On the Edge of Boston
The Andover Newton campus spreads over a hilltop apart from the urban hustle of nearby Boston. But the city's downtown buildings are visible in the distance - reminders that Boston and Cambridge are just subway rides away. Both the city's cultural richness and its cries for urban justice draw students to it.
Many students relate to the city through their ministries in urban field education or Clinical Pastoral Education sites. Others have put their hands to neighborhood renovation projects with Habitat for Humanity and Christians for Urban Justice. Shelters for the homeless and meal programs always need volunteers.
The greater Boston area abounds with cultural and recreational activities. The city affords students the opportunity to experience music, dance, art and theater of all sorts. Sports and recreation ave available for everyone, from fans to weekend warriors to outdoor extremists. And almost everything is easily accessible by Boston's subway and rail system, the "T."
Historic Boston boasts the Freedom Trail, which can be traveled by foot or trolley car, and takes one to Bunker Hill, the Old North Church, Paul Revere's home, the U.S.S. Constitution and many other places of note. Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States, and the Massachusetts State House sits atop famed Beacon Hill. Boston and Cambridge have many distinct neighborhoods, each rich with history and local lore.
To the north, Salem, one of America's oldest cities, was the site of the infamous Salem witch trials. Southeast of Boston, Plymouth was founded by the Pilgrims in 1620. To the West, Lexington and Concord are best known for their part in the first battle of the Revolutionary War. If you are a history enthusiast, this part of the country is the place for you.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Pops, the Boston Ballet, the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston theatre district are only the beginning of the list of arts venues to be enjoyed in the area.
Boston's theatre district hosts a number of long-running shows, Broadway tours and Broadway previews. Throughout the area, many professional, college and community theaters perform an array of comedies, tragedies and dramas.
Whether it's jazz or hip-hop, country or classical, Boston is at the center of the New England music scene. From intimate jazz clubs and acoustic cafes that showcase up-and-coming artists, to arena and outdoor venues that host the hottest acts around, one can hear it all live in Boston.
Boston is one of the top sports cities in the U.S. With the Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, it's never off-season for Boston sports fans. For college sports action, Boston College is within walking distance of ANTS. And all venues are easily accessible by the T.
Boston is one of the few areas in the country where one can be at the shore or in the mountains in an hour or two. In the summer, water sports are popular on the North Shore, the Cape and Islands, and the rivers of Massachusetts. In winter, the ski resorts of Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine offer many locations for skiing, snow boarding, tubing and other winter sports. And with Massachusetts' many protected land reservations, there are numerous locations for hiking and camping within just a few miles of the Andover Newton campus.
In a city like Boston, there are always plenty of events that are free to the public - something a student on a budget can appreciate.
Movies and concerts are regularly presented at the Hatch Shell in the summer. Musicians, clowns, magicians and other artists perform regularly at Faneuil Hall and in Harvard Square. Lectures, exhibits and concerts are often offered free of charge at any one of the more than 50 colleges and universities in the greater Boston area.
Annual events include the Fourth of July concert and fireworks spectacular on the Esplanade, the Head of the Charles crew races, the Boston Marathon and various festivals on holidays and special occasions.