July Vaha!

explore new bedford’s
vibrant culture this
summer in the seaport


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.



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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 below)
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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
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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
Plus IRL AHA! programming at 3 & 7pm (see listing below)
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus IRL AHA! programming at 4pm (see listing below) 
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New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! 
Open on AHA! 10am-4pm with reserved timed admission
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Please consider shopping or dining in DNB to help support our small biz community.
Follow DNB, Inc. on Facebook /dnbinc or Instagram @dnbinc for updates about downtown dining and retail shopping.

Celebrating your Art, History
& Architecture from home? 
Order up some take-out or delivery from one of your favorite downtown eateries and enjoy all the VAHA! programming from the comfort of your couch. 
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(V)AHA! Programs 

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, July 8
Butch McCarthy, 4 – 7PM
Butch McCarthy has performed throughout the SouthCoast for more than 50 years, blending original songs with his take on popular cover songs. His band, The Gentlemen of Leisure, has backed him for a decade. Joining Butch on stage will be Steve Mazza on bass and JB Borges on drums.Summer Sounds Series Line-Up
July 8 ∙ Butch 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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Tour & Talk
at the New Bedford Whaling Museum


New Bedford Women of Action:
Lighting the Way Walking Tour 
Join New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Rangers and Whaling Museum docents to explore New Bedford history through the stories of four women of action. Meet fishing industry advocate Harriet Didrickson, Civil War nurse Martha Bush Gray, philanthropist Sarah Rotch Arnold, and international translator Lydia Grinnell Brown. Discover a side of history that you might not have known before. This 50-minute tour begins and ends at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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6pm on Zoom

Registration Required 

A Press for the People:Enabling Local History Access at a National Level

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

Local historians Robert Demanche and Peggi Medeiros join Mike Kinsella of The History Press and Arcadia Publishing, for a discussion about the impacts, viability, and value to local communities of a nation-wide publisher of local history books. New Bedford Whaling Museum Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer moderates.

ROBERT DEMANCHE is the primary author, with co-authors Donald F. Tucker and Caroline B. Tucker, of The History Press publication, “The Last of the Fairhaven Coasters.”

MICHAEL KINSELLA is an Acquisitions Editor at The History Press, where he works on publications focused on New England. 

PEGGIi MEDEIROS is an independent historian specializing in New Bedford histories and families. She has written two books for The History Press: “New Bedford Mansions” and “Harriot Jacobs in New Bedford.” 

As the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest, Arcadia’s mission is to connect people with their past, with their communities and with one another. 

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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.


Hip Hop & Maritime Music 
in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Garden


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

Stop by for Breaking!
Live demonstrations by Big Chan, Krisis JunnYahh & Rthym.
Show off your dance skills during the Cypher.

This is the third 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.

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1850 Ladies: Sea Shanties and Work Songs!
Join the 1850s ladies for some traditional folk song that was
once commonly sung as a work song aboard whaling and
merchant sailing vessels.  


The Johnson Girls 
Presented by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Formed in 1997, The Johnson Girls are the leading all-woman maritime song group in the world. Sea chanteys and songs, as the first real “world music”, captured their imagination. Just as sailors who were heavily influenced by the songs they heard while traveling the world over, each of the Johnson Girls brings a special style to the ensemble. Their extensive repertoire of both traditional and contemporary material includes sea chanteys and work songs of other traditions, African-American, Canadian, Caribbean, Irish, French, Italian as well as songs from the inland waterways and fisheries. Click For More Info  

3pm at the New Bedford Public Library 

“Unicorn Break the Cage” Take-Home Kits 
Take home kits from Talewise “Unicorn Break the Cage” including free activities, online instructions, crafts, book lists, and more. Available while supplies last. 

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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  

4-6pm at the Rotch-Jones-Duff
House & Garden Museum 

All-Request Alfresco at the Mansion
Bring a picnic, relax on the lawn, and request your fave music from DJ Jessikerrr. Inside the mansion, enjoy twenty-minute “express” tours by RJD docents. 


4-8pm at 60 Eighth Street 

South Coast LGBTQ+ Community Center Tours 
On April 1, 2021, The South Coast LGBTQ+ Network welcomed friends and supporters from the local government, arts community, police department, and houses of worship, to a tour of the future South Coast LGBTQ+ Community Center on 60 Eighth Street in downtown New Bedford. Stop by for a tour of the future Community Center. 

