Location, Directions & Parking Information
for
KWDS III
8th - 12th June 2001
Boston, Massachusetts

Location
The event will be held in several Boston University (BU) buildings. See below for maps, directions, and parking information.

Gate, classrooms (SFA 102,105,106,109):
School for the Arts (SFA, also known as the "Theatre Arts Building"), Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Avenue (Commonwealth Avenue & Amory Street), Boston, Massachusetts. This building is a 3-story stone building with a little ivy growing on the front. The entrance is in the middle of the block, flanked by large red signs on either side. Shown as building "8" on the BU map. Near the BU West T-stop.
Gym, Dance Studio, Lecture Room, Saturday's Knowne World Ball:
Sargent Gym, Boston University (University Road, off Commonwealth Avenue). The dance studio and the 3rd floor lecture room are not handicapped accessible. This building is behind that shown as number "10" on the BU map.
Dorm rooms:
Warren Towers, BU, 700 Commonwealth Avenue (Commonwealth & Granby, or the BU Central T-stop). This is a large building that takes up a full city block. It has yellow awnings and splits into three towers above the 4th floor (hence its nickname "the Devil's Trident"). Take the escalators to the 4nd floor lobby for dorm check in. Elevators take you from the lobby up to the rooms.
Parking
People who have purchased parking passes will be parking in the lot at 766 Commonwealth Avenue (primary lot). Overflow parking will be determined by the lot attendant. Those without passes may attempt parking in this lot or other BU lots (pay the attendant when you enter).

Maps

Directions

Public Transportation
The "B" branch of the Green Line of the MBTA (the "T") runs down the middle of Commonwealth Avenue past Boston University's various buildings. It is a trolley on rails. The ride is free in one direction, $1 in the other. The map of Boston University shows where the "B" Green Line stops on Commonwealth Avenue (almost every block). Most of these stops do not have names, however, the event buildings are close to those that do have names:

Public Transportation Directions from Logan International Airport

Take the (free) shuttle bus to the MTBA ("T" for short) subway station. The T has 4 major lines, which are color coded. Airport is a Blue line station; go Inbound to the Government Center station. Go upstairs here to the Green line station (no extra fee), and again go Inbound -- but notice which branch your car is going to. Green-line branches are labelled B through E. You want a B-line car (for BC -- Boston College, terminus of this branch); if that isn't available first, you might want to take whatever's available to Park St. Station (the major change point in the system), get off, and wait there for a B-line car. When you catch the B-line, don't worry until it goes above ground. BU (Boston Univ., where the event is being held, not to be confused with BC!) has 3 stops, BU East, Center, and West. BU Central is in front of the dorm (Warren Towers), but if you're coming in on Friday, go on to BU West. This stops right in front of the BU School for the Arts Building (pronounced "Theater Arts Bldg." by the locals), which will contain the event Gate.

The dorm, Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Ave, is a large building that takes up a full city block. It has yellow awnings and splits into three towers above the 4th floor (hence its nickname "the Devil's Trident"). Take the escalators to the 2nd floor for dorm check in.

Flying to Boston
See above for public transportation directions.

The simplest way to get from Boston's Logan International Airport to the event site is by taxicab. The cost should be about $20 each way. Tell the driver you're going to Boston University (BU) when you get in the taxi. The street address is 855 Commonwealth Avenue (for Gate). If you're staying in the dorm, you may prefer to go there first before checking in at Gate. The taxi driver should have no trouble finding these locations; Commonwealth Ave is a major street in Boston, and Boston University is very well known. It is west of the intersection of Commonwealth Ave and Beacon Street.

If you're renting a car at the airport, you should try to obtain a city map and directions prior to arriving in Boston. If you're staying in a hotel, call first and get detailed driving directions to the hotel from the airport. When you arrive, ask again at the rental counter for explicit directions to get out of the airport and headed toward your hotel or toward Boston University. When you exit the neighborhood of the airport, you'll most likely want to take the Callahan/Sumner Tunnel to Boston ($2 toll). To get to Boston University, immediately after the tunnel merge left to get on I-93 northbound, and take the exit for Storrow Drive. See the driving directions below, from I-93.

Driving Directions
Notice: on Saturday June 9, traffic on I-93 and/or Storrow Drive is expected to be very bad. You may prefer to take the alternate directions that day.

From I-95 north/southbound you have a choice: go through downtown Boston via I-93 (more direct, but risks traffic jams) or swing wide around Boston and come in on I-90 Mass Pike (longer, with tolls, but the alternate directions do avoid Storrow Drive, which may be jammed). See either the I-93 or I-90 directions below, depending on your choice.

