July VAHA! 2020

This month our AHA! partners are offering a variety of both virtual and IRL (in-real-life) programs.
Look for the Virtual and IRL icons to help you plan your AHA! activities.



Click For Tips To Help Get The Most Out Of Your Vaha! Experience

Find archived programming from the July VAHA! on our Connect From Your Couch page.

Welcome Back!

All re-opening dates are subject to change depending on public health data,
as well as State and local regulations. 

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center re-opens on July 9th. 
The Center’s hours will be Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. Visitation will be limited to 10 guests at a time, social distancing protocols will be followed, and masks will be required of guests, volunteers, and staff. Click Here to read their full set of policies.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will reopen to Members on July 9
and to the public on July 23.

The Museum’s hours will be Thursday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. The Museum has instituted a timed admission system. You will need to choose a two-hour block of time for your visit. The maximum capacity of the Museum is set at 125 people, social distancing protocols will be followed, and masks will be required of guests, volunteers, and staff.
Click Here To Learn More

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum will reopen on July 9th from 1-4pm.
Starting July 10th Museum hours will be Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm. Visitors are asked to schedule their visit by phone or on-line, to wear a mask and to physically distance while on Museum property. Click Here To Learn More

Please consider shopping or dining in DNB throughout the day  to help support our small biz community.
Follow DNB, Inc. on Facebook /dnbinc or Instagram @dnbinc for updates about indoor and outdoor dining and retail shopping.

Toe Jam From Home! 

Mr. TOM and Mr. ViNNY are ready to bring their special brand of high-energy-interactive-musical-silliness to your living room. Yes, they’ll have your favorites and new stuff too. Get ready to dance and run around kiddos!
(The Toe Jam Puppet Band is NOT responsible for any damage done to your home during this show.) Plus Where’s Hodge Podge In NB! 

– Grab A Toe Jam From Home Goodie Bag
Each bag contains a few fun things so you can play along with Toe Jam!
Pick up at the RJD (396 County Street), The Drawing Room (36 N. Water Street) or the Boys and Girls Club (166 Jenney Street). A free gift from AHA! while supplies last.


“Let the Rythm Move You!” Art Activity 
with Alison Wells 
Its Kids Rule at the Virtual Art Table this month. Make fun and easy maracas with artist Alison Wells.
All the materials can be found at home:
– 2 plastic soda/seltzer bottles
– 2 cardboard toilet paper tubes
– scissors
– 1 cup uncooked rice
– 1 cup uncooked beans
– colored tape
– paint (optional)
Perfect to use during Toe Jam Puppet Band’s interactive musical Vaha! fun.


NB Symphony Orchestra Presents


Masked Cellists at the NB LIbrary
Charlene Monte, New Bedford Youth Orchestra Coordinator and Sarah Nichols,
a past Youth Orchestra student and a current college music student at Boston Conservatory Berklee, play live on the steps of the Library (613 Pleasant Street).


4:30pm on YouTube

Ferdinand the Bull & The 3 Little Pigs
Snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal or real furry friend and join the NBSO for an afternoon of stories and music. Enjoy two familiar stories, Ferdinand the Bull and The Three Little Pigs, with a slightly new twist. Jesse (violin) and Ealain (narrator) will present a virtuosic rendition of Ferdinand the Bull with lots of violin theatrics and dramatic narration. Peter and Emmy will give their premiere performance as narrators in Daniel Dorff’s musical version of Three Little Pigs. Be ready for a fun, silly time with these New Bedford Symphony musicians!




on Facebook Live 

5 Pillars of Hip Hop Series 

presented by 3rd EyE Unlimited
& the NB Whaling National Historical Park 
Featuring music, dance, spoken word, live painting plus interesting info and interviews with Park Rangers.

Click For More Info About 3rd EyE 


Visit Interwoven at 634 Pleasant Street 

Check out this new textile maker space gallery. Talk with owner and artist Rhonda M Fazio, about launching this new project and her vision for the space.


