Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes
Loyalists and the Revolution
The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, will present “A Loyalist Perspective on the Revolution” at 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27.
Re-enactor Michael Lepage will take on the role of Chief Justice Peter Oliver and talk about the abuses loyalists suffered at the hands of “patriots.”
The program is free with museum admission. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times. Visit www.paulreverehouse.org or call 617-523-2338 for further information.
Boston’s Back Bay
The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will welcome guest speaker Anthony M. Sammarco looking at the Back Bay at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.
Historian Sammarco, author of more than 50 books on the history of Boston and surrounding communities and a teacher at the Urban College of Boston, will present a slide show on the transformation of Boston’s Back Bay from a tidal basin to a neighborhood of grand avenues and important architecture.
Admission is free. For more details, call 617-227-8135.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave.
Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.
There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.
Call 617-635-4505 for more information.
Celebration of crafts
The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., is hosting the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, now to May 31 in the Windgate gallery.
The exhibit will feature hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. It will be closed on May 29.
For more information, visit www.nbss.edu or call 617-227-0155.
The New England Aquarium at Central Wharf Simons IMAX Theatre will present “Sharks – From Shadows to Light” with Brian Skerry, the aquarium’s explorer-in-residence and National Geographic photographer, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.
Over several decades, Skerry has spent hours underwater in locations around the world, photographing sharks. In 2016, National Geographic Magazine published his stories about sharks, “Tiger Sharks,” “Great White Sharks and “Oceanic Whitetip Sharks.’ In July 2017, his fourth in this series, “Shortfin Mako Sharks,” will be published.
In this presentation, he will share his personal journey with sharks – from the ways they inspire him to his approach with photography and what he has learned along the way.
The lecture is free, but registration is required and can be made at www.neaq.org or by calling 617-973-0235.
The Boston Harbor Community Church, 9 Salutation St., will screen the documentary “Faithkeepers” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.
“Faithkeepers” gives a face and voice to the humanitarian crisis and genocide affecting millions in the Middle East as a result of religious and ethnic persecution.
Tickets are $8 per person. Visit www.tugg.com/events/faithkeepers-8rwz to purchase tickets and for more information.
Photojournalist to speak
Noted photojournalist Essdras Suarez will be the guest speaker of the North End Historical Society from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Mariners House, 11 North Sq.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Suarez will present a lecture and slide show “Through the Eyes of the Photojournalist.”
In addition, he will offer two street photography workshops from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 4. He will work with photographers of all abilities to document the North End’s colorful urban landscape and capture its vibrant people. Photographers will learn how to photograph people in public places in a non-invasive yet effective way.
The cost of the lecture is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. The workshops are $250.
Visit www.northendboston.com to register and for further information.
World Oceans’ Day
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will host a World Oceans’ Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.
This family-friendly festival showcases the conservation efforts of community groups and organizations. Visitors will learn about and celebrate the oceans of the planet through art, science, cooking demonstrations, tastings, storytelling and more.
All activities are free, open to the public and do not require aquarium admission.
Call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org for more details.
Dr. John Stauffer of Harvard University will be the guest speaker in the Old North Foundation Speaker Series at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 at Old North Church, 193 Salem St.
Stauffer will examine “Charles Sumner and Boston’s Revolutionary Tradition.” Sumner is one of the most important but underappreciated figures of the 19th century. One of America’s greatest senators, he was instrumental in ending slavery and attacking segregation.
The talk will focus on Sumner’s friendships with Henry Wadsworth, Longfellow, William Cooper Nell and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it will highlight the inspiration he received from them and from the city’s revolutionary legacy, including the Adams family and Paul Revere.
A “pay what you will” donation would be welcome.
For further information and to register, visit www.oldnorth.com or call 617-858-8231.
Dark side of Boston
Boston By Foot is presenting guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.
Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.
Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased in advance and free for members.
For more information, visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy has opened the Greenway carousel from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for the summer season. This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
‘Under the Sea’
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, is presenting three films at 10 a.m. and 1, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. now through June in the IMAX Theater.
The films include “Humpback Whales,” narrated by Ewan McGregor, “Great White Shark” and “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland.” All will be presented in 3-D.
For more information, visit www.neaq.org or call 617-226-2149.
The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will host a family fun day at 10 a.m. on Fridays during May.
Visitors will enjoy activities created especially for families with young children, joining staff in the Curious George Discovery Corner for stories, games and art projects that focus on favorite aquatic animals. The program is free with regular admission.
Call 617-973-5206 or visit www.neaq.org for more details.