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Boston’s largest outdoor market is in full swing, with the SoWa Open Market now bringing 100+ artisans, 50+ local farmers and food makers, a dozen iconic food trucks, craft beers, live music, and good vibes every weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October.

As part of the weekly beer garden and food truck bazaar, attendees will be able to enjoy themed dishes from food truck favorites on seven special weekends throughout the summer alongside tasty beers and ciders from top local breweries.

“The SoWa Beer Garden and Food Truck Bazaar is a great place every Saturday and Sunday and the family friendly block parties make weekends in the SoWa Arts & Design District even more fun,” said Aaron Cohen, Founder of Eat Boston. “I look forward to bringing back the popular Boston Lobster Party and Tacopocalypse and many more themed parties throughout the summer.”

To kick off the themed block party series by Eat Boston, more than 20 food trucks will gather at the SoWa Open Market on Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th for a Backyard BBQ followed up by additional themed block parties throughout the summer, including:

  • The Boston V Party

Saturday, June 10

Be part of Boston’s first vegan food and beer festival during the SoWa Open Market.

  • Tacopocalypse

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25

Have a taste of the world’s greatest finger food no matter if you like hard shell, soft shell, corn or flour – taste them all!

  • Boston Lobster Party

Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9

After 7 years, the Boston Lobster Party is back to celebrate the New England specialty.

  • Oyster, Oyster Block Party

Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6

Shuck’em, suck’em, and slurp’em down.

  • Grilled Cheese & Mac and Cheese & Steak and Cheese & Beer Festival

Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10

When the worlds of cheese and beer collide. Don’t miss this exclusive festival!

  • Sausage Fest

Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 16

From brats, dogs, wursts and craft beer – is there anything better?



Peter Sanborn of the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) proposed that the group partner with the South End Forum, or some other entity, to draft an official opposition to any safe injection site that is investigated for the WSANA area.

Sanborn brought the matter up at the WSANA meeting on Tuesday night, and referenced a recent determination by the state Medical Association that a safe injection site for drug addicts should be pursued. Comments from the director of that organization seemed to indicate that if any such facility were conceived, it likely should be in the Mass/Cass area where the problem is greatest.

Sanborn said WSANA should get in the discussion as against ASAP.

“I think we should go on record opposing any proposal for this area to be host of any injection site,” he said. “If there was an injection site here, it would draw even more people than we already have.”

President George Stergios agreed it is a concern, but said that despite the Medical Association vote, he didn’t see it as a possibility.

“I just don’t see it happening,” he said, noting that the WSANA should keep such an approach in mind as the discussion at the state level continues.



The Back Bay Ringers (BBR), Boston’s premier handbell ensemble, announce their spring concert, Metamorphosis. For this concert, all ticket proceeds and additional donations will go to a local nonprofit, the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors, and may be purchased online at or at the door.

Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm

First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA All proceeds will benefit the LGBT Asylum Task Force

Metamorphosis had its origins shortly after the June 2016 shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Southender Griff Gall, BBR’s Artistic Director, attended a program sponsored by Old South Church/Boston Pride that highlighted the work of the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force, a group dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBT refugees in the United States. He was deeply moved by their mission and approached them about BBR presenting a fundraising concert on their behalf that was both reflective and inspiring. Back Bay Ringers began as the nation’s first LGBT handbell ensemble, and continues to be an open and affirming organization for its members, board and community. Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBT classical chorus, will make a guest appearance at the concert, joining in partnership to support this critical work.

Gall recalls, “After hearing Pastor Judy Hanlon speak about the important and heroic work being done by LGBT Asylum, I knew that BBR needed to find a way to support the organization. Our Metamorphosis concert was inspired by the transformative work LGBT Asylum does in supporting refugees. The music will take the audience on a journey from darkness to light and hope.”



Announcing scholarship applications being accepted for The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association

Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a senior high school student or recent high school graduate who plans on pursuing or is pursuing a technical degree at an accredited institution. The awarded scholarship will be $2,000 to be paid directly to the institution to offset costs for tuition or fees. To be eligible for this award, the student must graduate from high school or have a GED and reside in the South End or Lower Roxbury.

