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Robert Burns Statue Rededication

Thank you to all the members, neighbors, and friends who joined us and made it possible to return & rededicate Boston’s Robert Burns Statue in the Back Bay Fens on October 30th. It was a lovely time enjoyed by all.


Photos & Videos of the dedication ceremony by Joe Brooks of the Boston Fire Department, Fire Alarm Office Radio Operations:

Boston Parks was great to publish a piece yesterday here:

The Patch published it here:

The Boston University’s Daily Free Press wrote a piece here:

The Boston Guardian’s coverage is available here:

The Fenway News’ coverage is available here:

Click to access FenwayNews_Nove2019_web.pdf

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Voting and BPDA meetings ahead

Dear Member and Friends:

Thanks to all who joined Wednesday’s dedication of the Robert Burns statue in the Back Bay Fens.
The City of Boston released the following recap of the festivities at https://www.boston.gov/news/robert-burns-statue-returned-back-bay-fens

Special thanks to City Councilor Josh Zakim and Nicholas Carter from District 8 and State Representative Jay Livingstone for joining us along with our neighbors, local businesses and institutional representatives!

We have a busy week ahead in the Fenway!

1. Tuesday, November 5th, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Boston Municipal Election
Make sure to vote in Boston’s upcoming Municipal Election next Tuesday!
You will be voting for At-Large and District City Council members and a citywide non-binding question.
To see your polling location, sample ballots, and more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/city-boston-municipal-election

2. Wednesday, November 6th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. SCAPE Public Meeting (Date Change)
(This public meeting has been changed from its previously scheduled date of November 4th)
Come learn about recent changes to the proposed project at 1252-1270 Boylston Street and make your voice heard.
This meeting will be held at 2 Charlesgate West, 5th Floor
For more information including the current filing and to submit your comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/1252-1270-boylston-street
Comment deadline: November 22, 2019

3. Thursday, November 7th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. SCAPE Impact Advisory Group Meeting
Location: 2 Charlesgate West, 5th Floor
This public meeting focuses on the Impact Advisory Group for the project, but is open to all to attend.
For more information, see above.

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Parks, Planning, Politics, and more!

Dear Members and Friends:

Please see the following upcoming announcements:

1. Fenway Urban Renewal Meeting, October 28th, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street (entry on Jersey Street)
The Boston Planning and Development Agency will hold a public meeting to discuss updates to the Fenway Urban Renewal Plan area.
Come and make your voices heard! Fenway Civic has supported the sunsetting of the Fenway Urban Renewal District and called for a moratorium of this designation, originally created for neighborhoods that were considered blighted.

2. Youth Voter Forum, October 29, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street (entry on Jersey Street)
Come meet District 8 and At-Large Boston City Council Candidates and elected officials at this event sponsored by students. Food and refreshments will be provided.

3. Return of Burns, October 30, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Agassiz Road at The Fenway (next to the Fire Alarm Headquarters)
Come join in the celebration of the return of the Robert Burns statue to its original location in the Back Bay Fens. Bagpipes, poetry, and song mark this public celebration, with a reception following public remarks. Many elected officials and prestigious figures will be in attendance. All are invited – come, and bring a friend!

4. Red Sox Neighborhood Meeting, October 30, 6:00 p.m., Dell/EMC Club, Fenway Park, 20 Jersey Street
The Red Sox are holding their bi-annual meeting to provide updates on their events and operations, and offer the neighborhood the chance to ask questions and provide any feedback and suggestions that we have. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Doors at 20 Jersey Street open at 6pm, and a short speaking program will begin at 6:30.

5. SCAPE Project / 1252-1270 Boylston Street Public Meeting, November 4, 6:00 p.m., 2 Charlesgate West (enter at Boylston Street)
A public meeting on the 1252-1270 Boylston Street project will be held at 2 Charlesgate West to discuss the project’s recently filed Draft Project Impact Report. To read the filing and submit your comments, visit: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/1252-1270-boylston-street

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Please see the many programs that await you at this Monday’s annual “Opening Our Doors” in the Fenway!