Plus Vaccine PopUp
Walk-Up vaccines available (Johnson & Johnson)
for anyone 18 and older. No fee and no insurance needed,  


4-7pm in the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center Parking Lot
Vaccine Parking Lot PopUp

Walk-Up vaccines available (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson)
for anyone 12 and older.
No fee and no insurance needed, 
Plus live music with the SouthCoast Brass Band, Fun 107 live broadcast, free hamburgers and hotdogs, and the Rainbow Ice Cream Truck. 

Get Down at Gallery X 


The Moby Show: A Whale’s Tale
An exhibition of Moby-Dick inspired art
In conjunction with the work on view at Gallery X there will be Moby-Dick inspired sculptures on view in the garden of The Whalehouse (100 Madison St).

The Photography of William Correia and James CorreiaWorks by Gallery X members in the Douglass Gallery. 


Live music with Hula La, featuring Tom Poitras
A FUN 4piece band playing ‘Island Music’ mostly from Jamaica, Trinidad & Hawaii. Perfect for kids and families, their interactive show will have everyone gigging and having a great time.  

3 Exhibits at the NB Art Museum

4-8pm in the NBAM Galleries 

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. Community Artist-In-Residence: Carl Simmons Simmons is a New Bedford resident and artist who finds inspiration in local history, folklore, and preservation. “There’s a lot to like in New Bedford’s past. There are some things better left behind. Determining the difference requires the efforts of a dogged historical detective with a discriminating, if not downright off-beat, aesthetic. That person is Carl Simmons,” -Steven Froias, columnist. Carl works weekly within the gallery and creates videos that premiere at NBAM and online.

4 UMass Dartmouth CVPA Exhibits 

5-8pm at the CVPA Star Store 

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 BalanceIn Gallery 244Professor 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. Journeys; A Transatlantic Touring ExhibitionIn the Crapo GalleryIn 2020, twenty printmakers from the Tamar Valley UK and twenty from Cape Cod USA responded to the broad concept of “Journeys.” This exhibition is being shown alongside “Black & White” to pay homage to Marc St. Pierre’s influence in local printmaking and his involvement with The Printmakers of Cape Cod.

Tamar Valley Printmakers (UK): Eleanor Berrangé, Valerie Burn, Mary Gillett, Oonagh Glancy, Dorothy Hanna, Rosie Kearton, Gay Kent, Mary Macdermott, Tanya Morel, Beth Munro, Marcia Pirie, Ley Roberts, Tania Skeaping, Fi Smart, Rita Smith, Yana Trevail, Masako Whitehouse, Annette Wrathmell

The Printmakers of Cape Cod (USA): Jane Fay Baker, Diana Carns, Mary Doering, Mary Emery, Alice Nicholson Galick, Marcia Goodwin, Ann Guiliani, Leslie Kramer, Jane Lincoln, Deb Mell, Andrea Moore, Gail Nauen, Carol Odell, Liz Perry, Sarah Riley, Sarah David Ringler, Cecilia Rossey, Adrian Tio, Vicky Tomayko, Joyce Zavovskas

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 Wings Court 
Interactive Activities with NB Parks, Recreation and Beaches 

Stop by for a nature mystery box and flower-pressing activity. 

5-7pm at The Drawing Room 

Artist Demos & Chats
– Pottery demonstration by Corrinn Jusell on the Front Porch. 
– Meet jeweler and metalsmith Tanya Crane. One of The Drawing Room’s new artists, Tanya’s statement earrings and necklaces are must have items of wearable art.

Plus a sangria tasting with The Sangria Lady.
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in the First Unitarian Church NB Garden 

Groovin in the Garden!
Stop by for bubble fun with Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy and live music with Roots Run Wild. 

5-8pm at Pilgrim UCC

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 (button-making, mug and t-shirt printing, wood block painting) as well as on-site resources from MM&M. 


Swing By The South End

5-8pm at the Kilburn Mill 

Summer Sparkle Group Exhibit  
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 Suit 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

5:30pm & 7:15pm 
in the Fiber Optic Center parking lot 

Enjoy jazz music under the Jazz Wall!

Centre Street Sessions: Bossas, Ballads and Blues
Presented by Fiber Optic Center & Whaling City Sound 

Enjoy a live performance by NY-based guitarist Peter Hand, playing “Bossas, Ballads and Blues,” with bassist Alan Bernstein and drummer Mark Walker.  

