Beginning in Boston

A Junior Enrichment Experience for North Carolina Teaching Fellows


Mark Canada

Updated 6/2/01
© Canada, 2001

The Last Word

June 1, 2001: Our trip to Boston is just a few days away.  I suspect that you are as excited as we are.  Over the past few days, we have been busy making final arrangements and updating this Web site.  Please read the material here, particularly the section on packing, as you prepare for our departure.  I have updated the site in several places, adding the address of the Amtrak station in Raleigh, information about parking at the station, suggestions for your free time on Friday evening, telephone numbers of your individual rooms, and a few other details.  If you have any questions before we leave, please call or e-mail me before noon Monday, June 4.  I'll see you all in a few days!

Mark Canada




Phone: 1-800-872-7245
Address: 320 W. Cabarrus (map)

June 5, 2001

5:25 a.m.: Leave Raleigh (Train 92)
11:09 a.m.: Arrive in D.C.
1:05 p.m.: Leave D.C. (Train 94)
8:36 p.m.: Arrive in Boston

June 10, 2001

6:30 a.m.: Leave Boston (Train 195)
5:10 p.m.: Arrive in Richmond
6:49 p.m.: Leave Richmond (Train 91)
10:34 p.m.: Arrive in Raleigh
We will travel by Amtrak from Raleigh to Boston and back. To board the train, you must be at the station at 5 a.m. on June 5, 2001. If you are late, I reserve the right to leave without you and keep your payment. The Amtrak station from which we will depart early on Tuesday is located at 320 W. Cabarrus, about 3/4 mile southwest of the Capitol on the western edge of downtown Raleigh.  I have included a link to a map in the box at the left in case you need help finding it.  If you need a free long-term parking pass at the Raleigh Amtrak station, please arrive early.  You will need to obtain the pass from the ticket agent at the station.

I realize that some of you are coming from places several hours away from Raleigh; you may want to make arrangements to spend Monday night with a friend or at a hotel in Raleigh so that you don't have to drive a long distance on Tuesday morning.  If you have a long way to drive to get home, you may want to make sleeping arrangements for Sunday night. 


Contact Person
Rick Buckingham
Assistant Director of SummerPrograms
150 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 305-1965
We will stay at a residence hall on the campus of Suffolk University, located in downtown Boston.  The rooms are air-conditioned and include a bed, a blanket, a pillow, a set of sheets, a pillowcase, and towels for each occupant.  You can find additional details, including the room telephone numbers, by visiting the roster.



Tuesday, June 5: Travel

5:25 a.m.: Leave Raleigh (Train 92)
11:30 a.m.: Lunch in D.C.
1:05 p.m.: Leave D.C. (Train 94)
Evening: Dinner on train
8:36 p.m.: Arrive in Boston

Wednesday, June 6: Back Bay

8 a.m.: Breakfast at Residence Hall
9 a.m.: Duck Tour of Boston
    Open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Confirmation: GL154388
    Subway: Copley Station
    Address: Prudential Center
    Telephone: 617.723.3825
Noon: Davio's
    Fare: Northern Italian
    Subway: Copley Station
    Address: 269 Newbury St.
    Telephone: 617.262.4810
2 p.m.: Boston Public Library
    Open: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Subway: Copley Station
    Address: 700 Boylston St.
    Telephone: 617.536.5400
4 p.m.: Museum of Fine Arts
    Open: 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
    Subway: Museum
    Address: 465 Huntington Ave.
    Telephone: 617.267.9300, 
6 p.m.: Museum Cafe
    Fare: Sandwiches, salads
    Open: All day
    Address: Museum of Fine Arts
    Telephone: 617.369.3474

Thursday, June 7: Freedom Trail

8 a.m.: Breakfast at Residence Hall
9 a.m.: Freedom Trail, Part 1
    Open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Address: 15 State St.
    Telephone: 617.242.5642
Noon: Lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
    Subway: State Street
    Address: Merchants Row
2 p.m.: Freedom Trail, Part 2
    Open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Telephone: 617.242.5642
6 p.m.: Picnic in Boston Common
    Fare: Sandwiches, salads, etc.
    Address: Beacon and Park streets

