Neighborhood Roundup

Halloween at the Myrtle Street Playground

Working in tandem with Hill House’s Halloween celebration at the Mt. Vernon Street Firehouse, the Friends of the Myrtle Street Playground is offering Little Groove on Monday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. at the playground, as well as the Mickey and Minnie Dance Party at 4 p.m. at the playground.

Costumes are encouraged for attendees.

Upcoming Vilna Shul Events

The Vilna Shul will offer Jazz Night for Young Professionals on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join young professionals from across the city for a private tour and welcome reception at the Vilna’s special sukkah designed by artist Caron Tabb followed by live jazz performed by The Warren Pettey Trio from The Berklee College of Music. Festive Foods and Spirits will be served, and all are welcome.

Tickets cost $18 each; visit to register or for more information on the event.

Also, the Vilna will offer Sukkot on The Hill Small Group Tours on Fridays, Oct. 14 and 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Join  the Vilna for a docent-led tour of its Come to the Sukkah public art exhibit and sukkah installation created by visual artist Caron Tabb. This tour will include many elements from the Vilna’s classic historic tours, which are offered year-round.

Elin Hilderbrand Book-Signing Nov. 16 AT Blackstones

Blackstones welcomes Elin Hilderbrand for a book-signing event for her latest book, “Endless Summer,” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 40 Charles St.

Due to Hilderbrand’s popularity, Blackstones is asking guests  to pre-register for their time slots online at, or by coming into the store, to ensure that all interested parties have the opportunity to meet her, purchase a book, and be featured in her social media photos. (All guests must wear “navy.”)

Copies of “Endless Summer” can also be ordered from the Blackstones website, with an option for curbside pickup.

Upcoming Hill House Offerings

Hill House will hold its annual Fall FUNdraiser on Friday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Alibi in the Liberty Hotel at 215 Charles St.

This year’s event theme is “Breaking Free,” which combines the history of the Liberty Hotel, once the site of the Charles Street Jail, with a Wild West sensibility, and guests are encouraged to wear their most festive Western-themed attire for the occasion. It will include Blackjack and Roulette, as well as prizes and country music. Guests can also expect an adults-only night out with an open bar offering specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, with all event proceeds going to support your “backyard in the city.”

Tickets for the Fall FUNdraiser are $300 each, with sponsorship opportunities starting at $1,000.

Also, Hill House is also bringing back its annual Hill-O-Ween Party for local families and children on Monday, Oct. 31, from 2:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Street Firehouse. This event will feature crafts, games, snacks, and a Halloween-themed tableau perfect for a family picture, along with prizes for best costume, best family costume, and most crafty costume, respectively.

Games will include a fortune teller, pumpkin chucking, and a Hole-o-ween in one gold game where participants put the ball into a pumpkin, while “paint a pumpkin” will be among the craft offerings,.

The Hill-O-Ween Party is free and open to the community.

Visit for more information on both events.

Wine With Your Local Authors at Crush Boutique

Stop in for some wine and shopping, and to meet your local Beacon Hill authors Karen Winn, Julie Carrick Dalton, and Jennifer Blecher on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crush Boutique, located at 138 Charles St.

Books will be available for purchase, supplied by the new Beacon Hill Books & Café.  Come support local businesses and authors.

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