Well, sorry about the delay, folks! We had to batten down the hatches for a little lousy Smarch weather, as you may have heard, but that’s all behind us now...Right? Excellent. We’re ready for March, which brings a flurry of green to Boston--and we’re not just talking about that stubborn New England spring, trying to fight it’s way out of that last lingering bit of slush from a late season nor’easter.
First up, greenthumbs in Boston should check out the Flower and Garden Show coming to the Seaport World Trade Center, a great resource for planning your home garden whether it’s decorative plants and flowers or growing your own edibles--don’t miss this fascinating and educational event, from March 14th through March 18th.
Next up--it’s time to paint the town green once again, with one of the biggest, most famous cultural festivals in all of Boston: the annual March 17th celebration of Evacuation Day--the day the British retreated and left the city of Boston, driven out by the revolutionary forces led by one George Washington! Exciting stuff! Wait--is that not what you were thinking of? There is that other holiday, that some folks across the pond (and maybe other smaller towns like Chicago and NYC) celebrate. Something about snakes, shamrocks, and perhaps green adult beverages? Strangely, it happens to fall on the same day as Evacuation Day, and is a city-wide holiday--such a coincidence, really! That would be St. Patrick’s Day you’re thinking of. Well, we are known to have a little get-together here and there, and usually Boston rock legends The Dropkick Murphys might even play a few of their Irish-inspired tunes, at one of their string of sold out nights at House of Blues, from March 15th through March 18th as they’ve been doing, the past several years. There might be a little march or perhaps a full-blown street festival at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down in South Boston. Of course, we do love our city’s proud Irish American heritage, on full display this month, so don’t miss this great opportunity to join in on the festivities across the region, whether you choose the rawkus Irish-American punk of the DKM’s, or Brian O’Donovan’s beloved St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn--two nights of live Celtic music in Cambridge--or a sojourn to Southie. And if it’s Southie Shenanigans you’re out for, please, celebrate responsibly, folks! That means keeping your quotes from Good Will Hunting or The Departed to a safe minimum, and watching where you drop those R’s.
As New England’s natural greenery is just around the corner, you can look forward to the coming spring season by feasting at some of the region’s hottest restaurants during this late winter edition of Dine Out Boston. Treat yourself to special fixed menus across the city--whether its stylish dining in the South End, pasta and pizza with a side of old world charm in the North End, or fresh seafood along the waterfront, there’s a lunch or dinner dining deal for all tastes this month, from the 18th--23rd, and resuming the 25th--30th of March.
Of course, there’s much more to come from the Emerald Isle than just the famed holiday this month. For a look at Ireland’s contemporary culture, don’t miss the Boston Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theater from March 22nd through 25th. Coming from a country with such rich, soulful musical and literary traditions, Irish filmmakers have brought the world some true masterpieces, from the whimsical to the historic, controversial, and tragic, whether it’s films like The Commitments, Bloody Sunday, or The Crying Game. Check the schedule to see what’s in store this year!
At the end of the month, families should head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway for this year’s opening of the Boston Carousel, a sign that spring has indeed sprung again--that’s on March 30th.
And, of course, after a rather disappointing NFL season that we don’t need to talk about, folks around Boston are going green once again--no, not because we perhaps celebrated in South Boston with a bit too much gusto...It’s because our beloved Boston Celtics are once again looking like true contenders on the basketball court! Catch them over at TD Garden, where they’ll be sharing space with the ice-melting Boston Bruins, also fighting for the top spot in the National Hockey League. Well, if you aren’t in town yet, check back with us, as we’re expecting April showers, May flowers, Pilgrims, and just another all-around good year here in Boston and New England.