Dear Friends,

The Alliance’s Opening Our Doors Festival is almost here! Please join us
Monday, October 14 at 10 AM for our Kick-Off at the Christian Science Plaza
-look for our Big Banner! Over 80 cultural experiences throughout various
locations in the Fenway in a day of cultural partnership, inclusion and

Please find program book with schedule here: http://www.fenwayculture.org, and help
us spread the word!

Kelly, Genevieve and Sarah, The Fenway Alliance

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Citywide preliminary municipal elections will be held next Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. We encourage all residents to participate.

To find your polling location, visit: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema//bal/myelectioninfo.aspx
To review candidates, electoral maps, and more, visit: https://www.boston.gov/departments/election

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Join neighbors for a FREE watercolor workshop at Symphony Community Park this Sunday, September 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
All materials will be provided – come and bring a friend! For more details, see below. Symphony Park is located at 39 Edgerly Road in the Fenway.

Fenway Workshop (1)

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FensFest harvest festival at the Fenway Victory Gardens, Saturday, September 7th 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 1200 Boylston Street

Join gardeners and neighbors to celebrate the end of the growing season for food and fun activities, including raffles, face painting and games for children, music, and a white elephant sale. More details below, or visit: https://fenwayvictorygardens.org/fens-fest-harvest-festival/


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Symphony Park Line Dancing

Join Mz. Rhythm and the Boston Rhythm Riders for 4 weeks of line dancing classes at Symphony Park, 6 p.m. Thursdays, hosted by the Friends of Symphony Park. Why stand on the sidelines? Get moving in these free sessions and learn basic line dancing call outs. More information below. Thanks to the Boston Rhythm Riders, The Mission Hill/Fenway Neighborhood Trust, and The Boston Cultural Council for making these classes possible.

Symphony Park line dancing 2019

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Upcoming move in information

Dear Members and Friends:

With the school year upon us, please review upcoming parking restrictions in the Fenway.
Please note that other restrictions, including on state parkways, may exist – check signs carefully for details:

1. City postings:
The following parking restrictions take place between August 27th and September 2nd:
Map: https://www.boston.gov/news/parking-and-traffic-restrictions-during-2019-student-move#map–339276
Schedule: https://www.boston.gov/news/parking-and-traffic-restrictions-during-2019-student-move#fenway-parking

2. Berklee postings: The following restrictions and events take place between August 25th and September 5th:

Sunday, August 25th Residence Hall Move-In, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parking Affected:
o 8 spaces on Belvidere St.
o 2 spaces in front of 98 Hemenway St.
o 4 spaces in front of 270 Commonwealth Ave.

Wednesday, August 28th Residence Hall Move-In, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Parking Affected:
o 8 spaces on Belvidere St.
o 2 spaces in front of 98 Hemenway St.
o 4 spaces in front of 270 Commonwealth Ave.

Saturday, August 31st New Student Move-In, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Approximately 1000 students will move into 150 Mass. Ave., 160 Mass. Ave., 98 Hemenway Street and The Fenway. Students will complete check in at 7 Haviland St. and 8 Fenway.

Students moving into 150 and 160 Mass. Ave. will enter Belvidere Street at Dalton Street and form two lanes on Belvidere, one on each side, based on which building they will move into. The middle will be a lane for through traffic, which will not be impeded. Berklee Public Safety will manage the traffic flow on Belvidere and will also have officers on Mass. Ave. making sure cars don’t stop and unload in front of the buildings.

Students moving into 98 Hemenway, 270 Commonwealth or The Fenway will pull up to the curb to unload their belongings.
We have hired 40 movers to unload cars and fill up carts as cars arrive. As soon as the cars are empty, they will be ushered off to find parking so that we can keep the lines moving.

