Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
‘The Tea Things of Thomas Jefferson & George Washington’
Tea was the polite social beverage of 18th century. Owning the expensive commodity was a mark of status and drinking it came with expected customs, manners, and specific equipment. From pots to cups, to mote spoons and more, these items were as practical as they were beautiful, and often became treasured items and family heirlooms.
Join Tea Master Bruce Richardson and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum online from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 as they share anecdotes and information about tea customs, tea wares and tea drinking, with a special look at some tea-related historical artifacts of such notable names as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Visit https://virtual.bostonteapartyship.com/collections/tea-talks/products/september-19-2020-tea-accouterments-etiquette-artifacts for more information and Zoom registration ($15.00).
Design Night LIVE
Join Design Museum from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 for Design Night LIVE,
a night filled with inspiring company, hands-on demonstrations and prizes.
Design Night LIVE will feature design sketches, games, familiar faces, a silent auction and more. During this interactive virtual event, attendees will come together to celebrate design, community and innovation.
The hosts will be sharing the vision and impact of Design Museum Everywhere and hearing from designers from around the world about the designs they can’t live without.
Visit https://designmuseumfoundation.org/event/designnightlive for more information and registration. Registrants will receive ZOOM login information to join 24 hours before the live stream virtual event.
Shofar/tashlich family ceremonies
Join Chabad of Downtown Boston and get into the High Holiday spirit and celebrate with a brief Rosh Hashanah family-friendly celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20. Services are open to all and are free of charge.
All services will be held outdoors following all MA health guidelines as follows:
9:30-10 a.m. – Shofar ceremony at Copley Place (on the stairs of the Boston Public Library)
The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and brief holiday inspiration.
5:30-6 p.m. – Shofar and Tashlich ceremony at the Public Garden (at the swan boat dock)
The short ceremony includes shofar blowing, pre-packaged Rosh Hashanah treats for children and tashlich ceremony, when people symbolically throw their mistakes in the water.
Reservation appreciated (but not required).
Visit www.chabaddowntownboston.org for more information.
‘Immigrants at Work: Stories of First-Generation Americans’
Join General Assembly Boston from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 for a panel discussion with entrepreneurial leaders who are representing a cross-section of the underserved immigrant population in New York and beyond. They’ll discuss the trials and triumphs of these individuals, their methods of breaking past barriers and what it means to represent yourself and your culture in today’s hottest industries.
Visit generalassemb.ly/education/immigrants-at-work-stories-of-first-generation-americans /boston/146565 for more information and registration.
Social economic justice panel conversation
The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) hosts the Race and Architecture series from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
Join this moderated discussion around creating change and advocating for more equitable policies for the future on Sept. 22. Continue learning about the racial inequities perpetuating our society and profession, and put action behind renewed commitments to change.
As architects, we must understand the role we play in perpetuating systems of oppression and commit ourselves to designing and building for racial justice and equity. Understanding where past biases and motivations stem from before taking new actions will help us to shape future policies and create structural changes in our profession, our communities, and our society.
Visit architects.org/events/210762/2020/09/22/race-and-architecture for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Reflecting Attucks’ digital events
Revolutionary Spaces will host a slate of digital events related to Reflecting Attucks, a virtual exhibit that explores the memory of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to die at the Boston Massacre - an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution.
They will delve into Attucks’s world and look at how generations of Americans have seen their own reflection in the image of Attucks standing in the face of fierce opposition. By remembering him as a martyr, leader and courageous fighter, they fueled freedom movements that changed the course of history.
Panel discussions will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 20 on Zoom as follows:
Sept. 22: Attucks and the Politics of Liberty & Sovereignty in 18th Century New England
Sept. 29: Remembering Attucks
Oct. 8: Jared Hardesty: Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds (Members' View Event only)
Oct 15: David Silverman: This Land Is Their Land (Members' View Event only)
Oct. 20: Demanding Freedom: Attucks and The Abolition Movement
Community conversations will continue on their social media platforms.
Visit revolutionaryspaces.org for more information, including registration, tickets to the Museums, and membership opportunities.
Climate Change Series at BPL
Concerned about climate change? Want to understand and respond to this challenge? The Boston Public Library will host a seven-week online series, “Climate Action for Everyone: A Learning Circle,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Sept. 23 through Nov. 4.
