Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:
Du sport dans la cuisine!
Teens (ages 13-18) are invited to join the French Cultural Center for a healthy and yummy online cooking workshop from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, led by Maude Mastoris.
The group will follow the recipe and stir the batter together live on Zoom while discussing sports and games in France, the US and around the world en français. All levels are welcome.
The recipe for the cereal bars in online.
Visit frenchculturalcenter.org/events for required registration. Members $7; Non-members $10
Join Darcy Stevens from the University of Maine from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20 as she presents “Interpreting Neutrality during the American Revolution in the Northeast Borderlands,” hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Rebellion, neutrality and loyalty existed on a spectrum that inhabitants in the Borderlands of Maine and Nova Scotia moved along throughout the war. Likewise, British and American officials’ interpretations and acceptance of neutrality was malleable.
Examining neutrals, rebels, loyalists, New England Planters, Wabanaki, and Acadians in the Borderlands reveals factors which impacted personal decisions and official policy about neutrality. Recognizing the complexity of neutrality restores agency to individuals and suggests a new terrain for assessing revolutionary actors as they were buffeted by wartime change.
Visit masshist.org/calendar for more information, including Zoom registration.
Susan Eisenhower: ‘How Ike Led’
Susan Eisenhower joins Boston Public Library President David Leonard, along with Margaret Talcott of American Ancestors NEHGS, to discuss a new book profiling her history-making grandfather, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
From D-Day to Little Rock, from the Korean War to Cold War crises, from the Red Scare to the Missile Gap controversies, few people have made decisions as momentous and varied as Eisenhower.
How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions sheds light on his principles and decision making, demonstrates how he led America through a transformational time, and shows what we can learn from that experience today.
For more information, visit americanancestors.org and/or bpl.org/events.
This virtual author event, hosted by WGBH Forum Network, is free and open the public.
Visit https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cdMwrzWQRg27GoBIk8a4XQ to register.
Kanopy Club: ‘Obit.’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “Obit” on Kanopy.com/video/obit and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
About Obit.: “It's a shame no one wants to talk to them at parties because obituary writers are a surprisingly funny bunch. Ten hours before newspapers hit neighborhood doorsteps – and these days, 10 minutes before news hits the web – an obit writer is racing against deadline to sum up a long and newsworthy life in under 1000 words. The details of these lives are then deposited into the cultural memory amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores.”
OBIT. is the first documentary to explore the world of these writers and their subjects, focusing on the team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to those who register.
Late night at Emmanuel: Summer sessions
Emmanuel Music will present five virtual concerts of newly recorded and/or newly contextualized performances of music spanning nearly three centuries as follows:
Aug. 20: Colton Sings Marx
Kendra Colton revisits a never released recording made with pianist Laura Ward of stunning art songs by Austrian composer Joseph Marx, a composer and philosopher whose style can be compared to that of Wolf and Strauss. Made in the renowned acoustic gem of Mechanics Hall in Worcester in 1999. In conversation with Artistic Director Ryan Turner, Colton will share insights into these unique pieces, the life of Marx, and the experience of returning to these recordings two decades after they were made.
Aug. 27: Schlummert Ein...
Soprano Kristen Watson presents a new arrangement of Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen, the touching central aria of Bach’s Cantata BWV 82, Ich habe genug. Supported by the audio production of husband Eric Reustle, Watson presents this aria both as soloist and accompanist, redeveloping and recording the instrumental parts with her voice. Watson and Reustle will present this work alongside another new project they have developed and share insights into their recording and editing process.
Videos of these wide-ranging concerts will be available on: Facebook Live at 9 p.m. and on YouTube and EmmanuelMusic.org the following day.
Concerts in the Courtyard Series (Online)
The Boston Public Library, in the spirit of their annual Concerts in the Courtyard series, will stream the performances on their YouTube page from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays as follows:
Aug. 21: Northstar Duo
Aug. 28: Ken Field & Blake Newman
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including a description of each concert.
Boston Project Podcast
The Boston Project is SpeakEasy’s new works initiative that supports the creation of new plays set in Boston. In an effort to reach a wider audience and engage with new work even while in quarantine, SpeakEasy has launched a new wing of this program – the Boston Project Podcast.
