Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District, Seaport neighborhood notes:
New artwork on The Greenway
New artwork has been recently installed on The Greenway by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, featuring works by Mexican American master folk artist Calalina Delgrade-Trurk and British artist Yirka Shonihare.
Artwork will be on display for one-year and will join three others already on display.
Sunday Brunch Jams: DJ WhySham with Brandi Blaze
Mix up your Sunday Brunch at home with a live set featuring two local legends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 30 live on Instagram.
Shamara AKA DJ WhySham, is a visionary, activist, traveler, sister, god-parent and “Your Community DJ.”
Hip-hop artist Brandie Blaze is known for spreading her message of “trap feminism” through her hard hitting bars and dynamic stage presence.
Dance along to these 2019 Boston Music Award nominees while blending their signature juice: The Blaze Special with Side of Sham (view recipe online).
Visit icaboston.org/events for more information.
Spectacle Harbor August fun
Kite Fridays: Receive a free kite (while supplies last) for your family to fly on the highest point in the Harbor. Kites are yours to keep.
Ice Cream Delights: Gourmet Caterers is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays offering a variety of ice creams, drinks, and snacks (Cash/Credit/Debit Cards accepted)
DIY 5K: Bring your sneakers and water and pick up your bib on the Island. Course traces the perimeter trail – follow the signs. Participation is free.
Swimming: Bring bathing gear and enjoy a dip in the ocean.
Island fun is courtesy of Boston Harbor Now and other partners.
How to change careers after 40
Do you feel called to do something more with your life...but are not sure what? Do you want to change careers and feel stuck on what the next steps are? Do you worry about being "too old," or facing ageism in the job market? Do you find yourself torn between sticking with what you do now (and invested years and money to build) and wishing you could start over?
Fiverr's will present the panel discussion “How to Change Careers After 40” from 8 to 8:45 p.m. followed by a Q&A from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, hosted by General Assembly Boston.
Often getting older increases your desire to contribute: as you achieve the goals you had earlier in life, discover what is most meaningful or come face-to-face with the fact that after years of toil you are still unhappy in your current role. Changing careers at 40 or later can be one of the most powerful and rewarding things to do.
Career changers in their forties, fifties and sixties have some of the same challenges as their younger counterparts, but also additional needs, including dealing with societal attitudes towards aging. And older career changers often also have more resources, starting with an expanded network, more work experience and resilience.
As life expectancy increases, it makes sense to do something you love well into old age. This might mean changing careers later in life – whether by choice or because work conditions change.
For more information and registration for this online event via Zoom, visit generalassemb.ly/education/137717.
Seniors’ Chair Yoga
Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 via Zoom.
Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. You will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for you to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance, and move easily through daily activities. You will need an upright chair and your computer or phone for the session.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.
Designing for All: Accessibility, Usability and Inclusion
Design is universal. This makes it important for designers to focus on the impact they have in regards to accessibility, usability and inclusion. Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. Designers are responsible for creating experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people.
In this world of advancing technology where accessibility is critical, there is more to be done to create a better experience for everyone. What else can you do with UX & design to broaden technology’s reach? What are the design solutions you can build into your services and products to make them more consciously inclusive?
Join General Assembly Boston online from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 for a presentation where design experts will discuss how you can make technology more inclusive by designing & building products that level the playing field for all users.
For more information and registration, visit
Freelancing: Discover your lifestyle business mindset
Being freelance means running your own business. And if you're looking to freelance, you're looking to be a business owner. A business that allows you to manage your time and emotional energy is a lifestyle business. And growing your lifestyle business takes getting in touch with your dealbreakers when it comes to work.
General Assembly Boston will host a workshop + Q&A from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, where the founder of ilovecreatives and PeopleMap will teach her philosophy by answering these questions: What’s the difference between a start-up, small business, lifestyle business and side-hustle? What do I want from my business (aside from $)? What is sustainable growth to me? And What are my deal breakers?
Attendees will take away the fundamentals for understanding how to start their lifestyle business and have all the knowledge needed to avoid burnout.
This event will take place on Zoom. For more information and registration, visit
Visual art & writing for teens at ICA
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is hosting a series of visual arts and writing workshops for teens from 4 to 5 p.m. on select Wednesdays through Sept. 30 via Zoom.
Reimagine multimedia art experiences. Make art with recycled and accessible materials. Share ideas rooted in self-expression.
Here is a list of the workshops:
Sept. 2: Intention Setting through Weaving & Needle Work – create affirmation boards that display your personal intentions and manifestations.
Sept. 16: Mind Mapping through 3D – Come with a topic and explorative openness to create a 3-dimensional mind map.
