Cambridge Discovery Days – Aug 7 & 14, 2010

Cambridge Discovery Days

Cambridge Discovery Days

The next two Saturdays are Cambridge Discovery Days on August 7, 2010 and August 14, 2010.

Each Saturday there are a variety of tours and talks about Cambridge history offered around Cambridge.

The theme of this year’s Discovery Days is Women’s Voices.


Some of the tours and talks include:

On Aug. 7th:

  • James Russell Lowell’s Brattle Street – 9:30 am
  • Culinary Cambridge: Our City’s Role in Shaping America’s Love of Fine Food – 1 pm
  • The Ladies of Tory Row – 3:30 pm
  • Margaret Fuller and the Writers of Cambridge – 5:30 pm

On Aug 14th:

  • Longfellow Homes on Brattle Street – 9:30 am
  • Women: Their Presence, Influence and Use of Fresh Pond – 1 pm
  • The Women of Central Square – 2 pm
  • William James in Cambridge – 3 pm

There will be tours of Mount Auburn (self guided) and the Longfellow House (admission charged) throughout the day.  From noon to 4 pm you are invited to bring old photos of Cambridge and Cantabridgians to be scanned at the Cambridge Historical Society – and get a free ice cream for doing so!

Most events are free of charge.  A few require advance registration.  The city of Cambridge website has the full details and a calendar of Cambridge Discovery Days events.

Cambridge Discovery Days 2010 – Women’s Voices – will take place on two Saturdays, August 7 and August 14, 2010.

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What’s Your Neighbor Reading?

Wondering what’s your neighbor reading?  

codIf your town has a “One Book” or a  “Community Reads” program you may be reading the same book.

Local libraries sponsor the programs and encourage townspeople to read the selected book.  Lectures and other events about the book’s subject are offered by the library and local groups.

Cambridge Reads has selected Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World.  Medford Reads also read Cod and had some excellent lectures related to the book.  Plans are in the works for a 2011 Medford Reads – keep an eye on the MPL website for details.

One Book One Watertown is reading March by Geraldine Brooks this Fall.  The novel explores the Civil War as seen through the imagined experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  There are a number of events planned for September and October focusing on Alcott and on the Civil War.

One Book One Belmont has also chosen a book with a local focus:  Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 will be the 2011 One Book One Belmont (OBOB).  Author Stephen Puleo will speak in Belmont on March 24, 2011 and other events will be scheduled for February and March.

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Cambridge Shred Day – Free Public Paper Shredding

Cambridge Shred Day - July 31, 2010

Cambridge Shred Day - July 31, 2010

Cambridge Shred Day – Free Shredding.   Worried about identity theft? Do you have file cabinets stuffed with papers you don’t need but are afraid to throw out? Old bills, bank statements, credit card applications?  I know I do.  And after spending hours with scissors destroying my old student loan papers (who knew my social security number appeared three times on every statement?!) the idea of free shredding is very appealing.

This Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 9 am to 1 pm the City of Cambridge will hold a Shred Day at the Central Square Post Office.  You can bring papers for shredding including bills, insurance info, bank statements, etc.

Cambridge Shred Day is free and open to the public.   For more information call the Cambridge Consumers’ Council at 617-349-6150.

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4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations Near Cambridge

4th of July in Cambridge and nearby

4th of July in Cambridge and nearby

If you’re looking for info about 4th of July fireworks in 2012 here’s the newest July 4th fireworks post with info for 2012.

4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations Near Cambridge Yes – those are fireworks you’re hearing even though it’s only July 1st.  Somerville celebrates early and their fireworks are tonight.

Here’s the scoop on firework displays and festivities scheduled for towns and cities within a few miles of Cambridge:

Somerville Fireworks

The fireworks in Somerville are tonight, July 1, 2010 in Trum Field. Trum Field is on Broadway between Magoun Square and Ball Square.  The half hour fireworks display starts at approx. 9:15 pm.

On the 4th of July Prospect Hill Park in Somerville is a great place to view the Boston fireworks.   Prospect Hill Park is at the intersection of Prospect Hill Avenue and Munroe Street in Somerville above Union Square

Lexington Fireworks

You’ve got another early bird special at the Lexington Lions Club Annual Fourth of July Carnival.  The Lexington fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 2, 2010 at approx. 9:30 pm at Center Field.

