Boston Weekend in Review: A Summer Soiree, Bastille Celebration and Maritime Heritage Festival

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Boston was not remiss of things to do this weekend. From a summer soiree to a Bastille Day pre-celebration, here’s a look back at some of the weekend’s hautest happenings.

Boston Athenaeum
Boston Athenaeum

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On Saturday night, the Boston Athenaeum held its summer black tie soiree featuring historically inspired hors d’oeuvres and live music from the Age of Revolution. The Athenaeum was created in 1807 and serves as the country’s largest membership library. Proceeds from the event benefited the Friends of Hermione – Lafayette in America and the French Cultural Center.

Cunard
Cunard

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This weekend, Boston hosted a Maritime Heritage Weekend complete with Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 in port celebrating its 175th anniversary. (The captain of the cruise line also threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park against the Yankees). Other vessels in town were the French ship Hermione and the Portuguese Navy boat barque Sagres.

French Cultural Center
French Cultural Center

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The French Cultural Center got an early start on their Bastille Day celebration with a party on Friday night that transported guests to Paris complete with authentic food, drinks and music. The 40th anniversary block party has been a sold out event since the Back Bay location began hosting it. This year’s lineup included Paris Combo, a Parisian band that featured French pop, jazz, cabaret, gypsy, Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms and The Hot Sardines, a Franco-American performing jazz. More than 2,000 guests attended the event on Marlborough Street that was blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets.

Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts

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This weekend, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presented Pastoral to Pop: 20th-Century Britain on Paper, a survey of more than 50 British prints and drawings from the 20th century. On display were an 1890s drawing of Brittany by Post-Impressionist Robert Bevan and a 1999 etching by Lucian Freud. To hide from U-boats during World War I, the allies painted ships with this unique pattern to camouflage more than 2,000 ships. A highlight of the exhibition is a selection of color linocuts made by Grosvenor School artists Cyril Power, Sybil Andrews and Lill Tschudi.

Harvest
Harvest

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Hungry diners headed over to Harvest in Harvard Square last night for their first annual summer pig roast held on the restaurant’s new patio. The menu, which was created by Executive Chef Tyler Kinnett, featured a carving station with pulled pork sandwiches, garlic and cumin roasted porchetta and grilled pork sausage served alongside whole grain mustard fingerling potato salad. Desserts included an ice cream bar, cotton candy station and funnel cake bar.

Karma Crew Yacht Charters
Karma Crew Yacht Charters

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Last night, Karma Crew Yacht Charters hosted a two-hour sunset cruise aboard a 1948 vintage motor yacht. East Boston Oysters shucked fresh oysters and craft brews from Jacks Abby and Dogfish Head were on hand as the guests cruised by the USS Constitution for a cannon shot.

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