Cristian, 13, lights lanterns for the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade on Oct. 18.

Jamaica Pond Lantern Parades on Oct. 20 & 21; Lantern Making Workshops All Week

The very popular annual Jamaica Plain Lantern Parades are on Saturday and Sunday. There are also several lantern making workshops this week for kids (and adults). This is the 35th year for the annual tradition presented by Spontaneous Celebrations and the Friends of Jamaica Pond. It truly is one of Jamaica Plain's most beloved events that attracts hundreds of kids, adults and dogs. Before the parade, people gather by the Jamaica Pond Boat House, and hang their lanterns to display for all to enjoy the varied designs.


JP’s Harackiewicz’s Work Featured in NYC Exhibit Celebrating Artists and Mentors

As an art teacher at Westwood High School Jamaica Plain resident Lucy Harackiewicz knows a thing or two about being a mentor to students. Fittingly, her work was recently featured in a New York City exhibit that highlighted artists who are also teaching in the classroom. The exhibit, Artists & Mentors, was on display from Sept. 4 to Sept. 29 in a partnership between Golden Artist Colors and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the latter of which is presenters of the Scholastic Art & Writing Award.


Jamaica Plain Musicians Performing in Jazz Along the Charles Concert on Sept. 23

The Celebrity Series of Boston's Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert will feature
25 jazz ensembles on Sept. 23, and many of them have Jamaica Plain area ties. The concert will be on Sunday, September 23rd along the DCR Charles River Esplanade with the 25 ensembles performing at a series of connected, walkable locations. The groups will interpret the same curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective free concert. The groups will play two complete sets starting at 2 pm.


Let There Be Art! Jamaica Plain Open Studios This Weekend

The 25th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios is taking place this weekend at 47 different locations displaying paintings, sculptures, woodwork, ceramics and more. This year's open studios is from 11 am to 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday and it is free to visit any of the locations, which are spread out throughout Jamaica Plain. There are singular artist shows like Sharif Muhammad's oil and acrylic paintings at 213A Lamartine St.; Molly Landman's fiber arts, collage and quilting at 96 Rossmore Road #1; and Barbara Ellen Watkins painting and drawing at 6 Everett St. If you're looking to take in many artists at the same time you'll want to visit the Courtyard at the Brewery (31 Germania St.); First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.) with artists' works inside and outside; the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Art (24 Eliot St.); the Loring-Greenough House (12 South St.) with works on the inside and outside; and other locations. Numerous businesses are also hosting artists' works, including Coldwell Banker, FOCUS Real Estate, Fresh Hair, Rockland Trust, The Real Deal and more.


Photos: The Footlight Club’s ‘Pippin’

The Footlight Club kicked off its 142nd season with "Pippin" this past weekend for a run of six shows. All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. "Pippin" is the story of a young man's journey to be incredible. Pippin is a young prince who is heir to the Frankish throne, and in search of true happiness and fulfillment. Pippin looks for the secret to happiness on the battlefield, through temptations of flesh and the intrigues of political power.