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Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm – Owls of the World – Who’s Watching You?

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents its annual Owls of the World event on Wednesday, December 27 at three times, 10, 12:30, and 3. Have you ever seen an owl up close? Join naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson as they introduce you to live owls of New England and beyond…including the Great Horned Owl, the Snowy Owl and the Eurasian Eagle Owl. The owls you will see, due to injury or mishap, are unable to survive in the wild. Learn about their field marks and natural history. Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on attracting and protecting the owls near you. $15 at the door, online $10 for Museum members, $12 for nonmembers. Photo from www.eyesonowls.com. Reservations are required at http://www.ccmnh.org/Events/Owls-of-the-World-2017

    Wednesday, December 27, 10:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm - Owls of the World - Who's Watching You?
    The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents its annual Owls of the World event on Wednesday, December 27 at three times, 10, 12:30, and 3. Have you ever seen an owl up close?
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

2 hours ago

Wreath of the Day – Carnival Glass

We store some of our leftover supplies from year to year at our storage unit in Brighton – primarily extra ribbon, wire, tools, easels, tables, and picks. For a while, we had an oversupply of glass balls in a variety of hues. Glass balls can be useful when a shot of color is needed in a wreath, but because we are mostly known for our natural decorations, we use them sparingly.  A buying moratorium was called on glass balls in 2017, which we complied with until we spotted the new carnival glass balls, and also an iridescent peridot color which we felt we couldn’t live without.  Once again we stored our extra glass ornaments, but we are happy to continue exploring new materials in our designs.  Below is a wreath which incorporated the carnival glass balls in a design for a customer who will hang the wreath on her Victorian home.

    Wreath of the Day - Carnival Glass
    We store some of our leftover supplies from year to year at our storage unit in Brighton - primarily extra ribbon, wire, tools, easels, tables, and picks. For a while, we had an oversupply of glass balls in a variety of hues.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

3 hours ago

Best Local Gift Card Ideas For Boston Area Shoppers

Grill 23 and Bar on the corner of Stuart and Berkeley Street in downtown Boston is one of the city’s finest steakhouses. This award-winning restaurant...

91 Newbury St.

    Best Local Gift Card Ideas For Boston Area Shoppers
    By Mark G. McLaughlin, SpeakEasy A gift card that anyone can grab from a grocery or drug store display may be a welcome gift, but it doesn't take much thought or creativity. Fortunately for those buying gifts for someone special in and around Boston, there is another equally easy but much more creative option: local gift cards.
    http://boston.cbslocal.com

5 hours ago

A Family Christmas

A REQUEST FROM THE WHOLE FAMILY: Molly, Matt, and little Caroline Bechtel, Gary W. Koch, and Lois Schramek talk to Santa about what they hope is under the tree on Christmas morning. The fun moment came during the Hill House’s Party with Santa just before the grand tree lighting on Charles Street.

    A Family Christmas
    A REQUEST FROM THE WHOLE FAMILY: Molly, Matt, and little Caroline Bechtel, Gary W. Koch, and Lois Schramek talk to Santa about what they hope is under the tree on Christmas morning. The fun moment came during the Hill House's Party with Santa just before the grand tree lighting on Charles Street.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

5 hours ago

First Snowfall

The first snowfall over the weekend left Beacon Hill looking like true winter scene as snow hung from the trees and motorists had to remove the snow from their cars. Boston received between 3 to 4 inches of snow.

    First Snowfall
    The first snowfall over the weekend left Beacon Hill looking like true winter scene as snow hung from the trees and motorists had to remove the snow from their cars. Boston received between 3 to 4 inches of snow.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

5 hours ago

Tower May Soon Sit Over Garage on Stuart Street

By Beth Treffeisen

    Tower May Soon Sit Over Garage on Stuart Street
    The Los Angeles based CIM Group plans to build a residential tower on top of the existing Motor Mart Garage located at 201 Stuart Street in downtown Boston. The tower is currently planned to be 278 feet tall, and if built would be higher than the proposed 212 Stuart Street tower across the street at 199 feet.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

5 hours ago

Charles Street Holiday Stroll

Ottavia Pomazon and Stefanie Gardener looking at scented candles and blankets at Whitney & Winston as they do some holiday shopping during the annual Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll on Thursday, Dec. 7. The annual event drew hundreds to Charles Street for shopping and ringing in the season with Mayor Martin Walsh for the tree lighting.

