Here, There, and Everywhere

From free concerts to pet trackers

Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Michael Dwyer

Boston Landmarks Orchestra.


Fill your picnic basket, grab a blanket, and head to Boston’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade for free Wednesday concerts (7-9 p.m., July 17-Aug. 28). The series features the Boston Landmarks Orchestra performing diverse works from Brahms to Cole Porter to music inspired by Latin American song and dance. The final night will be a musical tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. As a special feature, the orchestra has commissioned an American Sign Language interpretation, the first time the entire speech is available in ASL. Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. 617-987-2000,


At the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves, located in the White Mountains, a three-quarter-mile boardwalk offers views of rock formations, caves, a 35-foot waterfall, and glimpses of the Lost River appearing and disappearing in narrow granite chasms. For something even more adventurous, sign up for the Lantern, a 90-minute guided tour that begins at dusk. Strap on a headlamp and hike the trail, exploring caves illuminated by lantern light, and finish the evening around a campfire with s’mores. Tours are by reservation only, on weekends through early September. Not recommended for children under 5. $27 per person. 603-745-8031,



Art invades the plazas of Lincoln Center when Out of Doors presents a three-week extravaganza of music, dance, and spoken word performances (July 24-Aug. 11). The schedule includes more than 100 events including 21 world premieres and debuts by celebrated artists Rubén Blades, Allen Toussaint, the Asphalt Orchestra, Mark Dendy Dance & Theater Projects, and more. KRONOS at 40, a festival-within-the-festival to celebrate the Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary, kicks off the first five days with a melting pot of music inspired by Chinese musical theater, popular Greek dance songs, Afrobeats, and more. Best of all? Every event is free. 212-875-5223,


Save the Redwoods League offers a guide for families planning a visit to redwood parks along the California coast. The first edition of “A Parent’s Guide to the Coast Redwoods” provides travel tips, activities, and inside information on seven kid-friendly parks including when to go, what types of park and lodging to choose, what to pack, and how to make the trip more entertaining and educational. Sign up online for e-mail from the Redwoods League, and download

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the guide for free. 415-362-2352,


Rabbi Barbara Aiello, a first-generation Italian-American who became Italy’s first female rabbi and founder of the first active synagogue in Calabria in over 500 years, is leading a Jewish heritage tour. “Southern Italy Through Jewish Eyes” focuses on lost and isolated Jewish communities in Italy’s deep south, and includes a visit to Ner Tamid del Sud, the first
active synagogue in Calabria since the Inquisition, as well as a symposium at Ferramonti concentration camp with survivors of World War II. Calabria
only (Oct. 1-6) $2,475 per person, plus airfare, double occupancy; add Sicily (Oct. 6-10) $5,395 for entire nine nights. Reserve by Aug. 1.  508-238-4088,

Wurkin Stiffs wallets.


Many modern credit cards incorporate RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification) that digitally transmit your personal information, putting your credit, bank, identity, and health cards at risk of theft by inexpensive wireless scanners. Now you can outsmart identity thieves as you travel by using these stylish wallets from Würkin Stiffs. Designed with a thin alloy matrix fused between embossed Italian calfskin leather, these wallets and passport holders block radio signals and keep your information


secure. $75-$95. 888-216-3973,


Keep Fido safe on your travels with the Tagg Tracker, a device that uses advanced GPS and wireless technology to track your pet’s location and activity from your computer or mobile device, 24 hours a day. The lightweight tracker attaches to your dog’s existing collar and can be worn at all times, even while swimming. Unlike a microchip, the tracker will alert you if your pet wanders off by sending you a text and e-mail. $99.95 includes three months of service. $7.95 per month continued service.  855-738-8244,


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