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.



AHA! In The Afternoon 

Our downtown New Bedford museums, galleries and institutions are welcoming back 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 virtual 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! 10am – 4pm with reserved timed admission
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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm 
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Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum 
Open on AHA! 10am – 4pm
Plus virtual AHA! programming at 5:30pm (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 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.

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 or yard. 
Click For Dining Options

Be sure to search #giftDNB on social media for all the ways you can shop local, shop unique, shop DNB. 
Brought to you by Downtown New Bedford Inc 

Alison Wells Art Gallery 
Open 5-7pm during the November (V)AHA!

Shop miniature original artwork (perfect for stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifting),
greeting cards (holiay, New Bedford and Caribbean themed)
and gift cards (perfect for classes and commissions). 
Click For On-line Shop

NBAM / Artworks! Museum Shop 
Open until 4pm during the November (V)AHA! 
The Shop is stocked with new artful items, including beautiful handmade face masks.
Up to 70% of Shop proceeds go directly back to artists in the community. 
Check Website For Other Shopping Opportunities

Judith Klein Art Gallery 
Open 5-8pm during the November (V)AHA! 
Shop local art or grab a gift card. 
Cards and art are also available to be mailed/shipped. 
Check Website For Other Shopping Opportunities

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Open until 4pm during the November (V)AHA! 
The FHC gift shop has a great selection of unique and local
books, jewelry, and artwork that make wonderful gifts.
They also have a small selection of their gift shop items
available online including DVDs, books, and FHC apparel.
Click For On-Line Shop 

Shopping Spotlight 
Buy Black New Bedford 
An online platform dedicated to highlighting, discovering, and promoting
Black-owned businesses in the Southcoast.
A frequently updated and growing directory for all shopping and service needs.
This is also a great way to buy locally and support the region’s economy. 
In supporting Black-owned businesses, we work to close the racial wealth gap,
strengthen our local economies, foster job creation, and celebrate Black culture.
Click To Buy Black NB

Welcome New AHA! Partner

Kilburn Mill
127 West Rodney French Blvd.  
Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove is a community within itself offering space for weddings, entertainment and events as well as well-maintained and secure retail/commercial space that is staffed to accomodate their tenants, at an affordable rate.

Kilburn IRL – Open Studios 
Stop by from 4-8pm during the Made In NB (V)AHA! to visit some artist open studios
including the Judith Klein Gallery (see program listing below).


Kilburn Virtual – The Isolation Contemplation’s 
For many the complete separation from others or the strained loss of community and missed
hopes and dreams has been extremely devastating. This is a time of postponed weddings, loved
ones dying behind doors we cannot enter, and livelihoods being stripped from people. Routines have
stopped and  lives have changed. The Isolation Contemplation’s is a virtual exhibit featuring local artists
responding to  these complicated and overwhelming times. Click For Exhibit

Subtext Bookshop 
209 Union Street 
Who’s ready for ‘hot apple cider and a good book’ season?
Stop by to shop the Fall Book Sale. 

Play Arcade
34 Union Street
Play is an old school 80’s style Arcade offering craft-made food and beverages including many vegan options. While the games are off-limits due to COVID19 restrictions, we invite you to dine and drink at downtown New Bedford’s newest attraction. Be sure to check out the hammock seats on the roof deck complete with harbor views as well as some amazing murals created by local artists.

(V)AHA! Programs

4-7pm on Facebook Live 

Your New Bedford 2020 Finale 
Hosted by 3rd EyE Unlimited

Coming at you LIVE from the Zeiterion Stage!
Tune in for music, dance, live art, meditation & yoga,
community conversations and more. 


5:30pm On Zoom 

Cultural Continuity through Indigenous Languages
& Movement Building:  
A Talk by Jennifer Weston, Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project Director

Jennifer Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock) is a writer and producer who has worked for the past 25 years with Tribal community programs focused on environmental justice, Indigenous education, and language revitalization. Currently she directs the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. Prior to joining WLRP in 2012, Weston managed Cultural Survival’s endangered languages program in Cambridge, MA, building a network among 350+ Indigenous communities, serving as researcher and producer for the 2011 documentary WE STILL LIVE HERE: Âs Nutayuneân, and the film’s companion website,

Weston also worked as an associate producer on the PBS documentary series WE SHALL REMAIN, and as a correspondent for the Lakota Nation Journal. As a student and staffer at Brown University, she developed Native studies curricula and community programs to support Native student retention, and worked as a research assistant on Native youth projects focused on cultural resiliency. Weston trained as a journalist with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters in Providence, RI, the founding editor of Indian Country Today, and a Visionmaker Media apprenticeship at WGBH. From 2014 – 2017 she co-designed and led the course, “Native American Women in North America: Indigenous Mother Tongues, Leadership and Self-Determination,” as part of the UMass-Boston Civic Engagement Scholarship Initiative. Jennifer is an active learner of Lakotiyapi and Wôpanâôt8âôk.


10am on Zoom  


Post-Election Panel
Hosted by YWCA of Southeastern MA 

Review the state of affairs post election and outline priorities following the election. Panelists will provide information, resources, and updates on how to support our community during this year of tremendous and seismic change. Together, we must continue to raise our voices to demand racial and gender equity for our community regardless of who holds power. 

