New Years Day Ocean Swims, Kite Fly, Hikes, Breakdancing, and More!

Want a creative idea for New Years Eve? Check out last week’s blog. There are so many fun things to do! Now on to what to do for New Years Day and beyond. And this is definitely the last week for the big holiday light displays, so get out there and see some!

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New Years Day
First Flag ceremony 1/1 Boston Metro
This is interesting! After the American War of Independence, the first American flag was raised in Somerville. Re-enactors will be doing it again! Procession from City Hall at 11:30am then up to Prospect Hill for a ceremony at 12pm. Refreshments.
Prospect Hill Park, Somerville, MA. more
New Years Day Kite Fly 1/1 North Shore
You can learn to fly a kite in Nahant alongside some pros. They also have kite flying in Newport, RI and Portland, ME.
Nahant Beach, Nahant, MA.978-937-8290. more
L Street Brownies New Year’s Day Swim 1/1 Boston Metro
Every year, crazy people go for a swim on New Years. Why not show up and cheer them on? What a way to eliminate a hangover. 2009: 9am registration, 10am swim. It’s unclear where this is, exactly, the “K Street Beach”?
Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road, Boston, MA.617-635-5104. more
Joey’s Plunge 1/1 Boston Metro
Here’s another one in Boston, this time to benefit kids with terminal illness.
1663 Columbia Road, Boston, MA. more
Penguin Plunge 1/1 Rhode Island
This one’s for special needs kids.
Mackeral Cove, Jamestown, RI. more
New Years’ Day Polar Bear Plunge 1/1 Rhode Island
Also in Rhode Island….
Easton’s Beach, Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI.401-846-0028. more
Seawall Splash @ Oakland Beach Carousel 1/1 Rhode Island
Also Rhode Island….
Warwick, RI. more
Hangover Classic (race and polar swim) 1/1 North Shore
This one’s near Newburyport, MA on the North Shore.
Salisbury Beach, 3 Broadway Street, Salisbury, MA. more
Freezin’ For A Reason 1/1 Maine
It can only get crazier by doing the same damn thing, but in *MAINE*. Woo hoo! Ther’es one in Bangor, too.
Portland, ME. more
Annual Lobster Dip @ Old Orchard Beach 1/1 Maine
Old Orchard Beach, ME. more
Wachusett Mountain Polar Dip 1/1 Worcester
And near Wachusett Mountain, the ski resort, too.
Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA. more
Wicked Frosty Four Race 1/1 North Shore
There are also a bunch of New Years Day races. Here is one.
Starts at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA. more
First Day Hikes @ Blue Hills 1/1 Boston Metro
But I’d rather go for a guided hike. They’re all free.
Various state parks, All Over. more
First Day Free @ Gardner Museum 1/1 Boston Metro
It’s also free at the Gardner Museum, the museum that never changes (except the garden, and the performances, and they’re building an addition.).
280 The Fenway, Boston, MA.617-566-1401. more

The Week in Weird
Boston Media Makers Meeting 1/3 Boston Metro
I don’t normally write about club meetings, but maybe I should when they’re weird enough. Here’s an entire group of people who think they’re newsworthy, that meet to socialize and trade tips on changing the world.
Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. more
MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period) 1/4 – 1/29 Boston Metro
Over winter break, MIT holds a variety of classes, lectures, and special events, many of which are wonderfully weird and open to the public. Check their calendar.
MIT, Cambridge, MA.617-253-1000. more
Breakdance Classes 1/4 – 1/27 Boston Metro
For example, you can learn to breakdance! I’ve been to this one and it’s really fun!
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
Chinese Dessert Night 1/6 Boston Metro
Or you can sample oriental refreshments.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
Christmas Tree Bonfire 1/6 North Shore
I really want to see this one! They will burn holiday trees in a huge bonfire. It will smell good and the pine sap tends to pop! 6pm.
Dead Horse Beach at Salem Willows, Salem, MA. more

