Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
NEMPAC Opera from the Balcony Series
The Tresca, 233 Hanover St. and NEMPAC Opera from the Balcony Series returns to fill Boston’s North End with beautiful singing from Ray Bourque’s Table 77 Balcony from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 4.
The program is free and open to the public, donations accepted and encouraged.
Visit https://nempacboston.org/events for more information.
Ferries to and fun on Georges and Spectacle islands
Ferry service connecting Boston to Spectacle and Georges Islands will run seven days a week through Monday, Sept. 6.
Complete scavenger hunts, follow along with the Georges Island audio tour, fly a kite (free kites on Fridays). Explore a story walk, take a Yoga class and enjoy Jazz on the porch on Spectacle Island.
Visit bostonharborislands.org/calendar for a list of activities and a link to purchase ferry tickets.
As part of the Rediscover the Greenway Programmatic Series, explore The Greenway with free lunch time musical performances curated by the Boston Music Project from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:
- Sept. 8: Jazz/Funk Band at the Greenway Carousel Plaza
- Sept. 15: Summer Street Brass Band at the Rings Fountain
- Sept. 22: String Trio at the Rings Fountain
- Sept. 29: World Music Trio at the Trillium Garden on The Greenway
- Oct. 6: String Trio at Pearl Street and Purchase Street
- Oct. 13: Violin/Flute Duo at Pearl Street and Atlantic Avenue
- Oct. 20: String Quartet & BMP Students at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Mindfulness for Young Adults
People could all use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.
Join YA librarian Paul from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 on Zoom to discuss mindfulness, take some time to meditate, and practice exercises featured in Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety by psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard.
To register or for more information, visit https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdO6hrz4sHNSLhZHV7RysMlO2uiJEZtJ2.
‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking
The Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway will present a “Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking show at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9.
Learn how to prepare whole grains from around the world with Abby Clements, Whole Grain Stamp Program Manager at Whole Grains Council, Oldways.
Visit www.armenianheritagepark.org for more information and reservations.
Berklee Summer in The City: Ella-Jane Sharpe
British Australian R&B/jazz singer-songwriter, Ella-Jane Sharpe will perform at noon on Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St., as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.
With a deep love and appreciation for traditional jazz artists and a passion for modern-day neo-soul and R&B, her music creates a unique artistic expression. Deeply personal, her music draws inspiration from her multicultural environment and those who are nearest to her heart.
Visit www.berklee.edu/events/ella-jane-sharpe-1 for more information.
(ähts) Boston Arts Festival
The Boston Arts Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.
This annual event showcases the visual and performing arts in Boston.
Come meet the artists and craftspeople who share a wide variety of art and high-end craft work, including jewelry, painting, photography, wood, fiber, ceramics and sculpture and much more – and listen to local musicians perform their original music with a range of genres including rock, pop, indie, folk and jazz.
Visit https://thebostonartsfestival.com for more information.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, Inc. - Win Big on the Waterfront
Win big on the Waterfront and party on the patio at Tia’s on the Waterfront, 200 Atlantic. Ave. with Big Sister Boston’s Young Professional Board at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22. There will be lawn games, raffles, drinks, food, networking and other fun.
Big Sister Boston’s Young Professional Board engages Boston’s next generation of philanthropists to benefit Big Sister Boston’s mentoring and enrichment programs for girls.
Visit www.bigsister.org/events for more information, including tickets, sponsorships, and donations.
Crypt and church tours
Take a walk through history.
The Old North Church and Historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Old North is the oldest church building and the longest-serving Episcopal congregation in the City. Take a self-guided tour through the church; staff will be available to answer questions.
See what lies beneath the Old North Church – guided tours of the historic crypt will be offered on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Visit www.oldnorth.com/upcoming-programs for more information ($5 per person | Children, ages five and under free). Tickets will be available on-site only.
Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ Series 2
In this new series, three intertwining stories – “Walking It Off,” “Hummingbird” and “Mother’s Day” – unfold along the Greenway from the Chinatown Gate to the North End.
Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.
