South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
People enjoy sailing at Castle Island in South Boston with Fort Independence as the backdrop.

Family art days

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is hosting free family days from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now through Sept. 2.

Saya Woolfalk is a New York–based artist who uses science fiction, technology and fantasy to re-imagine the world and think about how combining cultures can create more utopian societies.

In “Hybrid-Digital Home,” she has collaborated with her six-year-old daughter, Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, to reinvent the ICA’s Art Lab as a warm domestic environment made up of a lively combination of patterns.

The installation combines textile patterns from around the world with computer-generated patterns based on visitor drawings created in Scratch. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media.

Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute drawings to be digitally patterned and added to the wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.

Registration is not required.

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

Boston Light tours

Boston Harbor Islands will offer tours of Boston Light at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Sept 1, 8 and 19. There will also be a special tour at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

Tours will depart from the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

This special narrated cruise will voyage through maritime history and pass renowned Boston Harbor landmarks on these three-lighthouse tours. The two-hour cruise will sail past Long Island Light, Graves Light and Boston Light, America’s oldest light station.

Staff and volunteers from the National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard will provide the narrations and programs on-board. There is no food or water available on the boat so passengers should feel free to bring their own snacks and meals.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for seniors/students/military, $25 for children and free for kids, ages 3 and under.

To purchase tickets and for more details, visit

Georges Island fun

The Boston Harbor Islands will host free family events on Georges Island from 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2.

Visitors can enjoy an interactive tour of Fort Warren especially for kids from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.; learn about what lies beneath the ocean with staff from the New England Aquarium from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dress up in Civil War costumes from noon to 2 p.m.; and hear about the legend of the Lady in Black at 2:15 p.m.

For more details, visit or call 617-223-8666.

Free day at the museum

In honor of Labor Day, the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., is offering free admission for all on Monday, Sept. 3.

Visitors can check out three current exhibitions: “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985;” Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death;” and “Entangled in the Everyday.” They can take a ride to the Watershed, the converted warehouse in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, with a free ferry ride from the Seaport to East Boston.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can contribute drawings to be digitally patternized and added to the Art Lab wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-478-3103.

Transgender profiles

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway, will welcome Linda DeFruscio and Michelle Pando in a free talk, “Transgender Profiles,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Understanding what it is like to be transgender can be difficult, especially if you have never met a transgender person. Author DeFruscio and advocate Pando will explore what it means to identify as transgender and how to be an ally.

Call 617-268-0180 for further information.

Summer nights

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., will host a special First Friday program “Summer Nights” from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

Attendees can soak up the last days of summer with high-energy beachy beats, a sunset dance party, cocktails and cool contemporary art.

The $15 ticket includes museum admission and a complimentary drink. Members are admitted free. The evening is for 21 plus. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Visit or call 617-478-3100 for more details and to purchase tickets.

Memoir writing workshop

Kim Kerrigan of Corporate Classrooms will be the guest speaker in a free, three-part program on writing memoirs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

This workshop will help participants discover their writing voices and produce a truly memorable and unique memoir.

Kerrigan has conducted writing workshops throughout the U.S. and Mexico. He has authored or coauthored eleven books, including “Sound Advice for Successful Writing,” “Get a Grip on Grammar,” “Words for the Wise” and “Mom In Her Own Words.”

For more information, call 617-268-0180.

Art at the courthouse

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

The HarborPark Exhibit features photographs of “Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces.” Sociologist Wendy Cadge and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around greater Boston. This remarkable project provides a glimpse into the life and history of the city from a sacred edge and an appreciation for what these spaces offer, both literally and symbolically, to residents and visitors alike.

Polymer clay mosaics by Audrey Markoff and Greg Dunn are on display in the Atrium Exhibit.

The Front Lobby is hosting “A Tribute to John Joseph Moakley.” This exhibition is open until Aug. 31.

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.

Farmers’ market

The South Boston farmers’ market is being held from noon to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Oct. 22 at 446 West Broadway in the municipal parking lot.

Local vendors will sell flowers, herbs, locally produced honey, baked goods, fresh fish, crafts, housewares and local farmers’ produce.

Call 617-464-5858 or send an email to for more information

Castle Island tours

The Castle Island Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free, guided, 60-minute tours of Fort Independence at Castle Island from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Castle Island is located at the end of Day Boulevard.

Castle Island, the oldest continuously fortified site in North America, is home to Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851. Castle Island’s eighth fort was built with granite from quarries in Rockport.

Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-333-7404.

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.