10 spring novelties at Brandeis and beyond
April 28, 2022
Spring has arrived here in Brandeis. With the return of nice warm weather to Brandeis, more and more events are taking advantage of the weather outside. Now, I don’t consider myself an “outside” person, but there are some pretty interesting events happening on and around campus that caught my eye – here are a few that caught my eye. seemed fun.
For those who don’t want to travel far to have fun, here are some really great campus activities.
Picnic with friends on the grounds of the chapels
On a nice sunny day, grab some food from Sherman’s and head to Chapels Field with a friend for a picnic. It’s perfect for spending a nice day relaxing and enjoying the warmer weather. It’s also a great opportunity to pull out all the stops, dress up with friends and take pictures to celebrate the end of the semester.
There are several group exercise classes offered each week in Gosman. Surely there is one that fits your schedule. A few I saw included barre, bike, zumba, and yoga. You can register for a class the day before online, but they also accept walk-ins if places are available. It’s a great opportunity to get moving after being stuck indoors all winter.
Explore your own backyard in Waltham
While there are so many fun happenings on campus, exploring Waltham can be a great way to learn about the great opportunities the area has to offer. Brandeis offers several shuttles to take you around Waltham daily from 7 a.m. to 2:45 a.m. Check their website for maps and information on daily schedules.
Charles River Reserve is located here in Waltham, and within walking distance of Brandeis (although on-site parking is also available for those who prefer to drive). Besides hiking, there are several other activities such as biking, canoeing, fishing, and a variety of educational programs offered by the Massachusetts Department of Parks and Recreation. It’s a great place to go with friends or even alone for a day out in nature.
The Waltham Public Library organizes several book clubs each month, as well as other events open to the public. There is a general book club held monthly on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. There is a sci-fi/fantasy book club held once a month on Mondays, as well as an “Initiating Inspiration” book club meeting every other month to discuss challenging, spiritually-inspired books and social justice. They also have a YouTube show featuring the Waltham Public Library librarians discussing the books they have enjoyed. recently. This is a great no-commitment opportunity to get off campus and enjoy the sights of Waltham.
Spend the day at Moody St (closed May 1)
Moody Street is officially closing vehicles again this year to encourage outdoor dining. This stop begins on May 1 and will continue until October. Although Moody Street is available year-round, it’s a great opportunity to hit up your favorite spots, or even try some new restaurants you’ve been eyeing! With the weather warming up, the perfect place to enjoy it (in my opinion) is Lizzy’s homemade ice cream. This is my favorite place to grab a snack and people watch on a lazy day.
Have adventures in the big city of Boston!
If you’re looking for more “big city” experiences, look no further than the plethora of opportunities for outdoor fun in Boston. Although there is a commuter train stop directly on campus leading to Boston, Brandeis also has a Boston/Cambridge shuttle that runs Thursday through Sunday most hours of the day.
Until June, the famous swan boats of Boston Commons will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you haven’t had a chance to ride the Swan Boats, it’s worth looking into. Tickets are only $4.50 per person and you get a nice panoramic view of the Commons on the water. Along with all the other great places in the area for food, entertainment, and more, this is a great addition to your next trip to Boston.
With a location right in Waltham on Moody Street, the Paddle Boston Company rents canoes and kayaks for you and your friends to paddle the Charles River. Rates vary depending on the type of boat and the number of people, but for a day charter for several people, it’s a very good deal between $20 and $30. The Charles River flows directly through Boston, and it’s such a fun opportunity to see Boston’s sights from a unique vantage point.
Shop window on Newbury St.
Although Newbury St. is famous for its plethora of shops and restaurants, you don’t have to break the bank to get there. Strolling on a nice day with friends down Newbury Street for a coffee and a chat is equally fun. There are so many new places to try great food and drink, you can go there every time and always find new opportunities to try something fun. My current favorite is Sourdough Bakerywho just opened a location on Newbury St. Their cookies are huge, absolutely delicious and well worth the trip.