August Vaha!

AHA! Schedule  

Start Your AHA! Adventure At The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center 
The AHA! website will be available for you to look at along with Park staff and volunteers ready
to answer any questions you may have. The Visitor Center (33 William St) is open 10am-8pm on AHA! 

2-7pm in Custom House Square    

Summer Sound Series 
Presented by the Zeiterion & the City of New Bedford 
Bring a lawn chair and lounge in the park, or sit under the tent and have a drink from the on-site bar. Meet friends, grab take-out, and enjoy the music!

Every Thursday this summer. 
Beer Garden opens at 2pm, live music at 4pm.

Thursday, August 12
Kim Trusty, 4 – 7PM
The dynamic and multifaceted Kim Trusty is a powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and actress. She has spent the last three decades residing in Providence, refining her musical skills, crafting and branding her own style of jazz, R&B, blues and original music. In the last two decades, Kim’s reputation has moved well beyond the Ocean State as a consummate vocalist, lyricist and songstress. She’s worked with some of the industry’s best, including Paula Cole, Richie Havens and Rick Danko. Joining Kim on stage will be Cathy Clasper-Torch.Summer Sounds Series Line-Up
July 8 ∙ Neal McCarthy
July 15 ∙ Pearly Baker Acoustic Quartet
July 22 ∙ MonteiroBots
July 29 ∙ Mark T. Small
August 5 ∙ Djim Job
August 12 ∙ Kim Trusty
August 19 ∙ The Jethros
August 26 ∙ Rebecca Correia
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Live Music & Art in the New Bedford
Whaling National Historical Park Garden
(33 William St) 


3rd Eye Unlimited Presents
The 5 Pillars of Hip Hop, Part 4 
Hosted by Lonelle Walker

Stop by for live painting, live music and a Doodles kids activity!
Live painting by David A, Maia, and Kyra G.

This is the 4th of 5 monthly events (May- September) exploring the 5 pillars of hip hop (Knowledge, B-Boy/Girl, Graffiti, MC’ing, DJ’ing) through performance, visual art, and sharing. Find out more about what the 5 pillars are, the history of these traditions and where their influences originate.


Sailing the South Seas
with Wanda C. Medina and the 1850’s Ladies
Sail off to the South Seas with Artist in Residence, Wanda C. Medina, and Ruth and Abby, the 1850 Ladies, for an exotic experience including music, original art inspired by the M?ori Whaling Women, and the importance of tribal tattoos and their influence on New Bedford whalers. 


She Makes Waves with Sarah Donner
Join local alternative-pop singer/songwriter Sarah Donner as she performs original songs inspired by the women of the Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the South Coast. Sarah’s songs teeter back and forth between playful, nerd core, and ballads, all tied together with bright melodies and driving, energetic instrumentals. Sarah Donner’s music has been featured on Conan O’Brien’s blog, NPR, Buzzfeed, i09, Showtime, and CBS. 


4-5pm at the New Bedford Public Library
(613 Pleasant St) & on Zoom 

Learn about Sharks with the 
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Learn all about shark biology and local research on white sharks.
Join on zoom at: or watch in person via the library’s projector.

5:30pm near Wing’s Court    

Look for the Bookmobile parked near Wing’s Court. 

4-6pm on Pier 3 

 See Walley the Trash Skimmer in Action 
Presented by Community Boating Center,
Port of New Bedford 
and Clean Ocean Access
Stop by to learn more about the marine trash skimmer in New Bedford Harbor and what we all can do to help prevent marine debris. Click To Learn More About Walley’s Work 

2 Exhibits & a Postcard Project
at the NB Art Museum

4-8pm at the New Bedford Art Museum
(608 Pleasant St)

Dear Malcolm Postcard Project

This summer and fall, the Art Museum will collaborate with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park (and Uncommon Threads exhibition partner) to engage the community in the Dear Malcolm Postcard project. Stop by to color, write, and cut out a postcard to Malcolm X. 

Postcards will be collected by NBAM for display in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitors’ Center through November. Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. CarterA solo exhibition celebrating Massachusetts-born Ruth E. Carter’s 30-year career as an Academy Award-winning costume designer. Featuring costumes from Dolemite Is My Name (2019), Roots (2016 reboot)Selma (2014), Do The Right Thing (1989), and Malcolm X (1992), the exhibit follows Carter’s creative process and include sketches, mood boards, iconic costumes, and other ephemera from her Los Angeles studio. Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion The latest exhibition at the Art Museum by New Bedford Library’s Art Curator, Allie Copeland. Eadweard Muybridge: Animal Locomotion is the Library’s latest exhibition featuring historic photographic studies of animals in motion and early motion-picture projection. 

