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Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Boston

Boston is ready to ring in the New Year for 2018

After a fireworks hiatus for last year's New Year's Eve celebrations, the Boston Globe reports that the First Night in Boston is back!

The First Night in Boston, which is now run by Conventures on a pro bono basis, will be a free event open to the public. An estimated 200,000-300,000 attendees will enjoy a variety of events to suit the entire family with a view of the Boston Harbor. 

Unlike in years past, when attendees had to purchase a button to attend some events, Conventures turned First Night into a free event featuring local artists and performers, ice sculptures, a figure skating show, a parade, and a 7 p.m. family fireworks display on Boston Common sponsored by the Mugar Foundation.

To follow the New Year's Eve festivities, the First Day in Boston will host more family friendly activities in Copley Square. 

Boston has had a long history of being one of the best cities to celebrate New Year's Eve in the United States for over forty years. 

The Boston Globe recognizes the First Night as "the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country, it inspired dozens of similar festivals across the country and pumped millions into the local economy." Although the city has struggled to gather funds for the First Night in Boston in recent years, residents and tourists are excited to see the celebration return for 2018. 

Visit the First Night in Boston's website for more information.

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Help #SavePurnell!

One of our awesome clients is going through something not so awesome recently, and we’d like to lend a helping hand, through the power of blogging and social media share their message. Help us help Taylor & Sam #SavePurnell by sharing this post! Thanks in advance! 



From Taylor, Sam & Purnell:

Recently our 1-year-old son Purnell was diagnosed with a rare and fatal genetic disease, called Niemann-Pick Type A (NPA). It's uniformly fatal by the age of 3, and causes severe cognitive decline (like a baby Alzheimer's) typically beginning at age 15-18 months. This Friday Purnell turns 14 months. There is currently no treatment available.

BUT there is a promising gene therapy treatment within reach--it just needs funding. So my husband and I began a campaign <www.gofundme.com> that has gained the attention of local, national, and even international media. To date, we have raised over $500K (including offline donations), but we are racing the clock to reach our goal of $750K by June 30. 

All money raised goes directly to the Wylder Nation Foundation, <www.wyldernation.org> the 501c3 non-profit that is funding the gene therapy research. The money we raise goes toward saving not only our son Purnell, but to making treatment available to all babies afflicted with this terrible disease.

From Friday June 23 to Friday June 30, we are launching a massive final push #7days1goal to get to our goal of $750,000 by June 30. There are a TON of ways to help #SavePurnell during these 7 days, and not all of them require money!! :)


  • Facebook Live 14-month Birthday Party 
    • This is our official #7days1goal launch event.
    • The sad truth is we don't know if we will get another birthday with Nell, so we are celebrating every month like it's the big day.
    • Please join us on the Save Purnell Today Facebook page <www.facebook.com/SavePurnellToday> on Friday, June 23 at 4:30pm EST to celebrate Purnell's 14-month birthday with us, live from our living room.
    • Share the event with your network.
  • Six Second Hug Challenge
    • Similar to the ice bucket challenge, we're hoping to go viral with videos of people hugging for 6 seconds. Tag 6 friends to post their own six-second hug video or donate $25 to #SavePurnell.
    • There is no treatment for Niemann-Pick Type A. The goal of this challenge is to raise awareness of the disease and our efforts to make a treatment available for Purnell and all other babies with this disease.


  • Saturday, 6/24: Middlesex Lounge (315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA)
    • Food and drink for purchase; drink proceeds go to #SavePurnell
    • 50/50 raffle
    • 6pm-9pm
  • Monday, 6/26: West on Centre (1732 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA)
    • Neighborhood Nights--10% of all bills with attached coupon will go to #SavePurnell
    • 11am-11pm
  • Wednesday 6/28: Not Your Average Joe's (111 Pond St, Norwell, MA)
    • Not Your Average Cause--just mention #SavePurnell and 15% of the bill will be donated
    • 11:30am-10pm
  • Thursday 6/29: Wild Rover (61-63 Chatham St, Boston, MA)
    • Free apps, dj, some raffle items including Red Sox/Yankees tix, 50/50 raffle
    • 6pm-9pm
  • Friday 6/30: Blarney Stone (1505 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA) 
    • Final event of the campaign.
    • Free apps, dj, raffle items, silent auction with BINcA students artwork, 50/50 raffle
    • 5pm-8pm


We are so grateful for the support of the Boston community and beyond. We BELIEVE together we will #SavePurnell!