Music & Art on William Street 

5-8pm at the Alison Wells Gallery 

Artist PopUp  
Ockway Bay Wampum specializing in contemporary wampum jewelry, handcrafted and designed by native artist Hartman Deetz
of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.

5:30-8:30pm outside Celia’s Boutique & the Alison Wells Gallery 

An Outdoor Duet: Live Cabo Verdean Music 
In continued celebration of Cabo Verdean Recognition Week (June 28 – July 3) and Cabo Verdean Independence Day (July 5), Celia’s Boutique in collaboration with Alison Wells Art Gallery host “An Outdoor Duet” reminiscent of the outdoor “tocatinha” performances in Cabo Verde. Featuring vocalist/entertainer Candida Rose and “Special Guest” guitarist and vocalist extraordinare, ZeRui Depina. Direct from Cabo Verde, Mr. Depina has toured with Cesaria Evora, Maria DeBarros and others, as well as performing his own shows at the Zeiterion PAC and around the world. 

5:30-7:30pm at Subtext Book Shop 

Children’s Night at Subtext 
Stop by for book reading and  signing of “Little Lamb Shenanigans” by author Ed Pacheco as well as a book signing by Sandra Hall. 

Plus shop framed historical prints at 25% off. 

History & Architecture
with the NB Preservation Society

6pm at the James Arnold Mansion,
427 County Street

Victorian New Bedford Walking Tour:
Featuring the grand Victorian Homes of New Bedford’s west end

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 at the corner of Union & Route 18

Seaport Artwalk: Tides & Time
Artists and curator walking tour

New Bedford’s annual Seaport Art Walk was founded in 2013 by artist Jessica Bregoli, and was the city’s first large format outdoor public art installation. Each summer, sculpture and murals are strategically placed along New Bedford’s working waterfront and Seaport Cultural District.

Take a tour with the artists for the official opening of the 2021 exhibit, “Tides and Time,” where sculptures and murals were created to reflect or comment on our ever-changing climate, whether that be the ocean, environment, economy, politics, or social justice. This juried outdoor exhibition will be on view July through October.

This years Art Walk features:

Alanna Boucher, with participating New Bedford High School students, created a sculpture called “Hashtag Change.”

Marcus Cusick of Open Eye Movement, working with Chief George Spring Buffalo of the Pocasset, presents a mural that brings to light the true histories that surround the Pokanoket nation.

When Jacob Ginga was 19 he got a job working for a small oyster farm run by a family who had been shellfishermen for over 5 generations. His very first artwork displayed in New Bedford galleries were portraits of these father figures. In an attempt to process his grief of their loss this year, he is creating portraits of them again.

Eric Lintala’s fiberglass and metal sculpture titled “Enough is Enough” represents the defeat and hopelessness of the many injustices that still plague our country and the world.

Erin Meade, an art teacher at Keith Middle School in New Bedford, has always loved the simplicity of window installations. Her design of a 30-foot installation incorporates all different types and sizes of plastic bottle caps to create movement and playfulness through a wave and whale form.

7pm on MacArthur Blvd, near State Pier

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra PopUp 
Hosted by DATMA 
Enjoy a popup performance by violinist Ethan Wood
and violist Anna Griffis featuring a duo repertoire from the 18th to 20th century with selections by Handel, Sibelius, Martinů, and others, sprinkled with some lively folk tunes and rags.


Any Time 

Westport Artists in Residence Program (WARP)

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 July 1, 2021to July 21st, visitors are invited to witness artist Matt Magee in action at the park located at 573 Adamsville Road. 

Matt’s work explores themes of language, coding and repetition.  The son of a geologist and archaeologist, his childhood was spent traversing the globe from Turkey to Libya to Native American reservations in the American West. Matt has an eye for found objects, be they from an urban street, a beach, or an arid Southwestern plain. Drawing inspiration from 1960’s minimalist sculptors with an emphasis on accumulative iterative processes like stacking, repetition and sequencing, the sculptures and paintings have an imbedded language and are to be interpreted as a means of record keeping and tracking the passage of time.

Since the early 1980’s Matt has repurposed commonplace materials such as aluminum cans and detergent bottles in his studio practice. His project for the Westport residency will use these materials resulting in additional awareness of recycling and offering alternate solutions. A large root form will slowly evolve and grow from woven aluminum cans and strands of cut plastic detergent bottles will be wired together to create 21st century information graphics. Click To Watch A Video Of Matt’s Process

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