Charlestown-Navy Yard neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

‘Old Ironsides’ exhibit

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will feature a new exhibit, “Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights” during school vacation week activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 23.

Kids can travel back in time and fight for free trade and sailors’ rights, experience the daily life of a Constitution sailor during the War of 1812 – from scrubbing the decks to firing a cannon to furling a sail. After performing these tasks, they can relax with their families as they write letters home using a quill pen and get marked with a temporary tattoo.

All ages are welcome and admission is by donation. Groups larger than 10 should call 617-426-1812, ext. 146, for a reservation.

Visit for more details.

Sunrise service

The crew of USS Constitution is scheduled to host the annual Easter sunrise service aboard the USS Constitution in Dry Dock 1, in the Charlestown Navy Yard from 6:45 to 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 16.

This non-denominational service will be open to the general public, free of charge. Guests will be allowed to board Constitution at 6:45 a.m. with seating available on a first come, first serve basis. All guests, ages 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the ship.

The service will conclude with the Constitution crew’s observance of morning colors at 8 a.m. aboard “Old Ironsides.”

Lt. Matthew Drayton, a U.S. Navy chaplain assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston, will lead the service. Constitution’s Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Timothy R. Anderson will act as the master of ceremonies.

Following the service, the ship, America’s Ship of State, will reopen for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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.

Patriots Day celebration

Charlestown Mothers’ Association and the Friends of City Square Park will host the annual Patriots Day scavenger hunt at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 17.

There will be fun activities for the entire family, including a scavenger hunt. Snacks will be provided.

Admission is free. Call 617-227-5838 or visit for more details.

Computer media show

The Mary L. Fifield Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will display the Computer Media Technology Department show from April 17 to 28.

An artists’ reception will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

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. Admission is free.

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

Poetry marathon

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host a free poetry marathon from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 in the main lobby.

The community is invited to enjoy readings from local poets, faculty and student authors and bring something of their own to read. April is National Poetry Month.

Visit or call 617-228-2093 for further information.

Children’s concert

Musician Peter Sheridan will perform in a free concert at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at the Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St.

Sheridan and his friends will sing and play the guitar and harmonica, with lots of sing-a-longs to get kids singing and dancing.

For more details, call 617-242-1248.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will present “Talking Politics: Crossing Borders, Refugees and Asylum Seekers” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

The program will explore the concept of crossing borders through the perspectives of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Participants will see and interact with exhibits to educate them about the topic, talk to each other in facilitated discussions and learn about collaboration with community partners.

For more information, visit or call 617-228-2093.

‘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.