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SoWa Sunday Carnival of Curiosities

This coming Sunday, October 26, in Boston is the last SoWa Sunday of 2014!

It also marks the annual tradition of The Carnival of Curiosities costume contest at 460 Harrison Avenue. Here are the details for The Carnival of Curiosities.

While you’re there, drop by my studio at 450 Harrison Avenue (studio 203)! I’d love to meet you. I’ll be there from 12:30-5:30 pm.


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Lola's Urban Vintage Truck

Lola’s Urban Vintage Truck

Local truck art has been catching my eye these days. Yesterday, just as the first SoWa Sunday of the 2013 was opening, I spotted several painted trucks in the Artisan’s Market lot.

Above is the roving Lola’s Urban Vintage store truck, whose motto is “Where Street Meets Chic.” Lola’s carries a collection of new vintage and handmade clothes, and many one of a kind pieces.


The Fashion Truck open for business at SoWa Sunday on May 5th

The Fashion Truck open for business at SoWa Sunday

The Fashion Truck is scheduled to be at a full roster of events during the month of May around Boston, South Yarmouth, Milton and Charlestown. Their mission, “Driving Style Forward,” appears to be working for this boutique on wheels with a curated mix of women’s clothing and accessories.

No story about truck art in Boston would be complete without a mention of the food truck scene that has grown fast and furious here in the last several years.

Cookie Monstah truck

Cookie Monstah truck

This past Sunday, “Boston’s Mobile Cookie Truck, ” otherwise known as the Cookie Monstah truck, was at SoWa Sunday bright and early.

Food trucks are taking the country by storm. Mobile Cuisine, an online resource for the mobile food community, has just started the 2013 Best Food Truck Graphic Design Contest, in search of the best custom designed food truck or food cart design. Elle Decor magazine published this food truck art slideshow with some examples from all around the United States.

As the 2013 outdoor season gets into full swing here in Boston, I’ll be on the lookout for great graphic design on wheels. Stay tuned.

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DSC02278Another season of SoWa Sundays begins! Sunday, May 5 marks the first day of this neighborhood staple that runs 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. through mid-fall. There is an outdoor artisans’ market, an outdoor farmers’ market, an indoor vintage market and delicious food truck meals in an open air shelter in the parking lot on Harrison Avenue between Gaslight restaurant and Randolph Street.

Some artists at the 450 Harrison Avenue studios will even open their doors to the public on Sundays. There’s a sandwich board sign just inside the building’s Thayer Street entrance that will tell you which artists are in that day.

Here’s a handy map of the South End’s SoWa (South of Washington Street) District.

A very cool event happening Sunday, May 19th is the SoWa Plant Swap. If you’ve got too much of something growing in your garden, you can take some of it there and trade it for something else. What a neighborly idea!


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The outdoor season for Boston’s SOWA Sundays is in its final weekend. Tomorrow (Sunday, October 30) is the last chance for 2011 to experience the open air magic at this fun, sprawling, dog-friendly site that hosts a farmer’s market, an artisan market, a vintage market (indoors), occasional live music, and a mouthwatering line-up of food trucks, amidst a collection of galleries, shops, and artists’ studios in Boston’s South End. SOWA stands for South of Washington Street, and these markets-within-a-market inhabit these spaces on Harrison Avenue, one block south of Washington Street:
The SOWA Farmers Market  – 500 Harrison Avenue
The SOWA Open Market – 460 Harrison Avenue (at the end of Thayer Street)
The SOWA Vintage Market  – Indoors at 460C Harrison Avenue

This casual and stylish neighborhood tradition, while still young, has grown immensely in the last couple of years. Its many offerings bring a bustling crowd to the Harrison Street area every Sunday for everything from herbs, honey, fresh produce, free range chickens, baked goods and smoked fish, to paintings, jewelry, baby clothes, home decor, stationery, refurbished furniture, antique typewriters, vintage shoes, miso-seared salmon wraps and foot-long chili dogs.

The rotating selection of food trucks has included BBQ Smith, Bon Me Foods, Boston Frosty, Boston Speed Dog, C-Cups Cupcakes & More, Clover, Eat, Go Fish, Grilled Cheese Nation, Grillos Pickles, Lefty’s Silver Cart, Lincoln Street Coffee, M&M Ribs, Rhode Illin Ice Cream, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Silk Road BBQ, Staff Meal, The Cupcakory, The Dining Car, The Froyo Truck, and Trolley Dogs.  

The Go Fish food truck, one of many tasty options available

After this weekend, I will miss this great excuse to get outside on Sundays and wander five minutes down my street to all the colors, creativity, energy, dogs, and delicious aromas. All the outdoor artists’ tents won’t be back again until May 2012.

Fortunately, the SOWA Farmer’s Market will continue through the winter beginning November 13, so fresh, locally grown produce can still be found in this neighborhood. The indoor SOWA Vintage Market will also remain open on Sundays after the SOWA outdoor season ends. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Sundays.

And on the first Friday night of every month, the SOWA First Fridays tradition continues, with SOWA Artists Guild artists opening their studio doors to the public for art, conversation and refreshments. Pay these talented folks a visit!

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