The Lexington Carnival is open:

  • Thursday, July 1 – 6 pm to 11 pm
  • Friday, July 2 – 6 pm to 11 pm with fireworks at 9:30
  • Saturday, July 3 – noon to 11 pm
  • Sunday, July 4 – 1 pm to 11 pm
  • Monday, July 5 – 1 pm to 7 pm

Watch the Fireworks from Cambridge

Want to celebrate the 4th in Cambridge? Don’t want to brave the crowds in Boston?  There are plenty of places to see the fireworks from the Cambridge side of the river.  Many taller condo buildings or buildings with roof decks around Cambridge offer prime viewing spots for the Boston fireworks.  If you’re not so lucky to live in one of those buildings or want to be closer to the action, the banks of the Charles River between the Mass Ave Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge provide a front row seat.  The bridges are also popular, but crowded, places to view the fireworks.  There will be food concessions and restrooms along the Charles in Cambridge.

The 37th annual Boston Pops 4th of July concert and fireworks on the Esplanade in Boston begins at 8:30 pm.  The restricted area for seating opens at 9 am on the 4th. The fireworks begin at 10:30 pm and last until 11 pm.  The show is televised on WBZ, Channel 4 from 8 to 11 pm.

4th of July Celebration in Waltham Massachusetts

There’s a family-friendly party in Waltham on the 4th in Prospect Hill Park from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.  Free children’s rides, animal shows, food, drink, music and more.  Prospect Hill Park is at 314 Totten Pond Road in Waltham.

That evening, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on July 4th there will be a concert with Profile at Leary Field off Bacon Street followed by fireworks.  Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks in Newton

The party in Newton kicks off at the Newton Centre Playground with fun activities for kids from 10 am to noon on Sunday, July 4, 2010.  There’ll be a Pet Parade, a Teddy Bear Parade, a Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Foot Races, and best of all – free ice cream!

The party continues at the Russel J. Halloran Field and Sports Complex at 250 Albemarle Road in Newtonville.  From 11 am to 10 pm there’ll be an open air market, amusement rides, crafts for sale, and food concessions.  The Bo Winiker Band comes on at 6 pm for dancing.  The Newton fireworks are scheduled for 9 pm.

Arlington Celebrates the 4th of July

Fourth of July festivities in Arlington MA will be held at Robbins Farm Park (aka Skyline Park) at 1 Eastern Avenue from 7 pm to 11 pm on July 4, 2010.  Enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment by the John Penny Band, and a chance to watch the Boston Pops Concert and fireworks on a giant screen.

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Fresh Pond Day In Cambridge

Let’s hope the weather tomorrow is better than the forecast because there’s an amazing day planned at the 2nd Annual Fresh Pond Day in Cambridge with events sure to delight kids and grownups alike.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of Cambridge’s nicest outdoor spaces.

2nd Annual Fresh Pond Day in Cambridge Mass

2nd Annual Fresh Pond Day in Cambridge Mass

Fresh Pond Day Events Include:

  • Native Plant Walks
  • Cambridge Fire Department Truck Company Demonstration
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Fire Dept Dive Team Demonstration
  • Garlic Mustard Weed-Out
  • Tours of the Water Treatment Facility
  • Dog Licensing (bring proof that your pooch has a rabies vaccination)
  • Voter Registration
  • Sign Up for Free Home Energy Audits
  • Free Bike Checks and Tune-Ups
  • Fresh Pond Reservation Story Walk
  • and more!! 

Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

2nd Annual Fresh Pond Day

Saturday, May 9, 2010  10 a.m. to 2 pm.

250 Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge MA

Fresh  Pond Day Transportation:

Parking is limited at Fresh Pond Reservation.

Alternate parking nearby at the:

Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge

Free shuttle from the Alewife T station

Buses from Harvard Square that stop at Fresh Pond: 72, 74, 75 and 78

Free shuttles for seniors and wheelchair bound persons leave from the:

Citywide Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617-349-6060

North Cambridge Senior Center, 2050 Mass Ave  617-349-6320

For more information or to find out about event cancellation due to severe weather call 617-349-4339.  For more information see the city website.  

