Throughout June, the interns have had the opportunity to explore their surroundings from the farmers markets and produce stands of Petersham to the local businesses at Taste of Amherst to the urban atmosphere of Boston. At Taste of Amherst, students were able to sample dishes from a variety of restaurants and eateries all gathered together in the beautiful town green for this annual food festival.
While looking for farms to pick fresh strawberries, the students discovered Carter & Stevens Country Store, where fresh produce, wine and local products abound, along with a slew of farm animals that you can pet and feed, as well as a store playground. Small town living at its best!
After the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in hockey, students participated in a parade through the heart of Boston sharing in the local revelry enjoyed by the new hockey champions.
At the New England Aquarium, students touched sharks and held starfish, saw penguin feedings, sea turtles, and hundreds of different species of jellyfish and other aquatic life. Afterwards many interns stuck around for a whale watch excursion in Boston Harbor.
Later in the week, interns attended a baseball game at Fenway Park where the Boston Red Sox made it a close with the San Diego Padres, who eventually came out ahead in a 5-4 nail-biter. Even with all these exciting trips and events during the off-time, students are busy with their research projects.