Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Poetry evening

Charlestown’s own Bobby Powers will be the guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Powers will read from his book “Charlestown: A Cornerstone of America.” His first collection of poems celebrates Charlestown’s proud history, its way of life and the memorable personalities past and present, all of which make this “Cornerstone of America” into one of Boston’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-242-1248.

Devotion and sacrifice

The USS Constitution Museum, 88 Constitution Road, will welcome best-selling author Adam Makos from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Makos will tell the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lt. Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white, well-to-do New Englander, Hudner passed up Harvard University to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Brown became the Navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.

During his talk, Makos will read an excerpt from his book, “Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice.” A reception and book signing will follow.

For further information, call 617-426-1812 or visit

Open studios

The Artists Group of Charlestown will host the annual Open Studios event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

More than 25 artists will welcome visitors into their studios and exhibit spaces to talk about the creative processes and show their work, which will include photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and stained glass in three floors of open studio Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-241-0130 or visit

Art exhibition

The StoveFactory Studios, 523 Medford St., will present the 21st anniversary exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9.

A closing reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible.

Call 617-241-0130 or visit for more details.

Enchanted trolley

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the Charlestown neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at Thompson Square.

A visitor from the North Pole and his reindeer, snowmen and gingerbread people will bring holiday cheer and light the Christmas tree at the square. Festivities will include carolers, refreshments, prizes and games for the children.

Call 617-635-3549 for more information.

Charlestown stroll

The annual Charlestown holiday stroll and festival of trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Training Field.

Kids will have fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Winter Wonderland with Santa’s Village and a visit from St. Nick himself.

Local vendors and nonprofit organizations will sell unique gifts for all the holiday shipping. There will be an art show at StoveFactory Gallery on Medford Street, food specials, face painting, children’s art activities, carolers, a kids’ holiday train ride and prizes. DJ Karson Tager of Mix 104.1 will provide holiday music.

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a screening of the 1969 classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Attendees can bring blankets and snacks for an evening under the stars watching a childhood favorite.

All around Charlestown, businesses and restaurants will offer special deals and discounts, treats, giveaways and prizes.

Visit for more details.

Photography series

Internationally renowned artist Judy Gelles has documented the stories of more than 300 fourth grade students from around the world in her photography series, “The Fourth Grade Project,” now on display through Jan. 3 at the RSM Art Gallery, 80 City Square.

The exhibition is a diverse selection of 20 images captured from schools in South Africa, China, England and Italy and is paired with wire and clay sculptures created by Charlestown fourth grade students from the Harvard-Kent and Warren-Prescott Schools. The project reveals common human experiences such as family dynamics, career dreams, medical care, violence, immigration and hunger.

The work can be seen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Proceeds from the exhibition fund the RSM Boston Foundation that provides education, healthcare, housing and food assistance for youth.

Further information can be found at

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 or call 617-242-5601 for more details.

Revolutionary moments

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 trans-cultural 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 for more information.

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 For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit

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.