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Music of the Plimoth Colony



Boston-based ensemble Seven Times Salt will present a concert “Pilgrims’ Progress: Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers” at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23.


The Plimoth colonists were a diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, religious zealots and irreverent opportunists and the music they brought with them was not just solemn psalms, but also humorous ballads, Dutch songs and dance tunes. Seven Times Salt will take the audience back in time for a unique musical experience of the varied music of the early colonists.


Admission is free.


Call 617-227-8135 for further information.





Winter wildlife


The National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance will host a winter wildlife cruise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.


The boat will depart from Long Wharf at 11 a.m. and take passengers on a cruise of the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay and the Weir River estuary. Local naturalists from the National Park Service, New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon will lead a winter wildlife tour for nature lovers, photographers and all who are interested in the natural wonders of the harbor.


Past trips have recorded snowy owls, harlequin ducks, black Guillemots and purple sandpipers as well as the usual waterfowl and harbor seals. Junior Ranger and kids’ activities will be available.


Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for children, ages 3-11.


The boat is enclosed and heated. A full cash bar, snacks and hot soups will be available for purchase onboard.


Reservations are strongly suggested, as space is limited, and can be made at


Further information is available at or by calling 617-770-0040.


Bingo fundraiser


North End against Drugs will host its annual adult bingo fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet St.


There will be 19 games plus a cover-all. Each game has a prize value of $50 or more and the cover-all has a prize of $100.


The cost is $25 for three cards; if purchased by Jan. 24, a fourth card will be free. Additional cards can be purchased for $5 each.


There will also be homemade baked goods, coffee, soft drinks and other snacks for all players.


Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. To register, call 617-605-6142 or visit the center.


For more information, call 617- 750-9749. All proceeds will go to support North End Against Drugs youth programs.




American pirates


Author Jay Dolin will be the guest speaker in a free program “A Revolutionary Harbor,” sponsored by the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Now, from 5:45 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St.


Best-selling author Dolin will introduce his new book “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates,” in which he depicts the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age.” He will upend popular misconceptions and provide an original account of these seafaring outlaws whose raids reflected the precarious nature of colonial life.


A book signing with light refreshments and drinks will follow the program.


Visit or call 617- 223-8667 for more details and to register.






Winter tours


Old North Church, 193 Salem St., is hosting winter tours now to Feb. 15. Tours will be held at 10:10 and 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 1:10, 2:10 and 3:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 1:10, 2:10 and 3:10 p.m. on Sundays.


Visitors to Old North will have the chance to reflect on Old North’s history with an in-depth exploration of the church. They will be brought into the church for an introductory talk exploring the history and legacy of the Old North Church, followed by a Behind-the-Scenes tour, where they will climb a third of the way up into the tower to explore the bell-ringing chamber.


The tour will then descend down into the historic crypt, where visitors will learn about why and how 1,100 individuals were interred below the church.


Tickets are $10 for adults, with discounts for children, seniors, active military and students.


To purchase tickets and for more information, call 617-858-8231 or visit




Photography tours


PhotoWalks will offer a walking tour of the North End from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 27, meeting at the Shaw Memorial, Beacon Street.


The North End welcomed waves of immigrants seeking the American dream. Today, it is a popular hot spot famous for its busy restaurants, quaint cafes and crowded pastry shops. Highlights include Paul Revere’s house, Old North Church, Hanover Street, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and some hidden gems off-the-beaten-path.


Participants can learn how to take photographs with instruction on creative composition and getting the most out of a digital camera.


Historical commentary on the sites will also be given.


Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for youths, ages 10 to 17. Advance reservations are required.


Call 617-851-2273 or visit for more details and to purchase tickets.  




Holiday stroll continues


The Freedom Trail is offering historic holiday strolls from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays now through Jan. 27, holidays excluded. Walkers will meet at the Arts- Boston booth at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.


Tour guides in 19th century Dickensian costume will lead visitors along the Freedom Trail with a special look at how Christmas traditions evolved in Boston and the highlights of the American Revolution.


People can then round off the tour with complimentary hot chocolate, tea or wine and famous Boston cream pie at the Omni Parker House Hotel.


Historic Holiday Stroll guests receive discounts off museum purchases at official Freedom Trail historic sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House and Old North Church. Reservations are required.


Visit or call 617- 357-8300 to make a reservation or for more details.