South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
Here is an aerial view of South Boston as it looked in 1925.

St. Patrick’s festival

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., will host a St. Patrick’s festival from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

The festival will feature food vendors selling corned beef and cabbage and other delicious food, a cash bar and live Irish and rock ’n’ roll bands from the Boston area, including Kier Byrnes and Friends, Joshua Tree, Hot Sauce, the Dicey Riley Celtic Rock Band, Rick Express, the Colum Cille Pipes & Drums and more.

A free shuttle will operate from South Station. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir pint cup and one drink ticket. Friends of Harpoon Brewery are admitted for $15 on Friday. This event is for those 21 and over.

For more information, call 617-574-9551 or visit

Irish music

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will host a performance of Irish music at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

The audience will hear traditional Irish songs in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, featuring local musicians Johnny Coe, Wynter Pingel and Stuart Peak.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-268-0180.

Harbor market

The ICA Harbor Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave.

The community is invited to stop by ICA Harbor Market, an artisan takeover of the museum’s first floor, and shop Boston’s boldest local vendors, with artisans, food, music, games and art making. They can also grab food and drink samples from Southie favorites.

Call 617-478-3103 or visit for more information and a list of vendors.

Banquet fundraiser

The annual Evacuation Day banquet to honor Barbara Signor, 117th Chief Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Lithuanian Club, 368 West Broadway.

An authentic corned beef and cabbage sit-down dinner will be served. Curragh’s Fancy will provide the entertainment, and the James M. Kelly Shamrock Awards for community service will be presented.

Tickets are $40 per person. For information or tickets, call 844-478-7287 or email

Shamrock splash

The Harpoon Shamrock Splash to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, meeting at the BCYF Curley Community Center, 1663 Columbia Road.

Check-in will be at 10 a.m. with the splash at 11 a.m.

The $20 fee ($25 on the day) will include Harpoon beer, burgers, a koozie and a chance to win a round-trip JetBlue flight. There will be contests for best male and female costumes. Those who don’t want to splash but still want to come to the party can register before the event and join everyone on the beach.

The top two overall fundraisers each win a round trip flight on JetBlue (must raise a minimum of $500) and everyone who makes a contribution (registration, donation or pledge) is entered in a raffle to win a round trip flight on JetBlue.

For more details and to register, visit

Starring Joan Crawford

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen a series of free films starring Hollywood legend Joan Crawford from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays during March.

Featured will be the cult classic thriller “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” co-starring Bette Davis on March 13; “Strait Jacket” with Diane Baker on March 20; and “Berserk!” co-starring Ty Hardin on March 27.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.

USS Cole arrives in Boston

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announces that the Navy destroyer USS Cole will visit Boston during St. Patrick’s Day weekend for a port call. She will arrive at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Black Falcon Pier. Those attending are asked to bring a small American flag with them to ensure service members receive a special welcome.

The USS Cole serves as an enduring symbol of the struggle and sacrifices made by our armed forces in the war against terrorism. On October 12, 2000, during a brief refueling stop in the harbor of Aden, Yemen, the ship was attacked by a small boat laden with explosives, resulting in the deaths of 17 crew members, with 39 others wounded, and serious damage to the ship.

Visit for more details.

Evacuation Day programs

The annual Evacuation Day Mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 in St. Augustine’s Chapel, 181 Dorchester St.

An Evacuation Day ceremony will follow at Dorchester Heights starting at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend this outdoor commemoration of the day that the British Army evacuated Boston in March of 1776.

The annual historical exercises will feature the Lexington Minutemen, the South Boston Educational Complex Junior ROTC, the South Boston Catholic Academy Choir and the Major General Henry Knox Lodge of Freemasons.

The Allied War Veterans will lay a wreath to honor the men and women of South Boston in the armed forces, and the Minutemen will fire a salute.

Call 617-442-2275 or visit for information.

Library book sale

The Friends of the South Boston Branch Library will hold a St. Patrick’s Day book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the library, 646 East Broadway.

Adult and juvenile books and audio-visual materials will be available at low prices. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the community programs of the South Boston branch.

Call 617-268-0180 for more information.

5K race/walk

The 78th annual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race and Walk will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, starting and finishing at the Edgerley Family Boys & Girls Club, 230 West Sixth St.

The annual road race is held prior to the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The route will be West Sixth Street to Dorchester Street, down East Broadway to Farragut Statue, back up East Broadway to West Broadway, down E Street to West Sixth and back to the club.

The first 650 to register will receive an official race shirt designed by the Dropkick Murphys. A limited number of limited editions shirts will be on sale race weekend for $10.

All proceeds will benefit the South Boston Boys & Girls Club Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Refreshments and prizes will be available.

For more information, visit or call 617-268-4301.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

The 116th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, starting at Broadway MBTA station on West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue, continue to East Broadway to P Street, turning right onto East Fourth Street, left onto K Street, right on East Fifth, left onto G Street to the southerly side of Thomas Park, left onto Telegraph Street and ending at Dorchester Avenue (and the Andrew MBTA station).

The parade will feature dozens of bands from Ireland and across the United States, including the Boston Police Gaelic Column; police and army contingents, school marching bands, novelty vehicles, Star Wars characters, clowns, dancers and more.

The Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston is sponsoring the parade.

Further information can be found at

New art exhibit

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is hosting “Full Collabs,” works by Juan Obando now through Thursday, April 12.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

Obando’s work focuses on the intervention of social circuits through the orchestration of temporary situations and the manipulation of vestiges found in contemporary digital culture. These experiments are often directed towards the production of video-performances, installations and experimental publications, using social phenomena as raw material and humor as a catalyst in highlighting ironies and contradictions.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and by appointment.

Further information is available at

Art at the courthouse

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

The HarborPark Exhibit features “East-West,” paintings by Dominique Lecomte, a tribute to John Joseph Moakley will be featured in the Front Lobby and paintings by Eliane Markoff are on display in the Atrium.

Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. 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.