Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
Old North ‘Open House’ Saturdays
The Old North Church and Historic Site will host Open House Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.
The church will be open and free for self-guided tours. The gift shop will also be open.
Private tours for small groups and families are available, with pricing beginning at $500, upon request.
In keeping with COVID-19 safety guidelines, capacity will be limited to 25 people at any time to ensure space for distancing.
Visit oldnorth.com for more information.
Moving images: An artful afternoon with Black N' Animated
Black N' Animated, both a consortium of Black professionals working in the animation industry as well as a popular podcast, is coming together from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 on the Boston Public Library Teen Services Twitch channel.
This teens-only event will feature an honest discussion with Black animators currently working at Disney and Marvel as well as a live, real-time drawing demo by guest artists Kellye Perdue and Wynton Redmond. Teens can ask questions - and maybe even influence the artists' demos - all in real time.
Whether you're a teen interested in becoming a professional animator or a wicked otaku looking to nerd out for 90 minutes, join the Boston Public Library for this window into a fascinating artistic world.
No registration is necessary; simply visit Twitch.tv/BPLts at the event time or follow on Twitch early to receive notification of upcoming entertaining teen-oriented events.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and (optional) registration.
CraftBoston holiday online
In a world of sameness, craft illuminates difference.
CraftBoston Holiday 2020, presented by The Society of Arts + Crafts, is going digital. The online festival will be held through Thursday, Dec. 31. A weekend event showcasing a selection of fine craft and craft artists, full of online programming is slated for Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.
Meet the artists, visit their virtual booths and shop their work all season long. They will have hundreds of pieces available in their new SA+C online shop, as well as links to artist websites that you can access through the CraftBoston artist profiles.
People will also have the opportunity to learn more about their practice through artist demos and special events. Start your day with Cra(ahhhh)ft: meditative, mesmerizing videos of the making process hosted live by CraftBoston artists. Check out Mix + Mingle, a weekly, informal gathering with a handful of artists, to chat about their work, studios and more.
Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.
‘The Land of Forgotten Toys: A Christmas Musical’
Charlestown Working Theater & NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe will present a virtual production of The Land of Forgotten Toys: A Christmas Musical from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13.
With an ensemble of 14 students (in grades 2-7), students have been rehearsing since September via Zoom and will showcase their performance livestreamed to your homes.
Visit https://nempacboston.org/event for more information and tickets ($10-$15).
Candlelit Labyrinth Virtual Walk: In Peace & Harmony
The annual Candlelit Labyrinth Walk: In Peace & Harmony celebration will be held virtually at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Enjoy the warmth and togetherness with *hot chocolate and favorite cookies; walk the candlelit labyrinth, share wishes for the park's Wishing Tree, and enjoy the joys of music of From Far & Near.
Go to ArmenianHeritagePark.org to RSVP for the Zoom link and *get the recipes.
Toys for Tots collection
The Gilardi Group of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty is collecting toy donations to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program through Monday, Dec. 14.
Donations can be dropped off at 2 Baldwin Place.
Contact Toni Gilardi with questions at toniGilardi@GibsonSIR.com or 617-529-4461.
Donations via check should be mailed to: Toys for Tots Coordinator, 21 Drydock Ave., Box 21-810W, Boston, MA 02210. You can also make a donation online.
Go to boston-ma.toysfortots.org for more information, including the link to donate.
NBSS open house
The North Bennet Street School (150 North St.) will hold an all-new virtual open house from Monday, Dec. 14 through Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Founded in 1881 as America’s first trade school, NBSS trains students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.
NBSS offers full-time programs and continuing education classes.
Visit www.nbss.edu to learn more.
Facebook Live: Story and a snack
Follow along with the Boston Public Library staff from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 29 as they share stories and show people how to cook up a delicious snack.
Find them on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series
“Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday,
Dec. 16. The theme for this program is Desserts!
During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.
This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.
Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and other details.
Researching your home
Learn about resources at the Boston Public Library and beyond that can assist people in discovering the history of their Boston home. This course will take place on Zoom from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch
A small team of the friendly local Boston Public Library teen librarians will be using their newly-minted Twitch stream to host a series of wacky, irreverent online party games from the Jackbox suite - all of which are designed to be played by large audiences.
Kids in 6th through 12th grade can visit TWITCH.TV/BPLts from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and use their phone or internet-enabled device to join the game, joke around in chat and even recommend the next game.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
Book Discussion Club: ‘Educated: A Memoir’ (2018)
Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 to discuss Educated: A Memoir (2018) by Tara Westover.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Kids, ages 8-12 years old, are invited to join librarians for puzzles, games and different projects from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17.
