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Haunted Houses in Boston, Massachusetts, and New England
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October 14, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/14/08
The Week in Weird Essex Shipbuilding Museum Steam MusterOct 18Essex, MA The weird event of the week is your chance
October 14, 2008
Haunted Houses in Boston, Massachusetts, and New England
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October 8, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/03/08
Hi! I hate to post more than once a week (and this event conflicts with my lecture), but it's so cool I have to send out the
October 3, 2008
Haunted Houses in Boston, Massachusetts, and New England
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September 30, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/30/08
This week Halloween starts picking up, although for most venues it will be one more week to get them going. To spare those who do
September 30, 2008
Haunted Houses in Boston, Massachusetts, and New England
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September 23, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/23/08
Hey-o, Summer is over, but Halloween is here! The first haunted houses and ghost tours open for the season this week. See
September 23, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/18/08
Hi! Here's hoping you get in some outdoor time this weekend. This is the last weekend of summer normality before Halloween
September 18, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/11/08
Back to School Silent Rave, Sep 12, Copley Square, Boston, MA7:30pm, Copley Square. Bring an iPod with music to dance to. http://
September 11, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/09/08
Hi! Yet another, and hopefully the last format for the blog. Summer is coming to an end, don't sit around at home or do something
September 9, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/03/08
Today I'm trying a revised style that lets you scan the blog quickly, but allows me to be chatty and make comments as well. The
September 3, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 08/27/08
Hi! You can now subscribe by email or RSS feed, directly from the home page of Johnny's List. Just type in your emai
August 27, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 08/21/08
The Week in Weird Dancing on the CharlesJul 26 - Sep 20Cambridge, MA Aug 23 and Sep 20 are next! It's an outdoor dance
August 21, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 08/13/08
Hey-o, This week I'm trying the blog in Web format, for easier scanning. Let me know what you think. If this doesn't work
August 13, 2008
July 31, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 07/21/08 Extra
Hi! I can't resist listing this, a new free outdoor movie series, in Assembly Square. The first are TUESDAY 7/22 Shrek
July 21, 2008
New Format: This Week in Weird
Hi all, I am trying a new format that will be easier to glance over. Pirates Night Out, Jul 26, Attleboro, MA. The weird even
July 21, 2008
July 16, 2008
Boston, MA. 617-442-6644. Free. Music, martial arts, food, entertainment. http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts/festival_schedule.asp The USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a ship museum and they are having a “Turn-Around Cruise” on July 4. They also feature a Sunset Parade, which is Jul 5. Boston, MA. 7pm-8:30pm: fife & drum, Marine Corps, firing cannons, gun exercises. http://www.ussconstitution.navy.mil/EventCalendar.htm Greater New Bedford Summerfest has six different stages and they claim that over 20,000 attend. Jul 4-6. It’s in New Bedford, MA, where the whaling museum is. 508-999-5231. http://www.newbedfordsummerfest.com and http://www.whalingmuseum.org Berkshires Arts Festival is Jul 4-6. It is a juried art event with 175 artists all in tents outdoors. Great Barrington, MA. 413-298-0175. http://www.berkshiresartsfestival.com Oh and speaking of Great Barrington, I can’t resist telling you about Barong Imports which claims to be the largest asian art importer in the US. I’ve visited and it’s quite amazing. http://www.barongimports.com/ I have no idea what the “Hike ‘n’ Haiku” event is, but it’s definitely odd and I am listing it. I guess the first names, Walk ‘n’ Write, and Promenade & Poetry didn’t appeal. Jul 6. Notchview Park, Windsor, MA. http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/37262_hike_n_haiku.cfm If you’re in Cambridge, then you may have heard of the Longfellow Historic Site. Well, they have an event every Sunday called the “Longfellow Family Sundays Art in the Park”. Basically there’s music and you may get to read a poem or join in a painting workshop. Or just hang out with a picnic lunch on a blanket on the lawn. It sounds like not exactly an event worth traveling for, but mellow and serene if you are already local. Sundays, Jul 6-Aug 31. 