My 4th of July Festivities and the Bob Dylan concert

19 Jul

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In the past few weeks, I had at least a few momentous events going on in my life. Summer is my favorite season and there is no shortage of activities to celebrate during this warm time of the year. I celebrated the 3rd and 4th of July in Marshfield at my beach house as a part of my annual tradition. I like to watch the fireworks go off near the beach on the night of the 3rd with many family and friends. I also got my chance to see the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan in concert at the Bank of Pavilion in Boston on July 14th. It was my first time witnessing Dylan in a concert venue and I felt very honored to go the show.

During the weekend of July 1st-4th, I headed down to my summer house in Marshfield to get ready for the big 4th of July festivities. On the morning of the 3rd, my older brother Brian and his fiance Amanda came down to Marshfield for the weekend, as well as my cousin Chris and several other relatives and friends. During that warm afternoon, we went down to the beach to socialize and go in the ocean and take long walks. On our walk, I encountered three beautiful mini labradoodles and their owner. The dogs are named Cocoa, Zoey, and Sailor. I learned from the owner that he has a son with autism and that the dogs are good for people for allergies. The owner has his breeding organization based in Plymouth. I have always wanted a dog, but have not able to get dogs of various breeds due to allergies to thick fur, saliva, and dander. I may look into getting a mini-labradoodle.

The evening of the 3rd began with catered Italian food from Mamma Mia’s in Marshfield. The cuisine featured such delicacies such as chicken parmesan, lasagna, and a broccoli-pasta combination. The desserts consisted of treats like a patriotic themed chocolate chip pie and cake. Then came the celebration of the fireworks. I watched the fireworks from the porch of my grandmother’s cottage just two blocks up from my house. I observed the fireworks with Brian, Amanda, Chris, Keith, my cousin Tim and his girlfriend Emily, and several other family members. The fireworks were very exciting and came in an assortment of various beautiful colors. I managed to some great photos of the fireworks in the distance. I concluded the evening by heading to a friend’s house to watch a house concert that was being performed by the Red Evans Band. They played many different covers of popular songs of the past few decades.

The next day, the 4th, started with really great and warm weather. At the beach, I got to see additional family members such as Aunt Karen and Uncle Dan, along with Cousin Sean and his wife Debbie, his brother Matt, and his sister Kaylene with her boyfriend Kent. It was fun to dive into the water on this warm summer day, as talking with friends and family about things going on in our lives. I stayed at the beach until a little bit after 6 and enjoyed some drinks with Brian, Amanda, Chris, Karen, and Dan. The food for the 4th consisted of traditional summer dishes, including clam chowder, burgers, and lobster rolls. After the supper ended in Marshfield, I then headed back to Billerica, and on my way home, I saw some even more great fireworks bursting driving through Boston.

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On the evening of July 14th, I headed into Boston to go see Bob Dylan at the Bank of Pavilion near Boston Harbor. I first went out to eat at Babbo Pizzeria with Brian, Amanda, Amanda’s parents Lisa and Jim, Amanda’s aunt Laura, and Laura’s son Willie. It was Willie’s 24th birthday and we had pizza and pasta for his birthday. I tried a delicious meatball pizza for supper, along with the pasta. After dinner, I headed over to the Bob Dylan concert with Lisa, while Laura, Willie, Jim, Amanda, and Brian went back to Brian and Amanda’s apartment for the time being.

The Bob Dylan concert opened with Mavis Staples. Mavis performed some of her hit songs for the warm-up. She got the crowd dancing and singing along to The Staples Singers’ signature song “I’ll Take You There.” After Mavis left the stage, the legend himself, Bob Dylan, showed up to the stage to perform his music. He wore a cowboy hat and played guitar, piano, and harmonica that night. Dylan played a mix of old and new songs, including “Things Have Changed”, which won him an Oscar for Best Song for the movie “Wonder Boys”, as well as “Tangled Up In Blue”, “Beyond Here Lies Nothing”, and towards the end, one of his best songs, “Blowin’ In The Wind.” For a life-long Dylan like me, it was great to hear him sing a wide variety of songs that he wrote during his long and industrious career. I hope to see more Dylan shows in the future, as well as checking out concerts from other music greats.