With Hope Always,

Sam, Taylor, and Purnell

Sign Up for Our First-Time Home Buyer Program

It’s an exciting time when you decide to buy your first house. It can also be overwhelming. When you rented an apartment, you filled out an application, paid a deposit, and moved in. While the owners checked your financial stability and rental history, applying for a mortgage is much more involved.

You probably have numerous questions in addition to how to qualify for a mortgage. Longwood Residential’s first-time home buyer program can start to address your concerns at our free information session, which we hold periodically. In the market for Longwood Condos but not sure where to start? We'll post our next seminar on Facebook, so follow us there!

What to Expect at Our Free Home Buying Seminars

Longwood Residential hosts these events at our office. We are conveniently located at 1404A Beacon Street in Brookline. Here are some of the helpful topics we plan to address:

  • High-level overview of buying a home and the local real estate market Foyer of luxury home

  • Best practices for getting your offer accepted

  • Evaluating your financing options

  • Differences between buying and renting

  • What to expect during your home inspection

  • Expectations for closing

We also leave plenty of time to answer any questions from attendees. We understand that everyone has a unique situation that won’t necessarily fit into the general information we provide. You are welcome to contact a member of our team, if you have any immediate questions for us regarding buying or selling your home.

Education should be the first step on your exciting journey toward home ownership

Anyone interested in the home buying process is welcome to attend our free events! We just ask that you RSVP to info@longwoodresidential.com, or call us at 617-396-3100. Space for our first-time home buyer programs are limited, so reserve your spot today!

Boston Concerts and Shows in October

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With its impressive musical scene, Boston has a lot of culture to offer. Several Boston concerts are coming up in October in several different genres and venues. No matter which type of concert you prefer, you’re sure to find something that is music to your ears.

Boston Concerts in October

September 23—October 2
Boston Lyric Opera presents Carmen
Boston Opera House 
539 Washington St., Boston MA

September 23—October 10
Celebrity Series of Boston presents Play Me, I'm Yours: Street Pianos Boston
Piano locations

September 9—October 16
Sunday in the Park with George
Huntington Theatre
264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

September 2—October 9
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
140 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

September 29—October 1
Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier featuring soprano Renée Fleming
Boston Symphony Orchestra
301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Saturday, October 1, 8:00 p.m.
Lauryn Hill: A Diaspora Calling
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA  02116
Lauryn Hill is a well-known hip-hop artist with a strong rhythm and blues sound.

Saturday, October 1, 8:30 p.m.
Green Day
House of Blues
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA  02115
Green Day is a punk and alternative rock band that enjoys experimenting with its sound.

Thursday, October 6, 8:00 p.m.
R Kelly
TD Garden
100 Legends Way, Boston, MA  02114
Robert Kelly, who goes by the stage name R Kelly, sings mostly reggae music.

Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Sum 41 & Senses Fail
House of Blues
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA  02115
Sum 41 is an alternative rock bank while Senses Fail is a hardcore rock band.

Sunday, October 23, 8:00 p.m.
Lupe Fiasco
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02116
Lupe Fiasco sings mostly rap music with a blend of hip-hop added to the mix.

Tuesday, October 25, 8:00 p.m.
Colbie Caillat
Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02116
As a singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist, Colbie Caillat is best known for producing pop and folk music.


Tickets for most of these concerts are available at Ticketmaster or Stubhub.

Boston and Brookline Area News and Events thru September

If it comes as a shock to you that August is already here, take heart. There are still plenty of activities to participate in while it is still warm enough to leave your home without a jacket. Summer may be winding down, but events in Boston and Brookline (or some nearby cities) are not. Here is what’s on tap for late August and the whole month of September:

Find Your Park

July 22 to August 30

Brookline Public Library, First Floor, 361 Washington Street

To honor the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this month, staff from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Frederick Law Olmstead historical sites are jointly hosting a public event. Some of the exhibits show the strong connection each site has with the federal national park system. A book truck will also be available with literature on each of the historic sites.

Restaurant Month in Brookline

The Fireplace Restaurant, 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline

While many nearby restaurants are celebrating Restaurant Week in mid-August, The Fireplace Restaurant is participating for the whole month. During August, diners can enjoy a three-course meal at $20 for lunch and $38 for dinner. This offer is available seven days a week.


Opens Friday, August 5

Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street in Brookline

Based on a novel of the same name, the play Indignation is set in 1951 around the time of the Korean War. Marcus, a brilliant young Jewish man from a working-class family in Newark, heads to a conservative Christian college in Ohio to avoid being drafted. Once he gets there, love complicates everything. Tickets are just $11.25 for adults and $9.25 for seniors and children.