The application deadline has now been extended to June 1, 2017.

For more information contact:  [email protected].

Download a scholarship application at:



Boston Pride has unveiled its 2017 Pride Guide, which will be provided for free at hundreds of locations in New England, including more than 100 Stop & Shop stores throughout Massachusetts, as well as at flagship Pride Week events. The 2017 Pride Guide contains information on this year’s Pride Week (June 2nd-11th), a calendar of events, and 24 contributions by members of the queer and ally communities that focus on LGBTQ issues and perspectives. The production of the 2017 Pride Guide is a volunteer effort led by Editor-in-Chief and Boston Pride member Michael Anthony Fowler. The theme of this year’s Pride Week is “Stronger Together.”

“The 2017 Pride Guide embodies our theme, ‘Stronger Together,’ as we assembled a dedicated and diverse group of contributors to produce a publication that is informative, relevant and inspiring to the LGBTQ community and its allies,” said Fowler.  “We are #wickedproud of the quality of the content and the wide array of stories that will educate the public about the LGBTQ community and inspire intersectional solidarity and action in this trying time for the queer rights movement. We thank our contributors, the over 80 businesses, politicians, and local non-profit organizations for supporting our work by placing advertisements in the Guide, and all who helped put together the 2017 Pride Guide. It’s truly a labor of love.”

Beginning on May 1th, the 172-page full-color 2017 Pride Guide will be distributed to approximately 500 locations throughout New England and will also be available online. For information on where to find the magazine or to read the digital version, visit

Boston Pride Week 2017 will kick-off with the Pride flag raising on Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday, June 2nd and continues with ten days of events, culminating in the annual Boston Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 10 and the Block Parties on Sunday, June 11 in Back Bay and Jamaica Plain.



The Union Park Neighborhood Association (UPNA) announced its upcoming social events throughout the rest of the year. Some of the events include:

  • Thursday, June 22, 6-8 p.m., Cocktail Social, Ameriprise patio (546 Tremont).
  • Sunday, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, (5-7 p.m.), Evening in the Park, Union Park.
  • Saturday, October 7 (rain date October 8), 8 – 5 p.m., Pictures in the Park, Union Park.
  • Sunday, October 8, 1-6 p.m., Crime Walk, City of Boston.
  • Friday, December 1, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Party, Benjamin Franklin Institute.




Join the Friends of the Public Garden’s Border Bridge every Thursday, 5-7 p.m.

Just show up ready to help at the Boylston Street border. FOPG is looking for champion volunteer weeders to help maintain the now-beautiful Boylston Street border and the Beacon Street border in the Public Garden. Gloves, kneepads, and some brief instructions on weed identification will be provided. No previous experience necessary and one can participate every week, a couple of weeks, or only once.

Participants will get a free Friends of the Public Garden t-shirt and a book about the Public Garden.

Email [email protected] if interested in volunteering.



  • Camelot, NABB at the Lyric Stage. On June 4, at 3 p.m., the Special Events Committee invites everyone to a theatrical experience at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. We will be enjoying a fresh new adaptation of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. There will be a special talk back stage with the actors after the performance.

NABB has ordered a block of tickets so that everyone will be able to sit together for the show. The ticket price for this event is $62. Seating is limited.  An optional dinner is also being planned at Post 390.

If you have any questions please contact Gail Laffer at [email protected].

