Bookmark Ball 2016 Auction and Raffles

Silent Auction at libraryIn celebration of John J. Enneking’s life and career, this year’s Bookmark Ball on Saturday, October 22nd, will feature a live auction of 7 Enneking giclee reproductions.  Giclee is a French word meaning “to spray ink,” and is pronounced “zhee clay”.   A giclée print is a reproduction of an original work of art using a highly specialized inkjet printer.

The works available are:

Sandy Road (23” x 19.5”)

 Early Autumn (23.25” x 19”)

 Spring Brook (25” x 21”)

 December Thaw (17.5” x 13.5”)

 Resurrection Rock, Hyde Park (24” x 19.25”)

 Autumn Morning, Neponset (24” x 16.5”)

 Fall Landscape (20” x 16.5”, unframed)

The Friends thank the following organizations and individuals for contributing memberships and items for the Ball’s raffle:

Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI), Individual membership and 4 books (Value $75+)

Citywide Friends of the BPL, $25 Copley Square book sale gift certificate

Citywide Friends of the BPL, Desktop Chelsea paperweight clock (Value $60)

Vicky Gall, America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2016 series (Value $20+)

Bryan Goldie, Pizzeria Uno $25 Gift card

McCrea’s Candies of Hyde Park,  Gift box of three 5.5 oz tins of caramels (Value $55)

Lorraine Nessar, Waterford crystal heart shape candy dish, 7.5 inches  (Value $50+)

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Individual membership (Value $90)

David Vieira, Whole Bean Coffee by Mills Coffee Roaster, 6+ lbs. in 3 bags (Value $40+)

Tickets for the Bookmark Ball are $30 in advance, and a suggested $35 at the door.   All proceeds from the 2016 Bookmark Ball benefits the Friends’ Art Fund, which covers musical arts programs such as the Friends’ summer concert series and other performances throughout the year at the branch library.  These performances are open to the public of all ages and are free admission.

Good luck, bidders and raffle ticket buyers!

2016 Bookmark Ball Tickets

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011Over the years, the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library have held its biggest fundraiser in commemoration of different events in the history of our favorite branch library. Our last ball was our Back to Basic Bookmark Ball highlighting a challenge within our group to expend the least amount of funds to gain the most funds for future programming at the Hyde Park Branch Library. The Hyde Park community very generously supported us in that event through nearly 5 years of programming!

This fall the Friends will be celebrating the acquisition of Isaac Caliga’s portrait of American Impressionist John J. Enneking, Hyde Park’s artist and adopted son. In addition to our usual raffles and quilt display, the John J. Enneking Centennial Bookmark Ball commemorates the 100th anniversary of his death and celebrates his life and career with a live auction of 5 framed Enneking painting reproductions. These will be displayed at the branch library in the weeks prior to our ball.

Tickets for the event are $30 (tickets held at the door), but will be $35 on the day of the ball. Advance purchases can be made using the Paypal buttons below, or by sending a check made payable to the “Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library”, to 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.

Support the Friends with your donation (using increments of $5) anytime with the convenient Paypal button below.


Bookmark Ball, Single Tickets – $30
Bookmark Ball, Supporter – $50 (incl. 2 tix)
Bookmark Ball, Sustainer – $100 (incl. 4 tix)
Bookmark Ball, Contributor – $250 (incl. 6 tix)
Bookmark Ball, Benefactor – $500 (incl. 8 tix)
Donation (in increments of $5)

Thank you for your support and see you on the 22nd!

Save the Date: Oct 22, 2016!

Back to Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011Friends of the Hyde Park Library Members and the general public are cordially invited to THE fundraiser of the year!

Commemorating the Friends’ acquisition of Isaac Caliga’s portrait as well as the centennial of the artist’s passing, the John J. Enneking Centennial Bookmark Ball will be held Saturday, October, 22, 2016, from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at the Hyde Park Branch Library of the Boston Public Library, 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, Massachusetts.  Angela Menino and BPL President David Leonard are our Honorary Ball Co-Chairs.

As in previous years, the ball will feature raffle items, a quilt display, and musical entertainment, as well as light refreshments with a cash bar.  Our event highlight will be a live auction of framed Enneking reproductions.  Suggested donation for the ball is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

More details for online donations and tickets forthcoming.

Friends Annual Meeting, April 2, 2016

owlsAll are invited to the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 1:30pm.  During the Annual Meeting, the Friends will honor Tommey Seggers and Artists-At-Large, Inc., as Friends of the Year for their contributions to the library and to the community.

Following the business meeting and award presentations, Elizabeth Ives Hunter, former director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, will speak about Isaac Caliga and his portrait of Hyde Park’s American Impressionist painter John J. Enneking.  The formal unveiling of the portrait will take place at the end of the lecture, and the afternoon will conclude with a reception featuring the traditional offering of homemade sweets.

