Welcome To VAHA
A message from Peter Muise, President & CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union 
Thank you to First Citizens’ for supporting VAHA! 
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Find archived programming from the May VAHA! on our Connect From Your Couch page.

Dinner & A Show 
Celebrate VAHA! with some contactless take-out or delivery from one of your favorite downtown eateries. 
Our friends at DNB, Inc. have put together a list with all the delicious dining in DNB details.  

Wellness Classes presented by 
the New Bedford Wellness Initiative 
on Facebook Live 
8am – Qigong & Meditation with Marcia Rath 
10am – Meditation with Marcia Hathaway 
11am – Yoga with Nikki Winning 
7pm – Yoga Nidra with Carly Baumann 

Virtually Visit The Cape Cod Museum Trail

Live Patient Update 
with the National Marine Life Center
noon on Facebook Live 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with seals and sea turtles? Want to peak “Behind-the-Scenes”? Join on Facebook LIVE to hear about the current seal and sea turtle patients in the care of National Marine Life Center and how the staff are getting them back on their “flippers” so they can return to the wild.

The Nantucket Historical Association presents The Hunt: A Whaling Voyage 
Mix up your favorite cocktail or mocktail and enjoy a story that has been told since the 1930s, when retired whaling captain George Grant became the first “custodian” of the Nantucket Whaling Museum and shared his first-hand whaling experiences with museum visitors. That began a long-standing tradition of telling this same story, passed down to each new generation of museum interpreters. This 2020 version of The Hunt has been updated to tell the story of a whaling voyage aboard the whaleship Edward Cary 1854-58. The 20-minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q&A and comments.

Connect From Your Couch 
Enjoy the history, nature, art and cuture of Cape Cod from your couch. Take part in virtual art installations, walking tours, talks and animal visits presented by museums on the trail.

Mayday Mask Makers In The Time Of COVID
A call to all people making masks:
If you’ve made one or 100’s
If you are an artist creating
If you are new to making
Rhonda Fazio would like to share your work and your story at the May 14th VAHA!
Submission Deadline: May 12th

The Buttonwood Park Zoo hosts
A Virtual Keeper Chat
11am on Facebook Live
While kids are home from school and BPZoo is closed, they want to continue connecting you to the animals you love through educational videos each day.

The 5 Pillars Of Hip Hop Series 
presented by 3rd EyE & 
the NB Whaling National Historical Park 
3-4:30pm on Facebook Live 
Featuring music, dance, spoken word 
and live painting. 

New Bedford Public Schools Student Art
& Music Virtual Celebration
Visual and Performing Arts students have been busy learning and working from home! 
This compilation includes student artwork and performances from across the district.

VAHA! Mini-Concert
hosted by Scott Bishop 
5pm on Zoom 
Tune in for this mini-concert featuring 4 New Bedford-based artists playing original music: 

Kittens Slay Dragons 
A synthwave duo (Sarah Donner & Michael McClane) that sings upbeat songs 
about cats, depression, and nerd culture.

Chris Evil (aka Chris Guaraldi) 
Evil has been playing music in a number of bands in and around New Bedford for over twenty years–starting with hardcore punk band Chris Evil and the Taints, to gothic country band the Blood Moons to the post-punk/college rock (and current band) Sick Pills. 

Brian Cass 
Guitarist and music technologist, first with a Commodore 64 home computer and then a guitar a few years later. Cass has been employed by Grammy awarded artists, international software developers and world-class recording studios and is currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music teaching courses in Electronic Production and Design. 

Scapeghost (aka Scott Bishop)
Scapeghost dips into pop songs with weird sounds, ranging from crunchy punk-pop to dreamy shoegaze to ambient landscapes.

May Is Preservation Month 

Intro to Historical New Bedford 
presented by the NB Preservation Society 
This virtual tour is conducted by the venerable Bruce Barnes and is an introduction to historical New Bedford that explores the history of whaling, the textile industry, to abolitionism through the people and architecture.

WHALE 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting 
All are welcome, members and non-members, to celebrate another successful year for WHALE with new projects, staff, and board members at their first ever virtual annual meeting. Hear from Executive Director, Teri Bernert, and WHALE Board President, Andy Burnes. 
All registered participants will receive a follow up email with information on how to join in virtually.

Preservation Conversation
with Dawn Salerno, Director of the RJD
and Anne Louro, Preservation Planner for
New Bedford. 

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month 

Curbing the Culture of Shame: 
A Conversation on the Impact 
of Cyberbullying
Presented by The Marion Institute in partnership with the New Bedford Lyceum
6pm on Zoom 
A moderated discussion responding to themes presented in the award-winning documentary “Audrie & Daisy”, a film that takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

A Creative Arts Display 
from Child & Family Services
In recognition of May Mental Health Awareness Month enjoy a showcase of the creative and artistic talents of CFS workers/providers of mental health services and learn how they utilize the arts as a form of self-expression, shedding negative emotions, building self-esteem, and processing.

