Patios in Bloom
PATIOS IN BLOOM!
A Celebration of the Great Outdoors in Harvard Square,
Friday, June 1, 2007 through Sunday, June 3, 2007
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May 25/ Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA......Harvard Square,
Our first Patios in Bloom weekend kicks off the official "Patio Season" in Harvard Square. This year we celebrate an unprecedented number of restaurant patios, over 30 and still growing, and the exciting sights, sounds, aromas and gustatory delight they add to the bustling streetscape of Harvard Square.
"Patios in Bloom" is a celebration of "The Harvard Square Community" as we venture outside into our historic public spaces. This year we welcome the greening of our Washington Lampposts throughout Harvard Square with the spectacular additions of 100 gorgeous Victorian Flower Baskets - which have been growing all spring in a hothouse under the watchful eye John Selleto, owner of our local flower shop, Petali Flowers.
Our Harvard Square Businesses have taken the theme of Patios' in Bloom back to their own planning meetings to come up with unique and organic ways of embracing the topic.
If you are coming to Harvard Square June 1st through June 3rd be prepared to:
- Spot Botanical or Green Window Displays in our retail shops.i.e. Lem Lem, Black Ink, Colonial Drug, Curious George, Harvard Book Store.to mention a few
- Find Prix Fix, or garden themed menus in our local restaurants - Z-Square, Grafton Street, Redline, Upstairs on the Square, Harvest and more.
- Notice our Spring Cleaning and Spring Planting! Look up, look down, and all around!
- Sample goodies throughout Harvard Square! From smoothies at Boloco to a breakfast bowl of Sunny Goodness courtesy of Honey Bunches of Oats in the morning in the Charles Hotel Lower Courtyard!
HIGHLIGHTED PATIO'S IN BLOOM EVENTS
At Harvest, Chef Keith Pooler is hard taste testing and creating our own HOME-MADE FRESH LEMON VERBENA LEMONADE. The lemon verbena comes from Eva's Herbs, another Cambridge local! Keith will also introduce his new LOBSTER ROLL - fresh lobster, buttered roll, and marinated veggies - which will be available for lunch and at the bar - $22. All guests dining at Harvest patio will receive a complimentary copy of EDIBLE BOSTON MAGAZINE offering great information about sustainable living! All guests dining on the patio will also be able to register to win "A GREEN DINNER FOR FOUR" cooked specially by Keith Pooler and celebrating the bounty of our local farmers. The winning name will be selected on Monday and the certificate is good through Labor Day!
Mary Catherine Diebel of Upstairs on the Square, tells us that Winthrop Street is close to being completely made-over with new lighting and paving to make way for its new incarnation as a pedestrian way. Mary Catherine says "With 8 restaurants on little Winthrop Street, we will be the Paris of Harvard Square-with all of us able to enhance our outdoor dining!" Upstairs on the Square has 3 specially created Prix Fixe Patio Menus to celebrate Patios in Bloom!
Friday, June 1: Actor's Shakespeare Project Presents Love's Labour's Lost Downstairs at The Garage, 38 JFK Street. In honor of Patio's in Bloom - June 1st is Cambridge Community Night. All Harvard Square employee's and residents get half priced tickets. www.asp.org for more info!
Sunday, June 3: the Harvard Museum of Natural History will offer Free admission for Massachusetts residents from 9:00 am to noon to walk through the 'garden' of 3,000 Glass Flowers, the world famous glass models of plants created by glass artisans Rudolph and Leopold Blaschka. At 2:00 pm, Susan Rossi-Wilcox
will present a lecture and booksigning at the museum
2:00 pm - Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Flower Models free with museum admission. Rudolf Blaschka collected and drew nearly 460 plants from the Southwest, the Southeast, and Jamaica. From these studies, Blaschka created 312 of the over 3,000 botanical models in the famous Ware Collection of Glass Models at Harvard. Curatorial Associate and Administrator of the Glass Flowers, Susan Rossi-Wilcox, will discuss the story behind Rudolf's expeditions and examine his beautiful reference drawings featured in the new book, Drawing Upon Nature: Studies for the Blaschkas' Glass Models (co-written with David Whitehouse, director of the Corning Museum of Glass). www.hmnh.harvard.edu