The American Legion’s 76th Post in Jamaica Plain is hosting a ceremony on Memorial Day with the Post 76 Honor Guard, the only active American Legion Honor Guard in Boston. There will be a roll call of the American Legion members who passed away since last year, and the Rolling Thunder Massachusetts Chapter 1 will be in attendance as well. US Army Veteran DJ JayJona will provide the live entertainment, along with complimentary food and beverages. The guest speakers will include:
Maura Hennigan, Clerk Magistrate of Suffolk County
Robert Santiago, City of Boston Veteran’s Deputy Commissioner
Sam Dillon, President of Boston Firefighter’s IAAF Local 718 and Marine Corps Purple Heart Recipient
This event is taking place at American Legion Post 76 (280 South St.) from 11 am to 12:30 pm. To reserve a spot at the event please call 617-524-9500.
Celebrate Valentine's Day a little early with JP Centre/South Main Streets' Galentine’s Wine & Chocolate Tour on Feb. 9. The event is back after a 2-year hiatus, and will be evening of wine and chocolate, combined with self-love and lots of shopping. Attendees will receive red feather boas and a customized map, which leads them to some of JP's finest shops in the JP Centre/South Main Streets district. Each shop will feature a different type of chocolate and wine to sample.
Hyde Square Task Force is hosting a Three Kings Day Celebration on January 7. Three Kings Day, or called Epiphany, is at the end of the 12 days of Christmas and is the celebration of the day the three wise men first saw baby Jesus and brought him gifts. The event will be at 1 pm at Hyde Square Task Force's building at 30 Sunnyside St. At the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas comes a day called the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. This holiday is celebrated as the day the three wise men first saw baby Jesus and brought him gifts.
Numerous Centre and South street businesses got into the holiday spirit this year, and they've got the prizes to prove it. The Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association had a Business District Holiday Decorations Contest this holiday season, and 12 Centre and South street businesses registered to have their decorations judged. Points were awarded in three categories: most artistic, most festive, and most inviting to customers.
And the winners are:
First place: On Centre
First place: Ace Hardware City
Second place: Susanna
Third place: Boing! Runner ups:
Blue Frog Bakery
JP Seafood Cafe
FOCUS Real Estate
Unlimited Sotheby's International Realty
The JP Jubilee Elders' Chorus is presenting a free community concert "How Can We Keep from Singing?” on December 18. In the JP Jubilee tradition, this will not be a program of holiday songs, but a rich sampling of various musical genres, including folk, African American, Quaker, classical, and the Beatles, among others. The concert is at 4 pm, at St. John’s Church (One Roanoke Ave.). Masks and vaccination are required of the audience, as they are of the singers.
Don't know what to get your favorite Jamaica Plainer (is that what you call someone from Jamaica Plain?)? Then check out the Jamaica Plain Historical Society's online shop. Added to the JPHS online store this month Check out the newly added holiday card as well as postcards featuring Jamaica Plain historic buildings designed by JPHS member Felipe Alvarez. There's an eco-tote bag featuring a very old looking Centre Street with a trolley track, an Orange Line mug, and a triple-decker postcard. There's also the masonic lodge rainbow hoodie.
There will be several awesome musical acts performing at the kick-off party to honor the artists who created the Jamaica Plain Holiday Light Show on Dec. 8. The light show is projecting onto the steeple of the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.) each night from 5 to 9 pm from Dec. 3 until Jan. 7, 2023.
The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lighting Ceremonies will be held this Saturday in Jamaica Plain. The trolley tour starts and ends at Boston City Hall. In Jamaica Plain the tour will stop and light trees in Hyde Square at 2 pm and at 3 pm at The Monument. Parking restrictions will be in place near tree-lighting locations and road closures should be anticipated. Below are the parking restrictions for Jamaica Plain this Saturday.
Not sure what to get as a gift for the holidays? Then check out JP's Open Market & Holiday Pop-Up on Dec. 3. The event is sponsored by Three Square Main Streets and will feature local vendors selling an array of handmade goods. There will be jewelry, clothing, home goods, tasty treats, and more.
Looking for family-friendly fun on Halloween? Join Hyde Square Task Force for our annual Latin Quarter Halloween Festival on October 31. Come by for games and activities, prizes, arts and crafts, a photo booth, treats, and more on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.) from 4-6 pm. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.