The New England College of Optometry recently presented "Profiles In Vision 2014," benefiting vision and eye care for Massachusetts' underserved children and older adults.
The elegant evening honored the ongoing work of OneSight and Dr. Jason Singh, who was presented with the College's Presidential Medal by Dr. Clifford Scott. OneSight is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the global vision crisis for more than a billion people who could have their sight restored with an eye exam and eyeglasses.
Attended by 200 guests at The Langham Hotel, Boston, "Profiles In Vision" featured live jazz from The David Eure Trio, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, decadent desserts, exclusive raffle prizes, multimedia presentations and a special appearance by the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums. The gala evening was emceed by Ron Della Chiesa, noted Boston radio personality and the "voice" of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In celebration of the evening, mobile vision clinics from New England Eye (the innovative patient care subsidiary of the New England College of Optometry) and OneSight were located outside the hotel to offer tours to both guests and the general public.
Founded in 1894 in Boston's Back Bay, the New England College of Optometry ranks as the longest continuously operating college of optometry in the world. For more information about the College, visit www.neco.edu.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, celebrates Memorial Day with free admission for all on Monday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Visitors are invited to celebrate with a fun-filled day of vibrant music and colorful activities.
In honor of the holiday, a 55-piece US Coast Guard Band will perform a selection of patriotic songs and American Standards at the Museum's historic Huntington Avenue entrance on Bank of America Plaza. Later, performance art by Venezuelan artists Nascimento/Lovera brings together local hip-hop artists and a Brazilian drum troupe with the Coast Guard ensemble.
Inside, families can feel the rhythm of Latin American culture through Cha-Cha dance workshops and dance along (or learn how to dance) to Latin American beats.
For visitors who love classic American show tunes, technicolor musicals will be screened for free during the day, while tours, talks and a kaleidoscope of activities in the galleries will be inspired by the Museum's collections and the exhibitions, "Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art" and "Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection."
The free Memorial Day open house is part of the Museum's Season of Color, a spectrum of programs, concerts and galleries in celebration of the exhibition, "Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection" (on view through July 27, 2014). A dedicated Family Guide is available for children who want to learn more about the exhibition.
Memorial Day also marks the MFA's continuing participation in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, the MFA offers free admission for active-duty personnel and their families year round with a military ID.
The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA. For more information, call 617-267-9300 or visit www.mfa.org.
The 42nd Annual Meeting of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at The West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, in Boston's West End beginning at 6 p.m. The Museum is handicapped accessible. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.
Noted historian Anthony Mitchell Sammarco will lecture on "Lost Boston Remembered" about Boston landmarks that have disappeared as the result of fire, neglect and urban renewal.
Author of more than sixty books on Boston, the neighborhoods and surrounding cities and towns,
in his new book, "Lost Boston," Sammarco includes fascinating essays with evocative photographs of once popular places such as the Howard Athenaeum, the Boston Garden, the City Point Aquarium and the Boston Opera House. He also includes the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Perkins School for the Blind and the Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Mechanic Arts High School and Girl's High School.
From places of entertainment to places of detention, from lost squares to lost neighborhoods, mansions and places of worship, this lavishly illustrated lecture will revisit many of Boston's now lost landmarks, and explain their once prominent place in the city.
After the lecture, there will be a reception and Mr. Sammarco will sign copies of his new book, which will be available for sale.
For more information, call Society president Ed Gordon at 617-872-9001.