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Responses to “My 4th of July Festivities and the Bob Dylan concert”

  1. Adelaide Dupont July 20, 2016 at 6:18 am #

    Allergy friendly dogs are so few, Scott!

    Thank you again for sharing your sensory world and experiences.

  2. Sheila July 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm #

    Sounds like you are having a great summer!!

  3. Liane Carter July 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Scott, great descriptions and photos! it sounds like a wonderful summer so far. I hope you do get a mini-labradoodle one of these days.

  4. dan zanes July 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    hi scott!….thank you for sharing your july with all of us! now i know one more thing we have in common: a love for bob dylan!! you say you’re a life long fan, me too!! there’s really no one like him and i’m so glad you were able to hear him in concert with mavis staple (another one of my favorites!)……i hope the rest of your summer is just as musical!

  5. Don July 21, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi Scott
    Glad to hear that you are enjoying your summer. Maybe I’ll see you at Bob and Sheila’s sometime soon?
    Say hello to your family and enjoy your time in Marshfield.
    Best
    Don

  6. Thea July 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Hi Scott,

    It sounds like you a having a wonderful summer- July 4th celebrations with family and friends, a Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples concert and labradoodles! Thanks for sharing:)

    Happy Summer!

    Best,

    Thea

  7. Gyasi July 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi Scott,

    Sounds like you had a great 4th. I hope you continue to have a wonderful summer.

    Gyasi

  8. Gyasi July 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    Hi Scott,

    Sounds like you had a great 4th. Thanks for sharing.

    Gyasi

  9. Keith Asarkof July 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

    All those delicious sounding holiday meals….makes me wish I was part of the family!

    • Cathe Carpenter July 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

      What a wonderful summer. Especially envy your Dylan and friends evening. Hope rest of your summer brings you more memorable events with those your love.
      Cathe

  10. csav August 1, 2016 at 12:35 am #

    Did Bob ask you for an autograph? 🙂

    • slentine2010 August 1, 2016 at 12:37 am #

      I didn’t meet Bob. I don’t think he’s the type who likes to interact with fans.

  11. Jackie August 3, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Sounds like you’re having a great summer!

  12. Sherlie August 3, 2016 at 10:33 pm #

    I’m always happy to hear about your interesting activities…your July festivities and delicious food sounded like great fun! Hope you get that mini-labradoodle. Dogs are wonderful loving companions. I’ve had dogs all my life, Right now we have a Chihuahua! He thinks and acts like he is a German shepherd! LOL

    By the way, I sang background on Bob Dylan’s Gospel album as one of the “Bothers and Sisters” group. Bob is a close friend of one of my best friends. One evening I took Bob to my church for a mid-week meeting. None of the parishioners recognized him. At the end of the service, he volunteered to pray. His prayer was very heartfelt and surprised everyone because he was dressed in casual clothes, had long hair and they thought I had picked up a stranger and brought him to church. The next day, I told them who he was and they were astounded.

  13. Kim tucker August 8, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    Hi Scott! I haven’t seen Dylan. Though I’ve seen his son Jacob perform many times in The Wallflowers. I too was in Boston recently. Maybe we will meet again next year.

  14. marty panzer August 11, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    What a great experience! Congratulations! Marty

  15. vic Leone August 15, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi Scott, Bob Dylan thats great! Summer is my favorite as well. I will be going to Italy in September. Carolina has retired and is leaving ahead of me with her brother Nick. I will take up the slack at the pizza shop while he is gone. I hope your summer continues to be a memorable one. Drop by the shop with Brian and Anthony when you get a chance. It was great to hear all is going well for you. Regards Vic Leone

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