If you’ve been looking forward to spring for months, great news: it’s finally here. Or at least, it’s almost here. The Spring Equinox falls tomorrow—earlier than it has in more than 100 years! In the northern part of the world, the equinox can fall any time from March 19th to the 21st, but it’s typically on the 20th or 21st. What does this mean? Simply that we will start to enjoy longer days even earlier this year. The Spring Equinox is the longest day of the year, when the day and night are just about “equal.” And this happens all across the globe. To celebrate the Spring Equinox, consider rising with the sun tomorrow or push back dinner a bit so you can enjoy the sunset. What are you looking forward to the most about the spring season?
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Evacuation Day honors two different aspects of Boston history. Most obviously, the parade celebrates and commemorates the Irish-American heritage of one of Boston’s most prominent immigrant groups. Second, the event remembers the night of March 4, 1776, when Colonel Henry Knox heroically transported 59 cannons more than 300 miles to overlook Boston Harbor, thereby winning an important strategic advantage for the American revolutionaries (causing British troops to evacuate the city). Together, these two events form the basis of Boston’s popular St. Patrick’s Day parade today, which has been veteran-organized and veteran-led for many years. This year,the parade is scheduled for March 15 at 1 p.m., starting at the Broadway "T" station, and proceeding on Broadway all the way to Farragut Road in South Boston. The parade will feature bagpipers, Irish dancers, marching bands, veteran groups, local politicians, and more.
A bouquet of red roses, a day at the spa, a framed photo of the two of you… Any of the above would make a fine Valentine’s Day gift, but everyone knows that the most direct way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! So if there’s one day out of the year to get in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and start whipping up something delicious for your S.O., it’s February 14. Below, find unique recipe ideas to help you craft the perfect Valentine’s Day menu. Spanning sweet to savory, heart-shaped to just plain hearty, these recipes are a delicious way to say “I love you” on the most romantic day of the year. Go with your heart. Any food can take on a Valentine’s Day theme when it’s shaped like a heart. You could treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed and serve them heart-shaped pancakes or French toast. And
Tired of the same old dinner and a movie? This Valentine’s Day, upgrade your celebration and take your date on a fun and fancy dinner cruise with Odyssey. As part of the three-hour cruise on Boston Harbor, you’ll get gorgeous views of the skyline and the waterfront. All the decks are climate controlled, so you’ll be comfortable and warm no matter what the weather is. You’ll receive a private table for you and your date, so you’re guaranteed to have some intimate one-on-one time. The plated dinner offers menu options like mushroom ravioli, oven-baked Atlantic filet, and braised beef short rib. You can also upgrade your ticket to include cocktails, wine, and beer as well as window table reservations. The cruise will also include entertainment from a professional DJ, who will playing romantic songs for you and your Valentine. The cruises board at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 15
Visiting the New England Aquarium is like a mini vacation during the unforgiving winter, so consider a membership to make frequent visits. Being so close to the ocean, you can expect exhibits that are incredibly close to the real-life habitats of its hundreds of animal species. Don’t miss out on this local attraction for features like the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast, plus the popular four-story ocean tank. That’s where you’ll find Myrtle the green sea turtle, along with loads of other Caribbean sea creatures. Also onsite is the Simons IMAX Theater, plenty of opportunities for animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tour packages that make each and every visit a unique experience. Visit the website for a full list of ticket combination packages, or to get psyched for your visit when you preview the exhibits. The New England Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions. Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow. Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you