Beacon Hill’s biggest party just keeps on getting bigger. The Beacon Hill Civic Association’s Neighborhood Block Party and Beer Garden, which kicks off September 16 at 12 noon in front of the Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon Street, is packed full of entertainment, tours and free food – even a ‘Pats’ Party for all.
What’s new this year? Twenty-two energetic neighborhood nonprofits are busily dreaming up fun activities, crafts and games for all, like cupcake decorating, a kids art contest, a scavenger hunt and even an opportunity to try playing some musical instruments. Matches of children’s athletic games will be played throughout the afternoon for young and ‘tween’ age groups as well as a used children’s sporting equipment sale.
The Beer Garden and Neighborhood ‘Pats’ Party, which were a huge success last year, are back again. Football fans are invited to come cheer on the New England Patriots in their home opener against the Arizona Cardinals, kickoff is at 1 p.m. We’ll be projecting the game in high definition with stereo sound from the Firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon Street. Harpoon Beer will be on tap ($5) along with free snacks from Anna’s Taqueria – burritos, chips and salsa. The National Park Service Rangers from the Boston African-American National Historic Site will conduct a walking tour of several historic sites on Beacon Hill. Again this year, architecture buff Mark Kiefer will lead these popular tours throughout the neighborhood. And so much more, like the annual Dog Show, Kid’s Bike and Scooter Parade, Fire Truck, Police Car, Duck Boat, Beacon Hill Seminars Used Book Sale, Beacon Hill Garden Club’s Plant Sale, Myrtle Street Playground Used Toy and Clothing Sale, free admission to neighborhood museums, and live music by Giles McNamee’s ‘Rock Bottom Band’. There will be plenty of free food, so no reason to go hungry either. All afternoon at the Block Party we’ll be grilling hot dogs (this year, courtesy of the Charles Street Market) and offering up a selection of Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic Line products. To top it all off, a group of community-minded teenagers will be serving cups of J.P. Licks ice cream for $2 in order to support BHCA’s projects, like keeping Charles Street clean. The annual Block Party and Beer Garden is BHCA’s way of bringing neighborhood friends and families together, thanking them for their support, and celebrating the many nonprofits that help make the neighborhood a very special place. For more information and a schedule of activities, go to www.bhcivic.org.