Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
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.
The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the Chantey Sing! sing-along of chanteys and sea songs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 17.
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.
'Party on the Pier'
The 10th annual “Party on the Pier” the summer’s largest party on the waterfront, will be held rain or shine from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at Courageous Sailing, Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard.
The evening will feature music from DJ Ryan Brown, dancing, and delicious food and drinks from Boston’s best restaurants all under the big tent. Tickets are $65 and should be purchased in advance and this event sells out.
Proceeds will benefit Courageous Sailing and the Warren-Prescott School after-school sailing program.
Call 617-242-3821 or visit www.courageoussailing.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
The Charlestown Mothers’ Association and the Friends of the Navy Yard invite the community to bring a picnic supper and come to “A Summer Solstice Celebration” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 in Shipyard Park, Charlestown Navy Yard.
Mike Bent will perform his kid-friendly magic show “Abrakidabra” at 5:30 p.m. and there will be face painting by Kathia. Free ice cream and water will be provided.
Admission is free.
Visit www.friendscyn.org for more details.
As part of the fifth annual Make Music Boston Festival, a concert will be performed from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at City Square Park.
Musicians will include pop and soul singer Melissa Fine, indie-rock performer Henry Mansfield, the Noah Tompkins Band, rock and pop vocalist Sophia Ward, folk and country performer Rachel DeeLynn, punk and rock group The Stigmatics and indie-rock band Big Jon and the Mattress Factory.
Make Music Boston is a program of Kadence Arts, a Boston-based non-profit organization.
Further information on this free festival and a schedule of performances can be found at www.makemusicboston.org.
A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at John Harvard Mall, 18 Main St.
Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will returns as this summer’s featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.
For more details, visit www.cityofboston.gov or call 617-961-3051.
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.