Now there are even more ways for Beacon Hill Women’s Forum members to forge friendships and generate a sense of community with other women in the neighborhood and beyond.
Founded last year to bring together the community’s diverse group of women to connect, inspire and enjoy each other, BHWF meets at the Hampshire House on the second Tuesday of each month to enjoy cocktails, appetizers and conversations, and to hear inspiring presentations by neighborhood women.
“We have seen how our monthly meetings have spawned many new friendships,” said Susan Korthals, who serves on the BHWF connections committee. “However, the time to connect at each meeting seems short. We decided to enable friendships to develop in a more intimate setting by inviting members to share a meal together at a monthly Feast with Friends. That way we can chat leisurely, learn more about each other, and have a chance to share our interests with and be inspired by others.”
Feast with Friends will kick off at 6 pm on Thursday, January 22 with a three-course pre-fix meal at Panificio’s, 144 Charles Street. This week’s menu includes many of Panificio’s popular dishes. Upon registration, members can choose roasted beet, Mediterranean or Caesar salad. For an entrée, the choices are Eggplant Roulade, Chicken Broccoli Penne or Seared Salmon Filet. Dessert options are homemade cookies or cannoli. One glass of beer or wine, as well as coffee or tea, is included in the $49 cost. Reservations are limited to 30 people, who will be seated at five farmhouse tables for six people each. Subsequent Feasts with Friends will be held this spring on February 19, March 19, April 16 and May 21.
In addition to the Feast with Friends program, Korthals’ committee arranges for monthly Backyard Adventures, outings that complement the topic of each forum. This week, for example, a group is touring the Harrison Gray Otis House on Cambridge Street, after which they will lunch together.
Following every BHWF meeting, board member Jacqueline Leahy invites those mostly under 40 – although others are welcome to join in – for an Afterglow at 75 Chestnut. “The Afterglow is a mix of friendly and engaging women who gather in the cozy bay window at 75 Chestnut,” said Leahy. “We talk about everything from career goals to fashion tips, and the best part is to connect with energetic and inspiring neighbors we might not otherwise get to know.”
Because BHWF is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit social club, women must be members to participate in the general forum meetings and other programs. The annual membership fee of $50 which covers administrative costs, monthly meeting fees of $20 for refreshments, and the pre-fix Feast with Friends charges must be paid in advance online when making reservations. For more information, to join or to make reservations, go to www.beaconhillwomensforum.com.