Marathon Monday is a big day in New England, but particularly in Massachusetts. First, it coincides with Patriots Day, which is a legal holiday in Massachusetts – one of only two states to commemorate the day as a holiday. As if all that weren’t enough, it’s also opening day for the Boston Red Sox. Whether you’re planning to be on scene for the action or you’d like to follow from the comfort of your TV or smartphone, we’ve gathered links to help you enjoy the day.
Another Super Bowl Sunday for the Patriots! Go New England! We’ve gathered a grab bag of fun and interesting related items from around the web to get you in the spirit.
The Philadelphia police are hard at work greasing the street poles to prevent Eagles fans from any wild post-game pole-climbing activities. Sports Illustrated says they started with Crisco but are now using gear oil. But their precautions are likely in vain if we can believe the apes. In an annual tradition, Utah’s Hogle Zoo primates Tuah and Arcara made their Super Bowl LII predictions for the winning team … and they chose the Patriots. But let’s check in with other experts in the animal kingdom. Teddy the Porcupine has a 5-1 record for being right in his prognostications. Check out who he favors this year.
To get you in the spirit, Masslive has a Belichick feature: “Whether it be his references to SnapFace, his dry humor or his less-than-enthusiastic responses to numerous questions from the media, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is often good for a number of memorable moments at the podium every season.” They offer a choice selection of Belichick’s best quotes, jokes and press conferences from this season.
Many people think that the Super Bowl is really for the dogs, and they’ll prove it by tuning in to Puppy Bowl XIII on Sunday. Not to be outdone by the canine, kittens are taking to the field in Kitten Bowl 5.
Social host liability, also known as “Dram Shop Liability” laws vary widely from state to state, but 43 states have them on the books. Most of these laws also offer an injured person, such as the victim of a drunk driver, a method to sue the person who served the alcohol. There are circumstances under these laws where criminal charges may also apply.
If leaf peeping is on your agenda this holiday weekend, here’s the latest weather and foliage reports from NECN. Overall, the foliage season is always enjoyable here in New England, but meteorologists say that this year will not be among the most spectacular displays. Our recent mild temperatures have slowed things down a bit and erratic weather patters and drought have taken a toll:
“All told, this autumn’s colors in New England will feature a notable absence of some maple oranges and reds. This makes our 2017 dominant colors yellow from birch and poplar, bronze from hickories and red/brown from oak. All of this, taken together, combines for a lovely display … just not the dazzling explosion of colors we’re used to – instead, a display heavily weighted toward yellow and brown.”
Don’t let that stop you — our local fall foliage is one of the wonders of nature and always puts on a show, even in the “off’ years. Here are some ideas for planning things to do over the holiday weekend and the next few weeks. If your wanderings take you north, be alert for wildlife since it’s peak season for human-animal collisions. It’s always a god idea to have your local independent insurance agent’s phone number or app handy on your mobile phone just in case.
Yankee Magazine is a great source of info on seasonal activities. Download their free foliage app, Leaf Peepr, as well as a free Ultimate Guide to Autumn in New England, available at the same link. They also offer:
Live Fall Foliage Map – Where’s the best New England fall foliage right now? The live fall foliage map lets fall-foliage fans report and track the evolution of autumn color in New England.
Peak foliage Map – This is a fun map: “To see how the color rolls through New England, click on the “play” button to the right. As the map changes, so will the calendar as it highlights the approximate peak dates for different parts of the region. Happy leaf-peeping!”
For ideas on where to go and what to do, see the articles listed under each map on the above links. The articles include:
10 Places to Visit in New England in Fall
Favorite Fall Foliage Drives in New England
The best corn mazes in New England from Maine to Rhode Island.
Be sure to stock up on fresh, delicious locally grown food for National Farmers Market Week (August 6-12) sponsored by The Farmers Market Coalition. Buying locally pays dividends back to your community in so many ways. It supports local small farm businesses. American farmers and ranchers receive only 15.6 cents of every food dollar consumers spend on food in the normal food distribution system, but Farmers markets offer an alternative that allows growers to retain more of the food dollar. Plus, growers selling locally create 13 farm jobs per $1 million in revenue, versus 3 jobs when not selling locally. It also helps to keep a greener planet. Getting your food locally rather than having it shipped from the other side of the country – or from other countries – saves on transportation and infrastructure costs and reduces the associated ecological toll.
Plus, at a Farmers Market you can ask questions and interact with the growers. It’s a win-win. See more benefits in the infographic below.
Here are some resources for finding a New England Farmer’s Market near you!