A Fun Appraisal Day

appraisal-CWpitcherThe Friends’ Antiques Appraisal Day on Saturday July 11th was a fun day amid other events at the branch library–girl scouts met in Menino Hall in the morning, followed by a community meeting with Mayor Martin Walsh.   Our event was as well-attended, and many happy owners learned more about their objects.  This Pilgrim pitcher was valued at about $200-300.



appraise-clockPatrick from Cobwebs Antiques in Jamaica Plain points out a detail on the back of a canvas painting.




The antique clock here is handsome!






This Civil War-era sword had the highest estimated value of the day at $12,000!



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Friends Board President Vicky and Emeritus Board Member Claire look over some of Claire’s items.





Banjoist John added his musical flair during the entire event.  Thank you very much, John!

Joining him here are Friends volunteer Diane, Friends Board member Barbara and branch staffer Yosefa.

Roundup: April Vacation Events

Children had a great time this week attending April school vacation week events sponsored at the branch library.  On Tuesday, cartoonist Andy Fish presented a manga/cartoon workshop to teens and a pair of enthusiastic youngsters.   Green Golly‘s Little Kids Little Songs kicked off the afternoon with a well-attended presentation introducing young ones to music, comedy, and theater.

Wednesday featured magician Debbie O’Carroll as Debra Cadabra lost in the Magic Library.  Debbie led the children through different styles of literature, incorporating magical interludes that entertained all who attended.  Pictured at left is a young audience member assisting Debra in making waffles in her hat. 

Rounding out the week on Saturday, solo puppeteer Jonathan Keezing and his Caravan Puppets led the children around the world with tales new and familiar.  Here young volunteers assist Jonathan in telling the tale of the 3 Little Pigs.  Later in the afternoon Delta Blues guitarist Erin Harpe presented an introduction to the Blues for teens and young adults.

Debbie O’Carroll is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library.  Andy Fish is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.  The Green Golly Project and Caravan Puppets are sponsored by the Boston Public Library.  Erin Harpe is sponsored by the Boston Public Library in collaboration with Artists-at-Large, Inc.

Comic Art Workshop

Calling all manga fans!  Get the 4-1-1 on manga history and do a hands-on demo of the art form with graphic artist Andy Fish, creator of comic book character Adam Bomb, on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, starting at 11am.  Registered participants will use demonstrated techniques to draw their own original manga.  For ages 12 and up, please!  Pre-register at the branch circulation desk in person or call the branch, 617-361-2524.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

B2BBB Silent Auction: Artworks

Silent Auction at libraryIn keeping with Spring, the artist donors to the Friends’ silent auction at the Back2Basics Bookmark Ball are offering flowers and music to adorn your home or office:

PeonyITEM #6. Peony. A painting in pastels, 15” x 38”, by Tsun Ming (Szeto) Chmielinski  [Value: $475/Reserve: $200]

Pink Spring 2ITEM #7 Pink Spring 2. A photograph, 11.25” x 11.25” framed, by Lucie Wicker [Value: $50/Reserve:$10]

SunflowerITEM #9. Untitled. A monochromatic archival digital off print, 11″ x 14″ framed, by Tommey  [Value: $145/Reserve: $40]

ITEM #10. Untitled.  A photograph, 9.75” x 9.75” framed, by Lucie Wicker  [Value: $50/Reserve:$10]

The proceeds for each of the donated works will be split 50/50 between each respective artist and the Friends.

For pre-event registration as an absentee bidder, please send an email message containing your name, address, and telephone, AND the item description and number, and your min./max. bid amounts to Silent Auction Email.  A confirmation email will be sent with a unique bidder number which will be used during the auction at the Back2Basics Bookmark Ball, April 30, 2011.

Remember, all proceeds of this silent auction and the Bookmark Ball will benefit the Friends’ summer concert series and other musical art performances throughout the year at the branch library.  These performances are open to the public of all ages and are free admission.

Good luck, bidders!

“I See Jazz” Exhibit

Hurricane, Man with HornThe Hyde Park Branch Library will be hosting a new art exhibit in conjunction with BostonJazz Week (running April 29-May 8, 2011).

Artists-at-Large, Inc. and the African American Master Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP), an adjunct of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University, will be presenting “I See Jazz”, an exhibit featuring the work of AAMARP artists. This eclectic and energetic group of master artists and crafts people will exhibit works inspired by jazz and bring it to Hyde Park in painting, photography, sculpture and more.

Featured Artists are Don West, Hakim Raquib, Gloretta Baynes, Susan Thompson, Shea Ramone Justice, Walter Clark, and L’Merchie Frazier.

The exhibit will run from April 30 through May 30, 2011, and can be viewed during library hours. A closing reception will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, from 2pm-4pm.