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April Fools' Day tour looks at truths, myths of Boston's history

Posted by guest  March 23, 2012 07:37 AM

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Interested in learning more about your hometown and having some fun at the same time? On April 1, the Day of the Fool, join Boston by Foot for its brand new quiz and tour event, "True Lies & False Facts: A Questionable Tour of Boston.'' Guides on the hour-long tour will tell some wild and amazing stories — some of which are true and other that are not. Your job will be to guess which is which. The answers will be revealed at the Bell in Hand Tavern, and those who guess the best will win a prize.

The tour starts at 2 p.m. at the Old North Church. No reservations are necessary. The cost is $20 for nonmembers and $5 for members of Boston by Foot. Cash bar and snacks will be provided at the end of the tour at the Bell in Hand Tavern. (Here’s a quick study question: The Bell in Hand was named for the occupation of its Colonial founder, Boston’s last town crier. True or false?)

This is the only time Boston By Foot tour guides will ever intentionally lie to you...unless, of course, they're telling the truth!

And if you want to learn more about the true stories behind the Hub, Boston by Foot opens up its annual lecture series and volunteer training program to all who want to increase their knowledge about the city. The first of five Saturday lectures is on April 7 at the brand-new building on Atlantic Wharf. This year’s program focuses on Boston’s architecture and the city’s world-class buildings and spaces. The cost is $35 a lecture or $95 for the entire series.

For more information, visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.

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