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This Roman bust from the Long Gallery is half...

This Roman bust from the Long Gallery is halfway through a laser cleaning by a member of our conservation staff. Soon this split personality will be squeaky clean on all sides and restored to the gallery! #TransformationTuesday

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    This Roman bust from the Long Gallery is halfway through a laser cleaning by a member of our conservation staff. Soon this split personality will be squeaky clean on all sides and restored to the...
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On November 30, join us for a cabaret-style p...

On November 30, join us for a cabaret-style performance in celebration of Henry James and American Painting. The evening will consist of vivid vignette descriptions of James’s female characters interspersed with musical reflections on these characters drawn from opera, musical theater, and popular compositions spanning from 1870 through today. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2mOgdwN

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    On November 30, join us for a cabaret-style performance in celebration of Henry James and American Painting. The evening will consist of vivid vignette descriptions of James's female characters...
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Saturday, December 2, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Make a Holiday Porch Pot

Make a festive Porch Pot to adorn your stoop this Winter using Weston Nurseries fresh-cut greens, ornaments, and ribbons. Show off your stoop this Christmas season with pride.

    Saturday, December 2, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Make a Holiday Porch Pot
    Make a festive Porch Pot to adorn your stoop this Winter using Weston Nurseries fresh-cut greens, ornaments, and ribbons. Show off your stoop this Christmas season with pride. Saturday session on December 2 from 3 - 4 will be held at the Weston Nurseries of Chelmsford, 160 Pine Hill Road in Chelmsford.
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Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3 – 38th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour

Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as the appearance of the city, and every year some of their owners invite visitors in to view their homes decked out in full holiday regalia, with the help of professional decorators and florists. Christmas in Salem features a glimpse into these private homes that have been professionally decorated for the holiday season as well as a series of special events such as walking tours and wine tastings that are exclusive to Christmas in Salem ticket holders. The tour, held December 1 – December 3, is sponsored by Historic Salem. A preview of 4 of the 13 houses will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 5:30–8:30 pm and will feature selected homes. On Saturday, December 2 from 10:30 am–4:30 pm and Sunday, December 3 from 11:30 am–4:30 pm all sites will be open for tours.Tickets may be purchased online at http://christmasinsalem.org, or by calling 978-745-0799.

    Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3 - 38th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour
    Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as the appearance of the city, and every year some of their owners invite visitors in to view their homes decked out in full holiday regalia, with the help of professional decorators and florists.
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Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Of Monarchs and Milkweed: A Story of Coevolution, Cultural History, and Conservation

What if your host truly didn’t want you to visit? Found you intolerable, in fact, and didn’t want you to stay? You’d think that you’d be kicked out, but that isn’t the case with monarch butterflies and the common milkweed that supports their life cycle. Using striking visual imagery, evolutionary biologist Anurag Agrawal of Cornell University will speak about some of the natural history of monarchs and milkweed, the cultural importance of milkweed’s toxins, and the current predicament of monarch declines. The talk will be held in the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum on Monday, December 4 at 7 pm. Dr. Agrawal is an award-winning scientist and educator, who has delved deeply into the coevolution of plants and animals. His book, Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution, will be available for purchase and signing. Fee: Free Arboretum member and student, $10 nonmember. Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

    Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Of Monarchs and Milkweed: A Story of Coevolution, Cultural History, and Conservation
    What if your host truly didn't want you to visit? Found you intolerable, in fact, and didn't want you to stay? You'd think that you'd be kicked out, but that isn't the case with monarch butterflies and the common milkweed that supports their life cycle.
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This photo of the Museum’s Chapel features Pa...

This photo of the Museum’s Chapel features Paul César Helleu’s The Interior of the Abbey Church of Saint Denis. The painting is surrounded by dark wood and stained glass, some featuring images of Saint Denis and some from churches in France. The end result is a work of art within an installation that is a work of art itself, something Isabella was a master of. Image: Paul César Helleu, The Interior of the Abbey Church of Saint Denis, about 1891, oil on canvas.

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    This photo of the Museum's Chapel features Paul César Helleu's The Interior of the Abbey Church of Saint Denis. The painting is surrounded by dark wood and stained glass, some featuring images of...
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36 hours ago

Friday, December 1, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 2, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm – A Christmas Home For Everyone

The Canton Garden Club presents A Christmas Home for Everyone house tour on Friday, December 1, from 1 – 8, and Saturday, December 2, from noon – 4. The three featured houses are Home for the Holidays at 34 Century Drive, A Sporting Christmas Home at 10 Kings Road, and A Cozy Woodland Christmas at 5 Bailey Street, all in Canton. For tickets please email cantongcmembership@gmail.com. Photo courtesy of www.thecantoncitizen.com.

    Friday, December 1, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 2, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm - A Christmas Home For Everyone
    The Canton Garden Club presents A Christmas Home for Everyone house tour on Friday, December 1, from 1 - 8, and Saturday, December 2, from noon - 4. The three featured houses are Home for the Holidays at 34 Century Drive, A Sporting Christmas Home at 10 Kings Road, and A Cozy Woodland Christmas at 5 Bailey Street, all in Canton.
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37 hours ago

Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – NABB’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale

The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay will again hold its annual Christmas Tree Sale on December 2 and 3 at the Clarendon Street Playground, on the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

    Saturday, December 2 - Sunday, December 3, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - NABB's Annual Christmas Tree Sale
    The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay will again hold its annual Christmas Tree Sale on December 2 and 3 at the Clarendon Street Playground, on the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Fresh cut Balsam Fir trees from Maine in a variety of sizes will be sold, and local delivery available.
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37 hours ago

Wednesday, November 29, 11:00 am, Thursday, December 14, 12:00 noon, Thursday, January 4, 3:00 pm, or Tuesday, January 23, 12:00 noon – Friends of the Public Garden Docent Informati

The Friends of the Public Garden are recruiting volunteers to become tour guides for their 2018 season, which runs weekdays May through September. If you’re passionate about the trees, plantings, sculpture, and history in the Boston Public Garden, please attend one their upcoming information sessions and learn more about becoming a volunteer guide for the tour program, Untold Stories of the Public Garden:

    Wednesday, November 29, 11:00 am, Thursday, December 14, 12:00 noon, Thursday, January 4, 3:00 pm, or Tuesday, January 23, 12:00 noon - Friends of the Public Garden Docent Informati
    The Friends of the Public Garden are recruiting volunteers to become tour guides for their 2018 season, which runs weekdays May through September.
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Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 pm – Unraveling Ancient Life in Massachusetts: Fossils, Paleobiology, and Geologic Maps

For two hundred years, geologists and paleontologists have mapped sedimentary sequences and interpreted the ancient environments they represent. Professor Richard H. Bailey, professor of geology in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University, will unearth the evolutionary history of Massachusetts fossils, their value in understanding the geologic development of the region, and their historical depiction in maps. The lecture will take place Wednesday, November 29 at 6 pm in the Boston Public Library’s Central Library on Boylston Street.

    Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 pm - Unraveling Ancient Life in Massachusetts: Fossils, Paleobiology, and Geologic Maps
    For two hundred years, geologists and paleontologists have mapped sedimentary sequences and interpreted the ancient environments they represent. Professor Richard H. Bailey, professor of geology in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University, will unearth the evolutionary history of Massachusetts fossils, their value in understanding the geologic development of the region, and their historical depiction in maps.
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2 days ago

Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Remembering German-Jewish Culture Through Its Culinary Traditions

What happens to a food tradition when its culture starts to vanish? The advent of the Nazi era brought about the demise of 1000 years of Jewish life in Germany, along with the loss of a cuisine that differed greatly from the Eastern European one that is now generally accepted as the definition of Jewish food. This pre-Nazi food tradition lives on in the kitchens of some German Jews and in the memories of many others around the world. This Boston University talk, by Gabrielle Rossmer and Sonya Gropman, a mother-daughter author team with a German-Jewish background, will address issues of food and memory, food as cultural identity, and preserving and documenting traditional recipes. The free event on Wednesday, November 29 at 6 pm is part of the Pepin Lecture Series. Reservations are required; RSVP by calling 617-353-9852. Meets at Boston University: 725 Commonwealth Ave College of Arts and Sciences Room 224.

    Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Remembering German-Jewish Culture Through Its Culinary Traditions
    What happens to a food tradition when its culture starts to vanish? The advent of the Nazi era brought about the demise of 1000 years of Jewish life in Germany, along with the loss of a cuisine that differed greatly from the Eastern European one that is now generally accepted as the definition of Jewish food.
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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 24 – 26, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm – A Gardener’s Wreath

Tower Hill Botanic Gardens has scheduled a three hour workshop on wreath making which you may take on any one of three different days, November 24 – 26, with instructor Karen Perkins Design a beautiful botanical wreath from a colorful assortment of choice evergreens, including some collected on the grounds at Tower Hill. Accent your wreath with a variety of dried materials; bow making instructions will be included. This unique outdoor wreath is made on a foam ring which can be moistened to last all winter. Bring pruning shears, wire cutters, and a towel. All materials included. The class begins each day at 11:30. $65 for Tower Hill members, $75 for nonmembers. Register online at www.towerhillbg.org.

    Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 24 - 26, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm - A Gardener's Wreath
    Tower Hill Botanic Gardens has scheduled a three hour workshop on wreath making which you may take on any one of three different days, November 24 - 26, with instructor Karen Perkins Design a beautiful botanical wreath from a colorful assortment of choice evergreens, including some collected on the grounds at Tower Hill.
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3 days ago

Monday, November 27, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Candy Cane Tea, and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Copley Square Tree Lighting Festivities

The Friends of Copley Square and Mayor Martin J. Walsh invite your family to the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting Festivities on Monday, November 27 from 5 – 6, featuring NESN’s Jenny Johnson.  Celebrate the holiday season with a visit from Santa, musical performances with Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Pops Brass Quintet, Britani Washington of Berklee College of Music, Sam Robbins, and appearances by Rudolph and Frosty. A Candy Cane Tea hosted by The Catered Affair and the Boston Public Library precedes the event, from 3 – 4:30 – rsvp required at 617-859-2282.  The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a post lighting reception at 6 pm, and all events are free.  For more information visit www.friendsofcopleysquare.org.

    Monday, November 27, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm - Candy Cane Tea, and 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Copley Square Tree Lighting Festivities
    The Friends of Copley Square and Mayor Martin J. Walsh invite your family to the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting Festivities on Monday, November 27 from 5 - 6, featuring NESN's Jenny Johnson. Celebrate the holiday season with a visit from Santa, musical performances with Boston Children's Chorus, Boston Pops Brass Quintet, Britani Washington of Berklee College of Music, Sam Robbins, and appearances by Rudolph and Frosty.
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.colleges_fenway students: Did you miss Third...

.colleges_fenway students: Did you miss Third Thursdays, Dog Days of Summer? We have good news for you! This afternoon Buster the adorable and fluffy therapy dog is on-site to help with your de-stressing needs. 🐕🐕

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    colleges_fenway students: Did you miss Third Thursdays, Dog Days of Summer? We have good news for you! This afternoon Buster the adorable and fluffy therapy dog is on-site to help with your...
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4 days ago

Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm – Beyond Drawings: The Olmsted Archives as Muse and Vision

Lucinda Brockway, noted garden designer, landscape historian, and preservation specialist, began her career with an internship at Fairsted as it moved from a design office to part of the National Park Service. The Olmsted Archives play an invaluable role in her current work as Cultural Resources Program Director for The Trustees of Reservations, as they did in her previous private design practice. In this Friends of Fairsted presentation, Lucinda will bring her research stories to life, illustrating the relevance of the Archives to historic preservation projects and design work, both present and future. 6:00pm Reception | 7:00pm Lecture, to be held at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, corner of Hawes and Monmouth Streets, Brookline. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Visit http://friendsoffairsted.org/programs/ for more details.

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Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Charlesgate Alliance: The Second Meeting

On Monday, December 4, from 7 – 9, join the Charlesgate Alliance to talk about DCR Charlesgate Park.  This second meeting will take place at 91 Bay State Road, Common Lounge on the first floor, and will include discussions of improvements to DCR Charlesgate Park. The event is sponsored by Charlesgate Alliance, DCR Massachusetts, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

    Monday, December 4, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Charlesgate Alliance: The Second Meeting
    On Monday, December 4, from 7 - 9, join the Charlesgate Alliance to talk about DCR Charlesgate Park. This second meeting will take place at 91 Bay State Road, Common Lounge on the first floor, and will include discussions of improvements to DCR Charlesgate Park.
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5 days ago

We’re ready for a night of music, activities,...

We’re ready for a night of music, activities, and art-filled galleries at Third Thursdays: Word Play with Boston Literary District! Will we see you here tonight? http://bit.ly/2m58Gth

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    We're ready for a night of music, activities, and art-filled galleries at Third Thursdays: Word Play with Boston Literary District! Will we see you here tonight? http://bit.ly/2m58Gth
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5 days ago

This signed photo was a gift from famous ball...

This signed photo was a gift from famous ballerina Anna Pavlova (for whom the dessert pavlova was named) to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The inscription reads: “à Madame John L. Gardner / avec mes sentiments de profound / respect et de gratitude / votre bien dev / Anna Pavlowa / 15 Jan 18.” This translates as, “with my profound feelings of respect and gratitude, your very devoted…” Image: Unknown artist, Photo of Anna Pavlova, about 1918.

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    This signed photo was a gift from famous ballerina Anna Pavlova (for whom the dessert pavlova was named) to Isabella Stewart Gardner. The inscription reads: "à Madame John L. Gardner / avec mes...
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5 days ago

Thursday, December 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Yuletide Holiday House Tour

The Cohasset Community Garden Club presents its biennial Holiday House Tour. Yuletide will take place Thursday December 7, 2017 from 10am-4pm. The tour includes 5 seaside homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. Complimentary lunch with coffee, tea and dessert served at the Marketplace where distinctive handmade crafts and gifts from our members and vendors are offered at St. Anthony’s Church Hall Main St., Cohasset.Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 day of tour and may be purchased at several local merchants as well as through our website www.communitygardenclubofcohasset.org by using PayPal.

