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What to do this weekend: July 13-15

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  July 11, 2012 12:02 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata, Milva DiDomizio, and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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WEEKEND

BEER UP Lovers of good brews will be glad to know about Drink Craft Beer’s first annual Summerfest: A Celebration of Farmhouse Ale. Sample more than 70 summer beers and ales from 25 New England craft brewers and nosh on fresh fruit popsicles, gourmet hot dogs, burgers, and chocolate. July 13, 6-9:30 p.m. July 14, 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. $45 per session. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.drinkcraftbeer.com/summerfest


FRIDAY

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE CRAZE They did Bollywood in June, now the Cambridge series invites you to the boogie wonderland that is disco. Jim Spellman teaches the Freak, the Patty Duke, the Grapevine and other dances to disco era hits. No partner or experience necessary. July 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $17. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1; www.ccae.org

CLAMBAKE XXVII Advance reservations are highly recommended for this popular annual event that benefits The Lloyd Center for the Environment’s research and education programs. Enjoy boiled lobster, dancing to Men in Black, an open bar, and a silent auction in a seaside setting. July 13, 6 p.m. Demarest Lloyd State Park, Dartmouth. 508-990-0505, ext. 10; www.lloydcenter.org

FISHING FRIDAYS This is what Mayor Menino says in the press release for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s fishing event: “Thanks to our annual trout and salmon stocking program with the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, there’s a good chance you could land a trophy.” Anglers of all ages are invited to try their luck. Bait and tackle supplied. July 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Jamaica Pond, Boston. 617-635-4505, www.cityofboston.gov/parks


SATURDAY

WOLF’S 19TH ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY A-GO-GO “Laissez les bons temps rouler” meets “Viva la France” at this annual event. Celebrate the storming of the Bastille at Precinct Bar with the music of New Orleans, plus a special set of Serge Gainsbourg tunes. Shaun Wolf Wortis & the Legendary Vudu Krewe will keep the crowd moving. July 14, 8 p.m., $10, 21+ Precinct Bar. 617-623-9211. http://precinctbar.com

WGBH ICE CREAM FUNFEST We know what our favorite thing at this event will be. Between the visits by Ruff Ruffman and Curious George, the interactive games, the music, and the zillion kinds of ice cream in one place, the kids may have a tougher time making the call. Performers include Mr. Steve of Stevesongs, Ben Rudnick, Flooky and the Beans, Toe Jam Puppet Band, Rick Goldin, and the Harney Academy of Irish Step Dancers. July 14, noon-6 p.m. $10, $5 ages 9 and under, $30 family four-pack. Outside the WGBH Studios, 1 Guest St., Brighton. www.wgbh.org/funfest

SUNDAY

THE BIG PARTY Do your best Jay Gatsby impression for this 1920s-style garden party at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square, where there will be specialty cocktails (and mocktails for those under 21), food, live music, and even croquet out on the patio. July 15, 1 p.m., $75. Eastern Standard. 617-532-9100. http://www.easternstandardboston.com

STEVE AOKI The celebrity DJ and Dim Mak Records founder must come from a talented gene pool: his dad is Japanese Olympic wrestler and Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, and his half-sister is “Sin City” actress Devon Aoki. July 15, 8 p.m., $30, 21+ The Ocean Club at Marina Bay. 617-689-0600. www.oceanclubatmarinabay.com

ROOTING FOR ROOT BEER Somerville not only gave us Marshmallow Fluff and Necco Wafers, it was also the home of Tower Root Beer. Celebrate the return of the company’s root beer recipe at a Tower Root Beer Dinner featuring a three-course meal with dishes and cocktails inspired by the sweet, fizzy beverage, including a spiked root beer float. July 15, 6 p.m. $28, $40 with cocktail pairings. Reservations required. Tryst, 689 Mass. Ave., Arlington. 781-641-2227, www.trystrestaurant.com

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

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