Boston Weekend in Review: Tom Brady; SoWa Open Market

New England Patriots arrive at Kentucky Derby

Photo Credit: Tom BradyAs we gear up today for the warmest day of the year here in Boston, here’s a look back at some of the weekend’s hottest happenings.

City News: The Rose Kennedy Greenway got a new addition yesterday. Local artist Janet Echelman designed a free flowing aerial sculpture that was installed yesterday. Over the next few days, they will be including LED lighting for a beautiful nightly illumination now through October. The grand opening will be held next Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

In other news, American Pharoah took the trophy at the Kentucky Derby and some of our winning Super Bowl players were in town to celebrate looking very dapper indeed. (Thank God for the Patriots because the Red Sox lost three straight games to the Yankees this weekend). Actors Ben Affleck and Mark Wahlberg were at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday for the Mayweather-Pacquiao along with Tom Brady, who jetted there after the Kentucky Derby, along with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Food: The 22nd annual Taste of the North End came to the DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink Friday night to showcase some of the area’s best restaurants. More than 35 restaurants participated this year, including Bricco, Neptune Oyster and Taranta. Proceeds from the evening benefited local North End non-profits.

We also hear Michael Schlow’s Via Matta is scheduled to close at the end of the month, but will reopen in the fall as Doretta Tavern. The former Italian space will transition to a Greek restaurant with a new look, but same ownership.

Art: The MassArt Spring Sale kicked off yesterday and runs through Saturday, May 9. Head over to the Tower Building at 621 Huntington Avenue to buy one-of-a-kind artwork created by MassArt students.

Shopping: Boston has some great shopping but it’s not where you might expect. Instead of heading over to Newbury Street, the SoWa Open Market officially reopened yesterday in the South End. Running now through October every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can buy everything from homemade pastas and fresh produce to artisan soaps and handmade jewelry. The South End open market is located at 460 Harrison Avenue. If you are hungry, be sure to stop by 540 Harrison Avenue where nearly 20 different food trucks are on hand serving up grilled cheese sandwiches and brick oven pizzas and even cupcakes.

Outdoors: If you are like us and prefer to spend every minute you can outdoors, it’s time to try something new. The Charles River Canoe and Kayak has reopened their four locations (Cambridge, Newton, Waltham, or Boston) that offer paddleboarding.