Neighborhood Roundup

Beacon Hill Networking Group Autumn Mixer

The Beacon Hill Networking Group Autumn Mixer takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cheers Boston at 84 Beacon St.

Guests are encouraged to bring their business cards to distribute at this networking event, which will also include free appetizers and raffle prizes.

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Upcoming Hill House Happenings

Hill House will hold its Hill in One Fall FUNdraiser on Friday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. at 5 Iron Golf at 1 Washington St.

Also, Hill House will hold its annual Halloween Party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the Firehouse at 127 Mt. Vernon St., followed by a Halloween parade to the Myrtle Street Playground.

Looking ahead, Hill House will hold its annual Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale on Saturday, Dec. 2, from around 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Firehouse.

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‘Spirit of Joy’ Art Exhibit Coming to the State House

The “Spirit of Joy!” art exhibit, featuring works by John D. Caron Jr., runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  on Friday, Oct. 20, and from Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 27, at the State House, fourth floor, 24 Beacon St. Admission is free, and  all are welcome. With special guest, John’s mother, Margherita, this exhibit is dedicated to John’s brother, Paul Caron.

John’s artistic endeavors began as a student of Ms. Smith’s at Phillips Andover Academy, constructing cameras out of cardboard. He served as a sports correspondent for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lawrence Eagle Tribune while at Andover reporting on varsity football games, including the historic Andover-Exeter contest – one of the oldest prep school rivalries in the country, for which he was honored to start on Special Teams. An award-winning photographer, John has been published, produced and exhibited in Miami, Fla., and throughout New England. In addition, John is a Cum Laude graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who earned a master’s degree from Simmons University. He is also an extensive volunteer.

Upcoming Events Sponsored by Nichols House Museum

The Nichols House Museum at 55 Mt. Vernon St. presents “Rose Nichols: Craftswoman and Collector” on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.

At this time, Dress and Textile Historian Elizabeth Weisblatt will offer a focused look at highlights of the museum’s textile collection, featuring items created and collected by Rose Nichols. A textile artist informed by the ideals of  the Arts and Crafts movement, Rose embroidered items she used everyday, bringing color and ornamentation to her domestic spaces. She was also a collector, acquiring historic textiles that informed her work and enlivened her home.

Enjoy “Embroidered Education,” an exhibit featuring samplers from Rose Nichols’ collection, before or after the tour.

Admission is $15 per member; $20 per non-member; and $10 per student. Space is limited.

Also, the museum will offer “Nichols After Dark: Halloween Tour” on Thursday, Oct. 26, with tours at 5:30  and 7 p.m.               

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West End Museum Adds Second Halloween-Themed Tour on Oct. 25

After the first event on Oct. 26 sold out, the West End Museum has added another “Murders & Mysteries: The West End’s Haunted History” – a Halloween-themed tour of the neighborhood that unearths its hidden mysteries and haunted tales – on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The tour, which will last approximately an hour and a half, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the museum at 150 Staniford St, Suite 7 (on Lomasney Way), located near where the infamous Leverett Street Jail once stood. The jail held public hangings, visible from the street and surrounding apartments, and housed many notorious inmates, including John Webster, who was convicted and hanged for the 1849 murder of George Parkman; and Don Pedro Gilbert, the last pirate executed in Boston.

From there, the tour will wind through the neighborhood and along the way, uncover its many eerie tales, from morgues and murder to gravediggers and ghosts.

Tickets cost $13 each, but space on the tour is limited; visit to purchase tickets and for more information on the event.

Free Lessons in American Mahjong Offered at West End Branch Library

The Friends of the West End Library will be offering lessons in American Mahjong to new and experienced players at no cost.

The group meets on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in the Community Room of the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

To sign up or for more information, email Audrey Tedeman ([email protected]) or Julia Forbes ([email protected]).

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