Parking Affected:
o Both sides of the entire Belvidere St (Commercial Spaces included)
o 4 spaces in front of 98 Hemenway
o 8 spaces in front of 270 Commonwealth

Thursday, September 5th New Student Block Party at 7 Haviland Street, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

There will be a live DJ on the 7 Haviland Street Patio and food at this event. Open to local residents.
Parking/Traffic Affected:

Haviland Street will be closed from Mass. Ave. to Edgerly Road between 3:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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Dear Members:

Please see the following press release regarding free community events scheduled at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For more information, visit: https://www.mfa.org/press-release/community-celebrations

The MFA Will Co-Present 11 Celebrations with Community Partners Throughout the Year
BOSTON (August 13, 2019)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is expanding its popular series of free community celebrations and partnerships, offering more opportunities for visitors to enjoy music, dance and an array of performances and presentations by artists and thought leaders. New this year, the MFA will host Latinx Heritage Night in partnership with Amplify Latinx on the evening of Wednesday, September 18, and will mark Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a free day on Monday, October 14. The MFA’s 11 annual community celebrations are each unique, offering a range of activities and events that represent the art, history and global influences found throughout Greater Boston.
The MFA will mark its 150th anniversary in 2020. As part of this anniversary, the MFA has increased opportunities for visitors to enjoy the Museum, including:
Free one-year, first-time memberships for visitors who attend any one of these community celebrations during 2020.
Five free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Lunar New Year Celebration, Memorial Day, Free Fun Friday and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Five Wednesday evening celebrations, when Museum admission is by voluntary contribution, include Latinx Heritage Night, ASL Night, Diwali, Hanukkah and Juneteenth.
Nowruz 2020 includes free activities with Museum admission.

“The MFA’s series of free community celebrations are an open invitation to our neighbors in Boston and throughout New England to join friends and family and make the Museum their own,” said Makeeba McCreary, Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement at the MFA. “We are taking the invitation one step further with free Museum memberships during these events, to honor the rich histories and celebrate the diversity of our community with our visitors every day of the year.”
In total, the MFA welcomed 50,000 visitors during community celebrations in FY2019.
For over 20 years, the MFA has co-created a wide-ranging series of free community celebrations with valued local partners, artists and performers—highlighting external perspectives and community voices. A highlight of the year’s calendar is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will mark the opening of a new exhibition of Modern art by American artists of color, curated by paid Boston teen fellows from Becoming a Man (BAM) and The BASE along with the MFA’s Teen Arts Council (TAC), STEAM team and two participants from the Bloomberg Arts Internship program Boston program managed by EdVestors. See below for details on each community celebration at the MFA, or visit mfa.org for more information.
Latinx Heritage Night **NEW**

Wednesday, September 18, 2019; 5-10 pm
Presented in partnership with Amplify Latinx, the MFA’s first-ever Latinx Heritage Night will recognize the enduring Latinx cultural contributions in Boston and beyond. Visitors can enjoy live music, a dance performance, a fashion show/designer meet-up and photography exhibition, with the evening’s performers presenting in both English and Spanish. Tours of the galleries will explore works of art from North, Central and South America from all time periods, which can be found throughout the Art of the Americas Wing. The Museum’s diverse holdings of art of the Americas rank among the most significant in the nation and feature masterpieces ranging from gold of the Ancient Americas, Maya ceramics, as well as more recent acquisitions of colonial Latin American art and 20th-century artists such as Frida Kahlo. Latinx Heritage Night is supported by Leigh Braude-Borowski and Marek Borowski, Lorraine Bressler and Family, Darwin Cordoba, Gamaliel Herrera, Andrea and Antonio Porres, and Jim and Rachel Solomon.
ASL Night

Wednesday, September 25, 2019; 5-10 pm
Presented in partnership with DEAF, Inc and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, the MFA’s third-annual ASL Night celebrates Deaf culture, highlighting the art, language and culture of the community. Coinciding with Deaf Awareness Month, the program includes tours, dance, talks, performances and art-making activities, all in ASL led by Deaf tour guides, artists, and performers and translated into spoken English. Throughout the year, a selection of gallery tours, performances and demonstrations are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) or are sign-language interpreted at the MFA. Sponsored by MFS Investment Management. Access initiatives at the MFA are supported by the Bank of America Access Program. With additional support from the Maida S. Abrams Fund for Increasing Access and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day **NEW**

