Rachael Solem


a full day beckons
as long as the sun is bright
lightness holds the dark


Dear Reader,

Good morning on this longest day of the year~!

Yes, summer days are here, inviting, encouraging, full of growth and, I hope, some lazy hours, some good company, some fine adventures for you, for all of us.

While much has been made of Juneteenth, presenting it as a celebration of emancipation, I think of it more as a moment to reflect on why this date, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation is so important:  Because it took US troops arriving in Galveston, Texas to deliver the word that had been the law of the land for two years. And the proclamation hardly provided any pathway to any kind of equality for the newly unenslaved people then, and has not still.  I am reminded, we should ALL be reminded, that the ugliness of white supremacy persists.  There is still so much work to be done to make the USofA a more perfect union….

This year, Harvard & MIT combined three years of commencement ceremonies and reunions into one four day stretch.  Our Fair City was fairly bursting at the seams.  Irving House was as full as it could possibly be.  All hands on deck!  And even now, in the relative quiet, with moving vans emptying graduate student housing, travelers are still arriving for all sorts of reasons, with all kinds of plans.   So, while we are not officially out of the pandemic, maybe we are getting back to some new kind of normal.

It is gratifying to see that a steady stream of subscribers are signing up through our web site. Welcome new readers, wherever you are!  We are happy to receive your questions and suggestions…

We still wear masks in common areas and keep a respectful distance from those not in our family circle.  We still encourage vaccinations and booster shots of same to keep up with the variations that will now always be circulating widely.  This is our new normal.  And we count ourselves fortunate to have all the medical knowledge and services to get us through this.  We hope the same is true for you all.

And we hope to see you around Irving House some time!

Yours sincerely,


Many families joined us during the commencement week.
We offer our warm congratulations and a
Thank You to all the families who stayed with us at this extraordinarily special time.

Robert Dieter noted to me:
You really have a great place. I think it was a God moment that I started staying there.  I met one of your front desk workers and we got to know each other.  Fast forward, I helped him get into medical school where I’m a professor of medicine. Really nice!

Robert Dieter, with his wife, Erin.  She stayed with us..

Robert Dieter sharing his proud moment
on our front walk.
The Gruich family was particularly notable for their four graduates
and for their generous sharing of their celebration….
Thank you Michael and Traci for sending
us these lovely photos!
Traci Gruich, super mom!
The Gruich Grads

A note to Anguel at the front desk

The Gruich Family


Drag Brunch at Bambara’s Backyard

Bambara’s Backyard welcomes back illustrious Boston-based performers: Stef Anya, Christina Faguilera, Alana Thicc along with special guests for outdoor drag brunch performances on Sunday June 5, July 10, Aug. 7th and Sept. 11. DJs Frenchy and Matt Roza will ensure this rowdy crew hits their marks. Bambara’s delicious Sunday brunch menu and summertime cocktails and beverages will be available for purchase. Plus, a portion of ticket proceeds will support the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY), a youth-led, adult-supported social support organization founded in 1980, committed to social justice and creating, sustaining and advocating for programs, policies and services for the LGBTQ+ youth community.

Please call Bambara Kitchen & Bar (617-868-4444) with any questions or to reserve a table for a large group.. Admission includes seating and one signature cocktail. Seatings are at 11am and 2pm. In the case of rain, the event will move indoors.
.Tickets are $25 per person (21+) and can be purchased online here. SUNDAYS JULY 10, AUGUST 7, SEPTEMBER 11 11-3


The Harvard Square Business Association and New England Open Markets are delighted to announce that the Harvard Square Open Market will commence on Sunday, June 5th from 11am – 5pm on Church Street in the heart of the Square.

Located between Massachusetts Avenue and lower Brattle Street, the market will highlight the work of over 45 artisans, designers and vintage vendors from across New England. Every Sunday until October 30th, which the exception of July 3rd (Independence Day weekend) and October 9th (Harvard Square Oktoberfest), visitors will discover unique, retro, quirky, one-of-a-kind and hard to find items and gifts in a festive, European style street fair environment.




We are repeating our College Tripping Special with a new twist:
Once you have booked your room on our site, email or call us to let us know you are
a subscriber to the Irving House Gazette and we will give you a discount on the room as well as
a bag of goodies to help make your college tour more fulfilling!
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