Arts on the Arcade

Fridays, August 5, 12, 19 & 26

Samuel Adams Park, 30 Germaina Street Jamaica Plain in Boston

Every Friday through the end of the month, Brookline residents can trek to nearby Jamaica Plain to leisurely look at works of art while enjoying live music from area bands.

Mamadou Diop Concert

Saturday, August 20, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

City Hall Plaza, Boston, 1 City Hall Square

If you enjoy Mamadou’s popular songs I Am Me, Senegal, IBOU, or Sweet Susan, you won’t want to miss this event. He is well-known for West African music and his master rhythm guitar playing.

Dedham Square Coffeehouse Open Mic

Thursday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

565 High Street, Dedham

Have people always told you that you’re funny? Now is your chance to prove it. Dedham Square Coffeehouse, located about 8 miles from Brookline, is hosting an open mic night. Get your best comedy routine ready and give it a shot.

Central Square Art Share

Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 p.m. to Midnight

The Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

This free event is open to anyone age 21 and up. You can enjoy live DJs, drinks, dancing, and viewing the work of many local artists. Contact abby@mideastclub.com if you are interested in setting up an artist’s booth at this event.

Copenhagen Beer Celebration

Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, Noon to 11:00 p.m.

City Hall Plaza, Boston, 1 City Hall Square

Beer enthusiasts will love this one. Dozens of the top names in the brewing industry will have their beers represented at this festival. You will appreciate the food and music as well.

6 of the Best Breathtaking Views in Boston

Whether you’re a resident of Boston or a visitor, you have to admit that the city offers some spectacular views. If you’re in the mood for a unique perspective, visit one of these venues to see the city in a whole new light.

1330 Boylston Roofdeck Pool
1330 Boylston St.
Enjoy swimming and having a great view of Boston? Then you need to rent at the 1330 Boylston luxury apartment complex or get a friend to invite you to a pool party. When you’re done taking a dip in the pool, sit on the patio and look down for an exceptional aerial view of Boston.

Charles River Venue
Docks at CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place
Are you getting married or planning another large event? Book your spot on one of the five sailing vessels available with the Charles River Venue. Seating up to 145 guests, each vessel offers a spectacular view of the harbor and the city from a distance.

Duckboat Tours
Various pick-up locations
Even if you have lived in Boston your whole life, you need to take the Duckboat Tour. The duck is actually a World War II amphibious landing vehicle. Tours depart daily from the Museum of Science, Prudential Center, and the New England Aquarium. You’re sure to see new sights as you sit back and learn from the experienced conDUCKtors. 

The Bleacher Bar
82A Lansdowne St.
The Bleacher Bar, located beneath the center field bleachers at Fenway Park, is one of the newest additions to the park. It’s open all year long, not just during baseball season. Patrons enjoy great food, a unique baseball experience, and an amazing city view from street level.

Tia's Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
200 Atlantic Ave.
If you’re searching for great food and a view of the Boston waterfront, you can find both at Tia’s. Watch the ships sail in and out of the harbor from the outdoor patio while you await your food. Tia’s can serve groups on the patio ranging from 30 to 500 people.

Top of the Hub Restaurant
800 Boylston Street Prudential Tower
Boasting the best view in all of Boston, Top of the Hub Restaurant sits 52 stories above the Back Bay. The kitchen is open continuously from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. seven days a week. Enjoy a skyline view while partaking of traditional New England dishes like lobster or clam chowder.

5 Boston Venues To Catch Amazing Music & Events

Boston Venues For Music & Events

Now that summer is in full swing, you may be looking for some new venues for live music. Fortunately, Boston and the surrounding communities have plenty of them. Here are five that you won’t want to miss:


1912 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Toad is a small music venue and one of the last in the area to host live music with no cover charge for the audience. It attracts what reviewers refer to as open-minded musicophiles as performers. Toad tends to be packed every weekend night, so get there early if you can.

TT The Bear’s Place

10 Brookline St.
Cambridge, MA
This location for live music is a top pick of the critics. It launched the career of the guitar band Nevermind and its owners tend to select loud playing guitarists as feature musicians. It’s different on Saturdays when the DJ favors new wave music.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St.
Cambridge, MA
This place has quite the history. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and other folksy type singers played here in the 1960s. Club Passim continues to attract plenty of self-identified hippies and singer-songwriters who produce mellow, relaxing music.

