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Sunday October 3, 2004, 1:30-3:30 pm

Roxbury Open Studios Discover Roxbury is offering a walking tour of studios  and group shows in the Highland Park area on Sunday afternoon  October 3 from 1:30-3:30PM.

the tour  starts at the  Dillaway Thomas House where there is  plenty of parking. It's a short walk  from the Roxbury  Crossing T stop.  We will visit Wendy Ellertson Studio showing her new mythic series, Puddingstone People;  a show of Ekua  Holmes,   collages , prints  and paintings and group   shows at the First  Cchurch of Roxbury, Roxbury Community College, the  Norfolk   Street Collective a nd  the Dillaway Thomas House. These shows feature  paintings, drawings, photography ,  ,jewelry, quilts and dolls.  We will end at Diablo Glass and Metal with thrown glass and flame working demonstrations.   

Joining us to share their extensive knowledge  are Thomas Plant from  the Roxbury Highlands Historical Society who will point out many significant historical sites along our route and Ja Ja  Walters-Smith a young artist who grew up and still lives in the   Fort Hill area. We will stop at a group show with his work. Marcia Butman from Discover Roxbury will also accompany the group.


“I liked the gorgeous art, the beauty of each gallery/museum, the friendliness and happiness to share with us.”

Saturday October 30, 2004 9:30 am Tour Details

Roxbury in Colonial Times, the Revolution and the Early Republic
with historian and State Representative Byron Rushing [reserve space]

“ I learned so much from Mr. Rushing. He was very personable and entertaining while being very informative.”

Rich farmland and hills strategically located for defense attracted colonists to Roxbury. Later merchants built suburban mansion that caught the summer breezes. We begin at Eliot Square , the heart of Colonial Roxbury to visit the Dillaway Thomas House , headquarters of General John Thomas in 1775 and The First Church of Roxbury, the oldest wooden frame church in Boston . We then proceed to Highland Park , site of Roxbury High Fort during the siege of Boston . Winding through Roxbury, other stops include: the Eliot Burial Ground (first burial in 1633) and the Shirley Eustis House (1757), one of four remaining Roy al Governors mansions in the United States . Lunch is at Merengue a popular Dominican restaurant. Prepare to be both educated and captivated by Representative Rushing's depth of knowledge and entertaining style.

Saturday December 4, 2004 9:30 am Tour Details
(snow date December 11)

Holiday Art Tour A minibus tour with Candelaria Silva, Director of ACT Roxbury [reserve space]

"Candelaria Silva was GREAT; every time you turned corner she had a story to tell. I did not expect such interesting places of business; lots of neat stuff to look at and buy."

A chance to view stunning art at Hamill Gallery of African Art and Epiphany, a show of Black women artists at the Gallery at the Piano Factory. We will also stop at Nubian Notion and Jamaica way Books and have lunch at Bob the Chef's. Stock up on gifts for all tastes and budgets. You won't find them outside of Roxbury!!

Saturday January 22, 2005 9:30 am Tour Details

Social Activism in Roxbury-Past and Present A narrated trolley tour led by Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner [reserve space]

“Councilor Turner was informative and inspiring.”

A history of past struggles and victories in Roxbury and an honest assessment of where we are now. Join Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner on a tour of Roxbury's long and continuing struggle for social justice and equality, including affordable housing, land use and equity in education. Councilor Turner has been at the forefront of these struggles since the 1960's. Sites include: Tent City , Madison Park, the Southwest corridor and the Grove Hall welfare department.

Saturday February 12, 2005 9:30 am Tour Details
snow date February 26)

An In-Depth View of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists With E. Barry Gaither , Executive Director [reserve space]

“The erudite and elegant Mr. Gaither was worth a whole trip in himself.”  

