Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:

Gems of the Back Bay Fens

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a free walking tour “Historic Gems of the Back Bay Fens” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, meeting at the Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

Docents will lead a walk through this historic landscape that Frederick Law Olmsted transformed, focusing on the 17th-century Japanese Temple Bell, the Kelleher Rose Garden, the oldest WWII Victory Garden in the country and a special visit to the Veterans Memorial in honor of Armed Forces Day.

Call 617-522-2700 or visit for further details.

Bach suites

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will present cellist Guy Fishman performing “Bach Suites” from noon to 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.

Bach composed his six suites for unaccompanied cello in 1720. Almost entirely forgotten after their composition, these works were not performed in their entirety until the 20th century. However, these works now occupy the top tier of every cellist’s repertoire and are celebrated in regular performances and dozens of editions and recordings.

Over two concerts in one day, Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, will survey all six suites on his baroque cello, built in Rome in 1704, as well as on a five-stringed baroque cello.

Tickets are $35 for members and $44 for non-members.

Visit or call 617-267-9300 for more information.

Norton awards

The 37th annual Elliot Norton Awards recognizing excellence in Greater Boston theater will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 20 at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.

Legendary actress Faye Dunaway, winner of an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, an Emmy Award and a BAFTA, will be the guest of honor. This year’s recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence is Melinda Lopez, who has consistently enriched the Boston theater community as a playwright, actress and educator.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the musical theater program of Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Tickets are $35 and include a post-ceremony party.

Call 617-824-8000 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Fenway tours

The Museum of Fine Arts will present walking tours of the Fenway area at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 and Saturday, May 25. Walkers will leave from the Sharf Visitor Center, 465 Huntington Ave.

Visitors will learn about the architecture of the MFA and nearby buildings, outdoor works of art, the Japanese Garden and the Back Bay Fens. The hour-long tour is free with museum admission.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-267-9300.

Memorial Day service

The 73rd annual Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in the Back Bay Fens.

The park, also called the Sgt. Charles Andrew MacGillivary Memorial Park, is a tranquil green area with monuments commemorating those who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, near the Kelleher Rose Garden. The city of Boston’s Veterans Services, the American Legion, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ organizations are sponsoring this program.

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MFA open house

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will hold a free Memorial Day open house from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

Highlights will include free admission to the special exhibitions, including “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris” and “Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular,” curators’ talks, art-making activities, films and dance workshops.

There will be musical and dance performances throughout the day as well as family tours and tours in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-267-9300.