Friday, June 8: Boston Harbor

8 a.m.: Breakfast at Residence Hall
10 a.m.: Boston Tea Party Ship
    Open: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Subway: South Station
    Address: Congress Street Bridge
    Telephone: 617.338.1773
11:30 a.m.: Legal Seafood
    Open: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Subway: Aquarium
    Address: 255 State Street
    Telephone: 617.227.3115
1:45 p.m.: New England Aquarium
    Open: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Confirmation: 610058
    Subway: Aquarium
    Address: Central Wharf
    Telephone: 617.973.5206
7 p.m.: Boston Nighlife (optional)

Saturday, June 9: Cambridge

8 a.m.: Moving Experience (optional)
Noon: Black Heritage Trail
    Subway: Government Center
    Location: Starts at Robert Gould Shaw Memorial at the corner of Beacon and Park streets
    Telephone: 617.742.5415
3 p.m.: Free time in Cambridge
6 p.m.: Dinner

Sunday, June 10: Travel

6:30 a.m.: Leave Boston (Train 195)
Afternoon: Lunch on train
5:10 p.m.: Arrive in Richmond
6:49 p.m.: Leave Richmond (Train 91)
Evening: Dinner on train
10:34 p.m.: Arrive in Raleigh

A Historic Past and an Exciting Present

One of the oldest and most historic cities in the United States, Boston has a lot to offer adventurous people like us.  The downtown area, for example, is packed with sites associated with the American Revolution: Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, the sites of the Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre, and many other  sites.  The nation's oldest university, Harvard, is just across the Charles River in Cambridge.  The city's rich African American heritage, furthermore, lives on in the African Meeting House, as well as several other sites. Still thriving some 370 years after its founding, Boston also has a lot of excitement that is unrelated to history.  The New England Aquarium is here, for example, as are an important library, a huge art museum, and the famous Boston Common, a public park in the middle of the city.

As you can see in the schedule at the left, we will visit all of these sites and many more, as well as some interesting restaurants.  Many of these attractions and restaurants have Web sites, which you can visit by clicking on the links on the schedule.  Since you also will have some free time in Boston, you may want to visit, an outstanding Internet site that allows you to find detailed information about shows, attractions, and more.


We will travel by train, leaving Raleigh early on Tuesday and stopping for lunch at Washington's fabulous Union Station.  After you eat, you may have a little time to browse at the numerous shops in the station or just take in the building's magnificent architecture.  We will arrive in Boston on Tuesday evening and take a subway to Suffolk University, where we will be staying.


Our exploration of Boston begins on Wednesday, when we will take a tour of Boston and Boston Harbor on a World War II amphibious vehicle.  Boston is famous for its Italian food, and we will taste some of it when we eat lunch at Davio's that afternoon.  Our next stop is Boston Public Library, where we will see the architecturally significant Bates Hall, as well as paintings by John Singer Sargent.  We will end the day at the Museum of Fine Arts, which features 200 galleries filled with paintings by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre Auguste Renoir, James McNeill Whistler, and other painters, as well as sculpture, swords, and silks.  While we are there, we will have dinner in the museum cafe.


On this day, we will step back in time to take in Boston's rich Revolutionary War history.  In fact, we will step a lot as we traverse the Freedom Trail, which features some of the most famous historical spots in a very historical city.  Among other sites, we will stop at Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, Granary Burying Ground, and Faneuil Hall.  About midway through the trail, we will stop for lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  We will split up for a while, so you will be able to choose from more than 50 restaurants, including Durgin Park and Ye Olde Union Oyster House.  You also will have time to shop--and you'll need it.  The marketplace features vendors with pushcarts, as well as traditional stores selling clothes, housewares, sporting goods, and more.  Later, we will regroup for the second half of the Freedom Trail, which features Paul Revere's house, Old North Church, the Charlestown Navy Yard, the USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill.  We will wrap up this busy day with a leisurely picnic on Boston Common.


We will begin this day in the past and end it in the lively present.  For starters, we will visit the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, where we will see a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, as well as a replica of the ship on which it occurred.  After lunch at the nationally recognized Legal Seafood, family-owned and operated since 1920, we will visit the New England Aquarium, home to more than 500 species, including piranhas, penguins, eels, turtles, and sharks.