    Charles Street Holiday Stroll
    Ottavia Pomazon and Stefanie Gardener looking at scented candles and blankets at Whitney & Winston as they do some holiday shopping during the annual Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll on Thursday, Dec. 7. The annual event drew hundreds to Charles Street for shopping and ringing in the season with Mayor Martin Walsh for the tree lighting.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Thank You to All the Volunteers

For those of us living on Beacon Hill, the gas street lights are part of the charm of this historic neighborhood.  For most of the year, these black poles remain a throwback to a quaint earlier century.

    Thank You to All the Volunteers
    For those of us living on Beacon Hill, the gas street lights are part of the charm of this historic neighborhood. For most of the year, these black poles remain a throwback to a quaint earlier century. However, during the holidays, these poles are transformed into beautiful ornaments as garlands and red bows are placed on the more than 1,100 street poles.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

BHAC Agenda

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold its monthly public hearing on Thursday, December 21, 2017 starting at 5:00 p.m. in Piemonte Room City Hall.

    BHAC Agenda
    The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission will hold its monthly public hearing on Thursday, December 21, 2017 starting at 5:00 p.m. in Piemonte Room City Hall. (Use Congress Street as an entrance and exit after 5:30pm) Violations 18.098 BH 81 Mount Vernon Street (VIO.BH.116): Paint front door; install two light fixtures flanking front entrance; replace all storm windows on front elevation.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Homelessness Among Senior Citizens is a Form of ‘Elder Abuse’

By Dan Weber

    Homelessness Among Senior Citizens is a Form of 'Elder Abuse'
    Here's a startling statistic from the Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]: "the homeless population is aging faster than the general population in the United States." It's a shameless embarrassment in a country with a tradition of helping the needy. Growing old is a condition we all have to live with.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Overnight Lane Closures on Storrow Drive Posted

MassDOT will implement overnight lane closures on Storrow Drive east and westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, December 15. Single lane closures will be from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM and double lane closures will be from 11:00 PM each night until 5:00 AM the following morning.

    Overnight Lane Closures on Storrow Drive Posted
    MassDOT will implement overnight lane closures on Storrow Drive east and westbound in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge through Friday, December 15. Single lane closures will be from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM and double lane closures will be from 11:00 PM each night until 5:00 AM the following morning.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Police Briefs 12-12-2017

Beacon Hill Beat

    Police Briefs 12-12-2017
    From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Building 11/30/17 - A victim reported she put her wallet inside her locker at a Stuart Street hostel at about 10 a.m., but when she returned at around 4 p.m., she realized U.S. currency had been removed from the wallet.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Kodomo Annex Hosts Children’s Book Launch

Kodomo Annex on River Street, hosted an exclusive VIP Launch Party to celebrate the publication of Ben and Tonya Mezrich’s first book together: Charlie Num3ers and The Man in the Moon. This is the first time in three years that Mezrich has released a children’s book, his last title-Bringing Down the Mouse graced the bestseller lists, and Charlie is slated to do the same with Ellen Pompeo ready to turn it into a TV show.

    Kodomo Annex Hosts Children's Book Launch
    Kodomo Annex on River Street, hosted an exclusive VIP Launch Party to celebrate the publication of Ben and Tonya Mezrich's first book together: Charlie Num3ers and The Man in the Moon.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Black Ink Takes Home First-Place in Charles St Storefront Decorating Contest

By Dan Murphy

    Black Ink Takes Home First-Place in Charles St Storefront Decorating Contest
    During the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll on Thursday evening, Black Ink was named the first-place winner in the 2017 Charles Street annual Storefront Decorating Contest. The shop at 101 Charles St. specializing in greeting cards, stationary and unique gift items took top prize in the competition sponsored by the Joint Charles Street Committee of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and the Beacon Hill Business Association.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

BHCA Community Corner

by Suzanne Besser, BHCA President

    BHCA Community Corner
    Annual Appeal It's that time of year again - time when the Beacon Hill Civic Association turns to the community to ask for support of the work it does to enhance the quality of life for all residents. Members are asked to watch for a packet of information about the Annual Appeal in this week's mail.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

6 hours ago

Boston City Council Updates

The Boston City Council met on Wednesday, December 6 at at Boston City Hall.