5-8pm at Pilgrim UCC (635 Purchase St) 

Crafts, Resources & a History Lesson with Mercy Meals & More

Mercy Meals & More will be opening the Pilgrimm UCC Hall for AHA! night. The hall is a historic building and part of the history includes a visit by Booker T Washington.

Stop by for
– a ‘museum-style’ history lesson
– crafts including sensory water bottles, button making,
t-shirt printing, painting
– make your own rootbeer floats 
– on-site resources from MM&M 

5-7pm at the Drawing Room
(36 N. Water St)

Art Talk with Painter Michele Poirier-Mozzone

Part of DATMA’s WATER 2021 exhibition series

Meet artist Michele Poirier-Mozzone at The Drawing Room for an AHA! Night celebration of all things water. Michele’s work explores the beauty and distortion of water, sunlight, memories, and the human figure. Prints of Michele’s work will be available for purchase during the event. Each painting starts in the summer sun with a GoPro, a waterproof video camera, which allows Michele to film her subjects (usually friends, family, and even herself) underwater. This gives her the freedom to “explore crazy angles” and play with perspective, often looking up at her model, which captures natural movement and distortion from below the surface of the water.


Music & Art on William Street 

5-8pm at the Alison Wells Gallery 
(106 William St)

Shop Local Art!
New giclee prints and note cards from Alison’s “In the Neighborhood” series about New Bedford (currently on view at the New Bedford Whaling Museum). Plus original artwork by select guest artists in stained glass, woodwork, ceramics & macrame.

5:30-7:30pm outside Celia’s Boutique
& the Alison Wells Gallery 

An Outdoor Duet, Part 2
Put on your dancing shoes for live performances by Saxophonist Emmanuel “Manny” Escobar and Vocalist/Entertainer Candida Rose with an eclectic blend of  jazz, soul, and contemporary classics

Swing By The South End

5-8pm at the Kilburn Mill 

Summer Sparkle Artist Reception
at the Judith Klein Art Gallery
Featuring Alma Cummings, Anthony Miraglia, Kathy Marzilli Miraglia, Adrian Tio, Ewa Romaszewicz, Sheila Oliveira, Ron Lister, Michael Hubert and Judith Klein. Mediums include oil, acrylic, tempera and mixed media paintings.  

127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Use main entrance
2nd floor Suite 2-87

Killburn Open House Stop by from 5-8pm for art receptions, art demos
and tours of the mill. 

127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Enter at Door #4
The Artisan Center is on the 2nd floor


3 UMass Dartmouth CVPA Exhibits 
& a Celebration of Marc St. Pierre 

5-8pm at the CVPA Star Store 
(713 Purchase St)

Celebration of Marc St. Pierre’s Life and Work, 6–8 pm

Celebrate the life and work of the beloved UMass Dartmouth professor, the late Marc St. Pierre (June 23, 1952 – December 2, 2019). Speakers for the evening will include Nicole St. Pierre, Marc’s wife, local art critic Don Wilkinson, former Gallery Director Lasse Antonsen, as well as friends David Filipek and Nate Bekemeier. Guitarist and singer Joanne Doherty will be contributing her music.

If you would like to join on Zoom, register here.
While no registration is required for an ‘in person’ visit, face masks/physical distancing are strongly encouraged.

Marc St. Pierre: Black & White
The University Art Gallery is proud to present Black & White, an exhibition by the beloved UMass Dartmouth professor Marc St. Pierre (June 23, 1952 – December 2, 2019), featuring a selection of mixed media drawings and collage with encaustic, as well as black and white photography.

Drawings created between 2008 and 2012, layered geometric elements and abstract forms to create a rich and poignant experience filled with wonder and exploration. They took inspiration from the ‘man-made’, architectural plans, diagrams and maps of early explorers.

Eric Lintala: Question of Balance
In Gallery 244
Professor emeritus Eric Lintala was the faculty supervisor of graduate student-run Gallery 244 from its inception at the Swain School of Design in 1983 until his retirement. This summer, Gallery 244 hosts sculpture and photographs representing Lintala’s 45 years of research into the prehistoric rock art of the American Southwest.

