South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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This is what the South End Branch Library looked like in January 1931.


“Admissions” will be performed through Nov. 30 at the SpeakEasy Stage Company (539 Tremont St.). An Artists’ Forum will be held following the Sunday matinees.

Sherri Rosen-Mason and her headmaster husband Bill have worked hard for many years to diversify the student body at the small New England prep school where they work. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are on the line, personal ambition and progressive values collide. From the provocative playwright Joshua Harmon, “Admissions” is a bold new comedy “of the left, by the left, for the left – for today.” (The New York Times)

For tickets and other information, visit or phone 617-482-3279.

Holiday Fest

The Holiday Fest at More Than Words Bookstore, 242 East Berkley St. will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Cozy up in this South End bookstore – beautifully transformed into an indoor local gift market –

to shop the best of local artisans, food makers, and local businesses for everyone on your list this holiday season while supporting the mission of More Than Words.

Visit to learn more.

SoWa Small Business Saturday

Discover and support more than 200 independently owned boutiques, design showrooms, galleries, and artist studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the vibrant Art + Design District, 460 and 500 Harrison Ave.

To learn about the various sales, special events, and treats, visit

Shopping with SoWa Artists

The members of SoWa Artists Guild invite everyone to shop local in the SoWa Art + Design District from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Discover, meet and support talented local artists who create vibrant and eclectic original contemporary art that you can browse and buy directly from their studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston’s South End neighborhood.

The studios can be reached via the MBTA’s Orange Line to the New England Medical Center, then take the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street.

For directions and more information, see

‘The Office! A Musical Parody’

Right Angle Entertainment presents “The Office! A Musical Parody” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. through Dec. 1.

Written by Tobly McSmith and Bob McSmith, directed and choreographed by Donald Garverick, Mashable calls it “the world's most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans.”

For more information and tickets, visit or phone 617-266-0800.

‘Winter Works’ holiday sale

“Winter Works” juried exhibition featuring artwork by New England artists will be on view from Dec. 4 through Dec. 22 at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

A wide array of media, ranging from painting and mixed media to collage and print will be on sale with prices starting at $100.

Visit for gallery hours and other information.

Charlie King Holiday Concert

The annual Charlie King Holiday Concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Haley House Soup Kitchen, 23 Dartmouth St.

Charlie King and Annie Patterson have been performing and recording together for years and make a mighty duet.

Come early for dinner – recommended food donation $10 – and to secure a parking space in the McKinley School lot. Door will open at 5:30 p.m.

Visit for other information.

SoWa Winter Festival

The SoWa Winter Festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the SoWa Art + Design District, 460 and 500 Harrison Ave. and Thayer Street.

Find perfect handmade gifts from more than 130 of the region’s best makers and specialty food vendors as you stroll, sip and savor winter cocktails, seasonal craft brews, mulled wines and spiked hot chocolate at “the biggest winter shopping village and holiday festival in Boston.”

Enjoy Boston’s best food trucks, holiday workshops, live ice sculpting as well as the galleries, artist studios, and shops. A portion of all alcohol sales will be donated to this year’s neighborhood charity partner, South End Soccer.

Visit for festival happenings, parking details, and directions.

Enchanted Trolley Tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The festivities will include holiday performances, visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

The trolley will stop at Blackstone Square at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Visit for a complete list of stops and other information.

Holly Jolly Half-Off Sale

More Than Words Bookstore, 242 East Berkeley St. will hold a Holly Jolly Half-Off Sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

All used books and records will be 50 percent off. From children’s book to vintage vinyl, there will be a gift for everyone on your list.

This giving season, select a gift that gives back. Your purchases will support their mission of empowering young people to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

Visit for other information.

Caroling in Hayes Park

Join the Friends of Hayes Park for their annual holiday singalong from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Bring your voices, good cheer and edible donations to the South End Community Service Center food pantry. The Friends will provide hot cider, cookies and songbooks.

Hayes Park is located at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.

Holiday gift drive

The Mary Baker Eddy Library, alongside The Mother Church Sunday School and The Christian Science Publishing Society, will be collecting items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 17 on behalf of selected Boston area charitable organizations that support individuals in need.

You can drop off new, unwrapped items in the Library Gallery at 200 Massachusetts Ave. or visit the Mapparium on Sunday, Dec. 8 and donate your admission to a representative from one of these organizations: School on Wheels Massachusetts, Casa Myrna, the Home for Little Wanderers, Project R.I.G.H.T. and Toys for Tots MA.

For more information about this program and the selected organizations, visit

Annual Drawing Show exhibition

The 26th annual Drawing Show exhibition, “Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness in Between,” curated by Chanel Thervil is taking place through Dec. 22 at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 55l Tremont St.

For more information, visit

‘Caring For Your Soul’

The “Caring for Your Soul” group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St.

No one should feel alone in their struggle with any physical or emotional illness, in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones. Sharing each other’s stories can be liberating and a welcome break in the silence that often surrounds emotional illness.

This is the place to speak out and be heard in a safe confidential and non-judgmental environment, where isolation and stigma dissipate as supportive community is created.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be offered.

Meetings are held in Rosa Hall (lower level of the church). The entrance is on Union Park Street.

For more information, visit

ESL conversations

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the South End Branch Library at 685 Tremont St.

All adults with all levels of speaking ability are welcome to join the casual English conversations facilitated by a native English speaker.

For more information, phone 617-536-8241.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the South End Branch Library (685 Tremont St.) through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 28 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

SoWa Vintage Market

Vintage Market is open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.

Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.

This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.

The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.

For more information, visit or

Farmers’ market

The Trustee’s of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.

With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons.

The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.

Further information can be found at or / or by calling 617-399-1962.