    Boston City Council Updates
    The City Council's Special Committee on the Community Preservation Act to appoint four finalists to the Community Preservation Committee has been pushed to the following hearing date, Wednesday, Dec. 23. City Councilor Michael Flaherty said that City Council is expecting the five from the administration and want to hold off until those are received.
    http://beaconhilltimes.com

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Parking protected bike lane being installed on Beacon Street

The new design will start at Arlington and Beacon streets and continue all the way to Massachusetts Avenue. Currently, Beacon Street has a parking protected bike lane from Charlesgate to Massachusetts Avenue.

    Parking protected bike lane being installed on Beacon Street
    A popular Boston street is getting redesigned to create a new parking protected bike lane for cyclists. Boston Transportation Department officials said drivers will be going down Beacon Street on two lanes instead of three soon as they work to incorporate a bike lane on the right-hand side of the street.
    http://www.wcvb.com

27 hours ago

Friday, December 22, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm – Sparkle!

Sparkle! Enjoy Blithewold’s marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-cocoa-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event at the Gardens located at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, Rhode Island.

    Friday, December 22, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm - Sparkle!
    Sparkle! Enjoy Blithewold's marshmallow-roasting-Christmas-carol-singing-cocoa-sipping-strolling-through-the-twinkling-garden-paths-fun-for-the-whole-family event at the Gardens located at 101 Ferry Road in Bristol, Rhode Island. Free Hot Cocoa. S'mores kits are 1 for $2, and 3 for $5 (a part of the proceeds benefits the Boy Scouts). Carol-singing around the fire performances at 6 and 7 pm.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

27 hours ago

Wreath of the Day – Sharpest Knife in the Drawer

During wreath making, we cut ribbon, we cut wire, we cut branches, we trim dried materials – we clip and snip at a furious pace, and by the end of the week our tools are dull and pitted. This season, wonderful neighbors Jim and Jennifer Hill, who own the fabulous KitchenWares by Blackstones store at 215 Newbury Street, played Santa and delivered over gift certificates for free sharpening. Because our tools were in storage and not accessible until just before we started, we decided to take advantage of this kindness at the end of the week, so that next year we will begin the season with the sharpest tools available.  We encourage you to visit https://www.kitchenwaresboston.com/ or, if you stop in for holiday shopping, take a moment to thank them for their generosity. Their sister store is Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill, another spot we highly recommend. The wreath pictured below, with its abundance of lotus pods, pine cones, milkweed and peony pods, and other more exotic dried materials, would not be possible without good clippers.

    Wreath of the Day - Sharpest Knife in the Drawer
    During wreath making, we cut ribbon, we cut wire, we cut branches, we trim dried materials - we clip and snip at a furious pace, and by the end of the week our tools are dull and pitted.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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Moody’s Delicatessen Now Open in Back Bay

Moody’s Delicatessen officially opened at 500 Boylston St. in Boston’s Back Bay today, a new location for the growing Waltham-based empire...

    Moody's Delicatessen Now Open in Back Bay
    Moody's Delicatessen officially opened at 500 Boylston St. in Boston's Back Bay today, a new location for the growing Waltham-based empire that includes the acclaimed original location of Moody's Delicatessen as well as its attached full-service restaurant, the Backroom, not to mention a burgeoning wholesale charcuterie business, New England Charcuterie.
    https://boston.eater.com

2 days ago

Wreath of the Day – Trouble in Tahiti

Our volunteers are the backbone of this project, and when one of our volunteers goes AWOL, we are not amused. This year Maureen O’Hara, a star delivery coordinator, salesperson, and site manager, was given the opportunity to go to Tahiti during wreath week.  What is the world coming to? In honor of her trip (which we hope never ever happens again in December) we showcase an orchid-filled chartreuse wreath which to us symbolizes a tropical holiday.

    Wreath of the Day - Trouble in Tahiti
    Our volunteers are the backbone of this project, and when one of our volunteers goes AWOL, we are not amused. This year Maureen O'Hara, a star delivery coordinator, salesperson, and site manager, was given the opportunity to go to Tahiti during wreath week. What is the world coming to?
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

2 days ago

Monday, June 11 – Sunday, June 17 – Seattle: Public & Private Gardens In and Around the Emerald City

Join Pacific Horticulture on June 11 – 17 in the Emerald City where our local contact, Greg Graves, has organized an extraordinary collection of exclusive private garden visits. From our base at the boutique Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle we’ll make day trips to neighboring islands, including Bainbridge where we’ll tour Bloedel Reserve, one of the finest gardens in the nation (image below from www.highcountrygardens.com). A day visiting gardens east of Seattle includes the Bellevue Botanical Garden; another day we’ll head south to the legendary Old Goat Farm for dinner and a nursery tour. Back in the city, we’ll visit the remarkable exhibits and gardens at Chihuly Garden & Glass. This tour will be escorted by former PHS board member Greg Graves. Don’t miss this special opportunity to get beyond the garden gate with one of Seattle’s most well-connected horticulturist.

