Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

Puritans in Boston

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present “Poxes and Prescriptions in Old Boston: A Medical Walking Tour,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, meeting at the Park Street MBTA Station.

Participants will step into the past and discover the roots of Boston’s birth as a beacon of medical research, walking the same route that Puritans took almost 400 years ago, from the Common to the town docks. They will find Boston’s first reservoir, the Old State House and continue to the North End, then teeming with disease-carrying sailors from faraway ports.

Registration is recommended for this tour, at

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit


MIXFest 2017 will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

Artists will include Kelly Clarkson, Blondie, Andy Grammer and many more.

Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Art of presentation

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer a free workshop “Mastering the Art of Presentation” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Kim Kerrigan of Corporate Classrooms will lead the workshop that will be helpful to those who speak before large or small groups. Participants will acquire the tools to organize presentations in a logical, forceful and refreshing way.

Registration is required as space is limited, by calling 617-523-3957 or by email to

Swan boats still open

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Hours of operation are from noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, until Sunday, Sept. 17.

Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon.

Tickets are $3 or $2 for seniors and $1.50 for children. For more information, call 617-522-1966 or visit

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature jazz pianist Anibal Cruz in concert at the fountain at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common, at noon on Monday to Friday, Sept. 18 through 22. An evening concert will be held at 5 on Thursday, Sept. 21.

Rooted in classical music and Afro-Cuban jazz, Cruz’s style is influenced by his Cuban piano heritage and the sounds of Chucho Valdez and Tony Perez as well as jazz icons like Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock.

Visit for further information.

Two libraries

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present “A Tale of Two Libraries” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

For generations the athenaeum has shared books with the London Library, a cultural partnership that endured both World Wars.

This original theatrical presentation is based on decades of correspondence between the directors and librarians of the London Library and the Boston Athenaeum. The surviving letters, which date from 1913 to 1945, tell a remarkable story of global cooperation and resilience in the face of great challenges.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-227-0270 to register and for more details.

Viola da gamba recital

Ben Swartz will present a lunchtime concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Swartz will play works by Tobias Hume and Marin Marais on the viola da gamba.

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.

Visit or call 617-227-2155 for further information.

World’s most famous diamond

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome author William Dalrymple at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Dalrymple, co-author of “Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World’s Most Famous Diamond,” used original eyewitness accounts and chronicles never before translated into English to write this authoritative history of the diamond, dispelling the myths that have surrounded this awe-inspiring jewel.

This program is free for members and non-members are admitted free with admission fee.

Visit or call 617-227-0270 to register and for more details.

Hispanic heritage

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films celebrating the accomplishment of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 20 and 27.

Featured will be “Tortilla Soup” starring Hector Elizondo on Sept. 20; and the cult classic “Stand and Deliver” with Edward James Olmos the following week.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

Walking tour

Boston by Foot will offer a guided walking tour of Boston’s LGBT past from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. The tour will meet at the Massachusetts State House, Beacon Street.

The tour will follow the footsteps of gay and lesbian friends from the 1840s to the 1980s, from Thoreau’s walks along the Common and Charlotte Cushman’s transvestite roles to the World War II bars and baths, to the AIDS Action Committee and the AIDS memorial quilt project.

Tickets are $5 for members or $15 for non-members and can by purchased online in advance or from the guide.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-367-2345.

Frog Pond movie night

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, with a screening of the blockbuster film “Top Gun” at the Frog Pond, Boston Common.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Free popcorn will be provided. Admission is free. This is the final movie in the popular series.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 visit

Esplanade gala

The annual Esplanade Moon Dance Gala will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Charles River Esplanade near the Hatch Shell.

The black tie evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gala dinner and live auction at 7:30 p.m. and dessert and dancing under the stars on the Esplanade.

After dinner and the auction, the gala opens for Moon Dance After Dark. Night owl attendees are invited to enjoy cocktails, dessert, late-night bites, professional photos, dancing and entertainment after 9 p.m. Attendees must be age 21 plus.

For more details visit or call 617-227-0365.

Museum Day

The William Hickling Prescott House, 55 Beacon St., will participate in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The museum will offer free admission for one person plus a guest.

Participants are invited to visit this gracious townhouse and experience life at is was on the Boston Common in the 1800’s. Built in 1808, the American historian William Hickling Prescott lived there from 1845-1859. In 1944 the house was purchased by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America and it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

There will be docent-guided tours of the house with tours starting at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

Go to to download a ticket for free admission to the museum and a 10 percent discount in the museum store.