The SpeakEasy will bring people the first series of the podcast – a fully adapted, episodic version of The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt, recorded by local artists, with one episode released a week.
The podcasts will be available at speakeasystage.com as well as on all your favorite podcast streaming platforms.
Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Online Book Group
The Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them Book Group at the Boston Public Library's Central Library is geared toward young adults in their 20s and 30s and meets every fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. on line. They cover a wide variety of genres including historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, among others.
The Aug. 25 book will be The Song of Achilles by Nadeline Miller.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the video chat link.
Boston Athenæum re-opening
Boston Athenæum, 10½ Beacon St. offers many activities online free of charge, serving their members, the Boston community, and beyond.
At the same time, their building has re-opened for members to use the reading rooms (by appointment) and take advantage of book pick-up and drop-off in the lobby following COVID-19 protocols. Please phone (617) 720-7604 with questions and to reserve time in the building.
Library hours: Mondays through Thursdays - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m,; Fridays and Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit www.bostonathenaeum.org/visit/covid-19-response for more information.
Esplanade Association 2020 Moondance Gala
Based on the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, the Esplanade Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the beloved Moondance Gala in 2020. After many conversations with chairs Carolina Säve-Natale, Bryan Natale, Margo Newman and Fred Newman, the safety of friends and supporters is their top priority. In addition, they determined it was not fiscally responsible to take on the financial risk associated with planning an event that could likely need to be cancelled at a later date.
The group thanks people who have considered making a gift to the Esplanade Association. People’s support of EA is more critical than ever before as this event typically makes up 50 percent of their operating revenue. All donations are fully tax deductible and people can use any means to send their support, including Donor Advised Funds.
Make gifts by using the secure online donation website below, using the Donor Advised Fund, giving appreciated securities or sending a check (payable to Esplanade Association) to Jim Diverio, Director of Development, Esplanade Association, 575 Boylston St., Suite 4R, Boston, MA 02116.
Call Jim Diverio at 617-837-2870 or visit https://esplanade.org/moondance for more information.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 in the Virtual Teen Room.
They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Virtual Jazz Coffee House
The Virtual Jazz Coffee House, featuring the Willie Sordillo Ensemble, will be live streamed from the Old South Church in Boston from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at https://livestream.com/oldsouth.
Breakdancing workshop for youth
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias, a member of the Floorlord - the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.
Each week people will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.
HOH Virtual Game Night Series
Join Havurah on the Hill at the Vilna Shul - Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture - to laugh, engage and connect through social clue-giving games such as Codenames, Just One and Pictionary at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29.
These virtual entertainment experiences are professionally produced by Eureka: On the Spot.
The event will also include candle lighting, Hamotzi and Kiddish.
HOH events are designed specifically for people in their 20s and 30s. For those who were born after the debut of the Rubik Cube, register in order to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.
Visit www.vilnashul.org for more information.
Community Boating program
The 2020 Community Boating program (21 David G. Mugar Way) has been adjusted to account for safety regulations put in place by state and federal government. CBI is currently operating their Adult Program and paddling rentals on an appointment basis.
Visit www.community-boating.org for more information.
Summer on the Emerald Necklace goes virtual
The Emerald Necklace signature series of summer programs will be offered online as a variety of live and on-demand events – including virtual tours and concerts, contests, online yoga and more.
Make the most of your summer by exploring, connecting with and learning more about one of the many historic parks that make up the Emerald Necklace and the natural world. Whether at home or on a socially distanced stroll in a favorite park, they have an activity for everyone.
New resources and live virtual events will be released regularly throughout the summer.
Visit emeraldnecklace.org frequently for the latest announcements.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
Two new exhibits at Pucker Gallery
Two new exhibitions will be on view at the Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury St. (third floor) through Sept. 20.
A booklet with colorful illustrations outlining the exhibition of Ongoing Conversation: Birds in the Art of Samuel Bak and a fine collection of art depicted in Fine Choices 2020 are available for perusing online for the gallery viewing.
Visit www.puckergallery.com for more information, including gallery hours.
