Monthly Archives: July 2011
Maybe you’re not perfect. Maybe you didn’t check off numbers nine and ten on your to-do-list. Maybe you had a little too much cheesecake and not enough salad at your last meal. Maybe you’re a little too hard on yourself. Maybe you could use some more support sometimes. Maybe you could use a mentor on the tough days.
But then again, maybe you’re a good listener. Maybe you’re compassionate and caring. Maybe you’re a hard worker, a trustworthy friend, and a supportive shoulder to lean on. Maybe you’re not perfect, but according to your Little Sister, you don’t have to be perfect to be just what she needs.
Research indicates that the strongest and most influential mentors are those who show consistency and commitment to building a healthy, symbiotic relationship with their mentee. Being a successful mentor means opening up and being real. It means being dedicated to learning about your Little Sister and about yourself. Little Sisters feel connected to their Big Sisters because Big Sisters listen. They support. They care and criticize constructively. They are admirable and accessible. Big Sisters are successful because they foster success in others.
You are making a difference, by being you and sharing yourself with your Little Sister. You don’t have to be a Nobel laureate or the head of a big company to be an impactful mentor. In fact, share your imperfections with your Little Sister. Show her that it’s okay to make and learn from mistakes, that it’s okay to ask for a helping hand. It’s not about having all the answers, spending a lot of money, or going over the top. It’s not about being perfect – it’s about being present.
— Amy Butterworth
Coordinator of the High School
Mentoring Academy at Big Sister
Roxbury was one of the first towns founded in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. It became annexed to Boston in 1868. The original town of Roxbury once included the current Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, the South End and much of Back Bay. Though currently much smaller than its original boundaries, it holds many entertaining and exciting match activities. Below are a few favorites:
184 Dudley St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
Built in 1913 and reopened in 2005, Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall is a historic ballroom that serves as a multicultural arts and entertainment venue. Hibernian Hall organizes a wide range of events, such as master classes in dance and theater, Thursday night jazz, soul, & R&B performances, and Friday Flix, a monthly film series. To find out about upcoming events, visit http://madison-park.org/arts-culture/performances.
183 Roxbury Street
Boston, MA 02119
Discover Roxbury is a non-profit organization that promotes the economic development of Roxbury through tourism. They organize interactive guided trolley, walking, and bike tours of Roxbury’s arts, culture, and history as well as culinary events . One of their more popular walking tours is the “Women’s History Walking Tour” where you learn about the historic impact women have had in Roxbury. http://www.discoverroxbury.org/
33 Shirley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Celebrating its 250th anniversary, The Shirley-Eustis House is the only remaining country house built by a British Colonial Governor in America. Learn about the house’s many residents during the 18th and 19th centuries, including William Shirley, the Royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and later the Governor of the Bahamas in the 1760’s. The House, adjacent to Dudley Triangle, is open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday from June through September and by appointment on any weekday year-round. Weekend concerts are presented April through November. www.shirleyeustishouse.org
300 Walnut Avenue
Boston, MA 02119
The National Center of Afro-American Artists serves as a celebration of black visual arts worldwide. Offered in the museum are African, Afro-Latin, Afro-Caribbean and African-American collections and many educational resources for children and adults. Their current exhibit, “Children=Hope” acknowledges the promise of young people by visualizing them through the prism of contemporary art. It features the work of ten women artists active in Greater Boston and will be on display through September 18th, 2011. www.ncaaa.org/
Roxbury, MA 02120
The four-acre Highland Park, home of the Fort-Hill Tower, was the location of the Continental Army’s fortification during the Siege of Boston in the American Revolutionary War. In the warmer months, it is a great place to setup a picnic, play Frisbee, or just take in the Boston view. In the snow-heavy winter, it serves as an excellent spot for sledding.
The 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival runs from Thursday July 28 – Sunday July 31, 2011. It includes workshops, panel discussions, and film screenings with a focus on films celebrating people of color. Film screenings will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall and the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Ticket pricing is based on event. www.roxburyfilmfestival.org
Do you want to know where to find Big Sister’s Recruitment Team? Here is a list of all the events where we will be recruiting Big Sisters this weekend! If you have family, friends, or co-workers who would make great Big Sisters, have them stop by any of these locations to hear more about how they can change a girl’s life. Also, we love it when matches stop by and say hi!
