Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Kayaking on the Mystic River

Boston Harbor Now will host a kayaking tour of the Lower Mystic from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 16.

PaddleBoston, Amber Christoffersen of the Mystic River Watershed Association and Sarah Ritch of Friends of the Harborwalk will lead a two-mile kayaking tour of the Lower Mystic River, from the public boat launch at the Little Mystic Channel, 65 Terminal St., to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville, where the tour will end with refreshments.

This event is made possible through a grant from MyRWA and Paddle Boston who are providing the kayaks and professional guides.

Participants will experience a range of landscapes along the tidal and non-tidal segments of the Lower Mystic, from the active industrial Designated Port Area to the pastoral landscape along the Somerville and Medford shores. The tour will go under the Tobin Bridge, along Admiral’s Hill, Chelsea and the Autoport and Schraffts’ Center on the north edge of Charlestown, past the Power Plant and Encore/Wynn Casino in Everett, through the Amelia Earhart Dam, past the Malden River, along Assembly Square and Draw 7 Park, to the Mystic River beyond, which is once again rich with wildlife.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

Visit or call 617-223-8667.

Comedy performance

The Beau Jest Moving Theater will present “Larry’s Play: Journey to the Center of the Stage” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

This new play by Larry Coen is an immersive backstage comedy that takes the audience behind the scenes of a theater to experience the gossip, humor, superstitions, joys and sorrows of being an actor. It pokes gentle funs at a range of theater types, actors auditioning for the same part, backstage gossip, mysterious items and the heartache of being fired in previews. At its heart, this is a love poem to all dreamers and aspiring show people.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-242-3285.

Marines in action

The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 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.

Sea chanteys

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, Sept. 16.

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.

Pop-up book sale

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library will offer a three-day pop-up book sale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the library, 179 Main St.

Hundreds of newly added titles for adults, young adults and children will be offered at low prices. Proceeds will support the free community programs organized by the Friends.

Call 617-242-1248 or visit for further details.

Scenes from Eastern Massachusetts

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Familiar Shore: Watercolor Scenes from Eastern Massachusetts ” by David Goldman now through Sept. 28 in the Library and Learning Commons, E Building.

Boston artist Goldman started painting at an early age and had his first solo exhibition at age 16. He studied the Italian masters in Italy upon receiving a Fulbright-Lusk Fellowship. A graduate of Boston University, where he received his BFA and MFA, he resides in Boston where he also teaches drawing, art history and design.

The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

Family fun fundraiser

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in the Charlestown Navy Yard will host the “All Aboard” fundraiser from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 300 First Ave.

This annual family fun day will feature local food, beer and wine, live music, games, face painting, adaptive sports, a silent auction and guest appearances from local sports teams. This year’s event will feature a life-size version of Monopoly, showcasing the classic Hasbro board game.

Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children, ages 6 and older, until Sept. 16 or $40 for adults on the day. Children, ages 5 and under, are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the hospital’s adaptive sports and recreation program.

Visit to purchase tickets online or for more information.

Museum Day

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will participate in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The museum will offer free admission for one person plus a guest. Included will be the exhibits All Hands on Deck, Forest to Frigate, Old Ironsides in War and Peace and the War of 1812 Discovery Center.

Go to to download a ticket for free admission to the museum and a 10 percent discount in the museum store.

Charlestown house tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society will present its biennial house tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, rain or shine, starting at Memorial Hall, 14 Green St.

Included are beautifully restored houses primarily around the Gaslight District of Charlestown, from a restored 1804 Federal-style house on Warren Street to a Greek Revival rowhouse unattended for 50 years and re-imagined as a modern interior using unusual fabrications. The tour will also feature the Charlestown 5 Cent Savings Bank, one of the town’s best-loved historic buildings

At the end of the tour a lemonade reception will be held at the hall from 4 to 5 p.m.

Advance tickets are available online at or at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 105 Main St, or at Junebug, 211 Main St.

The advance tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members or $50 for non-members including a one-year membership.

For more information, call 617-241-7500 or send an email to

Three art installations

The community is invited to see three amazing art installations at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

This program, hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the USS Constitution Museum, features work from three Boston-based artists: a sculpture by Somerville resident Chris Frost, a sound installation by Boston-based composer Maria Finkelmeier, and a mixed-media installation by Yale School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate Marlon Forrester.

These installations are part of the National Park Service’s “Art on the Trails to Freedom,” a collaborative project that invites artists from New England to create public works of art that explore Boston’s historical themes and activate select locations on Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail with new theme-based public programming and temporary public art installations.

They will be displayed through Oct. 1. “Assembly” and “Ironsounds” are located at the head of Dry Dock 1 and Gate 1 respectively. “B.O.A.T. (Crane 65) is on display in the Museum’s Education Center.

Visit for more details.

Muskets, men and liberty

Boston National Historical Parks will lead free guided tours “Of Muskets, Men and Liberty” at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 29, meeting at the Bunker Hill Monument.

Visitors will discover why three men from very different backgrounds were fighting for a common cause because of their shared desire for liberty.

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.