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Boston’s Best Valentine’s Day Events

Valentine's Day 2011 Collection

It’s that time of year again, love is in the air and Valentine’s Day has arrived. If you really want to impress your special someone this year, check out these upcoming events that are definitely more thoughtful and unique than the typical dinner and a movie date.
Want to really make it an evening to remember?

Odyssey Boston Cruises is hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise tomorrow night from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, dancing, a chocolate fountain, champagne toast, dinner, and rose for each couple. Packages can be increased to include a window table or bottle of champagne for an additional fee. How can you beat the romance of dancing together on the Odyssey as you cruise around Boston Harbor? Packages begin at $109 per person which is a bit expensive but it will definitely ensure it’s a Valentine’s day neither of you will forget.

Have a sweet tooth and looking for your fix this Valentine’s Day? Drop by the Old State House this Friday, February 17th for their Revolutionary Chocolate event where you can watch a demonstration of 18th century chocolate making, learn about Boston’s chocolatey history, sample some sweet treats while taking in a candle light tour of the infamous State House tower, and get a sneak peak of rarely seen items in the museum. Great for couples or a group of friends whether or not you are history buffs. The event is from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and tickets are $7.50 each.

Want to romance your valentine and try something new? The Boston Center for Adult Education is holding a wine and cheese pairing class tomorrow from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Since Valentine’s day is about celebrating wonderful couples what better way to celebrate than with wine and cheese?

If you’re looking to party this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better spot than Venu in Boston’s theater district. Celebrate with DJ Hed Kandi, who has mixed private parties for Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rihanna. You and your valentine can dance the night away at one of the most popular clubs in Boston while rocking out to some of the best mixes. Doors open at 11:00 PM and tickets are $15.00 each.

Sweeping her off her feet is made easy this Valentine’s Day at the Cambridge Performing Art’s Center. The second annual Valentine’s Day Ball is taking place this Tuesday, from 6:30 PM-1:00 AM with the Boston String Quartet setting the mood throughout the evening. There will be a concert, dinner, dessert and dancing and guests can choose to purchase tickets for the whole night or simply come for dancing and dessert.

Single and ready to mingle? If you’re not someone’s better half this year check out the Bell In Hand’s 14th Annual Flirt Fest starting tomorrow night at 7:00 PM until 12 midnight. There will be a best and worst pickup line contest and see who will be voted Boston’s Biggest Flirt of 2012! Appetizers will be served until 9:00 PM and over $1,000 in prizes are being offered! Tickets are $15 each and an RSVP is highly recommended as this event is likely to sell out.

Not feeling the love this Valentine’s Day? Howl at the Moon is hosting their annual Love Sux party and toasting to breakups. Celebrate with drinks such as the X-Boyfriend cocktail and Bad Romance Bucket while their dueling piano show is taking requests for anti-love songs. There will be games and prizes all night and there’s no better spot to celebrate your anti-Valentine’s Day sentiments.

Whether you have a valentine or not, there are events taking place all over the city this week that are sure to either romance your sweetheart or entertain all of you singles out there. Valentine’s day is about celebrating love and even if you are not currently attached to someone it’s still a great day to celebrate the love for yourself, family and friends so take advantage of the many festivities going on this week!

Fight Off a Case of the Winter Blues With These Events in February!

