Beacon Hill-West End neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Swan boats return

The 141st season of the swan boats will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. Celebrating the end of winter and the start of spring in New England, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host the first ride of the season as the swan boats open at the Public Garden lagoon.

The swan boats first launched in 1877 by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget, and the Paget family still operates these iconic treasures. They are built on oak-framed pontoons sheathed in copper. The swans are made from either copper or Fiberglas and house the paddle mechanisms to propel the boats.

Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 15 to June 20 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 21 to Labor Day.

For more information visit or call 617-522-1966.

Science and photography

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host a panel discussion “Snaps of the Intersection of Science and Photography” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

Photographers Bob Hesse, Jim Nickelson and Thibault Roland will join moderator Emily Handlin for a discussion of the intersection between science and photography. They will examine how knowledge of science influences the creative process and will present samples of their own work.

Attendees are encouraged to visit “New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenaeum’s Prints and Photography Collections” to view work by these photographers as well as other regional artists. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of this event.

Admission is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Wind quintet

King’s Chapel, located at the corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome the Weston Wind Quintet at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

The quintet will perform works by Bizet and Dvorak. Violinist Krista Buckland Reisner will be the guest soloist.

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians. Visit or call 617-227-2155 for more information.

Opening reception

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., will host an opening reception for the 2017 exhibition “Makers Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18.

The Nichols sisters came of age during the Arts and Crafts Movement that called for a return to handcrafts for the sake of beauty, quality and social progress. Letters, memoirs and objects in the museum’s collection tell the story of their work with sewing, pottery and woodworking.

The sisters also used their skills to educate and advocate for people from diverse backgrounds. The exhibition showcases the accomplishments of these women and tells the story of craft by presenting works by contemporary craft artists in the historic rooms.

Light refreshments will be served. The reception is free but advanced registration is required, online at or by calling 617-227-6993.

Children’s concert

Entertainer Matt Heaton will perform in a free concert at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Families can listen to Heaton’s fun mix of rockabilly, surf music, American roots and Irish traditional music.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Film series

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will celebrate National Poetry Month with films honoring poets and poetry from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 19 and 26.

The library will screen “Amour Fou” from France, on April 19; and “Howl,” the story of Allen Ginsberg’s most famous poem and the obscenity trial that followed, on April 26.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Music of Mendelssohn

Emmanuel Music will present a performance of instrumental chamber music and songs by Felix Mendelssohn and Hugo Wolf at noon on Thursday, April 20 at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St.

Featured works will include Mendelssohn’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major” and “Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor” and Wolf’s “Goethe-Lieder.”

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-227-0270 or visit

Memoir writing

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St, will host a free memoir-writing workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Kim Kerrigan of Corporate Classrooms will discuss memoir writing based on his own experiences. Attendees will learn how to record their personal histories in a clear, simplified and interesting way, discover their own writing voices and create memorable and distinct memoirs.

To register, email or call 617-523-3957.

Easter egg hunt

The Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St., will present a petting zoo and Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 23.

All are invited to the library for the annual Easter petting zoo with chicks, ducks, bunnies and a goat and an egg hunt for children, ages 8 and under.

Those who are able to contribute should drop donations of dyed real eggs or pre-stuffed plastic Easter eggs by Fr. Wood’s office any time before Sunday.

Visit for more information.

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24.

Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Contemporary art in Boston

A new exhibition that sheds light on contemporary art in Boston is on display at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., now to Sept. 3.

This exciting exhibition will showcase contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs by New England artists. The works on display, drawings, watercolors, linocuts, lithographs, hand-toned silver gelatin prints, digital photographs, and more, reflect artistic interpretations of New England’s built and natural environment.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

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” now to Aug. 31.

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

Picturing Douglas

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 July 31.

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