Valentine’s Day in Fort Point

As Valentine’s Day approaches and love is flowing in the air, what better way to spend time with that special someone, good friends, or even yourself, than with something fun, romantic, and memorable? If you’re not sure what to do, we here at the Friends of Fort Point Channel have some interesting events that’ll bump up your special day.

Love at First Sit
Friday, Feb. 9th. 6:00pm-9:00pm

Want to find that special someone, or just looking to meet new people, but don’t know how? Love at First Sit is the social mixer you’ve been looking for! Perfect for those who have trouble talking to someone new, come have a drink and enjoy the view from the YOTEL while you look for your perfect match.

Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
Friday, Feb. 9th, Saturday, Feb. 10th, and Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, Feb. 14th). 7:00pm

What was the relationship of founding father John Adams and his wife, Abigail, like? Get a glimpse into past colonial life with the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum as they read The Letters of John and Abigail Adams. The reading takes place in Abigail’s Tea Room (named after the first lady herself), and advanced ticket ordering is recommended, so grab a spot while you can!

Boston Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise
Saturday, Feb. 10th. 7:00pm-10:00pm

Enjoy a beautiful night on the water this Valentine’s Day on a Boston Dinner Cruise! There’s buffet style dining with an assortment of choices and DJ entertainment, as well as access to the Sky Deck on the Spirit of Boston yacht, where you can get a perfect view of the channel. It’s a wonderfully romantic way to celebrate with your loved one.

For You. For Her. @ FOR NOW
Monday, Feb. 12th. 5:00pm-9:00pm

Most of us have trouble figuring out what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, A & D Collaborations is reaching out a helping hand with For You. For Her. @ For Now. For those out there who need guidance on gifts, there’ll be shopping advice, as well as free bites of food to try, scotch and beer tastings, and a discount shopping pass to use at local stores.

Valentine’s Day Flowers at Aloft Boston
Tuesday, Feb. 14th. 6:30pm-9:30pm

One of the many things that goes with Valentine’s Day is a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Hosted by Alice’s Table and held at Aloft Boston, you can create your own bouquet and learn some flower arranging tips. It’s a great gift to give to someone you love, or to keep as a special gift for yourself.

Mates Before Dates-Palentine’s Day Rooftop Party
Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, Feb. 14th). 8:00pm-12:00am

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be for couples only? The Palentine’s Day Rooftop Party is the perfect way to enjoy a special platonic night out. With a live DJ and a view of the harbor and Downtown, you can celebrate with your best friends all through the night.

Treat Yo-Self Valentine’s Day Market
Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, Feb. 14th). 12:00pm-4:00pm

The most important love of all is self-love, and what better way to show that love than by treating yourself at the Valentine’s Day Market. Enjoy some sweet treats from maca Boston or get a makeover from Seaports Barbers or Blo. Floral Lab is also there to provide flower arrangements and greeting cards for any last minute Valentine’s Day shopping.

Valentine’s Day Dining

What pairs well with being with the one you love? A perfect dinner, of course! Here are some delicious places having special deals this Valentine’s Day!

Blue Dragon
For $100, Blue Dragon is offering a special Valentine’s Day deal where you and your loved one can create your own four-course menu and, for those chocolate lovers out there, end the night with a delicious Chocolate Dessert to share. For reservations, call 617-338-8585.

Menton, Sportello, and Drink
From Monday, February 12th to Friday, February 16th, you and your special someone can enjoy a three to five course tasting menu at Menton during their lunch hours, or a delicious seven course dinner menu on Valentine’s Day. For $250, you get only the best ingredients from Ribeye steak to King Crab, so make your reservations now. Sportello is also offering a Valentine’s Day deal for you and your beau, where you can have a delectable four course feast for $85 per person. Make your reservations now by calling 617-737-1234. At Drink, enjoy Tiki Sunday on a Wednesday with this Valentine’s Day drink special starting at 4pm. Bar seating is a first come, first serve basis, so get there as soon as possible to enjoy some tiki drinks!

Bastille Kitchen
For Valentine’s Day, Bastille is offering a special four course dinner, consisting of seasonal selections for you and your special someone. There will also be drinks, as well as live DJ music for couples, or even friends, to sip and enjoy as you relax in the Chalet lounge. It’s the perfect way to spend your date night. Call 617-556-8000 to make reservations.

Valentine’s Day: Vermont is for Lovers

Nothing says love like cheese… Vermont cheese. Join City Tap House for a love letter to Vermont. They will be serving up Vermont cheeses, beers, and other treats. Plus tap take-overs from Zero Gravity, Shacksbury, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Call 617-904-2748 to make a reservation.

From meet ups and flower arranging to a night cruise and fine dining, there are so many options to choose from! We at Friends of Fort Point Channel hope we gave you some ideas into how to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

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Tyeese Melton is an intern with the Friends of Fort Point Channel.