From I-93 north/southbound head toward downtown Boston and take the exit for Storrow Drive. (Coming from north of Boston, this is exit 26B, though 26A will also work. From the south or from the airport, this is exit 26.) Carefully follow the signs to Storrow Drive (westbound). Once on Storrow Drive, stay in the center lane when there are 3 lanes. Watch for the Kenmore Square/Fenway lefthand exit (the 2 left lanes exit). Take this exit from the center lane, not the left lane, and keep right when the exit ramp splits. Turn right at the first light, and immediately choose the larger, lefthand choice (this is Beacon Street). Proceed straight through one traffic light, then veer right at the next light, where traffic splits around a small island. You are now on Commonwealth Avenue. You'll pass a Howard Johnson hotel on your right. The 7th traffic light after the Howard Johnson is the School for the Arts building at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, where you need to check in at Gate. It will be on your right.

From I-90 (Mass Pike) eastbound take the "Cambridge/Allston" exit (on the left), pay the 50-cent toll, and stay right when the ramp splits (toward Cambridge). Turn right at the first light. You will find yourself merging onto a highway, which is Storrow Drive/Soldier Field (eastbound). Look for a small sign, "Boston University next 2 exits," and take the first exit to the right after that sign. It's a sharp right turn. Follow this little street one block uphill to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign onto Commonwealth Avenue, and immediately merge left out of the rightmost lane because that becomes a turn-only lane. The School for the Arts at 855 Commonwealth Avenue will be a couple of blocks ahead, on your right. This is where you need to check in at Gate.

Alternate Directions from I-90 (Mass Pike) east/westbound: take the exit for "Allston" (exit 18 if eastbound, 20 if westbound), and take the left ramp after exiting, as if you were heading for Allston. This ramp will deliver you onto Cambridge Street. On Cambridge Street, get in the middle lane. You will immediately go up-and-over an overpass. You will then go through several traffic lights, then up-and-over another overpass. At the bottom of this second overpass-hill is a traffic light (landmark: "AAW Insurance" on the right), at which turn left onto Harvard Avenue. Proceed down Harvard Ave to the next traffic light, and turn left onto Brighton Avenue. Go straight on Brighton Avenue. Brighton Avenue becomes Commonwealth Avenue (just keep going straight) at a sprawling intersection with a lot of street-car tracks (about 1/3 mile, landmark: "Ellis the Rim Man" billboard on left), at which point you are in the lower 1000s blocks of Commonwealth Avenue, with the numbers decreasing. You will go about a half mile from here. Gate is on your left at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, the parking lot is on your right at 766 Commonwealth Avenue (just past a large intersection with Route 2) and the dorm (Warren Towers) is on your right at 700 Commonwealth Avenue.

Parking at Boston University

If you purchased a parking pass, you will be parking in the lot at 766 Commonwealth Avenue (primary lot). Overflow parking will be determined by the lot attendant.

Otherwise, parking at Boston University is difficult. Public transportation (see above) is strongly encouraged.

There are a few metered parking places on the street, but these are usually taken. Non-metered parking is reserved exclusively for local residents; cars lacking a resident sticker will be ticketed ($30 fine).

The closest legal parking is in Boston University parking lots. Daytime rates in these lots vary from $6 to $12 per day. (You are charged this full fee each time you leave and return.) Most BU lots do not permit overnight parking. You need to enter the lot and pay when there is someone on duty (or else you need to have already gotten a parking permit beforehand). If your car does not have a permit or you haven't paid, your car can be towed from the lot.


Event Contact Information
Autocrat: Lord Ayden Pathfinder, ayden@carolingia.org
Reservations: Lord Pandaulf, pandaulf@carolingia.org.
Lodging Coordinator & Newcomer Assistance: Lady Godith Anyon, godith@carolingia.org, 617-776-6777
Class Schedule: Lady Maria Elisabetta Gonzaga, besslibby@mediaone.net
Coordinator of Musicians: Tibicen, tibicen@carolingia.org
Coordinator of Middle Eastern & Non-European Dance: Lady Lakshmi Amman, beth@pir.net
Proceedings: Master Aleksandr Ruslanovich, yevsha@earthlink.net
Publicity & Web Pages: Lady Adele Mallory, adele@carolingia.org
Merchant Coordinator: Lilias de Cheryngton, cmccullo@wellesley.edu
Volunteer Coordinator: Tamar bat Reuven, tamar@carolingia.org

Send reports of bugs and errors to adele@carolingia.org.

Last updated June 6, 2001