Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Art exhibition

The StoveFactory Studios, 523 Medford St., will present its 21st anniversary exhibition from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 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.

‘A Christmas Carol’

The North End Music & Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Charlestown Working Theater present a youth holiday musical production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9 at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.  

Students, ages 7-12, will retell the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his whirlwind adventure on Christmas Eve to discover the true meaning of Christmas. 

Tickets are $15 general admission and can be purchased online at

For more information, send an email to or call 617-227-2270.

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.

There will be a screening of the 1969 classic “Frosty the Snowman” at 4:30 p.m. 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.

Old Ironsides’ tree lighting

The crew of the USS Constitution will mark the start of the holiday season with their traditional tree lighting ceremony at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the Navy Yard.

The ceremony will start following evening colors at sunset and a shot fired from the port saluting battery and culminate in the lighting of the 18-foot tree on the ship’s stern. The tree will be decorated with handmade ornaments created by Charlestown area children.

There will be cookies and hot chocolate, as well as a visit from Santa Claus and his elves. The ceremony will include a performance by the Holiday Victorian Carolers.

Visit or call 617-242-7511 for more information.

Holiday concert

The St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish will host a free holiday concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St.

The Copley Singers and director Brian Jones will return this year with another popular and wide ranging program of familiar carols and anthems in both traditional and new interesting arrangements, both sacred and secular. There will be audience participation in hymns and the singers will mingle with the audience. Peter Stoltzfus Burton will accompany the singers, showcasing the church’s restored Woodberry & Harris organ.

The concert is free with a suggestion of donations to Harvest on Vine Food Pantry.

For more information about the church, visit

Enchanted trolley

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour the Charlestown neighborhood at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 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.

Songs of power

The Bunker Hill Community College Popular Music Ensemble will perform in a free concert from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford St.

This concert examines power through a musical lens. Power shows up in a variety of ways in popular songs, touching on many themes, including politics, personal resilience, spirituality, freedom and love. Music relating to power can uplift, embolden or strike down.

Songs will include Katy Perry’s “Roar,” Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything,” “For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound)” by Stephen Stills, “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty, “Vem Pra Rua,” by Henrique Ruiz Nicolau, “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder and many more.

The program will be in A300 auditorium.

For more information, call 617-228-2093 or visit

Boston Ballet story time

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Christmas craft

A free craft program for kids, ages 6 to 12, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Children can decorate a lighthouse for the holidays. This craft will involve candy and icing and is similar to decorating gingerbread houses. The lighthouses are made out of ice cream cones.

Registration is recommended as space is limited, by calling 617-268-0180.

Holiday ornaments

This holiday season, people can make Christmas ornaments at a craft station at the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now to Dec. 24.

Families can create a weatherproof ornament for the tree on board “Old Ironsides.” Visitors can come to the ship and hang ornaments on the tree when the ship is open for tours. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays.

In addition, they can make their own keepsake ornament, the “anchors aweigh” wood ornament, for $2.

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

Christmas movie

The fourth annual “Polar Express” movie and PJ party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the First Church in Charlestown, 10 Green St.

In the award-winning film based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas.

Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served. There will also be gifts and prizes.

Visit or call 617-242-3693.

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions and recent hurricanes in the South.

All proceeds will be donated – there are no administrative costs. Checks may be made out to Charlestown Lions Club – LCIF and sent to: P.O. Box 290474, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Send an email to for more information.

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

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.

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.

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.