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      About Michael

      Executive Vice President of Gibson Sotheby's International Realty, Michael Carucci has been one of the most trusted names in the Boston real estate market for more than 30 years.

      Michael is one of Boston's highest producing agents and is consistently ranked in the top 1% in sales volume for the Greater Boston area. He is a recognized expert in the residential and commercial Boston real estate market and is regularly quoted in articles, appearing in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, and Banker & Tradesman. He is also a contributing editor for Boston Common Magazine...

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      Michael's Testimonials

      Michael is knowledgable, patient, and professional. If you’re considering a sale or purchase, I recommend Michael Carucci.

      Working with Michael is always a pleasure. Whether on a residential sale or purchase, or a larger multi-family or retail transaction, you know that your interests are being looked after by one of [...]

      Michael represented me on both the sale of my home and the purchase of a new one that better suited my family. Michael’s execution was flawless and I would highly recommend him for any of [...]

      Michael has an exceptional ability to uncover opportunities in an otherwise very competitive market. His follow through and execution make all the difference.

      Michael did a great job closing the deal for us per my specific requests. He is very responsive - he always picks up the phone when I call him. I highly recommend him.

      Michael Carucci's knowledge, advice, and guidance of the property market is extraordinary. Coupled with Michael's genuine concern for the welfare of the family in a stressful [...]

      "Michael is a star broker. By that, I mean he brings buyers and sellers together and makes deals happen. Both parties leave the closing table happy. He knows everybody and everybody knows him. [...]

      "What sets Michael apart from other brokers is his attitude that the job doesn't stop when the ink dries on the closing papers. He was a tremendous help when my family and [...]

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      Where to Watch the Boston Marathon

      The Boston Marathon is one of the oldest marathons in the country, dating back to the first one in 1897. Every year, the running of the Boston Marathon coincides with Patriots' Day, a civic holiday celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine commemorating the first battles of the Revolutionary War. The event draws in more than 1000 media personnel, over 500,000 spectators, and 8000 volunteers, making it one of the most popular marathons in the country. Aside from the traditional olive wreath made from leaves picked in Greece, the first-place winner receives $150,000, and additional amounts if he or she sets a course record. The Boston Marathon begins in Hopkinton and ends directly in Gibson Sotheby's back yard in the Back Bay of Boston, and so we know a thing or two about the best places along the route to enjoy the day. Here are Michael Carucci's five favorite places to watch the Boston Marathon:

      The Starting Line: The race begins in Hopkinton and so it's always exciting to see thousands upon thousands of runners lining up to start their run. Due to the sheer volume of runners, the event kicks off in waves. It takes approximately three hours for all of the runners to cross the starting line. The starting line is extremely crowded for the first two miles, so if you are seeking respite from all the people, move to mile six in Framingham where the people watchers thin out a bit.

      Framingham: The cool part about watching from Framingham is that the crowds are much lighter, and it's around mile six or seven where you will see the front runners separate from the crowd. Here's your chance to get a glimpse of the top few contenders who are running Boston to win.

      Wellesley College Scream Tunnel: About halfway through the race, Wellesley students form a half mile line of students and spectators who scream, wave signs, and cheer on the runners. They are so loud and the area is so densely packed with people that it is called the Wellesley College Scream Tunnel, although it's not really a tunnel. Along this strip, it's not unusual to see students offering free hugs, fresh beer, and lots of inspiration to the tired runners.

      Heartbreak Hill: Although it's not the highest point of the race, the big hill that sits at mile twenty is what many consider the most challenging part of the race. It's here where runners need the most encouragement and so spectators line the street motivating runners over the hump.

      The Finish Line: Located on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, this area is standing room only as people cross the finish line throughout the day. It's the best spot to show up and watch friends finish the race, but it's so crowded that many find a quiet place to reflect or grab a drink elsewhere further from the crowds.

       

      Carucci's Charitable Ties

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      With Valentine’s Day behind us we can talk openly about the presumable pressure this “loving” pastime perpetuates.   It has become a love/hate holiday throughout the world.   The superficial significance that it boasts, or rather burdens on romantic love is brutal to say the least.    Historically Saint Valentine’s Day is a cross between Robin Hood and Romeo and Juliet.  Saint Valentine of Rome would perform wedding ceremonies for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.  This led to his imprisonment and ultimately his death. The Saint Valentine traditions flourished over time and strengthened its association with courtly love.

