Friday night: The Church of the Advent

The church is located at 30 Brimmer Street (corner of Mt Vernon) at the foot of Beacon Hill in Boston. [map]  We will gather at 6:00 p.m. for drinks and snacks, with a lavish buffet dinner to follow at 7:00; the cost is $70 per person including wine, and advance reservations are required. After dinner we will present the winning entries in the Ellen Miller Memorial Short Story Competition, and will adjourn by 9:00 p.m.

The church, parish hall, and restrooms are fully accessible; ramp access to the church is through the parish house entrance at 30 Brimmer St.

MBTA subway Red Line: Exit at Charles/MGH, turn left when you leave the station and cross the street toward the CVS pharmacy.  Keep CVS on your left and proceed down Charles Street to the third set of lights, which is Mt Vernon Street.  Turn right onto Mt Vernon and proceed past the Charles Street Meeting House one block to the church; the parish house entrance is around the corner on Brimmer Street.

MBTA subway Green Line: Exit at Arlington Street station, turn left when you pass through the turnstiles and proceed north on Arlington St with the Arlington Street Church on your left and the Public Garden on your right.  Continue past the Taj hotel to the end of Arlington Street, where it meets Beacon Street.  Cross to the far side of Beacon and turn right; proceed two blocks to Brimmer Street (Cheers pub on the corner) and turn left onto Brimmer.  The church is at 30 Brimmer Street.

Parking at the nearby Boston Common Garage after 4:00 p.m. is $14 for 3 hours, $18 max. Meters on Charles and Beacon streets are in effect until 8:00 p.m., so if you park after 6:00 and pay $4.00 for 2 hours you will be fine.  Warning:  Most spaces on side streets around the church are for Beacon Hill residents only, a resident sticker is required and parking regulations are vigorously enforced.

Saturday and Sunday:  Sheraton Commander Hotel, Harvard Square

Located at 16 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138, on Cambridge Common near Harvard Square [map].

MBTA subway Red Line: Exit at Harvard Square station. If you are able to climb stairs, use the Church Street exit and turn right when you pass through the turnstiles. When you leave the station turn right, cross Church street, and continue past the First Parish church and old burial ground. [To avoid climbing stairs, use the main exit and proceed across the street towards the Harvard Coop, then turn right and proceed down Mass Ave past the church to the old burial ground.]

Bear left onto Garden Street, keeping the burial ground on your left, and proceed past Christ Church around the edge of Cambridge Common to the hotel — you can see the hotel sign at the next bend in the road.

Valet parking is available at the hotel, $35 for up to 5 hours and $45 per day. Parking may also be available at the University Place parking garage, 45 University Road, ($14 all day on weekends, 0.5 mi from the hotel) and the Harvard Square parking garage, 20 Eliot Street, ($32 for up to 12 hours, 0.5 mi from the hotel). On Sunday parking meters are not in effect, you can park for free at metered spaces on Garden Street and Mass Ave around Cambridge Common.

A F T E R   T H E   C O N F E R E N C E

Sunday Brunch

We will have a lavish Sunday brunch at the Sheraton Commander’s Nubar restaurant immediately after the conference adjourns, at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $53 per person including gratuity, with wine and cocktails available for purchase at the bar. The conference weekend always goes by too quickly, and the brunch is a chance to spend a bit more time with fellow Pymians before you head home.

Sunday Afternoon

The nearby Harvard Art Museums at 32 Quincy Street and Harvard Museum of Natural History at 26 Oxford Street are open until 5:00 p.m. The art museums house outstanding collections of Western, Germanic, Asian, Islamic, and Indian paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings, as well as special exhibitions, and admission is free on Sundays. The Natural History Museum is home of the famous Blaschka Glass Flowers as well as a display of meteorites, minerals, and gemstones. It is adjacent to the the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, whose collections include Native American objects acquired during the Lewis and Clark expedition and early collections from the Pacific Islands acquired by Boston sea captains during the China Trade. Admission to the Natural History + Peabody museums is $15 for adults and $13 for Seniors (65+).

Solemn Evensong and Benediction

At 4:30 p.m. there will be an organ recital at the Church of the Advent, followed at 5:00 p.m. by “high church” Solemn Evensong and Benediction for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (the same Sunday chosen by Dulcie and Viola for their visit to Neville Forbes’s church — ‘What a lot they’re giving us!’). Admission is free, a collection will be taken.

Sunday Evening

At 7:00 p.m. a group will gather for a relaxed dinner and a final bit of post-conference Pym fellowship at Harvard Gardens pub at 316 Cambridge St, Boston, near the Charles/MGH Red Line station, just a few blocks from the church. We’ll order a la carte and get separate checks, but we need to know if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough places.

P Y M   M E R C H A N D I S E

On Saturday we will have a variety of Pym merchandise for sale, including mugs, refrigerator magnets, tote bags, linen tea towels with our “cat and teapot” graphic, and BPS buttons, as well as copies of Barbara in the Bodleian, No Soft Incense and The Pymnal.  Purchasing these items at the conference saves you several dollars per item in shipping charges compared to buying online. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. (Note: merchandise will not be available on Sunday!)