Join E. Barry Gaither , Director of the Museum and internationally known expert on art of the African Diaspora for a tour of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA). The museum presents the finest in contemporary and historical expressive black arts from the global black world. Founded by Elma Lewis, dean of Boston Black arts, the NCAAA has a rich history as well as important exhibitions including a permanent exhibit, Aspelta: A Nubian King s Burial Chamber, the only fully accurate recreation of a Nubian burial interior. The NCAAA is housed in Abbotsford, a mansion designed in High Victorian Gothic Style. Lunch at Cesaria, serving mouth watering Cape Verdean food. Trolley will meet participants at the Dillaway Thomas House and bring them to the museum.  

Saturday April 2, 2005 9:30 am Tour Details

Industrial and Immigrant Roxbury with State Representative and Historian Byron Rushing [reserve space]

“We would go anywhere to hear Representative Rushing, and the history is captivating"

In the 19 th century Roxbury became home to new immigrant groups and to bustling industry and commerce. Sites include the spectacular Mission Church founded by the Redemptorists to minister to the “lace curtain” Irish, Synagogue Mishkan Tefila (now United House of Prayer for All People), Hibernian Hall (a restored Irish dancehall), Haitian Baptist Church (formerly Congregation Adath Jerusalem) and breweries on the Stony Brook River . Lunch at United House of Prayer for All People, serving some of the bet soul food in Boston . A participant on this tour last year said;.”

Saturday May 7, 2005 9:30 am Tour Details

African American and 20th Century Roxbury with State Representative and Historian Byron Rushing [reserve space]

“Byron Rushing is one of my favorite historians, knowledgable but with a sense of humor. I could listen to him for hours.”

African American and Caribbean people began moving into Roxbury and the South End in the early 20 th century and now Roxbury is the heart of the African American community in Boston . This tour will explore the rich history, population shifts, and notable people who made Roxbury home. We will go by the home of Ella Little Collins, the sister of Malcolm X(where Malcolm first stayed when he came to Boston), prominent churches including 12 th Baptist (where Martin Luther King reached and Charles Street AME (the last church to leave Beacon Hill). This history comes alive with Representative Rushing who has been an active participant in it from community organizing in the 1960's to his tenure as a state representative for over 20 years. Enjoy lunch at Keith's Place, serving soul food with a flair.

Saturday June 4, 2005 9:30 am Tour Details

Public Art in Roxbury With E. Barry Gaither , Executive Director of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists. [reserve space]

“Mr. Gaither was articulate, knowledgeable, joyful, energetic, and passionate for what he does.”

This tour will be treated to a unique sampling of Roxbury's striking public art. We'll start at Eternal Presence by John Wilson , stop at a charming cul-de-sac to visit Family Circle by Fern Cunningham and then travel through Roxbury to the South End. We will view murals from the heyday of the African American mural movement in the 1960's, sculpture of all types and contemporary murals painted by the Boston Mural Crew. Enjoy the gardens and flowers of Roxbury along the way. Lunch at Bob the Chef's, a historic soul food restaurant in Lower Roxbury .  

This program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  Tour Details For all tours
Preregistraton required for all tours to secure a space

Time: Start 9:30AM end at approximately 1:30PM .

Cost: $29 includes lunch  

Where: All tours start at the Dillaway Thomas House, 183 Roxbury Street

For convenience we also will pick up at Back Bay Station at 9 am and at Ruggles Station at 9:10 am. 

Parking: There is free parking in a lot and on the street at the Dillaway Thomas House. At Ruggles Station there is affordable parking at Renaissance Garage .  

MBTA Access: The Dillaway Thomas House is a short walk from the Roxbury Crossing T Stop on the Orange line.

Transportation : We use trolleys or minibuses for all our tours. They are heated and enclosed in the winter. There is no extensive walking but we get out at several stops during the tour.  

For more information and to pre-register call: 781 861 8893
617 541 3900 x222

Roxbury Open Studio Tour Details

Roxbury Open Studios is a walking tour starting at 1:30PM at the Dillaway Thomas house. Cost $12.

Discover Roxbury is a non profit organization working in partnership with ACT Roxbury Consortium.