Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/20/06
As I mentioned last week, definitely check out Revels RiverSing, which is tomorrow, Thursday Sep 21. http://www.revels.org
This weekend, see the Aviation Heritage Festival, Sep 22-24, at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH. It’s probably the only old aircraft festival in New England, and worth seeing. (978) 562-9182 or (978) 568-8924. http://www.collingsfoundation.org/cf_sc
The big event of the week — don’t miss it! — is the AltWheels Transportation Festival. I went to the smaller precursor event and it was fantastic. I love how passionate people are about hybrid vehicles. Sep 22-23 at City Hall Plaza, One City Hall Plaza, Boston. 508-698-6810. Then Sep 24, Sunday is at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline MA.
Also it’s the NH Highland Games. There’s no Scottish festival very close to Boston so if you’re interested you’ll have to make a trek at some point and it might as well be this one. Sep 22-24, http://www.nhscot.org/index.php?id=1
Even more interesting is the North American Indian Center of Boston Pow Wow. http://www.wanderingbull.com. I believe it’s in JP but I’m too busy to find out, so take a peek if it interests you. Sep 23-24.
This is what you’ve been waiting for! The weird event of the week! It’s J. Cannibal’s Feast of Flesh, with a dance party and zombie costume contest. http://www.jcannibal.com. Friday at midnight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. I want to start a charity walk called the Undead Walk for Life. No really. I actually want to do this.
The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival is Sep 23. Warning, they sell out, so you need to buy tix in advance. Landsdowne St. Boston. http://www.phantomgourmet.com. 11-4pm, next to Fenway Park. $25 and sample food from 30 restaurants. I don’t normally even read “tastings” ads but the Phantom Gourmet is a good judge.
Also it’s the Boston Blues Festival, http://www.bluestrust.com/, Sep 22-24
The Connecticut Renaissance Faire opens this weekend, Sep 23-Oct 15, http://www.ctfaire.com. It’s in Woodstock, CT, and it’s supposed to be better than King Richard’s Faire. I’ve heard that the problem with King Richard’s Faire is they pay their performers next to nothing and it just doesn’t attract real talent. Woodstock is just 1.5 hrs from Boston, it’s only barely in CT. Raine or shine. Weekends & holidays, 10-5:30.
This weekend too is the Arts in the City event, which is 6-9pm Sep 27. An “overview” of all the arts (dancing, theatre, etc.) going on in Boston in the 2006-2007 year. They claim it’ll sell out. So buy ahead. The Cyclorama, Boston Center For the Arts, 539 Tremont Street. Boston, MA. I wonder if it’ll suck. I mean, sound bites of fine art, and it’s not free, I don’t get it.
And here are some cute New England-y things you should probably skip. Because hey, we have to liev here, don’t forcefeed us New England goodness, OK?
Bourne Scallop Festival, Sep 22-24 on Cape Cod. Main Street, Bourne. MITAC discount? Rt 28. http://www.capecodcraftshows.com/bo
Essex Clamfest. Memorial Park, Essex, MA. Sep 23. http://www.capeannvacations.com. Chowder-tasting competition, arts and crafts, games, and entertainment. Open from 11 am to 4 pm. Free.
Heads up, next weekend is the NEMO Music Festival, http://www.nemoboston.com. It’s the only Boston attraction for industry pros.
Boston Knit-Out & Crochet Too. Sep 24. Boston Common, Boston. 12pm-4pm. Rain or shine, because it’s totally fun to knit in the rain. http://www.bostonknitout.com
Continuing events, the Eastern States Exposition is still going on in Western Mass. It’s hokey agricultural faire goodness. Yee-haw! http://www.thebige.com. To Oct 1.
Bored, why not check out Murder Mystery Weekend, at an inn in West Dover, VT. http://www.murdermysteryweekend.com