‘BENDING LINES: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception’
From 17th century attempts to woo European settlers to the New World with maps that exaggerated natural resources, to a 2019 Sharpie-enhanced weather map designed to reshape the politics of disaster planning, maps and visual data have always been tools for manipulating reality.
In a wide-ranging, year-long initiative comprising exhibitions, programs and educational activities, “BENDING LINES: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception” at the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map & Education Center (Copley Square), offers a critical look at how to understand the world as it appears in geographic representations.
The show features historical and contemporary documents and interactive displays designed to show visitors the power of persuasive mapmaking and will be on view through May 2021.
Visit leventhalmap.org/bending-lines for more information.
The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving and promoting the history of public transportation in the Greater Boston area and New England since 1959.
The group typically meets on the first Saturday of the month. Their online store is open.
Rollsign, a bi-monthly publication on New England transit news and history, is also available.
Visit www.thebsra.org for more information, including the status of their Sept. 12 meeting.
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
Using the library website, phone line or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Copley Square Farmers Market open
The Copley Square Farmers Market – Boston’s biggest and busiest – will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 24.
The Farmers Market will offer a vibrant selection of local and delicious produce and meat from more than two dozen Massachusetts farmers.
Copley Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP/Nutrition Vouchers for all eligible products.
Visit www.massfarmersmarkets.org/copley for more information - including shopping protocol.
Boston Ballet online
Enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles on www.bostonballet.org along with exclusive, ballet videos at www.facebook.com/bostonballet
Support Boston Ballet at www.bostonballet.org/Home/Support/Donate.
Genealogy for the next generation
Several free, easy-to-do fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history are available at www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/youth.
These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life.
Huntington @ Home
Huntington @ Home, a series of new programs to connect with their audiences, includes:
- Special online performances and messages from artists
- One-on-one phone calls with staff – they’ll bring you a short monologue about past productions or a conversation about how the theatre created one of their plays or musicals
- Huntington@HomeSchool for distance learning and short classes, educational resources and virtual performance opportunities for students and other artists
Visit www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/upcoming/huntington-at-home for more information.
Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen
The Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen BBMSK (“Bumsk”) is a group of young adults who minister to the homeless on the streets of Back Bay. They take sandwiches, fruit, socks and Rosaries to distribute, and take time to listen to the stories of the men and women they encounter.
The group meets Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. on the front steps of the St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St.
They are always looking for donations (money/gift cards, toiletries, socks, and supplies) and volunteers to help prepare and package the food.
Contact Eli at 703-638-2019 or visit www.omvusa.org for more information.
Common Cathedral and Boston Warm programs need help
Common Cathedral and Boston Warm programs under the umbrella of Ecclesia Ministries at Emmanuel Church (15 Newbury St.) needs partners to help them serve the increasing number of homeless and underserved during this critical time.
There are three specific ways that you can help make a difference:
1) Donate supplies listed on their Amazon account.
2) Donate individually wrapped homemade or purchased sandwiches, soft fruits and granola bars.
3) Donate your time, your treasures (donations) and your prayers – they are always welcomed and valued.
Visit www.commoncathedral.org for other information, including links to keep this mission alive.
Friday Night Supper Program emergency appeal
The Friday Night Supper program (FNSP) at the Arlington Street Church – the longest running program in Boston – has served more than 13,000 meals a year to more than 130 guests from all over Boston since 1984.
Your donations make a difference in the lives of people in need, whether through philanthropic dollars or individual gifts of money, clothing, toiletries and gift cards. Help fill the gap with their Emergency Appeal so they can continue their mission.
Visit www.Fridaynightsupper.org to make a donation.
Support Women’s Lunch Place
Women’s Lunch Place, 67 Newbury St. continues to serve women while maintaining all three of their core services areas – healthy meals, direct care and advocacy.
WLP is open every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides one take out package that contains a nutritious breakfast and lunch with extra snacks to sustain their guests.
Women’s Lunch Place needs donations – money, gift cards, toiletries, underwear and other basic necessities – to keep their mission going.
Visit www.womenslunchplace.org for more information.
Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
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” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.