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Colonial history

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present a lecture “A certain sloop called the Liberty: Charles Townsend, John Hancock and the Boston Madeira Party” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

On June 10, 1768 the King’s Commissioners of Customs seized John Hancock’s sloop Liberty and its smuggled cargo of Madeira wine. Already agitated by the imposition of the hated Townsend Duties, Bostonians took to the streets.

William Fowler, Jr., professor of history at Northeastern University, will describe how the commissioners, fearing for their lives, fled to the safety of Castle William, while John Adams argued his case in defense of Hancock and Liberty at the Old State House.

Admission is free. This lecture is presented as part of the Paul Revere House Lecture Series.

Further information is available at www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org or by calling 617-482- 6439.

Stories and dance

Children and families are invited to “Story Dance” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 2 at the Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St.

Children can dance, play and use their imaginations to act out a story. The program combines natural movement and storytelling with music, games, hands-on materials and musical instruments.

Water and light snacks will be provided. In case of rain the program will move inside. This free creative movement story hour is organized by Channel Dance.

Visit www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org for more information.

Crafted landscapes

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “Landscapes, Crafted” at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., now until Oct. 27.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The exhibition, guest curated by Luiza deCamargo, presents an exploration of the land by five craftspeople: Kathryn Clark, Kat Cole, Josh Copus, Peter Houk and Tania Larsson. Each of these artists responds to landscape – natural, built and social – and the intersections of people and the world around us.

Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617- 266-1810 for more information.

Boston Charter Day

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host Boston Charter Day celebrations from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 to celebrate Boston’s 388th birthday and the historic naming of Boston, Dorchester and Watertown.

The 1801 Paul Revere bell will chime at 4:30 p.m. in chorus with other bells – Old North Church, King’s Chapel (which has a Revere bell), Old South Church and First Church. Other churches participating will be First Parish, All Saints Episcopal and St. Mark’s, all in Dorchester, and the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown.

As part of the birthday party, Massachusetts residents will be admitted free to the OSMH.

Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.bostoncharterday.org for more information.

Family fun

The Trustees of Reservations will host a family fun day at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

The Trustees will bring their farms, beaches, gardens and kitchens to the museum in a free, fun, family program. This program will focus on the Trustees’ Mobile Farmers Market, an innovative farmers market on wheels designed to bring fresh local food from local farms to Boston neighborhoods. The market will feature seasonal vegetables, fruit, milk meat and eggs.

For more details, visit www.thetrustees.org or call 617-542-7696.

South New England Railroad

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “South New England Railroad and Trolley Operations in the Mid 20th Century” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Donald Nevin will present two videos of New England railroad and trolleys: the 1942 “A Great Railroad at Work,” filmed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad to illustrate the various aspects of railroad operation and maintenance; and “The Connecticut Company,” made by rail fans of the Connecticut Company’s trolley operations from 1945 to 1948. It also includes bonus footage of some of the older electric locomotives of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.

Performance in the park

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will present “The Sound: if trees were water” with Beau Kenyon all day on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

The first of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. It gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINCA) and connects them throughout the city in a three-movement performance and sound installation. The concept and sound art is by Beau Kenyon with sculpture by Natalia Zubko.

Visit beaukenyon.com/thesound for more information about this and the remaining two movements that will be placed throughout the city.

Textile exhibition

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “Infinite Vibration,” works by Niho Kozuru, at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Kozuru will present a talk from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Kozuru’s buzzing resin sculptures and wall pieces feature layers of visual intrigue created by glossy materials and high-key color. This exhibit is open through Sept. 29.

Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617- 266-1810 for more information.

Sketches and illustrations

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin” now through Sept. 22.

With line and vibrant color, illustrations by children’s book author Grace Lin appeal to audiences of all ages. She won the Newbery Honor for “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” and the Theodor Geisel Honor for “Ling and Ting.” Her most recent novel “When the Sea Turned to Silver” was a National Book Award Finalist.

A family-friendly workshop on creating storybooks will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays 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.

Reinventing Boston

Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays during August. Participants will meet the guide at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets, at the Government Center MBTA station.

From the first subway to Long Wharf through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Tour-goers will discover all the layers of the city and look at how and why it changed – to accommodate a growing population, the needs of industry, public and private transportation and public health and safety.

Tickets purchased online are $13 for adults and $8 for children or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased on the day. Members are free.

Call 617-367-2345 or visit www.bostonbyfoot.org for more information and to purchase tickets.