    Monday, June 11 - Sunday, June 17 - Seattle: Public & Private Gardens In and Around the Emerald City
    Join Pacific Horticulture on June 11 - 17 in the Emerald City where our local contact, Greg Graves, has organized an extraordinary collection of exclusive private garden visits. From our base at the boutique Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle we'll make day trips to neighboring islands, including Bainbridge where we'll tour Bloedel Reserve, one of the finest gardens in the nation (image below from www.highcountrygardens.com).
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

2 days ago

3 days ago

Wreath of the Day – Flower Exchange Moves to Chelsea

One thing is certain during wreath week – we run out of supplies. No matter how organized we try to be, there will be some item – picks for attaching, white pine boughs for augmenting – that must be acquired, and in the past, running down to Albany Street wasn’t a big deal.  When the Boston Flower Exchange left the city to establish new headquarters in Chelsea, however, that quick errand became a 45 minute drive in heavy traffic. Co-chair Margaret Pokorny is to be commended for minimizing the need to make the trek, but she still found herself on the road on a number of occasions this past week. The wreath below shows some of the varied greens we use in our wreaths, much of which comes from our friend Pat Riccardi at the Boston Flower Exchange.

    Wreath of the Day - Flower Exchange Moves to Chelsea
    One thing is certain during wreath week - we run out of supplies. No matter how organized we try to be, there will be some item - picks for attaching, white pine boughs for augmenting - that must be acquired, and in the past, running down to Albany Street wasn't a big deal.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

3 days ago

Monday, April 9 – Monday, April 16 – Imperial Gardens of China

Hidden Treasures Tours presents a spring tour of the Imperial Gardens of China on April 9 – 16, 2018.  Arrive in Beijing, then tour the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, followed by a visit to the Summer Palace. You will see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, take a full day excursion to Chengde-Imperial Summer Mountain Resort, and then fly to Shanghai. While there, you will tour the 16th century Yu Yuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a full day in Suzhou Gardens before flying home.  The land coast is $1,895 per person based on double occupancy, with a $450 single supplement. Visa cost is $175.  Your tour guide will  be Mary Kroening, the founder of Hidden Treasures Tours. For complete information go to http://hiddentreasurestours.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/GARDENS-OF-CHINA-2018.pdf

    Monday, April 9 - Monday, April 16 - Imperial Gardens of China
    Hidden Treasures Tours presents a spring tour of the Imperial Gardens of China on April 9 - 16, 2018. Arrive in Beijing, then tour the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, followed by a visit to the Summer Palace.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

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Nobel Committee Honors Amy Beach

...performed by a major orchestra. She wrote the work while living at her Boston home, 28 Commonwealth Avenue. While she lived in Boston, as the wife of Dr. Beach, she did not have...

4 days ago

Sunday, December 17, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Holiday Open House at The Gibson House

The Gibson House Museum is the only house museum in Back Bay. Since 1957, it has told the story of the Gibson family’s daily life during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their everyday possessions, decorative objects, and furnishings. On Sunday, December 17, from 1 – 4, the house will be decorated for the holidays as it would have been decorated when the Gibsons were in residence. Light seasonal refreshments will be served. For more information visit www.thegibsonhouse.org.

    Sunday, December 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Holiday Open House at The Gibson House
    The Gibson House Museum is the only house museum in Back Bay. Since 1957, it has told the story of the Gibson family's daily life during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through their everyday possessions, decorative objects, and furnishings.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

4 days ago

Wreath of the Day – We’re Back!

The Garden Club of the Back Bay’s 2017 Wreath Week has concluded, and we are now resting, soaking our feet, bandaging our hands, and planning for 2018. For those new to this web site, we have a tradition of posting a Wreath of the Day feature each day from now through New Year’s Day, highlighting some of our beautiful creations, and sharing stories of the season. Remember that allows us to show you 24 wreaths out of the nearly 170 fully decorated wreaths created. We couldn’t be more proud of our decorators, and there are some designs which, if not published this month, will appear next fall as we gear up for the next sales season. We hope you enjoy and share with friends.  We will start with a classic almost all natural wreath – but look closely and you’ll spot glittery twigs of rhinestones among the rose hips, cones, magnolia leaves, incense cedar, dried flowers and white pine.

