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Letters of John and Abigail
The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, 306 Congress St., will present “Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Timed for Valentine’s Day, the program celebrates historic love with an hour-long performance bringing to life the intimate correspondence between America’s second President John Adams and his wife Abigail and providing a picture of 18th century American life in Boston.
The letters reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted 54 years and withstood historical upheaval, long periods apart and personal tragedies.
Tickets are $39 per person or $69 per couple. Advance ticket purchase is recommended by calling 617-338-1773 or stopping by the museum’s ticket booths. Tickets include a glass of champagne, cider, tea, wine or beer and selections of fruit and cheeses.
Further information can be found at www.bostonteapartyship.com or by calling 617-338-1773.
Drop-in craft workshops
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will host Lunar New Year celebrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.
During the parade families can drop in for free family-friendly activities including Chinese and English calligraphy. Drop-in Lion Dance workshops will be held at 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2 p.m.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.
Chinese New Year parade
Chinatown Main Street will celebrate the New Year of the Pig with a parade and cultural village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 on Beech Street.
Visitors can enjoy lion dances, traditional drumming and firecrackers. The Cultural Village will be held at the China Trade Building at the corner of Washington and Boylston streets with free fun activities including calligraphy, dough characters, origami, balloons and more.
Visit https://cmstreasurer1.wixsite.com/boscms or call 617-350-6303 for more information.
Adams family in Boston
Boston by Foot will offer a guided, walking tour “Adams Family in Boston” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 meeting at the Boston Massacre marker at the Old State House.
This tour will follow the words and history of four generations of Adams from their experiences at the Old State House through Beacon Hill and into Back Bay. John, Abigail and their descendants were prolific writers, and the trove of documents they left behind intimately describes their lives, public service and Boston from the eve of the Revolution to the turn of the 20th century.
The tour is presented in coordination with the Massachusetts Historical Society’s yearlong “Remember Abigail” commemoration. Special emphasis will be placed on Abigail’s words and perspective, even as the tour proceeds through the experiences of her descendants.
Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.
Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345 for more details.
Special school vacation programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, Feb. 18 to 22 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.
The museum will celebrate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday with special family programming. Perhaps most famous for his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Longfellow also wrote a poem just for Old South Meeting House, one of six poems collected in a book published as a fundraiser to Save Old South in 1876.
Families can explore an illustrated timeline of fun facts about Longfellow in Boston history. From Tuesday through Friday they can collect a “Happy Birthday Mr. Longfellow” passport and stamp at the Meeting House, then visit the Paul Revere House to learn more and complete the passport.
All drop-in activities are included in the museum admission. They are free for Boston residents ages 18 and younger and an accompanying adult.
For a daily list of activities, email email@example.com or call 617-482-6439.
Metal sculpture and collage
The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd, will host two new exhibitions, “ Pulp + Process” and Rebecca Welz’s “Inner and Outer Spaces” from Feb. 21 to March 30.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Registration is recommended for this free reception.
“Pulp + Process,” curated by Sam Aldrich, will display a variety of paper-made works ranging from stunning cut paper to charming miniatures. Viewers are invited to discover how the craft of making paper by hand is being carried on by artists today and to see how makers are using the medium to produce a massive variety of forms.
The Spotlight Gallery will feature metal sculpture, collage and more by New York City-based artist Rebecca Welz. She draws inspiration from Japanese design and aesthetics, as well as her experiences of scuba diving in clear, turquoise water.
Admission is free.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will welcome “Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun. Admission is free.
Call 617-807-8176 for further details.
Music, dance and spoken word
On With Living and Learning, in collaboration with The Fort Point Arts Community and Fort Point Theatre Channel, will present “With a Stroke of a Pen” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23 at the FPAC Assemblage at the Envoy Hotel, 70A Sleeper St.
The performance is a contemporary response to the roots and routes of slavery through dance, music and spoken word. Refreshments will be served.
Admission is $10. Seating is limited and can be reserved online at www.eventbrite.com/e/an-owll-collective-project-with-a-stroke-of-a-pen-tickets.
Further information can be found at www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org or by calling 617-750-8900.
Asian American art
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beyond Expectations,” now through March 30.
Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, this exhibit showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity, 75 Federal St., and ABCD: Robert M. Coard Building, 178 Tremont St., are 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.
The BCNC is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and the JVS is open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call ABCD at 617-348-6583 for an appointment.
The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.
Further information can be found at http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during February.
Mother Goose on the Loose for babies and toddlers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.
This interactive story time uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Artsy Afternoons will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. when children, ages 3 and older, can explore culture and art through activities and projects.
At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, kids, ages 2 to 5, can listen to STEAM stories – stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Adults must accompany children. Call 617-807-7186 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 February.
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.