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  Saturday, February 28, 2015
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A Traditional Southie Weekend
By Rick Winterson

     By most standards, it is too soon to talk about the weekend after Labor Day.  Please consider this as an early warning or a preliminary heads-up, so that you can plan to be around on Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10.  A lot is happening.

     Here’s what’s up.  Because of event timing and road construction, the Neighborhood House “Ollie” Road Race will take place that weekend.  The flagship five-mile contest for adult runners will be held on Saturday morning, the 9th.  Its starting time is 10 a.m. at the Bank of America Pavilion; the race will conclude soon after 11, also at the Pavilion.

     There will be awards and festivities afterwards in front of the Pavilion, all of which will conclude between 1 and 2 p.m.

     The Ollie Race for young people will be on Sunday morning, the 10th.  This is a race that begins at the Neighborhood House Senior Center.  When it is over, the kids will celebrate their accomplishments at a carnival fair.  Note that the races are in reverse order this year – the five-mile Ollie for adults is on Saturday; the young peoples’ race is on Sunday.

     The Annual Street Festival, sponsored by the South Boston Chamber of Commerce, is also scheduled for Saturday, September 9.  It begins mid-morning, and lasts until 5 p.m.  It is too early to mention all of the arrangements, but the Broadway merchants and restaurants will be at their best.

     As usual, there’ll be non-stop entertainment – among the groups to be featured are “Orpheus Reborn” and “Slocum’s Whatever”.  Rides and activities for the kids will be everywhere.

     And there’s a tie-in to the Ollie Road Race.  The 2006 race route comes up L Street from the Pavilion, and then turns left on East Broadway and heads for Farragut Road.  Those who attend the Street Festival can go to L and Broadway (where the Festival ends) and have a great view of the runners halfway through the Ollie Race.  Those who take part in the Ollie can spend the afternoon at the Street Festival after the Race is over.  Either way, that’s not too shabby!

     On Sunday, families and their kids can go to the young peoples’ races at the Senior Center in the morning at 10 a.m.  Or you can go to the beaches and have a family cookout.  And the Sox are in town that weekend – a three-game series with Kansas City (just before heading out for seven away games – four with the Yankees).  Or you can channel surf between baseball and football.

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