Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring in the New Year In Downtown Lynn

For those of you who are looking for some fun in Downtown Lynn this New Year's Eve. There are the loft parties if you're in to that, but there are plenty of other ways to support the Downtown Lynn economy this NYE.

47 Central Ave

Cirque Soiree NYE Breakdown: Martha Wash (It's Raining Men, Everybody, Everybody, Strike It Up, Sweat! Everybody Dance Now) LIVE on stage!!!!!

Option #1: VIP Invite: Secure an invitation to be part of the Cirque Soiree for the ENTIRE evening. Start the party at 7:30 p.m., receive priority, unobstructed premier seating (It's your seat all night long), at least one bottle of champagne for your table, and a personal cocktail server at your call. You will enjoy Ravioli in Authentic Homemade Italian Marinara, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Succulent Roast Turkey, Baked Lobster Pie, Roast Potatoes, Green Bean Almandine, and a sweet tray at your table at midnight. There are still a few of these exclusive VIP invites available. Call Richie at 978-586-0551. 

Option #2: Martha Wash LIVE, NO COVER, Doors at 9:30 p.m. Champagne Toast at midnight CASH BAR. STANDING ROOM ONLY! See you at Cirque New Years Eve!

776 Washington Street
$10 Cover - DJ Frenchy, Free midnight buffet, Jello shots, drink specials, party hats and noise makers included.  781-598-5618

Northern Nights

649 The Lynnway

NYE Two Thousand & Twelve at Northern Nights.... 2 great deals, and something to fit everyone's budget

Package #1 $30.00 Includes a 4 course meal served with; Shrimp Cocktail, Ceasar Salad choice of Chicken Cordon Bleu or New York strip sirloin w/ Baked Potato or Rice Pilaf and Tarragon Butter Carrots, Dessert, and coffee or tea served between 7:30 and 8:30 This also includes party Favors buffet served at 11pm, Balloon drop with prize$ and champagne toast at midnight. Along with the Admission price to our New Year's Eve Party (a $10.00 Value)

Package #2 $10.00 Admission to New Years Eve Party only, starts at 9:30 till 1:00 and includes party favors and a buffet at 11pm, Balloon drop with prize$ and champagne toast at midnight.

Tatiana's  8PM-1AM
70 Market Street




IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: They will be open for breakfast on NYE to nurse those Hangovers! 

Sand Bar  
714 Washington Street
NYE !! Italian Buffet 7 - 9 PM; Supertonic Band 9 - 11 PM ; DJ Christie 11 - Close!! Toast at Midnight !

The Blue Ox

The Blue Ox is fully booked according to open table.

Turbine Wine Bar
I'm not sure if they will be open or not. I know they were last year, but they've been closed this week with no notice on the door, so I would call first if your plans are to head to Turbine for some delicious wine, beer and food.  781.780.7301

For beyond downtown, please visit for a very full calendar 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

More than a Party at Lynn Museum - Karaoke with local celebs!

For those of you who haven't pledged at least a small amount to the kickstarter campaign for More Than a Number, please do! An amazing group looking to produce a wonderful exhibit at our Downtown Lynn museum.   Here's another way you can help out! Attend this party!
More Than a Party: A benefit celebration to raise funds for More Than a Number
Friday, January 13th, 6-9 PM
Mark your calendars for a very special evening filled with good food, fun, dance, kickboxing and karaoke performances by “local celebrities”! This event is a fundraiser to benefit the More Than a Number exhibition and schedule of programs at the Lynn Museum. The exhibition is scheduled to open on February 1, 2012.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing Downtown Lynn Readers a Very Merry Christmas

