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Summer Fun For Everyone

MIT Vacation Activities Abound

By Katherine Allen

Staff Writer

Finals are over, Commencement is upon us, and the sun has started beating down upon the brick and mortar of MIT. Many students have gone away for well-deserved vacations, but for those who remain, the question arises, “What is there to do around here during the summer?”

When work is through, Boston offers a smorgasbord of activities for the fun-seeking student. For example, the MIT boathouse offers “Learn to Sail” lessons Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. See < http://web.mit.edu/mit-sailing/www/LearntoSail/lessons.html> for more information.

There are also hundreds of beaches within range of a day-trip, including a few on the Blue line of the T. “Duck Tours,” a local land/sea tours service, also offer an interesting way to see get away from the Institute and see what Boston has to offer.

For those less enthralled with the water, there are many land-based activities around as well. <http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/ Trails/1171/> gives a decent listing of hiking trails in the Boston area. The MIT Outing Club organizes many trips to various locations for hiking, climbing, and river/sea kayaking, among other activities.

Many student groups have activities throughout the summer, which you can find by contacting the specific groups. Summer is a good time to try a new activity, something you might not have time to try out during the term. For example, the Assassins Guild runs Patrol, their weekly high-action combat game, every Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. throughout the summer (and during the term), and welcomes new players.

Many local theatre and musical groups, small and large, have summer shows or performances. The Musical Theatre Guild does a summer show each year, and has auditions coming up, which are open to all MIT community members.

There are hundreds of museums around Boston, some of which offer discounted days or times during the summer. The Science Museum is always free with an MIT ID, and the Childrens’ Museum is $1.00 from 5-9 p.m. on Fridays. The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is also free for MIT students.

Another interesting daytime activity is the Freedom Trail, a winding and well-marked path through the historical attractions of downtown Boston that takes most of an afternoon to walk.

To find MIT people planning day trips and other outdoor/summer activities, see the mailing list summer-fun. People post to the list to gather fellow students and get them away from Athena clusters and labs, and into Boston/Cambridge and the surrounding area post activities to summer-fun, ranging from museum trips to picnics on the Boston Common. To add yourself, email summer-fun-request@mit.edu or type blanche summer-fun -a username at the athena% prompt.