In the evening, you will be on your own.  If all the excitement has worn you out, you may stay in the residence hall.  If you are still thirsty for more, you may choose from a variety of activities.  My daughter and I plan to attend a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and my wife, Lisa, plans to attend one of the shows listed below.  We would welcome anyone who wishes to join us.  For your convenience, I have listed some possible entertainment options below.  You can find much more information about Boston at

  • Boston Red Sox v. Philadelphia Phillies, Fenway Park, 617.267.1700
  • Amen Corner, Huntington Theatre Company, 617.266.0800
  • Ragtime, Broadway in Boston, 617.880.2400
  • Saturday Night, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 617.437.7172
  • Swing, The Wang Center, 617.482.9393
  • Whatever you decide to do, please keep these things in mind:
    1. You will need to make all of your own arrangements in advance--before you leave North Carolina, if possible.  Please note that only single seats are available for the Red Sox game, so you may not be able to sit with someone you know.
    2. The cost of this evening is not included in the price of the trip. Make sure that you bring enough money to cover this optional entertainment.
    3. Boston is a big city.  I strongly advise you to go out with someone else in the group.  In any case, you should take great caution and should understand that I cannot be responsible for your safety during this time.


    I will begin our last day in Boston at 8 a.m. with something I call a moving experience--that is, an activity that combines history and exercise.  I have had these experiences at the Cumberland Gap, on the Appalachian Trail, and in downtown Philadelphia, and I am looking forward to adding downtown Boston to my collection.  If you can run 5 miles, I invite you to join me. 

    After brunch at our residence hall, we will explore the city's African American heritage on the Black Heritage Trail, which will take us by the African Meeting House, Smith Court Residences, Abiel Smith School, and other sites.  Later, we will take a subway over to Cambridge, where you will have some free time to stroll around the Harvard University campus, visit one of the art or science museums, or otherwise entertain yourself.  Coincidentally, the university's commencement is scheduled for that day, so be prepared for crowds.  We will end the day with dinner together, perhaps in Chinatown.


    We will get up early to catch our train back home.  After lunch and a stop in Richmond, we will have dinner in the train's dining car.



    General Baggage
    • comfortable clothes, including walking or running shoes
    • a sweat shirt or lightweight jacket
    • ball cap
    • rain gear (just in case)
    • comforts (snacks, tissues, reading material, Walkman)
    • toiletries and prescription medications
    • alarm clock
    • sunglasses
    • camera with your name and address on it
    • wristwatch
    • student I.D. and driver's license
    • money for souvenirs and incidentals
    In the space at the left, I have offered some suggestions for items to pack.  Because some attractions offer student discounts, make sure you have your student I.D. on you at all times.  You can plan to dress casually and comfortably for the entire trip.  We will be on the go!

    Amtrak allows two pieces of carry-on baggage, as well as three pieces of checked baggage.  If you plan to buy souvenirs, make sure you leave enough room in your bags to accommodate these items.  For additional details about baggage, visit the Amtrak's "Frequently Asked Questions: Baggage."

    The payment you made for this trip includes all of your meals.  When we eat together, I will pay the bill for the entire group.  For the rest of your meals--ones you eat on the train and when we split up, for example--I will give you $100 in cash.  You will want to carry at least some of this money on your person while we are out and about in Boston. 




    Deposit:$100 by March 15, 2001
    Balance : $400 by April 15, 2001

    Please mail checks to:

    Mark Canada
    English, Theatre, and Languages
    Dial Humanities Building
    University of North Carolinaat Pembroke
    Pembroke, NC 28352-1510

    The cost of this trip is $700 per person. Your North CarolinaTeaching Fellow scholarship covers $200 of this cost, so you need to come up with only $500. This sum covers travel to, around, and from Boston, as well as hotel accommodations, all of your meals, our expenses for accompanying you, and admission to all attractions on the itinerary, except for optional attractions you choose to attend during recreation time. To cover those optional excursions, as well as incidental expenses such as snacks or souvenirs, you should plan to bring some extra cash with you. 

    So that I can make our travel and hotel reservations, you will need to send me a deposit of $100 no later than March 15, 2001, and a check for the remaining $400 no later than April 15, 2001. Please make each check out to Mark Canada and mail it to the address at the left.