  • Licensing and Building Use Committee. NABB’s Licensing and Building Use Committee meets regularly on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lenox Hotel. For more information, please contact the Committee’s Chair Elliott Laffer at [email protected].
  • Architecture Committee. NABB’s Architecture Committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Clausen Room of the New England College of Optometry, 424 Beacon Street, to review applications coming before the City’s Back Bay Architectural Commission. For more information, please contact Sue Prindle through the NABB office at 617-247-3961 or by email to [email protected].
  • Summer Solstice Wine Tasting. Enjoy the longest day of the year sipping summer whites and sparkling wines in the garden terrace of a beautiful private home. Address will be sent via confirmation email. Note: There is one flight of stairs down to the garden level. In case of rain, we will move indoors. This event is limited to a maximum of 50 people. To RSVP, make payment of $35 member / $40 non-member before cutoff of June 14th. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Wine Tasting Committee: Charlotte DeWitt, Andrew Friedland, Emily Gallup, Jim Hill, Nancy Hubeck, Lynne Levitsky, Sheri Olans, Joyce Roetter, and Bob Umans.



The Abbey Group, a Boston-based residential and commercial developer, is delighted to announce that CorePower Yoga, America’s leading yoga studio, will be joining the The Viridian in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.

The CorePower studio will occupy 3,420 square feet at modern luxury residential building The Viridian, located at 1282 Boylston Street in the heart of the bustling Fenway. Joining Blaze Pizza and honeygrow, who also occupy retail space at The Viridian, CorePower Yoga will offer an intensely physical workout rooted in the mindfulness of yoga, a unique combination for Viridian residents and Fenway neighbors.

“We’re excited to welcome CorePower Yoga to The Viridian and continue providing our residents with access to the best amenities in the neighborhood,” said Audrey Epstein Reny, Managing Partner at The Abbey Group. “We are thrilled that one of the hottest new fitness studios in the nation chose The Viridian as their new home.”

Located minutes from the Esplanade and the historic Emerald Necklace park system, The Viridian connects residents to inviting green spaces and nature for easy access to biking, jogging and recreation. CorePower Yoga at The Viridian is a welcome addition and natural extension of the health and wellness amenities available to residents.

The studio is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017. The deal was brokered by The Dartmouth Company.



The 5th Annual South End Summer Solstice will take place on Weds., June 21, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The annual summer get-together is sponsored by Washington Gateway Main Street and will take place in Blackstone Square.

As always, there will be live music, food trucks, beer and wine garden, and lots of fun activities for the entire family. This year’s Summer Solstice is a part of Make Music Boston, a series of free music events throughout the City.



Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.



Residents who have any problems or concerns related to the Pine Street Inn on East Berkeley Street and Harrison Avenue in the South End are invited to call the Good Neighbor Line. Security Director Kevin Smith said they are glad to get calls from the neighborhood and would address any matter brought to their attention.

The number is (617) 892-9210.



  • Boston Center for the Arts invites you to their annual BCA Ball and Disco Under the Dome on June 3. The ball starts at 7 p.m. and then they turn down the lights and turn up the music for Disco Under the Ball at 9:30. The fun goes to midnight and both events support the BCA’s broad programs in the arts.
  • The New York Streets Neighborhood Association will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Peters Park Fundraiser, the Friends of Peters Park and Old Dover Neighborhood Association will hold a fundraiser for the park on Thayer Street, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. There event will be hosted by GTI Properties, and there will be hamburgers from B.Good and beverages from Aquitaine. Music is planned, as is a raffle from local merchants. The suggested donation is $20-50.
  • The South End Forum has called a meeting for June 6, 6 p.m.
  • The Eight Streets Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Location TBA.
  • The annual Ellis South End Neighborhood Association Fundraiser, Celebrating the Neighborhood, will be held on June 11 at Mistral, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available; tickets are $125. Visit the website,, to register.
  • If you are a Villa Victoria Community member, join the community every last Wednesday of the month at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts for the community meeting. The next meeting is Weds., May 31, 85 W. Newton St.
  • Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association has set its concert schedule for the summer. They will have music in the Square every third Thursday in June, July and August. The bands aren’t yet confirmed, but July’s music will be a return to the operatic music.



Congressman Michael Capuano will hold office hours for the Fenway and South End neighborhoods on the second Thursday of every month at the Fenway Community Health Center, 1340 Boylston St.

The hours are from noon to 1 p.m. and will have a representative from Capuano’s office in attendance.

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