Sept. 30: Narrative Screen Printing with Natural Materials – Using objects found in nature, construct a visual narrative that is exhibited on natural material.
Visit teens.icaboston.org for more information and registration.
Visit Boston National Historical Park sites
Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail. In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.
In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Visit www.bostonusa.com/listings/boston-national-historical-park/11563 for more information.
Greenway fitness season
The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:
11 a.m. to noon – Cardio Dance by TRILLFIT – Aug. 29 (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 – Sept. 14 (Dewey Square Plaza)
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)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – 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.
Seaport Sweat 2020 Virtual and on Seaport Common
Boston’s biggest free workout series, Seaport Sweat will be offering classes on Seaport Common (following COVID guidelines) and virtually @seaportbos on IG Live through Friday, Oct. 2.
Join in as they bring a variety with new fitness classes and new instructors.
5:30 p.m. Broncore Bootcamp with Bron Vonley
6:30 p.m. Flow with Aly Raymer
5:30 p.m. Mat/Barre Fusion with Jenn Azarian
6:30 p.m. Sculpt that sASS with Alanna Perry
6:30 p.m. Lululemon Run Club
5:30 p.m. Kick It by Eliza with Eliza Shirazi (Virtual Only)
6:30 p.m. Vinyasa Yoga with Blair Flynn
5:32 p.m. Zumba with Calvin Braxton
6:30 p.m. Athletic Conditioning with Michael Soares
Noon: Align N’ Flow with Dr. Jess Moy
Sweat for a Cause: Boston Seaport will donate $1 to The Boston Resiliency Fund for every person who RSVPs via Eventbrite for Seaport Sweat throughout the summer.
Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz for more information, including the schedule and the link to Eventbrite.com to Sweat for a Cause.
A&C CraftBoston 2021 applications
Applications for the CraftBoston Spring and Holiday 2021 are being accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 9. The application fee is $10. (One application and one fee for both shows)
Both Craft Boston events are produced by the Society of Arts + Crafts to support and celebrate craft makers and their creativity.
CraftBoston Spring Show Dates: May 14 through May 16; CraftBoston Holiday Show Dates: Dec. 10 through Dec. 12. Both shows will be held at the Cyclorama.
Visit juriedartservices.com and/or societyofcrafts.org for more information and application.
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.
Bike Seaport: Tune Ups
Join Boston Seaport and Seaport TMA every week for complimentary bike tune-ups by Landry’s Bicycles and receive a voucher during the morning sessions for a free bagel and coffee from Better Bagels as a thank you for commuting sustainably.
Morning and afternoon sessions will alternate each week on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., respectively, in Seaport Common through Oct. 30.
Sign up for a free bicycle check-up on Wednesdays and save your slot for a 15-minute appointment at bostonseaport.xyz.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org for more information.
Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt
Boston Harbor Now and their partners present “Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt” running through Oct. 12 in Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston, South Boston and Spectacle Island.
Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. People can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.
To play, visit https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN and/or bostonharbornow.org/Scavenger2020.
Select your hunt, participate as much or as little as you’d like and enter to win a prize.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Old State House/Old South Meeting House museums open
Revolutionary Spaces has reopened the Old State House (206 Washington St.) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) museums following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The museums hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays. The museum shops at both sites will open at a later date.
Timed tickets can be purchased online.
Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March, 2021.
Revolutionary Spaces will continue to offer a variety of online programs, including an upcoming slate of digital content related to Reflecting Attucks.
Revolutionary spaces are available to rent for small private gatherings.
For more information, visit revolutionaryspaces.com or follow them on social media, @RevSpaces.
To learn more about exploring Freedom Trail official historic sites, including what to expect and requirements, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org.
Visit revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
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 an open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters and independent designers displaying and selling art, locally-produced products and more.
Visit www.newenglandopenmarkets.com/greenwayvirtualmarket and/or www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more details.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through 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.
Boston Public Market at Seaport
The Boston Public Market at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 26.
The Market features more than 20 local producers selling an array of products that include farm fresh produce; poultry and eggs; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several “grab-and-go” lunch options.
Visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal for more information.
AFH Social Distance Gallery
Each day Artists for Humanity (100 W 2nd St.) shares an image from their collection – one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – and they hope that this art uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and AFH’s mission.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase the art work.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
Boston Children’s Museum is open
The Boston Children’s Museum has re-opened following health and safety guidelines.
Museum hours: Wednesdays through Sundays with two time slots for visits: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
Most exhibits will be opened with a few exceptions. The Art Lab will be open with familiar and new programs. The Shop at BCM will be open during Museum hours.
