Downtown-Fort Point-Leather District-Seaport neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

One Boston Day

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host once again host One Boston Day, a new tradition to honor the resiliency, generosity and strength of the city of Boston on Saturday, April 15 at City Hall Plaza.

In the morning the mayor will assist in raising honorary banners on Boylston Street to honor the victims and survivors of April 15, 2013. He will then visit multiple community sites throughout Boston's neighborhoods marking “One Boston Day.”

The day will be an opportunity to recognize the good in the community and reflect on the spirit of grace and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in the response to the loss and the tragedies of April 15, 2013.

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Vacation week programs

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host school vacation week programs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, April 17 to 21.

Kids can search for clues to the building’s past and learn about its transformation from Puritan meetinghouse to post office to museum, and its many famous inhabitants such as 18th century poet Phillis Wheatley. There will be scavenger hunts; a tots’ corner; visits from local poets who will create poems for visitors; quill pen writing and much more.

Activities are included with the museum admission. Admission is free for Boston residents ages 18 and under and an accompanying adult.

Call 617-482-6439 or visit for a daily activity schedule.

Vacation activities

The Old State House, 206 Washington St., will offer a series of free drop-in programs during school vacation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday, April 17 to 21.

Visitors can explore the Old State House with an interactive scavenger hunt; play tavern games; learn about portraits of the 1700s, try their hands at colonial quill and ink writing; and see the royal British coat of arms and make their own coat of arms to take home.

Call 617-720-1713 or visit for a complete schedule of activities.

Restrictions on journalists

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will present “Alternative Facts and Fake News” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

The program will look at the threats to the First Amendment, particularly regarding attempts from the federal government to invalidate and restrict journalism. Suffolk University journalism professor Deborah Geisler will interview Matt Viser of the Boston Globe, Joe Mathieu from WBZ and Evan Engel, most recently, Vocativ, on recent disturbing trends in the treatment of reporters and the Fourth Estate as a whole.

Tickets are free, but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, call 617-305-3616 or visit

Preserving historic churches

The Old South Meeting House and the LivableStreets Alliance will host a program on the historic preservation of Boston’s churches at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Stained glass historian and preservation advocate Judy Neiswander will share success stories, discuss ongoing preservation challenges for Boston churches and highlight some of the buildings and their interior treasures that have been lost forever.

Tickets are $6 for general admission or free for members. For further information, visit

Rock band to perform

The Fort Point Theatre Channel will present the Liz Borden Band in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

The melodic rock band has a love of vocal harmonies and a dose of punk. They will play original tunes as well as covers to keep the audience dancing all night long.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-750-8900.

Craft beer tasting

The Hopsters grand craft beer tasting will be held in two sessions, from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at The Kitchen at The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

This brew fest will celebrate the local beer companies that have revolutionized the industry and restored brewing as a neighborhood business. Hopsters Alley and over 10 local breweries, plus other Boston Public Market vendors, for cheese and other snacks, will be on hand. The Trustees of Reservations are hosting this event.

Tickets are $12 for Trustees members and $20 for general admission. Each ticket holder will receive a commemorative glass.

For more information and to register, visit

Walking tours

Boston By Foot is offering Heart of the Freedom Trail walking tours of downtown Boston at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through April 30 meeting at the Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall on Congress Street.

The 90-minute tour begins with the city’s establishment in 1630. The story of Boston is told through the architecture spanning more than three centuries.

Starting with the Puritan settlement, the tour continues through the American Revolution and the growth of commercial Boston and finishes with an overview of contemporary development.

It features many of the downtown Freedom Trail sites, including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, King’s Chapel, the Old South Meeting House and the site of the first public school in America.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 children, ages 6 to 12, in advance and free for members.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit for further information.

Road to Cuba exhibition

The exhibit “Road to Revolution: A 30 Day Journey Across Cuba” is on display at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St., through July 23.

For 30 days last summer architectural designer Abby Gordon traversed the island of Cuba. Her photos document her course of travel and her investigation into the 1959 Cuban Revolution’s impact on the country’s infrastructure. The architectural language of Cuba is rich with Native, African, European, Asian and American influence and the photos presented aim to provide insight into the forces that shaped Cuba’s architecture and the way its diverse community lives and engages with the physical environment.

Admission is free. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-391-4000.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.