Jamaica Plain neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Here is a view from above of the Bussey Brook Meadow, a 24-acre parcel of the Arnold Arboretum located between the Forest Hills MBTA Station and the Arboretum’s South Street Gate. For more information, visit https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu.

Historical tours

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society will host free guided walking tours at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 and 8.

Stony Brook will be featured on Sept. 1 and will highlight the area that was home to numerous tanneries and breweries and early German settlers. Today’s Boston Beer Company, brewers of Samuel Adams, is sited here. This tour leaves from the Stony Brook Orange Line MBTA station.

The Sept. 8 tour will feature Hyde Square with a visit to an 1813 farmhouse, the homes of German and Irish immigrants, the home of musician Maud Cunney Hare, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and more. Walkers will meet at Sorella’s, 388 Centre St.

The tours take one hour, and reservations are not required. Visit www.jphs.org for more information about these and other tours.

From seed to trees

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will present “From Seed to Trees” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Dana Greenhouse classroom, meeting at the bonsai collection above the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden.

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look of the greenhouse growing process, from seed to sprout to seedling to tree. Admission is free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu to register and for more information.

Open arts

First Thursday open art events will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 on Centre and South Streets.

The evening will include an artisan fair on the lawn of the Curtis Hall Community Center, 30 art openings in businesses along Centre and South Streets and “Word on the Street” poetry readings at the First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St.

Admission is free. Call 617-522-0300 or visit www.jpcentresouthmainstreets.org for further information.

Music and movies

The Desperate Measures Street Band will be the guest musicians at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Festivities will also include food from Bon Me Foods, Melt, Eloti Boston and Bartleby’s Seitan Stand. At 7:30 p.m. JP Centre South Main Streets will screen the Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” on the lawn as part of the “Screen on the Green” summer movie program.

Admission is free.

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

Music festival

The eighth annual Jamaica Plain music festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Jamaica Pond Park in Pinebank Field, Perkins Street and Jamaicaway.

More than 25 local bands will perform on two stages throughout the afternoon, with several food vendors on hand to provide refreshments. Musical genres will include rock, blues, Delta blues, indie, pop, Americana, folk, Cuban jazz and hip-hop.

Bands will include the Eduardo Betancourt Project, Andy California, Citrusphere, New Aura, Sidewalk Driver, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, members of the Footlight Club and many more. Admission is free.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.jpmusicfestival.com.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: if trees were water” with Beau Kenyon all day on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St.

The first of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. It gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINCA) and connects them throughout the city in a three-movement performance and sound installation. The concept and sound art is by Beau Kenyon with sculpture by Natalia Zubko.

Visit beaukenyon.com/thesound for more information about this and the remaining two movements that will be placed throughout the city.


Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., will host “Horticulturalists,” a walking tour with historian and author Anthony Sammarco, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, meeting at the visitors’ circle.

Forest Hills’ founder, Henry Dearborn, was a civic leader and lawyer with expertise in landscape design and horticulture, and the first president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He and his contemporaries helped shape the rural garden cemetery movement in the U.S. Sammarco will lead a tour celebrating Dearborn and other prominent 19th century horticulturalists buried at Forest Hills, including Samuel Downer, John Richardson, Enoch Bartlett and Thaddeus Clapp, who hybridized fruits and flowers enjoyed today.

Participants should bring water and wear comfortable shoes. The fee is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

For more information and to register, visit www.foresthillstrust.org or call 617-524-3354.

Family drop-ins

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, will offer free, family drop-in programs “Fog x Kids” at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Hunnewell Building and lawn, 125 Arborway.

At the Arnold Arboretum’s own Fog x Hill, children can join in celebration of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s “Fog x FLO” by artist Fujiko Nakaya and take a Fog Fall x Rain Fall Walk.

One adult may bring a maximum of three children. This program is suited for children, ages 3 to 8. In case of inclement weather, call 617-384-5209.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for more information.

Call for art proposals

The Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library in partnership with Uforge announce a new call for exhibition proposals in the public gallery space at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library for 2019, consisting of bi-monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in the library’s public exhibition space.

Applications are now being accepted for exhibits for the January-December 2019 cycle. Applicants must be from the New England area and all work presented must be original and produced within the last five years. Artwork dimensions within 36" x 36" are best to display. Larger sizes will be considered.

If you have submitted with the library in the past, you must resubmit.

The submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

Further information can be found at www.friendsjplibrary.org/gallery-proposal.

Art exhibition

The Jamaica Plain Artists Association, a group of artists who make and promote art in the Jamaica Plain community, is presenting its 2018 Member Exhibition at JP Licks, 659 Centre St. The exhibition will run until Sept. 12 during the store’s normal business hours.

The exhibition features a variety of local art in a wide range of mediums with works by 30 artists, including Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri, Gail Bos, Erik Gehring, Mary Harman, Yangsoon Ji, Carol Johnson, Jamie Kendrioski, Barney Levitt, Kerri Schmidt, Al Wallstrom, Barbara Ellen Watkins and Richard Youngstrom.

For more details, visit www.jpaa.org.

Seasons at the Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, is displaying “Continuation: Seasons at the Arboretum,” photographs by Jim Harrison, now through Oct. 8.

Harrison worked for the Arboretum photographing the landscape through four full seasons. For him, the Arboretum became a living, ever changing laboratory in which to explore the simple act of observation. He photographed in rain and snow, at dawn and dusk, even working on days when the beauty of the Arboretum seemed less obvious, or in some cases all too obvious. In time, he also began to see plants in relation to their surroundings.

The photographs in this exhibition will encourage viewers to think in new ways about both the place and the process.

Admission to the exhibit and reception are free.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for more details.

Arboretum tours

Free, guided walking tours of the Arnold Arboretum will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Thursdays and at 1 p.m. on Sundays during September. Walkers should meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway.

Volunteer docents will lead tours of the 285 acres, pointing out seasonal highlights, the science of trees, arboretum history and points of interest. These tours last 60 to 90 minutes and are geared toward adults.

Registration is not required.

Call 617-524-1718 or visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu for more details.

Music, farmers’ market

The Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., is offering Thursdays on the Lawn from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 1.

Festivities will include live music, children’s activities, food trucks and a farmers’ market with heirloom plants and produce, organic vegetables, pasta and baked goods.

Visit www.loring-greenough.org for further information.