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Top 5 Family Activities for Fall in Greater Boston

Although the Boston Red Sox may have defeated the Detroit Tigers Sunday night (6 to 5) at Fenway Park, the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers much more than baseball.

Located near Boston Common, the Financial District, and Fort Point, The Fenway Alliance is sponsoring the 12th Annual “Opening Our Doors”, the largest, free celebration of cultures in the city. Today’s event includes music from the Boston Children’s Chorus and the Hot Tamale Brass Band, as well as free Amanda Oakleaf Cakes cupcakes. The Fenway Cultural District will be jumping with activities today, so check out the Columbus Day festivities!

Another free event is today’s “Fall Open House” at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. Hosted by Ameriprise Financial, the MFA is open from 10:00 A.M. until 4:45 P.M. Exhibits include the John Singer Sargent Watercolors, a Hispanic Heritage Month film, the Benin Kingdom Gallery, the Berklee College of Music “Hippie Chic” music program, and many more. Workshops in watercolor design and drawing techniques will also be held.

After soaking up some culture and art, how about a little exercise on the Boston Common? Noon is the start time for the 37th Annual Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women. A Health & Fitness Pavilion on Charles Street will be the site for an aerobic warm-up to loosen up muscles before the big race. Nearly 7,500 people are expected to attend. Children’s activities will also be provided. Contact 1-888-767-RACE, or go to www.tuftshealthplan.com.

The best reward for a big workout? A feast of good food! South Boston Farmers Market offers famished runners a refuel of seafood, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. The Cape Cod Fish Share will bring its best catch to the Market, in hopes of a quick sell. Boston Bounty Bucks benefits are offered at the Market. The South Boston Farmers Market is located at West Broadway Municipal Front Parking Lot.

Also at noon today is the unveiling of a new exhibit at The West End Museum, located at 150 Staniford Street in Boston. “The Parkman – Webster Murder Case” brings to life the George Parkman murder in Boston in 1849. John Webster stood trial for the murder of Parkman, but many people still question whether he was guilty of the crime. An estimated 60,000 Bostonians witnessed the trial firsthand at the Boston courthouse, as they were allowed to be present for only ten minutes each. Likened to the O.J. Simpson trial for its blood, wealth, and fame, the Webster Murder Case will captivate the crime-solving detective in all of us. Check out www.thewestendmuseum.org.

Unlike the aforementioned events today, tonight’s “Ghost & Gravestones Haunted Tours” is not free. However, it is fun! Costing $36 and running from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., the Tours will be held at 200 Atlantic Avenue on Boston’s North End, near Aquarium Station. Four-hundred-year-old cemeteries provide the backdrop for Halloween stories of grave robbers and deadly punishments. Please visit: www.ghostsandgravestones.com.

Speaking of Halloween, the holiday of candy and pumpkin pie is quickly approaching! Be sure to schedule a check-up at Back Bay Dental Care to make sure you’re teeth are in tip-top shape before the seasonal candy binge begins!

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