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 www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HarborFit: TRILLFIT Restore
Start your day at Christopher Columbus Park with a restorative fitness class using restorative yogic principles as the guide from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 9 overlooking spectacular views of Boston Harbor. Each class is taught by an instructor from TRILLFIT.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/harborfit-trillfit-restore-at-christopher-columbus-park-tickets-157102891979 for more information and registration.
Outdoor Comedy Show
Karl Xie will present an outdoor family-friendly comedy show from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 27 at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.
Shows are free but reservations are required at www.eventbrite.com/e/outdoor-comedy-show-at-the-christopher-columbus-waterfront-park-tickets-163403475193.
2021 Greenway Fitness Season
A variety of fitness classes will be offered throughout the week at various spots along the Greenway. All classes will require pre-registration.
Visit rosekennedygreenway.org for a schedule and links to register.
Parks Fitness: HIIT
HIIT training will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Sept. 27 at Christopher Park in the North End.
Visit boston.gov/events for more information.
From Art to Alliums: A Tour of The Greenway
Explore The Greenway with a free walking tour of this contemporary public park in the heart of Boston led by Greenway Conservancy volunteers.
Learn about the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program, including the current installations by Daniel Gordon and Andy Li; garden design and favorite plants; and the exciting history of the urban oasis.
Tours run at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and at noon on Fridays, last approximately an hour, and cover approximately half of The Greenway (from Chinatown to the Wharf District).
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.
Music for Food concert series
In this time of crisis, neighbors who experience food-insecurity are among the hardest hit. In lieu of their regular concerts, Music for Food is presenting online performances to support multiple food pantries.
A weekly series of videos will be released at noon on Fridays on MFF’s YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCyL1hGegB4nbh71mB0tC_Lg). Each video features MFF Artists and friends from all over the world.
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: https://bit.ly/spin4boston. Contact Catherine Pavlick at email@example.com or phone 646-477-3581 for additional information.
‘Spectacle on Spectacle’
Boston Harbor Now presents “Spectacle on Spectacle,” a celebration of the waterfront and islands, on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
This year, “Spectacle on Spectacle” kicks off a year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. This outdoor event will feature a cruise to Spectacle Island, food and drinks prepared by local vendors, and a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline for sponsors and guests.
This annual fundraising event allows BHN to offer free and low-cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and support Boston’s working port.
Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/spectacle website for more information on the event and sponsorships.
Spectacle Island 5K & Fun Run
Boston Harbor Now will hold the 10th annual Spectacle Island 5K for beginner and elite runners alike, and all those who want to have fun on Boston Harbor from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Race day festivities feature a 5K Race, a half-mile Kids Fun Run, picnic lunch for participants, music, a beer ticket, and kids’ activities.
The race will start and finish on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor. Ferries will depart from Long Wharf North and the Hingham Shipyard.
All proceeds from the Spectacle Island 5k will help support free and equitable access to Boston Harbor and Islands, and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families.
Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/5k for more information and registration.
BCYF programs and services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Boston Public Market on The Greenway 2021
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on The Greenway (700 Atlantic Ave. across from South Station) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 18.
Products include farm fresh produce; seafood; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty foods.
SNAP/EBT/HIP accepted. Learn more at https://bostonpublicmarket.org/seasonal.
Greenway Artisan Market
The Greenway Artisan Market will be open at the Rings Fountain, Milk St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Sunday, Oct. 31.
The Greenway Artisan Market is a vibrant open-air market run by Somerville Flea featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers showcasing and selling exceptional art, locally produced products, and much more.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/greenway-artisan-market for more information.
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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats 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 foodpantries.org 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.
Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed
There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.
If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.
Paul Revere House online/onsite
To stay up-to-date on “all things Revere,” check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog, or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.
The Revere House is also open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day accept Tuesdays.
Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.
New England Aquarium onsite/online
The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.
They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.
Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.
Go to neaq.org for more information.
Old North Gift Shop onsite/online
The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.
Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.
Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home
Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.
Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.
Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.
Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.
Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor
The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.
You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.
Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.
NBSS offers hands-on activities
The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.
Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.
Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.
Craft activities for kids are also available.
Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.
Help preserve Old North history and legacy
The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site and in classrooms across the nation.
As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their onsite/online visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.
The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come – especially at this crucial time when the site is closed as 95 percent of their funding comes from tourism.
Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.