The First Weekend of Summer

It’s officially summer and boy did it start off on the right foot. This weekend, while many people left Boston, it was still full of lively and amazing events. 

On Saturday, I headed over to Cambridge’s historic Foundry building for “The Foundry Equation“, an art initiative and open house. Ilan Levy, an East Cambridge Resident, stated that “art plus community equals renewal- that’s The Foundry Equation. In this building lays an opportunity to unite Cambridge, Kendall Square and East Cambridge, industrial and residential, kids and adults, art and music, past and future.” Truer words could not be said.

Some of my favorite exhibits can be found below:

Here one could see mass produced objects transformed into handmade art. This artist used wooden pieces that could be walked on; she incorporated laminated flooring which made the pieces functional, but a work of art.

Next, this artist used baking flour as the foundation for her exhibit. You could see the precision, dedication, and patience that it took as she individually lined up tablespoons of flour for a fantastic piece. Depending on the angle which you stood at, you could get many takes on what the little hills were: little mountains, warriors lining for battle, fish gills.

Another space named “New American public art” really captivated the space. An interconnected piece of art got me thinking of the many connections and overlapping pieces of the puzzle that is life.

One of my favorite pieces was this print of a camera. In speaking with this fine chap, I found out that it was individual pictures of his 53 cameras that were layered to meld themselves into one final piece: his work, through all the cameras. What a beautiful picture and message.

After the art exhibit, I headed over to Voltage Coffee & Art for some needed cafecito. I checked in on Foursquare (a must these days – there are always specials!) and low and behold there was a 50% off your check for first time check-ins. WINNING.

One of the men working, Lee, was really helpful and fun! I wanted to try something different, so I asked for his recommendation. Since they make their own house syrups, he suggested the Beyond the Sea (homemade caramel & salt). I ordered it as a latte and I was pleasantly surprised. If you are more on the lactose intolerant side (I certainly am), I’d ask them to hold off a bit on the milk. It comes with alot.

A little selfie never hurt no one. (Look ma, no hands.)

On Sunday, I headed over to the Urban Grape in the South End for a pop up : Grilling with Rioja. This was absolutely amazing. They presented us with 5 different courses and paired it with a wine to complement it. You can get a brief glimpse to what it entailed below, but check back shortly for more information and the recipe to the sangria from the night!

What did you do this first summer weekend?

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