Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Here is the dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard as it was in 1930. To learn more about the fascinating history of the Navy Yard and the USS Constitution, visit the U.S.S. Constitution Museum (

Comedy performance

The Beau Jest Moving Theater will present “Larry’s Play: Journey to the Center of the Stage” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 and Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St.

This new play by Larry Coen is an immersive backstage comedy that takes the audience behind the scenes of a theater to experience the gossip, humor, superstitions, joys and sorrows of being an actor. It pokes gentle funs at a range of theater types, actors auditioning for the same part, backstage gossip, mysterious items and the heartache of being fired in previews. At its heart, this is a love poem to all dreamers and aspiring show people.

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

War of 1812

The Boston National Historical Parks will host a free tour focusing on the Navy Yard during the War of 1812 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. Participants will meet in front of the flagpole on Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard.

A park ranger will lead a guided walking tour and discuss the contributions made by the Boston Navy Yard Charlestown and the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-242-5642 for further details.

Art in the park

The 21st annual Art in the Park celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at City Square Park, Chelsea Street. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 9.

The community is invited to enjoy art, live music, lots of food and fun.

More than 60 artists and artisans will display paintings, sculptures, prints, decorative art and pottery in this juried event. Artists will be present to meet and greet visitors during the daylong celebration. There will also be a painting tent where visitors can create their own masterpieces.

The Artists’ Group of Charlestown and the Friends of City Square Park are sponsoring this program.

Call 617-241-0130 or visit for more information.

Harbor Islands regatta

The 14th annual Boston Harbor Islands Regatta will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 from Spectacle Island.

More than 100 sailboats are expected to race the figure-8 course in this last race of the 2018 Massachusetts Bay Pursuit Series. The racecourse is considered one of the most beautiful and unique as competitors weave their way through the harbor islands.

Spectators can also enjoy free family activities on Spectacle Island, which offers five miles of walking trails and a visitors’ center.

An after party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pier 6 in Charlestown. Partygoers will enjoy tasty crafted cocktails, local brews and barbecue as this year’s winners are celebrated. Admission is $40 and comes with one drink ticket, food and musical entertainment with the Baha Brothers.

Proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now, the non-profit partner of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

For sailing or spectator event information, call 617-223-8666 or visit

Three art installations

The community is invited to see three amazing art installations at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

This program, hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the USS Constitution Museum, features work from three Boston-based artists: a sculpture by Somerville resident Chris Frost, a sound installation by Boston-based composer Maria Finkelmeier, and a mixed-media installation by Yale School of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate Marlon Forrester.

These installations are part of the National Park Service’s “Art on the Trails to Freedom,” a collaborative project that invites artists from New England to create public works of art that explore Boston’s historical themes and activate select locations on Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail with new theme-based public programming and temporary public art installations.

They will be displayed through Oct. 1. “Assembly” and “Ironsounds” are located at the head of Dry Dock 1 and Gate 1 respectively. “B.O.A.T. (Crane 65) is on display in the Museum’s Education Center.

Visit for more details.

Public art exhibit

Massachusetts’ sculptor Dale Rogers’ whimsical art exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” consisting of 20 eight-foot high steel sculptures, is on display now through Sept. 10 in Shipyard Park.

The big dog sculptures are installed throughout the Navy Yard in Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and along the Harbor Walk. Families can run, bike or boat to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a sculpture stroll along the two-mile route.

The Navy Yard Garden Association, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park and the National Park Service are sponsoring this exhibit.

For more details, email

Muskets, men and liberty

Boston National Historical Parks will lead free guided tours “Of Muskets, Men and Liberty” at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 29, meeting at the Bunker Hill Monument.

Visitors will discover why three men from very different backgrounds were fighting for a common cause because of their shared desire for liberty.

For more information, call the visitors’ center at 617-242-5601 or go online to

Constitution’s cannons

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Ready, Aim, Fire!” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 31.

Kids can step into the role of the courageous crew who manned the “Old Ironsides” cannon and learn the science and steps needed to fire a 32-pound carronade.

While at the museum, families should explore the hands-on Forest to Frigate exhibit that explores the creation of the United States Navy and the early history of USS Constitution.

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

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 Oct. 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.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. The 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. The ship is also open on 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, people, 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.

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.