One week to go!

26 Nov

Hey folks,
We’re down to the wire now with only one week until next Wednesday, December 3rd. You probably already know that the doors open at 5:30 at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, which is located down on Boylston St near Arlington St and the Boston Common. You probably know that the $20 ticket you can buy at the door will get you a free drink from our Celebrity Bartenders, along with delicious food from Brian Poe and Uri Abragimovich. By now you’ve seen the Lotto Board and you know that $20 could net you $20 Million. And we’ve told you how we’ll have music from the Rollo Tomasi Quartet, lots of help from the Bella Life Models, beautiful festive decorations by Richard, and the fabulous staff at the Rattlesnake taking care of your eating and drinking needs.

What you may NOT know is what we have for items to bid on. Here are some of the items we’ll be packaging up for our Silent and Live Auctions:

Two nights and two days of GOLF at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg, NY (just up the road from Lake George in upstate NY).

Golf foursomes at Pinehills Golf Club, in Plymouth, Falmouth Country Club, Paul Harney Golf Club, in Falmouth, Norwood Country Club, and Shattuck Golf Club, in Jaffrey, NH.

Tickets to see White Christmas, the Urban Nutcracker, Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker, The Lyric Stage Company, Blue Man Group, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – the Musical, Laugh Boston, and Improv Asylum, and passes to the Duck Tours, Go Boston, and Lego Land.

We have tickets to the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, and tickets for Boston College Men’s Basketball and Hockey, along with various articles of sports memorabilia.

Most of our packages will include gift certificates to some of the finest restaurants and bars in the Greater Boston area, including Lucca, the Parish Cafe, Mistral, Top of the Hub, Mooo, Fire + Ice, the Tip Tap Room, Davio’s, PF Chang’s (Dedham), Bukowski Tavern, The Sevens, Estelle’sCheers, Woody’s on Hemenway, the Halfway Cafe, the Olive Garden, and, of course, the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill.

Speaking of the Rattlesnake, Chef Brian Poe is donating a cooking class with a menu and beer tasting at the Tip Tap Room for 10 people. Wayne Strattman is donating another tour of his glass art studio that includes making your own wine glass or Christmas ornament, followed with dinner at Estelle’s.  The Paper Source is donating a Card-Making workshop. Tony Caz is donating the Venom Room (upstairs at the Rattlesnake) for 95 people, including a credit toward food! Chef Uri Abragimovich is donating a “Chef’s Table at Home” for 6 people.  And the Blue Jeans Bar is donating a Private Shopping Event for 10 people.

We have a 2-night stay at the Port Inn in Portsmouth, NH, that includes discount books to the local shops and outlets, along with a gift certificate towards dinner at Jumpin Jay’s and a gift certificate towards Sunday Jazz at the Press Room.  And we have a 2-night stay at the Beachside Village Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, that includes gift certificates to the Oceanside Restaurant and the Aruba Beach Cafe.  (Airfare is NOT included, but it’s a good use of those frequent flyer miles!)

That’s quite a bit to start.  There are more items on the list (bikes, booze, Barleyhoppers!), but it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving here, so I’ll leave you with this for a taste.

Be sure to pencil in the event – NEXT WEDNESDAY, December 3rd, Rattlesnake Bar & Grill – see you there!

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“Cheers to Jimmy”

19 Nov

If you have ever attended one of our parties for the “Globe Santa Fund” at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, you most likely would have enjoyed the good fortune of meeting Jim Geary, THE official Globe Santa. His smiling face and rosy cheeks were not to be outdone by his rotund stature and jolly demeanor. We all thought that Jimmy was the perfect Santa.

Sadly, Jim Geary passed away this past August 18th of a sudden heart attack. His story of hard earned success is quite simple and straight forward. Back in the day, he was a Newspaper Boy, delivering the Boston Globe as he walked his paper route during all types of weather, while developing a strong work ethic. After graduating from Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, Jim went to work for the Globe and over the years, worked his way up the ladder to become Supervisor of the Globe’s Computer Division. During his tenure, he became a member of the Globe’s Quarter Century Club, an achievement he was quite proud of. After 50 years of dedicated service, Jim retired from the Globe to enjoy his well-earned golden years.