TJX $1 Friday night will be back in the future.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor..
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
Follow the Boston Children’s Museum’s social media accounts or check their website at www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour for more information.
BCM’s Big & Little Podcast
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences. This podcast is hosted by Boston Children’s Museum President and CEP Carole Charnow.
Visit bostonchildfrensmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is open
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress St. has re-opened following the safety guidelines.
Tour entries are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Sunday.
Abigail’s is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
The gift shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
ICA is open
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 25 Harbor Shore Drive has reopened following new health and safety protocol and visitor guidelines. Advance time-tickets will be required.
Typical hours – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Thursdays and *Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
*Free Thursdays Night: 5 to 9 p.m.; *First Friday of every month: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no in-person events at the ICA this summer. ICA will continue to host virtual events.
All on-site programs and activities, including group tours, are suspended until further notice.
Current exhibitions will remain on view through the summer with the exception of Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, which is undergoing further safety assessments.
The ICA Watershed will not be open this summer, continuing to be used as a food distribution site.
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” has been postponed until summer 2021.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
ICA Free Thursdays Night
General admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 100 Northern Ave. is free on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.
ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.
Go to icaboston.org/visit for more information.
Voter registration and census surveys at ICA
Leading up to the November 2020 election, the ICA will offer voter registration and census surveys on site during Free Thursday Night and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Voter registration forms will be available through Oct. 13 and census surveys will be available through Oct. 31.
ICA DYI crafts
The Institute of Contemporary Art has DIY craft projects for kids and adults to make together;
Visit icaboston.org for details.
ICA Virtual Harbor Market
ICA’s most popular artisan market moves online to connect people with local makers, with a focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) vendors and creators.
Visit icaboston.org to view and purchase these summer delights.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.
Virtual Revolutionary Spaces
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House have a new website and are offering virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances. Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media.
Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
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.
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.
Bulfinch Crossing projection
From dusk to dawn, the underpass is illuminated by 23 projectors shooting 345,000 lumens out onto the beams of the underpass, mapping out the custom created art produced by highly regarded and Boston based visual artist, Zebbler.
Inspired by a local flower store, Zebbler’s animation titled “City Bloom” grew from a single projection to a building-wide video texture over the course of the last year. With verdant bursts of flowers, vines and branches slowly growing over the concrete underpass of the Government Center Garage, City Bloom is designed to bring an illuminated spark of joy to Boston, with its animation playfully exploring the boundary between a static fine art installation and a VJ performance.
Given the current climate, this installation will be made available as a “drive through” art installation where viewers are encouraged to drive, bike or walk through the underpass to experience this epic art piece in person.
Learn more at www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.
‘New Futures’ exhibition at FPAC
Stop by The Gallery at the Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St. to view the “New Futures” show on display until Friday, Sept. 25.
The theme for this exhibition is Adapting in Crisis; the show explores ideas and speculations of local artists in the Boston area of what the future may hold.
Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays through Saturdays
For more information, visit fortpointarts.org.
‘Know Need’ exhibition
Facing the reality of climate change can bring up so much terror and guilt that the people with the resources to create a solution are informed, but paralyzed. How can people awaken others to these urgent concerns without losing them to hopelessness?
Artist Adrienne Shishko aims to create an energizing reprieve from this darkness; a space that draws people in and asks them to be joyous creators instead of soulless consumers.
Shishko says, “the textiles I use in my sculptures and wall hangings are primarily recycled, gleaned from my community. The sheer volume of material I have access to is harrowing; the clothing industry is a major contributor to physical pollution, and fast fashion is compelling proof of how this insidiously toxic mindset begets overt destruction. The work builds awareness by forcing us to consider what happens after we buy things we don’t need, but it doesn’t punish or shame the audience.
“Instead, it embodies a solution; the pieces are whimsical characters who reclaim and transform trash. Each one alone is expressive and inviting; all together, they make an immersive and evocative world with more room for hope than despair. This exhibition is a way for art to stimulate problem solving in the community. If you’re given permission to laugh when the world is falling apart, you have that much more mental energy to change your own habits. If you have this experience in a public space, like an art gallery, you have the opportunity to connect with people about creative solutions and collective action.”
Shishko’s “Know Need” exhibition will be on view through Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Assemblage Art Space, 70A Sleep St.
For more information, visit www.fortpointarts.org.
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.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. continues to welcome 400 guests a day for emergency refuge services. Since they cannot utilize volunteers at this time, and are relying on extra outside paid services, they are spending an extra $10,000 a day to keep the place up and running.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
BPL To Go and more
The Boston Public Library has launched the new “BPL to Go” program at 22 of the 26 locations.
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.