Shen Yun weekend, Boston March 3-4, 2017
Time flies when one is busy. It seems like ages ago I enjoyed the weekend in Boston with Ronda, Aria and Nate and I still haven’t written about it here. I must get better at this!
Coming back to New Hampshire in March after leaving for Michigan at the end of January was very welcome. It felt good to see friends at work and to spend time with my daughter and my grandchildren.
The highlight of the trip was an overnight trip to downtown Boston with my family. We stayed at the Boston Loew’s Hotel housed in the old Boston Precinct building. Located in the heart of the city near Boston Commons, the theater district and museums it was perfect for enjoying some of the best of Boston downtown. The room, while small, was first-rate.
We arrived at Loew’s in the afternoon well before check-in time of 4PM. We used our time to walk to the Museum of Modern Art, a cold, windy trek. The museum was an interesting and worthy destination. Besides ship models and early American art, there are also Asian rooms, carousel animals, folk art, and far more than I could appreciate in the few hours we had to explore. One of my favorite exhibits was the MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS miniature sculpture by local artist Nancy Schon and original out-takes from the book by Robert McCloskey. Larger sculptures of the famous ducklings are in Boston Commons. In 1995 a duplicate of the beloved ducklings was given to the Soviet Union by First Lady Barbara Bush for the enjoyment of the Soviet children.
The bitter cold and fierce wind prompted a taxi ride back to the hotel to warm us up before we enjoyed steaks and lobster at the Precinct Bar and Grill. The food was delicious and left nothing to be desired.
The next morning was even more bitter than the previous day. The force of the wind made walking around difficult to enjoy. We never did make it to nearby Boston Commons to see the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the park. It was just too cold. We abandoned the effort and returned to the Loew’s to warm up before taking a taxi to the theater to see Shen Yun.
I was expecting a visual extravaganza and Shen Yun exceeded my expectations. The dancers flew across the stage, their brilliantly colored costumes swirling and floating around them. The dances entranced us with graceful gymnastics, clever use of props and stunning leaps. Chinese history, folk dance and even humor blended to create an enthralling experience.
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