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

Red Sox in the park

The Highland Street Foundation and Boston Parks and Recreation will bring the excitement of Fenway to Boston Common on the corner of Charles and Beacon streets at noon on Sunday, Aug. 12.

The community is invited to bring a blanket and watch the Red Sox away game against the Baltimore Orioles on the big screen. Other activities will include balloon artists, face painting, caricaturists, free carousel rides, giveaways, refreshments, musical entertainment by the Hot Tamale Brass Band and more.

Wally the Green Monster, Tessie and special guests will be in attendance.

For more information, visit or call 617-969-8900.

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Briana Washington in a free concert at noon from Aug. 13 through 17 underneath the fountain at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Singer, pianist, keyboardist and composer Washington has performed and played with Beyoncé’s Original All-Female Band 10-Year Anniversary Concert, Lalah Hathaway and Pete Escevedo and has paid tribute to gospel legend Edwin Hawkins and many more.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Lunchtime concert

Organist Christiaan Teeuwsen will perform in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at King’s Chapel on the corner of School and Tremont streets.

Teeuwsen will perform works by Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Sweelinck on the C.B. Fisk organ.

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

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

Twilight talk

Historic New England will present “Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Flood” on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Otis House and Museum, 141 Cambridge St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture at 6 p.m.

Massachusetts was part of the Triangle Trade, the 18th century world economy. New England rum was traded in Africa for enslaved people, who were brought to the West Indies and the Caribbean, where they cultivated sugar cane. The sugar cane was later refined into molasses, which was shipped to New England and often used in the distillation of rum.

Historian Anthony Sammarco will trace molasses from the 18th century through the teetotalism and abolitionist causes of the 19th century, to the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, which became an integral part of the history of the North End of Boston.

The program is co-sponsored with the Victorian Society of America/New England Chapter.

Tickets are $12 for members of either group or $17 for non-members. Registration is recommended. Victorian Society members must call to register, at 617-994-5920.

For more information, visit

Organ recital

The Old West Organ Society will present the next in the 2018 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Christiaan Teeuwsen will play selections by Vincent Lübeck, Georg Böhm, Johann Casper Ferdinand Fischer, Georg Muffat, Dietrich Buxtehude and J.S.Bach.

A freewill donation is requested.

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

Sounds of the sea

Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the New England Aquarium will perform “Sounds of the Sea” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive. The rain date is Aug. 16.

Animal song and sounds will be woven together in this program presented in collaboration with the aquarium. The orchestra will perform Debussy’s “La Mer,” Ravel’s “Une Barque sur l’ocean,” excerpts from Bernard Herrmann’s “Moby Dick” and the world premiere of Stella Sung’s “Oceana.”

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

Artists and inventors

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “Artists as Inventors, Inventors as Artists” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Samuel Morse, the artist who painted the Athenaeum’s portrait of James Monroe, invented the electric telegraph. George M. Dexter, one of the architects of the Athenaeum’s home on Beacon Street, invented a new way to heat buildings. Docent Scott Guthery will explore the interaction of art and science as illustrated in patents granted to Athenaeum artists and members during this 30-minute tour.

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

Art in the movies

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films that explore the lives of composers, authors and painters from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during August.

Featured will be the Oscar-winning “My Left Foot” starring Daniel Day Lewis on Aug. 15; “Capote” with Philip Seymour Hoffman in his Best Actor Oscar-winning role on Aug. 22 and “Frida,” the life of Frida Kahlo starring Selma Hayek, on Aug. 29.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Boston’s LGBT past

Boston by Foot will offer the “Boston’s LGBT Past” tour from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16. Participants will meet at the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Street, across from Boston Common.

A gay and lesbian culture flourished in Boston, in private homes, the theatre, coffee houses, the baths and bars. This 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 $15 for non-members and $5 for members.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Summer fun

A free summer program for children will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 at Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

Children will enjoy popsicles and the sprinkler.

For more information, visit

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will be held at 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 24 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include Disney’s live action film “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson on Aug. 17 and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” starring Chris Hemsworth on Aug. 24.

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 through 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