Here are the latest South Boston neighborhood notes:

Retrospective at the gallery

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying a retrospective of the work of sculptor and longtime Distillery resident Joyce McDaniel now through Sept. 29.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The exhibition includes pieces from throughout McDaniel’s career, including her early welded steel work inspired by her upbringing in Oklahoma, to her later constructions that combined expanded steel mesh, overlaid with delicate hand-made and dressmaker pattern paper.

McDaniel’s numerous accomplishments include co-founding the Boston Sculptors Gallery in 1992 and teaching at the School of Museum of Fine Arts for over thirty years, where she was awarded rare emerita status upon her retirement in 2014.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and by appointment.

Further information is available at

Boston Light tours

Boston Harbor Islands will offer tours of Boston Light at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Sept 8 and 15. Tours will depart from the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

This special narrated cruise will voyage through maritime history and pass renowned Boston Harbor landmarks on these three-lighthouse tours. The two-hour cruise will sail past Long Island Light, Graves Light and Boston Light, America’s oldest light station.

Staff and volunteers from the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard will provide the narrations and programs on-board. There is no food or water available on the boat so passengers should feel free to bring their own snacks and meals.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for seniors/students/military, $25 for children and free for kids, ages 3 and under.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit

Memoir writing workshop

Kim Kerrigan of Corporate Classrooms will be the guest speaker in a free, three-part program on writing memoirs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

This workshop will help participants discover their writing voices and produce a truly memorable and unique memoir.

Kerrigan has conducted writing workshops throughout the U.S. and Mexico. He has authored or coauthored eleven books, including “Sound Advice for Successful Writing,” “Get a Grip on Grammar,” “Words for the Wise” and “Mom In Her Own Words.”

For more information, call 617-268-0180.

Jazz on Spectacle

The Boston Harbor Islands Alliance will present Jazz on the Porch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9 on Spectacle Island. Park ferries will depart from Long Wharf.

Highlighting the afternoon will be Delfina Cheb from Argentina. She mixes South American roots with jazz and pop, delivering a nostalgic feeling of being away from home.

Visit or call 617-223-8108 for more information.

Dinner, auction

The Children’s Hospital Boston will host the ninth annual Milagros Para Niño gala dinner and auction from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

The gala will bring Carnival to Boston with a celebration of the culture of Brazil and the broader Latino community, from courageous patients to heroic caregivers.

The evening will include a Latin-inspired dinner, a silent auction and lots of dancing.

The gala celebrating the spirit of the Latino community will benefit Children’s Hospital’s Primary Care Center, the Martha Eliot Health Center, International Health Services and Hale Center for Families.

Tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Call 857-218-3190 or visit for more details and to purchase tickets.

Street festival

The South Boston Chamber of Commerce will host the 19th annual street festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 along East Broadway, between I and L Streets.

More than 100 local businesses, restaurants, vendors, artists and community organizations will be on hand for a day of free family entertainment and great food. Live musical acts and performances will take place on two stages.

Acts will include Southie band Thomas Park, country band The Royal Furs, the Peggy Woods School of Irish Step Dance, martial arts demonstrations and more. Children’s activities will include caricatures, face painting and airbrush tattoos and a magic show.

The South Boston Arts Association will feature art exhibits. A free shuttle bus will be available. The festival is pooch-friendly.

For more information call 617-464-4026 or visit

New filmmakers

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will present “Black Radical Imagination” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.

This international touring program of moving image shorts highlights new stories by filmmakers and visual artists from within the African diaspora. This year’s program, Fugitive Trajectories,” meditates on the various ways Black people are tending to their lives despite traumatic histories, both personal and collective, and a troubling present. Participating artists include Ephraim Asili, Cecile Emeke, Jenn Nkiru, Amelia Umuhire, Kamau Wainaina and Dana Washington.

Tickets are $5 for students and members and $10 for non-members.

Call 617-478-3103 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Art at the courthouse

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through Sept. 30.

The HarborPark Exhibit features photographs of “Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces.” Sociologist Wendy Cadge and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around greater Boston. This remarkable project provides a glimpse into the life and history of the city from a sacred edge and an appreciation for what these spaces offer, both literally and symbolically, to residents and visitors alike.

Polymer clay mosaics by Audrey Markoff and Greg Dunn are on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “Discovering Justice” until Dec. 31.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further information.

Farmers’ market

The South Boston farmers’ market is being held from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Oct. 22 at 446 West Broadway in the municipal parking lot.

Local vendors will sell flowers, herbs, locally produced honey, baked goods, fresh fish, crafts, housewares and local farmers’ produce.

Call 617-464-5858 or send an email to for more information

Castle Island tours

The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.

Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.

Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-333-7404.

Pop-up art talk

A pop up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

Tickets are free with museum admission.

Visit or call 617-478-3103 for further details.