New Year’s Eve in Fort Point

No matter if you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, or off the Coast of Antarctica, finding plans for New Year’s Eve can seem awfully daunting. But don’t fret- we at Friends of Fort Point Channel have come up with a list of the hip and happening New Year’s Eve events in Fort Point. Whether you’re looking to sip champagne at an elegant masquerade ball or join something more family-friendly, there’s an event for everyone this New Year’s Eve in Fort Point.

Bastille Kitchen
5:00PM-2:00AM

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Fort Point Holiday Gift Guide

From accessories to art, for all your holiday shopping needs Fort Point is the perfect place to start! We’ve also put together this handy holiday shopping guide for your perusal. Whether you shop for gifts during our Fort Point Holiday Stroll on December 8th or shop last minute at 5:57PM on December 23rd, we hope you enjoy this post.

For Your Friend Who Puts the “Tea” in Tasteful

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Fort Point Review: The Great Pumpkin Coffee Taste Test

 

The Friends of Fort Point Channel’s Event Manager, Michaela Hughes, taste tested pumpkin coffees from around the Fort Point Channel area. This is her story:

Anyone who knows me, knows that coffee is the most essential element to my day. Anyone who REALLY knows me, knows that I spend my entire year looking forward to pumpkin season. In honor of our upcoming 13th Annual Pumpkin Pageant, I took it upon myself to taste test all of the pumpkin coffees of Fort Point. What I discovered is that not all pumpkin coffees are created equal; in fact, this taste test proved that each pumpkin coffee has a classification of it’s own.Read More

Stitched into Memory Closing Reception thoughts

Once and awhile, I get asked why Friends of Fort Point Channel partners with such a diverse group of organizations and people. Why not just stick with urban placemaking (whatever that is) and being stewards of the Fort Point Channel? Like in the current public discussion of politics and sports, why not just stick to what is perceived as your thing?

For me, it gets down to our mission, “To make the Fort Point Channel a destination for ALL of Boston’s workforce, residents and visitors.” If you think about it, that is a pretty big charge for a little organization. We have to get all people to the Channel and make the Channel a destination. And we take the “all” pretty seriously and work hard to get new audiences, not just those that are lucky enough to already know the Fort Point Channel. For me, the most pertinent current example is our collaboration with Stephen Hamilton, NEFA and Stitched into Memory.

Stephen and I were originally introduced when he was starting an artist leader fellowship with Arts Connect International (ACI). I was asked to speak by ACI about how to get your art into public spaces (short answer: perseverance) and how to collaborate with business (same). Stephen and I stayed in touch while he was on his fellowship in Nigeria. We discussed putting a grant together and how to get people into public spaces that are not made for or welcoming to them. How can you be explicitly welcoming to people from other neighborhoods (in Stephen’s case Roxbury where he grew up) and backgrounds that may not even know that they have rights to access these spaces?

The result of our collaboration is Stitched into Memory. In case you haven’t had a chance to visit, Stitched into Memory is a public art piece featuring traditional West African textiles created by Stephen in collaboration with paid Boston youth artists. Stephen spent four months teaching West African textile dyeing, weaving and embroidery that he learned in Nigeria to the youth artists. The finished product was created onsite by the students at Atlantic Wharf on the Fort Point Channel and is a gorgeous 30′ by 9′ textile mural that celebrates the contemporary African Diaspora communities and the history of textiles as part of the African and African American experience.

The Friends, in collaboration with Stephen, have hosted two amazing events so far and audiences from all over Boston and beyond have been eager to engage with the work and each other. The artwork has inspired in depth and honest conversation about the history of Boston, art, access and racism in a way that I have not experienced at a local art event before. Often the conversations have been as much about who is not in the room as who is in the room, giving a living example of how difficult it can be for people to accept and engage with a piece of art that is not made by or for someone from their community. And how important it is to bring different events, art, and people to work in and around Fort Point Channel (not just better marketing) if you truly want to make a place a destination for all

I hope that you will join us this Saturday for the closing reception where we once again will celebrate Stephen’s and the youth artists’ incredible work that has brought new ideas and conversations to the Fort Point Channel.  Just for one day, we will expand the exhibit to feature the work from renowned textile artist, Theresa-India Young along with work by Alexander Sebastianus and Sarah “Emelyne” Peloquin, who are artist scholars that have worked to further her mission of elevating weaving and fiber as art. There will also be a fabric art and craft fair to bring new crafters and artists (including the incredible Fort Point artist Imani McFarlane) and introduce a new audience to the Fort Point Channel. Join us, even if fiber art is not your ‘thing’ and have a conversation about how we can make our public spaces accessible for art and more from all communities in Boston!

See you on Saturday!

Sincerely,
Rachel

PS Thank you again to everyone who has collaborated on this work. A special thank you to Atlantic WharfThe New England Foundation for the ArtsArts Connect International, Edmund Barry Gaither, Ife Franklin, Pamela Parnel, Jacqueline McRath and everyone who has engaged with us and the work! Of course a very special thank you to Stephen Hamilton and all the amazing youth artists who created a beautiful and conversation-provoking piece of art, I look forward to following your art careers and hope you know that you are always welcome in the Fort Point Channel area!

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