Learning circles are lightly-facilitated groups for people who want to learn together in a collaborative, peer-led, supportive environment. A key objective of this one is to identify individual, community, and political actions you can pursue to effectively address climate change and help create a more just and sustainable future.
The BPL will base the series on the University of Michigan’s “Act on Climate” course, which covers several topics, including food, energy, transportation, and the built environment (cities), and action plans.
Participants will read and view course content prior to each online meeting. Notably, the learning circle will include material about Massachusetts and each session will feature a local expert sharing insights and experiences as part of the discussion.
This program is presented as part of Climate Preparedness Week 2020, an initiative of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and everyone is welcome.
Visit bibliocommons.com/events for more information and registration.
Experience Chinatown Arts Festival 2020
See, hear, create and connect. Together, celebrate the rich cultural fabric of Boston Chinatown through free creative activities for all.
Throughout September, enjoy unique events and pop-up happenings through virtual and physical platforms, allowing for social distancing and leisurely enjoyment. This event is a part of the We Love Boston Chinatown resiliency campaign, a partnership with community organizations, businesses, and residents that is working together to uplift the community and support local businesses.
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures as follows:
Thursday, Sept. 24 - noon to 1 p.m.
Take Out Thursday + Music at Chin Park
Enjoy fresh air, support local restaurants, and live music for lively lunchtime experience Thursdays in September.
Saturday, Sept. 26 - 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Enjoy fresh air and performances while supporting local restaurants.
Mondays through Sunday, Sept. 27
Installations at Storefront Sites
Create your own self-paced tour with their interactive map.
Visit bcnc.net/events for more information.
Adulting 101: Healthy Eating
Given the current times, it's easy to get caught in an endless cycle of takeout and leftovers, then takeout again. Maybe you want to cook at home, but don't know how or maybe you can cook, but aren't sure what recipe to try next.
Join General Assembly Boston from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 for this online workshop as part of their Adulting 101 series, where they'll be discussing ways to kick those unhealthy habits and how to better fuel your body.
Learn how to get the most out of your trip to the grocery store and discover tasty, nutritious options you may not have even heard of.
Attendees will leave the adulting workshop with the knowledge and tools to plan and create healthier meal options to better fit their lifestyle and goals.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/adulting-101/boston/102786 for more information and registration.
Celebrity Series of Boston at Home
The Fall 2020 Edition of Celebrity Series at Home features a diverse lineup of classical music, modern and classical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Sept. 24: Débo Ray, singer-songwriter
Oct. 1: Unita Ensemble
Oct. 8: Regie Gibson, poet, musician, and educator
Oct. 29: Abilities Dance Boston
Nov. 5: Aristides Rivas and Meena Malik
Nov. 19: Soul Yatra Trio: Folk Tunes and New Works
Dec. 3: Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet: "Global Inspirations"
Dec. 10: Devin Ferreira: “Seeds of Greatness”
Dec. 17: Verónica Robles: "A Mexican Christmas: Songs and Stories"
Visit celebrityseries.org for more information and registration.
Spectacle Island Half Price Fridays
Enjoy Spectacle Island for half price every Friday through Oct. 9 – courtesy of Boston Harbor Now and funding from the Highland Street Foundation.
Spectacle Island boasts some of the most magnificent vistas of the Boston skyline, easy walking trails, and a swimming beach and the convenience of restrooms.
As things start to cool down, the island will showcase the earthy colors of fall and Gourmet Caterers will offer hot chocolate and apple cider donuts as part of their new fall menu, available Friday through Sunday.
The ferries will continue to run from Friday through Sunday through Oct. 12.
Physical distancing and COVID-19 guidelines will remain in place while on the island and onboard the ferries.
Visit www.bostonharborislands.org/ferryschedule2020 for more information and tickets.
‘Stories from the City’
The Chinese Historical Society of New England will present its inaugural online seminar event featuring author and lecturer Nicole Newendorp from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Over the past several decades, increasing numbers of Chinese-born senior citizens have left China to migrate to the U.S. for the first time as older adults.
