Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes
‘The Housing Act of 1949’
The West End Museum (150 Staniford St., Unit 7) is hosting the exhibit, “The Housing Act of 1949,” through July 15.
The re-configured and updated exhibit explores the circumstances that led Harry S. Truman to put urban renewal on the national agenda, inadvertently setting in motion the final chapter in the old West End’s story.
The show comprises graphic panels, photographs, and artifacts and gives context to the permanent exhibit, “The Last Tenement.”
For more information, phone 617-723-2125 or visit https://thewestendmuseum.org/article/the-beginning-of-the-end-the-housing-act-of-1949.
Open house cookout
The Beacon Hill Friends is hosting their eighth annual mid-summer cookout on Saturday, July 13, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Friends House, 8 Chestnut St.
Friends, family, House alumni, neighbors and others are invited to join the BHFH residents for a jubilant open house event for food, fellowship and ping pong.
Potluck contributions of non-refrigerated side dishes, desserts and snacks are appreciated but not required. Vegetarian and vegan options will be served. Please note this is an alcohol-free event.
This open house event will take place throughout the public spaces at the Friends House.
Our largest indoor space where most of the activities will take place is wheelchair accessible; some of the outdoor space in not accessible.
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To learn more about the BHFH and to register for this event, visit https://www.bhfh.org.
The Esplanade Association will feature Kadence Arts at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 15 at the Hatch Shell as part of the GroundBeat Series.
Experience a night of live dance and upbeat music brought to you by Kadence Ensemble, the premiere percussion-focused music group of New England.
There will be food trucks, games and new seating.
For more information on GroundBeat, visit esplanade.org/groundbeat-the-esplanades-free-riverfront-music-series.
River Fit Summer Fitness Series
The Esplanade Association will present the River Fit Summer Fitness Series on the Esplanade.
Zumba, led by Healthworks, will feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms are combined with resistance training from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 16 through Sept. 3 at the Hatch Shell.
Fitness trainers from Lynx Fitness Club will present a high intensity interval training workout performing a wide range of functional and sports driven movements followed by a relaxing cool down stretch from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 17 through Sept 4 at Fiedler Field.
Sunset Yoga for beginners to experts, led by Sara Divello, will focus on increasing flexibility and muscle tone while achieving calmness, stress reduction and overall body awareness will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from July 18 through Sept. 5 at Fiedler Field. Namaste!
To learn more and to pre-register, visit Esplanade.org/Fitness.
Symphonic Space Odyssey
A celebration in music and live video of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing will be presented by Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Christopher Wilkins, conductor) in partnership with the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
This family-friendly evening honors the historic event by pairing custom visuals produced by the Planetarium with symphonic music inspired by the moon and outer space.
John Adams’ sonic ball-of-fire launches a program that features two intensely vibrant film scores alongside Leroy Anderson’s summer reverie composed for Arthur Fielder, Thus Spake Zarathustra – moments in all of music. It was the soundtrack for the opening minutes of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The rain date will be on Thursday, July 18. If it rains on that day, the concert will be held at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St. Cambridge.
For more information, visit hatchshell.org.
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will present the mystical dramedy Cymbeline, one of the Bard's least-known plays, in Shakespeare on the Common, near the Parkman Bandstand from July 17 through Aug. 4.
The magical evening of free theater under the stars begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee on Aug. 4. There are no performances on Mondays. The performances run about 2.5 hours.
Bring a picnic basket, blanket or low folding chair.
Chair rentals will be available for $5, plus a $5 refundable deposit upon return of chair.
Food vendors will also be available as are toilets at the nearby tennis courts.
For anyone needing special accommodations, contact SCS in advance at 617-426-0863.
Call the weather line at 617-426-0863 if the weather is iffy.
For more information about the play or the event, visit commshakes.org.
Adaptive sailing for teens
Adaptive Sports New England and Community Boating invite teens with a visual impairment and/or mobility impairment to go sailing on the Charles River from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, now through Aug. 27.
Meet at Community Boating Center, 21 David G. Mugar Way. No experience is necessary and each participant can bring a sibling or friend.
For more information and to register, visit events.r20constantcontact.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-690-9103.
Free Friday Flicks
Here's the perfect way to spend a Friday night this summer: grab a blanket or lawn chair and some friends and watch a free movie under the stars at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade by the Charles River.
