Big Fireworks, Big Cars, Big Roses, Big Music and Big Change

July 4, 2007

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Now on your dashboard you can change your Renkoo skin, add another email address to your account, even add IM or SMS notifications. Also, you can now choose among our fun-loving Renkoo mascots for your buddy icon! The only real question is whether to get the shark, the polar bear… or the piggies!

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week… besides visiting Hotel 71, of course…

Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, is a natural place to celebrate Independence Day. Besides, they got the domain name so you know they’re up to something big. Take the kids to play in Frog Pond, then settle in with the gang on either side of the Charles and listen to the Boston Pops’ classic rendition of the 1812 Overture with cannons and ringing of church bells. The city is planning their most complicated fireworks show in history with more than 20,000 pounds of explosives from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Japan and China; not to mention the largest shells ever at 10 inches in diameter and the ability to climb 1,500 feet. If all that is not enough fun for you, they also have the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums and the last flyover for the Fighter Wing. Use Renkoo to arrange carpooling and you can add green to your red, white and blue celebration.

Goodbye Houston, Hello NOLA: the Essence Music Festival returns home this year to the Superdome. Started in 1995 to celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary, it celebrates African-American music, art, heritage and culture. For the music, the festival has an impressive lineup (yes they have Beyonce and Robin Thicke), as well as speakers such as Barack Obama for daytime empowerment seminars. If music and lectures aren’t enticing enough, head over to the Marketplace at the Convention Center and scoop up arts, crafts, food and clothing.

Vroom vroom! The Portland Historic Car Races starts today at Portland International Raceway and what makes it special is its “open paddock.” Here you are not only allowed, but encouraged, to get up close and personal with driver, crew and car. Porsche gets the honors as this year’s marque but there will also be original Trans-American series race cars there. All those hot rods and historic cars can make a spectator hungry and thirsty but there’s a food and wine chalet to save the day. Bonus: this event raises funds for a local children’s cancer organization.

Today is 7/7/07 and that means the start of Live Earth: the 24 hour concert on 7 continents to raise awareness about global warming. If you’re a U.S. ticket holder, take the message to heart and use public transit or carpool to Giants Stadium. If you don’t have tickets or television, never fear: iTunes is there for you with a playlist that includes one track from every performer for $72.27. And tomorrow, don’t let anyone hear you saying “I didn’t know there was such a thing as global warming.” Okay fine, if you’re one of the 17 folks in Antarctica and missed Nunatak’s performance because… umm… you were outside measuring the disintegration of an ice shelf — you don’t need Live Earth to know there are problems on our planet.

Rose Month ended June 24th but that’s no reason to miss out on New York Botanical Garden’s Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Renovated and now reopened, you will see more than 3,000 rose plants, including antique roses that are way older than you are. You don’t have to be a rosarian to enjoy the scene, either. Take a cue from Peter Kukielski (the official curator of the rose collection) when asked what his favorite rose is: “Whatever is blooming that day.”

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