The Willows

Does your driver’s license photo strikingly resemble your college ID?  Is there still a two-piece bathing suit buried somewhere in your closet?  Have you been out so late that the T stopped running? If yes — you might be a Willow.

We are ladies who love brunch, roof decks, and trying the newest cocktail trend!

Willows coordinators from left to right: Mimi Sun, Mary Beth Kelley, and Meredith Braunstein

Upcoming Willows Events

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017

    Decorate Beacon Hill & Post Decoration Brunch

    Come join us & the Beacon Hill community at 10 am as we help prepare garlands for decorating the lamp posts of Beacon Hill. Our group will head to Tip Tap Room afterwards for brunch at noon. All volunteers are also invited the wrap party 5 pm on Sunday, December 3rd. Dress warmly!

    • Where – Meet at Otis House (141 Cambridge Street, Boston) to help assemble the garlands.
    • When – 10am-12pm with brunch to follow at Noon at the Tip Tap Room (138 Cambridge Street, Boston)
    • RSVP – Please RSVP for brunch: willows@beaconhillwomensforum.org

    Also, please join Ivy Turner’s Facebook Group for more information.

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018

    Get back into shape Pliates and Yoga Class at the Liberty 

    • When:  10am class and bloodies to follow
  • Monday, January 29, 2018

    Tequila and Tacos night at Lolita’s 

    • When – 6:30
    • Where – Lolita’s Back Bay
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018

    Bring your gently used clothing to a women’s shelter

    • Cocktails and Dimsum in Chinatown
    • When – 11am – 1pm
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Go to a Celtics Game (vs. the Washington Wizards) 

    • When – Meet for drinks before the game (location TBD)
    • Where – TD Garden
  • Sunday, March 25, 2018

    Volunteer at a local soup kitchen & “Drag Me to Brunch” to see a Drag show at Carrie Nation

    • When – Volunteer at a local soup kitchen 11:30 – 1:30 (details to follow)
    • Brunch at 2pm
    • Drag show is $15 per person
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Movie Night at MBK’s

    • When – 7pm
    • Where – 34 Mount Vernon St Apt PH
    • Pizza and a Movie at Mary Beth Kelley’s home in Beacon Hill
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018

    Sunday FUNday Brunch and Rooftop cocktails at Legal Harbourside 

    • When – 11am
    • Where – Legal Harborside Boston Seaport
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Save the Date High Tea or Visit to the Chocolate Bar in the Langham Hotel 

    • When – 11am
    • Details to follow
  • Wednesday May 16, 2018

    Save the Date Spring Fling Farewell Willows for the Season Cocktails 

    • When 6 – 8pm
    • Where – TBD

Past Willows Events

  • Monday, November 19, 2017

    Water Taxi From the Seaport to the ReelHouse
    Join us for Sunday Funday brunch at the “Reelhouse” Restaurant in East Boston. We will take a water taxi over to the restaurant from downtown.

    • Date: Sunday November 19, 2017, Meet at 10:45 am
    • Location: Meet at Marriott Long Wharf Hotel to board the taxi, 296 State Street
    • RSVP by 11/10 so we can have an idea of headcount: willows@beaconhillwomensforum.org

    Please plan to meet at the Marriott Long wharf at 10:45 and we will call the boat to be picked up promptly at 11am. The cost for the water taxi is $12 cash pp (one way). We will leave it up to you if you want to take a water taxi back or choose your own form of transportation (uber, T etc).

  • Monday, November 15, 2017

    Garlands & Greens Annual Gathering/Fundraiser
    Join us at this festive annual gathering as we raise funds to ring in the holiday season! Hosted by Tom Kershaw at The Hampshire House, our Garlands & Greens event is a night of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music, all in an effort to raise funds for our holiday decorations on Beacon Hill. This event is put on by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, but your Willows Coordinators will be among the attendees!

    Tickets include two complimentary glasses of beer, wine, or a holiday martini, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and the chance to take home a great drawing prize!

    Ticket Options:

    • Beacon Hill Civic Association Members: $35
    • Non-Beacon Hill Civic Association Members: $40

  • Monday, November 13, 2017

    Empire Lounge, All you can eat sushi
    Join the Willows for an evening of cocktails+ all you can eat sushi Empire Restaurant & Lounge

    Everyone must order the all you can eat sushi ($29/per person.) There will be 1 check, maximum of 4 credit cards can be accepted (cash is fine). The table can be held for up to 15 minutes (so 6:15), and a majority of the party must be there in time in order to keep the table, so please be on time!

  • Monday, October 23, 2017

    After work cocktails and enjoy 1$ oysters at Carrie Nation 

    • Where – Carrie Nation
    • When – 6- 7pm
    • Hurricane fundraiser (Details TBD)
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Free Yoga/Pilates at the Liberty Hotel & Bloodies After

    • When – 10am
    • Where – The Liberty Hotel (They alternate yoga or pilates each week with an equinox instructor)  BRING YOUR OWN MAT
    • Post class we will have a cocktail at the hotel bar

Willows Coordinators

Meredith Braunstein

Meredith is very excited to become a member of the BHWF, get to know her fellow members, and to help plan Willow outings! She resides on West Cedar Street. She is employed as a Regulatory Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Protocol Office. Meredith graduated from Tufts University, where she was active in the Hillel community. She was also employed at Tufts as a Community Building Fellow to help foster peer relationships within the university.

Originally from Weston, Massachusetts, Meredith enjoys all the wonderful events, stores, food and fun that Massachusetts and Boston have to offer. Meredith is also a member of the Beacon Hill Civic Association and enjoys reading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Mary Beth Kelley

Mary Beth is thrilled to be part of the BHWF and is looking forward to planning many exciting events for the Willows! As a former accomplished executive in the  fashion industry,  Mary Beth  has the vision and foresight to create a buying and merchandising strategy for brands like Tory Burch, Calvin Klein and Primark while living in both NYC and Dublin, Ireland. Mary Beth understands buyers and sellers, and what brings them together. With this understanding,  Mary set her sights on real estate and joined the Donahue Realty Group at Keller Willams Back Bay office.

A native of New England , Mary Beth grew up in Weston, Ct and graduated from Mount Holyoke College. After a 20 year stint in NYC,  followed by a year in Dublin, Mary Beth moved to Boston in 2015 and has traded international travel for closeness to home and family on the cape, but in Boston real estate she continues to find the collaboration, variety, and energy she’s always found essential. Mary Beth lives in Beacon Hill where she is deeply involved in the community and enjoys sailing, snowboarding, cooking and entertaining.

Mimi Sun

Mimi Sun is a first-year member of the BHWF and is excited to be part of an extraordinary journey with the Willows. She is employed at Tufts University, Human Resources as a Sr. Compensation Specialist.

Originally from Sri Lanka and have enjoyed living in Beacon Hill for many years. She enjoys all the free events and lectures that is happening in the city/University. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Boston and Zambia, Boston food bank, soup kitchens and volunteer at road races (BAA, Corporate Challenge, Tufts 10K)

Enjoys traveling to museums to see special exhibits such as the Getty museum – Cave temples of Dunhuang exact replicas of Buddhist Cave paintings from China, the Chihuly exhibit in the New York Botanical Garden to name a few.

Mimi enjoys running marathons and you may find her on a Wednesday evening running with the Marathon Sports run club around the Charles river. She enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, yoga, reading, movies, theater, ballet. She loves all New England sports teams and getting together with friends locally and overseas.