Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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Honoring heroes

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host Memorial Day weekend activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday to Monday, May 27 to 29.

Families are invited to participate in hands-on activities and interactive programs. They can learn about the daily struggles of a marine or sailor at sea and how their stories still inspire people today.

Throughout the weekend the museum will partner with Operation Gratitude to create and send paracord “survival” bracelets to deployed troops overseas and first responders in the U.S. There will also be fun activities and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The museum is free throughout the weekend for all active duty, retired and reserved military personnel.

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

Marines in action

The National Park Service will present “1812 Marines in Action” from 10 a.m. to 2:3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 on the great lawn by the flagpole in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Visitors will witness the pageantry of early 19th century militia life with the re-enactment group the 1812 Marine Guard, an all-volunteer division of Historic Marine Education. They will see the cannon and musket firings, with firing hourly on the hour, and learn some of the trades and drills practiced by the uniformed Marines.

Visit or call 617-426-1812 for more information.

Play festival

The Charlestown Working Theatre and Theater on Fire is presenting “The Cabinet of Curiosities” at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 27 at the theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

This is a festival of new and experimental works created and adapted by Boston-based artists and companies. It will feature one-act and full-length pieces from Imaginary Beasts, Anthem Theatre, Heart and Dagger Production, Massachusetts Theater Experiment, Ingrid Oslund, Fool’s Journey and many more.

Tickets are $15.

Visit or call 617-242-3285 for a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets.

Memorial Day observance

The National Park Service will present concurrent Memorial Day remembrance services from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 29 at the USS Cassin Young at the Charlestown Navy Yard and a moment of silence at Bunker Hill Lodge, Monument Square.

Visit for more details.

21-gun salute

In honor of Memorial Day, the USS Constitution will conduct a 21-gun salute from the pier side saluting battery once a minute for 21 minutes, starting at noon on Monday, May 29.

The public is welcome to observe the event at the end of Pier One in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Those wishing to watch from the water are asked to observe from a minimum safe distance of 150 feet from the battery.

The program will honor those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom and the United States.

For more information, visit or call 617-799-8198.

Public safety

A Charlestown safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 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.

Ecosystem science

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will host the New England ecosystem science program at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 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.

Comedy benefit

The Charlestown Working Theater will host its annual comedy fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at the theater at 442 Bunker Hill St.

The fundraiser will kick off at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments from Charlestown neighborhood restaurants. Charlestown’s own Tony V will emcee the evening, featuring some of Boston’s funniest comics.

Proceeds will support the theater’s community and educational programming.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-242-3285 or visit

Splash into summer

The Charlestown YMCA will host “Splash into Summer” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 at Courageous Sailing, Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard.

This fun evening of mixing and mingling will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets for beer or wine, included in the cost of the ticket.

A full cash bar, including signature cocktails, will also be available. Tickets are $60 in advance or $75 at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Charlestown YMCA annual fund that underwrites many of the Y programs and services that families in need use every day. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.

Visit or call 617-286-1220 to purchase tickets and for further information.

Teen workshop

The Charlestown Mothers’ Association and the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club will host a free workshop with the One Love Foundation from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 at the club, 15 Green St.

One Love was created in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior student-athlete who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend weeks before graduation.

Today, One Love works to ensure others have information about the difference between healthy relationships and unhealthy, potentially dangerous relationships and to spark community conversations about how people can collectively work for change.

Call 617-242-1775 or visit for further information.

Touch a truck day

The 10th annual “Touch A Truck Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 in the Bunker Hill Community College parking lot No. 1.

This community program, sponsored by the Charlestown Mothers Association, will feature more than 25 vehicles for kids to touch, climb on and learn about, including fire trucks, dump trucks, cement mixers, police cruisers, ice cream trucks, ambulances, city buses and duck tour amphibians. There will also be refreshments, kids’ tattoos, giveaways and prizes. Admission is free.

For further details, visit

Student art

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying the annual visual and media arts department’s senior show now through Friday, June 16 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Students in the visual and media arts will display their end-of-year work, including paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography and more.

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

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

‘Old Ironsides’ hours

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

“Old Ironsides” will be open to the public free of charge from 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The ship is closed on Mondays.

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.