Roundup of June 2020 Posts

So, now we slide into a summer that feels like no other summer before it.

Tours Without Tourists

Boston By Foot walking tours and Haunted Boston ghost tours usually ramp up in April and May with lots of private tours for students on field trips. The cruise ships start coming in during June and I would be off to the races, giving multiple tours every week on foot and in a bus. It would be tiring but satisfying, as I keep busy, lose weight and make money at the same time. This year, I stay home and feel like I’m missing something.

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Boston By Foot, Footloose on the Freedom Trail, June 2020 Posts, Sam AdamsTo make up for that, I have given several Zoom tours and have a private Boston By Foot tour coming up. In addition, I will be in Boston on the Fourth to talk about the Old Granary Burying Ground. Boston By Foot’s Zoom tour called “Footloose on the Freedom Trail,” sponsored by Sam Adams Beer.

Come on along, wherever you live: distance is no obstacle on Zoom. I’ll show you where the real Sam Adams is socially distancing. (He’s been there since 1803.)

No Hot Dogs, No Lobster Rolls

Usually I divide summer into segments: Memorial Day, Independence Day, the All-Star Break, and Labor Day.

Lobster Rolls, Red's Eats, Wiscasset, Maine, travel bugMemorial Day recedes in the rear-view mirror without the outings, cookouts, lobster rolls, and day trips that usually highlight the long weekend. The Fourth is coming up minus the annual Sudbury parade and the cookout at the First Parish of Sudbury that’s one of our major fundraisers for the year.

Baseball is still limping its way toward a truncated season that may actually get started before what used to be the All-Star Break—or not. By the time an umpire says, “Play Ball!” for the first time, only the sports writers may be watching.

Beaches open and then close again. Here in Massachusetts, we have added giant stinging jellyfish to coronavirus as reasons to avoid the beach. I’ll bet the great white sharks off Cape Cod are wondering where all the people went.

Roundup of June 2020 Posts

While we slip through this new version of summer, here’s a roundup of June 2020 posts to provide some summer diversion, food for thought, and inspiration.


Boston and History

Business and Technology


Health and Safety

Lifestyle and Culture



Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox. American League East

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About Aline Kaplan

Aline Kaplan is a published author, a blogger, and a tour guide in Boston. She formerly had a career as a high-tech marketing and communications director. Aline writes and edits The Next Phase Blog, a social commentary blog that appears multiple times a week at She has published over 1,000 posts on a variety of subjects, from Boston history to science fiction movies, astronomical events to art museums. Under the name Aline Boucher Kaplan, she has had two science fiction novels (Khyren and World Spirits) published by Baen Books. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published in the United States, Ireland, and Australia. Aline’s articles have also appeared on the Atlas Obscura website. She has been an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since 1988 and is a long-term member of the Spacecrafts science/fantasy writers’ group. As a tour guide, Aline leads architectural and historical walking tours of the city for Boston By Foot, ghost tours for Haunted Boston and historical bus tours of the city. She lectures on Boston history and has appeared in the Boston Globe, as well as on TV for Chronicle, an award-winning television program that broadcasts stories of New England. As a lecturer, Aline has spoken at Brandeis and Tufts universities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also addressed as service organizations and local meetings. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and lives in Hudson, MA.

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