News Briefs

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Neighborhood Nights This Summer

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is pleased to announce its summer season of the Neighborhood Nights series. On select Thursday evenings (July 11, August 1, and August 22 from 5 to 9pm), the Museum will offer free admission, available on a first come-first served basis. This summer’s series invites visitors to explore themes drawn from the Museum’s new special exhibition Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform, considering historical landscape architecture, and envisioning their own alternative “counter-maps” today. Each Neighborhood Night will feature performances, hands-on art-making, food trucks, a cash bar, and gallery games. Bring friends and family for an engaging, interactive summer evening in the Museum’s beautiful galleries and gardens. For more information about each night, visit

Friends of the Public Garden 2019 Summer Party

The temperatures aren’t the only thing sizzling! The perfect way to ring in the hot, hazy days of summer is at our Summer Party, held at our new location, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Get your tickets fast, this event will sell out!  The party will be held on July 17 from 6:00-8:00 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Go to to purchase tickets.

Free Walking Tours of the Public Garden

Join the Friends of the Public Garden for Untold Stories of the Public Garden, free walking tours of the first public botanical garden in the United States. Led by a pair of expert volunteer guides, learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of the Garden on a tour through this treasured oasis. Tours head out Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4:00pm and Wednesday mornings at 10:00am through Labor Day, weather permitting. They run about an hour, and start at the Make Way For Ducklings Statue.

Dorothy Curran Concerts Return July 17

The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series returns from July 17 to August 14 for another great season of outdoor music to entertain music fans of all ages on City Hall Plaza with a tribute to Chicago, the classic soul of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, an evening of Motown funk, and the grand finale featuring the legendary Tavares. Now celebrating 47 years as Boston’s longest-running outdoor concert series, these performances feature exciting entertainment for music lovers of all ages.The series is presented by Mayor Walsh in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.  The media sponsor is WROR 105.7 with sponsorship support from Capital One and Polar Beverages.  All shows begin at 7 p.m.

The series kicks off July 17 with Total Access, a tribute to the band Chicago.  City Hall Plaza favorites Charlie Thomas’ Drifters return on July 24 for a Rock and Roll Reunion Night with La La Brooks.  On August 7 enjoy a journey through the greatest decades of Motown funk with the Hipshot Band.  The 2019 Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series closes August 14 with Disco Night featuring the legendary Tavares performing hits including “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and “More Than a Woman.” For more information, please call (617) 635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at or

Back Bay Happenings

•The Boston Planning and Development Agency will hold an Urban Renewal meeting for the Central Business District: Boylston-Essex Urban Renewal Area on Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St. and will discuss updates and the future of the district.

• The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay is holding an abutters meeting for a proposed expansion of 28 Exeter St. on July 15. Contact NABB for more information.

• There will be no NABB Green Committee meetings in July or August.

South End Dates

•A community meeting will take place on July 17 at 5:45 p.m. behind Ming’s Market/New York Market on Washington Street in the East Berkeley Neighborhood Association territory. Ming’s is looking to codify the use of the vacant building on East Berkeley Street as a warehouse for the store. The meeting is to take place behind Ming’s in their parking lot.

•SoWa First Friday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild invite you to visit SoWa First Friday, free and open to the public! More than 80 artists’ studios at 450 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa Art + Design District in the South End of Boston will be open from 5–9 p.m.  You’ll meet artists and experience a wide variety of original contemporary art that is available for you to browse and buy. MBTA Orange line to New England Medical Center, then Silver line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is available. For more information, please visit and

•The SoWa Open Market will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. The Beer Garden will be taken over by Interboro Spirits and Ales, and live music will be by Squires of Soul from noon to 3:30 p.m.

•The Friends of Hayes Park will have their annual summer picnic in the park on July 11, at 5:30 p.m. There will be burgers and hot dogs provided, and entertainment from Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band. Bring family, friends and a favorite dish to share. Sponsors include Cambridge Trust and Sprogis & Neale Real Estate.

Fenway Times

• The Fenway Victory Gardens will be having its annual Open Gardens on Saturday, July 13 from 2:00-5:00pm at the gardens; 1200 Boylston St. Stop by for a garden tour and art show at this free community event. The rain date is July 14.

•The Peterborough Senior Center holds bingo at 12:30 and a Tech Café at 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Come play bingo and meet new people, or can get help with your phone or tablet/computer.

•Summer Fitness Series at Symphony Park

Free, age-strong fitness classes at Symphony Park, located at 39 Edgerly Road in the Fenway.

Red Sox Home Games:

7/12 vs. Dodgers at 7:10pm

7/13 vs. Dodgers at 7:15pm

7/14 vs. Dodgers at 7:08pm

7/15 vs. Blue Jays at 7:10pm

7/16 vs. Blue Jays at 7:10pm

7/17 vs. Blue Jays at 7:10pm

7/18 vs. Blue Jays  at 1:05pm

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