Fridays from June to late August, the movie starts at sundown (around 8:30 or 9 p.m. in July and 8 or 8:30 p.m. in August).
Co-sponsor WBZ News Radio hosts will have games, giveaways and free food samples starting at 6 p.m., so come early, stake out your spot on the grass, relax and have fun.
The movie lineup is:
July 19: “Spiderman into the Spider Verse” (8:13 p.m.)
July 26: “Bumblebee” (8:06 p.m.)
Aug. 2: “The Lego Movie 2” (7:58 p.m.)
Aug. 9: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (7:48 p.m.)
Aug. 16: “Captain Marvel” (7:38 p.m.)
Aug. 23: “Dumbo” (7:26 p.m.)
For more information, including the movie schedule and weather cancellations, call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200.
Mascot Wally reads
Wally, the Official Red Sox Mascot, will be at the West End Library (151 Cambridge St.) from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19.
Wally will be acting out scenes from different books as he “makes books come alive” in this interactive program for children and youth, ages 12 and younger.
Registration is required for this event: call 617-623-3957 or email email@example.com.
NE Revolution soccer clinic
Santander Bank, in partnership with the New England Revolution, will offer kids and families an opportunity to play soccer from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 on the Boston Common, 139 Tremont St.
The free clinic will feature New England Revolution players and Revolution Academy Coaches leading a skills clinic with drills, demonstrations and instruction for young soccer fans (ages 5 through 12) and their families.
There will also be games and other activities including photo and autograph opportunities.
For more details and to sign up at least one week prior to the event, visit: https://www.revolutionsoccer.net/2019-santander-public-clinic.
The famous swan boats are now operating in the Public Garden. Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon.
Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.
For more information, visit www.swanboats.com or call 617-522-1966.
Music and Movement
Sing along to music that gets all ages moving every Sunday and Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on the Boston Common.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy live music and interact through sound, sight and touch. Grownups and children can join in with drums, tambourines and other noise-makers. Toddlers can meet other children and participate in group activities in this safe and fun environment.
All classes are led by trained music educators from Little Groove.
For more information, check out https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/messy-monday-29.
Drop in for free summer yoga sessions at the Frog Pond (next to the carousel) on Boston Common. Instructors, who are an eclectic mix of writers, musicians, athletics, cyclists, runners and more, welcome students of all levels to participate.
The group meets from 6 to 7:15 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 29. Bring your own mat, blocks, towels and belt.
Esplanade run club
Marathon Sports, at 671 Boylston St., hosts a meet up every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to go running with others. All ages and levels are welcome to join and choose between a 3, 5, or 8-mile run along the Esplanade or Charles River pathways. Classes are led by Marathon Sports Run Groups.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate.
For more information or to pre-register, visit marathonsports.com.
These meet ups are partnered with The Esplanade Association; for information, visit esplanadeassociation.org.
Concerts at the Plaza
The Brewer Fountain, gifted to the city in 1868 by Gardner Brewer, is one of the most memorable features in the historic Boston Common.
Every weekday this summer, there will be a Berklee pianist playing music next to the fountain at noon on the solar-powered piano.
Performances are brought to you by the Friends of the Public Garden (friendsofthepublicgarden.org).
For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.
West End photographs
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. For more details, call 617-416-0781 or go online to www.thewestendmuseum.org.
Coloring for adults
“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays 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 further details, call 617-523-3957.
First Caturday will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sept 7 at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common on Charles Street, open to everyone - with or without a cat.
First Caturday is a day to reclaim the glory of the outdoors for our feline friends, a day for delightful outdoor cat-napping and socializing.
Some cats actually like leash walks, others stroller walks, and still others just to come to the park in their pet carriers to listen to the birds singing.
It’s a day to freely exchange information, friendship and joy to help make cats happy and healthy.
For more information about the event along with cat tips, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/759214631114827.
The Evolve Bootcamp will meet on the Boston Common at the Boston Public Garden entrance (84 Beacon St. between Charles and Arlington streets, across from Cheers) from 6 to 7 for an early Friday morning run.
Join the gang and challenge yourself with fun-filled, functional fitness training outdoors.
The Evolve Bootcamp, Boston Common location boasts a surrounding terrain full of variety. In this class you will experience dynamic workouts fueled and inspired by a city environment that includes steep hills, stairs, fields, urban obstacles and more. Rain or shine, expect the unexpected.
