South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

JFK centennial exhibit

The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is displaying the John F. Kennedy Centennial exhibition now to Aug. 31.

The display celebrates the centennial of the birth of the 35th American president and famous son of Massachusetts with a display of images from his life and presidency.

Admission is free. Call 617-268-0180 for more details.

Free ferries

As part of National Park Service Centennial Summer, Boston Harbor Islands will celebrate the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday with a free ferry day, a special one-day ferry schedule to two of the most popular Boston Harbor Islands, Georges and Spectacle Islands, on Saturday, May 13.

Visitors can have a picnic, take a tour of historic Fort Warren, hike the trails, explore the beach or just enjoy the views of scenic Boston Harbor.

The ferries depart from Long Wharf North. Tickets are first-come, first-served and are available from 8:30 a.m. on the day at the Boston Harbor Cruises ferry center on Long Wharf North. Boats for Georges Island will leave at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and return at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Boats for Spectacle Island will leave at 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. and return at 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. Each adult may pick up a maximum of four tickets.

Visit or call 617-223-8666 for more details.

Dance performance

2015 Guggenheim Fellow Beth Gill will make her Boston debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

In her newest work, “Brand New Sidewalk,” Gill has teamed up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse and elegant work that questions the value of formalism in dance. This new piece for four dancers explores themes of alienation, erasure, fantasy and power through the lens of abstraction.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-478-3100.

Island cleanup

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a Stewardship Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 on Grape Island.

Volunteers will join park stewards to work with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to clean up the island from winter damage and get it ready for a season of camping, hiking, kayaking and habitat restoration.

The work will involve trail maintenance and debris management. Participants should wear layers for the weather and closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle and lunch. Tools will be provided.

To register, visit or call 978-360-0421.

South Boston maps

Ed McCarthy will give the 37th annual Marjorie M. Gibbons Lecture at the South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15.

Amateur historian McCarthy will speak on “South Boston: A History in Maps.” Originally used as a pasture for Dorchester residents, annexed to Boston and used as a place to contain less desirable city institutions, South Boston developed an insular attitude towards the rest of the city. McCarthy, using a series of maps he has created, will tell the fascinating story of South Boston and explain the factors that led to its evolution into the vibrant community it is today.

Refreshments will be served.

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library are cosponsoring this free program. Call 617-268-0180 or visit for more details.

Movie matinees

The South Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, is hosting a series of free films starring the inimitable Debbie Reynolds from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays during May.

The movies span Reynolds’ earlier career in the 1950s and ’60s and include “Tammy and the Bachelor” with Leslie Nielson on May 16; the MGM musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Harve Presnell on May 23; and “The Singing Nun” with Greer Garson on May 30.

Call 617-268-0180 for more details.


The Friends of the Children-Boston will host the 12th annual “Friend-raiser” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 at the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton St.

The festivities will include a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. This year’s theme is “Hopes and Dreams: Vision and Future at Friends.”

Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Children-Boston’s long-term mentoring program. The non-profit engages children from high-risk communities in 12 years of transformative mentoring relationships.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 314-323-2337.

Artist of the month

The South Boston Library, 646 East Broadway, is exhibiting works by local photographer Gerrie O’Brien now through May 31 during library hours.

O’Brien’s exhibit is a visual representation of taking a stroll through the South Boston neighborhood, with scenes of sunsets, the Boston Harbor shoreline, Castle Island, the ferries, the Fall Street Festival, memorials, and benefit road races and walks.

For further information, call 617-268-0180.

Bands and benefit run

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., will host the annual summer festival from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, May 19 and 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The 16th annual five-mile road race will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.

Festivities will include food and choices of beer, held outside and under tents. Participants can take a tour of the brewery, keg bowl for charity, try food from local vendors and enjoy a brew. Popular up-and-coming bands and DJs will perform on multiple stages.

A cover charge of $25 will include a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. Attendees must be 21-plus with an I.D. A shuttle service will run from South Station.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., the five-mile road race will take place along the South Boston waterfront with proceeds benefiting the Angel Fund in its fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The run will feature a well-run course, costumes, kegs of beer and the largest Sunday morning dance party in town. Runners of all levels will compete.

For more information, visit or call 888-427-7666.

Book sale

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the library, 646 East Broadway.

The sale will feature lots of adult and juvenile books and audiovisual materials for bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programs of the Friends.

Call the library at 617-268-0180 for further information.

Island cruise

The Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands will offer a cruise and tour of Rainsford Island from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Participants will meet at 60 Rowes Wharf.

The adventure begins with a 45-minute narrated cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands, learning about the maritime history of the islands with a park ranger. Photo historian Liz Carella will share historical images and stories of the island’s past as a quarantine hospital, reform school and a hotel.

The island is only accessible to private boaters as there is no dock or public ferry service. There will be a beach landing ship for this trip.

Visitors should bring a picnic lunch, as no food is available on the island or the boat.

Tickets are $30 adults, $27 for members, seniors and students, $22 for children under 12.

Further information is available at or by calling 781-740-4290.

Patriot Fest

The Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will host the “Patriot Fest” from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Lawn on D, 420 D St.

Headlining the music festival will be country music singers and songwriters Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay, with musical support from Dalton and the Sheriffs and Louie Bello.

Attendees must be age 21 plus with a valid I.D. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.

Visit to purchase tickets or for more information.

New art exhibitions

The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, is hosting special exhibits now through Friday, June 30.

The front lobby will feature paintings by Deanna Kurlowecz, the Atrium exhibit will display “Periplus” by Stacey Piwinski and Nina Earley and paintings by artist Maddy Johnson will be on display in the HarborPark exhibition.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. A photo I.D. is required to enter the courthouse.

Visit or call 617-261-2440 for further information.

Pop-up art talk

A pop up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art.

Tickets are free with museum admission.

Visit or call 617-478-3103 for further details.

Fun at the library

A series of fun, free children’s activities will be held during May at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Featured will Puppet Story Time at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays; Playgroup for babies, toddlers and preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Circle Time for babies and toddlers at 11 a.m. on Fridays. There is also an infant massage class at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.