Calling All Triathletes!

Urban Epic Boston Triathlon 2011

Starting and ending at two different South Boston beaches, hundreds of participants will swim, bike and run as part of the Urban Epic Boston Triathlon on Sunday, August 7th.

Triathlons come in all sizes: People marvel at the Ironman Competition, which involves a grueling combination of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run, all done without a break. Others, lacking much of an attention span, might enjoy something along the lines of the “Shortest Triathlon Ever,” held earlier this year in Emeryville, California. Kids and adults swam 100 yards in a pool, biked for 2.5 miles on flat roads, and ran for just over 2 miles on what was billed as a “window-shopping course.”

This Sunday, at 8:15 in the morning, South Boston’s own version will get underway, beginning with a half-mile swim in the ocean behind MacCormack Beach House at Old Harbor. Competitors will then strip out of their wetsuits, hop on their bikes and follow a nine-mile loop from the Bayside Expo Center. A four-mile run, ending at L Street Beach House, concludes the contest.

Spectators can cheer on seasoned athletes as well as relative newcomers to the multi-sport scene, as the race sites and courses are easily accessible and onlooker-friendly. Entrants and fans alike are all invited to the post-race festivities. Organized perfectly for a hot South Boston summer day, the competition will be over before 11:00am, with food, drinks, live music — and even massages — on the beach, beginning about an hour earlier.

You’ll feel especially good about taking part in this event, as Urban Epic is investing in a number of sustainability initiatives, including providing water bottles made of recycled materials, using Zipcars for staff and setting up environmentally-friendly toilets, and recycling and composting bins on site.

Check out the race details at the Urban Epic website.

Triathlon photo above by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jason R. William (U.S. Navy).

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team.

Harbor Cruise Party July 21st Benefits South Boston Boys & Girls Club

The 11th annual South Boston Boys & Girls Club Mary Binda Memorial Harbor Cruise gives partygoers an opportunity to get on board with a great cause, and have a blast at the same time. As if the organization’s success cultivating hope and leadership skills among local youths wasn’t reason enough to celebrate.

The Club’s mission is to help young people build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders. Club activities encompass the Arts; Education; Leadership; Life Skills; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Technology. The Club also operates Camp Harbor View, located on Long Island in Boston Harbor. The Camp provides a fun and safe environment where youths can challenge themselves, make new friends and experience a world beyond their neighborhoods.

The most recent survey of South Boston Club members revealed some heartening results for anyone who cares about neighborhood safety and the health and well being of South Boston youths. For example, 87% of members indicated that the Club has helped them do better in school; 84% confirmed that the Club has helped them get along with people who were different from themselves; 97% of members felt that Club staff cared about them; 94% of members said there is always someone at the Club who will listen to them; and 60% of members ages 12-18 confirmed that they had participated in volunteer work or community service.

All proceeds from the Harbor Cruise ticket sales benefit the Club’s summer day-camp and teen programs, as well as after-school activities.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2011

Description: A three-hour harbor cruise aboard the Provincetown II with DJ on the upper deck, karaoke on mid-deck and the “sounds of Sinatra” on the lower deck.

Time: 7-10 p.m.  (board ship at 6:30pm)

Location: Board at Commonwealth Pier, World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard

Transportation: Starting at 4:30 p.m., Old Town Trolley shuttle service will offer rides to and from the boat on a first-come, first-served basis. To catch a ride, stop by the Connection (across from Andrew Station) or The Club (corner of “F” and West Sixth Streets).

Tickets: $25 general admission (21 and over – IDs will be checked at the door) if purchased in advance, and $30 day of the event; $20.00 for Seniors Group Rates (purchase ten or more tickets for $20 each).

Tickets can be purchased at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club (corner of “F” & West Sixth Streets), Blue Tierra Chocolate Café (West Broadway between “D” & “E”), Flood Square Hardware (East Broadway between “I” and “K”) and the Connection (across from Andrew Station).

To charge tickets call 617-516-5442, or purchase tickets online. For groups, please contact Pattie McCormick at 617-516-5442.

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team.

Shape the Future of the Innovation District on South Boston’s Waterfront

The shimmering skyline of the South Boston Waterfront reflects years of planning and development, but the eventual transformation of the area has only just begun. Home to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Institute of Contemporary Art and a number of highly desirable commercial and residential properties, the Waterfront is a self-contained neighborhood where people can live and work, surrounded by world-class amenities and dramatic views of Boston Harbor.

A forum on Boston’s Innovation District is taking place this Thursday, offering business leaders, designers, city planners and interested citizens an opportunity to help envision the future of a huge parcel of undeveloped land on the Waterfront. The Boston Innovation District is a 1000-acre area designated last year by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino for creating mixed-use developments to help attract innovative companies. The project provides a wonderfully exciting set of development challenges, including opportunities to break new ground on important fronts such human factors engineering and inspiring, sustainable design.

Organized by Common Boston and the Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance (UNDA), the forum will feature a discussion panel representing a diverse range of disciplines and areas of expertise. Members of the audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. If you wish to attend, please see details below.

Thursday June 23, 2011

Optional boat tour 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Reception 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Forum discussion 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The boat tour will leave from Atlantic Wharf and return to the World Trade Center. The reception and forum discussion will be held at the offices of Shepley Bulfinch, 2 Seaport Lane.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations for the boat tour are welcome. Advance registration is recommended. To get more info and sign up to attend, register online or call 617-855-8272.


Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team

South Boston’s Spring Open Studios Offers a Holistic Art Experience

South Boston Open Studios at the Distillery and King Terminal

The Spring Open Studios at the Distillery & King Terminal event lets you take in a richly varied display of new, original artwork and learn first-hand about the process of creation. It’s a rare opportunity to meet talented artists and artisans – many of them nationally and internationally recognized – in the personal environment of their homes and studios, where you can view their works in the context of their creation; discuss their ideas, approaches, techniques and sources of inspiration; and get some fantastic bargains too.

Spring Open Studios is free, open to the public and takes place this year on Sunday, June 5, 2011 from noon until 6 p.m. It’s one of the Boston area’s most anticipated annual open studio events, well attended and known for the quality and diversity of artwork, which encompasses a wide range of media and styles, from traditional to avant-garde.

Besides giving you an outstanding art experience that provides you with a personal connection with South Boston’s thriving art community, Spring Open Studios offers a fascinating glimpse into the past as you explore the nooks and crannies of two of the area’s most historic industrial structures. In addition to dozens of traditional art studios, you’ll find lofts that combine work and living space, creative small businesses, two galleries, and artwork that spills out into the hallway, lining the corridor walls.

Spring Open Studios has a reputation for being a superbly well organized event, which makes your self-guided meanderings all the more fun and enjoyable. For more information, visit the The Distillery website. For general inquiries, contact Scott Chasse. Click the Google map below for interactive directions to The Distillery:








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South Boston Celebrates 50 Years of Youth Hockey

South Boston Youth Hockey Association

South Boston has undergone massive changes in recent years, but a number of its best traditions live on. Established in 1961, the South Boston Youth Hockey Association remains a vital local resource. Community leaders and generations of hockey enthusiasts, many with fond youthful memories of playing in the Association’s leagues, will come together Saturday May 21st at the Boston Convention Center to celebrate the organization’s 50th Anniversary.

The Association began in 1961 with just 48 players and four teams consisting of thirteen- and fourteen-year-old boys. When the popularity of hockey was at its height following the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup victory led by hockey legend Bobby Orr in 1970, the league grew to 1,500 players. Interest in the sport and participation in the Association’s programs have waxed and waned during the years since. The program has expanded with teams for different age groups and skill levels, as well as a league for girls.

According to an article in the Boston Herald, alumni include the late John Cunniff, who played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Quebec Nordiques; Boston College hall of famer Bill O’Dwyer, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1980 and later played for the Bruins; and Brian Noonan, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1983 and won a Stanley Cup with New York Rangers in 1994.

Tickets to the dinner celebration on Saturday are $40. Tables are also available. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m and dinner at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact Tommy McGrath at 857-204-5825. For more information, visit the South Boston Youth Hockey Association’s website.

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Come Celebrate Community, Art and Opportunity for South Boston Youths

Artists for Humanity (AFH)

One of the most anticipated events in South Boston is the 6th Annual “Greatest Party on Earth,” a benefit hosted by the non-profit Artists for Humanity (AFH) at the organization’s phenomenal EpiCenter at 100 West 2nd Street. Starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 21st and ending at 1 a.m. on Sunday, the party features an exciting array of live entertainment, fine cuisine from Boston’s gourmet eateries and affordable art for sale.

The popular success of the event should be no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. Since it was founded in 1991, AFH has delivered a highly innovative youth apprenticeship program that brings cultural enrichment and economic development to South Boston. The facility provides underserved youths with a safe environment for developing the skills they need to generate income and pursue successful careers in the creative arts. AFH apprenticeships include the following media:

  • Digital Media/Video
  • Graphic Design/Motion Graphics
  • Painting/Murals
  • Photography/Web Design
  • Screen Printing
  • Sculpture/Industrial Design
  • Web Design

One of the chief strengths of he AFH program its close ties with the Boston’s largest corporations. Much of the work created at the EpiCenter is the result of collaboration between the urban teens who participate in the program and their mentors, resulting in lucrative commissions, with half of proceeds going directly to the artists. Despite the economic downturn, the program generated over $800,000 is sales last year.

CBS video about Artists for Humanity (AFH)To purchase tickets and get details about the event, or to get more info about the organization, visit the AFH’s public website. You can also view an illuminating CBS News feature that profiles the AFH.


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Join the Sunset Walk at Castle Island and Help Give Women a Hand Up

If you want to help empower disadvantaged women seeking employment, health and self-sufficiency, you’ve got to “walk the walk.” That is, to make a difference you’ve got to take action. And it’s easy to get involved. Just pledge your support for the 2011 Power Walk for Dress for Success.

Boston is celebrating this important annual event with a 5K sunset walk on Saturday May 7 at South Boston’s scenic Castle Island. By participating, you can play a vital role in the efforts of Dress for Success, an international organization that gives women the tools they need to advance themselves economically and achieve well being. The 2011 Power Walk will take place in more than 30 cities across the U.S. and around the globe to help raise funds to meet these ambitious goals. Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 550,000 women in over 100 cities around the world.

You don’t need to walk to support the cause. Just sponsor a walker or make a donation online. But if you enjoy exercise, magnificent views and the camaraderie of like-minded supporters, come join the walkers. Or if you’d prefer, simply show up to cheer them on. Registration begins at 4 pm and the walk starts at 5 pm, rain or shine. To sign up, make a pledge or get more info, click here. You can also find out more about the event by sending email Email me or by visiting the organization’s public website.

PS – If you come to the event in person, don’t forget to bring your camera. With the city and Boston Harbor in the background, there’s no place like Castle Island to view the sunset! And you can get to Castle Island easily by car or public transportation. Here are directions.

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team