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. 617-876-4491. Usually 1-4pm. http://www.nps.gov/long Featuring what is easily one of the worst-looking Web sites I’ve seen lately, the New England Summer Nationals is the largest auto event on the East Coast. Jul 3-6. They destroy cars and add flame throwers, it sounds very “wrestling fan” but hey, it might be good. In Oxford, MA, which is near Worcester. 508-987-2652. http://www.summernationals.com The touristy event of the week is Boston Harborfest. It features over 200 activities that are pretty much available year-round, such as guided tours, but a few special ones as well: –July 5. “Party On The Plaza”, but no time is listed. City Hall Plaza, Boston MA. Perhaps this is the same as “Drums in the Night”, which begins at 7pm, Jul 5. Free. –July 6. “Chowderfest”, which basically means, you show up, you eat some chowder. That should hold you for at least 30 minutes of fun. Possibly an hour if you’re from Memphis. http://www.bostonharborfest.com — “Paul Revere Tonight”, a one-man play or re-enactment of Paul Revere. At the Old North Church, Boston MA. July 1-6. Seems pretty good. http://www.oldnorth.com/harborfest/events.htm — July 1-6, 3-5pm. Re-enact the Boston Tea Party! Go to the New England Aquarium, raid a British ship, and fire the cannons! Make a reservation. They also seem to do it all summer. http://www.libertyfleet.com — July 4. A re-enactment of the “no tax on tea” town meeting in 1773. Boston. July 4 at 11am. http://www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org/ — They’re also letting people try writing with a quill pen on July 6. http://www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org/ There’s also a Town Meeting Re-Enactment from 1774 on July 6 at the North Bridge benches, in Concord, MA. 1:30pm and 3pm. http://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/events.htm Outdoor movies continue: — Boston, MA. Movies by Moonlight at the Boston Harbor Hotel. July 4. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)”. At dusk. 617-439-7000. http://www.bhh.com/special_eventcal.htm — Dorchester, MA. Neponset River Greenway Festival & Movie Series. Jul 3. Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Blvd, Dorchester, MA. 617-542-7696. All movies begin at sunset, around 7:30-8pm. Every Thursday. http://www.bostonnatural.org — Falmouth, MA. Wednesday Movies Under the Stars. July 2, “Game Plan”. Peg Noonan Park, Main Street, Falmouth, MA. 508-487-3424. At dusk. http://www.falmouthchamber.com/more/calendar/event/909 — Onset, MA. Onset Bay Movie Co. Jul 3, “Transformers”. The Bandshell, behind 197 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA. 508-295-9026. http://www.myspace.com/obmco — It’s not outdoors, but Dinner and a Movie at the Hampshire House, continues, Jul 5, “Rear Window”. 7pm. $30 Also outdoor theatre, The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, July 3 – Sep 7, and Hay Fever, by Noel Coward, July 24 – Sep 14. All this at the stage near the Charles River off Storrow Drive west, Boston MA. http://www.publicktheatre.com I like circuses so I am listing this one. It is called UniverSoul Circus, the idea being that its performers are drawn from all over the world, unlike other circuses… wait a second, they usually draw talent from foreign countries, too. Hmm. July 1-6. http://www.universoulcircus.com Continuing events: — Amesbury Days, in Amesbury, MA, to July 4. http://www.amesburyma.gov/home.nfs?a=amesbury&group=503 — Shakespeare Under the Stars, Hadley, MA, to July 27. http://www.hampshireshakespeare.org Hint of the week: if you’re on the subway and the car’s not air conditioned, skip ahead to the next car, it probably is.-Johnny p.s. Like this blog? Do me a favor and tell your friends. Get it as a weekly email at http://tiny.cc/uYULq and see my huge list of 2000 activities at http://tiny.cc/qH4YT
Hey-o, Here are over 40 strange events to do this week! My top pick of the week -- you really must try this! -- is the Declar
July 1, 2008
