Articles by Eric Francis

Turning Pages Into Programs at Somerville Library’s Book Sale

Standing in the back stairwell of the Somerville Public Library—a space known colloquially as “the pink room”—you can’t help but notice how stacks of book-filled boxes tower over Friends of the Somerville Public Library president Kim Shane. Every box contains dozens of books, and there are dozens of boxes that have been stockpiled here by […]


Shit-Faced Shakespeare Boozes Up the Bard

SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE – BEST PERFORMING ARTS255 ELM ST.(617) 315-8942 SHITFACEDSHAKESPEARE.COM “Give me some wine; fill full. I drink to the general joy of the whole table.” — Macbeth, from “Macbeth,” Act 3, Scene 4. Hey, think about it: If we change “table” to “theater,” you know what we’ve got there? A business plan! Okay, so […]





Hey, Buddy, Here’s $200 For Your Vote!

Jeff Turner’s name was drawn from our 2019 Scout’s Honored voters in Somerville and Cambridge and he is the winner of our voting prize of $200! Jeff and his wife live on Lexington Avenue just outside of Davis Square in Somerville. “What I love most about Somerville is its transformation into a vibrant, growing, fun […]


Going Cardboard in the Digital Age

In tech-savvy Greater Boston, a whole culture has developed around board gaming Pop into Aeronaut Brewing Company on a Monday night, grab a lager or an IPA, and let Christine Platzek introduce you to some of the regulars. Maybe the ones who are trying to plant the best bean fields, or those desperate to sort […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Indivisible Somerville

Indivisible Somerville, the local chapter of the national Indivisible movement, fosters local activism by helping people mesh social action with their lives.  “I went to a meeting and found myself talking about what really frustrated me about what was happening,” says Steering Committee Co-lead Peter Kollm. “You know, people who individually really care about this […]


The Feast of Friendship

Local women meet monthly to try recipes and build community The tables are covered in butcher paper that’s tied on with blue-and-white strings, just like the boxes that come from Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square. There are many flavors of Polar seltzer, bottled by the Crowley family of Worcester. And soon, more than a dozen […]


Fresh Bites For Your Holiday Feast

The holidays are upon us, and that invariably means traditions—especially when it comes to the dinner table. And tradition is, well, traditional. Maybe even … predictable. Now, don’t get us wrong—we like tried-and-true family recipes as much as you do, and nobody’s suggesting that it’s time to retire your great aunt’s legendary crab dip. But […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Restaurant in Assembly Square: River Bar 661 Assembly Row, (617) 616-5561 river-bar.com There are three words right near the top of River Bar’s website—small, creative, lively—and they encapsulate exactly what’s so great about it. The diversity on its one-page menu promises to engage your culinary imagination. Bored with brunch Benedicts? Try the pork schnitzel with gravy, […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Machu Picchu

Best Latin American Food 307 Somerville Ave., (617) 628-7070 machupicchuboston.com If there’s one thing Rosy Cerna wants people to understand about Peruvian cuisine, it’s that there’s not just one single Peruvian cuisine. “Peru has 25 states and each has their own culture and food,” Cerna, a Peruvian native, explains. So it makes sense that she […]