Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Quilt exhibition

In honor of Black History Month, Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying a new exhibit “Call of the Ancestors,” now through Feb. 28 in the Library and Learning Commons E300.

The exhibit hosts richly textured fiber art quilts by local artist and educator Susan Thompson that celebrate the connections between community, spirituality, history and other shared cultural experience.

This free exhibit is open to the public.

Call 617-228-2000 or visit for further information.

Ship model show

“Masters of Miniatures,” the 40th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, will be held from Saturday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, March 22 at the USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard.

More than 50 different ships created by modelers from across New England will be on display. There will be a variety of reproductions of War of 1812 vessels, modern ships and ships-in-bottles. Modelers have masterfully captured the richness of maritime history in miniature.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the prize-winning models from the last five years, partake in family activities including a scavenger hunt, learn how to get a ship into a bottle, observe a model ship restoration every Wednesday, and much more.

Volunteers from the USS Constitution Shipwright Guild will be on hand for visitors to watch them in action and ask questions.

Admission to the museum and exhibit is free with donations welcome.

Further information can be found at

Music for kids

Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children at 10:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Toddlers and preschoolers can sing, move, play instruments and more with staff from Little Groove. Caregivers must accompany children.

Call 617-242-1248 for further information.

Documentary film

The documentary film “Night Fighters” will be screened at 1 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Bunker Hill Community College Chelsea campus.

The film tells the story of the 332nd Fighter Group, Tuskegee Airmen, a group of elite black pilots who distinguished themselves during numerous World War II combat missions, despite the segregation and racism that existed in the U.S. military at the time.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Valentine boutique

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will hold its annual jewelry and boutique show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

More than a dozen selected jewelry and craft artisans from the Boston area will exhibit a diverse collection of handmade and uniquely crafted gifts and accessories that are available for sale, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The show is free and open to the public. On- and off-street parking will be available. Refreshments will be served.

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


Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is hosting an exhibit in honor of Black History Month, now to Feb. 28 in the second floor corridor, E-Building and Library and Learning Commons E300.

This is a special display of books from the BHCC collection that illuminate the history and the future with regards to the intersection of African Diaspora culture and technology, curated by Lena Gluck.

This free exhibit is open to the public.

Call 617-228-2000 or visit for further information.

Winter panto

Resident company imaginary beasts is presenting its annual winter panto, “Paul Bunyan and the Winter of the Blue Snow,” now through Feb. 10 at the Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill St.

In this new production, young Paul Bunyan sets out on his search for the fabled Candy Mountains. An encounter with the Spirit of the Blue Moon introduces him to a crew of misfit companions, including the fabled Babe, the Blue Ox and the trusty dog Niagara. Icy King Zero, determined to diminish Paul’s legend and do away with spring, sets up obstacles for the heroes. Paul and his friends must foil King Zero’s plans, or endure an everlasting winter.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There will also be a show at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $12 for children, ages 12 and under.

Visit or call 617-242-3285 for more information and to purchase tickets.

Tax help

Charlestown Works, 76 Monument St., is hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-635-5221.

Call for artists

The Artists Group of Charlestown is calling for artists for the annual spring art exhibition to be held from April 5 through 7.

The deadline for submissions is March 29.

Send an email to for further information and an application.

Food pantry requests

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of cereal and small bags of rice, two items that empty the shelves fast. Any donation on non-perishable foods would also be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St., The Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St. Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129.

For more information, call 617-990-7314.

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.

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’ winter hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Verbal presentations will be given on the ship and will kick off every 15 minutes. Tours are self-paced and the top three decks are open to the public. USS Constitution crewmembers will be on hand to answer questions and give oral presentations about the ship’s storied past. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free.

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.