As we have seen in the past few months, this winter has been anything but typical.  The warm temperatures and lack of snow have made it difficult to enjoy a traditional New England winter by venturing out into the snow for entertainment.  However, there are plenty of events taking place across Massachusetts this month that will keep you entertained and help you fight off a case of the winter blues!
  • Are you a fan of Mexican food? The Rattlesnake Bar and Grill in Boston is holding their second annual Burrito Bowl in honor of the Super Bowl.  This event will bring together some of the top chefs in Boston and have them compete to create the best Burrito.  Each chef will create a burrito named after the city of their favorite NFL team. Attendees and special guest “referee” judges will determine the winner.  The event costs about $17 per person and begins this Saturday, February 4th from 1:00-4:00 PM.
  • Even though the Olympic Winter Games do not take place this year you can still get your sports fix by attending the 2012 Bay State Winter Games from February 10-12th in the Northern Berkshire region of Massachusetts.  Sporting events include alpine skiing, figure skating, and masters ice hockey competitions.
  • Looking for an event that will get the whole family up and out this winter? Check out the Winter Family Fun Safari taking place Saturday February 11th at 1:00 PM in Milton, MA.  It is a free event and families can meet up at Houghton Pond before exploring the woods and going on a hike to Rutherford explore what happens throughout nature during the winter.  This is a great family friendly event that is educational and a great source of exercise!
  • Salem, MA is celebrating the season of love this year by hosting the 10th annual “Salem’s So Sweet” chocolate and ice sculpture festival.  Admire the beautiful ice sculptures lining the streets of downtown Salem before stopping in a local establishment for some chocolate and wine tasting!
  • Want to really surprise that special someone this Valentine’s day? The Top of the Hub is offering a four-course prix-fix menu on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:00-10:00 PM. The event costs $125 per person (which does not include drinks, tax, or gratuity) and although it is a bit pricey the view from the top of the Prudential Building and romance factor can’t be beat.
  • Nick’s Comedy Stop, located within the Theater District of Boston, is hosting an Open Mic Night Thursday, February 16th featuring some of the most entertaining up and coming comedy acts in Boston.  Stop by for a few drinks and laughs to get your evening started on the right note.  Tickets are $12 per person and the event begins at 8:00 PM.
  • You may have thought pageant season was over after the Miss USA pageant last month, however luckily you would be mistaken.  The Miss Boston 2012 pageant takes place Sunday, February 19th at 5:00 PM at the Omni Parker House in Boston.  Contestants will compete for the chance to move on to the Miss Massachusetts pageant in June and will compete in interview, talent, swim suit, and evening wear categories.
  • Explore the nautical side of New England this winter in Provincetown and meet Delilah!  Delilah is an inflatable, life sized North Atlantic Right Whale that guests can tour while learning about these rare and beautiful animals.  There are only 475 of these whales left in the world and over 300 of those whales visited Cape Cod Bay in 2011.  This is a free event taking place on February 24th from 11:00 AM-12:15 PM.
  • Before the start of baseball season and after the Super Bowl mania has come to an end, all of you sports fans can still get a taste of the excitement at the Golden Gloves Boxing tournament in Lowell, MA.  The event is held annually and takes place on five different nights throughout the month of February as contestants try to move their way up through the competition.  This event has launched the careers of boxing legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Micky Ward, and Rocky Marciano.  For ticket information visit
Make sure that you enjoy the rest of this winter by getting up and out! Whatever your interests are, there is an event for everyone taking place this February across Massachusetts!

Bored and on a Budget? These events in Massachusetts are all Free this Month!

As the days of winter continue to get colder, many of us are searching for activities to get us up and out of the house in hopes of avoiding a case of cabin fever.  The lack of snow makes it difficult to enjoy typical winter activities such as sledding, building snowmen, or having snowball fights.  Luckily, we have come up with a list of some of the best events and things to do in Massachusetts in the month of February, and the best part is that they are all FREE!

  • If you’re looking for a great event for young children, The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA invite guests to join them for free on the first Friday of every month.  This Friday, February 3rd they are hosting a special program called “Reaction Station: Adventures for Young Chemists!” Children will be able to test mystery liquids, powders, and more at reaction stations. The event runs from 4:30-8:30 PM.
  • Want to showcase your poetry skills, voice, or performance skills? More Than Words is a nonprofit organization that empowers children  who are homeless, in foster care, or the court system to improve their own lives by giving them real world experience controlling a business.  The organization is hosting an open mic night this Friday February 3rd in Boston.   The event is from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and guests are encouraged to sign up and participate in the performances. This event will take place on the first Friday of every month.
  • Celebrating other cultures can be an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family! The Villa Victoria Center for the Arts invites the public to come celebrate the Year of the Dragon with them this Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 PM.  Acrobatics, art, drumming, and dancing are a variety of the displays and activities being put on by these talented artists.
  • If you’re looking for a winter themed event for the whole family, the Franklin Park Golf Course in Dorhester is hosting a free event this Saturday, February 4th from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM.  Guests are invited to come sled, snowshoe, build snowmen, track animal prints in the snow, enjoy some hot chocolate and play board games. Sleds will be available for those that don’t have their own. For more information or to RSVP visit:
  • Boston College is hosting a Composer’s Concert featuring the works of composers Thomas Oboe Lee, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick and Christopher Willcock S.J., all of whom work at Boston College.  The event is being held Thursday, February 9, at 8PM at Boston College Gasson Hall, Room 100.
  • Valentine’s Day is not the only holiday taking place this month, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21st! From 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Artbeat in Arlington, MA is providing visitors with a free mask making project!  Masks are a Mardi Gras tradition that allow people to disguise their true identities which allows role reversal and outrageous behavior.  This event is open to all ages.
  • MassArt Family Day is an event put on twice a year by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  It is open to visitors of all ages and guests are able to enjoy art-making projects (all materials are provided), guided conversations, interactive activities, and refreshments.  Gallery Education Staff as well as MassArt Students facilitate the tours, discussions, and activity tables where guests are able to discuss and gain a better understanding of the arts.  This event is on Saturday February 25 and runs from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.
  • If you have an interest in radio or television, WGBH is offering ongoing free studio tours every Wednesday at 2PM and the first and third Saturday of the month at 2PM.  It is a 45 minute tour recommended for ages 16 and up, and you never know who you might run into in the studio!  Photographs are also permitted.  The tour welcomes walk-ins of groups of 5 people or less, groups of 6 or more must schedule a group tour.
  • Boston is known as one of the most historic cities in the country, so why not spend a few hours exploring one of the most famous antiques in the city? The USS Constitution docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard offers free tours to guests every Thursday through Sunday this winter from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Tours are approximately 30 minutes and are recommended for ages 6 and up.

