Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes

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Art in the Park is back

Art in the Park returns to the award-winning City Square Park in Charlestown for the AGC’s outdoor art fair. Online applications are now available to take part for both artist participants and corporate sponsor support.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Setup goes from 8 to 10 a.m. The rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 12.

Art in the Park is an annual juried art event, sponsored by the Artists’ Group of Charlestown. Since 1998, Art in the Park has consistently attracted talented artists from the New England area, becoming an extremely popular fine art event. 

Art in the Park is an important fundraiser for the AGC. This event provides this organization with funding for a variety of arts-related programs, all of which are free and open to the public at the StoveFactory Gallery.

Support also provides an opportunity for artists to present their work to residents of Charlestown and the Greater Boston area at the City Square Park, a local treasure.

The Committee will review and accept applicants based on creativity, originality of the work and presentation. Only original works will be considered. Various mediums including acrylic, oil, mixed media and watercolor painting, original prints and/or limited editions prints, photography, sculpture, glass and pottery, jewelry, fabric, textile and other fine art are acceptable.

For more information about this event or to fill out an application or become a sponsor, please go to Applications are available through Aug. 25.

Save Pier 5 party on Aug. 26

Everyone is invited to attend the Save Pier 5 Party, which will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 at Pier 5, 197 Eighth St., Charlestown between Courageous Sailing and the Pier 6 Restaurant.

The event will include food, music, games, educational displays and crafts.

This is being organized and hosted by the Pier 5 Association, a group of concerned citizens who are working to restore Pier 5 as a public, open, maritime and historical, educational and interactive waterfront park for everyone to enjoy.

The group currently has an online petition to the Mayor of Boston expressing concern over the current RFP process from BPDA that “aims to privatize Pier 5, adjacent to the Courageous Sailing Center.”  

Pier 5 has historical significance as “the area where John Winthrop sailed and then founded Charlestown; where he met and traded with Squaw Sachem. This is the area where British Ships assaulted the Patriots at The Battle of Bunker Hill.”

The group trying to save the pier from private development says, “Its restoration should recognize and celebrate the unique history of the Navy Yard from its inception in 1800 to its closure in 1974 to include securing our nation’s founding, protecting its independence through wartime, ship building innovations and establishing women’s rights.”

Find the petition and learn more at

Meet the USS Constitution 1812 Marines in Boston

The United States Marines guarded the Charlestown Navy Yard throughout its entire history as an active Navy installation. They also served aboard ships like the USS Constitution during the War of 1812.

Learn how they served both ashore and at sea from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. See educational displays, musket firing demonstrations, period drill and speak to the Marines and other people associated with an 1812 navy yard.

Visit for more information.

Canvas Paint Party

JJ of JJ Artworks will walk participants through painting their own piece of canvas art from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 outside at The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park.

Visit for more information and registration.

Shorebirds - Online                                                                          

Shorebirds are avian superstars with Herculean migrations, unique feeding adaptations and elaborate courtship displays.

This online presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25 will enrich an appreciation of these incredible birds, as the group discusses several species that are currently passing through on both ends of migration or settling in seasonally for nesting.

Learn their unique and specialized features which support their ability to thrive in distinct, but interconnected coastal/wetland environments. Once decimated by market hunting, shorebirds have shown remarkable resiliency as they populate ever decreasing habitats. Presently, they provide important metrics in the understanding of the effects of climate change and sea level rise. After this presentation, people know where and when to observe shorebirds, and tips on visual and vocal identifications.

Visit for more information and registration (Members: $20 | Nonmembers: $24).

Painting in the Gardens

A fun and loose floral painting session at sunset in the Gardens, 499 Main St. with Charlestown-based artist and Chief Joy Maker of Essem Art Studio, Sophia Moon, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 26. No prior experience is required and all materials will be provided.

​A pre-painting reception will start at 6 p.m. and the class will begin at 6:30.

All proceeds will benefit the Gardens for Charlestown.

Visit for more information and tickets ($40).

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:

Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston

Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.

Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Visit for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.

Summer Breakspeare 2021

An in-person summer break theatre camp for kids, ages 8-12, led by professional actors and teaching artists from Actors’ Shakespeare Project, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 23 through Friday, Aug. 27 with 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. after-care available.

