UPDATE: The JP Local First Fair has been postponed to June 27 due to inclement weather. There are more than 165 independent businesses in Jamaica Plain and dozens of them will be participating in the 3rd Annual JP Local First Fair. During the free fair you'll have the chance to learn more about locally-owned businesses and nonprofits that will have tables set up with info, products and services. In the past, you've been able to sample food and products, get free massages, learn about volunteering and more. "One of the many remarkable things about our community is its great diversity of local and independent businesses and non profits," said David Warner, Chair of the Steering Committee for JP Local First, and owner of City Feed and Supply, adding that the fair is a great opportunity to make a new connection with a business you may not have known about already.
Two of Jamaica Plain's iconic historical sites join forces to bring you Party, Promenade & Play: A Wilde Affair!
To celebrate the Footlight Club's opening night of Oscar Wilde's riotous farce, The Importance of Being Earnest, the Loring Greenough House is hosting an elegant Victorian-inspired garden party on its south lawn. Enjoy prosecco and cucumber sandwiches while you play croquet, then stroll over to the theater to watch your talented neighbors onstage. Costumes are highly encouraged! Purchase your tickets in advance through the Footlight Club website. (Be sure to buy the "Event + Show" ticket!)
Saturday, June 1st
Garden Party: 6:00 - 7:30pm at the Loring Greenough House
The Importance of Being Earnest: Curtain at 8:00pm at the Footlight Club
This year's First Thursdays at the Loring-Greenough House is going to be different than past years as there will be a beer garden. The beer garden will be run by Hive, which will be bringing its silver large Airstream trailer starting June 6. Hive is a local business that is a full-service bar for events such as weddings, company meetings, and birthday parties. Hive was created by Lance Davis and Graham McKissock, who met in 2006 while living as neighbors in Jamaica Plain. The beer garden will be in a designated roped-off area in the front of the lawn with picnic tables and lawn games.
A long time before cable networks, social media and the 24-hour news cycle colonial journalists presented news to the public in the pre-Revolutionary War era. On Tuesday, author and historian J.L. Bell will be at the Loring-Greenough House discussing how America's early news outlets worked in that volatile era and how it may relate to today's modern media landscape. Before the Revolutionary War there were numerous media outlets: The Boston Gazette and The Massachusetts Spy were to the left, The Boston News-Letter, The Boston Chronicle and Boston Weekly Post-Boy were to the right, and The Boston Evening-Post was a centrist newspaper. Back in those days the newspaper business got nasty through competitive rivalries and even got violence. The topic of America's Revolutionary is right in Bell's wheelhouse, as he specializes in "history, analysis, and unabashed gossip about the start of the American Revolution in Massachusetts."
Do dogs wear ugly Christmas sweaters? That question may be answered at the Loring-Greenough House on Dec. 1 when the historical house hosts Mrs. "Claws" for a family holiday photo opportunity with all two- and four-legged family members. Along with its Precious Pooch Holiday Photos event, the Loring-Greenough House is hosting numerous events throughout December. Here is a schedule: