Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

New play

The Charlestown Working Theater and Imaginary Beasts will present “or the whale,” a play by Juli Crockett, at 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sundays from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4 at the theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

Inspired by Melville’s “Moby Dick,” the play is a poetic meditation on loss and longing and a theatrical reflection upon humankind’s ongoing quest for wholeness. A chorus of Captain Ahabs forms a mad crew who set out in search for Ahab’s missing leg, lost somewhere in the vastness of the sea. As they venture forth, however, they gradually begin to remember the fate that befell Ahab’s original crew.

A blend of the whimsical and the profound make this experimental play an unusual and entrancing theatrical experience.

Tickets are $15-$20 general admission and “pay what you can” ($5 minimum) at each Thursday evening and Sunday matinee performance.

Visit or call 617-642-9439 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Constitution’s first sail

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, invites the community to a conversation with the crew who sailed “Old Ironsides” for the first time in 116 years, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

USS Constitution underwent a major restoration between 1992 and 1996 that refurbished her to the most historically accurate state of the 20th century. On July 21, 1997 she sailed under her own power for the first time since 1881.

Cdr. Michael Beck, USN (Ret.), BMCS (SW) Joseph Wilson, USN (Ret.), crew members Chad Fox and Kathleen Rouge, Capt. Christopher Melhuish, USN (Ret.) and QMCM (SW/AW) Daniel Nicholson, USN (Ret.) will take part in a panel discussion on what it was like to have been part of this historic event, with moderator Anne Grimes Rand, president of the USS Constitution Museum.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Book exhibition

An exhibit of books in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month is on display on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., E Building, second floor.

The display will feature works of literature, art, history and Latino culture.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

Carnival masks on display

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “The Many Faces of Carnavale” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The college is showcasing this vibrant display of carnival masks from the Dominican Republic and other countries by local artist and educator Ana Mejia.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

Fall art exhibit

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will host the annual fall art exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

The fall art exhibition is open to all artists submitting recent work in two and three dimensions. Work will be available for purchase.

Call 617-241-0130 or visit for more information

Duck Dash

The inaugural “e” inc. Duck Dash will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Little Mystic Channel in the Charlestown Navy Yard, 114 116th St., rain or shine.

3,000 rubber ducks will be released into the Boston Harbor to race in the inaugural “e” inc. Duck Dash. The family friendly festival will include music, food, fair games, relay races and science activities. Proceeds will go to support the second rotating exhibit, “Our House: Rethinking Home in a Changing Climate,” at the newly opened “e” inc. Environment Science Discovery and Action Museum.

Rubber ducks are $5 each and must be purchased in advance. Each duck will have a corresponding number for participants to monitor their progress during the race. The first place winner will receive a $350 cash award. Other Duck Dashers will have the opportunity to win prizes donated from local and Boston-based businesses.

For more information and to purchase a lucky ducky, visit:

Sea chanteys

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the Chantey Sing! sing-along of chanteys and maritime songs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The Northeast Chantey Sing will host an afternoon of contemporary and historic maritime music that tells of the history of battles, the mystery and science of the weather and the romance of family and patriotism that spurred a sailor out to sea.

Between songs, visitors can check out the 1812 Discovery Center and its exhibits, games and interactive programming.

The program is presented in cooperation with the Boston National Historical Park and Northeast (and MIT) Chantey Sing.

Call 617-426-1812 or visit for more information.

School fundraiser

Harvard-Kent Elementary School will host a cut-a-thon fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at Cut-Splice Salon, 700 Flagship Way.

Haircuts will be $35, with all proceeds funding the school’s educational costs such as supplies, field trips, technology and the music program.

Visit or call 617-635-8358 for further details.

Fundraiser, awards

The USS Constitution Museum will hold its annual chairman’s dinner and award ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane.

This fundraising evening will celebrate “Old Ironsides” with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner and live auction at 7 p.m. Joyce Kulhawik will be the emcee for the evening.

The museum will honor Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company, and Dr. Lisa Norling, professor of history at the University of Minnesota and award-winning author. Festivities will include dancing and a silent auction.

The dinner is the museum’s premier fundraiser. This year will also celebrate USS Constitution’s 220th birthday. Proceeds from the evening support the museum’s educational outreach and innovative STEM-based programs.

Reservations are required. For reservations and further information, visit or call 617-426-1812, ext. 167.

Magic show

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will present the Silly Monster Magic Show from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Magician Debbie O’Carroll invites children ages 3 to 8 to a fun, interactive and spooky Halloween magic show. Admission is free.

Call 617-242-1248 for further details.

Bunker Hill history

The community is invited to free talks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until Oct. 31 at Bunker Hill Monument, 43 Monument Square.

Participants will learn about the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the first real battle of the War for Independence. Although the battle was a loss for the colonists, the high number of casualties on the British side, including a significant portion of the officer corps, demonstrated that inexperienced militia could stand up to the regular army, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the British from Boston.

Visit or call 617-242-5601 for more details.

Ironsides’ fall hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The 30-minute tours will be narrated by one of the Constitution’s active-duty sailors and consist of four stations through the ship’s top three decks.

One of the programs available is the “Constitution Experience,” where participants can watch the morning colors ceremony from Pier One and then board the vessel for a tour and subsequent visit to the nearby museum.

Reservations are required for this program, which is held at Pier 1 at 7:40 a.m. To reserve a spot, send an email to For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit or call 617-242-0522 for more information.

Diorama display

The Bunker Hill Monument Museum, 45 Monument Square, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the Freedom Trail, the museum displays the history of the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument as well as a diorama of the historic battle. A cyclorama shows a 360-degree view of the battlefield.

The Charlestown Historical Society keeps its archives in this building, which once served as the neighborhood’s public library.