News Briefs

South End Library Programs

South End Writes at the South End Library will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Filmmaker Katrina Browne, a descendant of the largest slave-trading family in the U.S., traced the geographic, historical and political legacy of her ancestry, together with eight of her cousins, to produce a documentary movie, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North.” One of the cousins, Dain Perry, and his wife Constance, who is a descendant of slaves, have conducted some 350 screenings and facilitated conversations in more than 160 cities across the country, including many libraries and churches. Both active in the Episcopal Church, they will facilitate a discussion about the subject after the movie’s showing.

Pipe Organ Concert at Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross’ enormous 1875, 101-rank, E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Opus 801 pipe organ will once again play following an extensive restoration during the overall renovation of the Cathedral. More than 2,000 of the instrument’s 5,300+ pipes were removed and cleaned off-site along with other work. After remaining silent during the two-year interior renovation of the Cathedral, the historic Opus 801 will now sound again.

Leo D. Abbott, FAGO, Ch.M., Music Director Emeritus of the Cathedral, will perform the first organ concert on Opus 801 following its restoration on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. A suggested donation of $25 (or $15 for students and seniors) will be gratefully accepted to benefit the Organ Restoration Fund. The Cathedral is located in the South End at 1500 Washington St.

Back Bay Happenings

Tour of the Ether Dome and the Russell Museum at MHG:

NABB Special Events Presents a Tour of the Ether Dome and the Russell Museum at the Massachusetts General Hospital .

Please join NABB Special Events for a fascinating guided tour of the MGH Ether  Dome and the Paul S Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation, Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11 am- 12:30 pm.

While there is no charge for this event, space is limited. An optional lunch is being planned after the tour.  Please RSVP to [email protected] if you would like to attend the tour. Also please let us know if you will be joining us for lunch. 

• Police Panel/Public Safety Meeting

The next Police Panel / Public Safety Forum will take place on Thursday, Sept 26, at 6:00 pm, in the Parlor in the Park House next to the First Church 66 Marlborough Street.  For more information, please contact Charles Neckyfarow: publicsafety@

•Newbury Street will be closed to traffic and become a pedestrian-only walkway from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue on September 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Open Newbury Street.

South End Dates

•The next Blackstone/Franklin Squares Neighborhood Association meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the D-4 Police Community Room.

•South End Open Studios. The United South End Artists has announced that the 2019 Open Studios will take place at locations across the South End on Sept. 21 and 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

•The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will meet next on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Project Place.

•The Ellis South End Board meeting will take place on Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., in 66 Berkeley St.

Fenway Times

The 4th Annual Taste of the Fenway will be on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 5-7 p.m. on Van Ness St. from Kilmarnock St. to Richard B. Ross Way. This outdoor festival will feature talented chefs from Fenway’s finest restaurants, live music, and interactive art. You and your guests will savor delicious tastings of food, beer, wine, while enjoying a fun evening in the Fenway. Each ticket is $50 and includes all-you-can eat food and drink tastings. Get your tickets or become a sponsor at For inquiries, please contact Iris Tan at [email protected] or (857) 234-6509.

Fenway Park Happenings:

Friday, Sept. 13 – The Who Concert—5 – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 14- Billy Joel Concert — 5 – 10:30 p.m.

Red Sox Home Games:

9/17 vs. Giants at 7:10pm

9/18 vs. Giants at 7:10pm

9/19 vs. Giants at 1:05pm

9/27 vs. Orioles at 7:10pm

9/28 vs. Orioles at 1:05pm

9/29 vs. Orioles at 3:05pm

Kenmore Hotel Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting regarding the Kenmore Hotel on Sept. 25 at the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, 610 Commonwealth Ave., from 6-8 p.m. The Proponent has filed a development plan for a Planned Development Area for the proposed project. The Proponent proposes to construct a new, 29-story, approximately 391-room hotel surrounded by a new, approximately half-acre public plaza. The Project also includes the demolition of the existing building at 560-574 Commonwealth Avenue, and shifting the building site east, amid the new public plaza.The shift allows construction of a new public street to connect Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street, in between the new plaza and the former building site. The Proponent will be responsible for construction of the new public plaza and roadway improvements, which will improve the pedestrian experience in Kenmore Square.

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