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What to do this weekend, June 1-3

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  May 30, 2012 12:36 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Now get out and go to it!



SALEM ARTS FESTIVAL: Music, dance, poetry, art activities, an art show, human chess board, and the unveiling of the Ladies of Salem figureheads fill downtown Salem for three days. Did we mention belly dancing and a recitation of a chapter from "The Odyssey"? June 1 opening reception at 5 p.m. at Old Town Hall (through June 3, rain or shine). Free. Downtown Salem.


THREE ANNIVERSARIES: On June 18, Paul McCartney turns 70. We don’t believe it, but for those of you who do, celebrate Sir Paul and the 30th anniversary of his "Tug Of War" album at “One Sweet Dream: The Paul McCartney Experience.” The tribute concert stars frontman Mike Miller, who performs from McCartney’s catalog including tunes from “Sgt. Pepper,” which celebrates its 45th anniversary. 8 p.m. (June 3 at 3 p.m.) $23, $28; $12 kids. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


RUMBA ON THE WATERFRONT OPENING PARTY How would a Bostonian pronounce "rum bar"? Why, RumBa of course! The Intercontinental Boston is kicking off the warmer weather with the opening of their new Caribbean-inspired patio overlooking the Fort Point Channel. A DJ will keep the outdoor party going 'til midnight. June 2, 7 p.m. Free. 21+ RumBa, 510 Atlantic Ave., 617-747-1000,
NOTE: Postponed to June 9 due to expected rain.

ESTATE ANNIVERSARY: Ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff, of “Dancing With the Stars” fame, will be in town Saturday to help The Estate celebrate another year in business. Shrine MGM’s resident DJ JD will provide the music. June 2, 10 p.m. Tickets: $15 - 20. 21+ The Estate. 617-351-7000,

COOLIDGE CORNER ARTS FESTIVAL: Artists from all over the country including our own back yard bring jewelry, fiber, glass, photography, and more to the festival. Brookline restaurants serve tasting portions and donate the proceeds to the Brookline Food Pantry. June 2 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Brookline Food Festival from noon-3 p.m.). Free ($2 tasting tickets). Devotion School grounds, 345 Harvard St., Brookline.

SUMMER ON THE WATERFRONT KICK-OFF: The Boston waterfront area is front and center all summer, and Saturday’s kick-off event gets the party started. Activities along the Rose Kennedy Greenway feature a scavenger hunt, live music, snacks, and an introduction to the SCVNGR trek. This interactive waterfront game helps you learn about the area through a series of challenges (for example: snap a photo of your group hugging the Hood Milk Bottle at the Boston Children’s Museum). June 2 kick-off from 2-4 p.m., rain or shine (through Sept. 3). Kick-off event is free. Rose Kennedy Greenway near the Ring Fountains across from the Aquarium, Boston.
NOTE: event canceled due to inclement weather.


“THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING MERMAIDS” A day after catching fish in Jamaica Plain, kids can “hunt” for mermaids. Local author Ammi-Joan Paquette will read from her new picture book “The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids,” talk about writing, and sign copies of her book. June 3 at 2 p.m. Free. Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley. 781-431-1160.

A FEAST FOR THE SENSES: This is a win-win-win-win situation. On the Beacon Hill Art Walk you’ll get exercise, music, art, and a peek at some lovely gardens and courtyards on Beacon Hill. June 3 from noon-6 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Revere and Phillips streets, Boston (maps available between 135 and 137 Charles Street and at the corner of Cambridge and West Cedar streets).

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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