Event: Hometown Comfort
Our neighborhood is forever changed by the tragedy of April 15. Dorchester is a community of action and determination and despite our grief and shock we are compelled to act. We can all make a difference on May 19, 2013 at Hometown Comfort, a day for our community to honor victims and first responders by collecting needed blood for the Red Cross, raising money for The One Fund-Boston, and supporting one another with the embrace of a hometown. All proceeds benefit onefundboston.org.
The host committee includes: Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Mike and Kitty Dukakis, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino,University of Massachusetts Chancellor J. Keith Motely, Boston Globe Publisher Christopher M. Mayer, New England Council President Jim Brett and Author Dennis Lehane.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening event is Tom Ashbrook host of NPR’s “On Point” from WBUR Boston.
The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. inside the IBEW Hall at 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester. From noon to 4 p.m., in an outdoor event tent, there will be games, food, raffles, and other activities for adults and children. Admission is $25 per family. From 6-9 p.m., the tent will be converted for an evening of comfort food, live entertainment, and a live auction. At least 20 restaurants and caterers are expected to participate. Admission is $75 per person. Buy tickets HERE
Designer, Michelle Competiello started her design business 2 years ago, specializing in print design; invitations; flyers; posters; etc. She designed a typographic poster that listed all the major places from her hometown,Milton, and got a huge response. So she followed up with one for Newport and then South Boston -places she’s lived in over the years.
Designer of the Dot iPhone case, Michelle Competiello
She was repeatedly getting requests for other cities and towns so she just *knew* the next one would have to be Dorchester! Her father is originally from Savin Hill and some of her college roommates are from Dot too, so she’s quite familiar with Dot hot spots and vernacular. She tells us that iPhone Dorchester cases are the most popular of the bunch, so order quick!
Thanks to Dottie Hotties reader, Sean Wheeler, for sending us into this great find on Etsy.
WHAT: Assorted Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese candies
WHERE: Truong Thinh II Super Market, 1305 Dorchester Ave (between Linden St & Lyon St)
HOW MUCH: $1.99 +
FOR: Last minute stocking stuffers that will bring cheer to anyone who loves chewy; gummy; fruity candies!
WHAT: A pound of Flat Black Coffee (roasted in Lower Mills) and a stylish travel mug make a great last minute gift combo
WHERE: Any Flat Black Coffee location (Ashmont, Lower Mills, Downtown…)
HOW MUCH: $15 for a bag of Timor and $14.95 for the mug
FOR: New parents who need all the extra energy they can get!
WHAT: Milk Chocolate Cashew Turtles
WHERE: Phillips Candy House aka Boston’s Oldest Chocolatier
HOW MUCH: A one pound box up to $25
FOR: We’re having a hard time thinking of anyone who wouldn’t like receiving a box of these!
Piles of delectable handcrafted milk chocolate Turtles at Phillips Candy House in Dorchester
WHAT: Beautifully illustrated map of Dorchester created by a Boston EMT.
WHERE: Email creator, Ed McCarthy to place order at email@example.com
HOW MUCH: $100
FOR: Your favorite Dorchester-phile Real Estate Agent. Hint, hint….
WHAT: The Gift Of Song…make a donation (in the name of your gift-receiver) to Boston City Singers, whose vision is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide–ranging performance opportunities to young people, to inspire personal development, celebrate diversity and foster goodwill within our city and surrounding towns.
WHERE: BostonCitySingers.org or donate in person at the ‘Dorchester Winter Stars’ concert (December 16) at the Holy Family Church or the ‘Christmas at Ashmont’ event (December 18) at The Parish of All Saints.
HOW MUCH: Over 85% of the members of Boston City Singers receive financial aid each year, making your generous support so essential! $10, $20 or even $30 can go a long way towards making a difference in a child’s life. Your tax-deductible gift helps to develop our city’s youth – many of whom live in Boston’s at-risk neighborhoods – and support a unique cultural institution.
FOR: Boston City Singers alumnae or anyone who loves music. Maybe make a tradition amongst extended family to choose a non-profit or charity instead of exchanging gifts! Everyone learns about a new organization and no one goes home with another *special* Christmas sweater.
Some of the Boston City Singers
WHAT: Brachetto – a slightly sweet, sparkling red wine from Dorchester’s own, Boston Winery. Perfect for the holidays; especially when wearing a wine bottle hat & scarf.
WHERE: Boston Winery
HOW MUCH: $15 (bottle hat & scarf $6)
FOR: The perfect holiday party host/hostess gift!
WHAT: Dorchester ‘Reviving History’ Mug of mammoth proportions. Think double mocha latte size.
WHERE: Cedar Grove Gardens
HOW MUCH: A bargain at $9.95
FOR: Your history loving neighbor who has his first cup of the day at home.
Dorchester ‘ Reviving History’ Mug
Twenty – four days of one-of-a-kind gifts produced, procured or pickled (just kidding — running with the P theme) here in Dorchester.
CAN IT BE DONE? CAN WE DO IT? We’re up to the challenge and are excited to get out there and shop locally this season for everyone on our list.
WHAT: Drum roll please! Introducing the newest member of the DottieHottie family: Greta (Mom is Meghann)! Seen here sporting the hottest onesie of the season; Dorchester Bears on Bikes by local artist, Sierra Rothberg.
WHERE: PlanetGoga; Cedar Grove Gardens; Ashmont Cycles
HOW MUCH: $20
FOR: Your favorite Dorchester proud kiddo or adult. Stylish and super soft t-shirts also available for children and adults!
Newest DottieHottie, Greta, sporting a Dorchester onesie by Goga