413-584-9182. Rain or shine. 2008: 9am to 6pm. http://www.wmhg.org CALL?? CANCELLED? The Chronical of Narnia OverKnight. Jun 27. Higgins Armory, 100 Barber Ave, Worcester, MA. 508-853-6015. http://www.higgins.org/Calendar More movies outdoors. Can I ask a question? Why do so many of them simply say “At Dusk”. When’s that? 7pm when it starts to get dark? Or 9pm when it’s solidly night? — Boston, MA. Movies by Moonlight at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Jun 27. “In the Heat of the Night (1969)”. 617-439-7000. http://www.bhh.com/special_eventcal.htm — Falmouth, MA. Wednesday Movies Under the Stars, Jun 25, if you care what they’re showing and what time exactly, apparently you’ll have to call them. Peg Noonan Park, Main Street, Falmouth, MA. 508-487-3424. At dusk. http://www.falmouthchamber.com/more/calendar/event/909 This one’s indoors, but still interesting. “Dinner and a Movie” is Jun 28 at the Hampshire House, which is a historic mansion on Beacon Hill. That’s at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA. 617-227-9600. It’s just $30 for a 3-course dinner followed by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. http://www.hampshirehouse.com/ It’s not just movies that are outdoors at night! How about summer theater! Shakespeare Under the Stars is way out in Hadley, MA, and they’re showing Romeo & Juliet Jun 25-Jul 13, and then As You Like It, July 16-27. Jun 25-26 is a preview and costs less. http://www.hampshireshakespeare.org Or how about dancing! There’s an event called Dancing on the Charles, which seems to actually take place outside on the shore of the Charles river. Jun 28 and a number of other Saturdays this summer. http://www.soulclap.us/dotc/ Here are two scavenger hunts! Neither involve stealing road signs and spending a night in jail: — Boston Scavenger Hunt, Jun 28, 12:30-4pm in Boston Common. Register beforehand. http://www.misteriosos.org/?cat=4 — Gallery Scavenger Hunt, Jun 28. At Mass MoCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. It looks like it’s geared towards kids. Oh the waste! You know from kids cartoons and TV that children have no taste. Let’s face it, they’re just as happy jumping in puddles and picking their noses. Please put your festival energy into appealing to adults! http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=398 Special zoo events are usually benefits and tickets can be pricey. This one’s, Zoobilee: Feast with the Beasts, Jun 28, is $125. That’s less than the price last week to meet Steve Carrell. But hey, you get to ingest and mingle with animals. http://www.rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org/zoobilee/zble08_info.cfm A better bet is Chefs in Shorts, which is only $60, another benefit, at Seaport Boston, one of those trade show halls in South Boston. Jun 27. http://www.seaportboston.com/ The town of Amesbury is having a festival! This is about as far north as you can get without falling off into the ocean or New Hampshire. It all starts with a block party on June 25, has a nighttime paddle Jun 27, balloon rides Jun 28, and more. Amesbury Days, Jun 25-Jul 4, Amesbury, MA. 978-388-8110 x314. http://www.amesburyma.gov/home.nfs?a=amesbury&group=503 While you’re on the North Shore, check out this Catholic festival: St. Peter’s Fiesta, Jun 25-29, Gloucester, MA. Religious activities, music, food, sporting events, parade, culminating with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet from the Boulevard (near Fishermen’s Memorial Statue). http://www.stpetersfiesta.org Although nobody can beat Brookline for nuts, Somerville is giving it a shot by celebrating July 4th a week early. I guess they’re just tired of being overshadowed by Boston’s July 4. Somerville Independence Day Fireworks. Jun 26. Rain date: July 5. http://www.somervillema.gov/spotlight.cfm?id=28 I’ve never heard of a genuine improv comedy festival before (although local groups will put on their own shows). Providence Improv Fest. Jun 27. Held in three different locations in Providence, RI. http://www.as220.org/calendar.html
Hi all, This is what's coming up in New England! The strange event of the week has got to be the Western Mass Highland Games
June 23, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 06/16/08
Hey-o, Here's the weird this week. Alert! I have 33 free passes (for you and a guest) to an opening showing of the Love Guru.
June 16, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 06/11/08
Hello New England, This is the quirky calendar for this week. The must-see event before weekend is undoubtedly the Scooper Bo
June 11, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 05/20/08
Hello, New England! Here's your week in weird. The weird event of the week is undoubtedly PirateFest! Avast, matey! May 24.
May 20, 2008
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