For more information and to sign up, go to www.evolvebootcamp.com/schedule.
Summer Dock Party
Community Boating – the nation's oldest public sailing center, incorporated in 1946, provides "Sailing for All" for youth, adults, and individuals with special needs.
Their Summer Dock Party fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. It will include a night of dancing, mingling and watching the sunset over the Charles at 21 David G. Mugar Way. There will also be a DJ, lawn games and an open bar (beer/wine/spiked seltzer).
For more information and to purchase tickets ($40), visit https://www.accelevents.com/e/SummerDockParty.
Tours of Beacon Hill
Boston by Foot is offering tours of Beacon Hill from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays now through Oct. 30, meeting at the Massachusetts State House steps on Beacon Street.
The tour travels picturesque streets from the golden dome of the State House to the elegant homes of Louisburg Square, highlighting examples of early American architecture with particular emphasis on the work of Charles Bulfinch.
Participants will experience Beacon Hill’s ornate past, from its rural beginnings to the vision of the Mount Vernon proprietors, and hear about the lives of its prominent citizens while walking among this historic collection of Federal and Greek Revival row houses.
Tickets are free for members, $13 for adults and $8 for children if purchased online in advance, or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.
Further information can be found at www.bostonbyfoot.org or by calling 617-367-2345.
‘Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life’
The world-renowned Gunther von Hagens' “Body Worlds and The Cycle of Life” exhibition is at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park.
Visit the Museum during this unique exhibit's stay to look within yourself and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be alive.
More than one hundred preserved human specimens reveal the wonders of human development and demonstrate how poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices can shape your body. Don't miss out on this potentially life-changing experience.
Museum of Science is open Saturdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information and tickets, visit mos.org or phone 617-723-2500.
Free swing dancing
“Swing” the night away. Swing dancing takes place on the Boston Common every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/775622202793234.
The Museum of African American History has extended its new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., through August.
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 www.maah.org.
55 and older job seekers
An information session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays through Sept. 27 at Operation A.B.L.E. (174 Portland St. 5th Floor) to talk about various A.B.L.E. resources available in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
SCSEP is a federal back-to-work program for income-eligible individuals age 55 and older. It pays qualified participants a stipend for 20 hours of work per week at a community-based government agency or non-profit organization. Participants earn-while-they-learn and may lead to a return to the regular workforce.
Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed.
For more information, visit operationable.net.
To pre-register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-every-friday-scsep-information-session-10-am-registration-21325244380 or call 617-542-4180.
An information session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 25 at Operation A.B.L.E. (174 Portland St. 5th Floor) for job seekers, those underemployed, in career transition and military veterans to talk about available programs and services.
Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcomed.
For more information, visit operationable.net or phone 617-542-4180.
‘Let There Be Light’
Meditation sessions are held from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on Fridays and 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Mondays in the Library Room at the Beacon House, 19 Myrtle St.
There will be guided commentary with singing bowl sounds in background during the sessions. Please come early to sign in at security desk. Meditations start and end on time. The event is free, but donations are welcomed.
To learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-there-be-light-meditation-tickets-53110754697.
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., hosts The Monday Lunch program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Sproat Hall.
The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch every week for thirty years. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your situation.
Volunteers are welcome to join the team as well.
For more information, visit www.stpaulboston.org.
The St. Joseph Music Ministry is looking for musicians to join their music ministry team.
The weekend Masses are held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and on Sundays at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For more information about St. Joseph Catholic Church, 68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, visit stjosephboston.org or call 617-523-4342.
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Model room tours
The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.
Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.
For more information, visit bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email email@example.com to arrange a tour.
Walk to the Sea
The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.
Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.
Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.
Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.
For more information, visit walktothesea.com.
Astronomy after hours
Astronomy after Hours will be held at the Gilliland Observatory, on the roof of the Museum of Science’s parking garage on Fridays from April through October.
Small telescopes will be available outside to view stars, planets, the Moon and other astronomical phenomena. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the evening’s featured astronomical object through the 11” Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the observatory.
Because sunset times shift throughout the season, program hours vary as follows: from May through August the event will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.; in September and April from 8 to 10 p.m. and in October from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
When the weather is uncooperative, a variety of indoor hands-on astronomy and space science activities with museum staff with be offered.
Visit mos.org for more information and scheduling details.
This program is free to the public thanks to the support of the Lowell Institute.