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Walking tours

 

Boston by Foot is offering “Heart of the Freedom Trail” walking tours of downtown Boston at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, meeting at the Samuel Adams statue at Faneuil Hall on Congress Street.

 

The 90-minute tour begins with the town’s establishment in 1630. The story of Boston is told through the architecture spanning more than three centuries.

 

Starting with the Puritan settlement, the tour continues through the American Revolution and the growth of commercial Boston and finishes with an overview of contemporary development. It features many of the downtown Freedom Trail sites, including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, King’s Chapel, the Old South Meeting House and the site of the first public school in America.

 

Tickets are free for members, $13 for adults; $8 for children, ages 6 to 12 if purchased online or $15 for adults, $10 for children on the day.

 

Call 617-367-2345 or visit www.bostonbyfoot.org for further information.

 

Meet ‘Louisa May Alcott’

 

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will welcome Jan Turnquist in “A Visit with Louisa May Alcott,” a living history performance, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

 

The author of “Little Women” was one of many literary greats who stepped forward in the late 19th century to support Old South Meeting House’s fundraising efforts after its narrow escape from demolition and during its first years as an independent nonprofit organization.

 

On the evening of the Alcott’s186th birthday, Turnquist, the director of Orchard House, the Alcott family’s historic home in Concord, will present a living history experience that will bring the audience behind-the-scenes stories from Alcott’s life – from her unconventional upbringing in poverty, to the family love that inspired her to write an American classic.

 

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

 

Registration is requested for this free program, online at http://osmhnov29-18.bpt.me.

 

Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for further details.

 

Light up the Seaport

 

The third annual “Light up Seaport” tree lighting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave.

 

The community will enjoy live holiday tunes, treats from Seaport restaurants and festive giveaways. They can also warm up in adjacent District Hall and explore “A Year in Seaport,” a new photography exhibit opening in celebration of the neighborhood.

 

This program highlights powerful visuals captured across the community in the past 365 days, and showcases the work of Fort Point resident George Vasquez, who has been documenting all of the development and movement in Seaport since last year’s holiday season. Drinks are available for purchase at Gather, and activities will be set out for the younger guests.

 

This holiday event celebrates Seaport’s support of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes and The Gavin Foundation.

 

For more details, visit www.bostonharbornow.org.

 

Open house

 

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host its annual holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

 

Visitors can welcome winter with performances by local glass harmonica artist Vera Meyer and musicians from the New England Conservatory, try their hand at using a quill pen, make holiday crafts and more.

 

This free public event is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute.

 

Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.osmh.org for further details.

 

Washington streetcars

 

The Boston Street Railway Association will present “Washington D.C., Baltimore and Sarajevo” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

 

Clark Frazier will show slides of Washington, D.C., streetcars operating 1958–1961, and 1978 views of ex-Washington PCC streetcars still operational in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Also showing will be some views of nearby Baltimore 1958–1961, including Sparrows Point on the last day of service. Short subjects will include a survey of East German two-axle trams in 1978.The program is free and open to the public.

 

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