Participants will explore and rehearse The Tempest, one of William Shakespeare’s most beautiful and magical plays at the Charlestown Working Theater

Join them for shipwrecks, intrigue and a big dose of comedy on Shakespeare’s Island. The young actors will enjoy all the twists and turns of this plot as they take on the characters and the design of the show themselves.

The week will culminate with a live performance on Friday, subject to safety protocols at the time.

Visit for more information and registration (Tuition fees vary).

Summer Science Discovery Program

Based out of the Discovery & Action Center in the Charlestown Navy Yard, “e” inc. will host its two one-week Summer Science Discovery Programs (SSDP) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with after care available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays from Aug. 23 through Sept. 3 for children, ages 6 to 12, with hands-on science and art activities.

– Week One: They will investigate the New England Ecosystem – from water to trees to animals large and small. Children will explore, use art to recreate, investigate the tree fungal network (think tree root morse code), investigate the many trees in our area and of course the mammals and water beings that live all around us.

– Week Two: They will explore the wildness of the universe. From the solar system’s odd and individual planets (who knew Uranus was rotating on its side?) to comets and meteor showers (they hope to see one during a camp night) they will be considering how the pull of gravity and the flares of the sun all effect our local system – a mere dot in our galaxy.

Visit for more information and registration.

Boston spin4 Crohn's and Colitis Cures                                        

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is teaming up with Turnstyle Cycle & Bootcamp for their spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures event from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Hood Park, 100 Hood Park Dr. in Charlestown. The event will consist of an outdoor cycle relay and an epic #partyonabike with Turnstyle Cycle instructors.

They will also have a virtual experience that all fundraising participants will be invited to on Dec. 4.

Pedal with a Purpose – Secure a bike today: Contact Catherine Pavlick at or phone 646-477-3581 for additional information.

Yard Games: Corn Hole Sunday

Challenge the fam to a game of Cornhole (classic bean bag toss) in the Yard at The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St. from 3 to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 29.

Along with lawn game fun you can also enjoy Buzzy's Chili Dogs, lemonade, cocktails, and more.

Entry includes one hour of cornhole in the Yard with up to six players - 4 Buzzy's Chili Dogs, 4 Mexican Street Corn, and Liberty Lemonade.

Visit for more information and reservations ($50 group of six).

Summer Sol Series Outdoor Yoga at Bunker Hill

People can improve their physical and mental well-being with a yoga and mindfulness practice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 26.

Whole Health Wellness classes at the Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square are fun, engaging and adaptable to suit all ages and all levels of abilities, providing an enriching mind-body experience while focusing on breath, alignment, and posture.

Visit for more information and registration ($15).

Charlestown Farmers Market

The Charlestown Farmers Market at the corner of Main Street and Austin Street will be open from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 27.

Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.

Visit for a complete list of farmers markets.

HarborFit: TRILLFIT Restore at the Charlestown Navy Yard        

End the day at the Charlestown Navy Yard with a fitness class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 14 using restorative yogic principles as the guide, overlooking the spectacular views of Boston Harbor.

Each class is taught by an instructor from TRILLFIT. 

Go to for more information and registration.

Parks Fitness: Fusion Fit (HIIT and Yoga) with Jacqui                          

Fusion Fit (HIIT and Yoga) with Jacqui will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Oct. 1 at Doherty Playground, 349 Bunker Hill St.

Visit for more information and registration.

Fitness at The Anchor                                                                     

The Anchor, 1 Shipyard Park offers a variety of fitness programs at various times throughout the week.

Visit for more information and registration.

Live @ 5

The Anchor at the scenic Shipyard Park offers an intimate singer songwriter experience – featuring their talented roster of musicians from 5 to 7 p.m. on most weeknights.

Visit for more information and registration.

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                     

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network activities                                             

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network will continue to offer virtual and onsite programing on select days and times, including yoga, fitness training, adaptive cycling, kayaking and Riders Club, among others.

Visit for more information, including class description, schedule, registration and fees.

BCYF summer programs and classes                                            

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

Visit for more information and registration.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston summer camps

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston runs full-day fun-filled camps for children, ages 6-12. Campers participate in a diverse roster of activities, including arts and crafts, science and technology projects, sports, field trips and lots of swimming.

Visit for more information and registration.