    Wreath of the Day - We're Back!
    The Garden Club of the Back Bay's 2017 Wreath Week has concluded, and we are now resting, soaking our feet, bandaging our hands, and planning for 2018. For those new to this web site, we have a tradition of posting a Wreath of the Day feature each day from now through New Year's Day, highlighting some of our beautiful creations, and sharing stories of the season.
    http://www.gardenclubbackbay.org

4 days ago

4 days ago

Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Boston

Go Mediterranean for Christmas dinner with a four-course meal with two entrees for the table and a special dessert tasting. Dinner priced at $65 per person. (79 Park Plaza, Back Bay, Boston)

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...m., $50 for adults and $19 for kids under 12. Kids under three eat free. (40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge...

...from 5 to 10 p.m. as well. Reservations available by phone — (617) 574-7295. (10 Avery St., Downtown, Boston...

...7 to 10:30 a.m. and dinner service from 5 to 8 p.m. (776 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston...

...and an eggnog crème brûlée for dessert. Reservations can be made online. (215 Charles St., Beacon Hill, Boston...

...with three courses available for $65. The restaurant also serves specialty cocktails, wine, and beer. (528 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston...

Reservations are still open for Christmas Day dining at Fin Point, which offers New England seafood and raw bar options, plus pizza, pasta, and some classics like lobster rolls and burgers. (89 Broad St., Downtown, Boston)

Out by the harbor, Meritage will serve a prix fixe Christmas menu (with or without wine pairings) from 4 to 9 p.m., with a la carte options for children under six. Call (617) 439-3995 to make a reservation. (70 Rowes Wharf, Boston)

The Christmas spread at Miel includes a rabbit and mushroom soup, prime rib, seared scallops, and a smoked pheasant breast with acorn squash. For dessert, there will be peppermint cheesecake and a classic bouche de noel. Menu available for $65 per person. (510 Atlantic Ave., Waterfront, Boston)

...11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for $75 per person and $25 per child. (1 Seaport Ln., Seaport, Boston...

A lobster Christmas is in store for diners at Abe & Louie’s. The restaurant will offer a boiled lobster dinner with two, three, or four pounds worth of meat, in addition to baked lobster with breadcrumbs and Maine lobster casserole. (793 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston)

Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Ma Maison has both prix fixe and a la carte options available, including butternut squash soup, wild mushroom risotto, grilled rack of lamb, duck, and a traditional bouche de noel for dessert, along with many other items. (272 Cambridge St., Boston)

...open the rest of the day without the specials as well. Reservations recommended; check Reserve. (1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge...

Dig into some pumpkin tortelli or veal ossobuco at Bricco in the North End. The restaurant is taking reservations for Christmas Day and has plenty of wine, cognac, and whiskey to round out a special occasion. (241 Hanover St., North End, Boston)

Cube toasts and chinwiches and cola wings, oh my! Feast on Hong Kong-inspired dishes at this Chinatown spot, and don’t forget to save room for dessert. Reservations are still available on OpenTable. (86 Harrison Ave., Chinatown, Boston)

Taste the Caribbean in Cambridge this holiday, with options ranging from plantain balls with pork belly to ceviche, yucca fritters, and various empanadas. Main courses feature seafood, hearty cuts of meat, and rotisserie chicken. (450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge)

The restaurant’s menu of French dishes includes fois gras, mussels, ribeye, cheese, and desserts, and reservations are still available on OpenTable. (1627 Beacon St., Brookline)

This new spot in Southie has dinner reservations available for Christmas Day, serving its American menu of small bites, burgers and sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas. (726 E Broadway, South Boston)

    Where to Eat on Christmas Day in Boston
    This holiday season, let Boston's restaurants do all the work. While many restaurants are closed for Christmas Day, various spots around the city will be in full swing, offering brunch, breakfast, and/or dinner. Whether you're looking for something traditional (a la honey-glazed ham) or something a little out of the ordinary (all-you-can-eat meat feast, perhaps?), it's not too late to snag a reservation somewhere.
    https://boston.eater.com

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