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. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends of the Clarendon Street Playground and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay.  To make a special order or to find out further details, please contact the NABB office at 617-247-3961 or info@nabbonline.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. For tickets please email cantongcmembership@gmail.com. Photo courtesy of www.thecantoncitizen.com.


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 – FOPG Docent Information Session

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 at 11am
Thursday, December 14 at 12 noon
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3pm
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 12 noon

Training is provided and begins in February.

RSVP to attend one of these sessions by calling 617-723-8144 or emailing tours@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.


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.

Following the talk, audience members will be invited to enjoy a guided tour of the Map Center’s exhibit, Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below. Free.


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.


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.

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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.

Karen Perkins, former Director of Education at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, has been teaching folks how to fashion singularly beautiful holiday decorations for almost 30 years. If you can’t make this event, feel free to order one of the Garden Club’s magnificently decorated wreaths, such as the one pictured below, at www.gardenclubbackbay.org/shop


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.


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.


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.