It’ll Be a Grrrreat Time: Jamaica Plain’s Annual Canine Costume Parade on Saturday

Ruth Barker Ginsberg, dogs dressed as bumblebees, Harry Potter, and so many more awesome dog costumes have strutted the red carpet at the annual JP Canine Costume Parade through the years. Who knows what the dogs will be wearing this Saturday! Dogs and their owners are invited to wear costumes starting at the First Baptist Church and down Centre Street parade route to the Loring-Greenough House. Then the dogs (and their people) will walk the red carpet as judges decide the top three participants who receive prizes. The event is helmed and emceed by Blue Frog Bakery owner Brad Brown.


Let’s Eat Cake! Blue Frog Bakery Celebrating 15th Anniversary on Saturday

The Blue Frog Bakery will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party this Saturday, and will be offering special pastries and desserts, chocolates, coffee, and cocktails. Owner Brad Brown will kick off the party at 9 am with a special cake-cutting ceremony, and the party will ensue until 1 pm at Blue Frog Bakery (3 Green St.). "Our baking methods have not changed in the last 15 years. Croissants are cut and rolled by hand almost every day," said Brown. "When I started, we weren't making our own bread, but I've learned that it's better when we make everything in house from scratch including fillings and doughs.


Calling All Dogs! JP Dog Costume & Fashion Show Parade on Oct. 28th

Dogs big and small, chubby and tall are all welcome to participate in Jamaica Plain's 14th Annual Dog Parade on Saturday. The parade starts at the First Baptist Church and finishes at the South Street Mall (corner of South Street and Carolina Avenue) with a fashion show judged by emcee Brad Brown of Blue Frog Bakery. The event is sponsored by the JP Business and Professional Association (BAPA) and JP Centre/South Main Streets. The entrance fee for each dog is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the City of Boston Animal Shelter. Registration starts at noon at the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.), the parade starts at 1 pm and the costume and fashion show begins at 1:30 pm.


New President and Executive Director Named For JP Centre/South Main Streets

JP Centre/South Main Streets recently named a new president and a new executive director. The executive director position had been vacant since January. Michael Reiskind is now the new president for JP Centre/South Main Streets. He takes over for Brad Brown, who served as president since 2014, and will stay on as a board member for JP Centre/South Main Streets. Reiskind is a well known person throughout Jamaica Plain having been involved in many facets of the community. For more than 30 years Michael Reiskind and Bob McDonnell have organized Boston Shines in Jamaica Plain.