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    Fenway Park- Boston, MA

    Posted by Marge Libby

    Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

    “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones… I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.”  (Annie Savoy, Bull Durham)

    Fenway Park

    For those who consider baseball a religion, surely Fenway Park is the old, beloved and highly respected “Grand Cathedral.” Here are a few tips to for your trip to Fenway Park.

    Directions

    Of course, the best place to start is “How Do I Get There from Here?”  This link will provide you with directions via automobile, subway, commuter rail, and bus along with parking information.

    Game Day

    If you’re going to a game, my best advice – GO EARLY!! Yawkey Way is closed prior to games, providing a unique atmosphere one will not find at any other ball park. Check out the Red Sox Team Store where you will find the largest selection of Red Sox souvenirs and memorabilia. Find someone who is signing autographs at Autograph Alley. Dance in the street to the Dixieland sound of the Hot Tamale Brass Band, who have performed before every home game since 1999. Catch the pre-game Dennis & Callahan show at the NESN Stage. Do it all, and even more.

    History

    Have your picture taken with the “Teammates” statue of four Red Sox Hall of Famers - Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky.  You could have your picture taken with the Ted Williams Jimmy Fund statue which depicts Williams with bat in hand, placing his hat on the head of a boy with cancer. This statue is a fitting tribute to the legend and the Jimmy Fund, which is the official charity of the Red Sox. Both statues can be found outside the Gate B entrance at the corner of Ipswich and Van Ness Streets.

    Have a favorite player?  Commemorative bricks of players past & present can be found at Gates B & C. This link will provide you with the locations.

    Want to really get to know Fenway Park? Check out the official Fenway Park Tour. The tour lasts about an hour and your stroll around the park may include a visit to the Hall of Fame, the Press Box, the Right Field Roof Deck, the Green Monster Seats and even the warning track. Bear in mind that the stops are subject to availability. Fenway Park Tours are conducted year round. They begin at the top of the hour (9-5). On game days, the tours are conducted only up to 3 hours prior to game time. Know the game schedule when planning your tour.

    Food

    Hungry? Maybe you are a traditionalist – hotdogs, Cracker Jacks, and beer?  Of course you can get that at Fenway. Fenway’s cuisine has come a long way! You will find clam chowder (Legal Seafood), lobster rolls, tacos, meatball subs, cotton candy, kettle corn and even vegan choices! Not a beer fan? How about wine or frozen margaritas? For the chillier games, you will find the line at Dunkin’ Donuts is longer than the beer line. This link will provide a list of the concession stands at the park.

    I hope you enjoy your day at the ballpark and can come to appreciate all that Fenway Park brings to Boston history and baseball history!

    Marge Libby

    Tags: Boston, ma, baseball, fenway park, fenway, green monster, monster, tours, new to ma, ma attractions, mass history

    Public Transportation on the South Shore: Getting from Here to There

    Posted by Kay Gordon

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 05:59 PM

    t station, image via wikipediaAs much as we all love the South Shore there are times we want to and need to get out.  In fact, many of us find ourselves daily on the South East Expressway commuting to work and wondering what that commute may be like.  There are several public transportation options available that may make the commute more predictable and also less stressful.

    While everyone’s situation is different, one of the following might make your commute a little more palatable.  Please refer to the online sites for detailed rates, schedules and other information- to ensure the alternative transportation works for you!

    The two commuter lines that emanate from the South Shore are THE OLD COLONY and the GREENBUSH Lines.  One spur of Old Colony originates in Plymouth or Kingston, travels to Halifax, Hanson, Whitman, Abington, S. Weymouth, Braintree, UMA Boston and ends at South Station, Boston.

    The Greenbush Line originates In Scituate, travels to N. Scituate, Cohasette,  Nantasket  Junction, West Hingham, East Weymouth, East Braintree, Quincy Center, UMass Boston and ends at South Station.

    Origination to South Station takes about an hour and prices for the commuter train vary depending on distance from about $2 to $9 and there is generally a charge for parking at lots.

    Two Commuter Boats travel from Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and Hewitt’s Cove in Hingham to Boston’s Long Wharf and Rowe’s Wharf respectively for $6 each way.  For $12 the boat goes to Logan airport where one picks up a Massport shuttle bus to complete the trip to the airport terminal.  A third Boat from Hull, Ma also goes to Boston.

    The Logan Express Bus is yet another way to get to the airport from Braintree, MA for about $10 per trip.  Get dropped off or park in Braintree and let the bus driver deliver you to your terminal and pick you up at the airport when you return from your trip.

    The “T” Red Line that originates in Braintree is a relatively inexpensive alternative and runs quite frequently.  Park for about $8/day or get dropped off and picked up at the parking garage.  This particular line goes directly to Cambridge, Ma and connects to the other Subway lines in Boston.

    Again, please refer to all the above online sites for current detailed and updated information.  The above is a summary to inform and remind that there are alternatives to driving when making a commute north to Boston!

    But whether you choose to travel by car, boat, train, or helicopter, visit the A. G. Gordon, Inc. website for insurance resources or to get a quote. Our job is to make insurance make sense.

    If you own a home in the South Shore and are interested in lowering the cost of your insurance, click here to go to our home insurance page.

    If you don't want to utilize the public transportation or prefer driving, check out our auto insurance.

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    Kay Gordon

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