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The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host its annual holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Visitors can welcome winter with performances by local glass harmonica artist Vera Meyer and musicians from the New England Conservatory, try their hand at using a quill pen, make holiday crafts and more.
This free public event is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.osmh.org for further details.
Arts and crafts fair
The Society of Arts and Crafts will host a Holiday Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 100 Pier 4 Blvd.
The community is invited to shop for handmade gifts, check out the latest wares from local artists and get in the winter spirit during this weekend long event.
There will be visits from local artists scheduled, as well as some live demonstrations and refreshments. Members will receive 20 percent off purchases. Donuts and cider will be available for snacking.
Admission is free. Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for further information.
‘A Christmas Carol’
The Omni Parker House, 60 School St., will host a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performance.
When Dickens visited Boston on his 1867 tour, he stayed at the Omni Parker House where he also did his first American reading of this classic tale.
Actor Al LePage will read from Dickens’ historic script, creating all 26 characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, Marley’s Ghost to Mrs. Cratchit, as well as providing the sound effects, just as Dickens did. Warm spiced cider and Parker House mince tarts will be served.
This performance is best suited for children, ages 10 and older.
Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Call 617-227-8600 or visit www.dickenschristmascarol.net for more information.
Holiday in Chinatown
The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour Chinatown at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Chinatown Gate, Harrison Avenue and Beach Street.
Neighbors can enjoy an afternoon with Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa and his elves. Festivities will include the tree lighting, pictures with Santa, singing, dancing, refreshments, gifts and games for the children.
Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host a conversation about improvements to Boston streets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
LivableStreets, the driving force behind bettering Boston’s streets, will host an evening of conversation and creative solutions and look at innovative ideas about how residents, officials and thought-leaders locally and globally are working to improve transportation.
LivableStreets envisions a world where streets are safe, vibrant public spaces that connect people to the places where they live, work and play.
General admission is $15, free for Livable Streets and Old South Meeting House members.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for further details.
The National Center of Afro-American Artists will present “The Black Nativity” at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. from Dec. 7 through Dec.23, at the Paramount Theatre, 44 Charles St.
The performance tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance, based on the Gospel of St. Luke and combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes. Boston’s production is the longest running performance in the world of Harlem Renaissance poet Hughes’ song-play.
Further information can be found at www.blacknativity.org or by calling 617-824-8400.
Santa Speedo run
The 19th annual Santa Speedo run will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Registration and libations will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The run will start and end at Lir Tavern and Whiskey’s at the corner of Gloucester and Boylston streets.
Participants must be 21 or older. Runners are encouraged to wear Speedo-like bathing suits and bikinis in holiday colors, Santa hats, beards and other holiday flair. Musical entertainment will be provided.
A post-run party will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Registration is $30. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Play Ball Foundation, an organization that provides Boston middle school students with a chance to play and build friendships and character through the lessons of sport.
Further information can be found at www.ssrunners.org.
Local author to visit
Author Vincent Lee will be the guest of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Lee’s second book is “The Tamago Stories,” a collection of eight riveting, contemporary Asian American short stories spanning a multitude of genres from crime-action to family drama, legal and medical situations, romance comedy and even sci-fi. The Asian American characters are a blend of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Thai to show Asian American intersectionality in storytelling.
Though there will be a small number of books on hand, it is recommended that attendees buy “The Tamago Stories” or Lee’s first novel, “The Purple Heart” beforehand for it to be signed.
Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.
Tea party reenactment
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will present the 245th anniversary reenactment of the Boston Tea Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. This is a rain, snow or shine event.
Re-enactors from across New England will tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the events of Dec. 16, 1773. The program will begin with the meeting at the Old South Meeting House, followed by a procession to Boston Harbor and ending with a reenactment of the destruction of the tea into Boston Harbor.
Visitors will join in with Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Dr. Joseph Warren and other members of the Sons of Liberty as they debate with the Loyalists in an attempt to resolve the crisis. Then they will proceed to Griffin’s Wharf, led by fife and drums, where the Sons of Liberty will storm aboard the brig Beaver and spill the tea into the harbor.
The fully narrated program is suitable for school-age children and older.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for members and include seating at the Old South Meeting House and access to the reserved viewing area along the HarborWalk. Early purchase of tickets is advised, as space is limited. The Tea Party aspect of the evening is free and open to the general public.
Proceeds will support the preservation of the Old South Meeting House.
Purchase tickets online at www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org.
Portraits of dementia
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia,” photographs by Joe Wallace, now through Friday, Dec. 21.
In 2018, 50 million people are living with dementia globally.
In the U.S, one in three seniors suffered from Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. Despite the millions of individuals and families who are affected, dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse, with the individual often segregated from society.
Wallace’s portraits reflect the cross-section of races and ethnicities affected. As a nation of immigrants, so many have struggled and suffered to leave behind one community and embrace a new one and this work honors their legacy and highlights a lifetime of experience.
Admission is free. Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.
Ceramic works on display
The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is welcoming two new exhibits, “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now” and “Our Cups Runneth Over,” the sixth biennial Ceramic Cup exhibition and sale. Both exhibitions will be on view through Feb. 17.
“Adorning Boston and Beyond” features the contemporary artistic heirs of seminal artists working in and around Boston from the mid 20th century. Artists such as Alexander Calder and Margaret De Patta established the Northeast as a hub of innovation and creativity in studio jewelry.
Contemporary artists who have lived, worked and been educated primarily in Boston continue this thread of innovation in contemporary studio jewelry that focuses on one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that emphasize creative and expression and design, making the genre ideal for experimentation in form, material and concept. Over 30 artists, working throughout mediums will be on view.
“Our Cups Runneth Over” explores the notion of a cup as more than a vessel. The sixth iteration of this biennial Society exhibition, with guest curator Mary Barringer, gives audiences the opportunity to expand upon their understandings of these objects that serve a function in their daily lives.
Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how they define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role. Cups as well as representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 25 artists will be showcased and sold during this special exhibition which has come to be a destination for collectors.
Admission is free.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through December.
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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org 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 www.fortpointarts.org for more information.