Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Great Weekend in Boston!

Saturday, Aaron and I went to Boston for the wedding of the son of friends from college. We decided to make a weekend of the event and had a great time! The wedding was for the son of Kathy and Eddie Maguire from Bucksport, Maine. Kathy roomed with another dear friend of mine, Ellie Magee, from Bangor (now from upstate New York). Kathy and Ellie lived next door to my best friend, Betsy Seavey and I in the dorms for about 2 years. We've been friends since, and have tried to get together about once a summer, but we haven't been together with spouses for at least 6 years. It was great catching up, and really getting a chance to reconnect. The wedding was at a church in Arlington, MA, with the reception at the Omni Parker House in Boston. Since we all decided to stay at the Parker House, we really got time to spend together. Here's a picture of the "girls", together again-I'm sure we haven't changed a bit since 1972!

The wedding reception at the Parker House was unbelievable--amazing food and service from white-gloved waiters and waitresses. The meal was 5 courses with wine for each course and an open bar from 6:30-2:00 AM (glad I wasn't picking up the tab!) After dinner and dessert there was dancing then about an hour later they announced the dessert bar was open! I've never seen so many wonderful desserts in one place! They even handed out homemade whoopie pies as each guest left for the way home! If anyone left there hungry I couldn't imagine how! As you may know, the Parker House chef's were the originators of both Parker House rolls and Boston Cream pie--as a new twist to the blog, I'm going to try to include a link at the bottom of this post to the recipe for both-both of which we had this weekend, in case you'd like to try them at home--keep your fingers crossed!

On Sunday we all attend the matinee of the 2006 Tony award winning musical, "Jersey Boys"! It is playing at the Shubert Theater until late September, and if you can find a way to get there, by all means go!!! It is the story of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It tell how these four blue-collar kids from the streets of New Jersey became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Some of the the 30+ songs included in the show are: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "My Eyes Adored You", "Dawn", "Stay", "Rag Doll", "Walk Like a Man", "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"---etc. etc. This list could go on and on but you get the idea--In my mind's eye I could see my sister, Cheryl, dancing around to many of these 45's when she was a teen--she loved all those groups! I saw an interview with the kid (he looks about 20 in real life) who is playing Frankie in Boston, and he said every night while performing he notices that about half way through the show the audience seems to forget that they are watching men portraying the 4 Seasons and seem to feel that they are actually attending a concert by the original Four Season--a credit to the believability of their transformation. An interesting side note is the "real" Frankie Valli is also playing a one night only concert in Boston in November--and by the way he's 75!! Time does fly, doesn't it?
To get the recipes, paste this link in your browser box, and you will see Boston Cream Pie and Parker House Rolls written in red--click either and it's recipe will come up!


  1. Shades of yesterday...the Parker House Roof lobby was the favorite meeting place of Bette and me & freinds.Grampa Smith took me there for lunch (we had ridden in with Dad, who had business in-town.) This was war-time, so dates were sketchy, but bette and I both loved talking to the G.I.'s from all over the country that were stationed there.Lots of memories.C'est La Guerre. Mom

  2. "Sherry...Sherry Baby...Sherry...Sherry Baby!" is now running through my head non-stop! I loved my 45's!!! Sounds like a great time, Nancy, and your dress for the wedding was beautiful (even though we can only see your head in this photo):-)
    p.s. Mom - love your French... bon travail!

  3. Glad you enjoyed ! Love, Joanne

  4. Sherry....Sherry Baby....reminds me of the summer at Wells with my cousin Sherry that all the boys loved!!!!!