Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Safari #72: Franklin Park's Sex at the Zoo

In celebration of Valentine's Day last week, my sweetie and I attended a lecture at the Franklin Park Zoo.  You may be thinking, "A lecture? How romantic". 

Well, as a matter of fact, it was.

The Sex at the Zoo lecture, held in the Tropical Forest Pavilion,  highlighted the love rituals certain species use to attract (and retain) a mate.

Before heading into the classroom for the lecture, we were free to stroll around within the Pavilion itself enjoying the exhibits. Representatives from the Samuel Adams Brewery, Barefoot Wine, and Cabot Cheese were dotted along the way offering beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Zoo staff were also on hand to answer questions. The lecture was informative, enjoyable, and unbelievably hilarious. 

The event served to remind us that even animals will do anything for love, just as we should.

My Tips:
  • Details. The event costs $25. There were two lecture times available allowing you enough time to tour the Pavilion, enjoy treats, and attend the lecture.
  • Plan for Next Year.  Visit the events section Franklin Park Zoo website for information about similar programming and just before Valentine's Day 2014.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Safari #71: First Friday's at the MFA

While it's true that I've been to the Museum of Fine Arts numerous times, I've only been to First Friday twice. The first time was when I first arrived in Boston (sans blog) and this past Friday.

With two visits to compare plus the fact that there is now a New Wing, I have to say that a First Friday night out is well worth it.

Well-heeled Bostonians gather in the main lobby of the New Wing for cocktails, nibbles and free form dancing. Folks attend to see, be seen, and get down - yes, the area in front of the main speakers turns into an impromptu dance floor towards the end of the night.

After you enjoy your cocktails, don't forget to take a stroll through the galleries. The galleries are unusually quiet at this time, allowing you truly stroll through at your leisure.  First Fridays are also a great time to check out new exhibits given the smaller crowds.

My Tips:
  • Get Tickets Early. Via the MFA website, you can get your tickets in advance rather than waiting in line the night of the event.  Tickets are $25. Members can attend for free. 
  • Bring Cash. The bars only accept cash, so if you plan to enjoy a few rounds, make sure you have enough cash on hand to do so.
  • Dress Up. Putting on the ritz with a cocktail in hand is fun and so is people watching.
  • Flirt. Yes, if you are single and looking to mingle, this is truly your place to do it. I was surprised at the number of singletons who weren't at all the least bit shy.
  • Watch Yourself. Don't forget that you are in a museum. Enjoy the art, respect the patrons, and don't be a hot mess with your cocktails - wait until your next destination if you can't help yourself.