3.1 min readBy Published On: January 23rd, 2013Categories: Features0 Comments on 5 New Things to Try this Year

why not, right?

Say Cheese!  Stop by American Provisions and get schooled in cheese!  They’ll teach you everything from Limburger to Brie to Danish Bleu and what to serve with it.  You might even become a cheese expert and you can impress all your friends with your cheese knowledge. Stay tuned for details for an upcoming Caught in Southie special event.

Bring out your inner Martha Stewart.   Learn how to use that sewing machine collecting dust in your basement or knit that sweater you’ve been dreaming about.  The Stitch House(846 Dorchester Ave) is not only a fully stocked yarn shop, but it also offers classes for all the fiber arts including crochet, sewing, and quilting.  Anissa George and staff of expert instructors, are not only talented but they are patient and hands on.   For a full list of classes including Friday night socials visit www. http://www.stitchhousedorchester.com/

Micro-brewed craft beer is so 2012.  Craft spirits is the new black when it comes to local distilling.  Grand Ten Distilling is located right here in Southie (383 Dorchester Ave – right near Peter Welch’s Gym) and offers tours and tastes.  Tours normally run on Saturdays at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm or you can schedule a private tour during the week if that suits your schedule better.  ([email protected])  What’s being made?  For spirits, try Wire Works American Gin, Fire Puncher  Vodka, Medford Rum.  For liqueurs, enjoy Almandine – Almond Liqueur, Cranberry – Cranberry Liqueur and Angelica – Botanical Liqueur.   You can find Grand Ten products at the following Southie locations:

    –    Social Wines, South Boston
    –    Local 149, South Boston
    –    Bayview Liquors, South Boston
    –    Al’s Bottled Liquors, South Boston
    –    Telegraph Hill, South Boston

Kick ass!  Have you ever wished you that if ever you were approached in a dark alley, you could give the creep a flying round house to the chest?  The Ultimate Self Defense & Performance Center (416 West Broadway) will have you blocking, kicking and punching your way to your best physical condition, all while building up your self confidence and improving your self discipline .  Offering three forms of discipline including Karate, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for teens and adults, the programs are designed for all levels of fitness.   For a full schedule or for more information visit: http://ultimateselfdefense.perfectmind.com

Sip and Paint  Are you a closet Picasso? With paint brush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, let out your inner-Picasso as you are guided through a painting class by a local artist sharing their craft.  The Urban Art Bar (163 Old Colony Ave) is one of Southie’s newest and unique businesses that is sure to spark your creativity.
How it works:

    1.    Check out their calendar for a painting that piques your interest
    2.    Sign up either alone, with friends, or book a group party
    3.    On the night of the event show up in clothes that you don’t have a strong emotional attachment to
    4.    Grab a glass of wine or beer
    5.    Paint and RELAX!!!
    6.    Remember, on your night out EVERYONE is an artist!

Simple as that.  For more information visit: www.theurbanartbar.com