South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Evacuation Day

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

Technology workshop

An introduction to e-books workshop will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

This free class will be an introduction to the library’s collection of e-books, audio-books, movies, television and music. Attendees can bring their own device or use one of library computers.

Call 617-268-0180 for further information.

Starring Joan Crawford

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will screen free films starring Hollywood legend Joan Crawford from 1 to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 20 and 27.

Featured will be “Strait Jacket” with Diane Baker on March 20 and “Berserk!” co-starring Ty Hardin on March 27.

For more details, call 617-268-0180.

Boston Ballet story time

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will offer story time with the Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

Children and families are welcome to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, age 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-268-0180 for further details.

Curator talk, tour

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a curator tour with chief curator Eva Respini at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

Respini will explain how she selected and organized the works in the exhibition “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 To Today.” She will lead visitors through the galleries discussing how new technologies have influenced art making in media from painting to performance.

Admission is free.

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

Harbor cruise

Boston Harbor Islands will offer a cruise of Boston Harbor from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, meeting at Boston Long Wharf.

This new cruise “Revelry and Revolution” will highlight the real history of Boston’s Evacuation Day that celebrates the departure of British troops following the Siege of Boston in March 1776. The cruise will follow the same route as British forces did: from Long Wharf, past Fort Independence and out and around Boston Light. There will be narration by local historians, Boston Harbor Islands’ staff and lighthouse keeper Sally Snowman, as well as period music.

Lunch, full bar and other refreshments will be available for purchase onboard.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for kids and seniors and free for children under 3 years.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

New art exhibit

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

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.