[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on January 28, 2019. We’ve been asked to re-post some of Bill Brett’s images from back when the city would gather to celebrate accomplishments and support organizations. Until we can safely gather again, let’s look back on some great events.] FENWAY — More than 1,000 guests attended the Boston Bar Foundation’s John and Abigail Adams Benefit Ball, which was held this year at the at the Museum of…

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As he often does, Bill was sorting some of his file photos and came across this image from the Fourth of July celebrations in 1989. Bill took this photograph of then Boston Fire Commissioner Marty Pierce with the Boston Pops July Fourth celebration’s executive producer, David Mugar, at the rooftop party at 100 Beacon Street. Mugar oversaw the production of the July Fourth events at the Esplanade for 43 years. In addition to being a…

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[Originally posted in 2018] SOUTH BOSTON — The air temperature was about 1 degree above zero when 200 people plunged into Boston Harbor at M Street Beach in South Boston for the annual L Street Brownies New Year’s Day polar swim. Water temperature was 44 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The Jan. 1st swim, one of the country’s oldest such charity events, has been held annually for 115 years. In 2017, about 500…

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[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on December 30, 2018.] BOSTON — More than 800 guests attended the 32nd annual Matzo Ball, which was held on Christmas Eve at Royale in Boston’s Theater District. A 2016 story in The Boston Globe about Matzo Ball founder Andy Rudnick says that he created the event because as a Jewish man he was tired of having no place to go on Christmas Eve. The article also states…

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[Originally published on December 24, 2019] BOSTON — 4,000 children were able to celebrate Christmas at the 31st annual Christmas in the City, which was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The event’s founders, Jake and Sparky Kennedy, welcomed the families who attended the party that allows families to have a happy Christmas. Through the efforts of the Kennedys and now a vast team of volunteers, the entire day is funded privately and…

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