Online Sale Fundraising for Loring-Greenough House

Proceeds from an online sale that includes a vintage telescope, a pearl pendant brooch and more will go to helping restore the Loring-Greenough House. The sale is being run through the Everything But The House website through April 6th, and portions of the proceeds will go the Loring-Greenough House. "Double the pleasure of shopping by knowing that your purchase will help preserve our neighborhood gem, the Loring-Greenough House, and will support our popular programs," said Diane Spears, president of the Loring-Greenough House. "Plans are afoot to restore and rehab the kitchen. A study is now underway to determine the feasibility of adaptive rehabilitation of the Ell, largely left untouched since its construction in 1911."

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You Look Good for Your Age, Eliot School!

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain is throwing itself a 340th birthday yard party this Friday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family-friendly evening will include a live musical performance by the Funky Bubblers, cake and ice cream from JP's own FoMu Alternative Ice Cream and Monumental Cupcakes, an appearance by the Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck, and activities for kids including making T-shirts and party hats. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, picnic blankets and cash for activities and refreshments. The party is sponsored by FoMu and Jamaica Plain Porchfest. The Eliot School, which is located at 24 Eliot St. in Jamaica Plain, offers crafts and fine arts classes for all ages.

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JP’s Connection to a Pineapple Titan

The internet tells us that today, June 27, may be National Pineapple Day. Whether or not that's the case, it's a good opportunity to point out that Jamaica Plain, despite its lack of tropical climate associated with growing pineapples, has a connection to a famous pineapple industry titan. If you walk up Roanoke Avenue in JP's Sumner Hill neighborhood, you'll come across this historical placard in front of a home. The text reads:
The Dole Family

The Rev. Charles Fletcher Dole (1845-1927) served for more than 40 years as pastor of the First Unitarian Church in Jamaica Plain. His work for peace and free speech influenced Nobel Peace Prize winner Emily Balch.

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What Are The 100 Oldest Buildings in Boston? Oldest in Jamaica Plain?

Ever wonder what the oldest building is in Boston? How about the 100 oldest buildings in Boston? The City of Boston Archaeology Program recently released a list of the 100 oldest buildings in Boston. Several Jamaica Plain buildings made the list. Mind you that Jamaica Plain was annexed by Boston in 1874, so these buildings predate JP being part of Boston.

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