Charlestown-Navy Yard neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Sailors’ rights exhibit

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will feature a new exhibit, “Free Trade and Sailors’ Rights” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and 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.

Jazz and poetry

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., will host a free jazz evening from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

The community is invited to explore the fusion of jazz and poetry with Prof. Tim McLaughlin, the BHCC Jazz Ensemble and guest musicians.

The BHCC Jazz Band and Student Activities are sponsoring the event.

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

Ecosystem science

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host the New England ecosystem science program at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, from April 26 to May 31.

Children will look at local habitats to understand them better and see what can be done to support wildlife. They will consider what kinds of animals live locally, what these creatures need and which ones only visit for a short time.

Reservations are required as space is limited. This program is suited for children in grades 1-3.

To reserve a spot, call 617-242-1248.

Public safety

A Charlestown safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at the Charlestown Police Station District 1-A, 20 Vine St.

The community is invited to meet with the police to discuss public safety issues.

Visit for more information.

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 27.

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.

Nature paintings

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown will display “Serenity in Nature,” new paintings by Barbara J. Torrey, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30 at the Stove Factory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

The new exhibition features landscapes and nature scenes in oils.

Visit or call 617-241-0130 for further information.

Poetry workshop

LaToya Robinson will present a free poetry workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., in the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.

Robinson’s presentation is titled “Writing + Healing = Art.”

April is National Poetry Month.

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

Computer media show

The Mary L. Fifield Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying the Computer Media Technology Department show now to April 28.

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.

‘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.