      Next year commit to making Saint Valentine proud and devout more heart and less hallmark into this Saintly day.  Instead of over-the-top gifts of glam make a donation in the name of a loved one or plan on attending an event for a great cause.  Here are a few of Michael Carucci’s Top Charitable Ties:

      Music Drives Us: This 5013c  founded to provoke change through music.  The organization has been Rockin’ for over 10 years and raising over $1,000,000 at the helm of Ernie Boch Jr.  MDU works with organizations and individuals seeking positive change through music.   

       Lenny Zakim Foundation: Founded in 1995 by Lenny Zakim the organization empowers other grass roots organizations making positive social change.   The LZF helps build bridges to eliminate borders and build communities with the main focus being equality, growth and development. 

       Out of The Box:  You cannot mention Philanthropy in Boston without mentioning Ted Cutler.  His vision to bring “dancing in the streets” through Boston’s 8 Day Festival has been widely celebrated.   The Emerson Alumni is committed to changing Boston’s Performing Arts Culture.  Cutler helps to showcase talent through programs, performances and workshops.  

      Heading Home: Heading Home’s mission to end homelessness with permanent affordable housing along with a comprehensive framework that surpasses the home search such as, life skills, education, fiscal responsibility and trauma which has resulted in 90%+ of Heading Homes residents successfully still housed after a year. 

      We congratulate all who donate time and money to foundations/organizations such as above.   The ultimate luxury is realizing there are no limits.

       

       

       

      What Four Seasons Living Taught Me About Luxury Brands

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      Michael Carucci not only sells luxury real estate, he lives in it. He has lived at the prestigious Four Seasons Boston overlooking Boston Public Gardens for more than a decade and as such, he says that he has learned a great deal about luxury branding which he has brought to his own business as Executive Vice President of Gibson Sotheby's Real Estate. Michael is a lifelong learner who believes that life is a classroom and the people and interactions he has daily are all part of the lessons he is learning about being a better person, a wiser businessman, and leading the very best luxury real estate team, not just in Boston, but in the world. Here are three lessons Michael Carucci has garnered about building his own distinguished luxury brand from his decade long residence at Four Seasons Boston:

      The Difference Between Good and Great: Michael says that the difference between good brands and great brands comes down to client satisfaction, which is something Four Seasons has mastered impeccably. He says that what enables Four Seasons to consistently deliver a great experience is that they've taught their employees not just to satisfy the client but also to anticipate the client's needs in advance, and provide value even before the client knows he is seeking it. For example, Michael says that if he were to walk into the lobby of his Four Seasons Residences with a bundle of flowers, Jim at the front desk will ask how his day is going and will ask if he should send a vase up to the Carucci residence for the flowers. Jim will anticipate that a vase may be needed, even before Michael realizes he needs one. How this has translated to Michael's business is that he and his team at The Carucci Group have become meticulous about anticipating the needs of each client, even before they known they need anything. For example, with a recent estate closing in Brookline, Michael's team realized that the family would be arriving to their new home late in the evening, so he had his Carucci Group concierge team complete a full food shopping order, so that his clients would arrive home to a refrigerator full of food after a long night on the road. Michael says that excellence is his minimum standard, and that he's learned a great deal about distinctive client satisfaction from living at Four Seasons Boston.

      It's a Global Team: Recently, Michael vacationed at Four Seasons in Nevis. Knowing that he would be travelling, Four Seasons Boston reached out to Four Seasons Nevis to make sure that every detail of Michael's trip was taken care of well in advance of his departure. The Boston team and the Nevis team communicated before, during, and after Michael's trip to make sure everything was delivered as expected. Michael has vacationed at many Four Seasons resorts around the globe and, each time, his Four Seasons Boston team makes sure his experience is delightful. It is this high level of service and communication that helped make Sotheby's the only option for Michael when he was choosing an affiliation for his own real estate brand. Michael, a global real estate agent through his Sotheby's affiliation, helps his clients relocate and purchase luxury homes all around the globe. He has thus far helped clients with real estate needs in London, Turkey, Miami, Bimini, and Nevis, because of his Sotheby's global network. 

