One of the largest conservation organizations in New England, Mass Audubon cares for 34,000 acres of natural land in a network of more than 50 wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Its members receive free admission to these pacific preserves, where, alongside more than 150 endangered or threatened native species, they can breathe in Mother Nature’s perfume or have a good cry on her mossy bosom. During bird-migration season, alert gazes can capture some 300 species of sky surfer at Allens Pond on the South Coast, and visitors to Lincoln’s Drumlin Farm can re-enact Charlotte's Web with a motley band of sheep, cows, goats, and pigs.
B&B Lounge presents a variety of pub fare and entrees in a relaxed and rustic atmosphere. Avoid setting DVRs to record award-winning food commercials by gazing firsthand at a diverse spread of appetizers such as fried ravioli in marinara sauce ($5.50), pickled eggs ($2 for three pieces), and onion rings ($4). Classic hamburgers ($6.50), french dips ($7), and philly cheesesteak sandwiches ($7) celebrate meat and bread's symbiotic relationship. Meanwhile, jumbo wings nest in celery and blue cheese ($6 for 8-piece; $8 for 12-piece; $10 for 15-piece) and Russian-style vareniki potato pierogis, served with salad and garlic bread ($9), can be shaped into your favorite letter of the Cyrillic alphabet.
Frogs aren’t exactly known for being fierce, but The Bone Frog Challenge’s namesake skeleton frog makes more sense when you know that it is the unofficial mascot of the Navy SEALs—the creators of the rigorous race. The mascot honors the SEALs’ predecessors: the Underwater Demolition Teams of World War II, who were dubbed “Frogmen” for their ability to work underwater.
The Bone Frog Challenge challenges everyday civilians to act like SEALs, with an emphasis on functional fitness. While the muddy, timed races measure up to 12 miles long, they require more than speed and endurance. The military-style obstacles force participants to draw on reservoirs of strength, agility, and creativity to scale walls, swing on ropes across trenches, and slither under netting through puddles of mud. Although the races champion hard work, they also focus on fun, welcoming competitors across the finish line with music-filled after-parties complete with spreads of food and beer.