Things to know for Friday

Today is Friday, November 9 and here’s what else you need to know for Veterans Day weekend…

1:00PM Friday Films at the North End Library: Pre-Code Hollywood. Stop by the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their Friday film series featuring Pre-Code Hollywood films, see additional details here.

6:00PM Religious Festive Practices in Boston’s North End. Augusto Ferraiuolo examines the many religious festivals in the Italian American community of Boston’s North End at I AM Books. In his book Religious Festive Practices in the North End, Ferraiuolo uses interviews, participant observation, and visual data, to create a vivid picture of how, over the course of a summer season, a number of religious festive practices are organized by multiple, overlapping, and, to some extent, competing voluntary organizations.

Veterans Day Weekend at Old North:

Two new plaques have been installed at the Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial behind the Old North Church, courtesy of The Soldiers Fund.  One plaque describes the dog tags as representing each American serviceperson who lost their life in the wars (the count currently stands at 6,970). The second plaque, a bronze poppy wreath, honors servicepersons from the British Commonwealth that have died.

The plaques will be formally unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 am.  Participants in the ceremony include: General (ret.) Martin Dempsey, former Joint Chief of Staff, and General (ret.) Sir Mike Jackson, former British Chief of the General Staff.

This weekend, The Old North Church will be offering veterans free admission to the church Saturday through Monday.

On Saturday, the church will be holding its annual brass polishing party from 9:00 to noon.  Volunteers polish the two three-hundred year old brass chandeliers and twelve brass sconces.  Believe it or not, this is a wild popular party.

On Sunday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. the church will co-host a Remembrance Sunday service with the British Officer’s Club of New England.  At the conclusion of the service, the MIT Guild of Bellringers will ring a full peal of bells (about three hours long) in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Plan your events with the Community Calendar:

Saturday, November 10

10:00 Cutillo Park Clean Up. Stop by Cutillo Park on Morton Street to help clean up the park, see additional details here.

10:00AM Eureka Ensemble at the North End Library. Stop by the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for a musical and educational initiative to empower female voices in the arts through performance and interactive workshops with young audiences.

6:00PM Gina Fava – A Taste of Italian American Pastimes. Join I AM Books at 189 North Street where award winning author Gina Fava discusses her critically acclaimed international suspense thrillers.

Sunday, November 11

Veterans Day

11:00AM 100th Celebration of Remembrance Day. The Old North Church and The British Officer’s Club of New England will host the 100th annual Remembrance Day Ceremony, followed by a wreath laying and reception, see additional details here.

6:30PM Evening for Education at Il Molo. Stop by Il Molo at 326 Commercial Street to mingle with fellow Eliot families and many local supporters as guests enjoy amazing food and beverage, see additional details here.

From the Community:

Responsibility to Protect: An Interview with John Shattuck

In the shadow of the Holocaust, what is the world’s continuing responsibility to prevent genocide and mass atrocity crimes and hold accountable those who commit them?  In recent decades genocide and mass atrocities have been committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Darfur, Libya and Syria, among other places, continue reading.

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