This program is a great way to spend an hour and virtually hang out with kids around Boston.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
In the Making: NBSS Alumni Roundtable
Graduates of North Bennet Street School come from a diverse array of backgrounds and go on to pursue a wide variety of careers around the world. A roundtable conversation with several alumni who have chosen careers as makers, entrepreneurs, artists and educators - each contributing to their communities and their fields - will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17.
This conversation is part of In the Making, a new public programs series; free and open to the public.
Go to www.nbss.edu for more information and registration.
WBUR CitySpace Presents: ‘A Christmas Carol’
On Dec. 2, 1867, Charles Dickens began his first American reading tour of A Christmas Carol in Boston. Since 2002, WBUR has hosted a reading of this timeless holiday tale at the Omni Parker House, the historic site of Dickens’ first performance.
This tradition will continue at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 with a virtual reading by WBUR hosts and reporters: Meghna Chakrabarti, Tiziana Dearing, Jack Lepiarz, Bob Oakes and Robin Young with a musical performance by Amory Sivertson and Mike Moschetto.
Celebrate the 18th anniversary of this annual event and support the women of Rosie's Place with your ticket purchase. Founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States, Rosie's Place provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
Go to wbur.org/events/633651/wbur-cityspace-christmas-carol for tickets.
General: $25 | VIP: $75 (includes a copy of A Christmas Carol signed by WBUR readers, cookies and hot cocoa from Dancing Deer and a Hood Eggnog coupon)
‘Come Sing with Us’ holiday choir performance (virtual)
Led by North End Music and Performing Arts Center Choir Director Josaphat Contreras, this virtual holiday choir is made up of singers, ages 7 years of age and older, and of all experience levels from students to adults. They have been rehearsing their holiday repertoire since late November via zoom and will be presenting a socially distanced performance on the beautifully-lit Paul Revere Mall (North End’s Prado) from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Go to nempacboston.org/event/come-sing-with-us-holiday-choir-performance for more information.
Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales
Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 29 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Pajama Story Time
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Rebecca for end-of-day stories, songs and movement from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays. Wind down with a cozy craft inspired by the reading. This story time is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Email Librarian Rebecca (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child's name and age to register and receive a link to the Boston Public Library’s Zoom room.
Holiday trellis lighting: Christopher Columbus Park 2020
The 50,000 glowing blue and white LED lights along the 260-foot trellis and 14 nearby trees has transformed the Christopher Columbus Park (110 Atlantic Ave.) into a magical light garden. People are invited to enjoy special holiday moments in a place where the illuminated trellis was named the "best Holiday Decoration in Boston" in 2019 by the Boston Globe and one of the "Ten Most Romantic Places in Boston." Year 'round it is the site of marriage proposals, wedding photos and lovers kissing.
Go to www.foccp.org for more information.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Supporting teachers and students
Due to COVID-19, the Old North Historic site is currently closed to visitors. They face a critical funding shortfall as 95 percent of their operating revenue is reliant on tourism. As classroom teachers and children across the country embark on a mostly virtual 2020-2021 school year, Old North needs your support to shift to a virtual strategy that equips educators with engaging content that combines a core history curriculum with thought-provoking discussions about civic engagement, liberty, and personal values.
Established in 1991, The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site. In addition, they provide curricula and enrichment materials for classroom teachers to bring the history and legacy of Old North to students across the country.
With a gift to the Old North Foundation, you join a community that is preserving, questioning, and engaging with our pasts to build a better future.
Visit oldnorth.com for more information and a link to donate.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –
18 years of age and under – through Thursday, Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year. Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
NEMPAC in-person classes and virtual programming resumes
North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) has opened for in-person programming under strict re-opening policies. Programs will resume online as well.
Visit nempacboston.org for a complete list of their current offerings and check out the Virtual Learning section to learn about their Virtual Music School, free online programming, instrument fund and frequently asked questions.
Help preserve Old North history and legacy
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.
As the Foundation prepares 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.
Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.
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.
New England Aquarium/Simons Theatre
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 Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, Backyard Wilderness and Great White Shark.
The Aquarium will continue to host virtual events and post at-home projects and activities, although the daily 11 a.m. presentations have been discontinued. Previous presentations can still be found on their website and social media platforms.
Aquarium hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Simons Theatre hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last show around 5:20 p.m.)
Visit neaq.org for more information.
Boston Harbor Now: 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.
Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. On their YouTube, 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.
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 through Jan. 1 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.
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 Market open
Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year-round marketplace at 100 Hanover St. featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers who offer locally-sourced fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service.
Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. following health and safety protocols.
Check Instagram for frequent updates.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including special events.
‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit
“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculptures™ 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 physical distancing).
More information about Lyman Whitaker and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.