Well, it just wouldn’t be New England with at least one more cool blast of arctic air--but that doesn’t mean spring isn’t right around the corner. After a relatively quiet and moderately snowy Boston winter, we’re counting down the days to when the shovels and rock salt can return safely to the shed, along with whatever traffic cones and miscellaneous pieces of furniture we’ve used to claim *our* parking spots, like modern urban Shackletons. March means a lot of things--snow is melting, signs of life are stirring in muddy flower beds around the city, and we’re ready to hit the streets for one of our most beloved (and perhaps misunderstood) holidays--St. Patrick’s Day. But before everything goes green (the grass, the dyed beer, and ,maybe a few of the locals, in the aftermath of one too many St. Patty’s day libations), we’ve got a few other reasons to be excited for the month of March.
March 4th marks the anniversary of one of the most pivotal events of our nation’s history: the Boston Massacre, which began as a small skirmish between British troops and angry patriots, before ending in the bloodshed that would come to be seen as one of the first outbreaks of violence in the quest for independence. Catch the exciting and informative annual Boston Massacre Reenactment at the Old State House, that Saturday.
Food fanatics lucky enough to be in town this month can treat themselves to some of the best bites in Beantown during the annual Winter Dine Out Boston--not for one, but 2 weeks: March 5th-10th, and March 12th-17th. Check out specially priced prix fixe menus from some of Boston’s most beloved eateries--from New England classics like Union Oyster House and Durgin Park, to the North End’s Italian-American favorites like Strega, Bricco, and Antico Forno, and even local celeb Ming Tsai’s beloved Asian fusion bistro, Blue Ginger, there is probably a lunch or dinner deal to please any palate.
With winter in retreat, the live music scene here in Boston once again begins to heat up, this month showcasing none-other than former Police frontman, Sting, who will bring his career-spanning set to a more intimate venue than usual, the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street (across from Fenway Park).
Of course, thanks to our city’s Irish history, (along with a 90’s local punk rock revival, the success of some of our sports teams, and an recent explosion of homegrown Hollywood talent) March in Boston is inseparable from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and of course, the annual string of shows from rock stalwarts, the Dropkick Murphys. The seminal Boston-Irish-punk outfit returns from their globe-trotting tours to perform this string of shows at the House of Blues and the Agganis Arena, where you can sing along to their raucous, celtic-tinged anthems, paying a foot-stomping nostalgic tribute to the city’s Irish diaspora-populations.
As usual, the iconic St. Patrick’s Day Paradein South Boston will be held on Sunday, March 19th, so that we can more quietly celebrate Evacuation Daythe following Monday, at home, (perhaps in bed, with some ibuprofen and several glasses of water).
The following weekend welcomes the spring solstice, and with it, the Boston Flower and Garden Show down at the Seaport District’s World Trade Center, to help prepare you for your impending gardening endeavors, whether it’s flower arrangement, landscaping, or growing your own vegetables--March 22nd-26th.
Running throughout the month and beyond, don’t forget about our boys in green, (see, there’s a motif here), the Boston Celtics, who are in a battle for NBA supremacy on the East Coast. Catch games this month at the TD Garden. Same venue, on different days (of course) the basketball court disappears and the zamboni machines come out to smooth the ice where the Boston Bruins will also battle out the second half of their season, to try and topple their rivals from Montreal, on these dates at the TD Garden.
Last, but not least… CHOCOLATE. It isn’t green, and has nothing to do with the Irish or the Affleck brothers, Tom Brady, or Aerosmith--but there is a fascinating exhibit at the Museum of Science, covering all things cocoa-related, from the pre-columbian history to the modern science of one of the world’s most beloved ingredients. [Exhibit will be running all the way into May].