Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Musical comedy

The Footlight Club’s 2017 season continues with a production of the musical comedy “Promises, Promises” at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at Eliot Hall, 7A Eliot St.

Based on the Billy Wilder comedy “The Apartment,” the music is by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon.

The musical tells the story of a rising young executive who allows his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts, until he realizes that his crush is one of the women.

Visit www.footlight.org or call 617-524-3200 to purchase tickets and for more information.

Decorating eggs

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, 24 Eliot St., will offer a free Easter egg decorating workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 9.

Families should bring their own eggs and decorate them with the art teachers and family and friends. (White eggs work best with dye.) Dye, markers, wax crayons, stickers, stencils, rubber bands, tape, collage materials and glitter will be provided. This event is an open house format and all ages are welcome.

For more details, call 617-524-3313 or visit www.eliotschool.org.

Easter egg hunt

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. will host its annual Easter egg hunt from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

There will be coloring pages and shiny eggs full of treats for the kids. Families should bring their own baskets. Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic baskets and blankets to make a fun field day on the beautiful two-acre grounds.

Admission is free. Visit www.loring-greenough.org or call 617-524-3158 for more details.

Photography workshop

ParkARTS will sponsor a free photography workshop at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at Jamaica Pond Bandstand, 507 Jamaicaway.

Participants can bring their digital or print cameras and learn techniques for landscape and nature photos from a professional. Select photos will be chosen for an exhibit at Boston City Hall. Admission is free.

To register, send an email to mavrick.afonso@boston.gov or call 617-635-4505 for more information.

Timeless patriot

The Forest Hills Educational Trust will present “General Joseph Warren: New Honors for a Timeless Patriot” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave.

Author and historian Dee Morris will explore the exciting life and career of the hero of Bunker Hill, interred at Forest Hills. A bronze likeness of Warren was recently dedicated there.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.foresthillstrust.org or call 617-524-0128.

Chamber music

The Strings Theory Trio will perform in concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

The trio of Mimi Rabson, five-string violin, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin will celebrate spring with a performance of chamber music with edgy improvisation.

An afternoon tea will be held after the concert. The Sunday Afternoon at the Greenough House Concerts recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century musical afternoons in the 1760 house.

Tickets are $15 or $10 for seniors, students and members, and will be available at the door. Reservations are suggested.

Further information can be found at www.loring-greenough.org or by calling 617-524-3158.

Plants and their structure

Docent Rhoda Kubrick will present a free program “The Shape of Things: Plants and Their Structure” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway.

Kubrick will talk about the little explored but wide variety in plant shape and size, with an emphasis on tree architecture. Participants will examine witch hazel, holly, pieris, seven-son flower, and more.

Registration is requested for this free program, by calling 617-524-1718 or online at www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Song of trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will welcome Dr. David George Haskell in “The Song of Trees: Stories From Nature’s Great Connectors” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 in the Hunnewell Building.

Haskell, professor of biology at The University of the South, will expound upon webs of connections that weave through the environment, human nature, science and ethics. His book “The Songs of Trees” will be available for purchase and signing.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. The program is offered with the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Register at www.arboretum.harvard.edu or by calling 617-524-1718.


The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation will host its annual “Friendraiser” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Bella Luna Restaurant, 284 Amory St.

Festivities will include pizza, drinks, a photo booth, board games, music, raffles and an opportunity to hear more about the JPNDC and how to make a difference in the community.

Admission is free.

Visit www.jpndc.org or call 617-522-2424 for more details.

Loring-Greenough tours

The 1760 colonial mansion Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., offers guided tours of the house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays during April.

Visitors will see the newly acquired portraits of David Greenough II and his wife Maria, as well as other historic treasures. Adult admission is $5, children $3.

For more information visit www.lghouse.org or call 617-524-5138.

Art of quilting

The Arnold Arboretum is displaying “Branching Out: The Art of Quilting” by Pamela Goody now to May 7 in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Goody quilts with a painterly eye, using materials with a variety of scale, texture, color and design. She often paints, sponges or stamps her own fabric, translating nature through the medium of fabric. She gravitates toward trees, plants and flowers, as they have a lyrical quality.

Call 617-384-5209 or send an email to arbweb@arnarb.harvard.edu for more information.