      Take Great Care of the Team: Michael says that one thing he appreciates most about Four Seasons Boston is that many of the team members have been there even longer than he has, which indicates that Four Seasons takes great care of their employees. He says that whether it be the doorman, the events coordinator, or housekeeping, many of the staff members have been with Four Seasons Boston since they first opened. This matters, says Michael, because humans are creatures of comfort and they will tend to keep coming back when they know that the experience they received yesterday will be the same, if not better, today, and so on. Michael has learned about being a better leader by living at Four Seasons. Now, instead of building a business in terms of "What's in it for me?" he builds his business from a foundation of "What's in it for the customer?" and "What's in it for the team?" and by doing so he promotes longevity with both his clients as well as the members of The Carucci Group team.

      If living at The Four Seasons Boston might be in your future, please contact Michael Carucci for a luxury market consultation. The Carucci Group currently has a premier two bedroom residence on the market at an exceptional value. As well, Michael is one of only a few ambassadors selling units at the distinguished and highly anticipated One Dalton, the new Four Seasons building in Boston. Whether your luxury real estate needs are local or global, The Carucci Group has got the expertise, the track record, and the team to make your luxury buying experience world class.

      Valentine's Day in the Hub

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      Love is in the air at The Carucci Group! We have fallen completely head over heels for these amazing Boston area luxury properties:

      The Charles Street Meeting House - $3.9M

      Brookline Estate - $3.9M

      Four Seasons Luxury Condo Boston - $2.9M

      Winchester Single Family - $1.5M

      But in all seriousness, if you are staying in Boston for Valentine's Day, The Carucci Group concierge team has got your back. Below you will find everything you need to pull off a one of a kind Valentine's Day experience. 

      When it comes to Valentine's Day in Boston, it's all about food, flowers, and chocolate, Oh My!

      Best Valentine's Day Restaurants: 

      There are hundreds of restaurants in and around Boston offering unique dining experiences. CLICK HERE for the entire list of Valentine's Day offerings. As always, if you need assistance making reservations, please do not hesitate to contact The Carucci Group and our luxury concierge team will take impeccable care of you. Here are a few Carucci Group favorites:

      L'Espalier: Book a seat at L'Espalier, where an eight-course prix fixe provides ample opportunity for you to show your companion you care. Elegantly executed plates including grilled duck breast with foie gras and oysters with caviar - can be paired with wines to truly impress your Valentine. Price: $200 per person, $290 per person with wine.

      Bistro du Midi: Let the team at Bistro du Midi make your Valentine's Day extra special. Chef Josue Louis is working on a four-course prix fixe, and you can have Sommelier Todd Lipman pair your wines. Price: $95 per person; $160 per person with wines

      Bar Boulad: The Mandarin Oriental's signature restaurant will be serving a three-course prix fixe (with optional wine pairing). Impress your loved one with one of the best meals in Boston. Price: $75 per person; $130 per person with optional wine pairings

      The Bee Hive: Take your honey to The Beehive. This South End spot has a buzz-worthy, three-course prix fixe and specialty drinks for enjoying with your main squeeze. Price: $69 per person

      Bristol Restaurant and Bar: Indulge your beloved at the Four Seasons' Bristol Restaurant & Bar. The Four Seasons team will be serving a specialty three-course holiday menu filled with decadence. Among the evening's delicacies: Kumamoto oysters on the half shell, Waygu beef carpaccio and plenty more. Price: $95 per person

      Scampo: The Lyons Group and aware winning Chef Lydia Shire raise the bar creating an "unriveled culinary" experience.   Scampos contemporary space boasts an open kitchen and stylish Italian designs.  Make this holiday memorable with Mediterranean masterpieces.  Price: $106 per person

      Strip by Strega: If you are looking for a sleek, sexy, sophisticated steakhouse than Strip by Strega is at the top of your list.  Head uptown for a unique upscale experience.  Enjoy the best of both worlds with Land/Ocean entrees Price: $148-$158 for two

      Bricco: Offering boutique Italian cuisine complimented by an award winning wine list.  Bricco's inviting warm atmosphere keeps locals coming back even in the late night hours serving until 2am.  Price: Entrees $22-$59 per person

      Boston's Best Chocolatiers:

      Phillips Candy House - Founded in 1925, Phillips Candy House is the oldest chocolatier in Boston, and has maintained a reputation for quality chocolate.

