Waterfront - Fort Point - Leather District neighborhood notes
Old North ‘Open House’ Saturdays – Cancelled due to COVID-19 Spikes
The Old North Church and Historic Site’s scheduled open houses, including the one that was planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 19, are cancelled due to the latest COVID-19 spike.
During better times, the church will be open and free for self-guided tours. There is also a gift shop.
Private tours for small groups and families will someday be available with pricing beginning at $500, upon request.
Visit oldnorth.com for more information.
‘Come Sing with Us’ holiday choir performance (virtual)
Join the NEMPAC Holiday Choir for a socially distanced performance out on the beautifully lit Paul Revere Mall (North End’s Prado) from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
There will be hot chocolate and carols galore!
Go to nempacboston.org/event/come-sing-with-us-holiday-choir-performance for more information.
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 Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Jan. 5 at www/facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Last call for Toys for Tots
New, unwrapped toys to benefit the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program can be dropped off at any State Police barracks, fire stations or police departments through Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Donations via check can 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.
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.
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.
You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about their practice through artist demos and special events. Does working from home have you particularly stressed? Start your day with Cra(ahhhh)ft: meditative, mesmerizing videos of the making process hosted live by our CraftBoston artists. Looking to connect with the artists you've been missing? 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.
Facebook Live: Story and a Snack
Follow along with the Boston Public Library librarians as they share stories and show you how to cook up a delicious snack from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
2020 Christmas Shop
Christmas Shop needs support to help bring hope and joy to those most in need during the holiday season. Ways to help:
– Provide new gifts and clothing (no food items) to individuals and families in need in Boston - View Wish List online
– Volunteer to help with sorting items and packing them for recipients (adults only).
Go to citymissionboston.org/christmas-shop for more information.
Ice sculpture at Christopher Columbus Park
Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) will sponsor a whimsical ice sculpture on the Harbor Walk in the park as part of the Boston Harbor NOW annual New Year’s Eve waterfront ice sculpture stroll from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.
A map of the sites will be posted on FOCCP’s website at foccp.org.
Ice sculpture stroll
Boston Harbor Now is organizing free, fun, safe activities, including an ice sculpture stroll from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Eve (Thursday, Dec. 31).
Follow the ice sculpture stroll (maps available) to more than a dozen sites and activities and enjoy waterfront activations such as:
Holiday Lights at the Boston Public Market; Winter on the Waterfront Bingo; Virtual Scavenger Hunts in Charlestown, East Boston and Downtown; and Snowport - Seaport’s new Winter Village. People can also enter the Staycation Giveaway Contest.
Visit BostonHarborNow.org for more details.
City Mission is collecting new, unused coats in all children’s sizes and all teen sizes (including adult men’s and women’s) that will be given directly to Boston schools and organizations that serve low-income families.
Coats can be purchased and delivered to and/or ordered online and send directly to the
Coat Collection Center, First Parish Westwood, Attn: City Mission, 252 Nahatan St., Westwood, MA 02090.
Go to citymissionboston.org/coat-boston for more information.
Gary Gekow, a seasoned Senior Employment Specialist/Career Coach, will present a Career Skills group – focusing on a different topic each week – from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, hosted by the Boston Public Library.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.
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 on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
Jackbox party gaming for teens on Twitch
A small team of the friendly 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 Tuesdays and Wednesdays through December 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.
Tween Time (on Zoom)
Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week and it’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
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.
BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)
The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).
Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
Help Old North Foundation support teachers and students
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.
Due to COVID-19, the Old North Historic site is currently closed to visitors and is facing 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.
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.
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 on-site 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.
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. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.
The Greenway Carousel – Holiday Hours
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 following COVID guidelines. The Carousel will be closed on Dec. 25.
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.
‘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.