Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Sea chanteys

The USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the “Chantey Sing!” sing-along of chanteys and sea songs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 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.

Yoga on ‘Old Ironsides’

Boston Harbor Now is hosting all-levels vinyasa yoga from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays during July and August.

Participants can enjoy a vinyasa flow while overlooking the spectacular views of the sun setting over the city aboard the USS Constitution. A yoga instructor from Yoga around Town will teach the 60-minute class. Participants should bring a mat or towel and meet at Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center on Pier 1. Each class will feature the firing of “Old Ironsides’” cannon and the lowering of her flag signaling the day’s end on a historic National Park while enjoying the beautiful Boston skyline view.

Each yogi will need to pass through security prior to boarding the ship.

All people, age 18 and older, must present a valid federal or state-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the ship.

Registration is strongly recommended, although walk-ups are available on a limited basis.

For more information and to register, visit

Concert on the lawn

The Boston National Historic Park and Summer on the Waterfront will host “Swinging Summer Nights: Berklee Concerts on the Navy Yard” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Commandant’s House lawn, Charlestown Navy Yard.

Retrovisor, an alternative rock band led by Juan Manuel Fernandez, a Venezuelan “Punk/Grunger” who attends Berklee College of Music, will provide the musical entertainment. Some of their songs include “Que Buena Vaina,” “El Soldado” and “Otra Buena Vaina.” They have headlined local music festivals, such as the Sibelius Fest and Union Rock Show, performed in sold out concert hall shows and gone on a national tour.

Food will be available for purchase. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 19 and 26 at the John Doherty Playground, 15 St. Martin St.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or 617-635-4505.

Navy Yard family day

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host a family day from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

Families can enjoy, play and learn at the Charlestown Navy Yard during the family days this summer. Various family-friendly activities will include rope making, block and tackle, monkey’s fist throw and knot tying stations.

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

Rosie’s Navy Yard

The Boston National Historical Park will offer a free walking tour from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 Participants will meet in front of the flagpole at Pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard.

A National Park Service ranger will focus on the more than 8,000 women who joined the workforce at the Boston Naval Shipyard to help win World War II.

Visit www.nps/gov/bost or call 617-482-1722 for further information.

Marines in action

The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 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 or or call 617-426-1812 for more information.

Built to win

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Build to Win,” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. now through July 31.

Kids can design, build and test their own mini model ship’s strength and speed in the “Built to Win” family program. While at the museum, families should explore the hands-on Forest to Frigate exhibit that explores the creation of the United States Navy and the early history of USS Constitution.

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

Public art exhibit

Massachusetts’ sculptor Dale Rogers’ whimsical art exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” consisting of 20 eight-foot high steel sculptures, is on display now until Sept. 10 in Shipyard Park.

The big dog sculptures are installed throughout the Navy Yard in Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and along the Harbor Walk. Families can run, bike or boat to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a sculpture stroll along the two-mile route.

The Navy Yard Garden Association, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park and the National Park Service are sponsoring this exhibit.

For more details, email

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 July 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

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth,” now through Oct. 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 or by calling 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. The 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, people 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 or call 617-242-7511.

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.