      Beacon Hill Chocolates - Beacon Hill Chocolates is best known for their unique keepsake boxes, inspired by rare lithographs, old postcards, photographs and illustrations, but the chocolate inside is just as decadent as the wrapping.

      LA Burdick Handmade Chocolates - Larry’s pursuit of fine cuisine and chocolate began in the late 1970s, when a passion for all things French led him to Paris and, shortly thereafter, Switzerland. During a visit to Bern in the mid-1980s, Larry discovered in a confiserie the heady aroma of pure chocolate and hand-made delicacies that propelled him to launch the company bearing his name today. 

      Teuscher Chocolates - Teuscher Chocolates was founded in the Swiss mountainside in 1932 and their signature creation, the Champagne Truffle, has been appreciated around the world for over 65 years. Despite the technology involved in today`s food manufacturing processes, their Champagne Truffle is still being crafted just as it always has been, using only the purest and highest quality ingredients such as Dom Perignon champagne.

      Boston's Best Florists:

      Winston Flowers - In a business built upon the ephemeral beauty of flowers, Winston Flowers has formed relationships that last a lifetime.

      Lotus Designs - Premium Full Service Florist committed to exceeding expectations.  Lotus Designs the local luxury choice

      The Luxe Life - How Celebrities Shop for Boston Homes

      Michael Carucci has been the go-to luxury agent for celebrities and luxury home buyers of all kinds for more than two decades. Whether it's recording artists, movie stars, or professional athletes, they all seek out The Carucci Group for expert luxury real estate representation for buying or selling their Boston homes. So, what do celebrity clientele look for when they need new digs? Here's how Michael Carucci's celebrity clients shop for homes:

      Location: While many luxury real estate buyers seek out expansive views or access to city amenities like restaurants, museums, and theaters, celebrity clients are a bit different. Celebrity clients seek respite from fans so that they can raise their families and enjoy the normalcy of life outside the public eye. It is for this reason that celebrities often seek out large estates with gated entrances and private back yards, or in the alternative, they opt for hotel living with a large selection of concierge amenities within the building like salons and spas, workout facilities, and full service life style support including cleaning, dry cleaning, and food services. Such celebrities often find themselves living in The Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton, The Mandarin, or The W.

      Expertise: Celebrities never go it alone when it comes to buying or selling a home. Typically they have a team of business advisers who intricately research the real estate market to find a luxury home expert who has a track record of discretion. They don’t want the public knowing that that they are on the market for a home, nor where they are potentially buying. The business advisers narrow down the search to luxury agents like Michael Carucci, who never disclose who their clients are without express approval. Another interesting phenomenon in working with celebrities is that they utilize their luxury agent as their surrogate in selecting the property. In other words, it is not unusual to have an initial meeting where their wants and needs are detailed into a written document. The real estate team then does the legwork of searching and selecting homes based on that criteria, then viewing the properties, thereby narrowing down the search to two or three properties from which the celebrity client will select one. This is why celebrity clients only work with luxury agents who have an intimate grasp on the entire real estate landscape.

      Not Adverse to Renting: Celebrity clients are different than other luxury buyers in that they are not adverse to renting an estate or hotel residence for 6 months to determine if they love the area and amenities before making a long term commitment. Furthermore, many celebrities only need a short term rental because they are filming a movie in Boston or because they are temporarily in town to take advantage of the abundant educational and medial opportunities within the city. For example, in 2015, Michael Carucci worked closely with a celebrity recording artist who needed to rent a luxury estate for her family while her husband was undergoing treatment at a Boston hospital. Mansions and estates are rarely listed for rent, and so Michael Carucci and his team tapped into their network of high net worth clients to find the perfect Brookline estate for this celebrity family.

      They Look Past Aesthetics: Sometimes even luxury homes have loud wall paper, gaudy chandeliers, and shag carpets. It’s not always easy to look past the current décor to see all the potential, however celebrity clients are extremely good at looking past aesthetics to see what could be. Due to the nomadic nature of their lives, most have design experts on their team, and so celebrities are accustomed to looking closely at the bones of the property to determine if they have something worth buying. Most celebrities don’t move in after closing, but rather long after their design team has repaired, remodeled, and re-designed the entire property.

