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Richard Kelley, trumpet, and composer/organist Richard J. Clark will team up again at St. Cecilia Church, Boston in a free concert of American composers Clark, Hovhaness, Pinkham, and Sowerby on Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m.

This concert offers Boston audiences a preview of their upcoming performance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on All Souls Day.

Kelley, trumpet, has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Boston Pops. He can be heard on a variety of recordings including the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to Disney’s Pocahontas and Stephen Paulu’s Grammy-nominated Concert for Two Trumpets and Band.

Composer and organist Clark’s eclectic appearances range from the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Boston Philharmonic to Jive Records, and Fenway Park. Clark’s compositions have been heard worldwide and he is the Director of Music & Organist at St. Cecilia Parish, Boston, and St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.

St. Cecilia Church is located at 18 Belvidere St., Boston.


The Taste of Fenway is a fun outdoor festival that features food, drinks, live music, and art. Get your tickets at Each ticket is $50 and includes all tastings of food, wine, beer, and cider.

The Taste of Fenway supports the programs and services of the Fenway CDC.

The event is taking place on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 5 – 7 p.m. on Van Ness Street.


The September update from Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) says that construction on The Fenway is completed as of July 2017. Work on Park Drive commenced July 2017.

Future and current work involve replacement of water main on Park Drive from Boylston Street to Brookline Ave. This includes installation and maintenance of temporary water main bypass and replacement of 3,700 feet of 1889 12-inch water main including 12 hydrants.

Upcoming work along Park Drive from Jersey Street to Kilmarnock Street will replace a 12-inch water main.

Project completion is expected Summer 2018 with a winter moratorium from Thanksgiving to April. National Grid coordination is ongoing.

The 24/7 emergency phone number for BWSC is 617-989-7000.


On Sunday, October 1, at 3 p.m. Hayes Park will be holding the annual Harvest Fest. There will be cider and cookies and fun for all – including music by the fabulous Stacey Peasley Band. Costumes are welcome but not required.

Hayes Park is located at the corner of Warren Ave and West Canton Street in the South End.


United South End Artists, Inc. will present the 31st Annual South End Open Studios event on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. rain or shine. With locations throughout the South End neighborhood, more 200 artists will showcase their work, with local galleries displaying work by national and international artists. Free shuttle service will be available to transport visitors to studios and galleries.

Free printed guides with maps are available at South End Open Studios information tables, locations include Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont Street and the sidewalk area of 560 Harrison Avenue. South End Open Studios is free to the public.


The long-awaited  opening of the Anoush’ella Saj Kitchen in a previously vacant storefront on Blackstone Square in the South End is finally here.

The restaurant opened its doors this month with its casual eatery with eastern Mediterranean food. Open for lunch and dinner every day, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


This Thursday, September 12, the Red Sox will remain at home to take on the Oakland Athletics that begins at 1:35 p.m. The Red Sox will be away the rest of the week through September 24. They will return to Fenway Park on Monday, September 25 to take on the Orioles.


The Copenhagen Beer Festival that was originally going to take place at City Hall Plaza has been re-located to the SoWa Power Station in the South End.

The Copenhagen Beer Festival Boston will bring together the brewers from around the world and pair them with live music. The Copenhagen Beer Festival has been held for years in its hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark, and is returning to the US this September for one weekend only to SoWa Power Station, Boston, on September 22 & 23.

This event is strictly 21 and over. Tickets range in price from $65 to $250.

Doors open Friday evening at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Saturday the doors open 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation as no parking will be made available in the area.


Washington Gateway Main Street is thrilled to be partnering with Julie Ann Otis to present American Therapy and would like to invite you to participate. American Therapy, asks the questions, “How can we make social change by letting go of the noise? How do we hold unbiased, compassionate space for others no matter how much we disagree?” Bostonians will work out their issues with America, sharing their frustrations and hopes about our current political reality. Artists armed with typewriters, sketchpads, and a wealth of compassion will facilitate and create spontaneous work based on these reflections.

  • Weekdays 4 p.m.-sunset, Weekends 1 p.m.-sunset

9/25-10/1: Blackstone Square Park, 1535 Washington St, South End.


  • Old Dover Neighborhood Association has settled the discussion on moving its meeting date, deciding on the third Tuesday of the month. The first meeting this fall will be on Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Project Place at 6:30 p.m. The agenda is forthcoming.
  • The next Working Group on Addiction, Recovery, and Homelessness in the South End will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Hampton Inn and Suites meeting room. On the agenda at the moment is Sen. William Brownsberger, who has authored a bill to allow Safe Injection Sites. Other meetings will include Nov. 21, Dec. 19, and Jan. 16.
  • Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood Association will have its general business meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the D-4 Police Station. The packed agenda includes a introductions to the new South End Mayoral Liaison and the new Executive Director of Washington Gateway, as well as a visit from Councilor Tito Jackson.


Did you know that the largest intact collection of Tiffany church windows in the world is right here in Boston?  You’ll find them in the heart of the Back Bay, at the Church of the Covenant, which is celebrating its milestone 150th anniversary this fall.  It’s not just windows, either – there’s also the largest Tiffany lamp ever created, and countless carvings and mosaics to admire.

