Thanks to Zoo New England, little patches of wilderness from Africa, South America, Australia, and other parts of the world now dot Massachusetts. The non-profit organization operates both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, each full of exotic creatures and their habitats. These microcosms represent an ideal world, one where endangered species thrive and fragile ecosystems last for generations to come.
At Franklin Park Zoo, tigers display their exotic stripes in the Tiger Tales exhibit where guests are educated on the perils these animals face in their natural habitats. Elsewhere, thousands of plants as well as mandrills, ocelots, and a pygmy hippopotamus turn the zoo into a tropical rainforest.
Stone Zoo, meanwhile, places simulations of the world's highlands next to Spot Pond. One area focuses on the Sierra Madre mountain range, which spans Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. The elevated habitat counts jaguars, coyotes, Gila monsters, and cougars among its denizens.
A portion of every admission goes to the organization's conservation efforts, which supports projects both locally and globally. For would-be zookeepers, Zoo New England hosts various adult and kids' educational programs, and lets volunteers help in the care of zoo plants and animals.
Join G-Team and donate $5 to help critically ill neighbors meet their nutritional needs with home delivered meals. If G-Team members raise $150, then Community Servings will be able to feed 30 of their clients for one day. A day of meals includes soup or salad for lunch; a full-portion dinner, such as beef stew or eggplant parmesan, with a vegetable side; yogurt, fruit, or cereal for a snack; dessert; and milk. Each additional $5 raised will provide another day's meals for one person.
Only a handful of years after graduating from art school, Michael Petringa was living an advertiser’s dream, acting as the head of the art department for a major corporation. However, Michael knew his true passion was painting. So, he gave up his job, sold his belongings, and set off for Italy. This courageous leap turned into a 15-year pilgrimage across Europe, where Michael learned and taught in art-rich locales in Florence, Munich, and England. As he traveled, he branched out from realism into styles such as abstraction, expressionism, and fingerpainting.
With his journey complete, Michael returned to the US and set up his own studio. In the ensuing 14 years, he’s shared his worldly knowledge with visiting students, all the while honing his craft in various mediums.
Jamie Kennedy is a veteran of comedy, known for a razor sharp wit that is best showcased in front of a live audience. If you’re not familiar with his stand-up, you probably know him from his appearances in numerous movies, like the Scream franchise, or his hilarious prank show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. He's depicted above looking tough in front of a fence and with some gloves on, and I think he might have been the killer in Scream, so you might want to be careful when your in close proximity to his aforementioned razor wit. Here's a clip of his standup.
Jazz has had many homes over the years. Born in the South, moving to New Orleans and Chicago, and a world traveler in its old age, the musical form brings to mind myriad influences. Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen is inspired by the storied musical form, from its lively cuisine to its song-filled atmosphere. Live jazz musicians coax classic strains and improvised notes from their instruments Tuesday through Sunday, drawing from every chapter of the genre’s varied history. Chefs riff on the bluesy style with a delectable menu of Southern eats, from crispy cheese grits with shrimp to fried chicken atop buttermilk waffles. The club’s vibrant lights and exposed-brick walls call to mind some of the most renowned jazz bars to be found in New Orleans or Chicago. To enhance this antique-nightclub atmosphere, bartenders whip up a lineup of craft cocktails while referring to their patrons as “hot chick” or “cool Felis catus.”