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New Meetup: Bells, Bridges and Locks tour with Boston By Foot

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, January 30, 2009 3:46 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Bells, Bridges and Locks tour with Boston By Foot

When: February 15,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the Boston By Foot Meetup Group:
http://www.meetup.com/bostonbyfoot/calendar/9557238/

"This tour was originally developed for children but truly appeals to all ages, come along and bring all your school-vacation-looking-for-something-to-do young friends.

"Bells, Bridges & Locks offers you the opportunity to discover the things that move in, around, and over the Charles River Basin. From the Boston Garden along the Bulfinch Triangle, over the Charles, and to U.S.S. Constitution, you will experience the art, technology, and nature of this historic area.

"On the tour we will get a close up view of Boston's new cable-stayed landmark, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, the locks of the Charles River Dam, and the revitalization of the lower basin. Not to mention, discuss the alewife herring and its anadromous behaviour, the harbor crossing of a certain Mr. Revere and the exploits of the Boston Ice King.

"This small area of Boston is packed with amazing things to see! Dress warmly and enjoy a real journey of discovery. The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs $15 ($5 for Boston By Foot members). It meets at the corner of Portal Park on Causeway Street - just next to the North Station T entrance kiosk closest to the Boston Garden".

Want to be a member of Boston By Foot?
http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/join/member/

Prices for membership, good for 12 months:

Student $40.00
Senior $40.00
Individual $50.00

... Ever since June 2008, Nerd Fun has gone on at least two events a month with the Boston By Foot group. Nerd Fun has co-opted a few guides as Nerd Fun members. Boston by Foot is actively recruiting Nerd Fun members who wish to be docents. Nerd Fun invades the Boston by Foot meetup group quite regularly, and if we get a group of 20 or more people going, they usually give us our own private guide, and give us the level of detail about the surrounding area that us Nerds crave!

About Boston By Foot:
http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/about/

"Boston By Foot, Inc., is a non-profit educational corporation. It was founded by Polly Flansburgh in 1976, the year of America's Bicentennial, with a mission to promote public awareness of Boston's rich architectural and historical heritage through its guided tours, Lecture Series, and other activities.

"Over the course of its 31 years, more than 210,000 residents and visitors from around the world have participated in Boston By Foot tours.

"The tours are conducted by a well trained and enthusiastic corps of over 200 volunteer guides, many of whom have served Boston By Foot for more than 15, 20, and even 25 years. We welcome people who share our passion to become a guide".

... Back in April and May 2008, Boston By Foot held a six-week training course on Saturday mornings for guides that they opened up to the general public (2008 prices: $95 for guides and $150 for auditors) http://www.bostonbyfoot.org/calendar/lecture-series/ . They covered information such as the settling of the Shawmut Peninsula, the architect Charles Bulfinch, the development of the Back Bay, modern architecture, and the Big Dig. Individual lectures were $35 a piece.

Hrm... these would be great events for Nerd Fun members to go to, but I'm not sure if 20+ extra people auditing these lectures would be too much... It would be great to put them on the calendar.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/9636350/

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