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Cambridge Science Festival

Don't Miss the Cambridge Science Festival

Don't Miss the Cambridge Science Festival

From Cambridge’s schools, to Cambridge businesses and local museums there’s a wealth of scientific talent in town.  Much of it is on display this week at the 4th annual Cambridge Science Festival.

The festival opened on Saturday and daily events continue through Sunday, May 2, 2010.  The lineup is truly amazing with plenty of free events and some that charge admission.

For adults and for kids – you’ll find lots to do every day through Sunday. Many Cambridge schools have science fairs scheduled this week with students’ projects on exhibit.  Each weekday there’s a Lunch With a Laureate where you can brownbag it and have lunch and chat with a Nobel Prize winner.  All week long you can participate in a Rock the World Treasure Hunt with clues placed around Cambridge based on geology questions. Your first clue is at Lesley’s University Hall at 1815 Mass Ave.

Here are some of my favorites on the schedule this week.  All are free except where noted:

  • Science Trivia Challenge.  Teams compete in a Jeopardy-like test of general science knowledge.  Kirsch Auditorium at the MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge.  Wednesday, 6 – 9 pm.
  • How the Hippies Saved Physics.  Lecture at the MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge. Wednesday, 6 – 7 pm.
  • Engineering Origami: Folding, Design and Analysis.  Hands on workshop with MIT’s Origami Club.  MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave. Thursday, 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Sidewalk Astronomy at Cambridge City Hall.  View the stars and planets through telescopes set up outside City Hall. Weather permitting.  Thursday, 8 – 10 pm.
  • Science of Baseball.  This talk will answer questions like How does a knuckleball work?  Do steroids help baseball players? and more. Stata Center at MIT, 32 Vassar Street, Room 32-155. Friday, 6 – 7:30 pm.
  • Science of Cheese.  A Harvard Medical School professor and a local cheese expert will talk about why we love cheese. A reception and tasting follow.  21+ only. Preregistration required.  MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave.  Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • Improbable Readings From the Ig Nobel Prizes. At the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Four sessions on Saturday, 10 am, noon, 2:00 and 3:3o pm.
  • Rocket Day at Danahy Park.  Build and launch your own rocket. Bring a tennis ball and two two-liter drink bottles. $5 donation suggested.  Sunday, May 2, 2010 10 am – 4 pm.


That’s just a sampling of what’s on tap this week at the Cambridge Science Festival.  It’s truly astounding – and one more reason to love living in Cambridge!  Check out the Cambridge Science Festival website for lots more info and the schedule for event details.

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Celebrate Longfellow’s Birthday This Saturday

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Cambridge

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of Cambridge

This Saturday, Feb. 27th is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday.  Longfellow was born on Feb. 27, 1807.  He lived for many years in Cambridge on Brattle Street and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is celebrating the Cambridge poet’s birthday with an event that also marks this year’s 150th anniversary of Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”.

Longfellow wrote the poem in 1860 and it was published in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.  “Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere …”, the poem has long been a favorite of school children who learn a version substantially shorter than the original.

The poem was also a favorite of the late Ted Kennedy who narrated the poem for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s premiere of “Paul Revere’s Ride”.

The birthday celebration at Mount Auburn at the Story Chapel will include a multi-media presentation of Kennedy’s narration.  Coffee and tea will be served at 9:30 a.m. Following the presentation a wreath will be laid at Longfellow’s grave, and then birthday cake will be served at the Chapel.

Admission is free.

The Longfellow birthday celebration will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery. 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.

For information call 617-601-1981.

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Anne Hathaway – Hasty Pudding Club Woman of the Year

Anne Hathaway – Hasty Pudding Club Woman of the Year for 2010.  On Thursday, Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club honored actress Anne Hathaway as its Woman of the Year.  The traditional parade through Harvard Square was held despite the snow and followed by a roast and presentation of the pudding pot at the New College Theatre.

The parade and pudding pot ceremony for the 2010 Hasty Pudding Club Man of the Year, Justin Timberlake, is scheduled for this Friday, February 5th.

 Here’s a look at Anne Hathaway and the Hasty Pudding Club:


See also:

Renee Zellweger 2009 Hasty Pudding Club Woman of the Year

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