2016: The Year in Review

By Dan Murphy

On Jan. 19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his second State of the City Address at Symphony Hall.

On Feb. 4, the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library celebrated its 120th anniversary.

On Feb. 6, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 44th annual “Winter Gala” at the Four Seasons Hotel.

On March 28, Mayor Martin J. Walsh was on hand as the guest speaker during the Beacon Hill Business Association’s annual meeting at Hampshire House.

On April 29, the Friends of the Public Garden held its annual Green and White Ball at the Taj Boston.

On May 3, Mayor Martin J. Walsh hosted the 28th annual ‘Return of the Swans” event at the Public Garden.

On May 16, the Beacon Hill Civic Association held its 94th annual meeting at the Union Club, at which time longtime Beacon Hill Nursery School teacher Priscilla Fales received the 19th annual Beacon Award for her significant contributions to the community.

On May 19, the Beacon Hill Garden Club held its 87th “Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill” tour.

On June 2, more than 300 runners participated in the inaugural “Esplanade 5K Sunset Run” hosted by the Esplanade Association.

On June 5, the annual “Beacon Hill Art Walk” returned to the North Slope of the Hill, with around 100 artists on hand.

On June 20, the Friends of the Public Garden held its “Summer Party” on the Taj Roofdeck.

On Aug. 16, the Friends of the Public Garden again presented “Puppets on the Common” at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common.

On Sept. 24, the Esplanade Association held its 15th annual “Moondance Gala” on the banks of the Esplanade.

On Oct. 1, Hill House celebrated its 50th anniversary with a black-tie gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

On Nov. 16, the annual “Garlands and Greens” holiday fundraiser took place at Hampshire House, proceeds from which benefitted the 21st annual “Decorating Days” on Dec. 3 and 4.

On Dec. 8, the Beacon Hill Business Association sponsored its annual “Holiday Stroll.”

On Dec. 24, the Beacon Hill Bell Ringers performed their annual Christmas Eve concert on the steps outside of 3 Louisburg Square.


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