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Memorial Day Weekend: Events!



With Memorial Day weekend ahead, there’s no shortage of activities going on around the city to honor our servicemen and women and to get together with the family. Explore town and have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Saturday, May 26

Memorial Day Service – Sgt. Charles A. MacGillivary Veterans Memorial Park, 11am

In the Back Bay Fens, beautiful memorials pay tribute to those who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Join in observing our service members at this lovely park, the 66th annual event held here.

Family Art Cart – Museum of Fine Arts, 10am – 4 pm

Kids ages 4 and up can explore the Museum of Fine Arts with a ton of activities, ranging from sketching to puzzle solving and other interactive materials. Found in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, the Family Art Cart is a great way to have fun and learn.

Get Out & Go Birding – Mass Audobon’s  Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 10am – 4pm

Borrow a birding kit and search through your binoculars on a beautiful Saturday on this ornithological trek. The BNC will supply participants with a list of common birds to be found, as well as two pairs of binoculars and two bird guide books.

Patriotic Wand Making – Lakeshore Learning Stores (Saugus and Newton), 11am – 3pm

Stop in to the Lakeshore Learning stores to build a wand and get in the patriotic spirit of the weekend. A fun, free craft activity.

Oyster Shucking Lessons –  Mercato del Mare, 1pm – 3pm

Mercato del Mare will teach you how to shuck oysters at “Shuck U,”  supplying a shucking knife so you can tackle the  molluscs on your own. Pay only for what you shuck and eat! A fun and tasty way to spend an afternoon.

Sunday, May 27

Somerville Memorial Day Parade – Somerville City Hall, 1pm

Following a wreath laying ceremony at 8am, the Memorial Day parade kicks off at 1pm, starting and City Hall and concluding at Veterans Memorial Cemetery, with a service to follow for Somerville veterans.  Featuring 12 marching bands, fire, veteran, and police representatives, school groups, and more, the parade will go on rain or shine. For street closures and other information, check out the Somerville Patch site.

Freedom Trail Tour for Children – Samuel Adams Statue at Faneuil Hall, 2pm – 3pm

Keeping kids in mind, this version of the Freedom Trail tour will teach them all about historic sites around Boston, covering ten areas.

All Hands on Deck: Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun – USS Constitution Museum, 9am – 6pm

Families can learn about the the USS Constitution and historical marine service in activities on board Old Ironsides. A new exploration activity called “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth” will be featured as well; this event runs Friday, Saturday and Monday as well!

Monday, May 28

Sketching in the Salon – Museum of Fine Arts, 10am – 4pm

Part of the Museum of Fine Arts’ open house event all day Memorial Day, you can hang out in the Salon gallery and sketch. Get tips as well to help develop your artistic abilities!

Garden of Flags – Boston Common, all weekend

20,000 flags adorn the area in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument every year at Boston Common, planted by the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization. The flags can be observed all weekend long.

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Rain and Fire in Sedona



Ange Alex

A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!



Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver  @BackstageBeat



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NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!



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Families will soon experience more STEAM-style activities and exhibits when visiting the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which re-opens to the public on Saturday, December 12. This iconic downtown attraction, which has been busy renovating since August of this year, now features targeted science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programming woven through almost every aspect of the enhanced space. Whether children build and shoot their own rocket launcher in the new “Gateway to the World” exhibit or design their dream home in the enhanced “Tools for Solutions” exhibit, the increased focus on STEAM learning enables the Museum to further prepare young children to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.

We got a sneak preview this week and I can honestly say it was the most fun my kids have had in a long time! They amount of things there are to do is mind boggling!

One of our favorite areas was Tools for Solutions – This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.

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