Haute Weekend Roundup in Boston

One of the biggest events in Boston happened over at Fenway this weekend. Home Base and The Red Sox Foundation honored 1,300 Vietnam Veterans and their families at Fenway Park in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. On Friday, The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., was on display outside Gate B, while on Saturday, the ballpark hosted a day-long “welcome home” to Vietnam veterans (the largest recognition ceremony of its kind in the United States). During Saturday’s ceremony, the Boston Police Gaelic Column played Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes as the veterans entered the field. The bugle call ‘Last Post’ was performed by the Boston Crusaders, followed by a performance of ‘Echo Taps.’ With Hanscom Air Force Base presenting the colors, the national anthem was performed by the Voices of Freedom and punctuated by a flyover of four F-15 jets flown from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, MA. Attendees included Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Army Major General Paul LaCamera, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Retired U.S. Army General Eric Ken Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff and retired U.S Army General George William Casey Jr., Retired Army Lieutenant General Joseph E. DeFrancisco, and Wounded Warriors Project CEO and Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael S. Linnington.

The event was held in conjunction with Home Base’s largest fundraiser, the 8th Annual Run to Home Base 9K / 5K charity race presented by New Balance where runners had a chance to run the bases at Fenway Park. Proceeds from the run benefited Home Base’s clinical care and support services to veterans, service members, and families.

On Friday night, Boston Symphony Orchestra presented “Tanglewood in the City,” on a giant screen in Boston Common, featuring Andris Nelsons conducting a program of Ravel, Adès, Haydn, and Mozart transmitted live from Tanglewood. The screen positioned at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets gave music lovers a taste of Tanglewood’s Berkshire location without having to leave the city.

Boston Symphony OrchestraPhoto Credit: Boston Symphony Orchestra

Loews Boston Hotel knows how to salute the “golden age of the cocktail.” They have just welcomed the first cross-country pop-up Traveller Bar that will be in Boston now through August 4 and visiting all 25 Loews properties over a two-year span. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the bar constructed from an old elevator car that features a zinc-topped bar, four leather bar stools, and an antique cash register, now is your chance. The pop-up bar is available Tuesday through Friday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. where you can sip on a Whiskey Cocktail, Fedora or a Gin Fix.

Loews Boston HotelPhoto Credit: Loews Boston Hotel

Over at Bistro du Midi, Executive Chef Josue Louis introduced a Midsummer Night’s Tasting menu this weekend that features a four-course menu (that can be paired up with wines). Dishes include chilled fennel bisque with olive shortbread and grapefruit; garbanzo ‘pyramid’ agnolotti with speck, wild mushrooms and poached egg and chicken roulade, turnip, charred field carrots, farro, lemon-thyme broth or red snapper with zucchini barigoule, fava in a saffron-coconut emulsion. Finish it all off with a sampling of chocolate ganache with cassis cremeux and lavender ice cream. Reservations are recommended. The tasting menu is available Monday through Saturday through the end of the month.

On Saturday, Equinox continued its Seaport Sweat fitness series with a Barre and Pilates masterclass mashup at Seaport Common (85 Pier 4 Boulevard). From 10 to 11 a.m., fitness fanatics had the chance to combine the principles of ballet-derived exercises with classic mat Pilates taught by Equinox instructors Jenn Phelan and Meagan Fitzgerald.  This is a great way to preview what’s to come as Equinox prepares to open Fall 2017 in the Seaport.