For many of these seniors, their recent moves are tied to long histories of emigrant pathways from Guangdong Province to the U.S. - echoing similar kinds of influences that affected Tunney Lee to come to Boston in 1938 when he was seven years old.
In this talk, Newendorp takes inspiration from Tunney Lee’s belief that to understand a city, it’s necessary to know stories about the people who live there.
Newendorp focuses on stories she heard while doing seven years of ethnographic research among seniors who hail from Guangdong Province and have relocated in their 60s and 70s to Boston.
For more information about the Tunney F. Lee Lecture Series, go to www.chsne.org/programs/tunney-f-lee-memorial-lecture-series.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/tunney-f-lee-lecture-series-1-stories-from-the-city-tickets-116477291715?aff=efbevent for registration (Suggested donation - $10).
Greenway fitness season
The following classes will take place on The Greenway as part of the 2020 Greenway Fitness Season:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – How to Backflip with HUB Parkour – Sept. 26 (Dewey Square Lawn)
6 to 7 p.m. – Zumba by Wang YMCA – through Sept. 21 (Chin Park)
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – HIIT by Healthwork – through Sept. 28 (Rowe Wharf Lawn)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – EquilibriOM Fitness by Namastay Sober – Sept. 23 (North End)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Yoga and Meditation with Jason Denham and Namastay Sober – Sept. 23 (Rowes Wharf Lawn)
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.
Residence Lab - space activation
Through a series of Zoom workshops and co-creation sessions, the Residence Lab 2020 cohort worked to transform some of the most notoriously underutilized and unwelcoming corners of Chinatown into beloved, resident-centered spaces.
Come discover the creative results of bringing artists and residents together to shape a rapidly changing Chinatown:
At 35 Kneeland St: Visit window art made by artist Maria Fong and residents Sylvia Chen and Po Chun Chow, advocating for safer streets in Chinatown and a reimagining of transportation and traffic in the neighborhood.
At 8 Hudson St: Explore a mural celebrating Chinatown’s culture and character by artist Krina Patel and residents Angela Soo Hoo and Dianyvet Serrano. Also, take a self-guided walking tour through the eyes of Krina, Angela, and Dianyvet, visiting their favorite neighborhood spots.
Visit paoartscenter.org to learn more.
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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seniors’ Chair Yoga
Join Boston Public Library and Yoga Hub for Seniors’ Chair Yoga from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, 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. People will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for people to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance and move easily through daily activities. Participants will need an upright chair and computer or phone for the session.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.
Tai Chi for Wellness
Join the Boston Public Library for Tai Chi for Wellness from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 via Zoom.
This program is an introduction to Tai Chi, an ancient exercise rooted in China that consists of gentle and flowing postures. Movements are slow and repetitive and are coupled with a focus on the breath.
Eddie is a Tai Chi (Taijichuan) instructor who has studied martial arts for the past 25 years. His training includes studying White Crane Kungfu and Qigong under Grandmaster Woo Ching as well as Yang Style Taijichuan and Taiji Ball under Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (early) registration.
Building One Waterfront: A Speaker Series
The Trustees’ Boston Waterfront Initiative, One Waterfront, will be host a speaker series to bring together open-space visionaries, resilience experts, and champion of equity, to share lessons learned with Boston stakeholders, and the communities they share at 6 p.m. as follows:
Oct. 22: Funding a Resilient, Sustainable Waterfront For Future Generations will bring together experts from the public and private sectors to share best practices and resources for funding resilient solutions for our cities and communities. This event will be held at Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St.
Dec. 9: Green Solutions For a Waterfront City will feature stories and examples of innovative green solutions being used to protect waterfront cities and communities from the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels. This event will be held at Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St.
Visit https://onewaterfront.thetrustees.org/speaker-series for more information and registration.
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.
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.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.
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.
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 Thursday through Sunday.
Abigail’s is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 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.; *Member Mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on weekends; *Play Dates last Saturday of the month
All on-site programs, activities and events, including group tours, are suspended until further notice.
ICA will continue to host virtual events.
Current exhibitions: Sterling Ruby through Oct. 12; Nina Chanel Abney through Jan. 3, 2021; Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama through Feb. 7, 2021.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
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: Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Timed tickets can be purchased online.
The museum shops at both sites will open at a later date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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