The Sinclair

52 Church St.
Cambridge, MA
One of the few local music venues to get a five-star review from critics, The Sinclair has its own restaurant as well. Independent artists love performing here and there is plenty of elbow room with its two-story floor facing the stage.
Photo: https://www.timeout.com/boston/music-nightlife/the-sinclair 

Brighton’s Music Hall

158 Brighton Ave.
Allston MA 
Brighton’s Music Hall is one of the premier locations for live music in the entire Boston area. You can enjoy a variety of music styles and even take in a comedy show. Some of the bands playing here over the summer include letLive, Pat McGee, and Belly – The Band.


5 Events You Don't Want to Miss in Boston This Summer (part II)

Are you looking for fun things to do in Boston this summer??  There is no shortage of them.  Whether you’re interested in family events, concerts, adult activities, or another type of event, you can find it in Boston (or surrounding communities).

Greenway Carousel
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
185 Kneeland St.
Boston, MA 02110
From now until October 31, the whole family can enjoy the Greenway Carousel seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Don’t miss your chance to ride a historic carousel this season.

Beat’s Midday Eats
Beat Hotel
13 Brattle St.
Cambridge MA 02138
From June 1 all the way to May of 2017, Beat’s Hotel will open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have ever enjoyed breakfast, brunch, or dinner at Beat’s, you will love new selections like eggs shaksuka and slow pork roast tacos for lunch.

Boathouse Friday Summer Series
Spirit Cruises
200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02110
Ever Friday from June 10 to September 30, you and your friends can enjoy a dinner and cruise for less than $30. Spirit Cruises allows guests to board and depart the boats at their leisure, making this a completely relaxing evening.

Boston Harborfest
Faneuil Hall Marketplace 
4 South Market Building
Boston, MA 02109
For the 35th consecutive year, Boston Harborfest will take place from July 1 to 4. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, July 1 at noon at Faneuil Hall. There are fireworks, plenty of food, artist and architecture displays, history tours, and much more.

Live Music at Barlow’s
Barlow’s Restaurant
241 A Street
Boston, MA 02127
Customers can enjoy live music at Barlow’s every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from now until April 2017. Visit http://barlowsrestaurant.com/events/ for a performance schedule.

5 Events you don't want to miss in Boston this summer (part I)

Boston Summer Events

Boston and the surrounding communities are busy and exciting places to be this summer. Whether you’re a resident or planning your summer vacation, you won’t want to miss these activities:

Chelsea Art Walk
Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
100 Pearl St.
Chelsea MA 02150
Take in music, art, theater, and various exhibits in open studios, galleries, and alternative venues. No charge.

Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Topsfield Historical Society
1 Howlett St.
Topsfield, MA 01983
Enjoy fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and shortcake as you shop for homemade arts and crafts made by local residents.

Harpoon BBQ Fest
Saturday July 23, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 24, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Harpoon Brewery – Riverbend Taps & Beer Garden
336 Ruth Carney Dr.
Windsor, VT 05089
Teams compete for the chance to be BBQ Champions. $15 fee covers beer but not food. Children under 12 admitted free.

Kid Rock with Jason Aldean Concert
Saturday, 9/9, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Second show added for Sunday, 9/10, hours not yet announced, due to sold out first show.
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02115

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
Sunday, 9/24, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Lansdowne and Ipswich Street (next to Fenway Park)
This event gives you the chance to sample 100 of the Phantom’s favorite foods. Must be 21 to participate. Tickets are $30 to $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Rain or shine.

The Brookline Area is Hopping This Spring and Summer!

Spring is in full swing near Brookline, and that means never having a shortage of things to do. Below are some events coming up that you’re sure to want to check out:

  • The Kids Bowl Free program started on Thursday, May 12 and runs all the way to August 31. Check this website and scroll to listings for Massachusetts to see all bowling alleys participating in the program near Brookline and statewide: http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/all_centers.php
  • Together Boston 2016 started on Sunday, May 15 and runs through Sunday, May 22. It takes place at MMMMAVEN in nearby Cambridge. The event is free and emphasizes the unity of art, music, and technology. It includes professional and educational discussions, installations, demonstrations, screenings, and live performances. 
  • The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure takes place at Boston Common on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Patterned after the Amazing Race, participants work in teams and use their smartphone to solve clues and complete challenges. The goal of the event is to learn more about area history and gems you may have forgotten about near your own city.
  • The Samuel Adams Brewery Pig Roast happens on Saturday, May 20 at the Samuel Adams Brewery on Germania Street in Boston. Tickets are $25 and the event goes from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Your fee includes a full barbeque dinner with homemade sauces, five beer tokens, live bluegrass music, and a sample of Rebel Raw Double IPA.
  • Opening Weekend of the Lawn on D starts at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21. Nothing says summer like relaxing on those iconic swings or playing lawn games with your family and friends.