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Want to show that you actually care about what just happened in Boston? Make plans now to visit Beantown later this year

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It's been 36 hours or so now since those bombings happened at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. And a lot of us are feeling ... Well, kind of helpless. We wonder what we can do to show our support. Let the people of Boston know that we're solidly in their corner. That we genuinely care.

Well, after the 9/11 attacks, then-president George W Bush famously went on television to tell Americans that the very best way " ... to restore public confidence" was for " ... the traveling public (to) get onboard, do your business around the country, fly and enjoy America's great destination spots. Go down to Disney World in Florida, take your families and enjoy life the way we want it to be enjoyed."

So if you're really looking for a way to show your support for the people of Boston, later this Spring / early this Summer, book a flight to Beantown. Spend an afternoon shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Take the kids to visit the New England Aquarium. Or -- better yet -- take the elevator to the 50th floor of the Prudential Center. Where -- as you wander around the Skywalk and take in all of the breathtaking views -- you can then see for yourself what a beautiful city Boston truly is.

In other words, put your money where your mouth is. If you really feel like you should do something to help show your support for those battered but unbowed Bostonians, then come here. Don't allow these cowards who hid bombs in innocent-looking backpacks to make us all afraid to walk the streets of the Hub.

And if East Coast Disney fans need a little extra incentive in order to book that flight and/or drive on up to Beantown later this year ... Well, did you hear that the Norman Rockwell Museum (which is located in the western part of the Bay State. Stockbridge, MA to be exact) will be presenting "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic" from June 8th through October 27th?

This one-of-a-kind celebration of Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film just closed this past weekend at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. And once its 4 1/2 month run at the Rockwell wraps up ... Well, who knows when these 200 works of "Snow White" -related artwork  (some of which are on loan from private collectors. Who only agreed to allow these pieces of animation art to be publicly displayed for the length of this special exhibition) will ever be available for viewing again?

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So why not go for the twofer here? First fly into Logan International Airport. Go grab dinner in the North End (and while you're in the neighborhood, stroll by the Old North Church and see where church sexton Robert Newman & Captain John Pulling hung those two famous lanterns). Then -- after spending the night in one of Beantown's many fine hotels -- hop on the Mass Pike and drive on to the Western part of Massachusetts. Where you can then check out  "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic" exhibit at the Rockwell.

That way ... Well, you get to show  your support for the people of Boston AND you get to check out some genuine Disney animation  rarities. That sounds like a win-win to me.

But seriously, folks. The way to help Boston right now is not be afraid. Do what President Bush said back in late September of 2001. Go about your business as you normally would. And if you do have business to do in Boston, please don't put off that trip.

I mean, that's what Nancy and I intend to do later this month when we drive down to the city to catch a press screening of "Iron-Man 3." I'm not going to let some faceless fiend who thinks that it's fair game to make targets out of defenseless athletes, women & children prevent me from ever going back to Boston. I've loved this city ever since I was a little kid and my Mom first took me on the T to go visit my grandmother who lived at Fields Corner.

So if you've been to Beantown before ... Now would be a great time to schedule a return trip to this city for sometime later this Spring / early this Summer. And if you've never ever been to Boston ... If you really want to show that you actually care about what happened this past Monday afternoon on Boylston  Street, make plans to come here soon.

Trust me, folks. You'll be glad that you did.

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  • I live about 35 miles outside of Boston.  I'm busy through Saturday, but Sunday I and my wife are going to take a walk around Boston.  Walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway, grab something to eat at Quincy Market, walk through the Commons and the Public Garden.  Stroll down Commoonwealth Ave.  Maybe even walk across the Mass Ave. Bridge; looking back at Boston from the middle of the Charles River Basin on a good day is one of the best sights I know.  The weather's supposed to be nice.  And, right now, I can't imagine anything better than to spend this coming Sunday in Boston!

  • Hey Jim, my family (wife, daughter and I) are taking the week before labor day to come to New England and visit family and friends, and intend to spend 2-3 days in Boston. I am from Massachusetts (near Springfield) originally but now live way out in Buffalo, NY. However Beantown is still one of my favorite cities and can't wait to show it to my daughter.

  • As promised, my wife and I took a walk around Boston on Sunday.  In to South Station to the southern end of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Chinatown, along the Greenway to the northern end at the foot of the Zakim Bridge with a side trip to Quincy Market, through Christopher Columbus Park to the Harbor, along the Harbor Walk past the Acquarium and Rowe's Warf to the Moakley Bridge, over the Fort Point Channel to the Children's Museum, back across the Channel by the Tea Party Ship to South Station and home.  About as long as a circumnavigation of Epcot, and nearly as much fun.  Lots of people were out and about, enjoying a fine, clear spring day.  Quincy Market was humming with life.  The daffodils are in bloom, fiddlehead ferns are emerging and the tree buds are about to pop.  It's going to be a great summer in Boston!

  • You know, if it wasn't for the news, I might not have even known anything was happening and I live in the North End of Boston.   This is a resilient town!  Thanks for the news about Snow White!!

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