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Family tea and story time, with Rescue

Patrick Downes reads from “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.”
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Patrick Downes reads from “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship.”

The Mandarin Oriental, Boston (776 Boylston St.) hosts an afternoon family tea and story reading on Sunday, Nov. 18, with very special guests: Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky, Boston Marathon bombing survivors and, now, authors.

The pair will read from their kids’ book, “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship,” all about Kensky’s transformative relationship with the reliable, loving service dog that helped her heal.

Families can meet Rescue, a spunky black lab, as well as the Mandarin’s two golden retrievers. Kids get sparkling apple cider and a goodie bag; parents can enjoy a champagne toast, teas, scones, sandwiches, and fancy pastries.


Tickets are $78 per adult. A portion of the proceeds benefit Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, where Downes read over the summer to welcome that hospital’s very own service dog, Marcus.

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The two-hour tea starts at 1 p.m. Get tickets at


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