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Quirky events this week in Roslindale

Posted by Your Town  September 17, 2012 10:00 AM

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From a portrayal of Isabella Stewart Gardner by an actress to an exercise boot camp in Adams Park to a dog parade at the farmers’ market, Roslindale residents can expect a lively week in their corner of Boston.

First up is “A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts,” a dramatic reenactment during the Roslindale Branch Library’s fall membership and reception meeting on September 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Beyond highlighting the Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library’s schedule of activities for the community, the program serves another purpose, said Laura Gang, the president of the volunteer group. “It also demonstrates our pleasure in announcing that we now have a pass to the museum available at the library.”

During the reenactment Jesses Piaia, while in period costume, relates episodes about Mrs. Garner’s luminous circle of family and friends, her journey to exotic lands and even shares other potentially scandalous encounters. Piaia also narrates Mrs. Gardner’s intent of merging the cultures of East and West, as well as the cultivation of her gardens.

On Thursday night, don’t be surprised if you go for a walk in Adams Park and stumble upon your neighbors doing exercise drills, relay races, or trying an obstacle course. At 6 p.m., Ultimate Bootcamp will be holding a free demo session in the park. The program is free, but you must register in advance at www.ultimatebootcamp.com/roslindale.

Saturday is the day when Roslindale residents can proudly show off their best friends at “Dog Day.” The annual event at the farmers’ market in Adams Park usually draws a big crowd for a dog parade and mini-competition. Many vendors sell special dog treats and pet products.

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