Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes

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This is a flag and lantern can be seen outside a home on Acorn Street on Beacon Hill.

Candlelit Crypt Tours at King's Chapel

Home to one of the few surviving church crypts in New England, King's Chapel, 58 Tremont St. invites people to descend beneath the church to discover the darker side of the 18th-century crypt. Walk among the 21 tombs to learn about historic burial customs and the people laid to rest beneath the chapel.

In-person tours will be offered at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30.

Visit for more information and registration ($15).

A virtual version of the program will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. Visit to sign up for this event (Donations welcome).

Road of Rainbows 5K (onsite-online)

The Boston Theater Company (BTC) and the Artist Athletic Association (AAA) will host a 5K road race – Road of Rainbows – from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Boston Common.

RoR is the first LGBTQ+ 5K in Massachusetts and the first athletic event that supports the arts. All LGBTQ+ folks and supporters and all athletic abilities are welcomed. 

Tickets include pre-race concert and post-race after party at the Moxy Hotel. Come in your best costume.

Visit for more information and registration.

​Beacon Hill with a BOO!

There is no better place than Beacon Hill to walk to the dark side on All Hallow’s Eve. 

On the Boston by Foot Boo! tour, participants will hear stories that shed a new light on this quiet residential neighborhood. Murder and mayhem lurk just below the surface. Beacon Hill transforms itself for Halloween with elaborate decorations and hordes of trick or treaters in costumes.

The Boo! tour highlights the Hill’s dark legacy of mystery and murder. Visit the home of the infamous Dr. George Parkman and learn what happened to his dismembered body. Learn about Boston’s witches and hear how both they and visiting Quakers were hanged. The true and morbid tales include those of serial killers, apparitions of ministers and murderers who walk in their sleep. BBF guides will take people through dark alleys and show Beacon Hill as never experienced it before.

The 1½-hour tours will be held from 4 to 6:30 (every half hour) on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Visit for more information and registration ($20).

Help save the West End trees

Do you know how important trees are to fighting climate change and improving mental health? Join next week to start the work of saving the trees in the West End.

The West End Civic Association ( is partnering with numerous "green" groups in the city to begin to "make a difference" in the West End - one tree at a time.

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, everyone is invited to meet outside of J. Pace on Thoreau Path with members of Speak for the Trees Boston ( to "measure" and identify the 200 trees that line Thoreau Path. This will allow people to develop an understanding of the trees' ability to help offset pollution and reduce stormwater runoff - both critical to helping slow the impact of climate change.

As the Arbor Day Foundation website says "Each of us plays an important role in slowing the rate of climate change… Reduce what you can, offset the rest through trees."

In interested in taking part on Monday or to learn about future plans, send an email to

Coleslaw’s Corner: The Grand Return

Coleslaw’s Corner, the HUBweek Art Award-winning collaboration with one of Boston’s favorite Queens, Coleslaw, will be back at the Museum of Science from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

To mark her grand return, Coleslaw is bringing along an extended lineup of her favorite drag friends and performers to take over the Museum’s entire Blue Wing. This celebration features an incredible evening of performances inspired by some of the Museum’s most iconic, as well as the newest exhibits.

Visit for more information and tickets ($15 advance; $20 day of).

‘How Medicine Got Hijacked by Business and How We Can Take It Back’

Join the Suffolk University Law School's Health Law and Policy Forum at Sargent Hall function room, 120 Tremont St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.

The featured speaker will be Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she worked as an emergency room physician before converting to full-time journalism focusing on health and health policy. 

Luncheon provided to those who register by Nov. 3.

Go to for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at  Big Night Entertainment Group

Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St. will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

‘Discovering Spirit Within Ourselves’ series

The Beacon Hill Friends House will present a three-part series “Discovering Spirit Withing Ourselves” - an exploration of mystical spiritual traditions led by Jen Higgins-Newman from 2 to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays as follows:

​– Session II: “Unknowing God” on Nov. 4

The group will explore queries – such as what do you think you know about God – and more, and give ourselves permission to let go of our answers to them by exploring the ancient mystical spiritual practice of “unknowing” God – also known as apophatic or “negative” theology, or even unsaying God.

– Session 1II: “Seeking” on Dec. 4

The group will focus on what it means to be a seeker. How to hold uncertainty and lack of clarity in order to forge a unique relationship with that which is greater than ourselves.

These interactive hybrid workshops, where participants will engage with readings, queries, journaling and discussion to engage deeply, will be held in-person at Beacon Hill Friends House, 6-8 Chestnut St. and on Zoom.

​These workshops are for everyone – Quakers and non-Quakers, no matter where you fall on the question of "God" (including theists and non-theists) or whether you have engaged in a practice such as this before. Attend any or all of the sessions.

Visit for more information and registration.

