Today was the 15th annual Opening Our Doors event hosted by the Fenway Alliance. Following the opening ceremony at the end of the reflection pool in the Christian Science Plaza, events went on across the greater Boston area. The twenty one members of the Fenway Alliance and more partners hosted various activities and open houses in the Christian Science Plaza, Greater Fenway District, Evans Way Park, and in the Wheelock College Area.
Several musical performances graced the stage in the Christian Science Plaza throughout the day including Bristol Studios Live Music, an organ concert with Bryan Ashley, and a chiming concert. Places like the Museum of Fine Art, the Isabella Gardner Museum, and Northeastern’s own Gallery 360 had open houses for the whole day as a part of the event as well. Other small art exhibits and activities were also scattered around for community members of all ages to enjoy.
The main stage minutes before the Kick-Off Ceremony at 11am
Boston’s Children Chorus performs as a part of the Kick-Off Ceremony
Local Boston group, the Hot Tamale Brass Band, leads the crowd in a parade around the reflection pool in the Christian Science Plaza.
The Hot Tamale Brass Band’s saxophonist poses for a picture as he walks by with the rest of the parade
The group continues around the reflection pool as community members follow along behind
As a part of the event, the MFA offered free admission to all members of the community today, and people lined up to go inside
Outside, Sara Davidson plays with her son. They just came from a kite making activity at the YMCA on Huntington Ave. “We just moved here, so this is really nice. We’re going to go inside and look around and then I think we’ll check out the organ concert at the Christian Science Center.”
“I’ve been volunteering for the museum since 2010 so I’ve been here for many of these three day weekends. It’s great that so many people can come and enjoy it.” Paula Jacoff, MFA Volunteer
Inside the MFA, there were many different activities throughout the museum. In the Shapiro Family Courtyard, musicians from the Boston Pops played for the museum’s patrons.
“I’ve been coming here for years, I used to come when I was little so I brought hin with me.” Sami and Danica from Dedham