Remember, all work and no play makes for a dull winter! Instead of another trip to the movies, try taking family or friends to one of these educational and exciting events! Even if you’re on a budget, these free activities are the perfect excuse to get up and out!

Winter Vacation Destinations: Top New England and Massachusetts Ski Resorts

Killington by yourcoco on Flickr

Even though we are yet to see a snow storm here in Massachusetts this winter (rain, rain, go away!), the upcoming long weekend is the perfect time to hit the slopes! Skiing is a winter hallmark and although the resorts have not been getting any help from Mother Nature, they’re ready for action. The majority of New England and Massachusetts ski resorts have snow-making abilities and have opened many trails this season. Go ahead and plan that relaxing getaway on the slopes, and despite the lack of storms here in MA, you need not look any further than our list of top rated Massachusetts ski areas and beyond!

  • Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA is approximately an hour outside of Boston and features multiple different varieties of trails and is open until 10PM every night!  It is also accessible by public transportation and visitors who want to stay overnight are welcome to book a room in the Wachusett Village Inn.  Lift ticket prices vary. (Western MA)
  • Berkshire East is a family run mountain that features 45 trails, 18 for night skiing, as well as tubing trails.  While there is no lodging facility on site, there are multiple B&B’s in the area.  There is also a children’s play and ski center which offers child care and a “Learn to Ski” program for children ages 2-5. (Western MA)
  • Ski Butternut is also located within the Berkshires, however is in the southern region of the mountains. Featuring 110 skiable acres, Butternut is the perfect vacation spot for both skiing experts and beginners. There are endless activities to keep the entire family busy including terrain parks, a tubing center, a ski shop, ski lessons, and also snowboarding lessons. Afterschool lessons are also available for locals and theme days such as retro day and a Jimmy Buffett festival are scattered throughout the season. Ski Butternut is the perfect place to experience big mountain skiing while staying close to home. (Western MA)
  • Gunstock Mountain Resort is the closest major ski resort to the Boston Area. Located just two hours outside of the city, Gunstock offers a nationally recognized and award winning learn to ski or ride program, Mountain Magic, perfect for first time skiers. It also includes tubing trails, snowboarding and skiing trails, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing facilities. Gunstock is associated with multiple lodging partners in the area as well for the convenience of their guests. (Lakes Region of NH)
  • Mount Sunapee Resort is located about 90 minutes from Boston and often features races, scavenger hunts, camps, contests, and clinics. Currently, 37 trails are open for business while snowmaking which is underway will allow more to open as the week goes on.  Ski and Stay packages are available for guests looking to stay overnight. (Western NH)
  • Okemo Mountain resort is about a three hour drive from Boston and is a top rated ski resort in Vermont. They pride themselves on constantly improving and demand very high standards when it comes to customer service. With 96% snow coverage and 119 trails, Okemo is definitely one of the larger mountains in the area.Don’t miss their savings event going on this January offering up to 33% off lodging and kids ski and ride for $1. (Southern VT)
  • Killington is another well-known Mountain region in Vermont which features “The Beast”, a series of six mountains, 140 trails and over 70 miles of terrain at Killington which will keep the whole family occupied for hours. They have the world’s most extensive 600 acre snowmaking system as well as 250 inches of annual snowfall! With these conditions there will be no shortage of powder on the slopes! (Central VT)

Ski season in New England is already in full force!  Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these Massachusetts winter getaways before it’s too late!

All these New England ski resorts are within driving distance. Be careful out on the winter roads! Brush up on driving in the snow and make sure your auto insurance policy is up to date. Stay safe!

Photo by yourcoco

Snow Day? Try Out These Indoor Activities for Kids

Snow Day with the Kids?

While we continue to patiently wait for a snowstorm this winter in Massachusetts, there is one question on the minds of many – will we ever get a snow day?  With rumored snowfall for tomorrow morning, your little ones may be getting excited for the possibility of a snow day, but are you prepared? It’s the announcement that every student hopes for the morning after a storm, however, for parents who are home with their kids, keeping them occupied all day at a moment’s notice can be a challenge.

