Friday, February 17, 2012
The Nichols House Museum hosted a party at the Hampshire House to review simple manners with "princesses" and "knights."
The Nichols House Museum hosted its second annual etiquette lesson for young children Thursday at the Hampshire House. "It's a very gentle way of introducing children to manners," Therese Minton, the museum's development chairwoman, said. The lesson, which costs $40 per child, was inspired by the letters the Nichols family left, in which they describe the extensive entertaining they did. The family had three girls who were no doubt "well-educated as far as manners and the courtesies of public life," said Flavia Cigliano, the museum's executive director. "We think these are important social skills that children should have," she said. These skills include how to introduce oneself, how to be respectful of others and basic table manners …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Beacon HIll resident has given thousands of dollars and hours of time to make the neighborhood a better place to live and visit.
Anyone who has enjoyed the festiveness of Charles Street during the holidays, skating on the Frog Pond on a crisp winter's afternoon or ducking into the Bull & Finch pub for a warm nip has had their day brightened by Beacon Hill resident Thomas Kershaw. Kershaw, known by some as "Boston's host who has done the most for the city," according to his bio, is easily among the city's most generous boosters. The owner of the Hampshire House, the Bull & Finch (now known as Cheers Boston) and 75 Chestnut, he also donates much of his time and wealth to numerous city boards and projects. He Believes In Boston "I just think he believes in the city, and he wants to contribute to his neighborhood," Michele Giacomozzi, Kershaw's director for catering …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Beacon Hill Kids to close; last day to buy Musical Feast of Beacon Hill tickets; police overtime for Occupy Boston; the science behind fall foliage; and a chance of showers.
1. Beacon Hill Kids, at 70 Charles St., will close its doors at the end of the month and is offering major discounts on remaining toys and shoes. The shoe part of the business will be transfered to Naha's Shoes, across the street, and the toys will go back to the factory. 2. Today is the last to buy your ticket for one of the three nights of the Musical Feast on Beacon Hill, which begins Oct. 20 at the Hampshire House. Reserve online or contact the Beacon Hill Civic Association at 617-227-1922. Tickets – which include dinner, dessert, concert ticket and gratuity – are $40 for BHCA or Beacon Hill Seminar members and $45 for non-members. There will be a cash bar. 3. Boston Police say the city has spent $146,189.55 for 3,056 hours of …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Authors Joan Luise Hill and Mary Beth Phillips discuss their new book The Miracle Chase
Do you believe in miracles? That’s the question the three authors of The Miracle Chase put to the audience in the Liberty Grill room at the Hampshire House Tuesday night. Its dignified oak interior set the appropriate atmosphere for the solemnity of the proceedings (and class to the hors d’oeuvres), organized by Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill. By 7 p.m, every chair was full despite the meteorologists’ repeated warnings against the coming Nor’easter. I was definitely the odd man out in the crowd, in fact, one of the only men in the 98-percent Ann Taylor-clad group of women between 40 to 80 years of age. Only two of the three scheduled authors, Joan Luise Hill and Mary Beth Phillips, have been able to make this evening. (Author Katie Mahon …
Monday, December 6, 2010
Volunteers from across the Hill were trimming, hanging and decking all weekend to turn Beacon Hill into a winter wonderland.
For more than 25 years the residents of Beacon Hill have been pitching in to decorate the neighborhood's 1,100 gas lamp posts with garlands and red bows to celebrate the holidays. About 125 volunteers turned out on Saturday and Sunday to lend a hand and deck the Hill. The Beacon Hill Civic Association organizes Holiday Decorating Days. It costs about $14 to outfit just one poll with holiday cheer. The money is raised through a cocktail party hosted at Hampshire House and a poll sponsorship program.
Friday, December 3, 2010
The Beacon Hill Civic Association is holding holiday decorating days on Saturday and Sunday to trim gas lamp posts with garlands and bows.
Beacon Hillers will be canvassing the Hill this weekend to deck more than a thousand of the neighborhood's famous gas lamp posts with holiday trimmings. Holiday Decorating Days are led by the Beacon Hill Civic Association and typically makes use of about 125 volunteers to decorate 1,100 lamp posts around the neighborhood, said Suzanne Besser, the civic association's executive director. "Some people work alone or in pairs; some streets form teams; some people scatter all over the Hill hanging the garlands. We always have lots of help from Suffolk students and faculty as well," added Besser. The entire project costs about $11,000 – which includes everything from the color brochure, advertisements, van rental, supplies, garlands, ribbons and …
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The Hampshire House in coordination with Hill House hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors on Tuesday.
Dinner was on the Hampshire House Tuesday night for a group of about 50 Beacon Hill seniors. Hill House, which hosts a monthly senior dinner, partners with Tom Kershaw and the Hampshire House every November to give seniors a taste of turkey before Thanksgiving. Dorothy Weinstein, who will turn 103 years old on Dec. 3, was on hand to enjoy turkey and stuffing. Weinstein lives on Tempe St. in Beacon Hill. "It's something we started years ago and I can't tell you how many years we've been doing it -- probably 20," said Tom Kershaw, the owner of Cheers and Hampshire House. "It just seemed like a good idea to give seniors a traditional Thanksgiving dinner... And it gets our kitchen used to getting ready for Thanksgiving," added Kershaw.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Beacon Hill residents turned out Thursday for a cocktail party to raise money for holiday decorating on the Hill.
Every year Beacon Hill's gas lamps undergo a holiday transformation with gaslights dressed in garland and red ribbon in early December. And every year half of the money for that effort is raised through the holiday decorating cocktail party at the Hampshire House. Hosted by the Beacon Hill Civic Association with wine and refreshments provided by Hampshire House and Cheers owner Tom Kershaw. $1,200 in total needs to be raised for the holiday decorating, said Civic Association board member Keeta Gilmore. Half of that money typically comes from the cocktail fundraiser and the other half from poll sponsorship -- where residents sponsor the decorations on an individual poll. Tickets to Thursday's event were $40 and guests enjoyed a jazz trio …
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Author Gilbert Lavoie speaks to an audience at Hampshire House about his research on the Shroud of Turin.
The Shroud of Turin, believed by some religion experts to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, is an unlikely research topic for a medical doctor living in the West End. But author and Whittier Place resident Dr. Gilbert R. Lavoie, M.D., defied that notion Tuesday night in a talk he presented at the Hampshire House. The event was the latest in the Authors Among Us series hosted by the Beacon Hill Civic Association. Dr. Lavoie, a specialist in internal and occupational medicine for more than 20 years, pursued a medical and scriptural study of the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud has long been debated by scientists, scholars and Christians, some who defend and some who disagree with the claim that it was used as Jesus' burial shroud. …