      Market Savvy: Yes, they almost always have bulky bank accounts, but that doesn’t mean that they overpay or spend frivolously on their real estate. In fact, when it comes to being market savvy, celebrities are some of the most educated real estate buyers in the market. Since many do not live in their homes for longer than 3-5 years, they often take appreciation and cost of improvements into consideration when purchasing. Their business advisers work with the real estate consultant to determine market appreciation in the area coupled with the cost of getting the property to where they need it to be. For most celebrities, the goal is to sell in a few years without losing a dime.

       

       

      20 Must-Visit Museums In and Around Boston

      Art, science, culture, religion, medicine, literature, and history, Boston has museums for any and every interest one may have. If you are looking for a way to unwind while simultaneously immersing yourself in a city rich with history and education, enjoy this detailed list of Michael Carucci's top 20 favorite museums in and around Boston. 

      Museum of Fine Arts:  The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is the fourth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.

      Museum of Science: Features a revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows, plus more than 700 interactive permanent exhibits.

      Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Boston museum of international art founded by collector and philanthropist Isabella Stewart Gardner.

      Boston Children’s Museum: Boston Children's Museum is a children's museum in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to the education of children

      Institute of Contemporary Art: The Institute of Contemporary Art is an art museum and exhibition space founded in 1936 with a mission to exhibit contemporary art.

      John F. Kennedy Library and Museum: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and museum of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States

      The African Meeting House:  The African Meeting House houses the Museum of African American History, which is a museum "dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the colonial period through the 19th century," according to the Museum's website.[7] The African Meeting House is open to the public. This site is part of Boston African American National Historic Site.

      MIT Museum: Art, artifacts, drawings, photographs, and instruments documenting MIT's role in 19th- and 20th- century science and technology. Near Kendall Square.

      The Sports Museum of Boston: Located in the TD Garden in Boston. The museum's exhibits focus on the history of various sports in the Boston area. Photo gallery, and news.

      Old State House: The Old State House has stood as an emblem of liberty in Boston for over 300 years! ... Today, the Old State House engages visitors with a historic experience of Revolutionary Boston through guided tours, interactive activities, and exhibits.

      USS Constitution: USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. The ship is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.

      The West End Museum: The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End of Boston.

      Warren Anatomical Museum:The Warren Anatomical Museum, housed within Harvard Medical School's Countway Library of Medicine, was founded in 1847 by Harvard professor John Collins Warren,[1] whose personal collection comprised 160[2] unusual and instructive anatomical and pathological specimens which now form the nucleus of the museum's 15,000-item collection.

      Peabody Museum: Founded in 1866 by George Peabody, it is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology.

      Francis Russell Hart Nautical Museum:The Francis Russell Hart Nautical Collections. One of the largest collections of ship plans and drawings in the Northeast.

      Gibson House Museum: The Gibson House Museum is an historic house museum located at 137 Beacon Street in the Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts. It preserves the 1860 Victorian rowhouse occupied by three generations of the Gibson family.

      Paul Revere House: The Paul Revere House was the colonial home of American patriot Paul Revere during the time of the American Revolution.

      Mary Baker Eddy Library: The Mary Baker Eddy Library is a research library, museum, and repository for the papers of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science.

      Edward M. Kennedy Institute: The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.

      Harvard Art Museums: The Harvard Art Museums bring to light the intrinsic power of art and promote critical looking and thinking for students, faculty, and the public.

      Members Only - 8 Boston Based Private Social Clubs

      Michael Carucci's clients move to Boston from all around the world. As such, we work hard to help acclimate their families to the city in many different ways. One way in which our concierge team assists is in referring incoming families to some of the most elite private social clubs in the city. Such settings offer an opportunity for clients to unwind, create relationships, and network. Here are eight well established private social clubs in Boston.

      The Harvard Club of Boston
      The Back Bay Clubhouse at 374 Commonwealth Ave and The Downtown Clubhouse at One Federal Street

      This club was founded in 1908. It is open to Harvard alums, employees, and their relatives. As well, alums of Yale, MIT, and Fletcher School at Tufts, are offered membership opportunities through reciprocal club agreements.

      The College Club of Boston
      44 Commonwealth Ave.

      The College Club of Boston is the oldest women's college club in the United States. The Club’s Victorian brownstone is also host to a wide variety of events and is available for both member and non-member use. This property also serves as a historic eleven-room bed and breakfast in Boston’s Back Bay.