Courageous Sailing has begun                                                                    

Courageous Sailing has begun – lots of laughing – lots of fun!

This nonprofit community sailing and youth development organization is committed to providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn, sail and enjoy Boston Harbor from May through October.

The Courageous Sailing Centers are located at Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard; UMass Boston Dorchester Campus; and at the Jamaica Pond Boat House, 507 Jamaicaway in Jamaica Plain.

To learn more about the Adult Programming; Youth Programming Components (Summer Youth programs, STEM Resources and After School Sailing); and the Courageous at Home and Courageous Together activities and events, visit and/or follow them on their social media platforms.

Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt       

Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the Waterfront: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Friday, Oct. 1.

Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

To play, visit, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.

Sponsor a 2021 BGCB Campership                       

Please consider making a contribution to help the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club give even more children a wonderful summer experience.

Scholarship donations will help members attend summer camp and provide vital operating support for the Club as it continues to adapt and find new ways to support their members and families. The camp fees, although far less than the actual cost, are often still much more than many families can afford.

For questions, please contact John Killoran at or (617)516-5501.

USS Constitution tours

The USS Constitution at the Charlestown Navy Yard has resumed public visitation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays. Enjoy a free, guided tour of Old Ironsides or explore the top deck at your own pace.

The crew will continue to host a live virtual tour at 1 p.m. on Mondays.

Visit for more information.

USS Constitution Museum hours

The Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit and their social media channels for more information, including new digital content and events.

The Bunker Hill Monument, Lodge and Museum

The Bunker Hill Museum – where visitors can explore more about the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument, the memory of the battle and the history of the Charlestown neighborhood – is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Bunker Hill Museum, the Lodge and the base of the Monument are accessible. The only means to reach the top of Bunker Hill Monument is via 294 stairs; at the top of the monument through 360-degree Live Webcams. 

Until further notice, the Bunker Hill Monument remains closed.

Learn more at

Future Readers Book Club and events

The Boston Public Library hosts the Future Readers Club for children, ages five years and younger, and their caregivers, with a goal of reading 1,000 books together before the child begins kindergarten.

Register at to keep track of the books you read together and earn badges for your young milestones at

In addition, the BPL offers an assortment of programs as part of the Future Readers Club to engage children in stories, songs, finger play and crafts.

Visit for more information and registration to each event.

Historic neighborhood tour

The Charlestown Preservation Society features a self-guided historic neighborhood tour, with information available at

The 1.5-mile route winds through Boston’s oldest neighborhood, through charming neighborhood squares and street, and past historic houses and monuments. Read about Charlestown’s history and people and peek inside many buildings through interior photographs.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry appeal                                                        

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting donations to help serve the increasing number of residents in need of assistance – more than 500 families per month, a 100 percent increase from last year.

Non-perishable foods along with toiletries and cleaning products can be dropped off at the Food Pantry, 49 Vine St. (Hayes Square); The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main St.; or the Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St. (by the Training Field).

Financial donations can be sent to Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129 or made online at

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Food distributions take place at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month and at 2 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. The Pantry is also looking for volunteers to assist with distribution.

If you are in need of assistance, please arrive at the distributions with a proof of residence.

For more information, email or phone 617-990-7314.

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Food program donations                                                                             

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details, call 857-238-1176.

Ronald McDonald House Wish List Drive

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of New England (RMHC NE) provides a comprehensive and supportive network of resources to children facing all pediatric illnesses and their families through Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles.

RMH Boston Harbor needs household items to support their families throughout their stay and ensure apartments are fully stocked with essential items at all times.

The Wishlist items can be found on Amazon or on the RMH Boston Harbor online wishlist and can be purchased anywhere.

Contact the RMH Boston Harbor Volunteer Coordinator, or phone 617-398-6458 to schedule the delivery of collected items to their office in Charlestown.

Visit for more information.

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to support the Disaster Relief Fund. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by COVID-19 and other disasters.

All proceeds will be donated – there are no administrative costs. Checks may be made out to Charlestown Lions Club – LCIF and sent to: P.O. Box 290474, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Send an email to for more information.

Kennedy Center

For more than 56 years, the Kennedy Center has provided critical safety nets for Charlestown’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors.

To keep up to date with the latest news, you can subscribe to their feeds on social media and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @KennedyFSC and/or visit them at

If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit