Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cheaps: Free ice cream, Orchard sk8 & Berryz

Hola Thursday, welcome to the latest Cheap Thrills column in the Boston Herald, why I pimp free ice cream, strawberry picking, Orchard skate shop's grand opening and even through those Rescue Nite kids some love. Awww, a new me. Evs.

Free Soft Serve Ice Cream at Bleacher Bar

Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., 82A Lansdowne St.; all ages, FREE
Nothing beats free ice cream, and even though temps are supposed to dip back to May-like normalcy over the weekend, the lure of free soft serve on Saturday from the fine folks at Bleacher Bar almost makes up for having to watch the Red Sox [team stats] play the Kansas City Royals later that night. These promotions certainly don’t happen when the Yankees come to town - maybe because we don’t want to share our treats with their fans - so let’s appreciate the gesture and all get one massive brain freeze. Swing by the Bleacher Bar window and grab yourself the most unexpected cone at Fenway since David awkwardly pitched for the hometown team back in 2001.
Info:, 617-262-2424

Orchard Skate Shop grand opening weekend

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 156 Harvard Ave., Allston, all-ages, FREE; and Sunday night at 9, Rescue Nite dance party at the Model Cafe (7 North Beacon St.), 21-plus, FREE
Allston has no shortage of skateboarders, from kids doing tricks on the rails of the Jackson Mann Community Center to skillfully dodging angry cars at the corner of Harvard and Commonwealth. But now they can take the decks indoors, as Orchard Skate Shop moves its hot spot from Mission Hill to the center of Allston Village on Harvard Avenue. Saturday’s grand opening features an art show by Orchard Skate Team member Jahmal Williams above the shop in its Extension Gallery and an open call to test the room’s new skate ramp (kids younger than 18 must have a parent sign a waiver). And because it is Memorial Day weekend and everyone loves a party, the Morrissey-loving kids at Rescue Nite bring the Orchard celebration to the Model on Sunday night, offering up a splendidly drunken mix of post-punk, indie and Pabst Blue Ribbon all for Allston’s newest neighbors.

Strawberry picking at Belkin Family Lookout Farm

Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 89 Pleasant St., South Natick; all ages, $8 general admission
The year was 1651 in New England. Massachusetts General Court ordered a 5 shilling fine for observing Christmas and, according to Wikipedia, new laws were passed forbidding poor people from adopting excessive styles of dress. And Belkin farm was established. This weekend one of the oldest working farms in the country kicks off another strawberry season with special picking for Memorial Day revelers looking to escape the city. If the heat gets too oppressive during the berry-picking sessions, there’s always the scenic train ride through the 180-acre farm’s orchards. There’s also a farm-themed children’s play area, face painting, live entertainment, a hay pyramid, burlap mazes and a moon bounce.
Info:, call the u-pick hot line at 508-653-0653

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