Saturday, November 25, 2006

Peabody Square Tree Lighting

You know it is Christmas when they are lighting the city tree in Peabody Square! Many gathered at the intersection of Ashmont Street, Talbot Street, and Dot Ave. for the lighting of the tree. Santa and Mrs. Clause visited via a city tour trolley, and a quite happy man with a santa hat supplied music, hot chocolate, cookies, and was the MC of the event. Afterwards everyone from the neighborhood went to the firehouse across the street and Boston Fire supplied some tasty treats of chili, soda, and cake! It was a blast and a great community activity. We hope when they finish the Peabody Square revitalization they expand the area to host more events like this...

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Common Ground Cafe

UPDATE: Common Ground Cafe is now closed. In its former location is now Sweet Life Bakery and Café. Please see our update post.

You have to try this place... It feels like you are eating sandwiches in a magical medieval village. It is dark with tables handmade out of whole trees and covered with a thatch roof. We think they serve some of the best sandwiches in Boston, and they are all made with homemade bread. Chris likes the turkey reuban sandwich with a cold ginger beer and Erin loves the tuna melt. The ingredients are always organic or natural, making the sandwiches extra delicious. You can also stop by their whole foods marketplace after eating to pick up organic and natural foods and products.

2243 Dorchester Ave. Dorchester
Located in Lower Mills on Dorchester Ave, at the intersection of Richmond St. Just north of the Milton T stop (Ashmont-Mattapan Trolley).

Have you been to Common Ground Cafe? Rate it below.

Dorchester Open Studios 2006

This year's Dorchester Open Studios was great! Although Open Studios was all over Dorchester, we only visited those in our neighborhood. Here is a run-down of this year's art.

Lower Mills: Walter Baker Artists Lofts
The diversity of art was fresh and exciting. There were painters, sculptors, a jewelry and clothing designer and more... an artist who draws with his feet, and another who worked with ceramics. The open lofts were inviting and art interesting, and it was such a treat to see inside the beautiful building. This should be a DEFINITE stop for anyone exploring Dorchester Open Studios next year.

Red Dot
This brand new art gallery showcased a variety of artists. The paintings were bright, colorful and thought provoking. If you haven't stopped by this gallery yet, make it a point to do so soon!

Dot Art
This community-based art group is housed in a small building on Dorchester Ave and also the Baker Lofts Building. Their featured artists were their youth and teen artists, which was impressive to see their talent. Courses for adults and youth are offered throughout the year. You can pick up a schedule at their building.