The library has more than half a million volumes. | Photo by the BOStoday team
Just steps away from the Massachusetts State House is an equally historic local landmark — though this one is more of a hidden gem.
The Boston Athenaeum at 10 1/2 Beacon St. is a five floor membership library open to the public for tours + day visits.
Quick history lesson: The organization has been aroundsince 1807, making it one of the oldest independent libraries in the country. It grew out of a group called the Anthology Society that aimed to add more culture to 19th century Boston.
What to see: The George Washington Library is one of the Athenaeum’s main attractions, and for good reason. About 45% of the first president’s personal book collection is housed in a replica of his Mount Vernon book-press on the fourth floor.
The fifth floor reading room is another can’t-miss destination. The library’s main reading room is silent, so keep it hush hush when you explore the rows and rows of books. Fun fact: the collection ranges from bestsellers and new releases to more obscure finds + rare books.
Hike Boston | Mon., Sept. 19 | 10-11 a.m. | Sherrin Woods, Austin Street + Windham Road | Free | The first event in the weekday hiking series takes place in Mattapan. 👟
Startup Week | Mon., Sept. 19-Fri., Sept. 23 | 8 a.m.-7 p.m. | District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. | Free | Register to explore 80+ sessions and 250 speakers at the hybrid conference.
TINA - The Tina Turner Musical | Tues., Sept. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Citizens Bank Opera House | $108+ | Catch a show to celebrate the singer and enjoy the soundtrack of her greatest hits. 🎭
CX Fit: Vinyasa Express Yoga | Wed., Sept. 21 | 6-7 p.m. | The Common at CX, 320 Morgan Ave., Cambridge | Free | Bring a yoga mat, a bottle of water, and any props that will help you during your practice.
Apples and Cheddar Tasting | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. | curds&co, 288 Washington St. | $65 | Celebrate the first night of fall in Brookline with this classic autumnal pairing. 🧀
Jake Owen | Sat., Sept. 24 | 5-10 p.m. | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St. | $100 | Support the Greg Hill Foundation while enjoying a show from one of country music’s best — Annie Brobst and Spencer Crandall will open.*
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The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved five projects in Brighton + Mission Hill. Learn more about the new Roxbury Prep Charter School, a cannabis production facility, and three other projects with affordable housinghere.
Chef Barbara Lynchis opening a restaurant called The Rudder in Gloucester. Her first new restaurant in over a decade is expected to open this fall, and the menu will focus on seasonal dishes inspired by the marine landscape. (Boston Globe)
Mayor Wu announced the 2022-2023 SPARK Boston Council, a 40-member group working to connect young adults to city government leaders. Meet the council members + learn more about the program.
The Summer Shack in Harvard Square is hostingfree outdoor movie nights throughout the fall. Visit Thursdays + Saturdays at 7 p.m. to see movies like “Hocus Pocus” and “The Incredibles.” (Boston Chefs)
The recently reopened Telegraph Hill Kitchen & Bar is debuting a new brunch menu starting this weekend, featuring housemade donuts + chicken and waffles. The Southie neighborhood joint is also introducing live music on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7 p.m.
A Boston startup wants to help doctors detect ovarian cancer earlier. AOA Dx Inc. is developing a diagnostic blood test to help patients determine their risk levels for the cancer. The company closed a $7 millon seed round to bring its technology to the market. (BostInno)
Want to experience the Central Library after dark? You’ll have the chance during Night in the Stacks on Fri., Oct. 14. Tickets for the fundraiser are $125 and include cocktails, food, raffles, and music. Pro tip: the dress code is literary chic.
Beth Sobiloff and Marcia Rothwell, aka “Two Grannies on the Road,” are working to visit every town + city in the Bay State, from Plymouth to Hubbardston and beyond. Check out the interview with these local explorers. (WBUR)
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