Join us for AHA! Night when Art, History & Architecture come alive in
Outside the Footprint Guest Venues!
NBAM (608 Pleasant Street)
- WHALE presents “LIGHTING THE WAY”: a slide show of historic downtown buildings that WHALE helped save and which have contributed to New Bedford “Lighting the Way” in the whaling era. WHALE will be selling a “WHALE Membership Gift Bag” featuring the book A Picture History of New Bedford, a WHALE umbrella, and the Towers, Turrets, & Tenements coloring book with illustrations by Arthur Moniz, plus a year’s membership to WHALE. Pick one up; it’s a great gift for someone who loves the history of New Bedford.
- The Art Museum is transforming into an art market for its third annual "Holiday Artists Boutique." Find local hand-made goods that celebrate New Bedford's AHA themed month, Made in NB. Artists joining NBAM's Boutique are: The Umass Dartmouth Ceramics Club, Kelly Jean Conroy, Willoughby Elliott, Monica Guerra, Headcase Press, Judith Klein, Avery Lucas, Ed McAloon, Muse, Denn Santoro, and Alison Wells. These artists were selected to give the holiday market a high-quality, diverse price-range, and a wide selection of handmade goods; from paintings and prints to jewelry and stained glass. There's something for everyone!
- Fairhaven artist and RISD Printmaking Department Head, Henry Ferreira will be presenting "Building Prints From Rocks; Looking, Playing, Making" in NBAM's Region's Gallery.
Artworks (384 Acushnet Avenue)
- Longtime Standard Times pet columnist Brian Lowney will sign copies of his new book entitled "Unconditional Love: Pet Tales to Warm the Heart" from 6-8pm. Books will be sold on-site by Baker Books and there will be a reading at 6:30pm. The book was written for anyone who loves animals, especially those furry, finned and feathered creatures that bring pure joy to their owners' lives.
- Opening Reception for “Holiday Show” Juried Exhibition from 5-7pm. Categories for original work: Painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fiber, metals, glass, wood, printmaking and collage.
Arthur Moniz Gallery (22 William Street) Book signing and sale with Maria Lawton of the Azorean Greenbean plus Azorean cooking & light refreshments, 6:30-8:30pm.
Spinner Publications (164 William Street) hosts a Holiday Open House and Book Signing by authors of A Picture History of New Bedford, 6-9pm. Chat with the authors, watch a presentation of historical New Bedford films, and enjoy light fare and refreshments.
Craft-O-Rama at UGLY Gallery (246 Union Street) NB’s premiere artists’ market featuring the best of local art, craft & design.
Gallery X (169 William Street) Members Xmas Show! Gallery X members offer up many small to medium works perfect for giving (or getting) as holiday gifts. There will be jewelry, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, photos & prints and craft items for sale. You can buy the work right "off the walls" and take home at time of purchase.
Gallery 65 (65 William Street) will feature members work through the Holiday Season.
Subtext Bookshop (209 Union Street) Book-related specialty items and Rob The Lobsterman gift items.
Duff Gallery (24 Centre Street) Holiday Special! 10% off Robert Duff prints. Exquisite crafts, distinctive gifts.
Gatlin's Framing, Art Supplies (209 Union Street) will feature the fine art photography of Kent McCormack, 5:30-9pm.
New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill)
STOCKING-STUFFERS UNIQUELY NEW BEDFORD! The Whaling Museum Store carries jewelry, clothing, toys and books on maritime, whaling, and local history topics, as well as unique gifts inspired by the collection.
MAKE IN NB!
Bristol Community College (800 Purchase Street, Room NH402) Make a Holiday Video Card! Video cards are a fun, and often free, way to send online greetings. Come to this workshop to learn how to create fun video holiday cards for your friends and family. Feel free to bring your pictures for that personal touch. Presented by BCC staff members, Tahais Real-Martins and Ceit Devitto. 6-7pm
Buzzards Bay Coalition (114 Front Street) brings back their very popular “Make Your Own Seashell Ornament” family activity! Add a touch of the beach to your holiday décor! Make your own unique ornament with real shells collected from New Bedford's beaches. All ages are welcome to this free holiday activity.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (33 William Street) Join Ruth & Abby, the 1850s Ladies, to make holiday pins to treasure and enjoy. 6-8pm
MORE AHA!MAZING MADE IN NB PROGRAMMING
New Bedford Early Literacy Consortium hosts storyteller Kristine Daniels for a family reading celebration. 6pm at the New Bedford Public Library (613 Pleasant Street)
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents Investigating Instruments with Oboist Laura Pardee Schaefer. Families are invited for milk and cookies AND an interactive experience with a professional musician. Children will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Oboe and try their hand at conducting with our Maestro’s baton! 5–6:45pm, indoors in the Zeiterion’s Penler Space (corner of Purchase & School Street).
Music Making Merriment with the Way Cool Sunday School. 5-7pm at the First Unitarian Church NB (Corners of County, Union and 8th Street)
Travessia Urban Winery (760 Purchase Street) Winemaker, Marco Montez, will host an "ask the winemaker" session from 5-8pm. He'll also pour a complimentary tasting of Travessia's local Pinot Noir Rosé straight from the tank.
Reel Serious presents The Reel McCoy: the Andrea McCoy story as told by 12 year old NB filmmakers. Stop by mediumstudio (38 Bethel Street) between 5-8pm to view the films & chat with the filmmakers.
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum (396 County Street) hosts the singers from Our Sisters’ School. The Museum opens at 5pm; concert from 6-7pm.
The New Bedford High School Drama Club will be caroling for the season along William Street & at Custom House Square.
Pilgrim United Church
- Holiday Sing-a-long and old favorites with Marshall Connolly at the piano. 6-7:30pm, in the Church (635 Purchase Street)
- Harpoon Harmonizers 2 shows between 7-8:30pm in the Church Home (634 Purchase Street). Refreshments in-between performances.
Slainte Irish Pub (34 Union Street) presents Celtic Sessions from 6-9pm.
Cork Wine & Tapas (90 Front Street) James Gagne sings Live in the Dining Room, 10pm, Part of AHA! After 9.
Cafe Arpeggio (800 Purchase Street) December featured performance is a Special Holiday Concert by Joan Akin and Mary Beth Soares, 6-7pm. Plus Weekly Open Mic, hosted by Art Tebbetts & Denn Santoro, from 7-10pm. All are welcome, either as performers or audience members. It's a great way to spend an evening, & the quality of the music is top notch.
Akin and Soares are two incredibly talented ladies who have been friends since college, and singing partners for many years...most recently in the local trio TESSERACT. Their harmonies are lovely, their accompaniment skilled, and their repertoire is large & varied. Both were long time regulars at The Tryworks Coffeehouse. While the trio is no longer together, they still have a legion of fans. This is gonna be a show worth seeing, and hearing!
All activities are FREE and open to the public.Year-round programming is funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Arts Program, The Island Foundation, The City of New Bedford, the AHA! partners, individual supporters and in-kind marketing support from the Standard-Times and WBSM. For more information call 508-996-8253 x205
First time visitors may want to start AHA! Night at the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street). Complete program flyers with maps are also available at all AHA! venues starting the Tuesday prior to each event.
Directions: From I-195 E or W. Take Exit 15 (Rte. 18). Follow Rte 18 to 2nd traffic signal; take a right onto Union St. At the first traffic signal take a right onto Second Street and take your first left for parking in Custom House Square or continue on two blocks to the Elm Street garage. On-street parking also available for free after 6 pm.