This October 14, Breakfast With Tiffany’s: A Celebration of Art & Design gives a unique chance to enjoy these 42 spectacular windows (and the giant lamp!) in style. Attendees at the event (from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, tickets $150 each) will enjoy: a delicious ethically-catered breakfast, specialty coffee and mimosa bar, guided tours by Tiffany window scholar and art historian Charlene James, live music, silent auction with many one-of-a-kind items and experiences on tap and, photography tutorials – get the perfect photo to share with friends and family!

Best of all is the chance to savor a hidden gem that many Bostonians do not even know about! Guests will have the chance to relax and appreciate the largest, most complex, and most intact Tiffany interior in America – and their support will help maintain the beauty of this unique National Historic Landmark.

Although the Church of the Covenant is committed to a wide-ranging social justice mission – including the housing of the Women’s Lunch Place in our lower level – funds raised at this unique event will go to the Covenant Boston Preservation Project, a 501(c)(3) organization committed solely to maintaining these priceless Boston treasures. This event will give these windows – and the entire Tiffany-designed interior – a bright future!


Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Prudential Center, Boylston Street, #179, Boston, Award-Winning Screenwriter, producer and author Maryann Ridini Spencer will sign her new novel, “Lady in the Window” (SelectBooks).

Drawing from personal experience and her home in Hawaii, Spencer weaves a universal work that serves to inspire hope, healing and celebrate the bond between mother and daughter.

To learn more visit,



On Wednesday, September 27, Fairmont Copley Plaza will host the second annual @IGersBoston gallery event, exclusively exhibiting more than 100 stunning images of Boston and Massachusetts photographed by the @IGersBoston community.

The special event will gather the city’s top photographers in the hotel’s Venetian Room, all for a good cause. Prints of the photographs on display will be silent auctioned during the event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Transition House, a Cambridge nonprofit working to prevent and end domestic violence through education, outreach, and intervention.

@IGersBoston and Fairmont Copley Plaza are encouraging Instagrammers to submit their best images now through Friday, September 8 for the chance to be featured in the gallery and attend this one-of-a-kind event. To be considered, photographers must use hashtag #IGersBoston_Gallery17 and #FairmontCopley, and tag both @IGersBoston and @FairmontCopley, on submissions. The limit is 10 submissions per person, and only photos posted to Instagram within the above time frame will be eligible.

“We are delighted to host the gallery event and celebrate the beauty of our great city and state with @IGersBoston,” said Lauren Soriano, PR Director at Fairmont Copley Plaza. “Our iconic hotel is one of the most photographed properties in Boston, and we look forward to welcoming this talented and influential group for an elegant evening.”

Please visit for more information on the gallery event and submission instructions. RSVP is required as space is limited.



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.

  • Sausage Fest Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 16

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


Due to the rain, the Northeastern Gateway Mixer has been pushed to Monday, September 18, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in Ruggles Plaza. The second annual Gateway Mixer is a free outdoor networking event for students, faculty, staff, and local residents to build and bridge community.

Activities range from food and music to dance and art. Some of the highlights of the evening will feature a chance to listen to President Joseph E. Aoun as he wishes one and all the very best start to fall, the Fine Art Superheroes whose performances will explore various aspects of artistry as they don different avatars, and Music of DJ Jose Masso.

The festival will have complimentary food and drink and is free and open to the public.



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

  • 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.



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.



The Chamber Orchestra of Boston will be putting on their first seasonal event on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church of Boston located at the corner of Berkley and Marlborough.

Entitled, A Little Night of Music, the program will include works by Mozart, Brian Balmages, Robert Edward Smith, Antonin Dvorak and more.

Tickets range in price from $15 for students up to $50. You can purchase tickets online at

Another two concerts will follow on Saturday, March 10, 2018, and Saturday, May 12, 2018.



  • Hello Muddy! Guided Walk Along the restored Muddy River will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 11 – 2 p.m. Attendees will meet at the REI at the Landmark Center located at 401 Park Drive.
  • Walkaround Charlesgate Park will take place Saturday, September 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. Join the Charlesgate Alliance, DCR Massachusetts, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to survey current conditions and talk about possibilities to invigorate the park. Starting location will be in the area bounded by Charlesgate East and Beacon Street.
  • History and Landscape of the Fens tour will take place on September 24 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Shattuck Visitor Center located at 125 The Fenway. The tour will include a walk through the centuries of a historic urban landscape and feature the story of how Frederick Law Olmsted transformed an area of polluted waterways and mudflats into scenic fens. The tour is free and open to the public. Wear walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.



The Fenway Alliance will present the annual Opening Our Doors a day of free cultural experiences on Monday, October 9 from 10 – 4 p.m.

The event will feature 80+ art, music, and cultural happenings – all free and all in the Fenway. The day kicks off at 10 a.m. on the Christian Science Plaza at 235 Huntington Avenue. A complimentary trolley will shuttle visitors to programming at key sites including Evans Way Park and Northeastern’s Krentzman Quad.

A few highlights include: American Therapy Booth, an interactive art installation at Evans Way by Julie Ann Otis, Paint & Play Pianos at SMFA and the Christian Science Plaza, Interactive Dry-Erase Mural by ARCK at the Christian Science Plaza, and multiple performances throughout the day.

To see a full schedule of events visit HYPERLINK “”

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