Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
Fall art exhibit
The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will host the annual fall art exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.
The fall art exhibition is open to all artists submitting recent work in two and three dimensions. Work will be available for purchase.
Call 617-241-0130 or visit www.artistsgroupofcharlestown.com for more details.
The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host the drag queen story hour from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Drag queen story hour is a program for children, ages 3 – 8, that raises awareness of gender diversity, promotes self-acceptance and builds empathy through an enjoyable literary experience. This program will be led by local Boston drag queens who will sing songs, read picture books and engage in a craft activity.
Admission is free. Call 617-242-1248 or visit www.bpl.org for more information.
Photographs of Puerto Rico
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Vive! Enduring Tradition, Photographs of Puerto Rico” by Marilyn Rodriquez now through Oct. 15 in the Culinary Arts Dining Room, 4th Floor E Building.
Visitors are invited to explore this display of contemporary images of the island that capture its rich architecture, street culture and monuments.
Admission is free.
Further information can be found at www.bhcc.mass.edu or by calling 617-228-2093.
An exhibit of books in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month is on display now through Oct. 15 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., E Building, second floor.
The display will feature works of literature, art, history and Latino culture.
Call 617-228-2093 or visit www.bhcc.mass.edu for more information.
Famous women of Charlestown
The Charlestown Historical Society will host a free program on Charlestown’s famous women from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Education Room of the Bunker Hill Museum, 43 Monument Sq.
Most residents know the famous men who lived in Charlestown, such as Prescott, Putnam and Warren who led the solders at Bunker Hill, as well as famous statesmen such as Samuel Dexter who served as Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury and lived at what is now Memorial Hall.
Less well known are the famous women of Charlestown, such as the woman who raised more than $30,000 to finish the Bunker Hill Monument. As locals walk by the old elementary school re-named the Colbert Apartments, do they wonder just who is Mary Colbert?
Maria D’Itria and Mary Rudder will present these and other stories of many famous Charlestown women. The children at Harvard-Kent School researched these women and helped develop their stories.
Further information is available at www.charlestownhistoricalsociety.org or by calling 617-241-8377.
Choral group looking for singers
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will launch a new Choral Union at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Room A300.
All students, faculty, staff and community members, ages 16 and older are welcome. No advance registration is needed, just come to the first rehearsal on Oct. 16. Rehearsals will be weekly on Tuesday evenings. The chorus will share their work at a concert on campus and at community engagement events locally.
For more information, email Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-228-2247.
Chamber night out
The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce will host the Chamber Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.18 at Cut-Splice Salon, 700 Flagship Way.
The community is invited to meet business partners, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and discuss how to make Charlestown stronger for business.
Further information can be found at www.charlestownmachamber.org.
Marines in action
The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 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.
This is the final presentation of the 2018 season.
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 maritime songs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.
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.
The USS Constitution Museum will hold its annual chairman’s dinner and award ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Ave.
This fundraising evening will celebrate “Old Ironsides” with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner and live auction at 7 p.m.
The museum will honor Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of the Third District, the first woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress in 25 years, and Dr. Gary P. Kearney, for his dedicated leadership as vice chairman of the board and a trustee for more than 12 years. Festivities will also include dancing and a silent auction.
The dinner is the museum’s premier fundraiser. This year will also celebrate USS Constitution’s 221st birthday. Proceeds from the evening support the museum’s educational outreach and innovative STEM-based programs.
Reservations are required. For reservations and further information, visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or call 617-426-1812, ext. 167.
The painted world
“Expresiones! The Painted World,” art by Zach Castro, is on display at the Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Library and Learning Commons, E Building, third floor.
The exhibit invites viewers to navigate through these vibrant, ecological and dream-like landscapes of the natural world to discover the artist’s vision of the power and beauty of the planet, both real and imagined.
Visit www.bhcc.mass.edu or call 617-228-2093 for more details.
Bunker Hill history
The community is invited to free talks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Bunker Hill Monument, 43 Monument Square.
Participants will learn about the experiences of soldiers on both sides of the first real battle of the War for Independence. Although the battle was a loss for the colonists, the high number of casualties on the British side, including a significant portion of the officer corps, demonstrated that inexperienced militia could stand up to the regular army, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the British from Boston.
Visit www.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242-5601 for more details.
Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “Revolutionary Moments: Art, the Word and Social Action,” works by Robin M. Chandler, now to Jan. 10 at the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.
For the last decade Dr. Chandler has experimented with multimedia applications and digital technology to explore studio production and 2 and 3-D projects.
As a collage artist, she uses sketches, hand cut ‘drawings’, photographs, digitized images and handmade papers to construct traditional and digital collage works, some large scale. She has produced several “series” with seven or nine works in each series such as “The Seven Valleys,” a meditation on spiritual journeying produced in France in 2009, the “Peace Series,” a set of nine collages that demonstrated humanity’s evolution in the stages of peace and war, and the “Stone Tablets” series.
Her themes cover broad global issues of peace making, the meaning of freedom and transcultural heritage and identity.
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 www.bhcc.mass.edu for more information.
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 www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.
Ironsides’ fall hours
The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.
The 30-minute tours will be narrated by one of the Constitution’s active-duty sailors and consist of four stations through the ship’s top three decks.
One of the programs available is the “Constitution Experience,” where participants can watch the morning colors ceremony from Pier One and then board the vessel for a tour and subsequent visit to the nearby museum.
Reservations are required for this program, which is held at Pier 1 at 7:40 a.m. To reserve a spot, send an email to email@example.com. For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution.
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.