In The Community

City Square Park Summer Concert Series

The Friends of City Square Park is holding a summer concert series. There will be four concerts, one per month. See below the schedule.

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Community Events: Gibson Sothbey’s International Realty Participates in the 33rd Annual Mayfair

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was pleased to sponsor at The Harvard Square Business Association’s 33rd Annual Mayfair.

Gibson Sothbey’s International Realty had a tent on Brattle Street, a prime location in Harvard Square! During Mayfair  Harvard Square is closed off to cars for the annual spring time tradition. There were several stages with live music, craft vendors, artists, local businesses, food, and a beer garden.

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was also pleased to sponsor a square at Cambridge Rotary Club’s  “Chalk on the Walk.” Church Street was closed for the day and was dedicated to “Chalk on the Walk”. The artist representing the firm, Lizi Brown, brought to life one of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty’s exclusive listings, 20 Cottage Street.

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Community Events: Home Sweet Home – Open House Day Tomorrow!

This Saturday, nine beautifully kempt and historically rich mansions will be open to the public for a unique, celebratory event put on by the The Trustees of Reservations, a local nonprofit conservation organization.

The Trustees want to provide you with your very own “key for the day,” in order to “experience all the beauty, history, art, collections and stories contained within each home as well as the exquisitely designed gardens and stunning natural landscapes that surround them.” The organization will be offering guided tours and talks, as well as unguided tours and rare opportunities for visitors to explore freely.

Whether you plan to spend your weekend in western mass. by Stockbridge, or north of Boston by Ipswich, there is a historic home sure to excite the inner architecture aficionado in you. Celebrating their 125th anniversary, The Trustees are an incredible wealth of preserved beauty as well as history in our community, and this event will surely highlight this fact.

Be sure to check out their website for all of the event details.

Community News: 87th Annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

DSC_0048On Thursday, May 19th, Beacon Hill Garden Club will be hosting its 87th Annual Tour of the Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill.

A prominent member of The Garden Club of America, Beacon Hill Garden Club is a local organization dedicated to urban gardening, specifically in the beautiful Beacon Hill area which surrounds its home base on Charles Street. Every year, a tour of the charming streets and private gardens is put on by the club and its members, with proceeds feeding back into urban gardening initiatives in Boston. Read more

Leaving the World a Better Place

Last week, Larry Rideout gave a speech on Woburn Common. The CEO and Co-Owner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was asked to kick-off a citywide series of events to raise awareness for Cancer research. “In 2013, I lost two brothers to two different Cancers,” Rideout told the crowd. “The care and compassion they received was beyond reproach. The medicine and treatments they received were cutting edge. All of this was possible because of the research and development that we all help fund through efforts like these.”

In attendance were Mayor, the City Council, and dozens of citizens of Woburn. The city will be decorated with purple lights in the coming weeks in honor of Cancer Awareness. Rideout encouraged all to participate or donate to the Relay for Life that will be happening in Woburn on May 21st and 22nd. It will raise money for the American Cancer Society. As of the writing of this post, over $40,000 had been raised.

This weekend, Rideout and his daughter Nicole, also hosted an event in South Boston. They, along with dozens of family and friends, raised money for Caring for a Cure. Founded in 2011 by the hematology/oncology nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital, Caring for the Cure aims to increase research, resources and awareness in order to improve the journey of patients and families with cancer.

“Our goal in life is to leave our children better off than we were,” Rideout told the crowd on Woburn Common. “So by extension it should be our desire to leave our world in a better place as well. Let’s start tonight by working together to eliminate this dreadful disease.”

Community News: Off the Eaten Path Tour

cannolisIf you enjoy great food and lots of it, then the Off the Eaten Path tour is for you. Saturday, January 9th, this three hour tour will take you through some of the best Italian restaurants around.

The tour includes everything from gelato, cannoli, and arancini to cheese and cured meats, homemade pasta, and a wine tasting! You will be able to eat at the birthplace of Sicilian Pizza in America and get food demos on how to make fresh pasta and artisan bread. Along with enjoying all of that amazing food, you also get to learn about the North Ends rich history. The tour begins and ends in North Square. To learn even more about the tour and to purchase and reserve your ticket, click Off the Eaten Path.

Community News: Beacon Hill Photo Tour

DSC_0100Beacon Hill boasts some of the most picturesque, elegant, and beautiful streets in Boston. Additionally, it is considered one of the most photographed areas around. Pictures of the architecture, gorgeous cobblestone and brick sidewalks are just a few of the things that draw people to the area. This Saturday, December 12th, PhotoWalks is giving people the chance to not only tour this historical neighborhood of Beacon Hill but also learn how to take amazing pictures as well.