A Creative Night at the Drawing Room 

In the Wake of the Willows: Author Reading with Frederick & Amy Thurber
6pm on Zoom 
Have you ever wondered what adventures the local wildlife are up to? Join Fred and Amy Thurber as they read aloud from In the Wake of the Willows, while taking a visual tour through the book’s artwork by Amy Thurber. If you’d like to read along, copies of the book are available for purchase at The Drawing Room. (contactless pickup for local readers.)

Virtual Beer Tasting
Featuring Turtle Swamp Brewing
7:30pm on Zoom
Corey Nuffer will walk you through four of Turtle Swamp brewings current offerings: Orange Line NEIPA, 02130 Copper Kolsch, All Ears Golden Ale, and Fine. A Sour Beer.


Calico Sale 
6pm on Facebook Live 
Join Elissa Paquette, owner of Calico, for a Facebook Live Sale. 
Tune in for first dibs on brand new markdowns. Shop online at

Celia’s Boutique Fashion Show 
Enjoy a virtual fashion show of spring and summer styles, 

New Bedford Festival Theatre presents
“From NBFT With Love!”
6pm on Facebook Live
Miss New Bedford and NBFT alumni Alyssa Maitoza will be performing some favorite NBFT hits such as “Thank You For The Music”, “What I Did For Love”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”
and more.

Make Surreal Collage Scenes with Alison Wells 
6pm on Facebook Live 
Get creative at the Virtual Collage Table. All you need is old magazines 
(cut out any images that interests you), glue, scissors, blank sheets of white or colored paper.

with Erin Poyant, co-owner of Solshine Yoga
6:30pm on Facebook 
Solshine Yoga located in New Bedford, Massachusetts is not just a yoga studio, they are a unique yoga experience incorporating different styles of yoga, reiki, meditation, aromatherapy, sound healing, energy medicine and more. 

UMass Dartmouth 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition
Artist Talks introduced by guest speaker and artist Mark Dion

We Came to Fish, We Came to Work:
Stories of Immigration
Exhibit Launch & Virtual Concert
presented by the NB Fishing Heritage Center 
7pm on Facebook Live 
A virtual concert featuring local musicians Ana Vinagre, Candida Rose, and Johan Gundersen who will present songs from and about Portugal, Cape Verde, and Norway.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents
From the Penthouse to the Outhouse  
7pm on Facebook Live 
A Bach-centered performance and Q&A with NBSO concertmaster Jesse Holstein.

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks presents

Artist Chat with Stacy Latt Savage: Art & Life during COVID-19
7pm on Facebook Live & Youtube Live 
A Creative Conversation in studio with NBAM artist-in-residence Stacy Latt Savage about her current work in the Museum.

She Persisted: 
Women Artists of New Bedford, 1900-2019
Highlighting female-identified artists from the New Bedford Public Library’s collection.

South Coast Surface Design hosts 
Textile Artists Elin Noble & Deborah Baronas 
An on-line get-together with two well-known Surface Design / Textile Artists.

Anomaly Poetry Virtual Open Mic
7-9pm on Zoom
They’re taking their popular monthly
event to the digital world.
Zoom link will be posted the night 
of the event. 

A Whaling Descendant Performs In Four Acts 
Hosted by Salty Xi Jie Ng & the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 
8pm on Zoom 
An intergenerational, intercontinental film collaboration. A whaling descendant contemplates his lineage, anthropomorphism, and the lingering mythology of whaling. He is inside the belly of a whale. He is everyone before him who killed a whale. He is a whale. Can whaling mean ‘being a whale’?

The Comfort of Gratitude
Presented by Caroline Paradis & Kelley Cabral-Mosher of Elevate Southcoast
8:30-9pm on Zoom
Gratitude is a simple but powerful tool that we can use to bring more happiness into our lives. Join Caroline & Kelley for a brief but enlightening talk followed by a guided meditation that will leave you feeling light, peaceful, and connected to the things that make you happy.

Virtual Exhibit & Printmaking Demo 
with Judith Klein 

For Youth By Youth
presented by Dream Out Loud
A video compilation of DOLC students’ creative work including:
– “Get Out and Art” promotional video, inspiring youth to explore their creative minds
– Songs that tackle the subjects of dealing with loss, self-discovery, depression and facing fears
– An interview with local business owners Power and Grace Yoga
And other fun creative works.

Virtual Tour of the House of Glass
with artist Tracy Barbosa

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