Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
The Frog Pond in Boston Common is a great place to go skating during these winter months.

Wind quintet to perform

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome the Weston Wind Quintet at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.

The musicians will play works by Leos Janacek and Takacs.

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

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

Night of skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common will host College Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.

College students can show their I.D. and get free admission.

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

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

Artists and inventors

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “Artists as Inventors, Inventors as Artists” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

Samuel Morse, the artist who painted the Athenaeum’s portrait of James Monroe, invented the electric telegraph. George M. Dexter, one of the architects of the Athenaeum’s home on Beacon Street, invented a new way to heat buildings. Docent Scott Guthery will explore the interaction of art and science as illustrated in patents granted to Athenaeum artists and members during this 30-minute tour.

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

Celebrating women directors

In honor of Women’s History Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen a series of free films directed by women from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during March.

Featured will be Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell” on March 14; “After the Wedding” directed by Suzanne Bier on March 21 and “Belle” directed by Amma Asante on March 28.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Life of Dr. King

Bright Star Theater will present “Meet Dr. King” at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 16 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

The production will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an accessible and easy to follow story. Students will learn about the key moments in Dr. King’s life, from his childhood in Atlanta and the important lessons passed down by his father, to his great moments as an inspiring leader.

Admission is free.

Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

Music of Handel

The finale of the 60th season of the King’s Chapel concert series will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The choir, soloists and orchestra will perform the oratorio “Israel in Egypt” by G.F. Handel.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors and students. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Validated concert parking at One Beacon St. garage will be available.

For further information, visit or call 617-227-2155.

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19.

Children and families are welcome 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.

Bach birthday benefit

The Old West Organ Society will welcome concert organist Christian Lane in a benefit concert honoring J.S. Bach’s 333rd birthday at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 19.

Lane will perform an all-Bach program to benefit the Old West Organ Society.

Tickets are $25.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Revolutionary women

The Freedom Trail Foundation is offering new 90-minute walking tours celebrating four centuries of women who changed history at 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now to March 31. The tours will leave from the visitor information center on Boston Common, 139 Tremont St.

Led by 18th century costumed guides, the tours will feature tales of the early religious rebellions of Anne Hutchinson, patriotic actions of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, the abolitionist movements of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman, writings of Phillis Wheatley and Louisa May Alcott and speeches of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and suffragette Susan B. Anthony, with visits to places where they lived, where their works were published and where they were laid to rest.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-357-8300.

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during March 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 more details, call 617-523-3957.

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 over 58 inches and free for those under. Season passes are available. Skate rentals are $5 for children, ages 13 and under, $12 for those 14 and older. Lockers are also available.

The Frog Pond continues freestyle skating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. for $12 a session. There are no rentals during this time.

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

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 March 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