4-5pm on Facebook Live

Virtual Pre-Ballet Class 

presented by the New Bedford Ballet
Is your child interested in trying a dance class? New Bedford Ballet will present an interactive, virtual PreBallet class for ages three to eight. Children will engage in multiple activities such as a warm-up, ballet steps, stretching, and creative movement activities. All that is needed is a small space to dance, comfortable clothes that your child can move in, and a willing participant!

Facebook Watch Party

New Bedford Creative presentsSeaport Art Walk Tour & Talkwith Margo Saulnier, Creative Strategist for the City of New Bedford and Jess Bregoli, Seaport Art Walk Curator

Margo chats with Jess about the 2020 SPAW and the process of building her sculpture Maria Mitchell’s Waves. This year’s SPAW honors the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement and is inspired by “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast”, a project of New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Click To Learn About This Year’s
SPAW Selected Artists




5pm on Facebook Live

VAHA! Mini-Concert

hosted by Scott Bishop 
Tune in for this mini-concert featuring 4 New Bedford-based artists playing original music:

Roots Run Wild
An Americana/roots duo with strong harmonies and unique instrumentation featuring Katie Lee and Kelly Ann, and Greg, on percussion.
Web Site

(pronounced “Chan with the Plan”)
A 24 year old hip-hop/R&B artist from New Bedford who became interested in the arts at 8 years old.  After high school, Chan decided she would take music and dance more seriously; recording her first song and video in 2016 with Lonelle Walker, a city favorite!

Mercy Bell 
As an openly queer Filipino-American woman who has lived all over the United States and grapples with the hard truths of life, Bell offers a fresh and dynamic approach to traditional roots music, folk and country western songs, and pop music.

Hang Out With NBAM/Artworks!


artMOBILE at the RJD

Look for the brightly colored artMOBILE at 396 County Street, in the RJD’s circular driveway. Grab a kit and work at a table overlooking the RJD rose garden. Kits can also be taken home. Guests visiting tonight are asked to wear a mask and practice proper distancing as local signs will indicate.


6pm on Facebook

Virtual Members’ Exhibitions Launch & Juror’s Choice Awards Announcements


Pre-Registration Is Required 

Artist Talk at South Coast Surface Design 

Featuring artist Deborah Baronas and her unique hand-printed textiles.
Special efforts will be made for Covid-Safe viewing of the show and Artist Talk.



Swing by the South End
Towards the Light Exhibit
at the Judith Klien Art Gallery 
Kilburn Mill Art Center
127 West Rodney French Blvd, Door #31,
through NB Antiques parking lot to rear of building

Exhibiting Artists: Adrian Tio, Alma Cummings, Christy Gunnel, Ron Lister, Lisa Batch, Cate Becker, Valorie Sheehan, Sheila Oliveira, Leonard Feingold, Milton Brigthman, Phyllis Dobbyn, Susanne Carey, Sheilagh Flynn, Chuck Boucher, Claire Tremblay and Judith Klein.

Safety measures being taken include no more than 4 people at one time in the Gallery and visitors have to wear masks.


5:30pm on Facebook

Behind the Scenes of DATMA’s Light 2020

Join DATMA for a brief behind the scenes visit of the public art project, Photo Kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park, featuring DATMA’s co-founder, Roger Mandle and Executive Director, Lindsay Mis interviewed by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director. Lindsay Mis will be on location from the CVPA Star Store Campus building’s corner space, Swain Studio and take you to see the installation from close up.

DATMA presents Light2020 
2 art installations viewable from the street:

Vessels by MASARY Studios

Three large-scale animation projection works installed on three different buildings along Union Street. Look for the current one between Purchase & Pleasant Streets.

Photo-kinetic Grid by Soo Sunny Park

Reflective silver mirrors embedded in welded chain link fencing emitting light and colorful rainbows generated by camera-projector cycles. On view at the UMass Dartmouth CVPA Star Store Building, corner of Union and Purchase Streets.