Panel Members:
Jennifer DeBarros, PhD
Dr. LaSella Hall
Helena da Silva Hughes
Lisa Lemieux
Andy Pollock
Dr. Juli Parker
Moderated by Gail Fortes



National Parks in Local Shops: 

A Scavenger Hunt brought to you by
the NB Whaling
National Historical Park

Kicking off during (V)AHA! and running through the winter, the scavenger hunt will feature 10 (pictures of) National Parks hiding in downtown shops. Stop by the National Park Information Station (inside the Visitor Center at 33 William Street) to pick up your checklist then get exploring! The Visitor Center is open Thursday – Sunday from 10am – 4pm. 

Get Your Art On with NBAM/Artworks! 



New Exhibit 
Immersion & Interaction:
Witnessing the Everyday
Art by Pat Coomey Thornton

Pat Coomey Thornton is a New Bedford-based artist who has been a part of the New Bedford creative community for decades. 

7pm on Facebook

New Museum Dog Episode: Patterns!  

Museum Dog, Bark Ranger, and Creative Canine are back for another episode!
Come visit the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and learn all about patterns with
our puppy pals!


4-7pm on North Water St.

Anti-Fog Treatment Demonstration
with Fortune Eye Associates

Fortune Eye Associates will be demonstrating the appropriate type of
anti-fog treatement for visitors’ glasses
and sunglasses and handing out cleaning clothes. Ask them for more information about a free vision screening while you’re there.

5pm on Facebook  

VAHA! Mini Concert: Made in NB 
Hosted by Scott Bishop

A special pre-recorded concert featuring musicians performing at downtown businesses. 

Myles Goulart is a Fairhaven-based musician who plays multiple instruments such as harp, piano, cello, and guitar. He is the owner of Hewn (760 Purchase Street) a non-binary boutique that just opened up this summer. Myles will be performing some songs and talking about Hewn.
Hewn on Facebook
Myles on Bandcamp
Myles on Spotify 

Sarah Donner is an alt pop singer/songwriter playing songs that teeter back and forth between playful, nerd core, and ballads. Sarah will be performing a short set at Shimmer beauty shop (187 Union Street).
Shimmer Website 
Shimmer on Facebook 
Sarah Website 
Sarah on Itunes 
Sarah on Spotify 
Sarah on Patreon 


5pm at the Drawing Room 

Pottery Pop-Up Sale with Made by Corrinn

Hosted by The Drawing Room 

The talented Corrinn Jusell will be on the Front Porch for (V)AHA! Night. It’s “Made in New Bedford” and there will not only be a pop-up sale of Corrinn’s pottery, she’ll also be giving a demonstration of part of her artist process. Stop by to explore her collection and see an artist at work.



5-8pm at Gallery X 

The Norway Show (That Didn’t Happen)
Paintings by Severin Haines

The Norway Show (that didn’t happen) explores Skude, Sig’s family’s retreat on the island of Karmøy. Comprising of 21 vibrant works, the exhibition presents a panoramic view from Skude, which sits at Karmøy’s southernmost tip, The Norway Show is both an artistic exploration of color and surface and a celebration of home and memory. 

5:30pm on Zoom 
Registration Required 

New Bedford Through Photo Journalism
with Peter Pereira
Hosted by the Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum 

Career photographer and photojournalist, Peter Pereira,  speaks about his work over the years.

at the Judith Klein Gallery 


Swing by the South End and visit the new location for the Judith Klein Art Gallery.

Featuring new work by Judith Klein, as well as jewelry, pottery and woodwork from local artists. Judith will be doing printmaking demos throughout the evening. 

127 W. Rodney French Blvd 
Use main entrance
2nd floor Suit 2-87
Visitors limited to 2-3 people at one time,
masks must be worn.


 6pm on Instagram Live 

Restart 2020: Q&A, Sneak Peek 
Presented by Drew Furtado  

Restart 2020 is a documentary film that tells the story of artists working to make New Bedford a better place. 

Tune in to Instagram Live for a sneak
peak of the film, a demonstration of the filmmaking process, and a Q & A for the film.

Find on Instagram @dfurt_arts


6-9pm at Play Arcade

Opening Reception for art by Boston Maki 

Boston Maki is an east coast street artist with a studio located in the Killburn Mill. You can find Boston Maki street art through out New Bedford. 

Play Arcade is an old school 80’s style Arcade offering craft-made food and beverages including many vegan options. Be sure to check out the hammock seats on the roof deck complete with harbor views as well as some amazing murals created by local artists.


6:30pm on Zoom

Virtual Studio Tour with artist David Cole
Hosted by UMass Dartmouth CVPA

Zoom on over to Hudson, New York and visit with the artist who created the current installation at UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus, ‘New Landscapes.’

Cole’s large scale landscape ‘encaustics’ use non-traditional materials and techniques such as shoe polish and beeswax on cement board which is “painted” with a steam iron and a blowtorch. This will be the first virtual visit to this vibrant artist’s studio and will include a demonstration of Cole’s unusual techniques.

Hosted by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director and exhibition curator.

7pm on Facebook Live 

Virtual Concert by Dave Penny 

Hosted by NB Fishing Heritage Center 

Dave Penny is a steady presence on the local folk scene as a composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. With his engaging stage personality, and a style that is entirely his own, he has been a key figure in resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland comic songs.This program is part of the Center’s series on immigration and cultural heritage on the working waterfront.


8:30pm on Facebook Live 

Embracing Change in a Season of Uncertainty presented by Caroline Paradis & Kelley Cabral-Mosher of Elevate Southcoast

As we approach the end of 2020, the one thing we know for sure is that nothing is certain. What would happen if we could find a way to flow with the winds of change, no matter which way they blew? 

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


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