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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.

 

Arts and crafts fair

 

The Society of Arts and Crafts will host a Holiday Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

 

The community is invited to shop for handmade gifts, check out the latest wares from local artists and get in the winter spirit during this weekend long event.

 

There will be visits from local artists scheduled, as well as some live demonstrations and refreshments. Members will receive 20 percent off purchases. Donuts and cider will be available for snacking.

 

Admission is free. Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for further information.

 

‘A Christmas Carol’

 

The Omni Parker House, 60 School St., will host a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Doors will open 30 minutes before the performance.

 

When Dickens visited Boston on his 1867 tour, he stayed at the Omni Parker House where he also did his first American reading of this classic tale.

 

Actor Al LePage will read from Dickens’ historic script, creating all 26 characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim, Marley’s Ghost to Mrs. Cratchit, as well as providing the sound effects, just as Dickens did. Warm spiced cider and Parker House mince tarts will be served.

 

This performance is best suited for children, ages 10 and older.

 

Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.

 

Call 617-227-8600 or visit www.dickenschristmascarol.net for more information.

 

Livable streets

 

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host a conversation about improvements to Boston streets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

 

LivableStreets, the driving force behind bettering Boston’s streets, will host an evening of conversation and creative solutions and look at innovative ideas about how residents, officials and thought-leaders locally and globally are working to improve transportation.

 

LivableStreets envisions a world where streets are safe, vibrant public spaces that connect people to the places where they live, work and play.

 

General admission is $15, free for Livable Streets and Old South Meeting House members.

 

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

 

Holiday in Chinatown

 

The Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley will tour Chinatown at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Chinatown Gate, Harrison Avenue and Beach Street.

 

Neighbors can enjoy an afternoon with Mayor Marty Walsh and Santa and his elves. Festivities will include the tree lighting, pictures with Santa, singing, dancing, refreshments, gifts and games for the children.

 

Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.

 

Black Nativity

 

The National Center of Afro-American Artists will present “The Black Nativity” at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 3:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. from Dec. 7 through Dec.23, at the Paramount Theatre, 44 Charles St.

 

The performance tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance, based on the Gospel of St. Luke and combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes. Boston’s production is the longest running performance in the world of Harlem Renaissance poet Hughes’ song-play.

 

Further information can be found at www.blacknativity.org or by calling 617-824- 8400.

 

Tea party reenactment

 

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will present the 245th anniversary reenactment of the Boston Tea Party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.  This is a rain, snow or shine event.

 

Re-enactors from across New England will tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the events of Dec. 16, 1773. The program will begin with the meeting at the Old South Meeting House, followed by a procession to Boston Harbor and ending with a reenactment of the destruction of the tea into Boston Harbor.

 

Visitors will join in with Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Dr. Joseph Warren and other members of the Sons of Liberty as they debate with the Loyalists in an attempt to resolve the crisis. Then they will proceed to Griffin’s Wharf, led by fife and drums, where the Sons of Liberty will storm aboard the brig Beaver and spill the tea into the harbor.

 

The fully narrated program is suitable for school-age children and older.

 

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for members and include seating at the Old South Meeting House and access to the reserved viewing area along the HarborWalk. Early purchase of tickets is advised, as space is limited. The Tea Party aspect of the evening is free and open to the general public.

 

Proceeds will support the preservation of the Old South Meeting House. Purchase tickets online at www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org.

 

Local author to visit Author Vincent Lee will be the guest of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

 

Lee’s second book is “The Tamago Stories,” a collection of eight riveting, contemporary Asian American short stories spanning a multitude of genres.

 

It is recommended that attendees buy “The Tamago Stories” or Lee’s first novel, “The Purple Heart” beforehand for it to be signed.

 

Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.