posted March 15, 2015 12:25 PM
My friends and I have a sort of tradition, though I don't know if that's really the proper word. Maybe it's habit or ritual or pattern. Anyway, I'm talking about how we always congregate monthly at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) for its "First Fridays" event, which happens on the evening of --you guessed it-- the first Friday of every month. We do this for many reasons. First of all, the MFA is beautiful, and it's a completely different experience seeing it lit up at night. It's also only about two blocks from the main campus, so the location is convenient. Additionally, we all get in for free with our Simmons student IDs. (This is also true at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which is literally right next door.)
Just to reiterate: We have an amazing museum nearby open late with plenty to explore and free admission. If those aren't enough reasons to go, the event also sells drinks for a reasonable price (rare in Boston) and has a tasty assortment of light snacks. On top of that, a deejay spins music, which people more inclined (or intoxicated) than I am to dance seem to enjoy. All of this serves as the backdrop for a night when my friends and I catch up and forget about pressing assignments.
So if you're ever in the neighborhood when the event is happening, feel free to join us. We're the slightly tipsy, nerdy, dressed down patrons huddled together walking room to room either in awe of the artwork or making snarky, elitist jokes about it (which incidentally is a great way to blow off steam).
A view of First Friday from the third floor of the MFA. Photo by Samantha Quiñon. All rights reserved 2015.