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November Events in Massachusetts

‘Tis the season! The holidays are coming and there are many great, family-friendly events around the Bay State to get you in the spirit! From delicious dinners to festivals, November in Massachusetts is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Flavors of Fall – November 17, 2014 – Cambridge, MA

Some of the Greater Boston area’s most talented chefs will come together for one delicious night to benefit Youth on Fire at the Royal Sonesta. Flavors of Fall  features a menu filled with seasonal New England foods, as well as wine, beer and cocktail tastings – and all for a good cause! Proceeds from the event will go to Youth on Fire, which provides services and resources to homeless and unstably housed young adults in the Cambridge area.

Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival – November 21-23, 2014 – Worcester, MA

Shopping local this holiday season is made easy with the Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival! Just head on over to the DCU Convention Center in Worcester to browse hundreds of American made gifts, from pottery to scarves to jewelry. Tickets are $8 for adults, children under 14 are free. Come hungry, there will be a “food sampling extravaganza,” with delicious foods like homemade fudge, gourmet popcorn and jams, and carolers will be roving around to get shoppers into the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation – November 27, 2014 – Plymouth, MA

Celebrate Thanksgiving where it all began! Share your Thanksgiving dinner with the pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, but get your tickets quick! The America’s Thanksgiving Dinner has already sold out, but there are still seatings at the Thanksgiving Buffet available. Featuring a full Thanksgiving menu of fresh ingredients, Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantations is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Plantation will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with regularly scheduled events throughout the day so you can learn more about life in the 1600s after your meal.

Moonlight Magic – November 28, 2014, 4:30PM – Shelburne Falls, MA

Moonlight Magic is an event the whole family will enjoy! During this magical night, Shelburne Falls becomes aglow thanks to 1,800 luminary candles and gets into the spirit of the season with a town parade, food vendors and extended hours at local shops. You may even run into some familiar faces – Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and others will be out and about! There will be music, movies and even a Santa’s Workshop – something fun for everyone in your family!

City of Lights – November 29, 2014 – Lowell, MA

Celebrate the season with this parade through beautiful downtown Lowell, while enjoying local shopping and dining! The parade features floats and costumed characters, and ends with the Lighting of City Hall and the community tree. There is even a hot chocolate competition! The City of Lights parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit for the whole family.

Ask The MassDrive Agent: What’s The Best Scenic Drive In Massachusetts?

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Now that it’s officially fall, the leaves are starting to turn and we’re starting to see some beautiful foliage across the Bay State.  During this time of year, the brightly colored leaves and crisp weather don’t last too long, and taking a scenic drive is the perfect way to enjoy a gorgeous fall day!  There are so many different options to choose from, so we’ve asked our agents what some of their favorite drives are across the state to narrow down the list.

Route 2 – This historic drive goes through the back roads of Massachusetts, and is a favorite of our sales agent, Teresa.  It runs from Lexington and Concord all the way to the Berkshires, and is about 3 hours from beginning to end.  Not only does it have beautiful foliage during this time of year, it’s also much less congested than main roads in the area.  There are amazing mountain views that make the drive totally worth it, especially on a warm, clear day.

Chickatawbut Rd – This road is part of the Blue Hills Reservation Parkways and runs through Milton, Quincy, and Braintree.  Our sales agent, Jeff, loves the mix of country and city.  The road runs through the Blue Hills so there are beautiful views of fall foliage, and even a great view of the Boston skyline along the route.  Another great perk?  You’ll get to miss all the traffic on I-93!

Mount Auburn Cemetery – Our sales agent, Christine, loves going for a ride through Mount Auburn Cemetery in the fall.  This 72 acre cemetery is also an experimental garden, and features historical monuments, structures, art, and a wide variety of plants and wildlife.  It is located in Cambridge and Watertown, and has spectacular views of the city but also makes you feel like you’re getting in touch with nature.  It’s a nice spot to drive through, or even stroll through if you have the time.

Memorial Drive – Located on the north bank of the Charles River in Cambridge, this road is a favorite spot of our sales agent, Shawn.  It’s also known as U.S. Route 3 for its entire length, and Massachusetts Route 2 over the portion west of the Boston University Bridge.  He said the view of the Boston skyline is especially amazing on a clear night, and not to be missed if you have the chance to take a ride over there.  If you can find a parking spot, he recommends stopping to take a walk along the river.

Milestone Rd – Our customer service representative, Chrissy, love taking a ride down Milestone Rd in Nantucket.  She says it’s very quaint and secluded, you get to see the fall foliage and the beach on the same drive.  It’s also in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary, so you may see some animals if you’re lucky.   Taking a ride through Nantucket would be the perfect way to enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve been having!

These different roads will bring you by the beach, city, historical monuments, art,  and of course by some beautiful fall foliage.  Pack up the car, grab some friends, put on our road trip playlist, and enjoy!

Photo By: kimberlykv

Charity Events In July!

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Want to give back while having fun this month?  You’re in luck because we’ve found a few different charity events going on across the state that support worthy causes and help our local residents!  You don’t have to give much more than your time to make a big difference this month, whether you’re passionate about helping the environment, Veterans that have served our country, or those that are simple less fortunate, there is an event for you!

Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project – Head over to the Charles River at Christian A. Herter Park and help the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project keep our beaches, rivers, parks, and lakes “barefoot friendly”!  Barefoot Wine has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation, a non profit organization that is dedicated to protecting our beaches, waves, and oceans.  Together they are making 15 cleanup stops nationwide and one of them is in Boston this Saturday, July 13th! The cleanup will be from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM and will be followed by a celebration organized by the Surfrider Foundation, featuring Barefoot wine, surf-inspired fare and a performance by Eric Hutchinson.   The celebration is from 5 PM – 7 PM in Cambridge and tickets will be distributed at the cleanup.  Both events are for those 21+.

Taste of Boston Silent Auction – Plan on going out to dinner this month?  Why not go out and give back all at the same time?  Get your tickets for the Taste of Boston Silent Auction taking place on Thursday, July 18th from 6 PM – 9:30 PM at Technique Restaurant in Cambridge.  Presented by Chow Hall Cuisine, this event benefits the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and is sure to make your taste buds tingle.  Tickets are $35.00 and once you arrive be sure to check out the many items up for auction!

Worcester Kicks For Kids – Who doesn’t love playing kick ball?  Don’t miss out on the Worcester Kicks For Kids charity kickball tournament Saturday, July 27th at 9 AM at Burncoat Park in Worcester.  This tournament benefits Y.O.U. Inc which is a non-profit child welfare and behavioral health organization that serves troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families in the Worcester county area.  There will be games going on throughout the day leading up to the finals at 4:30 PM.  After the games from 6:30 – 10:30 PM there will be a party at Blackstone with food provided by Wings Over Worcester!  Be sure to register for this fun event that supports a wonderful local cause before it’s too late!

Murder Mystery Dinner – Sounds fun already doesn’t it?  This Murder Mystery Dinner event takes place on Saturday, July 27th from 6:30 PM – 11 PM at the Franklin Lodge of Elks in Franklin, MA.  Proceeds benefit Homes for Our Troops, an organization that helps to rebuild the lives of severely injured Veterans through the gift of high quality, specially adapted homes that provide freedom of movement and the ability to live independently.  The event has a theme of “High School Reunion” and there will also be food, raffles, and a silent auction.  Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple and if you can’t attend the event donations are always appreciated!

What events do you plan on attending this month?  Are there any that you know of that aren’t listed?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: Alan Kotok

2012 Hasty Pudding Awards Celebration!

Claire Danes leading the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Parade in her honor. Image from http://www.upi.com/News_Photos/gallery_v2/Claire-Danes-named-Hasty-Pudding-Woman-of-the-Year/6205/?dailybrief

Awards season in Hollywood has begun!  The Screen Actors Guild awards, the Oscars, and the Grammys have all gotten the entertainment industry buzzing. This time of year is notorious for awards shows spreading excitement throughout the country, and believe it or not you can catch a bit of the action LIVE right here in Boston!

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding is the nation’s oldest undergrad drama troupe and has been naming and celebrating their Woman of the Year since 1951, and Man of the Year since 1967.  The award is presented to outstanding entertainers and this year they chose to honor Actress Claire Danes as Woman of the Year, and Actor/Writer Jason Segel as Man of the Year.

Woman of the Year events kick off with a parade through Harvard Square, led by the winner herself.  There, fans can catch a glimpse of the celeb as she walks the streets of Cambridge.  Man of the Year does not get to lead a parade in his honor; however both award winners are roasted in front of a live audience at Harvard University before being presented with their “Pudding Pot”.  After the presentation, the show closes out with Hasty Pudding cast members performing their latest number.

While Claire Danes was honored by the group last week, you can still catch Jason Segel who will be honored for Man of the Year today, February 3rd. Segel will be roasted and presented with his “Pudding Pot” tonight at 8 PM in the newly named Farkas Hall, with the opening performance of Hasty Pudding’s 164th Production “There Will Be Flood” to follow.  For more information visit:  http://www.hastypudding.org/?page_id=36

MIT Joins Fight Against Distracted Driving

From Oprah’s National No Phone Day to commercials during your favorite sitcom, it is widely known cell phone use behind the wheel is a dangerous endeavor. A recent study by the American Automobile Association found the risk of an auto accident increases by approximately 50% while texting behind the wheel. According to a webinar hosted by Neustar 2.5 billion text messages are sent per day in the United States… too many of these from behind the wheel.

Ray LaHood, Secretary of the United States Transportation, has taken a firm lead in the fight against distracted driving. LaHood took part in the Washington No Phone Zone rally last Friday emphasizing the importance of putting cell phones away while driving. A largely useful suggestion LaHood has made is for driver’s to place their cell phones in the glove box before operating a vehicle. The Secretary has enlisted the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to find a technology with the ability to disable a driver’s cell phone use while not blocking passenger’s cell phone usage.

According to an article in the Washington Post LaHood’s research has uncovered the following facts:

  • Eight in ten drivers talk on the phone behind the wheel.
  • Cell phones are a factor in an estimated 342,000 auto accident injuries per year.
  • The cost of property damage, lost wages, medical bills and lost lives accrues to a whopping $43 billion per year.

Distracted driving is not an issue to take lightly. The Secretary visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge to personally request help in his fight against cell phone related distracted driving. LaHood challenged the students and faculty to build a car that will not crash, design a zero emission greenhouse gas vehicle, and create a green revolution changing the way energy is consumed and generated.

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