During his time at the newspaper, Jimmy became involved with the Globe Santa Fund. He chose to accept their offer of becoming the official Globe Santa, wearing the traditional Santa outfit, white beard and all…incredibly, a perfect fit. He was asked to travel around Greater Boston with the Globe Santa staff, making special appearances, talking to young children and taking time to be with the elderly. Although a seasonal opportunity to participate in a role he was cut out for, it was done on his free time. Yet, once retired, Jimmy continued his portrayal as the official Globe Santa, bouncing around the city for various events…including our annual party at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill on Boylston Street.

“Potsie,” everyone involved with our Globe Santa event at the Rattlesnake will miss your smiling face and jovial personality this December 3rd. When parents set out their Christmas Eve snack of warm cookies and hot chocolate, preparing for Santa’s visit with toys for the kids, we hope they take a moment to remember all you have done to help bring a bag full of happiness into the homes of Boston’s neediest families on Christmas morning.

“Slainte’ Jimmy…How Sweet it Was”

Almost two weeks until the big night!

17 Nov

Hey folks, we’re still gathering up donations and getting our ducks in a row for the upcoming 5th Annual Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree event, which will be just TWO WEEKS from this Wednesday, taking place on December 3rd. The gang at the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill, on Boylston St, are again our gracious and generous hosts, providing the delicious food and drink. As in years past, we will have the Rollo Tomasi Quartet providing the music, the Bella Life Models lending a hand, and Jim Wells calling the shots in the Live Auction. Speaking of, Jim has once again provided the Lotto Board! $20 for one chance and $50 for three, and you could end up with this board of lottery scratchies! Total possible prize money involved is $20 million. Have a look:

Lotto Board

Lotto Board


Just to get you thinking, we have several golf packages both local and regional, we have a stay in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a package in Portsmouth, NH, and Wayne Strattman has another tour of his studio with wine and dinner! We also have tickets to some of the local sporting events and the theater. So block off the evening of Wednesday, December 3rd, tell your friends, and keep an eye here and on our Facebook page for more details in the next couple of weeks!
Till then…stay warm!

Another meeting in the books…

4 Nov

So as I type, we are currently brainstorming and planning for our next event (Dec 3rd, BTW, at the Rattlesnake). Some of our generous donors have already sent us items and gift certificates. We already have a few golf foursomes in Falmouth, Plymouth and Warrensburg, NY (with an overnight in NY), a couple of 2-night stays in Ft. Lauderdale, a package from the Red Sox including tickets and dinner, and another tour with wine and dinner at Wayne Strattman’s Studio, in Waltham (see my last blog for details on that awesome night). Hey, I just learned we may have some Boston Barleyhopper swag in the auction, too! All you folks who go back to the Good Ol’ Days will be interested in that! OK, stay tuned for more updates as we go…and bookmark the date – December 3rd at the Rattlesnake!
As always, if you’d like to volunteer or donate, please email us at spiritedbostonians@gmail.com. Cheerio!

The High Bidder was a Big Winner

24 Oct

At any given charity auction, one really never knows what the actual items are truly all about. The bidding sometimes develops into a rip-roaring frenzy among bidders and shy of any name calling, folks lose track of what the hell they’re actually bidding on. Our Globe Santa Auction at The Rattlesnake Bar and Grill is no different than any other, except to say that we are constantly trying to make all our items and packages a little bit different or special. Let’s say, for instance, we have a pair of Bruins tickets for a game at the Garden. Perhaps you never have gone to a professional hockey game or maybe never sat in the high-priced seats…so now there’s a bit of excitement and curious energy going on under one’s cap. Adding to the mix of your wonderment, we toss in a gift certificate to a local and extremely popular restaurant. So you’ve never darkened their doorway or checked out their menu? This leaves you guessing about your pre-game meal…what should I order? Should I invite a date who likes good food and rock-‘em sock-‘em hockey? Is there a dress code? So many questions…

This exact scenario took place after our 2013 Auction. There was an item donated by one of our esteemed committee members, Wayne Strattman, that was not only sensational, but an enjoyable learning experience for the small group who attended. Mr. Strattman is a very well known glass artist and travels around the world displaying his works. One of his pieces was recently awarded the top prize at a show in New York. If you’re interested in purchasing the piece for your home or office it will cost you a mere $125,000. But the item that people bid on was a tour of his studio at Boston’s old Piano Factory. Mr. Strattman, a quiet, unassuming gentleman who was quite the runner in his time, was a gracious host, providing an array of select cheeses and wines that were served in glasses that he created in his studio.

