A moment of silence for those who have lost their lives or loved ones in wars.
Thanks indeed to all who have honorably served in our armed forces, now and in the past.
And a very special thanks to my grandfather, CPT (Ret.) Edmond H. Curcuru, USMA Jun’43, for his service in combat during WWII.
Although I had grand plans of putting all the local events into a fancy calendar to ease the process of figuring out which ones to attend, sadly, that didn’t happen this year.
Patriot’s Day event information is scattered across a number of different sites, although the most comprehensive reference is BattleRoad.com. Other worthwhile sites for event listings include:
- Minute Man N.H.P. official site. If you’re attending any of these events, be sure to get there early, and pay attention to where the parking lots are. They will fill up early, and you’ll likely need to walk a ways along the 2A corridor or wait for a shuttle bus in the official parking areas.
- Wicked Local’s listing of Concord/Lexington events.
- Town of Arlington’s event listings. The Jason Russell House Battle reenactment is one of the hidden gems of the weekend – you can often get closer to the action than in Tower Park or in the NHP events.
Someone ping me next year if they have good ideas for a great UI for creating a public calendar. I should probably also seek out some of the BattleRoad folks (Mark!) and help them organize their website a bit – frames are so 1900’s.
Yes, it’s almost that time of year, so I’m sitting on the porch blogging away. Looking forward to doing more of it soon now that it’s spring, and the sun is up so long.
I saw an old friend this morning after my morning cappuccino and coding at my favorite coffee shop, Peet’s in Lexington. It was one of those odd moments of complete and happy surprise, since while we email regularly, I really didn’t expect to see him in downtown Lexington, just sitting on a park bench. In any case, he reminded me that I should blog more, and not just about that Apache stuff. So here you go. I will say I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends in the next two weekends, since I think some plans will be coming together nicely.
Hey! If anyone has good links for Patriot’s Day events this year, email them or post them here. I really want to get a good calendar of what’s happening when, since it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year. I’ll drop one excellent link here – if you want to know what actually happened back then, read Boston 1775, a blog by J.L. Bell, who has great commentary as well as links to original source material from the time of the revolution.
In other news, I’m ashamed to say I’m drinking instant coffee with my stroopkoeken. It’s one of those guilty pleasures – I love the Idee Kaffee instant coffee packets that I brought home from Amsterdam last month. Please don’t tell Janice or the staff at Peet’s I’m drinking anything but their bar drinks or my whole bean Maj. Dickason’s I get each week.
Well, at least to those of you living in Suffolk county, which is the only place it’s officially celebrated. Huh – I didn’t realize that Cambridge and Somerville schools also have it off!
Don’t forget to check the websites for updates (especially traffic nightmares) before you make plans in the Boston area’s many July 4th celebrations.
- Useful overall guide on Boston.com
- The formal program and details at the Hatch Shell, the best July4th event evah! (watch out for shahhhks!)
- Specific , including Longfellow Bridge, which is not available to watch the show from.
- Other events near Boston (various museum things, plus many of the individual town displays)
- “Boston Harborfest” is another group organizing events, but their website is so poorly organized I’m not going to subject you to it.
- Our nation’s Vice President will be attending an event in Charlestown at the U.S.S. Constitution, so unless you’re planning a political protest, you’d do best to avoid… um, probably Charlestown, Boston, and East Boston, presuming he’s taking a military flight into Logan and needlessly tying up traffic throughout the city on such a major holiday. Sigh.