More Free Summertime Events In Boston

A prior post listed several free events this summer both in Dorchester and around Boston. Today’s post provides more:

Girls’ Night At Franklin Park Zoo
Free admission for girls ages 6 to 18
July 15 – 11:00 am
Advance registration required

Pilgrimage to Huế
Fields Corner Branch, Boston Public Library
Daily from July 13 to 31
Description: Of Spirits, Rituals, and Trances showcases an annual festival called Điện Hòn Chén in Huế, Việt Nam. The festival is considered one of the largest gatherings to celebrate Đạo Mẫu, a religion indigenous to Việt Nam that centers around the worship of a Mother Goddess. The photographs featured in this exhibition helps connect us with a world beyond the grave as spirits converge in central Việt Nam. And: a tale of escape, loss, and the afterlife.
Artist Bio: Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese American transnational and multimedia artist, organizer, and healer. She was born in Sài Gòn, Việt Nam and raised in the Dorchester and South Boston,

2017 Free Shakespeare on the Common
“Romeo & Juliet” By William Shakespeare
Directed by Allegra Libonati
July 19 to August 6
At the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common
Performances start promptly at 8:00 pm. There will also be a 3:00 pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5. To learn more, visit the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company website.

Author Talk: Matt Tavares
Codman Square Branch of the Boston Public Library
July 20 at 1:00 pm
Children’s author and illustrator Matt Tavares, creator of “Growing up Pedro,” “Zachary’s Ball,” “Becoming Babe Ruth,” and more visits the Codman Square Branch. Recommended for ages 5 to 17. Note: this event is limited to 25 children. Each child will receive one copy of “Growing Up Pedro.” Advance registration required. Call the branch to register: 617-436-8214.

Girls Night At Boston Bowl
Boston Bowl, 820 Morrissey Blvd.
July 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Free bowling for girls ages 6 – 18
Advance registration required

Historic New England: Summer In The City
Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
August 7 at 10:30 am
Description: Historic New England invites students to explore the diverse architecture of Boston this summer from a modern glass skyscraper to a seventeenth century wooden house. Join us as we explore all the unique shapes, styles, and materials that create a city. Using Historic New England properties and city buildings, students will identify geometric shapes, discuss design and building techniques, and use a paper shape to make a cityscape to take with them. This program also encourages students to think about what a city needs in relationship to the environment and growing population.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night
Town Field, 1545 Dorchester Ave
August 10 at 7:30 pm
Film: “Shaun The Sheep”
Description: This event is presented by the Boston Parks & Recreation Department and Northeastern University, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment. Learn more.

Why Is There A Supersized Bronze Pear In Dorchester?

Image of bronze pear in Edward Everett Square.

Bronze Pear in Edward Everett Square. Credit: Edgar B. Herwick III/WGBH News

Yes, there is a supersized bronze pear in Dorchester. Why is it there? When was it created? Who designed it? How tall is the pear? What is the history of the site?

Many of your neighbors have memorial bricks at the site. For answers to these questions and more, read this WGBH report.