Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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The Woodberry and Harris organ has been in place since St. Mary’s consecration in 1892.

Lessons and carols

St. John’s Church, 27 Devens St., will hold its annual candlelight service of nine lessons and carols at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Based on the traditional liturgy from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, the story of the birth of Jesus will be interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and hymns. Joining the St. John’s Parish Choir will be the Children’s Choir of St. John’s.

Child and infant care will be provided. A reception in the parish house will follow.

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

Sea chanteys

The USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host the Chantey Sing! sing-along of chanteys and maritime songs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.

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.

Holiday concert at St. Mary’s Church

The St. Mary-St. Catherine of Siena Parish, together with Friends of the Charlestown Library, will hold a free holiday concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17 at St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St.

The Copley Singers and Director Brian Jones return this year with another popular and wide ranging program of familiar carols and anthems in both traditional and new interesting arrangements, both sacred and secular. There will be audience participation in hymns and the singers will mingle with the audience at several times.

The Copley Singers will summon the people with “O Come All Ye Faithful” and dispatch everyone with Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

Katelyn Emerson, associate organist and choirmaster at the Church of the Advent, will support the choir as well as soloing in the exciting Toccata from Vierne’s “Pièces de Fantaisie.”

The concert is free with a suggestion of donations to Harvest on Vine Food Pantry.

For more information about the church, visit

Boston Ballet story time

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-242-1248 for further details.

Christmas crafts

The Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., will offer a free craft program for kids at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Families can celebrate the holiday and make a graham cracker Gingerbread craft with Sherry Eskin.

For further details, call 617-242-1248.

Latin artists

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford St., is displaying “Invisible” now through Dec. 22 in the Mary Fifield art gallery.

Boston-area Latinx artists are sharing their art and defining what it means to live in America. The exhibit also features “Treasures from the Homeland,” fine art photographs of El Salvador by Gloria Carrigg, in the Culinary Arts dining room.

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.

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

Holiday ornaments

This holiday season, people can make Christmas ornaments at a craft station at the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Dec. 24.

Families can create a weatherproof ornament for the tree on board “Old Ironsides.” Visitors can come to the ship and hang ornaments on the tree when the ship is open for tours. Winter hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

In addition, they can make their own keepsake ornament, the “anchors aweigh” wood ornament, for $2.

For more information, call 617-426-1812 or visit

Vacation fun

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, will host free school vacation fun “From STEM to Stern” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec. 26 to Sunday, Dec. 31.

220 years ago, Joshua Humphreys designed a ship that is now the oldest surviving naval ship in America. Visitors can learn his secrets as they examine the science, technology and engineering behind his success during the museum’s December school vacation week. There will be hands-on family programs to test skills as a shipbuilder while the museum’s newest exhibit, “Forest to Frigate,” will challenge them to design and battle a warship against other family members and visitors. Activities will also include crafts and demonstrations.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-1812.

Public safety

A Charlestown safety meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27 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.

Coat collection

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting coats for children, infants and adults from now until Jan. 9.

The Cooperative Bank in Charlestown at 201 Main St. has generously offered to be the collection site for the coats. They may be dropped off at the bank during regular banking hours – from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The bank’s hours extend to 6 p.m. Thursdays and to 5 p.m. Fridays.

All coats must be in good condition with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains, and all pockets should be emptied. The coats will be delivered to Anton’s Cleaners in Somerville where they will be cleaned free of charge and then distributed to those in need this winter.

Ironsides’ winter hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The 30-minute tours will be narrated by one of the Constitution’s active-duty sailors and consist of four stations through the ship’s top three decks.

One of the programs available is the “Constitution Experience,” where participants can watch the morning colors ceremony from Pier One and then board the vessel for a tour and subsequent visit to the nearby museum.

Reservations are required for this program, which is held at Pier 1 at 7:40 a.m. To reserve a spot, send an email to For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit

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.