Here are the latest Waterfront Front - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:
Old North Church suspends operations
At the end of July, The Old North Church suspended its (recently re-opened) on-site programming and reduced staffing to help alleviate the devastating fiscal concerns that the pandemic has created and to ensure the healthy and safety of their staff and visitors. Despite current challenges, they are optimistic for their future.
As they prepare for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their virtual visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.
The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come.
You will find a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site at www.oldnorth.com.
Greenway fitness season
The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Awaken: a Practice by Down Under School of Yoga – Aug. 15 (Dewey Square Lawn)
11 a.m. to noon – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – Aug. 8 and Aug. 29 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
11 a.m. to noon – Sculpt by TRILLFIT – Aug. 15 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
11 a.m. to noon – “Fight the Power” Boxing bootcamp by TRILLFIT – Aug. 22 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – How to Backflip with HUB Parkour – Sept. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – HIIT by Healthworks – through Aug. 31 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – through Sept. 21 (Chin Park)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – BollyX with Tom Hall – Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 (Dewey Square Plaza)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – HIIT by Innercity Weightlifting – Aug. 18 (Dewey Square Lawn)
5:30 to 6:05 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Self-Defense by UFC Gym Boston – Aug. 16 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6 to 7 p.m. – Moonlight Yoga by PEACE IN BOSTON (a monthly Yoga Series on the evening of the full moon) – Sept. 2 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6:20 to 6:55 p.m. – TRAIN by B/SPOKE – through Aug. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – Aug. 26 and Sept. 23 (North End)
Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for more information, including a description of each class and any added or canceled classes throughout the season.
NEMPAC ‘Ask an Expert Series’
NEMPAC is hosting an “Ask an Expert Series” – suitable for ages, 11 to adults –from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on select Thursdays.
Curated and hosted by Heather Gallagher and Alexandra Dietrich, this series will follow a Q & A format with invited experts in a chosen field in the music world, including but not limited to leaders in the arts, designers, performers and composers.
Gallagher and Dietrich will field questions from the community for the panel to answer and discuss. Guests will also share and present work when possible.
Aug. 13 – This is How We Do It: Directors Roundtable
Although all programming is free, a suggested donation for all offerings can be made via Venmo @Nempac-Boston.
Visit https://nempacboston.org/virtual-learning/free-online-programming/ask-an-expert-series for more information, including the Zoom link.
Kanopy Club: ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’
The Boston Public Library invites people to watch the film “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” on Kanopy.com/video/girl-walks-home-alone-night and then join the discussion on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13.
About “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night:” Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire stalking the town’s most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A Zoom invite will be emailed to those who register.
BCYF summer programs and events
Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) is offering a variety of summer classes and programs, including arts and computer activities; recreational, sports and fitness programs; virtual field trips; workshops and more for pre-registered youth and teens following COVID guidelines. There will be no drop-in programs this summer.
These free programs are offered remotely and in person on select weekdays and at various times through Aug. 21.
All participants must bring their own sports equipment and other supplies - where applicable.
Visit boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families/summer-programs-and-events-bcyf for more information, including a schedule and link to register.
Ferry service to Spectacle Island resumes
The public ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park has returned and tickets to Spectacle Island from Long Wharf in downtown Boston can be booked online or picked up at the kiosk (through Oct. 12).
Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline and is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from downtown Boston.
Restrooms, hiking trails, the swimming beach, moorings and the marina will be available for public use while the visitor center will remain closed.
Physical distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place while on the island and onboard the ferries.
Visit bostonharborislands.org for more information.
For the curious mind… '99 Percent Sure: The Web Series'
99 Percent Sure is a video series where people can take a deeper dive into the history, people and events that made Old North the legendary historic site as it is known and loved. Watch Season 1 as Old North’s Education Manager and intrepid public historian TJ Todd explores some of the most frequently asked question and shares some of his favorite stories and facts about Old North. History and research can be tricky business, but they’re 99 Percent Sure that everything shared in this series is true.
Episode 1: Who Held the Lanterns In The Steeple Of Old North?
Episode 2: Interpreting Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride”
Episode 3: Who Built Old North?
Episode 4: Is That Original?
Episode 5: The Curious Case of General Gage
Episode 6: The History of Old North’s Crypt
Episode 7: The Atlantic Logwood Trade
Dive in at oldnorth.com or check out the episodes on YouTube.
Free Bluebikes passes for essential workers
To assist re-opening efforts, the City of Boston is offering free Bluebikes passes to help people get to work at hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies, or at restaurants and retail establishments in Boston (and other nearby areas) through Sept. 30.
Visit www.boston.gov/news/free-bluebikes-passes-essential-workers for more information, including pass applications.
Discover Girl Scouts
All girls entering Kindergarten through third grade in the fall and their caregivers are invited to learn about the Girl Scouts. Join a group from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on any Saturday through Aug. 29 to experience the fun first-hand and get some information on Girl Scouts, including about volunteer opportunities. Girls will be able to take part in a Girl Scout activity.
Register at https://form.jotform.com/201546527923154 to save a spot. A Zoom link plus any supplies needed will be sent via email.
