Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Pigeons hang out on the roof of the Park Street MBTA station by Boston Common.

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.

Jewish revival in Poland

The Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips St., will host “Krakow’s Jewish Revival and the New Holocaust Bill: Is There a Jewish Future in Poland?” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19.

Jonathan Ornstein from the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow will discuss Jewish life in Poland today and the recent announcement regarding the new Holocaust bill.

Ornstein is the executive director of the JCC of Krakow, an organization devoted to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow. The JCC boasts more than 650 Jewish members, welcomes 10,000 visitors a month and has become one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival.

Registration is required for this free event, online at or by calling 617-523-2324.

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.

Choral group to perform

King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome the Labyrinth Choir at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

The choir, under the direction of Anita Kupriss, will perform “Sing to the Heavens,” works by Daley, Gjeilo, Lauridsen and Ramsey.

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

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

Founding Fathers

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour “The Founders” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

Docent Dale Linder will investigate objects in the athenaeum’s special collections that shed light on the nation’s early history. Attendees can join the discussion and get up close to busts of founding fathers that once graced the halls of Monticello and portraits by some of the United States’ most renowned painters.

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 Wednesday, March 21 and 28.

Featured will be; “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 Chippendale

The Nichols House and Museum will host “Chippendale: The Man and the Myth” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Britain’s most celebrated furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale, whose designs reached both sides of the Atlantic through a groundbreaking pattern book, “The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director of 1754.” During his lifetime he oversaw one of the largest cabinetmaking and upholstery firms in London, and eventually his name defined an entire style of 18th century furniture.

Brock Jobe, Winterthur’s professor emeritus of American Decorative Arts, will recount the remarkable story of Chippendale’s career and look at some of his greatest works.

A light reception will follow the program. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-227-6993.

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.”

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

Revolutionary Era 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 through 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 and April 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 ages 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