Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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The State Prison in Charlestown was built in 1805 on Lynde’s Point. This site was chosen because of the convenience to the waterway that existed. To learn more, visit the Charlestown Historical society at

Sunrise service

The crew of USS Constitution will 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 1.

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.”

Commander David Shirk, a U.S. Navy chaplain assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston, will lead the service.

Following the service, Constitution will reopen for the general public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For further information, visit or call 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew will shift to their summer hours of operation starting on Wednesday, April 4.

Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open to the general public, free of charge on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beginning May 1 the ship will also be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each tour, self-paced, takes visitors through the ship’s top two decks. Every 30 minutes one of the active duty sailors who are stationed onboard “Old Ironsides”, will give a verbal reenactment of her storied past and answer questions about both the history of the Navy and present day Navy.

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

After the tour, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1, for more opportunities to interact with Constitution sailors, learn more of the ship’s history and experience several new restoration-themed exhibits. Entrance is free; donations are encouraged.

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

Spring art exhibit

The 13th annual spring art exhibition will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 7, 8, 14 and 15 at the StoveFactory Gallery, 523 Medford St.

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

Presented by the Artists’ Group of Charlestown, the exhibit includes sculptures, paintings and other mixed media works by Boston-area artists. Many of the pieces will be available for purchase. Attendees will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Admission is free. The program is co-sponsored by the Charlestown Preservation Society.

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

Cooks of St. John

The many wonderful cooks of St. John's Episcopal Church have created a cookbook filled with 85 pages of imaginative and delicious recipes, everything from haute cuisine to play dough. It will make a special present for Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, showers, weddings, birthdays and graduations.

“The Cooks of St. John: A Slice of Parish Life” sells for $15. It is available for sale on Sundays between 11 a.m. and noon at the church rectory, 27 Devens St., or it can be ordered from the church by calling 617-242-1272.

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth” now through Aug. 31.

Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision. Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.

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

New art exhibition

Bunker Hill Community College, 250 New Rutherford Ave., is displaying “disPlaced” now through May 11 in the Mary L. Fifield Gallery.

Boston-area artists share work that reflects their personal experiences navigating crises, resilience and reconciliation. Featured artists include Sonia Andujar, Oldren Angel, Janet Cormier, Deta Galloway, David Goldman, Alberto Lozano, Ed Pontes, Hakim Raquib and Roger Sheppard, with guest curator Gloria Carrigg.

Admission is free.

Further details can be found at or by calling 617-228-2000.

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.