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What It’s Like to Be a Mover in Boston on September 1

It’s 5:56 a.m. on the first day of September. The sun has yet to rise, and dozens of brawny men clad in maroon t-shirts are […]

Arts & Entertainment

What It’s Like to Hang Nasturtiums at the Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays, but on this particular Tuesday, the place is a quiet flurry of activity. […]

Arts & Entertainment

What It’s Like to Be a Helicopter Tour Pilot

Jeff Hubbard thinks he watched Top Gun too many times growing up. That’s how he says he got into aviation. Now, Hubbard spends his days cruising around […]

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What It’s Like to Be the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Horticulturist

“I’m usually a behind-the-camera-type person,” Grace Coburn says. Barely tall enough to reach the top of the chrysanthemums she’s rotating, Coburn is the horticulturist at the […]

Home & Property

What It’s Like to Build Boston’s Doors

Breathtaking brownstones and brick beauties line many of Boston’s historic streets. Yet, the iconic double-leaf doors providing entrances to them are a marvel of their own. A surprising […]

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What It’s Like to Be a Sailmaker

Crack open a sailmaker’s toolbox and you’ll find a few key instruments needed to create a sail by hand. Fabric, scissors, and an industrial sewing machine are a few […]

Arts & Entertainment

What It’s Like to Be a Professional Sand Sculptor

The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival attracts masters from around the world to local shores. But for Deborah Barrett-Cutulle and Steve Topazio, the journey […]

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What It’s Like to Be the Greenway’s Play Coordinator

If Katherine Levesque feels like bringing huge bubble wands to the workplace, she will. When she gets there, she might build with some giant spongy blocks. And […]

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What It’s Like to Be a Conservator at the Boston Athenaeum

Dawn Walus picks up a hefty book. The cover is tattered and its binding has worn thin. The book, filled with rare atlases, dates back […]

Restaurants

What It’s Like to Be a Bartender in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day may be a lovely day to celebrate your Irish heritage, but it also conjures up a less savory image—a cavalcade of debauchery, […]

Home & Property

What It’s Like to Be a Florist on Valentine’s Day

In a temperature-controlled warehouse in the South End, hundreds of floral designers are crafting arrangements by the thousands right now. Emptying bucket after bucket of roses, the employees […]

Wellness

What It’s Like to Be a Standardized Patient

When Sarah Davis pretends she’s sick, she’s not avoiding her job—she’s doing it. For the last 16 years, Davis has been part of UMass Medical […]

Arts & Entertainment

What It’s Like to Be an Artist-in-Residence at the Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s artist-in-residence program, founded by director Anne Hawley in 1992 as a way of continuing its namesake’s tradition of supporting contemporary artists, comes […]

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What It’s Like to Be a Cranberry Farmer

Peak cranberry season in Massachusetts means harvest celebrations, bog tours, and an abundance of tart treats. But for Jeff LaFleur and other cranberry farmers in […]

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What It’s Like to Be a First Night Ice Sculptor

The first time Julian Chapelle got to contribute to an ice sculpture at Boston’s First Night festivities was in 2001, on a piece that was […]