Through Girl Scouts, girls can be the new leaders of tomorrow. They can try new things, learn about the outdoors, change the world, experiment with STEM and find out how be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader).
For more info on Girl Scouts visit:
NEMPAC Opera from the Balcony returns
The North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) will continue “Opera from the Balcony” a socially distanced concert series in collaboration with Tresca, from 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Saturdays.
Come and listen in person (wearing a mask) or online on NEMPAC’s Facebook Live stream.
Visit www.nempacboston.org for more information, including schedule.
Early literacy playgroup (on Zoom)
Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 years old and younger (although older siblings are welcome as well), to join Boston Public Library for an interactive program that includes playtime, conversation, and early literacy information from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Aug. 31 on Zoom.
Visit www.bpl.org/events for more information, including required registration. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 25 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Welcome to BOSPUBLIA: A live animal crossing twitch stream
For many across the globe, Nintendo's adorable Animal Crossing island simulation has been a welcome respite from the daily doldrums of lives spent mostly walled-in due to current events. Now, thanks to an elite team of BPL Youth Librarian staff armed with both Switches and Twitches, the library will see new life on its very own Animal Crossing island--known to visitors as BOSPUBLIA, and most importantly, free to all.
Join the group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 11 on BPL’s Teen Services Twitch channel (twitch.tv/BPLts) to inspect, inquire, invest, and invent with them as they build new, thriving versions of their own temporarily-closed libraries in this charming, family-friendly online space. You can drop in anytime to chat with them Live using only Twitch, but if you’d like to play alongside them and own the game yourself, drop them a line in their Discord by emailing VirtualTeenRoom@bpl.org and they can set you up with a Dodo Code.
Jackbox Party Gaming for Teens on Twitch
Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the BPL Teen Librarians for Jackbox Party Gaming on Twitch from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 2 in the Virtual Teen Room.
They’ll host a series of wacky, irreverent online games, all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.
Visit bpl.org/events for more details, including registration.
Facebook Live: Story and a craft
What will people create today? Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Breakdancing workshop for youth
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join the Boston Public Library from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 28 for breakdancing led by Oliver Arias, a member of the Floorlord - the longest-running hip hop dance troupe in the US.
Each week people will learn new dance moves which will get difficult as the weeks move on. No previous dancing experience required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. A link to the Zoom meeting and password will be sent via email on the day of the program.
Taste of the North End: Virtual Chef’s Table
Boston’s North End is well known for its delicious Italian cuisine. Now, for the first time, Taste of the North End is offering people a first-hand look into the process of creating some of the North End’s best dishes during the Taste of the North End festival, which will be held virtually from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9 via Zoom.
Hosted by a celebrity guest, folks can tune into the live event to watch phenomenal local chefs cook some of their favorite recipes. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the cooking demonstration. To commemorate the night, ticket purchases will include Taste of the North End memorabilia.
The evening will benefit several local programs, including North End Waterfront Health, the Eliot School, St. John School, North End Against Drugs, North End Athletic Association and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.
Due to the immense challenges the longstanding restaurant partners have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of this year’s ticket, raffle and auction proceeds will support North End’s local restaurateurs as they safely reopen, covering critical costs including bringing staff back to work, PPE and cleaning supplies.
View totne.org for more information, including tickets.
Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House (and gift shop), 19 North Square will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays following health and safety guidelines.
To stay up-to-date on all things Revere, check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.
Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.
Join the Old North Church and their Society of Unsung Heroes for their new digital game, Two if By Sea: The Case of the Lantern Holders, and help them get to the bottom of a centuries old history whodunnit!
Dive in to investigate the famous events of April 18, 1775 and assess persons of interest, review case files, “case the joint,” and examine primary and secondary sources to help discover exactly who held the two lanterns in their steeple that launched the American Revolution.
Designed for anyone who loves history and the satisfaction of solving a twisty mystery, Two if By Sea is a fun and dramatic brain-teaser of a game suitable for all ages.
The cost to play is $5 and all proceeds support their continued educational and digital programming. Buy and play at oldnorth.com/games.
Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series
The Labyrinth Walking Introductory Wellness series will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month via Zoom to introduce the benefits of walking the Labyrinth to one’s health and well-being. You will be invited to walk the labyrinth at the Park on your own as an active walking meditation experience.
Each 45-minuite sessions includes a presentation, a Guided Mindfulness/Breath Meditation and time for Q&A.
Aug. 22: Labyrinth Walking: Connection Between Movement and Wisdom
This program is held in collaboration with the Greenway Fitness Program. You will be invited to walk the labyrinth at the Park on your own as an active walking meditation experience.
Visit www.AmenianHeritagePark.org to pre-register for one or more sessions.
‘Our Harbor, Our Home: A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands’
Boston Harbor Now presents “Our Harbor, Our Home: A Celebration of Our Waterfront and Islands” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. This unique virtual experience will treat guests to an exciting program highlighting the work of Boston Harbor Now.