      University Club of Boston
      40 Trinity Place.

      Founded in 1891, The University Club is a social and athletic club offering fitness, squash, and aquatic facilities, in addition to the social club, business lounge, and dining facilities. 

      The Algonquin Club
      217 Commonwealth Ave.

      This club provides extensive social facilities for its members and guests to whom club privileges have been duly granted, in accordance with the House Rules. Members and their spouses frequently entertain their personal friends, civic, business, professional or committee associates and others by using these facilities for meetings, conferences, luncheons, cocktails, dinner parties, private lectures and entertainment dances and receptions.

      St. Botolph Club
      199 Commonwealth Ave.

      Founded in 1880, this Club continues to serve its founding purpose as a place for those with a love of the arts, sciences and humanities to gather and converse. The club’s foundation gives away approximately $75,000 a year in grants to young New England musicians, painters, poets, and writers.

      Union Club of Boston
      8 Park St.

      The Union Club of Boston was founded in 1863 to bolster support for the Union cause during the critical days of the American Civil War. Early members included prominent Bostonians whose impact is still felt today - Charles Frances Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Murray Forbes, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Josiah Quincy. The club continues to bring together men and women who are leaders in their businesses and professions in a downtown Boston setting steeped in tradition, yet fully contemporary.

      Somerset Club
      42 Beacon St.

      The stone wall with security ­detail out front underscores this club’s reputation as one of the more difficult to get into. In fact, the only way to become a member is through invitation or a connection to a current Somerset member.

      Club of Odd Volumes
      77 Mount Vernon St.

      Founded in 1887, The Club of Odd Volumes is a private social club and society of bibliophiles. The club has a substantial library of antiquarian books and an archive of letterpress printing. The collection, only accessible by club members, has about 2,200 titles

      Michael Carucci and his Holiday Must-See List

      Teddy Bear Tea at Four Seasons: As a resident of the Four Seasons, this is always a favorite. This event series includes a festive afternoon tea at the iconic Bristol Lounge, accompanied by a reading of a holiday children’s book by a Boston celebrity. Four Seasons Hotel Boston’s furry resident, Truffles the Bear, makes daily appearances to the delight of young guests. Teddy Bear Tea is a special community benefit initiative of Four Seasons Hotel Boston, teaching young guests the spirit of charity. Guests are invited to bring a teddy bear to donate at Teddy Bear Tea, with Four Seasons gifting all collected bears to local Boston organizations that benefit children in need. Each year, Four Seasons Hotel Boston collects over 5,000 bears for Boston area children, with over 100,000 bears collected to date. Reservations may be made beginning in September and the event tends to sell out. Visit the Four Seasons website to book tea with your favorite kiddos!

      Boston Common Tree Lighting: This year, the annual tree lighting is on Thursday, December 1st, from 5-8pm. Join The Skating Club of Boston at The Boston Common Frog Pond for a free figure skating ice show featuring national and international competitive figure skaters. Following the show, join Mayor Marty Walsh for The Boston Common Tree Lighting ceremony.

      Boston Ballet - The Nutcracker: Who doesn't love sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers during the holiday season? Bring the family for this amazing rendition of The Nutcracker. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, this program enthralls audiences of all ages and tends to be an annual tradition for many families. This program begins on November 25th and plays until December 31st. Tickets may be purchased from the Boston Ballet

      Blink!:  This is the state-of-the-art light & sound show that transforms every inch of America's first open marketplace - Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This magical light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston's skyline - to the song stylings of the Holiday Pops - in a seven-minute spectacle that runs continuously each evening beginning November 20th. Furthermore, you can participate in the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting on November 19th at 8pm. This is the FIRST tree lighting ceremony of the season. This holiday tree is the biggest tree in the Northeast, even bigger than the Rockefeller Center tree.

      Boston Pops Holiday Show: Join the Boston Pops in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. This show runs November 30th through December 31st and tickets may be purchased from Boston Symphony Orchestra

       

      Ernie Boch Jr. Making a Difference

      The Carucci Group was excited to learn recently that friend and client Ernie Boch Jr. purchased the naming rights to the Wang and Shubert theaters. For ten years, the naming rights of the theater belonged to Citigroup, but when the bank left the city it was clear that their support for these historic landmarks for the performing arts would be left without a partner. That is until Ernie Boch Jr. stepped up. The terms of the partnership have not been disclosed, but it’s estimated that this is a multi year partnership that will greatly benefit the Boston performing arts scene.