Tour the Nichols House Museum

The Nichols House Museum 1804 Federal townhouse, 55 Mount Vernon St., was home to landscape gardener, suffragist and pacifist Rose Standish Nichols and her family. Their home and its original art and furnishings provide a glimpse into life on historic Beacon Hill from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. The museum educates and inspires the public through innovative tours and programs.

The 45-minute tours take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 30 with advanced reservation.

Visit for more information and tickets (free to $12)

Boston By Foot tours and Architectural Cruises  

Boston By Foot has resumed their in-person public walking tours as well as the popular 

Architecture Cruises, presented in partnership with the Charles Riverboat Company, through Oct. 31.

Visit for more information, including a full schedule and list of tours/prices.

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays in November.

Visit for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

ARC Blood Drive at Big Night Entertainment Group

Donate blood to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

MOS Science Book Club for the Curious                                                  

The Science Book Club for the Curious will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 to discuss Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach.                                  

Visit for more information and registration.

Simple morning meditation practice

Beacon Hill Friends holds a simple meditation practice that helps reduce stress and ease you into the morning. The meditation is 15 minutes long and begins and ends with a brief introduction to the practice. Orientation for newcomers begins at 8 a.m., and the practice begins at 8:10 a.m. on weekdays. 

Join once or join regularly – this meditation is free and open to the public.

Go to for more information and the Zoom link.

King's Chapel Tuesday Recitals                                                     

King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St. hosts Tuesdays Recitals at 12:15 p.m. on site and on Zoom through Dec. 28.

The 30-to-40-minute recitals feature a wide variety of performing artists ranging from local students to traveling performers. The performances range from jazz and folk music from numerous ethnicities to classical music from medieval times to the present.

Visit for more information (Suggestion donation: $5, given to the performers).

‘MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness’

The Beacon Hill Friends will host "MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos is open to everyone.

Go to for more information about the facilitators and the practices they offer along with program details and Zoom registration. These closed-captioned programs are free, although donations to support their work are welcome.


If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing to receive the link for the meeting.  

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga         

Join the Boston Public Library remotely from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for a gentle yoga class by Hands to Heart Center (HTHC). Participants can expect a beginner-level one hour yoga flow, with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels. All are welcome.

These classes will be live-streamed on HTHC's YouTube channel, where previously recorded sessions may also be found.

To attend, visit No registration is required.

Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel operating  

The Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Tickets: $3/ride | 10 Ride Card: $25.

Visit for more information.

Operation ABLE                                                                                                     

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds and for those over 55 years of age.

All services, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services, are being conducted remotely. Class enrollments are open for Computer Skills, Medical, Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit for more information and registration.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit for more information and registration.

MOS experience onsite/online

The Museum of Science has reopened following health and safety guidelines – face coverings and reservations are required for admission.

Highlights of your visit can include permanent and temporary exhibits and a variety of shows in the Planetarium and newly refurbished Mugar Omni Theater.

MOS at home also offers an array of programs and events. Schedules change weekly and may include a weekly STEM challenge, virtual planetarium visits, live animal visits, science stories, science-related question and answer panels, and Sub-space events.

Visit for more information and reservations.

The West End Museum open

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. (Unit 7) is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Museum offers in-person, virtual, and strolling tours and hosts events.

Visit for more information.

Boston Athenæum online/onsite   

Boston Athenæum offers many activities online (some free of charge), serving their members, the Boston community and beyond. They also offer tours of the first floor of their landmark building and artworks from the special collections.

Visit for more information.

Museum of African American History online/onsite                   

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Visit for ticket and scheduling information along with virtual programs and events.

Big Sister mentoring                                                                                    

Since 1951, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston continues to make and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between thousands of women and girls each year.

The Big Sister professional staff matches a girl between the ages of 7 and 15 with a woman who is at least 20 years old, based on shared preferences and interests and continues to provide support and guidance to each Big Sister, Little Sister, and Little Sister’s family.

To learn more about how to become a Big Sister or to enroll a girl to become a Little Sister, visit

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.

Old West Church Community Lunch/Dinner

Everyone is invited to the community meals at the Old West Church at 131 Cambridge St. – served rain or shine and holidays, too. While these meals primarily serve people who are housing insecure or elderly, it’s for anyone.

The Community Lunch is served from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Community Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.

During the pandemic, the meals are served to go. Everyone is welcome to come by and grab a hot meal to takeaway.

Visit for more information.

Wednesday Night Supper Club – ‘Takeout Meal in a Sack’

The Wednesday Night Supper Club is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Paulist Center Auditorium, 5 Park St. Place. At this time, they have shifted to a “takeout meal in a sack.”

The Paulist Center volunteers have been serving more than 200 people a week who don’t have access to a good hot meal. The program has been running for more than 50 years. 

Visit to volunteer to help out in any way (cook, serve, clean up; donate supplies, food or money; etc.) or for more information.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                  

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at