    Thursday, December 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Yuletide Holiday House Tour
    The Cohasset Community Garden Club presents its biennial Holiday House Tour. Yuletide will take place Thursday December 7, 2017 from 10am-4pm. The tour includes 5 seaside homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. Complimentary lunch with coffee, tea and dessert served at the Marketplace where distinctive handmade crafts and gifts from our members and vendors are offered at St.
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5 days ago

Friday, December 1, 6:45 pm – New England Botanical Club Meeting with Dr. Alden Griffith

The New England Botanical Club will meet Friday, December 1 at 6:45 pm and will host Dr. Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. Meetings at Harvard University are held in Haller Lecture Hall (Room 102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (door to right of Harvard Museum of Natural History entrance). Free and open to the public.

    Friday, December 1, 6:45 pm - New England Botanical Club Meeting with Dr. Alden Griffith
    The New England Botanical Club will meet Friday, December 1 at 6:45 pm and will host Dr. Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College. Meetings at Harvard University are held in Haller Lecture Hall (Room 102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (door to right of Harvard Museum of Natural History entrance).
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This illustration of a medicinal plant can be...

This illustration of a medicinal plant can be seen in a manuscript in the Tapestry Room. While Isabella did travel to the Middle East, and it’s possible that this is why the work appealed to her, the manuscript was purchased from a New York dealer with the help of Isabella’s friends Bernard Berenson and Denman Waldo Ross. Image: Abdallah ibn al-Fadl, Verbena Recta and Verbena Supina, 1224, ink and watercolor on paper.

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    This illustration of a medicinal plant can be seen in a manuscript in the Tapestry Room. While Isabella did travel to the Middle East, and it's possible that this is why the work appealed to her, the...
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6 days ago

Holiday Wreaths 2017 – Glamorous Glitz

Our third accent choice for this year’s fully decorated wreath orders is the newly minted “Glamorous Glitz.” For years we have been known for our use of glorious natural materials, specifically pine cones, grasses, seed pods, and unusual dried flowers and twigs. These are still very popular, but an explosion of sparkly accents have caught our eye in recent seasons, and we began using them on wreaths destined for our own homes. We were afraid to send out such outrageous designs to unsuspecting customers. However, we began publicizing them on our Wreath of the Day website feature, which runs from shortly after Wreath Week through New Year’s Day, and the feedback was quick and clear – some of you out there (and you know who you are) want glitter and shine.  So this year, for the first time, you may specify Glamorous Glitz as a design option. Order soon at http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org/shop/

    Holiday Wreaths 2017 - Glamorous Glitz
    Our third accent choice for this year's fully decorated wreath orders is the newly minted "Glamorous Glitz." For years we have been known for our use of glorious natural materials, specifically pine cones, grasses, seed pods, and unusual dried flowers and twigs.
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6 days ago

Saturday, November 25, 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Learn and Burn

The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is continuing what has become a holiday season “tradition” with the third annual Learn and Burn walk that offers a chance to learn about an Olmsted landscape and burn off calories from holiday meals. The last two years we were at Jamaica Pond. This year we are moving to Franklin Park. Sign up so you can get some exercise, and learn about Olmsted’s “country park” in the city! Rain or icy conditions will cancel. This walk is popular so sign up soon! Reservations are required by Wednesday, November 22 at noon. Visit https://www.nps.gov/frla/special-events.htm with name and contact information.

    Saturday, November 25, 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Learn and Burn
    The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is continuing what has become a holiday season "tradition" with the third annual Learn and Burn walk that offers a chance to learn about an Olmsted landscape and burn off calories from holiday meals. The last two years we were at Jamaica Pond.
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Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Growing Woody Plants from Hardwood Cuttings

Join Arnold Arboretum Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher on Saturday, December 2, from 9 – 12:30 in the Dana Greenhouse Classroom, 1050 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Pieris to name a few), and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required. Fee for all materials is included in the cost of the class. Students should bring their own pruners to class and dress for the weather. Limited to 10; register early. Fee $62 Arboretum member, $75 nonmember. Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

    Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm - Growing Woody Plants from Hardwood Cuttings
    Join Arnold Arboretum Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher on Saturday, December 2, from 9 - 12:30 in the Dana Greenhouse Classroom, 1050 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa ( Ilex and Pieris to name a few), and will take their propagules home.
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