Sponsors will enjoy a gourmet meal delivered to their home the day of the event along with a curated gift bag. Kick off the evening in their VIP cocktail reception with opportunities for networking and connection; then head to their virtual program complete with inspiring stories about their work, a special tribute to The Nolan Family (Boston Harbor Cruises), and a lively musical performance from Veronica Robles and her All Female Mariachi Band!
Sponsors and ticket buyers enjoy a delicious meal delivered* to your home the day of the event by their friends at Max’s catering.
- Orange Ginger Turmeric Marinated Sea Bass, Green Olive Lemon Salsa
- Pink Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Parsley
- Roasted Cabbage Steak, Crispy Chickpeas, Toasted Garlic Sauce
Each meal includes the following:
- Burrata & Arugula Salad
- Iggy’s Dinner Rolls
- Grilled Fingerling Potatoes and Shaved Cauliflower with Fennel and Roasted Beets
- Red Velvet Cake Pops
Funds raised through “Our Harbor, Our Home” allow Boston Harbor Now to offer free and low cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and support Boston’s working port.
* Meal delivery is for Greater Boston area residents. Other residents should contact Meredith Lynch, Manager of Special Events, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-223-5401for alternative information.
For Tickets: Purchase Sponsorships and/or Purchase Single Tickets
Visit bostonharborislands.org/ourharborourhome for more information.
New England Aquarium/Simons Theatre is open
The New England Aquarium has re-opened following safety guidelines and a timed-ticketing system for all visitors, including members and children under three.
Come in and meet the animals and explore the exhibits.
Now showing at the newly renovated Simons Theatre is “Backyard Wilderness” and “Great White Shark.”
The summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sept. 2, at which time they will transition to their fall/winter hours.
The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities.
Visit neaq.org for more information, including a video walk-through of what to expect and tips for a safe visit.
Free summer ‘grab-and-go’ meals for children and adults
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” meals for Boston residents (adults and children) in need. No ID required.
Visit www.boston.gov and/or www.bostonpublicschools.org for a list of meal sites. There will also be a list of food pantries and soup kitchens.
Phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com with questions or concerns or for other information.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit
“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculpture by internationally-renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.
The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.
Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe social distancing).
More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.leopoldgallery.com.
Greenway Open Market
The Greenway Open Market, operated by New England Open Markets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays (and the first and third Sundays of the month) through Oct. 31 at the Rings Fountain on The Greenway.
The Greenway Open Market is a vibrant open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers displaying and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and more.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
When the summer fun is heating up, cool off in one of the iconic water fountains while exploring the 1.5 miles of Greenway. All the Greenway fountains – North Canal Fountain, South Canal Fountain, Split Dodecahedron Sculpture, Labyrinth Fountain, Rings Fountain, Harbor Fog Sculpture, and Chinatown Stream – will be turned on from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday following COVID guidelines.
You can also download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
At-home activities in music, theatre, dance
The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has a host of music, dance and theatre activities, the NEMPAC Faculty Playlist and a list of resources for families to enjoy.
Visit nempacboston.org for more information, including the links.
Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their You Tube, website and social media you can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages.
Here are a few video suggestions:
- Watch “Haul Away Together” and sing a sea shanty with them;
- Make your own lobster craft when you watch the “Lobster Fun” video;
- Watch “this Dolphin is Bananas” and turn a regular banana into lots of fun;
- Hear the story of a special fish with “Shine Like a Rainbow Fish” video.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information, including links to these fun videos.
New England Aquarium – Virtual tours, videos and activities
The New England Aquarium invites you to join them for live presentations from aquarists, behind-the-scenes looks at the Aquarium, and fun activities to try from home. New videos will be updated daily at 11 a.m.
Support the Mission Forward Fund to keep their mission going (Donation link is on website).
Follow the Aquarium on all of their social media channels and remember to wash your fins:
BPL To Go expands again
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program. The pilot program included Central Library in Copley Square along with Codman Square, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan branches.
BPL has since added Brighton, Charlestown, Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Lower Mills, Parker Hill, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury branches. The two new branches added to the mix are North End and West End.
Using the library website, phone line or the “BPL to Go” iPhone app, patrons will be able to “order” (place a hold on) items such as books, DVDs, and CDs and pick them up at the library. BPL has “Printing to Go” as well.
All branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital events and online resources.
Visit bpl.org/takeout to learn more.
Augmented Reality (AR) Public Art on the Greenway
The Greenway Conservancy has launched a new at-home augmented reality (AR) public art installation that allows anyone to explore contemporary art and historic images of the Greenway without leaving their homes through the Hoverlay app.
Each week, new content will be released that shows the growth and change along the Greenway throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
This new virtual experience builds off of the Greenway’s exhibit last summer that featured 16 locations along the park where you could hold up your phone to see historical images from that spot. That exhibit is still on display and people are encouraged to visit the sites.
Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor At Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harbor At Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.
NBSS offers hands-on activities
The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.
Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.
Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.
Craft activities for kids’ are also available.
Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.
Boston Public Pop-Up Outdoor Market
The Boston Public Market’s Outdoor Market is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover St. by Haymarket Station. Check for updates via Instagram each of those mornings.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service,
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including links to these options.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Tuesday, Nov. 17.
This outdoor farmers market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.
Dewey Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.