SOUTH BOSTON — Some 600 swimsuit wearing souls took the annual Polar Plunge into the water off of M Street Beach in South Boston for the annual L Street Brownies New Year’s Day polar swim. It is one country’s oldest such charity plunges going on for more than 116 years. With air temperatures topping 50 degrees, the plungers faced a significantly different challenge than last year when the air temperature was just 1 degree above…

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SEAPORT — A couple hundred guests attended the 41st annual New England All Service Academy Holly Ball, which was held on December 30, 2018 at the Seaport Hotel, Boston. The Holly Ball is an evening for friends and family to gather and honor our cadets/midshipmen who attend the US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, and US Air Force Academy. Also, as tradition dictates, there will be a…

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BOSTON — More than 800 guests attended the 32nd annual Matzo Ball, which was held on Christmas Eve at Royale in Boston’s Theater District. A 2016 story in The Boston Globe about Matzo Ball founder Andy Rudnick says that he created the event because as a Jewish man he was tired of having no place to go on Christmas Eve. The article also states that more than 100 marriages have resulted from the event, which…

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BOSTON — 600 guests attended the Boston Children’s Museum’s annual Ugly Sweater Party, complete with contests, trivia, and other activities. The event is one of the few adult, 21+ only, gatherings held each year. Among the activities were the Ugly Sweater contest, Stump! trivia, a sock skating rink where guests can show off figure skating moves, or create a unique ornament, or play old-school board games — and get down to the holiday beats. They…

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BOSTON — A sold-out Symphony Hall joined Red Sox skipper Alex Cora, former Sox player and announcer Jerry Remy and others for “A Company Christmas at Pops,” the annual holiday gala that celebrates the extraordinary partnership between the corporate community and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, through the BSO’s Education and Community Engagement programs throughout the year. More than $1 million was raised. Broadway star Laura Osnes (“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Bandstand”) performed…

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