Happy 2022, First Night details, new Boston policies, what's playing around town, testing locations and recipes for good luck
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January 2022 CenterNews

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BackRoom Boston & Boston Festival of New Jewish Music presents:
An Evening of New Yiddish Song

Wednesday January 19th, at 7:00 pm

Join us for the fourth concert of the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music, a free monthly concert series presenting original music drawing from the Jewish cultural experience. Hosted by BackRoom at The Boston Synagogue, co-presented by JArts, and live-streaming everywhere, the Boston Festival of New Jewish Music highlights the best in Jewish-influenced music by composers and performers who live right here in our own backyard.All concerts will be performed live at the Boston Synagogue and live-streamed.
NOTE: All attendees must show proof of three vaccinations & must be masked.
The Boston Synagogue
55 Martha Road
First Night Boston 2022

First Night returns!

Thanks to our amazing supporters, all First Night activities are free! No buttons are required to attend First Night’s programming.
but there is a schedule. 

( All events have been moved outdoors)

FREE vaccinations will be available at First night, near the BosTix booth from 12 - 7pm, and inside the Boston Public Library (copley) from 7 - 11pm. Adult vaccinations, Booster shots and children's vaccines will be available.

First Night Boston begins in Copley Square at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 31, 2021, and continues with programming throughout the day and night. The last musical performance in Copley Square ends at 12:30 AM on January 1, 2022. 

The MBTA will be FREE after 8pm, and the city encourages you to use the train to keep traffic congestion light.

First Night Boston is centrally located in Boston’s Copley Square, with additional programming happening at Boston Common, Boston Public Library, Copley Place Mall, and several churches and hotels in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

There are several displays of fireworks through the day.

The City of Boston’s Family Fireworks presented by The Mugar Foundation will begin at 7:00 PM above Boston Common.

The Copley Countdown and Midnight Pyrotechnics Show will occur in Copley Square at midnight from the roof of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Midnight Fireworks presented by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will occur over Boston Harbor at the strike of 12:00.


Ice sculptures make their dazzling return to First Night Boston! This year’s sculptures, themed “Wonders of the Frozen Ocean” will bring the animals of the icy poles to Copley Square. Sculptures will be located in the Copley Square fountain on New Year’s Eve, and available for public viewing from 12:00 noon to 12:30 AM.
Additional sculptures will be displayed around Boston Public Library.

Our Annual Holiday Wish list 

We would like to sincerely thank all of those who donated to this list.  Bay Cove Family Support has let us know that all of the donations were not only appreciated, but loved.  You contributed to making some children's faces light up with joy.

                -The West End Community Center


The Boston Children's School 

& enrolling for the current school year!
for more information,
please contact Judy Langer at 617-367-6239
or go to their website 

Happy New Year!
It's 2022, and I hope that we are all cautiously optimistic!  Now is the time to think of New Year's resolutions and thinking forward.  While things seems to be heading in the wrong direction, lets look for ways we can all move forward.  We have included a good luck soft pretzel recipe but there are lots of good luck food traditions from around the world. Whether you choose dumplings, lentils, collard greens  cornbread, grapes, cake, pork, pomegranate, sauerkraut, oranges, tamales, fish, or one of your own traditions we wish you all luck!

We do need to stay vigilant about our safety.  As of January 15th, the
B Together policies come into effect.  Proof of vaccination will be required for for certain indoor spaces in Boston.  These spaces will include indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment.  All employees working in those spaces will be required to be vaccinated as well.

The Mayor has also announced that there will be vaccinations and boosters available at First Night at Copley Square (check our first night post below). Keep gatherings small, and test before gathering and/or keep masks on indoors.  We are in another surge, so please stay safe.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with this year's West End Children's Festival!  We are hopeful and optimistic that by summer, we will be able to have a festival, even if it has to be different.  Please email us if you are interested in  helping!
We hope you have had a wonderful Holiday season and wish you a Joyous and Healthy New Year!

We wish you light, happiness, peace, love and togetherness!

Be safe & be kind ❤️

  ~The West End Community Center

Concerts & Sports are Back!

TD Garden
 Celtics Games
Bruins Games

January 9: WWE Super Show
January 14: Kane Brown
January 27: Kacey Musgraves

Agganis Arena
BU Hockey Games
December 23 - January 2 Disney on Ice- Mickey's Search Party

The Wilbur
January 7: Eddie Griffin
January 13: Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour
January 14: Dave Attell
January 15: Demetri Martin: I Feel Funny Tour
January 16: The Majority Report with Sam Seder LIVE
January 20: The Gilmour Project
January 22: The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports
January 23: The Second City Remix
January 27: Nick Colletti
January 29: Citizen Cope

The Emerson Colonial Theater
January 4-16: Jesus Christ Superstar
 January 20: Gregory Porter
January 22: Dinosaur World Live!

The Orpheum Theater
No Events Scheduled

The Wang
January 13 Dancing With The Stars: Live!
February 4: SmartLess Tour Live With Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes & Will Arnett


January 2: New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Symphony Hall
January 6-8: Andris Nelsons conducts HK Gruber, Mozart, and Prokofiev featuring Hilary Hahn, violin
January 13-16: Andris Nelsons conducts Augusta Read Thomas, Beethoven, and Liszt featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
January 20-22: Andris Nelsons conducts Augusta Read Thomas, Beethoven, and Liszt featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
January 23: Boston Symphony Chamber Players
January 27-29: Thomas Adès conducts Berg, Ravel, and Thomas Adès featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein

If you are looking for places to get a Covid 19 test,
here are some places near by:
 It’s believed that eating a soft pretzel
brings good luck into the new year. 

Chewy Soft Pretzels

Prep: 1 hour + rising Bake: 15 min

makes 1 dozen


1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
8 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Optional toppings: Kosher salt, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough; divide and shape into 12 balls. Roll each into a 22-in. rope; shape into a pretzel.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°. Place water and baking soda in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Place pretzels, 1 at a time, in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove; drain on paper towels that have been lightly coated with cooking spray.
  5. Place on greased baking sheets. Brush with egg; top as desired. Bake until golden brown, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 pretzel: 164 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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