Arts & Culture Event Notices

Volunteer Flies in From Alaska for Old North Church’s Annual Brass Polishing Party

The Old North Church is hosting her annual brass polishing party on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 until 12:00 in the church parish house. Volunteers polish two three hundred year old chandeliers and twelve 150 year-old sconces. The two twelve branch chandeliers were imported from Europe and installed in the church in 1724. Each chandelier and sconce can be disassembled into dozens of pieces, facilitating easy cleaning by many volunteers.

This year, for the second year running, Dr. Kaye Zwiacher will travel from Palmer, Alaska, to join in the festivities. Last year, Dr. Zwiacher volunteered while visiting relatives in Boston. She had so much fun, she decided to return this year and will supply the brass polish for the volunteers. She will join up with her friend, Linda Sontag, from Wisconsin.

The brass polishing party has attracted interesting participants over the years. Mayor Menino polished brass in the past. A few years ago, an entire French Canadian tour group stopped in to lend a hand. Hostess Carol Ball provides coffee, bagels, and mimosas to the forty to fifty volunteers drawn from the church and surrounding community.

All are welcome to join in this year’s polishing party, 9:00 a.m. on November 23, 2013 at Old North.

The Old North Church was built in 1723. Old North is home to a neighborhood Episcopal congregation and is visited by more than 500,00 tourists each year. Find out more at