Labour Day Weekend Guide 2014

This weekend is either the last hurrah of summer or the let’s get this show on the road, back to school, get our lives organized weekend.  It all depends on how you look at it.

Last Hurrah Events

St. Anthony’s Feast in the North End.

Opening Weekend of King Richard’s Faire.

Play date at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). FREE for up to two adults per family when accompanied by children 12 and under. Youth 17 and under are always admitted FREE to the ICA. Visit the yellow brick road with David Parker and the Bang Group in the theatre.  Bring a pair of new socks if you’d like to make a donation to Cradles to Crayons.

Take a road trip to the Woodstock Fair in Woodstock, CT for the animal lover in the family. Become a kid again on the midway, at the “indulge just this once….every year” concessions, and check out all the blue ribbon winners.

For the golfer in the family it is the Deutschebank Golf Championships this weekend.

The North Shore is the spot for postcard perfect summer memories.  This weekend is Gloucester’s Schooner Festival.

Back to School Options

One of my favourite stores, Uniqlo, just opened several locations in Boston: Chestnut Hill and Natick Collection.

Container Store will help you organize your life, or at very least your foyer, desk, or closet with their 25% off shelving sale.

Back to School isn’t all work and no play, so even though the kids should go to sleep at a reasonable hour on the weekend, we get an extra day this weekend.  Stay up late and watch the fireworks over Boston  at Christopher Columbus Park.  The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. on Saturday and are part of the weekend’s Arts Festival (12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Christopher Columbus Park.) I’d recommend dinner at KO Pies at the Shipyard on the roofdeck, then grab a blanket and watch the fireworks.

The Street at Chestnut Hill has yoga on the green on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Quiet your mind and stretch your body so that you can be calm and centered as you get ready for the first full week of school, soccer mom/dad, Parent Taxi service, school routine, school drama, fall schedule life.

An apple for the teacher may be a bit old fashioned, but it’s a treat and small gift that stands the test of time especially if you picked it yourself.  Belkin Family Look Out Farm is open this weekend.  Available for picking are plums, Golden Delicious, and Gala apples.  I love Golden Delicious especially for eating with the kids for snack or cutting up and making a pie.  Golden Delcious apples are sweet but keep their shape when cooked in a pie.

Recess for the whole family.  Take a trip over to The Lawn on D and have family recess with all kinds of games.

Whether your children are lucky enough to be stitching, crocheting, sewing, or knitting at school or are learning with a parent or grandparent, home economics really need to make a comeback.  Head over to Gather Here for their fabulous sidewalk sale this weekend.

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