Thanks for another great year. While the blog writing has slowed down a bit, it has only been replaced by more activity on the streets. I hope I have even less time to write as Arts After Hours builds more and more music, visual art, and theatre in the downtown in 2012 alongside Centerboard, Lynn Museum, and LynnArts. In 2011, Arts After Hours added a full-scale musical, a cabaret music series, a jazz series, and several new visual art events including Cuba: In Form, Lynn's Got Sole and our Bourbon Street event. This activity has and will continue to encourage more development and action on the part of landlords, residents, and City Hall. All I want for Christmas is for our 15,000 unique readers of to stop and think about how they can make a positive impact on the Downtown local economy next year. It can be as easy as attending an event, bringing 3 friends to a Downtown restaurant, taking a walk to discover a new area, writing a positive story and promoting it online. I want to thank a lot of you for already taking part in many of those activities. Together, we are building something larger than we can even understand right now.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanza!  (and everything else I'm missing)

Be healthy, safe, and support local in 2012!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Arts and Culture Holiday Social - Friday at 7PM

This Friday at 7PM, come down to Turbine Wine Bar and socialize with our friends, neighbors, and employees in the Arts and Cultural District. Many of our organizations are one or two employees so we don't have the crazy office parties to look forward to this year. Almost all of our organizations couldn't do what we do without YOU! Yes you, even reading this blog makes you a part of it all. Buying a ticket is even better but we'll take any interest we can get at this stage.

Come and meet some of the folks behind the arts movement Downtown or just have a nice glass of wine and a stuffed popover or twelve. Come down at 7PM on Friday. The band Harvey Mapcase featuring songs from their CD "Three on a Match" will begin at 9PM. Every single one of you is welcome! Hope to see everyone and if we don't, have a Happy Holiday!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 - A Year of Progress?

As we approach the end of the year, I like to pontificate a bit on what has worked, what hasn't and whether or not we've taken steps forward or steps backward in our development as a community. Before I lead the witness (my normal approach), I was wondering what you all think. Has Downtown taken a step forward this year?  What do you wish was happening that isn't?

Keep it constructive. For this post, I will delete anything that doesn't advance the conversation. Fair warning!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

C is for Jobs, That's Good Enough For Me! Wicked Tasty Cookie Sale

It's Christmas time... You know? That time of year you all pull out the cookie cutters and start melting chocolate to make goodies for your loved ones to enjoy for the entire season. Or, you are like some of us, and never quite have time with all the other hustle and bustle to get the cookies done.

Have no fear! Wicked Tasty is here.

I have had the priviledge of getting to know the crew at Wicked Tasty over the past year. They partnered on the Carolyn Cole event to produce a phenomenal pre-show spread for Arts After Hours patrons. They were instrumental is providing several summer jobs to our youth this year and just recently hosted the first pop-up dinner in Lynn, MA over at the JB Blood building.

Wicked Tasty is a shining example of Centerboard's innovation when it comes to skills and business. It's not just about counseling, budget coaching, and tax returns. They've taken a whole step further and formed this delicious startup. This Christmas Cookie sale is a way for us to support the fantastic work they are doing. Well, that and we don't have to pretend like we're going to get around to baking ourselves.

Here's how you do it.

They answer phone orders on Monday, Tueday, Thursday from 9-5, Wednesday 12-8, and Friday from 12-4 781-598-9417 or you can e-mail Caleb at at any time to place an order. The order form is available at this link, so read up, order up, and fill your tummies! Tis the season.


The Nutcracker at Lynn Auditorium


Friday, December 2, 2011

You Gonna Get the Led Out?

Led Zeppelin tribute band (which I have heard is fantastic) is coming to Lynn Auditorium on Friday night, December 2nd. There are still tickets available. Check it out!

Get The Led Out Live in Concert! from GTLO Productions on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

World Aids Day 2011

Tonight was a busy night in Downtown Lynn. While Holiday in the Square was kicking off in Central Square, World Aids Day 2011 human ribbon ceremony was going on in Lynn City Hall. I'm consistently impressed with Harry Schnur and the kids he works with in the KAYA group. Here are some pictures from tonight's event at City Hall. Had a flash mob, a human ribbon of glow sticks and a candle-light parade. Was a beautiful thing to see so many come together for such an important reason.

Check out the flash mob that broke out!!

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