Friday, July 15th from 3:00pm-7:00pm
352 Newbury St., Boston, MA
Map Location: http://bit.ly/mPjxmd
Saturday, July 16th & Sunday July 17th from 11:00am-5:30pm
Davis Square, Somerville, MA
Map Location: http://bit.ly/nvqUVO
Sunday, July 17th from 10:00am-4:00pm
SoWa Open Market
300 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA
Map Location: http://bit.ly/mlY2VF
What do you know about Dorchester? Did you know that the first public elementary school in the country was started there in 1639? Or that in 1915 it opened the first supermarket in the world? Not only does Dorchester have a rich history, it has a rich supply of things to do – especially for match activities. See below for some of the different sights Dorchester has to offer:
1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121
Adults – 16.00
Children – 10.00
The 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo is located in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Zookeeper, a new family comedy which hits theaters today, was filmed on location at the Zoo. Check out the Gorilla Family exhibit where you can meet the Zoo’s seven gorillas. You can also see an African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, tigers in Tiger Tales, Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra on the Giraffe Savannah, as well as the many other incredible animals that call the Zoo home. From 10:00 a.m. – noon on the first Saturday of every month, all guests will be charged the children’s admission price. www.zoonewengland.org
Boston, MA 02125
Adults – 12.00
Teens – 10.00
Children under 12 – Free
Tour the museum dedicated to the memory of the 35th president who, through his work in politics, sought to make the world a better place. At the JFK Library, you will find exhibits on the life, leadership, and legacy of John F. Kennedy, the First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and his family. One of the intriguing exhibits includes gifts given to President Kennedy by world leaders and some of the more eclectic gifts given by admirers. If you can make the trip on Friday, August 12, museum admission is free thanks to Highland Street’s Free Fun Fridays! www.jfklibrary.org
Savin Hill Park
Boston, MA 02125
Savin Hill Park is a small, but lovely neighborhood park featuring a tennis court and basketball court as well as different hiking trails. From the top of the hill, you will encounter many visitors with their dogs taking in the panoramic view of Dorchester, Quincy and Boston Harbor. There are also plenty of grassy areas to bring a blanket and have a picnic. www.cityofboston.gov/parks
Boston, MA 02124
Tenean Beach is great if you want to avoid the crowds that swarm Boston’s beaches in the summer. It has a beautiful view of the Boston skyline and plenty of activities for kids including a new playground, boardwalk and promenade. It is definitely one of Boston’s best kept secrets! www.cityofboston.gov/parks
543 Columbia Rd
Dorchester, MA 02125
Strand Theatre opened its doors in 1918 to a diverse group of artists. Comedians, singers, plate-spinners, ventriloquists, dancers, musicians, acrobats, and animal trainers have all performed on its stage. Now the Strand serves as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences of all ages and types. Most importantly, it works to develop and implement youth arts education programs. Recent performers on the Strand stage have included the Boston Ballet, Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis of American Idol, the Boston Children’s Choir and the annual Poetry Slam. To find coming events: http://strandboston.com/calendar
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
This newly established museum offers many interactive exhibits where you can view rare original documents and artifacts that tell the story of Massachusetts’ founding. You can enter a replica of the Arbella, the ship that transported the Pilgrims from England in 1630. Also on display are the thirteen original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, the Massachusetts Constitution and the 1629 and 1691 charters. This museum is free to the public. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/sec/mus/museum/index.htm
Big and Little Sisters spent a Saturday enjoying the arts and sciences thanks to Bank of America, who donated nearly 60 tickets for the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Science to Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Ticket donations such as these allow Big Sisters and Little Sisters to share fun and educational experiences throughout the city, free of charge.
Big and Little Sisters enjoy the day at the Museum of Science on Saturday, June 25.
July 4th, 2010 Fireworks Display in Boston by Flickr User Merritt Boyd
Every Friday this summer, the Highland Street Foundation is providing free admission to various cultural attractions in Massachusetts for families and children. No registration or tickets are required. These are the participating locations and dates for July 2011!
