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Photo of the Week: May 29, 2013

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An ode to ponchos.

People have been proudly rocking ponchos for hundreds of years. Granted, it’s been pretty much a South American thing historically – until Disney World. But with New England weather being what it is, Boston is for sure no stranger to this versatile garment.

It doesn’t get much easier than a piece of fabric with a cut-out for your head and a hood. You can make them out of pretty much anything – the city’s many runners will attest to how a garbage bag poncho can keep you dry before a rainy race. And no matter how techy, Gore-Tex-amazing your rain jacket is, I’m guessing you can’t fit it in a clutch, right ladies? Not a problem with a brand-new poncho!

This past weekend, a stacked one with Memorial Day, Boston Calling, the Run to Remember, and “To Boston With Love” at the MFA, also passed on a side of nasty weather on the East Coast. We saw upstate New York get three feet of snow, and parts of Vermont get 13 inches. And, Bostonians felt their fair share of Mother Nature’s wrath too – case in point the folks in this photo, which inspired the reflection on the often underrated awesomeness of ponchos.

We know that the all-knowing weather people are predicting 90 plus temperatures for the next few days, but the next time it gets rainy out (maybe in the next five minutes), throw on a poncho and go frolick and puddle jump your face off.

Take photos and share so that we can show that not only is the poncho extremely functional and efficient attire, but fashionable as well! And we know how good Boston is at that, right GQ?

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Photo of the Week – May 22, 2013

Greetings from Allston Village

Asbury Park? Not quite. Our photo of the week comes from our very own Dan Fabrizio. Allston, contrary to some popular belief (or maybe the hope of its residents?) is NOT it’s own town. It was formerly part of Brighton (when it was a town) but it’s never been its own town. The name comes from painter Washington Allston, and his work “Fields West of Boston”.

Every week we select a photo from our We Love Beantown Flickr pool to highlight as the pic of the week – join and submit your favorites!

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Photo of the Week: May 15, 2013

Boston Marathon 2013

Where we were a month ago.

Literally – this photo was shot by We Love Beantown’s own Alex Dupnik.

And we were cheering on Beacon and Boylston streets, frolicking in the sun with our dogs, toasting friends in bars, watching the Red Sox at Fenway – and then.

Today, let’s look at and reflect on how things have changed, and, more importantly, how they haven’t.

Where we are now: Eating and shopping on Boylston street, running and frolicking in the sun, toasting friends in bars, watching the Sox and Bruins – and more.

Better yet, post your Boston Strong badassery on our Flickr page. Because this city rocks.

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Photo of the Week – May 8, 2013

Flower

Spring is here. It’s finally in the air. This excellent shot comes via Martha Jean and Jamaica Plain. The We Love Beantown Flickr Pool is ready to see what you’ve got for kick ass Boston photos, and May is the time to do it. It’s National Photography Month, and I’m already lining up some of my submissions. So do something awesome – submit your great Boston shots for both the APA and our Flickr pool, and you just might have your photos featured on multiple sites. Whether you have an expensive DSLR or just your iPhone/Android camera, show us what you’ve got!

Every week we select a photo from our We Love Beantown Flickr pool to highlight as the pic of the week – join and submit your favorites!

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Photo of the Week: May 1, 2013

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“Nearly everyone gets twitterpated in the springtime,” is what I thought the other day when I saw two squirrels flirting behind my apartment building.

And it’s true. The weather is nicer, the sun is out, people frolic outside more and get tan and, we’ll just say, antsy. I think it’s something about the flowers. Some sort of secret pollen-pheromone thing, right scientists? Or, it’s just gonna be May.

Before May Day was affiliated with the 8-hour workday, workers rights, and worldwide protests, it was traditionally a celebration of spring. Of the twitterpated ones.

According to the Encyclopædia (say it like Ted Mosby) Brittanica, rites were likely performed to “ensure fertility.” A May King and Queen were crowned, people danced around Maypoles (phallic?) and played an ancient form of ding-dong-ditch with baskets of pretty flowers. And the whole thing was so risqué that the Puritans banned its observance.

While we recognize the need for labor standards and fairness and economic justice, the original, pagan roots of this holiday seem to be more up Boston’s alley and mood right now after an emotional couple of weeks.

So grab some pretty flowers, put them on your neighbor’s doorstep and run (cough, take a photo of them to post on We Love Beantown’s Flickr page first, cough), gather some friends and dance merrily around a hightop table at a bar, and go talk to that person that’s got “your head in a whirl.” Happy May Day!