Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes
Boston Design Week's Special Fall Season
Boston Design Week’s Special Fall Season, is a three-week art and design festival taking place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 16.
Featured events include nationally-known speakers in architecture, interior design and other design fields, along with both in-person and virtual design events and openings.
Also included are numerous outdoor and special walking tours and museum exhibitions.
Boston Design week serves to draw more attention to the importance of Boston as a hub for design innovation, showcase the prevalence of design in our day-to-day lives and to expand the design community, ultimately making information more accessible.
All events are open to the public and the majority are free with reservations.
Visit BostonDesignWeek.com for a complete calendar of events.
Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island
Join the park biologists and volunteer stewards from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 for Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island.
Help control non-native invasive plants and enhance native ecosystems and natural processes in the park. The group will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as they work to understand and improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.
A ferry will depart from the EDIC pier in South Boston.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/stewardship-saturday-at-thompson-island-tickets-178364692597 for more information and registration.
‘I Am This Place’
The original play “I Am This Place” envisions a legacy and history of resistance, survival, loss and remembrance which may have influenced Crispus Attucks, the African and Indigenous man who was the first to fall during the Boston Massacre.
Two actors, Maria Hendricks and Dominic Carter, take on nine characters in this compelling drama which spans more than 100 years, weaving together historical fact with artistic insight. Playwright Miranda ADEkoje imagines what the lives of Crispus Attucks’s parents and ancestors might have been like as Black and Indigenous people living in a time of war and slavery in New England.
Produced in partnership with Plays in Place, this performance can be viewed at 11:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 24 at Old South Meeting House. The performance runs approximately 25 minutes.
Admission to this performance is included in museum entry.
Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2021/09/27/i-am-this-place for more information and reservations.
‘Out of Order’
Boston’s favorite modern circus troupe rises up by going underground. The 7 Fingers are back with a theatrical film that plays with the notions of poverty, power and pleasure.
This show, recommended for all ages, is in French with English subtitles and will be available to stream on-demand through 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.
Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/out-of-order for more information and registration (Pick Your Price).
ARC Blood Drive at Flynn Cruiseport Boston
Flynn Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave. Black Falcon Cruise Terminal will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 18.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve a space.
Mass STEM Week/ CreatedBy Festival 2021
– The CreatedBy Festival is an annual opportunity during Massachusetts STEM Week (Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 22) to be inspired by local artists, technologists, makers and creatives. There will be hands-on live Zoom demonstrations, workshops, performances and much more - all online to be viewed from an elementary schooler's classroom or home.
– Massachusetts STEM Week ends with a hands-on festival celebrating the inspirational work of local artists, technologists, innovators and creative do-ers.
This year's event hosts a carefully curated group of exhibitors and partners, including Artisan's Asylum, New England FIRST, Brandeis Maker Lab, and more. Try hand-on activities, watch inspirational demonstrations and marvel at amazing pieces of art - all in addition to the regularly offered Museum exhibits.
CreatedBy Festival 2021, held at Boston Children's Museum on Saturday, Oct. 23, will be a masked and distanced event with timed ticketing (limited availability - reserve tickets soon).
Go to https://createdbyfestival.org for more information and registration.
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:
– Oct. 20: String Quartet & BMP Students at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Bright Lights: The Women of Standing Rock
A group of indigenous women risk their lives to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which jeopardizes their land, water and entire way of life. Despite the desecration of their ancient burial and prayer sites, violent confrontations, and limited resources, these women refuse to back down.
Calls for change reverberate nationally as the women of Standing Rock led a tireless effort to defend their right to clean water and rich heritage.
On Demand Streaming will be available for viewing from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with director Shannon Kring starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.
Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-end-of-the-line-the-women-of-standing-rock for more information and registration.
The Boston Asian American Film Festival
The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.
The featured films will be available from Wednesday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 24. The Shorts Program will be available from Thursday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 31.
For a complete list of featured films/shorts program and registration for on-demand-streaming, visit https://artsemerson.org/events/baaff (ticket prices vary).
Introduction to Census Data
Ana Maria Garcia of the US Census Bureau will present a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 21, hosted by the Mel King Institute.
