First Night here in this city is the oldest and largest in the US. Having never been to a First Night celebration, and not having been in Boston in years, I was excited to get reacquainted with the city. I was not disappointed … Boston is beautiful!!
The number of events held here last night is amazing – ranging from free admission to museums to trampolene acrobats to ice sculptures. Over a thousand artists, musicians and performers entertained the crowds but nothing seemed crowded; the atmosphere was festive, with cameras flashing and kids with LED-lit glasses and young women in sparkly outfits, showing off their legs with high heels on uneven brick streets in 35* weather. Hm.
We saw Indian drummers and balloon artists and street singers. Quincy Market was alive with hundreds of people having a bite to eat under the central dome while listening to live music. The ground was covered with snow, but not enough to inhibit travel; Copley Square was buzzing with visitors trying to get a glimpse of the ice sculptures, carved with a chainsaw and some weighing more than 30 tons, before fingers and toes got too cold…
Dinner was at a charming Italian restaurant in the North End, providing the necessary warmth to thaw said fingers and toes. Hanover Street was lit up like a Christmas tree and Italian bakeries and eateries lined the street like a string of ornaments.
Topping off the evening, as we made our way back to the car, was the largest Christmas tree in New England and the announcement on a loudspeaker that “Blink” was about to begin. “Blink” features the music of the Pops and is a light and sound show that features 350,000 LED lights illuminating the area of Quincy Market. The music, synced with the lights, was pure magic — we managed to catch the Hallelujah Chorus set to lights. Unforgettable.
Happy New Year, indeed … Boston knows how to throw a party!
Wishing everyone only the best for 2013 …