway. Tel: 617-268-8860.

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Boston Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival

For four years in a row, Bostonians have been treated to a festival that both promotes sustainable seafood and offers unlimited opportunities for fun. Organized by the non-profit Boston Fisheries Foundation, the Boston Seafood Festival includes entertainment, demonstrations by renowned chefs, vendors galore and contests. The 2015 edition of the Festival is set for Sunday, August 2nd, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston 02210. The opening ceremony will include a Lion Dance performance by the Gund Kwok Dance Troupe – the only Asian women’s Lion Dance ensemble in the U.S. Chef cooking demonstrations take place all day, while a fish-cutting contest is on the schedule from 1:30 – 3:30. Be sure to check out the “Blessing of the Fleet” at 2:00 pm.

What else will you find at the Festival?

* Acrobats, jugglers, dancers and balloon twisters.

* Face painting, origami making and sidewalk chalk mural drawing.

The Boston Fisheries Foundation educates the public and the media about the critical role that fishermen play in preserving wild ocean stocks, and about the enormous benefits of sustainably harvested seafood – to our bodies and our planet. New England’s economy is tightly tied to fisheries, and supporting and expanding sustainable fisheries is at the center of the Foundation’s work. Come out and enjoy the Festival, and learn a bit about fisherfolk and the sustenance they bring us.

Get your tickets before they sell out: General admission tickets are $15.00, Children 6 – 12 get in for $5.00, and younger kids enter free of charge. There are also special Lobster Bake and VIP tickets available.

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S & F Autobody

Autobody Repair Shop

An auto body shop offers repairs to damage from everyday-type vehicle crashes and fender-benders. When the shop repairers work their magic, on minor scratches and dents or major issues (for example, destruction of an entire door panel), they make cars and trucks look like new.

But going to an auto body shop can be intimidating. It’s already upsetting to have a problem with your vehicle. Add onto that the fact that you might not know exactly what’s needed to rescue your car or truck, and it is easy to become overwhelmed.

The folks at S & F Autobody  at 503 East Second Street in South Boston prioritize putting customer needs first. They aim to personalize each repair service, making sure that everyone understands all options. They help with insurance claim management and appraisals. They guarantee their repairs for as long as the customer owns the vehicle.

Another special thing about S & F – a shop that’s been around for more than three decades – is their eco-friendliness. They choose to use environmentally friendly products. They use energy efficient lighting. They recycle post-repair leftover plastic as well as ordinary office supplies. And you know what else? They literally plant flowers, one way of helping to remove pollutants from our air.

Connect with S & F through Facebook or phone: 617-268-1185.

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