Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Navy Yard, then and now

In honor of Boston Preservation Month, the Boston Landmarks Commission will host the National Park Service in a free lecture, “Charlestown Navy Yard: Then and Now,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Charlestown Navy Yard, 114 16th St.

A park ranger will explore how this historic area has adapted to the changing needs of the community, from the landing site of the British Army during the Battle of Bunker Hill, then as a naval facility building warships for the navy, to its current mixed-use area with a hospital, residences and the National Park Service.

Call 617-242-5688 or email for more information.

Friend of the Year tribute

The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library will honor Gerard F. Doherty as “Friend of the Year” in a free tribute and reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 at the library, 179 Main St.

Doherty is a political advisor and author of “They Were My Friends – Jack, Bob and Ted: My Life In and Out of Politics.”

The son of a Boston firefighter and lifelong resident of Charlestown, Doherty may be the only man to work with all three Kennedy brothers. His political advocacy work involved him in some of the most influential moments of their political careers, on both a local and national level.

His book tells the story of his unlikely rise to the top of Massachusetts political leadership and how he became the man behind the Kennedy political machine. He will also share accounts of his work with Presidents Johnson and Carter.

In the course of the evening, tenor Wes Hunter will serenade the audience.

The Friends’ annual meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. prior to the presentation and reception.

For more details, visit or call 617-242-1248.

Preservation of USS Constitution

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, will welcome historian Margherita Desy from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 as part of Boston Preservation Month activities.

Desy, a historian with the USS Constitution, will host a tour of the 1847, Alexander Parris-designed carpenters’ and riggers’ shops. Visitors will get a sneak peek of on-going preservation work for “Old Ironsides” with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston restoration facility in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

This tour requires participants to be able to climb steep and long flights of stairs in and out of the dry dock. It is not recommended for children younger than age 10. Closed-toe shoes are a must.

Reservations are required as space is limited.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Celebrating historic Charlestown

The Charlestown Preservation Society will host a party and fundraiser from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Memorial Hall, 14 Green St.

Memorial Hall has been awarded multiple grants that will go toward restoring the building to its 1888 grandeur and making the building and community space accessible to everyone. Over $729,000 towards the $1,750,000 goal has been raised.

The community is invited to join in celebration with a ‘shingle-shucking’ construction kick-off ceremony with local dignitaries from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

They can then continue the celebration and help the society raise funds towards the goal with a Fundraiser Dinner Party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. featuring a three-course dinner and a cash bar.

Tickets are $75.

Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Marines in action

The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 on the great lawn by the flagpole in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Visitors will witness the pageantry of early 19th century militia life with the re-enactment group the 1812 Marine Guard, an all-volunteer division of Historic Marine Education. They will see the cannon and musket firings learn some of the trades and drills practiced by the uniformed Marines.

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

Private house and walking tour

A private house and walking tour in historic Charlestown will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Participants will meet inside the National Park Service visitor center adjacent to Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square.

The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art will host a walking tour of this historic area. Walkers will explore beautifully decorated interiors of 19th and early 20th century houses that retain fine architectural details. The tour will be confined to the areas of Monument, Harvard (at Town Hill) and Winthrop Squares.

The group will be led by Eric Inman Daum, AIA, who sits on the board of the New England Chapter of Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

He has taught design at the Boston Architectural College, lectures frequently on contemporary architecture in Boston and is an advocate for the city’s rich architectural heritage.

Tickets are $70 for members and $80 for the general public. The tour cost includes lunch at the Warren Tavern.

There will also be a reception from 4 to 5 p.m.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit

Watercolor workshops

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will offer free watercolor workshops from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, now through May 21.

Attendees will learn the basics of watercolor painting in this weekly series of workshops for adults with artist Juleen Jones. The classes will cover an introduction to watercolors; flowers, leaves and trees; skies and clouds; introduction to landscapes; and seascapes, beaches and boats.

Space is limited; groups cannot be accommodated. To register and for more details, call 617-242-1248.

Cambodian ceramics

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “One Artist’s Journey: Reclaiming the Lost Tradition of Cambodian Ceramics,” works by Yary Livan, now through June 30 at the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Livan is a surviving master of traditional Cambodian ceramics and kiln building, which date back to the sixth century.

His work draws on a rich heritage including influences from ancient imperial Khmer kiln sites such as Angkor Wat, and incorporates traditional Cambodian imagery and relief carving. His ceramic pieces are highly regarded for their historical integrity and artistic merit and have been displayed in exhibits throughout the U.S. and Cambodia.

Livan is recognized as one of only three master ceramists to have survived the genocide of the Pol Pot regime, and is the only one known to be living in the United States.

He has led numerous workshops, completed a three-year residency with Harvard University and taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. As a NEA National Heritage Fellow, he continues to teach and exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally. .

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

Independence Day lottery

The Commanding Officer and crew of USS Constitution invite the community to enter into the annual Independence Day Underway lottery for a unique opportunity to go aboard America’s Ship of State as she goes out into Boston Harbor on July 4.

Entries must be received by midnight, May 15 and the drawing is scheduled for June 3.

The 150 lottery winners will engage with active-duty sailors throughout the turnaround cruise to gain an understanding of the Navy’s enduring mission, learn of Constitution’s historic legacy and enjoy one of America’s finest cities from the sea. Each winner is allowed up to one additional guest.

All passengers must be at least 8 years of age and be physically able to travel up and down steep ladder wells and stand for prolonged periods of time exposed to the environment, rain or shine. Attendees, age 18 and older, must possess a state or federally issued ID.

Lottery entries are limited to one per household. Visit for further details.

Ironsides’ summer hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays.

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. While aboard, guests may walk the ship at their own pace and ask questions of the ship’s active duty Navy sailors.

Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free.

All guests, age 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal photo I.D. or a passport to board the ship.

For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit information.

 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 through 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, Chandler 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. on Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more information.

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.

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.