South Boston neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
This aerial view is of Dorchester Avenue and Old Colony Avenue in 1925. Though the neighborhood has gone through some very obvious physical changes, there are many cultural changes that have taken place as well.

The American Songbook

The South Boston Arts Association will present a musical presentation of the American Songbook from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Hear the songs and music of the greatest American composers. Refreshments will be served.

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Migration and walls

Interactive tours of the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be held at select times through Jan. 26.

“A Wall is a Wall” will be shown at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 and from 11 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection presents abstract meditations on, and sobering documentation of, border walls and the lived experiences of those who journey from one side to another.

Visit for additional information including other related programs.

Katharine Hepburn movies

The South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway will feature Katharine Hepburn films from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays as follows:

Dec. 3: Philadelphia Story (1940) also starring Cary Grant; Dec. 10: Adam’s Rib (1949) also starring Spencer Tracy; Dec. 17: African Queen (1951) also starring Humphrey Bogart; Dec. 24: Summertime (1955) also starring Rossano Brazzi; and Dec. 31: Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) also starring Ralph Richardson.

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‘Christmas on Uranus’

Gold Dust Orphans will present a “Christmas on Uranus” from Dec. 5 through Dec. 22 at the Lithuanian Hall Theatre, 368 W. Broadway, Third Floor.

This is a vaudeville-inspired Christmas extravaganza from the mind of Ryan Landry, ages 16 and older.

Shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday and at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets range in price from $49.99 to $100 and can be found on

Winter storytime

Celebrate winter with stories and fun for children, 5 years of age and younger, with their families and caregivers from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

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Charlie King Holiday Concert

The annual Charlie King Holiday Concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Haley House Soup Kitchen, 23 Dartmouth St.

Charlie King and Annie Patterson have been performing and recording together for years and make a mighty duet.

Come early for dinner – recommended food donation $10 – and to secure a parking space in the McKinley School lot. Door will open at 5:30 p.m.

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Holiday card making

The MOMS Club of South Boston will host a holiday card making event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

Children, ages 12 and younger can create handmade cards for the holiday.

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‘Dear So-And-So’ exhibit

The “Dear So-And-So” exhibit will be on view through Dec. 27 at the Distillery Gallery, 516 East 2nd St.

An Opening Reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Co-curators Mary Lewey and Helen Popinchalk selected a group of artists working in a variety of mediums to choose an artist pen pal. This long-distance back-and-forth has been documented at each step as the works progressed and developed. “Dear So-and-So” features the finished collaborations between each artist duo.

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Enchanted Trolley Tour

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour will take place from Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The festivities will include holiday performances, visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

The trolley will stop at M Street Park at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Visit for a complete list of stops and other information.

Tea Party reenactment

Celebrate the 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment with Old South Meeting and the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.

The event will begin at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and end at the Harborwalk behind the Intercontinental Boston Hotel, Congress Street Bridge (rain or shine).

Visit for an event schedule and tickets.

Murphy ice skating rink schedule

The DCR Murphy Memorial Rink at 1880 William J Day Blvd. will be open for public skating through Mar. 21.

Public Skating Hours on the large rink: Sunday from 2 to 3:50 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 1:50 p.m.; Friday from noon to 1:50 p.m. and 6 to 7:50 p.m.; and Saturday from 7 to 8:50 p.m.

Public Skating Hours on the small rink: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 5:50 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7:50 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Phone 617-269-7060 for holiday and school vacation changes and other 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.

Mobile market program

The Fresh Connect Truck is at 7 Joyce Hayes Way from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and 93 Preble St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the year.

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Peace by Piece

Peace by Piece will be held on the first Monday of the month (accept for holidays) at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 340 Dorchester St.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m., offering an open space in which people can share their stories or just listen.

Peace by Piece (for post-traumatic healing) provides free monthly trauma support programming using a community-based approach to foster recovery and healing from all sources of post-traumatic stress, grief, or losses of all types. This program is for adults from all backgrounds, faiths and orientations; just show up.

For more information, visit or phone 617-701-6281 or email

Free Thursdays at ICA

Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at 100 Northern Ave. is free.

The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process.

For more information, go to

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

‘Kusama: Infinity’

“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

The “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama” exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.

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BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 28 at the South Boston Branch Library, 646 East Broadway.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).

Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.

From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Visit for details and tickets.