This introductory-level, hands-on workshop will help people learn about some of the latest online tools available to help assemble, analyze and present data from the U.S. Census for your community; special attention to descriptive data for nonprofits and community development organizations working on neighborhood-level planning projects, service delivery, grant-writing and affordable housing development.
Visit www.melkinginstitute.org/event/6461 for more information and registration ($15 to $35).
Artist Demo: Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
Join the Society of Arts + Crafts from 2 to 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 for an in-depth demo with Angelique Scott and learn how she uses wheel throwing to raise cups and mugs like those included in CraftBoston: Cups of Good.
This demo will be viewable on the Society of Arts + Crafts' website and on their YouTube channel.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-demo-wheel-thrown-ceramics-with-angelique-scott-tickets-169356559027 for more information and registration.
Opening Reception: Embodied Identities
Join Pao Arts Center, Curator Leslie Anne Condon and artists Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 as they celebrate the opening of Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – on view at their gallery, 99 Albany St. from Thursday, Oct. 21 through Dec. 17.
The evening’s program will include short presentations by the individual artists and then a roundtable discussion facilitated by the curator.
Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/embodied-identities-opening for more information and registration (Suggested Donation $10).
Dewey Square Movie Series
As part of the Rediscover the Greenway Programmatic Series, unwind on the Dewey Square lawn with a free series of spooky movies on The Greenway. In partnership with the City of Boston, movie showings will take place in front of The Greenway mural at 6 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
– Oct, 21: Get Out (R)
– Oct, 28: Hocus Pocus (PG)
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/dewey-square-movie-series-2021-10-21 for more information.
Let's chat mental health & happiness
Ninety percent of adults have said that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health. More than ever, people ask what they can do to support their mental health.
General Assembly Boston will host a talk from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 where participants can: Learn about the latest science of mental well-being and happiness; discover achievable science-backed actions that help take care of your mental well-being; and hear the inspiring stories of others who are taking care of themselves.
Go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/press-play-lets-chat-mental-health-happiness/boston/193746 for more information and registration.
Enigma Chamber Opera presents ‘Curlew River’
Enigma Chamber Opera will present an exciting new staging of Benjamin Britten's church parable, “Curlew River” at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, 138 Tremont St.
This haunting, beautiful piece with its themes of loss, journeying and finding a way forward after trauma is the perfect catharsis for what everyone has been through in recent times.
The performances with orchestra and an amazing cast will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/enigma-chamber-opera-presents-benjamin-brittens-curlew-river-tickets-175470205107 for more information and tickets ($20-$30).
Global Arts Live presents Boston Dance Theater
Boston Dance Theater will perform “I Had a Thought” by Micaela Taylor, “For the Record” by Rena Butler, “Peekaboo” by Marco Goecke, and a new world premiere choreographed by Rosie Herrera at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Institute of Contemporary Art - Boston (ICA).
Visit www.icaboston.org for more information and registration (Members: $36 | Nonmembers: $40).
The CreatedBy Fesival is an annual celebration of STEAM creativity and inspiration. In addition to all the Boston Children’s Museum’s regular exhibits, visitors will try hands-on activities, demonstrations, and show-and-tells from local artists, technologists, innovators and educators.
Stop by to check out augmented reality, LED Light Painting, 3D scanning, robotics, and science experiments all day on Saturday, Oct. 23. Exhibitors include Artisan's Asylum, New England FIRST, Brandeis Maker Lab, Einstein's Workshop, and more.
Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or https://createdbyfestival.org for more information and tickets.
Chinatown Farmers Market
The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.
This outdoor market will feature local vendors offering fresh produce, Chinese vegetables, bakery items, and fresh seafood.
This market is produced by Chinatown Main Street in collaboration with the City of Boston Food Access Program. Boston residents receiving unemployment benefits can quality for a Chinatown Farmers Market coupon booklet worth $75.
Visit www.chinatownmainstreet.org for more information.
‘The Virulent Roots of American Violent Othering’
Chinese Historical Society of NE will present "The Virulent Roots of American Violent Othering: Asians as disposable things and other stories of dehumanization" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.
People must get to the deep taproots of Anglo-American settler colonialism to understand the virulent and violent acting out that stretches from the beginnings of Columbus' and Puritan arrivals.
Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen will ground the story of the schizoid love/hate attitude towards Asians in the US to the deep history usually ignored. The teas, porcelains and silks of the China trade were the foundation consumables the settler colonial North American knew of "Cathay" and "The Orient." Such love of "things," also regularly disposed, continue to define the ways Asian beings are encountered in US culture to this day.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/the-virulent-roots-of-american-violent-othering-tickets-177114924507 for more information and registration (Free; Suggested donation - $10).
CraftBoston: Cups of Good
Join Society of Crafts for CraftBoston: Cups of Good, a six-week online celebration of handmade vessels and the treasures they carry through Sunday, Oct. 31.
Discover containers that can hold anything from favorite beverages to a sprouting houseplant, crafted by artists from across the country and paired with recipes selected by the makers.
Shop for one-of-a-kind mugs, bowls, boxes, pots, baskets and more from the Society of Arts + Crafts store, explore artists’ profiles for direct access to their latest work and get to know the people who make these wares by participating in live events streamed from artist’s studios right to your home.
Visit https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-cups-of-good for more information.
Tuesday Tunes – AfroDesiaCity
Unwind with free lunchtime concerts curated by AfroDesiaCity from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 26. Performances will be held at Dewey Square on the Greenway.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.
Teen Night: Contemp-O-Ween
Everyone is invited to have the time of their life at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. From Disney princess inspired ball gowns to the bloody, tattered dress of Bloody Mary, they ask that you elevate what Halloween, or contemp-o-ween in this amazing case, means to you. Think about what inspires you, or what scares you, or simply find something extravagant that you feel stunning in. You’ll receive red carpet treatment and be exposed to the wonderful new exhibits at the ICA.
Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-night-contemp-o-ween-tickets-188739885077.
Trick or Treat & Peace!
St. Monica Parish, 311 Old Colony Ave. will host a Family Halloween Peace Picnic and Children's Trick or Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Visit https://www.goodsamaritanministry.org/event for more information.
Bike Seaport: Weekly check-ups
Calling all city bikers. The Seaport TMA has teamed up with Amazon and Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups.
Join them from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays on Seaport Common and enjoy treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.
Registration is required at http://seaporttma.org/bikecheckup.
Arts and Culture Open Exchange
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.
This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.
Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.
MA: Climate Action Call
Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.
People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.
Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.
Greenway Play Sessions
The Greenway Play Sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through October in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway in Chinatown.
The free play sessions will feature books and games and other fun by the Greenway PlayCubes.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.
If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.
You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.
Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.
If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link for the meeting.
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.
The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. 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).
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.
Boston By Foot tours and Architectural Cruises
Boston By Foot has resumed their in-person public walking tours as well as the popular
Architecture Cruises, presented in partnership with the Charles Riverboat Company, through Oct. 31.
Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org for more information, including a full schedule and list of tours/prices.
Seaport Sweat online/onsite
Seaport Sweat will offer classes at various times throughout the week through Friday, Oct. 29.
Join in-person on Seaport Common or at @seaportbos on IG Live.
All classes are free and all levels of fitness are welcome.
Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat to view the schedule and sign up for the classes.
Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.
Go to ymcago.org 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.
MassHire Career Center
The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.
Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.
Seaport Farmers Market
The Seaport Farmers Market (at Sea Green Park, 21 Stillings St. near Boston Wharf Road) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28.
The Seaport Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits.
Learn more at https://seaportfarmersmarket.org.
Artists for Humanity is a powerhouse of art and design – offering a fresh perspective from talented teen artists and designers. Each art work is a way to value the voice of young people.
Explore their online collections. Become inspired and transform your space.
Shop at https://artists-for-humanity.myshopify.com/collections/all.
Downtown Boston Arts Market
Browse, shop and enjoy Downtown Crossing (Summer Street Plaza) where numerous local vendors will be showcasing artisan products such as jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, clothing and more from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29.
Learn more at www.downtownboston.org.
Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online
Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.
ICA onsite/online perks
– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.
– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December).
– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.
– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays
– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us
– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays
– ICA online Store is open
Go to www.icaboston.org for more information.
Old State House and Old South Meeting House open
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.
Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
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 email@example.com or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email and a list of items needed or availability to serve.
Help Support MANNA Community Program
Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.
In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.
Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)
From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit www.parkstreet.org/events/home.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
– Make a monetary donation
– Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist
– Volunteer and/or attend events
Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.