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Weekend Brief: Worst Zoning, Aboard the USS Constitution, Bootcamp, Colonial Dance Tunes & Love Songs, Friday Films

Today is Friday, July 5. Did you miss the Esplanade fireworks last night? No problem, here are the fireworks photos on Boston.com.

Worst Reasons for Zoning Variance

For a little local levity, here at the 5 Worst Reasons for a North End Zoning Variance according to comedy writer, Ben Alper:

  1. The building needs an additional floor because it’s insecure about its height.
  2. No one told Paul Revere HE couldn’t have a stable.
  3. The proposed Olive Garden restaurant would give the neighborhood a desperately needed Italian flavor.
  4. The additional roof deck will only be used for nightly hip hop yoga classes.
  5. Neighbors will no longer have to deal with that ghastly view of Old North Church.

Local comedy writer Ben Alper is the author of Thank You for Not Talking: A Laughable Look at Introverts.

Here’s what else you need to know for this weekend…

6:30AM Summer Fitness Series: Bootcamp. Stop by Christopher Columbus Park for the summer fitness series. This morning’s class will be bootcamp, see additional details and a full class schedule here.

1:00PM Colonial Dance Tunes and Love Songs. Join the Paul Revere House at 19 North Square where, in the guise of itinerant musicians, Al Petty & Deirdre Sweeney will perform popular 18th-century tunes such as “Mr. Isaac’s Maggot” and “Jack’s Health” on the penny whistle, flute, fife, & other instruments.

1:00PM Friday Films: Night of the Iguana. Join the Boston Public Library at 25 Parmenter Street for free movies on Fridays at 1pm. This week’s movie will be Night of the Iguana, see additional details and full movie line up here.

Notable News:

Go aboard the USS Constitution as she sails to celebrate July 4th

The USS Constitution sails out into Boston Harbor several times each summer, one of which was yesterday to celebrate Independence Day. WCVB Boston has pulled together a slideshow of photos to show what it’s like to go aboard the ship as she sets sail, read more here.

Turning of the USS Constitution:


Plan Your Events with the Community Calendar:

Saturday, July 6

11:00AM MA National Guard’s 215th Army Band & NH 39th Army Band. Stop by the West End of Faneuil Hall Marketplace to hear music from military bands. Performing will be the Massachusetts National Guard’s 215th Army Band, the second oldest band in the United States Army and known as one of the nation’s finest military bands. Joining the 215th Army Band is the 39th Army Band from New Hampshire.

1:00PM Fife and Drum Concert by the Boston Alarm Company. Stop by the Paul Revere House at 19 North Square and treat yourself to a sprightly concert of fife and drum music! Dressed in civilian clothing reproduced from period originals, alarm company members play marches and beat out cadences used to warn citizens of impending attack, see additional details here.

Sunday, July 7

11:00AM U.S. Navy Band Northeast’s RI Sound Perform. Stop by 4 S Market Street in Faneuil Hall and end a week full of celebration with the United States Navy Band Northeast’s Rhode Island Sound who will captivate the audience with music ranging form classic rock to today’s Billboard Top-40 hits.

3:30PM Nati per Leggere. Join I AM Books at 189 North Street where children ages 0-4 are welcome to this free and public children’s reading group.

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3 Replies to “Weekend Brief: Worst Zoning, Aboard the USS Constitution, Bootcamp, Colonial Dance Tunes & Love Songs, Friday Films

  1. There are some people out there who actually believe that Olive Garden is authentic Italian cuisine. 🇮🇹

  2. Nice job. I’m hoping that they were a little hard to find. Scary to think that they are all like that.

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