Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in attending and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.
SpeakEasy Spring Gala/Silent Auction updates
The SpeakEasy Stage Company’s annual Spring Gala slated from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3 at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St. has been canceled, however…
The SpeakEasy will still have a Spring Gala – Homestyle! – in the week leading up to the original date (March 27 through April 3). The online event will include a virtual Silent Auction, - with many exciting prizes, and an online funding challenge, to inspire you and your network to support their mission and SpeakEasy artists.
Contact Alex Lonati at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit speakeasystage.com for other information.
SoWa Vintage Market now Live on Instagram
Vintage Market is typically open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave. Due to circumstances, SoWa Vintage is closed; however, they are now LIVE on Instagram until further notice.
Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.
This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.
The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.
For more information, visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com.
Facebook Live Opening Exhibition: In Manual Mode
David Guerra, owner and founder of A R E A, a commercial gallery that programs exhibitions at The Yard, a co-working office, as well as in its own SoWa space launched www.constructionarea.gallery to showcase the Yard’s exhibition, “In Manual Mode,” featuring work by artists influenced by photography.
Guerra and Cal Rice will host a Facebook Live opening at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3 to showcase Rice’s exhibition of paintings (ironically titled before the shutdown) “Cancel Your Plans” which can be found at www.facebook.com/areaartgallery.
“(Re)Generation,” a solo exhibition by Ellen Schön which features a new series of ceramic totems was scheduled to be on view through March 29 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.
Visit bostonsculptors.com to learn more, including the status of the exhibition.
‘Sailing to the Edge’ exhibition
“Sailing to the Edge,” a solo exhibition by Andy Zimmermann, was scheduled to be on view through March 29 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.
Anchoring the show, the eponymous installation is comprised of 12 sections of sail and metal sculpture. The large, maze-like construction invites viewers to enter, explore, and become enveloped by jagged peaks and valleys, and shimmering light.
Against one wall, a smaller installation, Too Close, is a relief sculpture. An arrangement of three full-size sails is encased in translucent panels, folded and unfurling against a murky silver sky.
Incorporating actual sails into his work sparked a connection with the long tradition in myth and poetry of sailboats carrying people either into, or out of, harm’s way.
Visit bostonsculptors.com to learn more, including the status of this exhibition.
SoWa Artists Guild update
Due to circumstances, the individual artists in the SoWa Artists Guild at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston’s SoWa Art + Design District will be open by appointment only until further notice. This is a perfect time to talk with an artist about their work and their art work.
Visit www.sowaartists.com or facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild for more information.
Boston Center for Arts Campus update
The Boston Center for the Arts has canceled/postponed all events on their campus, including Cyclorama, Calderwood Pavilion, Plaza Theatres, and Mills Gallery through Sunday, April 12.
Visit bcaonline.org and/or bostonarts.org other information, including How to Stay Sane!
FeministFuturist exhibition goes digital
The “FeministFuturist” exhibition – which considers present-day struggles through a feminist, utopian lens – at the BCA’s Mills Gallery is alive and can be viewed digitally at bostonarts.org.
Additionally two of the shows videos by Magda Fernandez and Lida Price-Sneddon are up in full.
Genevieve Quick’s “Planet Celdon: Our Receiver is Operating,” a hysterical, Busby Berkeley take on Asian-American hybridity and immigration can be viewed as a trailer.
Push a button on Freedom Baird’s “Instructions Vault” to add your own positive message for the future.
Social Distancing Gallery
While Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild (where artists live/work in the South End) has temporarily closed, exhibition coordinator Erik Grau has since launched Social Distancing Gallery on its social media feeds and is sharing all submissions sent in by local artists and from abroad.
View them at www.instagram.com/artpcgboston
Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students
BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the schools. View all locations here.
Free meals for all students
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
Visit boston.gov for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com for other information. See all locations here.
If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
South End Coronavirus Support
Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation.
The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.
The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) link at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPcSJVwtvjT_rHVC0h_0scMC1DOuolWUX1LmnPiksAz3UEw/viewform?fbzx=1794743678199487997
Haley House – Ways you can help
Here are a few ways you can continue helping The Haley House from afar during this continued period of social distancing:
Donate to the Emergency Fund: Since they switched the Haley House Soup Kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have been able to serve an average of 70 meals each day. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for these take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.
Purchase gift cards: This helps stabilize finances for their newly re-launched social enterprise and to launch an evening family-style take-out and delivery menu, along with some exciting ways to support artists through virtual programming, all at the Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade St. Roxbury).
Donate non-perishable food or sanitizing items: see list of items needed, such as hand-sanitizer or Clorox wipes.
Visit haleyhouse.org for Links and other details.
Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. still in operation following the Coronavirus guidelines, is looking for donations of money, gift cards, toiletries, non-perishable food, re-usable bags, mugs, towels, underwear, books among other items.
Visit rosiesplace.org to learn more.
Comedy for a Cause
St. Stephens Youth Programs presents Comedy for a Cause from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place in Seaport.
This fun, casual night will feature three of Boston’s best clean comedians, drinks, heavy appetizers and a chance to hear from their young people and their mission while enjoying some big laughs together. There will also be a raffle and a digital photo booth.
The St. Stephens Youth Programs (ssypboston.org) is a youth development organization that engages more than 700 young people ages 5 through 25 from low-income communities in Boston each year in academic support, enrichment activities, college and career counseling an so much more. They emphasize long-term, year-round relationships with young people and are seeing great results in the impact of their work.
Visit eventbrite.com for tickets ($100 which includes performances, two drinks tickets, and heavy appetizers) along with other information.
Coppa, Little Donkey and Toro
Fifty percent of all gift card sales between now and April 30 will go into a staff fund to help financially support employees.
Order online: Coppa (South End), Little Donkey (Central Square, Cambridge) and Toro (Boston).
Estragon, South End
Estragon (estragontapas.com) has set up a fund that will be entirely distributed among their front-of-house staff and kitchen crew to help them cover their fixed expenses during the weeks that Estragon is closed. Visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-our-staff-stay-afloat-during-the-crisis to help.
BPL is closed; online services continue to grow
All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.
Please note the following:
• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.
• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st..
• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.
• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.
• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.
• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.
• For more information on the library closure, visit www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email ask@BPL.org
BCYF activities canceled
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers many programs for people of all ages throughout the city.
BCYF’s network of community centers offer a wide range of diverse features and programs that are as unique as the neighborhoods they serve.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed and all programming is suspended.
Select BCYF locations are meal pick-up sites only for students who rely on daily free breakfast and lunch provided by schools. Find sites and their hours of operation at www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston
To learn more about the centers, visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families.
Winter Fitness Series – Canceled
The Boston Parks and Recreation Winter Fitness Series and Pop-Up Parties all Boston Neighborhoods scheduled through April have been canceled.
Two Dollar-A-Bag sites
Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.
The trucks will be at Villa Victoria / Plaza Betances, 100 W. Dedham St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and at the St. Botolph House, 70 St. Botolph St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit fairfoods.org or phone 617-288-6185 for other information, including delivery status.
Caring For Your Soul
The Caring for Your Soul group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St.
No one should feel alone in their struggle with any physical or emotional illness, in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones. Sharing each other’s stories can be liberating and a welcome break in the silence that often surrounds emotional illness.
This is the place to speak out and be heard in a safe confidential and non-judgmental environment, where isolation and stigma dissipate as supportive community is created.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be offered.
Meetings are held in Rosa Hall (lower level of the church). The entrance is on Union Park Street.
Visit holycrossboston.com for more information, including the status during this “transitional” time.