The recent extreme heat delayed Mayor Marty Walsh touring around Main Street districts highlighting local businesses and volunteers, including several of Jamaica Plain's favorite businesses. Some of the JP part of the tour was rescheduled for July 22, and some of the tour was rescheduled for this weekend. During three separate days, Mayor Walsh will visit nine different locations, honoring 20 Main Street volunteers and numerous businesses. This weekend the PikaloX restaurant and volunteer Eugenia Arroyo, will be honored as part of Egleston Square Main Streets. The Little Dipper restaurant, and volunteer Melvin Tutiven will be honored by the Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets program.
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street looks to build upon its successful 2018 event series by welcoming an even more vibrant, social Café in Mozart Park prior to Friday and Saturday night's Teatro en el Parque live theater shows. Teatro en el Parque makes live theater accessible for residents with few opportunities to experience theater in a language and culture that reflect many within the neighborhood. This year’s performance by Escena Latina Teatro – “It is Forbidden to Commit Suicide in the Spring” (Prohibido Suicidarse en Primavera) – will take place on the evenings of July 18, July 19, and July 20. Although performed in Spanish, English language supertitles are projected on a large video monitor so that non-Spanish speakers may also enjoy the play and learn about Spanish theater. Bridging Communities at Teatro en el Parque aims to bring together both Spanish and non-Spanish speaking communities for engaging, fun evenings in Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain.
The defunct Jamaica Plain World Fair will be returning to the neighborhood after a 10-year hiatus, and is being renamed as the Latin Quarter World's Fair (LQWF). The new version of the fair is scheduled to be on September 15 and will be on Creighton Street to Bynner Street, and also scattered throughout the Blessed Sacrament Campus. The multicultural celebration will kick-off National Latinx Heritage Month, and recognize the neighborhood’s designation as a Cultural District by both the Mass Cultural Council and Boston, according to a press release. “The Latin Quarter Cultural District’s new take on the JP World’s Fair will focus on celebrating the neighborhoods long, rich history of Afro-Latin art, culture, food, and music,” said Cisnell Baez, LQWF Committee member and former resident. “By creating spaces and events that are led by the community who lived, work, and own businesses there, we are empowering them to make decisions about their neighborhood.”
Through the years residents and merchants have wanted the fair to return.
Explore food and shopping along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Hyde Square at our 5th annual Inside Out Sidewalk Fair & Sale on Saturday, May 18. We’ll have street musicians, a face painter & balloon artist and more to keep it lively, and businesses will have an array of products on display for sale as well as street food provided by our local restaurants. The Fair will be from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. The rain date is June 1.
Have fun and work along other volunteers to ensure that street trees between Jackson Square and Canary Square get the love they need, public spaces are beautiful and ready for spring, and steel bollards are removed of rust and painted. A free community lunch will follow your dedication. We'll meet at Mozart Park at 10 Mozart Street at 9:00 am.