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

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Santiago Bosch in a concert underneath the fountain at noon on July 2 through 6 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Venezuelan-born Bosch is a pianist, keyboardist and composer. He has participated as a sideman and bandleader at a variety of venues and jazz festivals and has been featured in live performances, master classes and recordings with artists such as Dave Santoro, Joe Hunt, Jack DeJohnette and more.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Patriotic tunes

Lunchtime concerts will be held at 12:15 p.m. on July 3 and 10 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

On July 3, Cheryl Van Ornam will perform “Patriotic Fireworks for Organ” on the C.B. Fisk organ.

The trio of violinist Aija Reke, flautist Ilona Kudina and organist Natsumi Molloy will play selections by Bach, Dombrovska Esenvalds and Quantz the following week.

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

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

Treasures of Beacon Hill

The Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., will offer Treasures of Beacon Hill tours from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, meeting at the house.

The tour will feature highlights of one of the nation’s best-preserved neighborhoods, rich with buildings of historical and architectural interest, including the gold-domed State House, the oldest black church in America, fashionable Louisburg Square, quaint Acorn Street and the memorial to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

Tickets are $12 for members of Historic New England and $17 for non-members. Reservations are recommended by calling 617-994-5920 or online at

Free tours of Otis House will also be given on the half hour between 11a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Soccer star at the library

Soccer star Charlie Davies of the New England Revolution will be the guest of the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 5.

Davies will join in a soccer-themed Read-in. Kids can help the Boston Public Library reach its goal of reading one million minutes before the summer ends, and get the inside scoop on life as a soccer player.

This free program is ideal for children of all ages. Groups and individuals are welcome. Email or call 617-523-3957 to register.

Notable women of Beacon Hill

Boston By Foot and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail will offer a new tour “Notable Women of Beacon Hill” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. Participants will meet at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.

The tour roams around historic Beacon Hill and introduces a variety of notable women who lived and worked in this neighborhood; abolitionists, suffragists, artists, nurses, lawyers, educational advocates and authors who not only changed the city, but made important strides for the country, and in some cases for the world. They range from household names like Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, Amelia Earhart, Louisa May Alcott and Rose Kennedy, to less-familiar leaders like Chew Shee Chin, Julia O’Connor, Clementine Langone and Melnea Cass.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased in advance or from the guide.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Organ recital

The Old West Organ Society will present the first in the 2018 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Organist and harpsichordist Jake Street performs extensively throughout New England as a solo recitalist and continuo player. He will perform “Prelude in E minor ” by Nicolaus Bruhns, “Trio Sonata in E minor” and “Prelude and Fugue in A minor” by J.S. Bach, “Organ Sonata Opus 18” by Hugo Distler and “Allegro in D minor” by Felix Mendelssohn.

A freewill donation is requested.

Call 617-739-1340 or visit for more information.

Boston’s Adams family

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour of the Adams family at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11.

Joyce Bowden will lead the tour through a century of the Adams family’s public service as illuminated by objects in the Athenaeum’s special collections. She will lead a discussion around John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s correspondence, John Quincy Adams’s defense of the Amistad captives and Charles Francis Adams’s work to keep England out of the U.S. Civil War.

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Fun at the riverbank

Boston Landmarks Orchestra will host a “Season Tune-Up” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The community is invited to the Hatch Shell one week before the concerts begin for an evening of family fun and musical games. Children can try out real orchestral instruments at the largest “Musical Playground” ever, practice conducting skills at the “Maestro Zone” to recordings of some favorite classics, get their faces painted and enjoy exhibits from friends at the Boston Children’s Museum, New England Aquarium and more.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-987-2000 for further information.

Art and film

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will host a series of films celebrating the lives of artists from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during July.

Featured will be “Impromptu,” the story of composer and pianist Frederic Chopin’s relationship with George Sand starring Hugh Grant on July 11; “Lust for Life,” the life of brilliant and tortured Vincent Van Gogh starring Kirk Douglas on July 18 and “An Angel at My Table,” the story of New Zealand novelist Janet Frame, on July 25.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Tanglewood in the city

Boston ParkArts will present “Tanglewood in the City” at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13 at Boston Common.

The free program will be a live simulcast of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from their summer home at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, performing the music of Wagner, Mozart and Schumann. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper and enjoy music Tanglewood style.

For more information, visit

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will be held at 8:40 p.m. on Fridays during July at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include the animated feature film “The Emoji Movie” on July 13; the life action film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell on July 20; and Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” on July 27.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit for more information.

Spray pool is open

The Frog Pond spray pool on Boston Common is open for the summer. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

In addition, a carousel at the Frog Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Call 617-635-2120 or visit for more information.

Swan boats summer hours

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Summer hours of operation (now to Labor Day) are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting.

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

Photographs of the West End

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord.”

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 617-416-0781 or go online to

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For more details, call 617-523-3957.

Picturing Douglass

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at