About Art and Design in Boston
Don't let Boston's historic stereotype fool you. While the city does boast beautiful old brownstones & cobblestone roads, Boston's much more than a page out of a history textbook. From sky-high buildings like the Prudential Center to universities on every corner, the city is now an intellectual and cultural hub.
-Boston Red Sox vs. Yankees: Don't mess with this age-old rivalry. If you have a Yankee hat, be prepared to get some heat.
-Boston drivers and Boston pedestrians will do what they want.
-The T will always be packed.
-When in Boston, be sure to go on a brewery tour at Harpoon or Sam Adams.
-Marathon Monday (see holidays)
Founded by English Puritan colonists in 1630, Boston quickly became the hustling center of New England. Boston played a large part in helping trigger the American Revolution because many historic anti-British events, such as the Boston Massacre and The Boston Tea Party, took place in New England.
Following the Revolution, the city rebuilt its economy and became known for its effective transportation system (railroads) and liberal thinking. In fact, many of the anti-slavery movements during the Civil War began in Boston.
Politics & Economy
As you can see by the history of the city, Boston's always been a political place. Today it is no different. The City of Boston and state of Massachusetts are notoriously Democrat. Last year, Senator Elizabeth Warren was the first woman senator to be elected in Massachusetts. This year, former Senator John Kerry was selected by President Obama to be Secretary of State. And last but not least, Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy III, a member of the Kennedy dynasty, now serves as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district.
Historic Figures: Susan B. Anthony, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John F. Kennedy, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams
Pop Culture Favorites: Conan O'Brien ("Conan" tv show), Eliza Dushku ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tv show), Barbara Walters (Journalist, 20/20), Matt Damon & Ben Affleck (grew up together in Cambridge, most famous for co-writing "Good Will Hunting"), Elizabeth Banks, John Krasinski ("The Office"), Mindy Kaling ("The Office" and now "The Mindy Project"), Mark Wahlberg (another Boston actor who even based his recent film, "Ted," in Boston),
Authors: Dr. Seuss (Children's books), Emily Dickinson (poet),
Edgar Allen Poe (famous for "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"), Jack Kerouac ("On the Road" author born in Lowell, Mass.), Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne (Born in Salem, known for "The Scarlet Letter")
Boston.com updates its site with a to-do every day - events in and around the area:
Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Science, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, JFK Library & Museum, Children's Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House
Holidays & Festivals
-St Patrick's Day: St. Patty's Day may as well have its roots in Boston because Irish pride is everywhere in March. From the parade to the pubs, people are drunk all day and night.
-Marathon Monday: Marathons happen all over the world but in Boston it becomes a party. People run, walk, cheer, drink or just enjoy the day off.
-Red Sox opening day: On this day, everyone flocks to Fenway to celebrate their beloved Sox and the most historic baseball field in all of America.
-Boston Harborfest: An annual 4th of July event featuring Boston Pops Orchestra, fireworks over the Charles River and other exciting events.
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