Recurring Events
Sleigh rides & smores at Point of View Farm 1/1 – 2/15 New Hampshire
Weekends through February, you can get a real sleigh ride in New Hampshire.
160 South Road, Deerfield, NH.603-463-7974. more
Paperfest & World of Paper Crafts at Children’s Museum 12/23 – 1/3 Boston Metro
Learn origami, and help break the world’s record for longest paper chain. They’ll bring in professionals all week to talk about paper crafts from around the world. I called in, and the PR rep *swears* it will not be boring for adults! We’ll see! 2009: 11am-4pm.
Boston Childrens Museum, Boston, MA. more
Kimball Farm Horse-Draw Sleigh Rides 1/1 – 2/15 Northern Mass
Or closer to Boston in Haverhill, MA, if there’s snow.
Kimball Farm Corn Maze, 780 East Broadway, Haverhill, MA.978 521-3990. more
Sleep No More 10/8 – 2/7 Boston Metro
I hear this show is amazing. They’ve taken over an entire unused school in Brookline, and every room has a display and actors. You get to stroll from room to room interacting with everyone as the plot proceeds.
Some School, Brookline, MA. more


Holiday Lights grade
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Holiday Model Trains Display @ South Station Boston, MA        
2009: Every day through Jan 10th.
South Station Train Station, Boston, MA. more
Holiday Landscapes Stoneham, MA        
It’s a private home but a really expansive lights display, with lights that flash in rhythm to music broadcast over an FM transmitter.
83 Franklin St, Stoneham, MA. more
Edaville Railroad’s Christmas Festival of Lights Carver, MA        
The biggest and best “holiday lights” display in New England. It’s quite non-religious, with Santa letting kids sit on his lap but also plenty of generic fare like Frosty the Snowman and a tip of the hat to Hannukah. They have a train ride, ferris wheel, carousel, and other rides. They have 7 million lights, and fireworks every Friday night in December. See website for coupons. Daily. I’ve been and it’s a ton of fun even for adults who are kids at heart and like people-watching. Rt 3S to exit 6, Rt 44W for 8 miles to Rt 58 for 8 miles. 2009: 4-9pm M-F, 2-9pm Sat, Sun.
Pine Street, Carver, MA.877-EDAVILLE. more
Forest of Lights Holiday Hayride West Bridgewater, MA        
2009: Rides leave at 5,6,7, & 8pm.
Matfield Maple Farm, 107 Matfield St., West Bridgewater, MA.508 588-9858. more
Santa’s Magical Playland Lowell, MA        
2009: 4-8:45pm. It appears to be a huge attraction, with a carousel and tons of lights and costumed characters.
Cawley Stadium, Lowell, MA. more
La Salette Shrine Festival of Lights Attleboro, MA        
2009: 5-9pm. Very religious, it’s a shrine. But I’ve been and it was nice anyway. Over 300,000 lights covering 10 acres. Trolley rides Fri-Sun.
947 Park Street, Attleboro, MA.508-222-5410. more
Holiday Lights at Buttonwood Zoo New Bedford, MA        
6-9pm. And many daytime visits by Santa, see Web site. Precise range of Xmas lights unknown, but here is their operating schedule.
425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA.(508) 991-6178. more
Springfield’s Bright Night at Forest Park Springfield, MA        
2009: 5-9pm Mon-Thu & Sun. 5-11pm Fri, Sat. 550,000 lights. Surprisingly good though — the 2nd to Edaville. Check out Springfield Museums or zoo (open during school holidays in Dec) at same time. Daily. And check out the holiday lights at Dunn & Phillips, 185 Belmont Ave., Springfield.
Rt 83, Springfield, MA.413-733-3800. more
Look Park’s Winter Wonderland Florence, MA        
2009: 4-9pm. Hayrides and lights. Look Park Zoo. 38,000 bulbs.
300 North Main Street, Florence, MA.413.584.5457. more
La Salette Shrine & Center Enfield, NH        
Another very religious site has 45,000 evening lights spread across 30 acres. Here’s the idea. Two kids said they saw the Virgin Mary, and the parents based an entire church on that. And I couldn’t even get away with “the dog ate my homework”!
603-632-7087. more
Annual Fantasy of Lights New Haven, CT        
Benefits the Easter Seals. Was not able to confirm this is their 2009, not 2008, calendar. Open nightly.
Light House Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT.(203) 777-2000. more

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