Click For More Info

5:30pm & 7:15 on Facebook

Whaling City Sounds Annual Jazz Series
Recorded at the Steeple Playhouse
Featuring vocalist Shawnn Monteiro with the Mike Renzi Trio including Dave Zinno on bass and Steve Langone on drums.

Mike Renzi was music director and pianist for Tony Bennett for a few years, including his recording with Lady Gaga, and also was music director at Sesame Street for a decade or more. He toured with Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Mel Torme and many others, including a few weeks with Frank Sinatra.


6pm on Facebook & YouTube

They Dreamed a Dream:
New Bedford Festival Theater’s Summer Academy Apprentices Reach for the Stars
Tune in for an inspiring night featuring the 2020 Summer Academy apprentices and their solo performances of beloved Les Miserables songs as well as Erin Ban, former NBFT apprentice, who played Fantine in the 2008 NBFT production, members of the Broadway and National tour. And, of course, George and Armand, weigh in on this award-winning, record breaking NBFT production.

The Drawing Room Hosts 

Pre-Register For Event Details

Children’s Healing Art Project 

A discussion about the healing power of art and the work of CHAP, which brings art to kids and families facing medical challenges. Join Sharon Jaye Perrins, Lead Art Teacher for CHAP (the Children’s Healing Art Project based in Portland, Oregon), as she discusses the healing power of art and turning nervous energy into creative energy. Sharon will also share ideas for fun art projects to do at home with easy to find items.

Pre-Register For
Event Details

The Marquette Grapewith Corey Nuffer and Rob Russell of Westport Rivers Vineyard & WineryTalk & Taste Marquette with the grower and owner of Westport Rivers, Rob Russell, Vineyard Rep, Corey Nuffer, and your host, Anthi. Virtually taste the latest from Westport Rivers, get introduced to a new fizz, and get the recipe for a delicious cocktail, The Blooming Summer. Wine bundles available for purchase before the event.


Pre-Registration Required 

Living History Architectural Walking Tour Series: Whitman Mills Walking Tour
hosted by the NB Preservation Society

Learn about textile tycoon William Whitman who created a spectacular series of Textile Mills – Whitman, Manomet, Nonquit and Nashawena – in the north end of New Bedford on Belleville and Riverside Avenues. These mills served as an example of the powerful economic impact the Textile Industry had not only in New Bedford but regionally and nationally.

Tours will be made available on the NBPS YouTube channel.

Meet at Buttonwood Park 

Chromasonic Funkticolor: Bicycle Rally for Black Lives

Join the NB Black Lives Matter Movement and the New Bedford Starchasers on a family-friendly, no-drop 6-mile bicycle rally, exploring the city’s stories, murals, and monuments to Black history.


on Facebook Live 

Exploring Cape Verdean Musical Traditions 

hosted by the NB Fishing Heritage Center

A presentation and performance by musician and educator, Candida Rose. Learn more about Cape Verdean cultural heritage and the connections between Cape Verdean and American musical traditions.

7pm on Zoom

Anomaly Poetry Virtual Open Mic 

Enjoy a lovely summer evening full of poetry from the comfort of your home live on Zoom.

On Facebook Live


Presented by Caroline Paradis &
Kelley Cabral-Mosher of Elevate Southcoast

What if we took time to pause and breathe, to let go, and trust the process. What does it mean to you to have faith? What if we could move through life with a greater awareness of what you may be gripping onto?

Join Caroline and Kelley for a brief but enlightening talk about surrender, followed by a guided meditation that will leave you feeling open and free to the ebbs and flows of life.

Have an idea for some virtual programming you’d like to bring to the party?

Have some tips or tricks you can share about virtual event best practices?

Need help navigating this new frontier of tech connecting?

Drop us a line at AHACoordinator@cfsema.org