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Dump it in: 245th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party!

It’s the 245th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party! On December 16, 1773, a bunch of colonists who had it up to here with England, dumped some tea into Boston Harbor and started a revolution.

Help celebrate our freedom by watching re-enactors make history come to life. The fun begins at 6:30pm! 

The Annual Boston Tea Party reenactment consists of three parts:
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Starts with a fiery tea tax debate at the historic Old South Meeting House, the actual hall where Boston colonists/Patriots gathered to protest ‘ taxation without representation’
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. – A lively procession to Boston’s historic waterfront — Milk St. to Congress St. to Pearl St. — the same streets the Patriots marched down
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Ends with a reenactment of the Sons’ of Liberty destruction of actual tea from the East India Company (the SAME company, still in existence today in London, from which the tea came during the actual Boston Tea Party) into Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. This portion of the event is free and open to the public.

Some local business are celebrating the Boston Tea Party too:

BEST BURGER BAR (195 Washington, St., Brookline) – TEA ROSE – England Vodka, rose-scented black tea (chilled), lemon juice, simple syrup, rosewater – $13  BON ME (313 Congress St) – DEVILED TEA EGG – eggs soaked in black tea topped with homemade spicy mayo, cayenne pepper, scallions – $2.50 each

BLUE STATE COFFEE (Available at all locations in MA, CT & RI) – REVOLUTIONARY TEA – English Breakfast Tea and Blueberry Rooibos blend – $2.75

CITY TAP HOUSE (10 Boston Wharf Rd) – #WHAT’STHET? – Triple8 vodka, iced tea, citrus – $10

FLOUR BAKERY + CAFÉ (7 locations in Back Bay, Cambridge, Fort Point & South End) – MATCHA LATTE (with house-made raspberry syrup) $4.50 sm/$5 lrg

HARPOON BREWERY (306 Northern Ave) – Annual HARPOON BOSTON TEA PARTY ALE made with Souchong tea, a classic black tea from the Wuyi Mountains of China will be launched on December 5, 2018. This tea, provided by the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, is known for its very distinctive smoky aroma and is one of the five teas thrown into Boston’s historic waters during The Boston Tea Party.

THE MARLIAVE (10 Bosworth St) – THE BOSTON TEA PARTY – Lunazul Tequila, Earl Grey tea, ginger beer, lemon – $13  THE RESERVE (located in The Langham Hotel – 25 Franklin St) – G&TEA – Two-level glass teapot with hotel’s custom Reserve Gin, infused with The Langham’s loose-leaf Palm Court Tea served with lemon, honey, soda water – $30 (serves 2)

OAK LONG BAR + KITCHEN (located in the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel – 138 St James Ave) o REVOLUTION – Classic Cognac milk punch made with tangerine vanilla rooibos tea – $15 o SON OF LIBERTY – Cognac, orange sherbet tea syrup, Prosecco, lemon – $15 (available for brunch only – Saturdays & Sundays) – $15

PARISH CAFÉ (361 Boylston St) – FIG & TEA PARTY PB&J – Fig & chamomile tea chutney, pine nut butter, great hill blue cheese on a toasted baguette – $14.95
RUMBA (InterContinental Boston – 510 Atlantic Ave): o LIFE & LIBERTEA – Rum steeped with Earl Grey tea, honey syrup, muddled lemons -$14 o TEA ACT – Rum, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Mathilde Pêche, iced tea, muddled ginger, lemon – $14

SHOJO (9 Tyler St) – COLD TEA FOR TWO – Oolong tea-infused vodka, Pêche de Vigne liqueur, oolong tea syrup, lemon – $20 OFFERED FROM DEC. 1 – DEC. 16, 2018:

DURGIN-PARK RESTAURANT (340 N Market St) – DURGIN-PARK HEARTY TEA PARTY – 1 cup of clam chowder, Boston cut of Prime Rib, Indian Pudding – $40

CAPE ANN BREWERY (11 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA) – TEA PARTY BARLEY WINE, a craft beer made with 3 different styles of tea thrown into Boston’s historic waters during The Boston Tea Party – $6 (10oz) OFFERED FROM DEC. 14 – DEC. 16, 2018:

AVENUE ONE (Hyatt Regency Boston – 1 Avenue de Lafayette) – BRITISH BREAKFAST BUFFET – $27/person (available 6:30 -10:30 a.m. Friday/6:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday/Sunday) OFFERED THE EVENING OF DEC. 16, 2018:

L’ESPALIER (774 Boylston St) – TEA DINNER – Exclusive 5-course dinner paired with a selection of teas thrown overboard during The Boston Tea Party. Includes a Historic Colonial Tea Punch – $95/person OFFERED THE EVENING OF DEC. 16, – DEC. 22, 2018:

ARTBAR (Royal Sonesta Hotel – 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge) – THE BOSTON TEA PARTY – Teainfused gin, St. Germain, lemonade, iced tea – $13

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.