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

20th century craftswomen

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., will offer a talk and tour of the new exhibit, “Craftswomen: The Woodworkings of Rose and Margaret Nichols in Arts & Crafts New England” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Laura Cunningham, curator of “Craftswomen,” will lead an in-depth gallery talk on this exhibition and the sisters’ contributions to woodworking.

No better example of the intrepid character of Boston women can be found than in Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960) and her younger sister Margaret Homer Nichols Shurcliff (1879-1959) who, in addition to being social activists, challenged turn-of-the-century gender norms by practicing woodcarving and carpentry, respectively.

New England’s regionally specific Colonial Revival is also represented by the sisters’ woodworking. In this talk, Cunningham will bridge the gap between the 17th century craftsmanship that inspired the Nichols sisters, 20th century craftswomen and makers today. A Q&A session will follow the talk and tour. The exhibition will be open through March.

Registration is required for this free program as space is limited. Visit or call 617-227-6993 to register and for more details.

Early Mexican music

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome the Renaissance Flute Consort in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The ensemble will play early Mexican music.

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

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

College night

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will host College Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

College students can show their I.D. and get half price admission. Students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MassArt and Pine Manor College will be admitted free of charge.

They can bring their own skates or rent them for $12.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit

Three notables

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour of three notable New Englanders at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Docent Susan Ostberg will lead a discussion around John Adams, Nancy Graves Cabot and Thomas Handasyd Perkins and the complex social and historical questions they raise.

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

Documentary film screening

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will screen the documentary “Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the film starting at 7 p.m.

Documentary filmmaker Clennon King will host a screening of “Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching” followed by a discussion of the film. In May 1960, James Fair, Jr., a 24-year-old black Navy veteran from New Jersey, made a fateful stop in rural Georgia on a road trip to Florida.

In just three days, he had been arrested, tried and convicted for the rape and murder of an 8-year old girl and had been sentenced to Georgia’s electric chair. The film chronicles the 26-month campaign that Alice Fair spearheaded to rescue her son from a county notorious for lynching. The 65-minute film offers a vivid portrait of Jim Crow justice of 60 years ago, serves as a reminder of the inequities that still exist within America’s criminal justice system and provides a thoughtful point of departure to discuss the imperative for America to make a change.

Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Reservations are recommended, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

String quartet at the library

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the Boston Public Library will present the MOSAIC (Musical Opportunities Supporting Arts in Communities) Concert Series from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

MOSAIC concerts are free, fun and educational musical experiences for everyone. Each session includes discussion of the music, opportunities to ask questions, meet the musicians and a chance to try to play these instruments in the instrument petting zoo. This week will feature a percussion/flute duo.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-523-3957.

Guitar concert

The Boston Classical Guitar Society will present The Great Necks from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St.

The Great Necks, featuring Scott Borg, Adam Levin and Matthew Rohde, lie at the intersection of performance and arts advocacy. They have entertained audiences with their ambitious arrangements and whimsical, interactive and daring performances. As soloists, they have distinguished careers of their own, marked by regular festival and concert appearances across five continents and a growing solo discography on the Naxos, Odradek and Tresona labels.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 seniors, students and members and $20 for BCHS seniors.

Visit or call 617-420-2247 to purchase tickets and for more details.

Winter gala

The Beacon Hill Civic Association will hold its 47th annual winter dinner dance from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Omni Parker House, 60 School St.

Attendees will dine together in the Omni Parker ballroom. Online bidding for the silent auction is now available.

An after-hours party will follow for those who cannot attend the dinner but still want to be at the gala. Tickets to the gala after hours include open bar, desserts and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Black tie is required.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-227-1922.

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (except Mondays when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is based on skater’s height and is $6 for those taller than 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available.

Skate rentals are $6 for children, ages 13 and under, $13 for 14 and older. Lockers are also available.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit

West End photographs

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. For more details, 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 further 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 February.

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