This tour begins at Shaw Memorial and takes you through the 19th Century English-inspired neighborhood where your tour guide will provide intriguing commentary and help individuals learn how to capture the riveting scenery through a camera lens. Any age and skill level is welcome to join this photo tour and with the reservation, a ‘PhotoWalks Guide to Creative Photography’ e-booklet is included which will offer valuable information on ways to expand anyone’s photography skills.

To get an authentic look into one of the oldest neighborhoods in not only Boston but in the US, reserve your spot on the Beacon Hill Photo Tour and soak in the rich history and architectural beauty of Beacon Hill through your own lens.

For more information visit Photowalks or the Boston Calendar.

Community News: Toni Gilardi Hosts Toys for Tots Party

Our very own, Toni Gilardi, hosted yet again another successful Toys for Tots party last night! Members of the Waterfront community and Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty team gathered in hopes of putting a smile on every child’s face.

A special thank you to Toni for hosting such an event and to all who generously donated gifts for the Toys for Tots foundation! View more pictures here.

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Community News: Chain Reaction

chain reactionAfter a day of giving thanks and eating lots of food, MIT has a great and fun way to spend your Friday. Hosted by inventor and artist, Arthur Ganson and artist and MIT Alum, Jeff Lieberman, the 18th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction or F.A.T. Chain Reaction is taking place at the MIT Rockwell Cage Gymnasium.

The theme of the event is 18th Century and participants have been gearing up for months to showcase and link up their unique contraptions that they have worked very hard to create. All ages can participate and with the help of Ganson, Lieberman and other MIT engineers, they will ultimately link each contraption together to create one connected contraption. Spectators can come and meet the teams and individuals that have created their one of kind contraptions and wait for the awesome moment when they are all linked up and set off the remarkable “chain reaction” with a surprise ending!

The event starts at 1pm, so don’t miss your chance to be amazed and inspired by the creators at the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at MIT. For more information about purchasing tickets for the event, click here. F.A.T. Chain Reaction

Community News: South End Chocolate Walking Tour

Calling all chocolate lovers! Don’t miss the South End Chocolate Walking Tour this Saturday.

At 2pm, Saturday, November 21st, you could be enjoying a walk through the gorgeous and historic South End while learning about and sampling some of the most exquisite chocolate around. This two and a half hour tour is led by locals and showcases chocolate artisans, bakeries, cupcake shops, and restaurants. The chocolatey destinations include stopping at a bakery and restaurant owned by celebrity chefs, sampling various cupcakes, selections of gluten free and kosher truffles, an adult beverage made uniquely for the tour, and much more. Participants will learn tips on tasting, buying, and storing chocolates as well. The featured stop on the tour is at Felicity Sweets which is a boutique chocolate shop offering chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates and also offering various gift options which is perfect for the holidays right around the corner. 

The tour starts at Code 10 Restaurant and finishes up near South End Buttery, so be sure to get your advanced tickets and get ready to enjoy a sweet Saturday in the South End of Boston.

Make a Donation to Toys for Tots Today!

Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 and has continued to serve children every year since its inception. A program run by the U.S. Marine Corps, Toys for Tots mission every holiday season is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in their local communities.

This holiday season Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty will be supporting the Toys for Tots Foundation by collecting new gifts for those children in need!

If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped gift you may drop it off at any of our 8 office locations. Gifts may be dropped off up until Friday, December 11.

Unable to make it to the store? Follow this link and have all donations delivered to:
Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
ATTN: Toys for Tots
556 Tremont Street – Suite 1
Boston, MA 02118


Community News: Go Boston 2030 IDEA Roundtable

Tomorrow – Saturday, November 14th, Boston is holding another IDEA Roundtable in the community. If you haven’t already heard about it, Go Boston 2030, which is “an initiative to envision a bold transportation future for the city”, has been holding Idea Roundtables as a way to collect possible project and policy ideas from the community, therefore allowing for the public to contribute to planning for Boston’s transportation future.

The IDEA Roundtable is set up and designed to ultimately promote and cultivate dialogue and let people be heard. The City of Boston is then going to take the voice of the public along with data analysis to begin, and continue to develop actual framework reports with various goals and targets towards making transportation as a whole, better for everyone.

For November 14th, it will be held at 885 Washington Street at the Quincy School in Chinatown from 12pm-2:30pm and there will be childcare, refreshments and even interpretations in Spanish and Chinese. If you want to be a part of Boston’s future of transportation, whether for walking, transit, driving, or cycling, then let your ideas be heard at the next Idea Roundtable.

Click the link to RSVP. Go Boston 2030 Idea Roundtable