A sunset at the Esplanade in the fall delivers twice as many colors. | Photo via @oschapov
This Thurs., Sept. 22 is the first official day of fall and it’s only a matter of time before we start playing I Spy for fall foliage around the Greater Boston area. According to the experts like Yankee Magazine + SmokyMountains.com, peak foliage will happen in mid-to late October. That doesn’t mean we won’t see splashes of fall colors very soon.
If a road trip to Vermont or on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire isn’t on your fall agenda, here are five places to peep the changing leaves locally.
🍁 The Esplanade Exploring the three-mile path along the Charles River will provide a colorful stroll, especially from Beacon Hill to Back Bay. While you’re in the area, don’t miss a photo opp along Acorn Street or on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
🍁 Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway Save the date for the Crabapple and Maple Festival on Sat., Oct. 15. The event will celebrate the autumn colors + educate guests about the species of maples and crabapples from around the world.
🍁 Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge This location is perfect for leaf peeping for spooky season. It’s a National Historic Landmark + the first rural cemetery in the US.
🍁 Harvard Yard, 2 Kirkland St., Cambridge Visiting the Cambridge campus during fall will give new meaning to the Harvard crimson.
🍁 Blue Hills Reservation, 725 Hillside, Milton Take a hike through the Blue Hills right outside of Boston (~30 minute drive) to explore the 7,000-acre state park.
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O-Town | Tues., Sept. 20 | 8 p.m. | City Winery, 80 Beverly St. | $32+ | See this boy band with special guest Carly Underwood.
Foodie Crawl | Tues., Sept. 20 | 6-8:30 p.m. | East Somerville Main Streets | $20+ | Eat your way through the East Somerville neighborhood with live entertainment + after parties at participating restaurants.
Stick a Fork In It Food Fest | Wed., Sept. 21 | 5-8 p.m. | Arsenal Yards, Watertown | $10 | Enjoy samples from 10 participating restaurants, access to the beer + wine garden, and live entertainment — all proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.🍴
Brighton Bazaar | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 5-9:30 p.m. | Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave., Brighton | Price of purchase | Shop 50+ small local businesses selling art, vinyl, and vintage at the evening market.
Oktoberfest | Fri., Sept. 23 + Sat., Sept. 24 | Times vary | Lamplighter Brewery Co. CX, 110 N. First St., Cambridge | $10 | Ticket includes a custom glass half-liter German stein. 🍻
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The Orange Line reopened yesterday after a month-long shutdown for repairs and improvements. The MBTA line replaced 14,000 ft. of rail + 3,500 ft. of track. A few repairs remain and ‘slow zones’ will be in place for the next five to seven days. 🚃 (NBC 10)
$23 million. That’s the amount being invested in a new job training initiative that will bring together 100+ Boston employers to help address the worker shortage. The program will train and find jobs for 4,600 people in targeted industries, including healthcare, clean energy, and child care. (Boston Business Journal)
The Somerville gene therapy firm bluebird bio Inc. has earned FDA approval for a new treatment designed for boys (ages 4-17) with the neurological disorder cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy. This is the second treatment approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for the local company. (Boston Business Journal)
Eyeing a career as a professional chef?Apply for a free culinary arts training program from NECAT Boston + the Greater Boston YMCA. Classroom learning + hands-on cooking instruction will take place over 12 weeks in East Boston, offered in both English and Spanish. Deadline to apply is Fri., Sept. 30.
The New York Timesreleased its Restaurant List of 2022 highlighting the 50 best places to eat in the US and Neptune Oyster + Dear Annie were featured. Visit the North End oyster bar and Cambridge wine bar to experience the feature-worthy dishes and exceptional atmospheres. 🏆
The buzz is true — the 20th Boston Tattoo Conventionis this weekend (Fri., Sept. 23-Sun., Sept. 25) at the Hynes Convention Center. The event will feature the best local + international tattoo artists, in addition to vendors, stage acts, and the popular Miss Boston Ink contest. 🎟️
It’s Banned Books Week through Sat., Sept. 24. Visit participating bookstores for free copies of banned and challenged books from bookstores around Cape Cod + Martha’s Vineyard. 📚 (Boston Globe)
No. 8. That’s where Massachusetts ranked on the list of the best states for teachers in the US. The WalletHub survey examined 24 key metrics, including teachers’ income growth potential, pupil-teacher ratio + state’s digital learning plan. New York took the top spot and Hawaii ranked last. 🍎
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You can take 294 steps to the top of the monument. | Photo via @tste_jl
Most local folks can spot the Charlestown icon from far across Boston, but if you take a closer look, the National Park Service has been making some updates to the historic monument.
The Bunker Hill Monument has undergone numerous preservation and restoration projects in the last 10 years. As of last week, the most recent$2 million infrastructure improvement is complete. The multi-year project included updates to the monument, Lodge, and grounds to improve safety + ensure the preservation of the historic property.
What’s new at the monument? The granite stairs and rails at four entry points to the grounds have been restored + the 1850s cast iron fence surrounding the property has been updated.
Save the date for Fri., Oct. 7 when The Lodge re-opens to the public. The Lodge needed electrical updates and the original door was restored.
The monument is open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Monument Sq. in Charlestown.
Today’s issue was written by City Editor Jessica.
Editor’s pick: Fall and football season are just a few of my favorite things.
Local restaurants are getting ready to release seasonal menu items and here are two I just learned about. Nautilus Pier 4 in Seaport is adding a Heirloom Tomato Salad and Japanese Street Corn to the menu and The Thirsty Scholar in Somerville has new tailgate snacks like wings, mozzarella sticks + steak egg rolls. Let me know if you see new fall dishes worth trying.
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