Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:

South New England Railroad

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk, “South New England Railroad and Trolley Operations in the Mid-20th Century,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Donald Nevin will present two videos of New England railroad and trolleys: the 1942 “A Great Railroad at Work,” filmed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad to illustrate the various aspects of railroad operation and maintenance; and “The Connecticut Company,” made by rail fans of the Connecticut Company’s trolley operations from 1945 to 1948. It also includes bonus footage of some of the older electric locomotives of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 508-673-3047 for more details.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: from roots grew branches” with Beau Kenyon all day on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

The second of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. It gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINCA) and connects them throughout the city in a three-movement performance and sound installation. The concept and sound art is by Beau Kenyon with sculpture by Natalia Zubko.

Visit for more information about this and the remaining two movements that will be placed throughout the city.

Textile exhibition

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “Infinite Vibration,” works by Niho Kozuru, at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Kozuru will present a talk from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Kozuru’s buzzing resin sculptures and wall pieces feature layers of visual intrigue created by glossy materials and high-key color. This exhibit is open through Sept. 29.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Boston, England

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present “Boston, England: Then and Now,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Boston, England is a coastal town with a South End, a Fens, a Boston College and even a place called Cheers. The Partnership of Historic Bostons was formed to recognize the unique relationship between Boston and its English namesake city.

The community is invited to meet visiting dignitaries from Boston, England, for a panel discussion about the “parent” town and its challenges through the years, beginning 400 years ago with the Great Migration of 1618-1640 and continuing through to the intricacies of the upcoming Brexit.

Registration is recommended for this event, at

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit

Revere’s iconic works

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present a lecture “Paul Revere’s Sons of Liberty Bowl: An American Icon” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Gerald W.R Ward, senior curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will relate the story behind Paul Revere’s most iconic creation, the Sons of Liberty Bowl, crafted in 1768 to commemorate the “Glorious 92,” the legislators who bravely opposed the King and Parliament’s imposition of the Townshend Acts and other untenable legislation.

Admission is free. This lecture is presented as part of the Paul Revere House Lecture Series.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-482-6439.

Country in the city

ParkArts and Country 102.5 radio will host the third annual Country in the City concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 12 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza.

Local favorite Granger Smith will open at 6:30 p.m. Country music trailblazer Smith is the flagship artist on BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records. With sold-out national tours, a social media following of more than seven million, and videos exceeding a quarter of a billion views, he has amassed a loyal fan base while building a groundbreaking career. Granger released his current album, “When the Good Guys Win,” in October 2017 and it rose to No. 2 on the Billboard chart.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 or visit

Black owned businesses

The September Boston Black Owned Business pop-up market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 in the heart of the Seaport area at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

The community is encouraged to shop and support local black owned businesses while enjoying raffles, music and community building.

Further information can be found at


The Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., will host the Bamboo Circle barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Bamboo Circle, BCNC’s young professionals network, will host an end-of-summer rooftop barbecue featuring delicious food and drinks, a raffle with fun prizes and the famous dumpling-eating contest. The event is co-hosted by the Taiwanese Asian Professionals – Boston.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include all food and drink. Proceeds will benefit BCNC’s Youth Center.

For more information, call 617-625-5129 or visit

Arts and crafts talk

The Societies of Arts and Crafts will host a talk with artist-in-residence Laura Petrovich-Cheney from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Petrovich-Cheney’s recent artistic practice is a dialogue between environment, feminism and history/innovation. Her works take many different forms including sculptural installations and wooden quilts. She has recently exhibited at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton.

Admission is free.

Call 617-266-1810 visit for more information and to register.

Crafted landscapes

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “Landscapes, Crafted” at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., now through Oct. 27.

The exhibition, guest curated by Luiza deCamargo, presents an exploration of the land by five craftspeople: Kathryn Clark, Kat Cole, Josh Copus, Peter Houk and Tania Larsson. Each of these artists responds to landscape – natural, built and social – and the intersections of people and the world around us.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Sketches and illustrations

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin” now through Sept. 22.

With line and vibrant color, illustrations by children’s book author Grace Lin appeal to audiences of all ages. She won the Newbery Honor for “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and the Theodor Geisel Honor for “Ling and Ting.” Her most recent novel “When the Sea Turned to Silver” was a National Book Award Finalist.

A family-friendly workshop on creating storybooks will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the summer season.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit for more information.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.