      In a recent Boston Magazine article, Boch said, “My family has a long history in celebrating all genres of music and a great respect for the power of the performing arts. The Wang and Shubert are magnificent theatres with great historical value but it’s the programs they provide to the community that are truly inspiring. We’re deeply vested in the cultural and artistic vibrancy of Boston and I’m thrilled be a part of such an important legacy.”

      Ernie Boch Jr. is known throughout Boston and New England for having continued his father’s legacy as an astute businessman, further growing the Boch and Subaru of New England automotive empires. More than that, he’s also known for being extremely generous philanthropically, especially when it comes to ensuring that music programs are protected within schools and communities. He founded Music Drives Us, which is a registered 501(c)(3), nonprofit supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. They seek out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.

      Michael Carucci said about the naming rights, “Boston is a world class city because of the diverse arts and culture, and we are lucky to have a visionary like Ernie Boch Jr. who is willing to invest in keeping performing arts programs thriving. Thanks to people like Ernie, we need not jet to NYC for a Broadway show because he’s used his name and generosity to anchor Broadway caliber performances right in our own back yard. Ernie has been a personal friend and client for a better part of my life and so I’ve seen first-hand how deeply he cares about making a difference. This city has gained much more than just naming rights to a theater, Boston has gained a true friend and advocate in Ernie Boch, Jr.”

      The Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theater, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education initiatives include the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

      Michael Carucci's 5 Favorite Sculptures and Memorials in the Public Garden

      As the foliage changes to rich hues of red, yellow, and orange, Boston Public Garden fills with spectators from all over the globe. It's hard not to become entranced by the abundance of beauty along the walking trails lined with manicured grasses, unique flora, and of course, the elegant swan boats drifting along the pond. Strategically placed throughout the Garden there are several sculptures and memorials, each one rich with exquisite artistic grace as well as historical significance. The Boston Public Garden has been akin to a front yard for Michael Carucci's Boylston Street home for more than a decade and as such, he has become acquainted with each piece of artwork. Here are Michael's 5 favorite sculptures and memorials all which may be found in the Garden:

      Ether Fountain: The historic sentiment of this fountain is that it's the oldest monument in the Garden, dating back to 1868. It was a gift from Boston resident Thomas Lee and it represents the anesthetic qualities of ether, first used in 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital. There are several symbolic representations on the monument including The Angel of Mercy as well as granite figures which represent the parable of the Good Samaritan.

      George Washington: The massive statue of George Washington sitting on a horse is Michael's second favorite statue and is also the second monument to arrive in the Garden. The artist was one Thomas Ball, a sculptor from Charlestown. It has been said that Ball worked on the plaster cast for this statue for more than four years, and that the piece could not be cast until after the Civil War because there was a shortage of bronze due to the war. The statue was unveiled on July 3, 1869. 

      Charles Sumner: Four more than 80 years there have been four bronze statues on granite pedestals facing Boylston Street. They are Charles Sumner, Wendell Phillips, Thomas Cass, and Tadeusz Kosciusko. Michael's favorite of these four is Charles Sumner not only because this statue overlooks the building he calls home but also because Sumner was a Boston based senator who was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts. 

      Ducklings: Children and adults alike are familiar with the duckling sculptures at the corner of Beacon and Charles. The sculptures are based on Robert McCloskey's 1941 bestselling book Make Way for Ducklings. There are nine sculptures all together, representing Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings as they march toward their final home which is the island in the middle of the Garden's lagoon. 

      9/11 Memorial: The newest memorial within the Garden is the 9/11 memorial which commemorates over 200 individuals with ties to Massachusetts who perished is the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The memorial is surrounded with benches, plants, and flowers in an effort to offer a peaceful setting for remembrance within a public setting.  A selection from a poem by local writer Lawrence Homer encourages us to find peace in this spot. “Time touches all more gently here,” he writes. The Garden of Remembrance, completed in 2004, was funded largely through private donations, as well as a $100,000 federal grant obtained through the efforts of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.