Archive for June, 2011

The Fenway Alliance has partnered with Common Boston to showcase the Fenway on on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, as part of Common Boston Week.

Common Boston Week is a 10-day event celebrating architecture and design through Boston. Fenway participants can explore the relationship between their neighborhood and institutions of higher education and culture by touring several institutional buildings and campuses while also traversing diverse Fenway streetscapes.

Events include: Tours of Boston Conservatory’s Hemenway Project, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Berklee’s performance space, the new wing at the Gardner Museum, and the Fenway Studios; a walking tour of the Back Bay Fens with the Muddy River Maintenance Oversight Committee, and presentations from the Fenway Alliance and Berklee College of Music.

For more information, please visit the Common Boston events page at: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/471055467?s=3816353


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The Friends of Symphony Park are pleased to announce a series of free Tai Chi classes in the park for the 2011 season.

Funded by a generous grant from the Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, with additional support from Berklee College of Music and the Mews Condominium Trust, this 8 class program will provide healthy movement opportunities for seniors and neighborhood residents. Instruction will be provided by Sifu Huan Zhang of Huan’s Tai Chi and will take place in the park, located at the corner of Edgerly Road and Norway Street in the East Fenway. In event of rain, classes will be moved to Morville House, located adjacent to the park at 100 Norway Street.

Instructor Huan Zhang has twenty four years of experience in Tai Chi Chuan. He has done lectures, seminars and demonstrations at locations such as Harvard, Northeastern and MIT.

All are welcome to join – wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring your water bottle. Restrooms and water fountains will be available at Morville House.

Classes will start Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m. and take place every Thursday through to August 11th. Class dates are as follows: 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4 and 8/11

Friends of Symphony Park is an all-volunteer group working to maintain Symphony Park. Special thanks to Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department for their support of this program.

For more information Symphony Park, please see our Symphony Park page.

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Spring Thanks!

The spring has been a great season in the Fenway, and has really brought out all the best in our neighborhood – and our neighbors!   We would like to extend a special thanks to certain individuals and organizations who have helped make our recent events and efforts successful.

Northeastern UniversityFlower Distribution.  A very special thanks to Northeastern University for continuing the annual tradition of joining with the Fenway Civic Association to provide flowers for our neighborhood residents. Everyone who participated is thrilled with the instant gratification of blooming annuals for our neighborhood’s gardens and window boxes after such a grey spring. Thanks to Northeastern staff and their student volunteers for handling all the logistics so smoothly.

Gold SponsorsYear of the Tree Campaign.  FCA’s Year of the Tree campaign was a great success.   This year, all membership dues have been dedicated to the preservation and restoration of trees in the Fenway.   A number of individual and institutional members made extra contributions to the cause.  We thank them for their generosity!

Maltby & Company, Natural Tree and Lawn Care – Arbor Day / Maltby Day of Service.   Many, many thanks to Maltby & Company, and Natural Tree and Lawn Care, for the generous donation of their time, expertise, and supplies during the Maltby Day of Service.   This year dozens of volunteers assisted in providing care for trees in the Back Bay Fens.  A number of new trees were planted as well! 

Dr. Gwyl JonesBirds of the Back Bay Fens.  Dr. Jones continued his generous tradition of leading the Fenway Civic Association’s Birds of the Back Bay Fens walk on April 30, 2011.  This year marked our 13th annual walk!   The team observed and identified 31 different species of birds.  Our thanks to Dr. Jones for once again leading this lovely event! 

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Unfortunately, the severe weather forecast for this evening has necessitated cancelling our annual Rose Garden Picnic.

Please stay tuned for information on other upcoming fun summer events in the Fenway.

Please join us this Thursday, June 9th, for the annual Rose Garden Picnic. Come meet your neighbors, enjoy live music and refreshments, and view the roses in bloom!

Date: Thursday June 9, 2011

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Outside the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens (Across from 85 Park Drive)

What to bring: a picnic and a blanket/chair

What we provide: Beverages, dessert, entertainment, chance to connect with your neighbors.


Dave Ehle and Friends

Live Jazz

This event is free and open to the public. The picnic will be held weather-permitting. Special thanks to the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

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