Thursday, September 29, 2011

Massachusetts Fun Facts

I'm running a neat little 5k race in Cambridge this weekend as part of their Oktoberfest celebration (costumes are encourages and oh I have my costume ready!). The girls and I are flying to Boston, doing a little Boston authors kind of tour, eating pizza in our room, and paying outrageous in-room movie pricing as part of this weekend jaunt. As with all our states, I like to throw in a sprinkle of education with "fun facts."

Boston is one of my favorite towns and I never tire of visiting there (love San Francisco as well!). So let's begin with some odd stuff that makes MA awesome:

1. Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
2. There is a house in Rockport built entirely of newspaper.
3. The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.
4. 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.
5. Glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard during the ice age.
6. The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
7. The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
8. The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie.

Yay 34 states! Massachusetts, here we come!


  1. Have a great trip to , as my college roommate who lives there calls it, Mass-ass- chusetts!!

  2. Oh so jealous of your fun weekend trip. Can you believe I have never been to Boston, except once when I landed in the airport there and then had to hop in a car and drive to New Hampshire, so that really doesn't count. Have a great time! And I enjoyed your fun facts...i like fun facts and things and stuff. :-) Are you not going to tell us what your costume will be?

  3. I am actually wearing a dirndl, which will double as an inappropriate Halloween outfit for later years (including my oldest daughter's college years). Best of all, there's beer and fresh, hot bavarian pretzels at the finish line. Score!