Monday, October 14, 2019; 10 am – 5 pm
The MFA is re-launching its annual Fall Open House as its first annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The holiday re-imagines Columbus Day as a day to honor the original inhabitants of the Americas. Part of the Fenway Alliance’s 18th annual Opening Our Doors Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and celebrates the heritage of Native Americans and the histories of their nations and communities. Visitors can tour the galleries exploring the Museum’s growing collection representing a broad diversity of indigenous cultural traditions across the US and Canada, enjoy music and dance, and drop in on a variety of engaging family art-making activities. Indigenous Peoples Day is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial. Additional programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019; 5 – 10 pm
Diwali at the MFA celebrates an ancient Festival of Lights observed around the world by many cultures and religions. On Diwali, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains light a diya (oil lamp) with family and friends, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. The MFA’s eighth-annual celebration includes music, dance, art making and tours of the Museum’s collection of South Asian art. The event, in part, is co-produced with SubDrift Boston. Sponsored by Chase.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019; 4 – 10 pm
In partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), the MFA’s sixth-annual Hanukkah celebration offers musical performances, art making, family-friendly activities and tours of MFA’s collection of Judaica. Every year a one-of-a-kind Hanukkah menorah is created by a local artists as part of a community candle-lighting. Sponsored by Chase.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2020; 10am – 5 pm
For 18 consecutive years, Citizens Bank has sponsored the MFA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House. This year, the day will mark the opening of a special exhibition featuring Modern art by American artists of color curated by Boston teens, including paid fellows from Becoming a Man (BAM), The BASE, the MFA’s Teen Arts Council (TAC), STEAM team and two participants from the Bloomberg Arts Internship program Boston program managed by EdVestors. In addition to hearing musical performances and joining gallery tours highlighting works by artists of color, attendees can view art created by students from the MFA’s 10 Community Arts Initiative partners. In partnership with Citizens Bank. Additional programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.
Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 1, 2020; 10 am – 5 pm
Visitors can ring in the Year of the Rat as they explore Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions at the MFA. The sixth-annual Lunar New Year celebration offers art activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the day. Presented in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), the Korean Cultural Society of Boston and the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts, activities include a festive Lion Dance, art making and Saebae and martial arts demonstrations. Among the finest in the world, the MFA’s collection of Asian art covers the creative achievements of more than half of the world’s population over the course of five millennia. Sponsored by Chase. Programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute.
Nowruz 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020; 10am – 5 pm
Nowruz is an ancient celebration that takes place on the vernal equinox, signaling the beginning of spring. Since 2012, visitors have celebrated the Persian New Year at the MFA by learning about Nowruz traditions, exploring Persian works of art, enjoying dance performances and viewing an impressive Haft Seen display. Visitors will also have a chance to explore the MFA’s newly reinstalled and reinterpreted Arts of Islamic Cultures gallery, which includes a large selection of works made in Iran. Presented with support from Azi Djazani, Mahmood Malihi, and Azita Bina and Elmar Seibel.
Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2020; 10am – 5 pm
The MFA offers free admission, art-making activities and more every Memorial Day. Additionally, military families—active duty and veterans— receive free access and discounted membership year-round. Memorial Day is generously supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates. Supporting Sponsor is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Programming support is provided by The Lowell Institute. Military Access Program is sponsored by MFS Investment Management.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020; 5 – 10 pm
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Presented in partnership with The Urban Labs, The MFA’s eighth-annual celebration includes thoughtful discussion, powerful art and engaging activities featuring artists from Boston’s local creative community.
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday

Summer 2020; 10am – 10pm
As a proud participant in Highland Street Foundation’s annual Free Fun Fridays program since 2008, the MFA has offered free admission for one Friday during the summer. Details about Free Fun Fridays in 2020 will be confirmed in partnership with Highland Street Foundation.

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