Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
New art exhibition
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Voices of the Displaced” now through May 11 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.
Boston-area artists share work that reflects their personal experiences navigating crises, resilience and reconciliation. Featured artists include Sonia Andujar, Oldren Angel, Janet Cormier, Deta Galloway, David Goldman, Alberto Lozano, Ed Pontes, Hakim Raquib and Roger Sheppard, with guest curator Gloria Carrigg.
Admission is free.
Further details can be found at www.bhcc.mass.edu or by calling 617-228-2000.
The sixth annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave.
The conference is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a thriving urban farming sector. It will bring together participants representing all aspects of urban farming, including farmers (bee, rooftop, chicken), land trust managers, policy makers, commercial buyers, foundations and investors. It will feature interactive panels, demonstrations, workshops, expert discussions and networking opportunities.
For a complete schedule of activities and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-massachusetts-urban-farming-conference-tickets-38915811239.
The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the “Chantey Sing!” sing-along of chanteys and maritime songs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.
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 www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Ballet story time
The Charlestown Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20.
Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.
Call 617-242-1248 for further details.
Women and family dynamics
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host a panel disucssion “Daddy Issues: Trauma, Grief and Love in Edwidge Danticat’s “The Dew Breaker and Beyonce’s Lemonade”” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 in Room A300.
A panel discussion will explore how the female characters of the book navigate the complexities of their family dynamics.
Admission is free.
Visit www.bhcc.mass.edu or call 617-228-2000 for more information.
Solo art exhibit
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is hosting “Women Be!” an exhibit of paintings by Janet Cormier, now through March 31 in the Library and Learning Commons.
Visitors can see these richly textured paintings by local artist, activist and poet Cormier, deeply human portraits of the public and private selves of women that honor the complex lives and shared experiences of women everywhere.
This free exhibit is open to the public. It is presented as part of the college’s Women’s History Month programming.
Call 617-228-2000 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu for further information.
Ship model show
“Masters of Miniatures,” the 39th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, is on display through Saturday, March 24 at the USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard.
More than 50 different ships created by modelers from across New England will be on display. There will be a variety of reproductions of War of 1812 vessels, modern ships and ships-in-bottles. Modelers have masterfully captured the richness of maritime history in miniature.
A panel of guild members will judge qualifying entries, with awards being given to the top honorees.
Volunteers from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild will be on hand for visitors to watch them in action and ask questions.
The museum will organize a variety of family-oriented programs during the course of the show that are free and open to the public. Admission to the museum and exhibit is free with donations welcome.
Further information can be found at www.constitution-modelshipwrights.org.
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth” now through March 31.
Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision. Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.
Further information can be found at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.
Ironsides’ winter hours
The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution.
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 www.bostonmarinesociety.org or call 617-242-0522 for more information.
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.