What’s going on? Events in New Bedford.
There’s always something happening in New Bedford! Check back for dates and information about Viva Portugal, The Taste of Southcoast, Jazz Festival, Folk Festival, Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival, Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Seaport Chowder Festival, WHALE International Wine Festival, Working Waterfront Festival, Oktoberfest, and the Summer Sound Series, Friday evening concerts overlooking the working waterfront. (Whew! Did you catch all of that?!)
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FREE….FREE…..FREE….Come help us celebrate the opening of the Museum of Madeira Heritage, 20 years ago. Traditional Madeira Music, Silent auction, and many many surprises, Museum will be open!
The Museum of Madeiran Heritage was opened at the start of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament on July 29, 1999. It is the only museum dedicated to the history and heritage of the islands of Madeira that lie 600 miles southwest of Portugal. Inside, visitors will find a fascinating collection of Madeiran art, and fine crafts including, embroidery, lace, linens, pottery and weaving. Traditional costumes of Folkloric dancers are on display along with an authentic ‘corca’ or sled used to transport visitors from the village of Monte high atop a hill outside of Funchal, the capital city of Madeira. On the north side of the museum is the beautiful Madeira Garden, with a fountain, grape arbor and plantings surrounding the lawn reminiscent of the garden isle. A large brick patio commemorates members and friends who have donated to the on-going work of the museum. Individual engraved bricks continue to be sold and arrangements may be made with the museum staff. The museum continues to add to its collections by kind donations from people of Madeiran heritage throughout North America and through ties to Madeira. The museum operates as an affiliate of the Clube Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc. and is staffed by member volunteers
Thursday, June 13th Victorian New Bedford Walking Tour
Gather at the front porch of the Wamsutta Club at 427 County Street at 6 pm. The homes which grew up along the quiet residential ways are characteristic of the 19th century architectural styles of New Bedford. Most of the homes on this walking tour are the result of enormous growth in manufacturing, transportation and commerce in New Bedford from 1850 to 1900 and are architectural treasures of an era that influenced a nation.
VIP TOUR – Notable People in New Bedford History
Gather at the Friend’s Meeting House, located at 83 Spring Street near downtown New Bedford, at 6 pm. This tour will explore many of the famous characters that lived in the historic homes in New Bedford. From Fredrick Douglass to Hetty Green as well as the Captains of the whaling and textiles industries, these individuals left an indelible impact on New Bedford that continues to be a part of the City’s heritage today. Other notable people on this tour include Rachel Howland, William Rotch Jr, Joseph Grinnell, John H. Clifford, Julia Delano, William and Lydia Swain, Herman Melville, Andrew G. Pierce Jr, James Arnold and Samuel Rodman Jr.
Howland Mills Walking Tour
Gather at the Howland Place 651 302 Bolton Street entrance at 6pm. The Howland Mill story is one of the most compelling in the history of New Bedford. William D. Howland attempted to establish a utopian community of manufacturing facilities and residential villages that for a brief time was a national model of labor/capitalist harmony. It all came crashing down in financial chaos in 1897 which caused Howland to take his own life. The historic Howland Mill Village, a collection of 50 single family cottages remains as a testament to Howland’s utopian vision.
Neighborhoods of the Textile Era
Gather at 6pm at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street. New Bedford was an important center for textile production in the world at the industry’s peak in the early 1900s. This tour will highlight some of the neighborhoods and explore the legacy of this long and eventful period in the history of New Bedford.