The couple who were the high bidders included my very attractive cousin, Sue Cappadonna and her charming husband, Tom. They brought their good friends, Joe and Cristina Piscatello, a fun couple who rounded out the party of four per the guideline of the auction item. Both Mr. Strattman and the Cappadonnas invited my wife Marcia and I as their guests (add-on’s). Once we all had a glass of the grape in our hands, we were given a complete tour by Wayne (I’ll cease with the name formalities at this point). The place looked like Dr. Frankenstein’s workshop, with big glass objects throwing streams of electricity from one to the other. There were pieces of neon art that were spaced around the studio and threw off an abundance of vibrant colors of light.
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Following a demonstration of glass making at his bench, Wayne gave the ladies an opportunity to show their talents at making their own wine glasses. With a small degree of coaching, he was actually quite surprised how quickly they mastered the hand/eye coordination using the wheel and propane torch.
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I thought about purchasing one of the electro glass balls that had lightning bolts shooting within the sphere, and place it in my window for the world to see. My neighbors would most likely refer to me as Professor Von Doyle. I’ve been called worse.

As the tour came to an end, our party of seven departed the cozy confines of Wayne’s studio, and strolled across the street to Estelle’s Restaurant and Bar, fighting off the freezing winter chill. Dinner at this comfortable little eatery was included as part of the auction package. The two gals removed their new, handmade glasses from their bags and filled them with their wine of choice. Conversation reigned supreme at our table and the southern style food was wicked awesome. Each of our group agreed that Wayne Strattman’s Studio auction item proved to be nothing less than excellent and something worth re-visiting down the road.

If you’re really looking to bid on a remarkable Bostonian type of auction item, I would highly recommend this interesting gem…or check out the list we’ll provide our guests. You’re sure to find something that will tickle your fancy. It will also make a dandy holiday gift for someone special on your list. Enjoy!
— Eddie Doyle, 10/24/2014

Save the Date – December 3rd, 2014!

7 Oct

Hey folks, we’ve cranked up the machine once again and started planning our 5th Annual Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree event! The date is Wednesday, December 3rd and once again we’ll be doing it up in style at The Rattlesnake Bar and Grill. If you made it last year, you know what a good time it was, and if you missed it, be sure you pencil it in for this year! We’ll have music by the Rollo Tomasi Quartet and a lot of help from the Bella Life Models, along with Celebrity Bartenders, great Food, Drink, and, of course, some fantastic items and packages for you to bid on. Proceeds again will go to Globe Santa, which benefits children in the Metro Boston area during the Holiday Season. If you’d like to be a volunteer, let us know! Send us an email at spiritedbostonians@gmail.com for more info! Please share this blog with your friends, and follow us on Facebook, too. Stay tuned for more updates as we roll along.

We’re on for this Wednesday!

2 Dec

Hey folks, the Spirited Bostonians have their final official meeting tonight down at The Rattlesnake.  We’ll be putting the bows on all of the items, packages, and, well, pretty much anything we can put bows on, in preparation for our 4th Annual Rattlin’ Around the Christmas Tree event, this Wednesday, December 4th, at The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill.  (Click here to buy tickets.)

We have quite a bit to offer, including Door Prizes that boast the chance to win millions, delicious food from  Brian Poe’s kitchen, a Silent “In The Bag” Ticket-Auction, and our Live auction, emceed by Mr. Jim Wells.  We’ve got packages with overnights, golf, dinners, booze, cigars, skiing, art, theater, and a bunch more!

We’re also expecting a few old friends to be Celebrity Bartenders, including former Red Sox Skipper, Joe Morgan, Red Sox Play-by-Play Master, Joe Castiglione, local Sports Columnist, Dan Shaugnessey, and a few others!

I’ll have another post after we finalize things tonight to update you with any new items and packages, so stay tuned…and don’t forget to buy your tickets online!