July 1st – Museum of Fine Arts – Buttonwood Park Zoo – Edward Gorey House – Heritage Museums & Gardens
July 8th – Plimoth Plantation – Worcester Art Museum – Cape Cod Museum of Art – N.E. Historic Genealogical Society
July 15th – Museum of Science – Higgins Armory Museum – The Discovery Museums – Garden in the Woods
July 22nd – Franklin Park Zoo – The Sports Museum – Norman Rockwell Museum – Peabody Essex Museum
July 29th – Boston Children’s Museum – American Textile History Museum – New Bedford Whaling Museum – Shakespeare on the Common
Please visit www.highlandstreet.org for more information.
Friday July 1st through Monday July 4th
Celebrate America’s Birthday with your Little Sister! There are many fireworks displays in the Greater Boston area. Visit bostoncentral.com to find a fireworks display in your hometown. Or go to the world famous Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA and enjoy a free concert! Please visit www.july4th.org for more information about this event.
Redcoats on the Common
Saturday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The British are coming! The British are coming ! See a reenactment of how British soldiers invaded our city after Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride. Historic British regiments will arrive at Long Wharf and march up State Street to the Boston Common. It is a great educational way to celebrate America’s independence from England with your Little Sister! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please visit www.bostonharborfest.com for more information about this event.
Frog Pond Crafts
Saturday, July 9 and Saturday, July 23, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a Saturday full of excitement and learning at craft workshops at the Boston Frog Pond Spray Fountain. After you and your Little Sister create fun crafts, cool off in the Frog Pond Wading Pool. This event is sponsored by the Frog Pond in partnership with Art Street. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 7-13. Please call (617) 244-3171 for more information about this event. The Boston Frog Pond is located in the Boston Common at 84 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108.
Land and Sea Tour
Sunday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bring your Little Sister to this land and sea adventure! First you will paddle a canoe down the Neoponset River, then head back to your starting point on a trolley tour discovering the rich history of the different communities you travel through. Paddling experience is required as no instruction will be given. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters ages 12 and up. Please call 617-542-7696 to register for this event and receive a meeting location.
Sand Castle Festival
Friday, July 15th through Sunday July 17th 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Bring your Little Sister to view some amazing sand sculptures! There will be food and art vendors, live entertainment, Disney Radio, and more! This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. Please call 978-749-6700 for more information. This event is located on Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA.
Free Friday Flicks
Friday July 15, 22, & 29 7:00 p.m.
Pack up a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic and head to the Hatch Memorial Shell for free movies! Here is the movie schedule for July: July 15th MEGAMIND, July 22nd Despicable Me, July 29th How to Train Your Dragon. These events are free and open to the public and are for Little Sisters of all ages. The Hatch Shell is located on Storrow Drive, Boston, MA. For more information or cancellation due to weather call 617-787-7200.
Big Sister Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Big Sister is proud to announce this year’s summer picnic! Bring your Little Sister out for a day of picnicking fun at Camp Harborview. Activities will include both indoor and outdoor games such as relay races, a balloon toss, and various crafts. A BBQ lunch will be provided. For dessert, the b.good ice cream truck will be dishing out milkshakes! This is a great way to ring in the summer and to meet other matches! This event will take place at Camp Harborview. Transportation will be provided for matches from a designated location and will be T accessible on either the red or blue lines. For more information or to register for this event, please contact Jennifer Gentile at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food For Thought
Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Help Support Youth in Crisis by attending their “Hoops and Scoops” event. There will be free food, ice cream, basketball games and trophies on the court. All proceeds raised will go to Youth in Crisis. This event is free and open to the public and is for Little Sisters of all ages. This event will be held at the Mildred Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan, MA 02126. Please see http://www.mydorchester.org for more information about this event.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Saturday, July 31, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
During this workshop you and your Little Sister will work together sanding, measuring, sawing, hammering, and carving to build a “memory box.” This event is free and for Little Sisters ages 11-14 and is open to 15 matches. Please contact Jennifer Gentile at email@example.com to sign up for this event. The event will be located at the Eliot School at 24 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, MA.