September Vaha!

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

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
& extended AHA! programming from 6-7pm (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 Farmers Market
in Custom House Park

Open 2-6pm
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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 5pm (see listing below)
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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.
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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.

Virtual Block Party at 7pm / Zoom Dance Party at 8pm

(V)AHA! Programs

Art with Alison

Noon – 6pm
At the Alison Wells Gallery

Stop by for the Gallery’s first IRL (In Real Life) event in six months.

Chat with Artist Alison Wells about her new exhibit at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and view info/price sheets to learn more about the paintings. Check out the new look of the gallery and view what’s on the walls including original artwork, prints, and notecards. Gift Certificates available for purchase.  Due to Covid-19, visitors will be limited to 4 guests at a time, masks will be required of everyone and hand sanitizer will be provided.

In the Neighborhood

A Virtual Tour of Alison Wells’ New Exhibit at the NB Whaling MuseumNew Bedford has been Alison’s home away from home for the past 15 years. This area has and continues to serve as a major source of inspiration throughout her career in the United States, both consciously and subconsciously. She is influenced greatly by its rich architecture; its prolific fishing harbor; its fascinating histories of Whaling; the Underground Railroad & Textiles; its multicultural backbone and the artistic veins that pump the city with life and vitality. She fuses these significant influences along with her Caribbean culture and sensibilities to create unique and vibrant mixed media, large scale paintings in this series titled In the Neighborhood.

3pm on Facebook Live

5 Pillars of Hip Hop Series

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


Get Creative with NBAM/Artworks!

In Custom House Park

Join the artMOBILE at the New Bedford Famers Market.

Look for the purple van with experienced artists and fun art activities for you! The artMOBILE travels the South Coast to lead art workshops and hand-out specially designed art kits.

In front of NBAM/Artworks!

Weaving of Voices: An Interactive Activity
New Bedford Children, a new nonprofit organization working to promote high-quality early childhood education in the city of New Bedford, will be in front of NBAM  creating a “weaving of voices”.  Stop by to add to the weaving, and to share your hopes and dreams for early childhood education in our city!

On Facebook & Instagram

Bark Ranger 

Explore NBAM’s exhibitions with Museum Dog, get crafty with Creative Canine, and this VAHA! take a tour of Wings Court with Bark Ranger!

Visit to watch previous episodes of Museum Dog and Friends.

Bark Ranger is brought to you by NBAM and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. 

5pm on Facebook Live 

VAHA! Mini-Concert
hosted by Scott Bishop 

Tune in for this mini-concert featuring
2 South Coast-based artists playing
original music: 
Neal McCarthy

Neal McCarthy has played in bars and restaurants in the Southcoast for 30 years, and is lucky to have had the pleasure of playing with dozens of other locals. Neal is currently having an interesting time playing solo acoustic online during the pandemic.

A band from Fall River that plays in a scary old mill – one floor up from a mean Southern Rock band who wondered if they were having séances (they weren’t) (not really). Skyjelly plays psychedelic, middle-eastern blues and has had four releases to date. Thier latest release, In The Running, is a split vinyl EP with the band Solillians.


At Judith Klein Art Gallery

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

Featuring new work by Judith Klein, jewelry by Nitza Attali, ceramics by Edgar McGarvy and Martha Moffitt, and woodwork by Andrew Preppard.

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.

5pm on Zoom
Registration Required 

Annual Meeting & Special Lecture
Hosted by the Rotch-Jones-Duff House
& Garden Museum 
The Annual Meeting agenda includes the approval of a new slate of trustees, a report on the activities and finances of the Museum, a vote on bylaw amendments, and a special lecture by Carrie Taylor, Director of the Lippitt House Museum in Providence, Rhode Island. “To Labor for the Common Good: Recontextualizing the Historic House Museum Experience”Carrie Taylor, Director, Lippitt House Museum, Providence, RILippitt House has been a landmark for over 150 years – a reflection of the great wealth created in 19th century Providence from manufacturing. But what relevancy does a Victorian mansion have today in our post-industrial age? Ms. Taylor will discuss the evolving role of historic house museums as a community resource and efforts to engage community through innovative partnerships and programs.  


5:30 & 7:15pm
On Facebook 

Centre Street Sessions:
The Whaling City Sound Annual Jazz Series
Featuring two sets by the John Stein Trio,with Ed Lucie, electric bass, Mike Conners, drums and John Stein, guitarist.Filmed at NBAM/Artworks 


6-7pm at the NB Fishing Heritage Center 

Baile de la Conquista Outdoor Performance
 This traditional Mayan dance from Guatemala will take place in the FHC parking lot. Masks and social distancing
are required. Click To Learn More About This
Dance Tradition


6pm at Pilgrim UCC 

Sea Chantey Music
 Austin Burns will present a program of Sea Chanteys in the Parking Lot behind the Church (635 Purchase Street).


History & Architecture with the NB Preservation Society

Postponed due to weather

The Definitive Tour The season’s walking tour series concludes with a tour of the city’s central business and retail district. The quintessential buildings on Pleasant, Union and Purchase Streets will be featured.

Any Time! 

Virtual Tours

Including An Introduction to Historical New Bedford and Tour of Howland Mills: A history of the New Bedford textile industry and a utopian workers village.

6:30pm On Zoom

Soo Sunny Park:
Light As a Sculptural Material

Hosted by UMass Dartmouth Galleries
Artist Talk by Soo Sunny Park will contextualize Photo Kinetic Grid, site specific light installation.
This reflective light installation was admired this summer by many New Bedford residents and visitors at the corner of Union & Purchase Streets at the UMass Dartmouth Star Store Campus’ new Swain Studio.

7-8pm On-Line 

The Worry Workshop 
Hosted by The Drawing Room A special online event with Carrie Foster Vinson, LICSW, Life Coach, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.Carrie is an expert in helping people deal with the universal emotion of worry. Carrie will share her expertise in a livestream about facing worry.

7pm On Zoom

Anomaly Poetry Open Mic  
Hang out on ZOOM with your friendly neighborhood poets.

 Any Time! 

Virtual Exhibits at Gallery X


 Any Time! 

Virtual Program:
Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens
Join artist Elizabeth James Perry for a conversation about her art and the concept for her exhibition, “Ripples. Through a Wampanoag Lens,” which opened at the Whaling Museum on September 3. Elizabeth, an Aquinnah Wampanoag whaling descendant and marine scientist, will discuss how her designs and the raw materials for the exhibition have personal and historical cultural meanings.

This engaging conversation, moderated by Whaling Museum Curator of Social History Akeia de Barros Gomes, will touch on Indigenous gender roles and responsibilities, the environment, and important adaptations to centuries of close contact between Wampanoag communities in New England, Wampanoag whalemen and naval officers, and cultures around the world. Elizabeth will share with us how this history influences and inspires her work.

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