Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
WWII harbor cruise
A World War II cruise of Boston Harbor will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, departing from Pier 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard.
In commemoration of 76 years since the U.S. involvement in WWII, the cruise will step back in time and look at the crucial roles Boston Harbor played throughout the war years. This two and a half hour cruise through Boston Harbor will highlight the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Harbor Islands and the intricate part the citizens of Boston played in the defense of Boston during these tenuous years.
The cruise will cover: Charlestown Navy Yard, the South Boston Annex, Army Base, Castle Island, Shipping Lanes, Long Island, Deer Island, the layout of military netting and underwater mines, Gallops Island, Georges Island and Peddocks Island.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children and can be reserved at www.worldwariicruise.eventbrite.com. Visit www.friendscny.org for further details.
Charlestown open market
The 12th annual Charlestown open market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Main Street at the Bunker Hill Mall.
The market will showcase local artisans, artists, businesses and community organizations. Retailers and home-based business owners will highlight their products and services and residents and visitors can meet their neighbors, shop for unique and original items and learn about the various community groups in Charlestown. The day also includes performances by local musicians and actors, and prize giveaways.
Tables are $50 or $10 for non-profits. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, visit www.charlestownmachamber.org or call 617-314-3664.
Bunker Hill road races
The 50th annual Battle of Bunker Hill Day road races to benefit the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 10 preceding the annual Bunker Hill Day parade.
Registration is from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. The race will start and finish at the club at 60 High St.
The 5K-course passes many historic sites, including the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution and the Warren Tavern. Cost is $30 for online registration or $35 on the day.
Partners HealthCare, MGH and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital are sponsoring this race. Parking is available at Bunker Hill Community College.
For more information, call 617-272-1775 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bunker Hill Day parade
The annual Bunker Hill Day parade to mark the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
The two-mile parade will begin at the intersection of Vine and Bunker Hill streets and proceed down Main, Union and Washington streets to Monument Square and the Charlestown Militia Training Field. There will be fife and drum corps, marching bands, floats, school and Scout groups, cyclists, military organizations, re-enactment societies, entertainers, clowns, dancers and refreshments.
For further details, call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov.
The Friends of City Square Park and the Charlestown Cooperative Bank will host a free summer concert from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at City Square Park, Market Square.
The Mystic Jammers Reggae Band will entertain with their steel drums and reggae beat. There will also be face painting, a photo booth, free cotton candy and other surprises.
Blankets, low beach chairs and picnics are welcome. Admission is free.
Visit www.citysquarepark.org for more information.
Talk about the waterfront
The Mystic River Watershed Association and Climate Ready Boston will host an open house event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Schrafft’s Center and Docks, 529 Main St.
In contrast to the east side of the river, the Charlestown waterfront along the Mystic River remains largely hidden and North Charlestown lacks contiguous waterfront access and walking and biking routes that connect to regional greenway networks.
Through a robust outreach process in 2018, the association seeks to create a shared-vision for new and enhanced open spaces and active transportation routes that connect people to the Lower Mystic River.
The purpose of the evening is to hear ideas about the future of the waterfront space around the Schrafft’s Building in Charlestown. Attendees can share their thoughts about design ideas for this waterfront space, including public access, open space and walking/biking improvements. There will be drinks, snacks and lively conversation at the dockside.
For more information and to RSVP, visit https://mysticriver.org/charlestown.
The Boston National Historical Parks will host a free twilight tour of Bunker Hill from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15, meeting in front of the flagpole on Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard.
A park ranger will lead a guided walk in the footsteps of British soldiers along the battlefield of the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. The tour will conclude with a special sunset climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument.
Admission is free. Visit www.go.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242-5642 for further details.
Marines in action
The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 on the great lawn by the flagpole in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Visitors will witness the pageantry of early 19th century militia life with the re-enactment group the 1812 Marine Guard, an all-volunteer division of Historic Marine Education. They will see the cannon and musket firings learn some of the trades and drills practiced by the uniformed Marines.
Visit www.1812marines.org or www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or call 617-426-1812 for more information.
Bunker Hill history
Boston National Historical Parks is leading free “Decisive Day” guided tours every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during June at Bunker Hill Monument.
Two months after the battles at Lexington and Concord, a battle raged on the Charlestown peninsula. Visitors will discover why this battle, a victory for the British and a loss for the colonists, was an important step in the colonists’ fight to drive the British army out of Boston.
For more information, call the visitors’ center at 617-242-5601 or go online to www.nps.gov/boston.
Cooks of St. John
The many wonderful cooks of St. John’s Episcopal Church have created a cookbook filled with 85 pages of imaginative and delicious recipes, everything from haute cuisine to play dough. It will make a special present for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, showers, weddings, birthdays and graduations.
“The Cooks of St. John: A Slice of Parish Life” sells for $15. It is available for sale on Sundays between 11 a.m. and noon at the church rectory, 27 Devens St., or it can be ordered from the church by calling 617-242-1272.
The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth,” now through Aug. 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.
‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours
USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open to the general public, free of charge on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The ship is also open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Each tour, self-paced, takes visitors through the ship’s top two decks. Every 30 minutes one of the active duty sailors who are stationed onboard “Old Ironsides”, will give a verbal reenactment of her storied past and answer questions about both the history of the Navy and present day Navy.
To board USS Constitution, all visitors, ages 18 and older, must show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport.
After the tour, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1, for more opportunities to interact with Constitution sailors, learn more of the ship’s history and experience several new restoration-themed exhibits. Entrance is free; donations are encouraged.
For more news and information, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution or call 617-242-7511.
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.