This beloved annual event on Mother’s Day celebrates the classic children’s story Make Way for Ducklings, about a pair of mallard ducks who decide to raise their family on the island of the Boston Public Garden lagoon and the family’s adventures getting there.
Each year, over a thousand children dressed as their favorite characters from the story gather on the Common to enjoy face painting, music making, clowns, and other entertainment before marching through Beacon Hill behind the Harvard Band to the Public Garden. Mayor Menino and President Emeritus Henry Lee will greet families at the end of the parade, and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will read the beloved book by Robert McCloskey.
Registration and entertainment on the Common begin at 10:30 am at the base of the Shaw Memorial, across Beacon Street from the State House, and the parade begins at noon.
There is a $35 donation per family ($40 the day of the event). Register online
We officially said goodbye to the holidays on Beacon Hill today. The day of undecorating the hill’s roughly 1,100 gas lamps began at a Beacon Hill Civic Association breakfast hosted by Tom Kershaw at the Hampshire House. After a great breakfast and a few words of instruction the day’s volunteers set off across the neighborhood removing 2,860 yards of laurel garland and thousands of red bows.
Posted right, I’m captured at the corner of Grove and Revere Streets poised to clip the wires on a now tired laurel garland its accompanying two bows.
Beacon Hill is a beautiful neighborhood to live in for many reasons, and I personally feel it’s at its best decked out for the holidays. — Joe Schutt
The process of selling your home at any time of the year can be a stressful experience, but if you are trying to sell your home during the busy holiday season it may seem to be almost impossible. The battle to keep your home in model condition and host open houses while at the same time entertaining friends and family—all the work can seem like a difficult task. So what can you do to make selling your home at this time of year less stressful while still keeping your property in salable condition? Here are a few tips to make it easier!
Keep The Decorations To A Minimum
Even if your home is usually the brightest on the block, you will definitely want to tone down the seasonal decorations on both the interior and exterior of your home. You still want to make it easy for potential home buyers to see themselves in your home, and decorations can be a huge distraction from the features of your home, especially if the potential buyers are not of the same religious and cultural background as you. If you do decorate, keep the decorations tasteful and modern. Think of how a model home would be decorated for the season, rather than your own personal taste.
Remember The Basics Of Home Sales
When selling your home, the advice you receive from your REALTOR® includes tips such as keeping your home clean and clutter free, and this should not be forgotten just because of the holidays. Keep personal items such as gifts and homemade crafts out of sight, and be sure to tidy up promptly after parties and events. When hosting an open house, using the sense of smell can always be an effective strategy, and by giving it a holiday twist you can really give the effect of a cozy family home. Bake some holiday cookies and throw on a pot of mulled wine before the potential buyers show up.
Overall, selling your home during the holiday season can present you with considerable challenges, but by trying to balance the needs of both your family and your potential buyers you can make this period as stress free as possible.