Charlestown-Navy Yard neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Environmental science museum

Charlestown-based “e” inc. is opening the Environmental Science Discovery and Action Museum at its headquarters at 114 16th St. in the Navy Yard. An open house will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

The inaugural exhibit, “Weather and Climate: Our Changing World,” is geared to children in third to seventh grades. Hands-on learning is emphasized throughout, providing children with experiments, demonstrations and investigations and learning about weather and climate change, how they are related and how climate change affects plant, animal and human life.

Admission is $3. For more information, visit

Auction fundraiser

The Charlestown Nursery School will host its annual auction, “A Wonderful Night,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 in the Seasons Ballroom at the Bostonian Boston Hotel, 26 North St.

The biggest fundraiser of the year, this year’s auction is crucial for funding the core programs of the school that serves Charlestown and the greater Boston community

Visit or call 617-242-5159 for further details.

Road to Concord

The Charlestown Historical Society will present a talk about the role of four missing cannons in the Revolutionary War from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the Bunker Hill Museum, 43 Monument Square.

Noted historian J.L. Bell will speak about his book “The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannons Ignited the Revolutionary War.” The cannons were in the British Armory until stolen by Patriots and hidden in Concord. A major embarrassment to General Gage, it was one of the reasons he sent troops to Lexington and Concord in 1775. Bell will talk about this important event in U.S. history and answer questions from the audience.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Child development workshop

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host a child development workshop at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

This workshop for young children and their caregivers will include activity stations that will encourage development of language and motor skills, provide a variety of sensory play experiences and support social interactions with peers.

Registration is suggested. Sign up by calling 617-242-1248.

Terry McMillan to speak

Bunker Hill Community College, A300 Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford St., will present author Terry McMillan in a “Compelling Conversation” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

Best selling novelist McMillan’s works have inspired box office hit movies such as “Waiting to Exhale and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” Speaking on “Empowering Women,” McMillan will share excerpts from her latest book, “I Almost Forgot About You” and discuss the power of expression through writing and the impact it can have on our lives.

A reception will follow the program. Registration is required for this free program.

For more information and to register, visit or call 617-228-2386.

Sea chanteys

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the “Chantey Sing!” sing-along of chanteys and maritime songs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.

The Northeast Chantey Sing will host an afternoon of contemporary and historic maritime music that tells of the history of battles, the mystery and science of the weather and the romance of family and patriotism that spurred a sailor out to sea.

Between songs, visitors can check out the 1812 Discovery Center and its exhibits, games and interactive programming. The program is presented in cooperation with the Boston National Historical Park and Northeast (and MIT) Chantey Sing.

Call 617-426-1812 or visit for more information.

Easter eggs

St. John’s Church, 27 Devens St., will offer a festive coffee hour and an Easter egg hunt for children at 11 a.m. on April 16, Easter Sunday.

Call 617-242-1272 or visit for more details.

Paul Revere reenactment

The Charlestown Navy Yard will present the Paul Revere row reenactment from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, hosted by the Boston National Historical Park at the USS Constitution Museum.

For the 18th consecutive year, Revere’s row across the upper end of Boston Harbor will be recreated and will coincide with the annual Old North Church lantern ceremony. Visitors are invited to come out to welcome Revere “on the opposite shore” and enjoy family-friendly activities such as a reading of Longfellow’s “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” puppet- and lantern-making, children’s stories and colonial games.

The Charlestown Militia will lead children through routine drills. Visitors can watch as the Old North Church signals with lanterns in the belfry and Revere rows across the harbor to set off for his famous ride.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-2338 for more information.

Midnight ride

Paul Revere astride his horse will stop in City Square Park from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17 to greet visitors before continuing the ride to Lexington and Concord.

After stopping at City Square Park, Revere, portrayed by a member of the National Lancers, a cavalry troop of the Massachusetts Militia dating back to 1836, will stop at Foss Park in Somerville and Gaffey’s on Route 60 in Medford to warn the colonists that the regulars are coming, arriving in Lexington Green at approximately 1 p.m.

The morning will include a reading of Longfellow’s “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” and children’s games.

Visit for more information.

Women’s art exhibit

The Mary L. Fifield Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will display “Mother Tongue,” works by Pan-Asian Boston-area women artists, now to April 14.

This multi-media group exhibit explores the complex relationship between personal identity, storytelling and cultural expectation.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Call 617-228-2093 or visit for more details.

‘Old Ironsides’ hours

The oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution, is still in its winter hours of operation.

“Old Ironsides” will be open to the public free of charge on Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now located in Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard for a multi-year planned restoration period, the 217-year-old warship is open to the public.

Visitors will be able to board Constitution and explore the ship’s top (spar) deck only, as its lower decks will be off limits due to the extensive restoration work being conducted.

At the ship, visitors can interact with active duty crewmembers of Constitution and take photos by the ship’s wheel and bell.

To board USS Constitution, all visitors age 18 and older must show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport.

After boarding Old Ironsides, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those interested in following the progress of Constitution’s restoration work are encouraged to visit the museum’s blog at

For more news and information, visit or call 617-242-7511

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit or call 617-242-0522 for more information.

Diorama display

The Bunker Hill Monument Museum, 45 Monument Square, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the Freedom Trail, the museum displays the history of the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument as well as a diorama of the historic battle. A cyclorama shows a 360-degree view of the battlefield.

The Charlestown Historical Society keeps its archives in this building, which once served as the neighborhood’s public library.