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USS Constitution to go Underway for 2023 Training

USS Constitution is scheduled to go underway for the 2023 Chief of Naval Operations’ Chief Petty Officer Heritage Training Weeks on Friday, September 15, at 10 a.m.

USS Constitution will be closed in the morning and reopen to the public for tours following the underway from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m on Friday.

USS Constitution Sailors, with help from 120 Sailors selected for the rank of chief petty officer, will get underway in Boston Harbor.

During Chief Petty Officer Heritage Weeks, USS Constitution’s crew train over 220 newly selected chief petty officers in the same skills as 19th century Sailors such as gun drills, pike drills, sailing, and musket drills to foster meaningful leadership development.

The underway will include a 21-gun salute viewable from Fort Independence on Castle Island at approximately 11:15 a.m.

USS Constitution will fire an additional 17-gun salute as she passes U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, the former site of the Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard, where USS Constitution was built and launched on Oct. 21, 1797.

USS Constitution’s cruise will be viewable from the Boston Harborwalk, Castle Island, and Charlestown Navy Yard.

Parks Department Announces Fall Hike Boston Schedule

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced the fall 2023 schedule for Hike Boston, a daytime hiking series aimed at providing guided group hikes and interpretive programs led by Urban Wilds staff and Park Rangers. As Boston’s parks and wilderness areas come alive with autumn hues, this initiative offers an opportunity to explore new spaces and deepen connections with favorite parks. For more information, please visit

Leaders will provide a mix of prepared and informal commentary during the hikes. Some hikes will focus on taking a leisurely walk in the park, while others will be informational. Hikes will primarily take place on unpaved paths, so it is advisable to wear sturdy footwear. Programs are expected to last about one hour, but the length may vary.

Upcoming hikes (all begin at 10 a.m.):

Wednesday, September 20

Franklin Park, Dorchester

Hike (meet near the tennis courts at the Shattuck Picnic Grove)

Friday, October 6

Allandale Woods, 19 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury

Urban Wilds hike (meet at the entrance near the daycare)

Wednesday, October 11

Olmsted Park, 217 Jamaicaway,  Jamaica Plain

Nature walk (meet at the Daisy Field parking lot.)

Friday, October 13 (rain date October 20)

Sherrin Woods,  Hyde Park

Urban Wilds hike (meet near the corner of Marston and Austin Streets)

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ParkARTS Fall Watercolor Painting Workshops Return

Budding artists ages nine and up are invited to join the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for its popular fall series of ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops during the month of September at six Boston locations. The series of free workshops is just one of the many offerings of the 2023 ParkARTS program.  The Title Sponsor is Bank of America.

The workshops welcome artists of all skill levels to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces. Materials and instruction by local artists is provided. This series is open to Boston residents. Registration is required . For more information, please visit

All classes are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., weather permitting. Dates and locations for the workshops are as follows:

Saturday, September 16

Boston Public Garden (Lagoon)

4 Charles Street, Boston

Sunday, September 17

James P. Kelleher Rose Garden

73 Park Drive, Back Bay Fens

Saturday, September 23

Jamaica Pond Boathouse

507 Jamaica Way, Jamaica Plain

Sunday, September 24

Ringgold Park

10 Ringgold Street, South End 

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