Articles Written By: Alana Ferrari

3 Quick Weekend Getaways



Baby Sox

Pawtucket, RI – one hour south by car

Seeing our beloved Red Sox at Fenway just isn’t always feasible due to high demand for tickets and the prices paid for them. So if you’d like to take in a game, consider traveling a short distance to see its AAA players (and the occasional on-the-mend big leaguer) scrumming to make it to The Show. Tickets to McCoy Stadium cost just $7 – which is LESS than the cost of a beer at Fenway! When you think about how many players are called up from AAA to play in the bigs, this deal looks even sweeter!


Seaside R & R

Kennebunkport, ME –A scenic hour north by car

The White Barn Inn is where you can find unforgettable lodging, fine dining and a spa – all in the most idyllic setting. Perfectly appointed rooms have roaring fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms. Enjoy the prix-fixe masterpiece at the Inn’s five-diamond restaurant. Just a short walk from the Inn is Kennebunk Beach and Dock Square, which boast a bounty of unique shops and local dining. But perhaps the biggest reason to visit the Inn is for one of its signature Spa Flower Hammam Rituals, a 90-minute skin detox inspired by Turkish and Moroccan bathhouse traditions.


For the Foodies

Portsmouth, NH – A quick 45 minutes by car

While both Boston and Portland, ME are known as foodie havens, the seaside town that sits between them can certainly hold its own when it comes to pleasing your palate. The Black Trumpet is a long time fave, doing seasonal foods, upscale. Cava is way fun with its tapas, wine bar and Spanish-inspired dancing. There’s the Gaslight for wood-fired pizza and The Friendly Toast for the best breakfast with the most character in town. While there are some big name hotels here, check-in to the Ale House Inn for some small town charm and big time comfort, especially if you’re a beer connoisseur.




Batch Yard Babes!!! Our very own resident, Pamela
Hodgkins is hosting a Girls Night in the clubroom, June
25th from 6-8pm!!!!

There will be wine, beer, snacks, treats and a few
vendors to shop from. Come to socialize or come to
shop, we’ll have a blast.

Feel free to bring your friends and/or your pups, the
more the merrier.

While you’re there, post a pic of the event and share on
Instagram with the hashtag #batchyardladiesnight and
you’ll be entered to win $50 gift card towards your
favorite product!

June 25, 2015 6:00pm-8:00pm

The Clubhouse

-The Batch Yard

5 Free Lectures at the Aquarium this Spring


A group of adults will rarely put the aquarium on their social calendar, but the New England Aquarium’s Spring Lectures will entice this demographic to come on in!

Apart from the African Penguins, California Sea Lions, Green Sea Turtles, Moon Jellys and Green Anacondas, Rainforest exhibits, Coral Reef Center, Marine Mammal Center and a Shark and Ray Touch Tank exhibits you’ve come to expect from the aquarium, there are also educational programs to whet your whistle.

Since 1972, the Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, and photographers. Although free and open to the public, registrations are required. All lectures take place at 7PM in the Aquarium’s IMAX Theater, unless otherwise noted, and each last approximately one hour.

Gather a group and check out the next five:

Wednesday, April 29
Celebrating Right Whales: The Trials and Triumphs of a Species on the Edge
“North Atlantic right whales, one of the most endangered large whale species in the world, remain precariously close to the edge of extinction with just over 500 individuals presumed to be alive today.”

Tuesday, May 5
Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock
*Book signing to follow
“Project Puffin is the inspiring story of how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast.”

Thursday, May 14
The Soul of an Octopus
*Book signing to follow
“After a 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about the sensitive sweet-natured giant Pacific octopus at the New England Aquarium went viral, Sy Montgomery knew she had her next book idea.”

Monday, May 18
Where Leatherback Sea Turtles Spend Summer Vacation (and Why Its Important)
“How leatherbacks’ summer activities allow them to acquire the energy they need to migrate and reproduce, and why all of this matters for marine conservation.”

Thursday, June 4
Ocean Stewardship Spotlight Lecture
Notes from the Field: Conditions & Trends in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay
“Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay are bordered by 50 communities, home to 1.7 million people, all of whom impact the Bays in one way or another.”