When it is too dangerous to drive and families are stuck in the house all day, children can become anxious and hyper. Luckily, we have comprised a list of winter activities for children to keep your kids entertained and happy, and all of these can be done with everyday household items.

  • Build a fort.  Children can be entertained for hours building, and hiding out inside a fort.  Set aside some pillows, blankets, and chairs and they will be able to set up shop for the day, or at least a few hours.
  • Have an indoor picnic.  Kids love changing up their everyday activities and having a picnic indoors is the perfect way to occupy them on a snow day.  Have them set up a blanket and place settings while you prepare the meal.  Including winter themed foods will also make it more seasonal and exciting; think hot chocolate, popcorn, pigs in a blanket, grilled cheese and tomato soup.
  • Play “Pass the Snowball”, a winterized version of hot potato. Use an oversized white Styrofoam ball as the snowball, or get adventurous and bundled up to head outside and use an actual snowball.
  • Create an indoor bowling alley by setting toilet paper rolls up like bowling pins at the end of the hallway. Use balled up socks as the bowling ball and let them play.
  • Arrange and indoor scavenger hunt by placing winter clothing (hats, mittens, boots, etc) throughout the house. Provide clues as to their location, and once all the clothes have been found send your kids out to play in the snow.
  • Use computer paper and scissors to have your children create their own snowstorm! Creating different snowflake shapes and designs will enhance their creativity while the real snow builds up outside.
  • Bake together!  Baking can occupy a lot of time depending on the recipe; have your kids choose their favorite and work together to create the finished product.
  • Acting out a play is a great way to spend a few hours. Find some old clothes or Halloween costumes for them to wear and let the show begin!
  • Break out the board games! There are probably a few games around the house you haven’t gotten the chance to play as a family yet, so make sure to try them out! If you’re feeling especially creative, use pieces from different games to create your own. There are sure to be plenty of laughs as you figure it out!
  • Provided you don’t lose power, movies, TV and video games are another way to stay entertained during a snow day. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved with what your kids are watching and playing and maybe learn a game or two.

Surviving a snow day with the kids can be a challenge with everyone cooped up inside for hours on end, but these ideas for children’s games and more will hopefully keep everyone busy and having fun! Before you know it the storm will have passed and they will be back to school, so enjoy the time together. If you’re hoping for a snow day tomorrow, as the snow starts falling tonight, make sure to put those PJ’s on inside-out and sleep with a wooden spoon under your pillow – they’re supposed to bring good snow day luck!

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MassDrive Winter Week!

Massachusetts Winter Week

Although it hasn’t really felt like a true New England winter yet, it is January and the peak of wintertime here in Massachusetts. As the temperatures drop, you may be tempted to stay home, but the great thing about winter in Massachusetts is that you certainly don’t have to – there is plenty going on throughout the state that will make you want to throw on that down jacket and join in the fun!

Here at MassDrive, we’ve compiled the best and most fun winter activities around Massachusetts this winter to share with you so you can make the most of your wintertime. Stay tuned throughout the week for posts here on the blog with fun activities for a snow day, the best skiing within driving distance and a listing of awesome winter events. Don’t let the cold scare you away – these activities are definitely worth a little chill!

Whether it’s hitting the slopes, enjoying a winter festival or building a snowman in the backyard, there is plenty to do during the colder season around Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter for updates each day, and follow #mdwinterweek to join in on the conversation. You can also Like us on Facebook to participate in polls, share your winter photos and let us know what you look forward to doing every winter!

To get started early, you can check out this great website for awesome Massachusetts events this winter: Otherwise, stay tuned!

Do you have a favorite wintertime tradition? Make sure to tell us about it in the comments!

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Swine Flu Shots in Massachusetts

Local health departments were directed to cancel scheduled swine flu vaccinations next month as shipments of the vaccination run weeks behind. A shortage of swine flu vaccines are seen not only in Massachusetts, but nation wide. Production facilities are unable to make adequate doses of the two flu vaccinations, the standard flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. If you find a clinic offering this vaccine, plan on arriving early as it is likely hundreds of other people will stand in line with you.

Over 53% of those effected by the swine flue have been under the age of 25.  Since April 1,768 cases of swine flu have been reported in Massachusetts. A total of 300,000 vaccines have been administered in Massachusetts to people with highest risk including pregnant women and young children.  If you fall into a high risk group please keep checking for vaccine availability with your local clinic and physician.

Autumn Adventures

Autumn’s cooler temps bring a variety of outdoors adventures. Looking for something new, check out the affordable day and weekend activities Massachusetts has to offer:

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