Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Maritime festival

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the Lego Maritime Festival during school vacation week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Families can head to the museum to build their own ships with Lego and Duplo bricks.

A pile of colorful bricks can become an aircraft carrier – or USS Constitution. The nautical fun continues with a “Float Your Boat” Lego challenge, “Picture Yourself” Lego selfie masks, a scavenger hunt through the “Masters of Miniature” exhibit and much more.

If your family no longer plays with Lego or Duplo bricks, the museum would welcome donations.

All ages are welcome and admission is by donation.

Groups of more than 10 people should call 617-426-1812, ext. 146 for a reservation.

Visit or call 617-426-1812 for further information.

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.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, visitors can meet the artist at a brunch event in the Library and Learning Commons and enjoy music, good food and conversation with members of the community.

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.

Sea chanteys

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, Feb. 17.

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 for more information.

Puppet show

Caravan Puppets will present “The Four Season Bear” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

This delightful tale follows a year in the life of a young bear with beautiful puppets, memorable songs, storytelling and audience participation. It playfully explores the four seasons with unique hand-carved puppets, staging and live original music.

This free family-friendly program is suitable for children, ages 6 to 12.

Call 617-242-1248 for more details.

Anniversary commemoration

The community is invited to join USS Constitution’s executive officer and crew at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 on the decks of “Old Ironsides” to commemorate the 204th anniversary of the battle with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant.

Admission is free.

Visit for further details.

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, Feb. 20.

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 617-242-1248 for further information.

Book launch

Author Adam Makos will be the guest speaker from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard.

Makos will launch his new book “Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy and a Collision of Lives in World War II.”

In the waning days of World War II, the Third Armored Division led the charge against the Third Reich’s last defenses. Behind the barrel of a Sherman tank, Cpl. Clarence Smoyer had fought through Belgium and the Battle of the Bulge and now his “Spearhead” Division faced the fortress city of Cologne and the ferocious Panzer IV tanks defending it.

Makos and Smoyer will launch the new book and share how two tankers fought each other, then forged a bond years after their battle. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by both Makos and Smoyer. Attendees can enjoy refreshments, meet the author and his inspiration and learn more about this intense and intimate story of war.

Registration is required for this free event; by calling 617-426-1812 or online at

Harlem Renaissance

Core Ensemble will perform “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the A330 Auditorium.

The ensemble will present a special chamber music theater performance celebrating the lives and great African American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McCay, as seen through the eyes of muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The musical score will include works by Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus.

A Q&A with the lead actors and musicians will be held after the performance.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-228-2000.

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 June 14 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 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.

Ship model show

“Masters of Miniatures,” the 40th annual Model Shipwright Guild show, is being held now 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

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 boxes of cereal, beef stew and soup for a hot meal and cans of coffee. 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.