Fashion Design Program PopUp The UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts presents an exhibition of student work from the Fashion Design program, also featuring wearable sculptures made by students in the Advanced Sculpture course. The following students’ work is now on view in the Crapo Gallery: 

Fashion Design: Myles Edwards, Destine Demosthene, Mason Leonard, Nuri Sherpa, Abigail Soares, Marceli Szuda-Tucker, Michael Rates-Sousa 
Sculpture: Riley Thomas, Hannah Jensen 

5-7pm in Custom House Park 

Visit the New Bedford Light Team

Members of the New Bedford Light team invite you to meet them at their table in Custom House Square. Stop by to talk about this new, free, nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news outlet that is dedicated to community-based coverage of important local issues. 

Check out the latest news, and Culture Calendar events any time, send them tips and ideas, become a supporter, and sign up to receive your news every weekday at


5-6:30pm in the DeMello International Center Parking Lot (128 Union St) 

Vaccine Parking Lot PopUp 

Walk-Up vaccines available for anyone 12 and older.
No fee and no insurance needed, 
Plus live music and free merch. 

5-8pm at Gallery X (169 William St)

32nd Annual Gallery X Public Hanging: 
Over 300 pieces of art created by 83 local artists

The Public Hanging is the chance for community artists of all backgrounds to join with Gallery X artist members to exhibit any work they’ve produced without needing to fit to an overall theme or motif. 

Click For Virtual Exhibit 


5:30pm & 7:15pm 
in the Fiber Optic Center parking lot 
(23 Centre St)

Enjoy jazz music under the Jazz Wall!

Centre Street Sessions
Presented by Fiber Optic Center & Whaling City Sound 

Enjoy a live performance by the Jim Robitaille Trio
with special guest Dino Govoni.
Featuing Jim on guitar, Bill Miele on bass guitar, Chris Poudrier
on drums and Dino Govoni on sax.

History & Architecture
with the NB Preservation Society

6pm at the James Arnold Mansion
(427 County St)

Arnold Place & More 
This tour highlights some of the beautiful residences of the Textile Era in New Bedford (1890-1926). Most of the properties are located on the site of the former James Arnold Estate and are outstanding examples of the Colonial Revival style. 

Any Time

Downtown New Bedford – The Definitive Tour 
Take a walking tour of historic downtown New Bedford with your guide Bruce Barnes. Visit some of the definitive downtown landmarks including the New Bedford Free Public Library, City Hall and many of the most important and beautiful commercial buildings including banks and department stores.Click To Watch
Historic Property of the Week: 
an in-depth look at a historic property in the city.New Bedford Historical Vignettes:
An in-depth look at a historically significant event, place or space. 
This month’s historical vignette features the Railroad Depots of New Bedford’s Past.Click To View

6pm on Zoom

Registration Required 

All Hands! 

A Virtual Local History Guild Lecture
presented by 
the New Bedford Whaling Museum 

Distinguished scholars come together to discuss points of intersection between 19th century commercial whaling and the U.S. Navy. Whaling Museum Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer moderates this discussion with local historians, authors, and antiquarian book dealers David R. Nelson and Greg Gibson. Explore mutiny, Herman Melville, Pacific explorations, and the place of New Bedford mariners in peace and during war. 

David R. Nelson is a local historian, antiquarian bookseller, and author of New Bedford: A Postcard History, 1898-1960. He serves on the Whaling Museum’s Publications and Scholarship committee. Nelson has spoken extensively on the voyage of the Catalpa and the rescue of Fenian prisoners, as recounted by his grandfather Frank Perry, the last survivor of the Catalpa expedition. Nelson led the committee to rescue the historic West Family Bible, on which George Washington swore a Masonic oath and which was taken from the patriot the Reverend Samuel West during the British Naval invasion of Fairhaven in 1778.

Greg Gibson is an author and an antiquarian book dealer specializing in the sea and its history. In 2002 he published Demon of the Waters, a book about the grisliest mutiny in American whaling history. After survivors managed to escape, the US Navy sent an expedition to capture the mutineers. Gibson discovered the manuscript journal of this adventure, kept by one of the officers involved.

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Click To Register

7pm in the Rotch-Jones-Duff Garden
(396 County St)

The Glass Horse Project Presents As You Like It
In a tale of mistaken identities, melancholic lords, and a multitude of laughs, As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. 


7pm at the NB Fishing Heritage Center 
(38 Bethel St)

A Day in the Life: Women in the Seafood Industry 

Find out about a day in the life of two women who work in New Bedford’s seafood industry.  Heather Haggerty is the owner/operator of Big G Seafoods, a New Bedford based conch business. Cassie Canastra is Director of Operations for BASE Seafood Auction. This program is part of the Center’s Women’s Work project, a year long exploration of women’s involvement in the fishing community.

DATMA presents Water2021


DATMA Presents 3 Outdoor Exhibitions

Harvesters of the Deep: Portraits of Fisherwomen from
South Korea, America, and the United Kingdom
Featuring insightful, life-sized portraits celebrating women working in the fishing industry. Photographers include: Phil Mello presenting photographs of New Bedford fisherwomen; Hyung S. Kim’s photographs of Korean shellfish divers (aka Haenyeo) and Craig Easton’s photographs of English smokehouse workers (aka “The Herring Lasses”). View this outdoor exhibition in-person on the custom designed kiosks next to the Seaport Art Walk positioned along  New Bedford’s State Pier and the second half of the exhibition on the grass of the YMCA located on Union Street at the corner of Union & N. 2nd Street.

280 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes
13″ x 13″ x 13″, 2011/2021 by Zimoun

Internationally renowned Swiss sound-installation artist Zimoun exhibits his intricate sculpture, using motion and sound, to evoke creative interpretations, at the College of the Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at the University of Massachusetts’ (UMD), Star Store location. It will be presented in the corner gallery on the main intersection of Union Street and Purchase Street; the heart of downtown New Bedford.

Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep
This exhibit presents scientific archival photography using advanced underwater video technology developed by School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at UMass Dartmouth Professor Dr. Kevin Stokesbury and his research team. The photos capture the diverse ecosystems of our region’s seafloor and the women in fisheries science conducting this important research. Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep is displayed on storefront windows on a series of historic buildings in downtown New Bedford along Union Street between Acushnet Avenue and North 2nd Street.


Westport Artists in Residence Program


Any Time 

The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the Westport Artists in Residence Program (WARP). During the months of June, July and August three artists will immerse themselves in the beauty of the Westport Woods Conservation Park landscape to create separate public installations for visitors to enjoy.
From August 1 to August 21st, visitors are invited to witness artist Andy Moerlein in action at the park located at 573 Adamsville Road. Click To Watch A Video Of Andy’s Proces
Moerlein is an internationally exhibited sculptor. His work has been shown in museums, sculpture gardens, and galleries from Alaska to New York, Switzerland to Peru. Moerlein has an extensive resume of public art works and site-specific monumental outdoor sculptures. Natural forces like geology and glaciation are deeply embedded in Westport’s exceptional landscape. For his residency Moerlein will create handmade stones and sapling structures that will mimic the landscape and hint at the powerful glaciers that ground hard edges into rolling contours and hauled boulders thousands of miles. This residency will feature sculptures informed by Moerlein’s enthusiasm for scholars’ rocks. This Chinese tradition of collecting and displaying rocks involves the elegant presentation of precious and adored stones for contemplation and enjoyment. For the Westport Woods Conservation Park, Moerlein builds his stones using a variety of experimental media such as Styrofoam, bamboo, shrink-wrap. They are colored with both natural and surprising colors. Andy’s goal is both sensual and conceptual. 

AHA! In The Afternoon 

Our downtown New Bedford museums, galleries and institutions are open for visitors. 
Visit their websites for more info about current hours, programs, exhibits and COVID19 safety protocols.



New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL AHA! programming at 7pm (see listing above)
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New Bedford Port Society
including Seamen’s Bethel & Mariner’s Home 

Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
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New Bedford Whaling Museum 
Open on AHA! 9am – 5pm with reserved timed admission
Plus virtual AHA! programming at 7pm (see listing above)
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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 5pm 
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 3-8pm (see listing above)
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL AHA! programming at 7pm (see listing above) 
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New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! 
Open on AHA! 10am-3pm with reserved timed admission
Plus IRL AHA! programming from 4-8pm (see listing above) 
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