YOUR (holiday) WEEKEND…

It’s a quick 1,2,3 and we’re out YOUR WEEKEND – because it’s a holiday weekend! Enjoy the day off and see you on the other side of Monday….

Grab some Fish & Chips

FRIDAY, FEB. 16 – It’s Lent – and even though the city isn’t as overwhelmingly Catholic as it once was, it’s still fun to follow some of the old ways. Like Fat Friday. What’s Fat Friday, you ask? It’s New Bedford’s version of New Orleans’ Fat Tuesday. But instead of gumbo, everybody consumes fish & chips. And, it can happen every Fat Friday until Easter – if your arteries hold out. We recommend getting a plateful of cod and potatoes at Dillon’s, located right up the street from Groundwork!, at 583 County Street. It’s an old-fashioned greasy spoon, in the best sense of the word. And the $7.50 price tag for a large order will leave you plenty of change to spare for the collection basket…Pictured above, the Dillon’s crew show off their tats.

They’re baaack!

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 – The Collective NB kicks off their 3rd season with another one of their famous 24 hour shows. What – you don’t know what a 24 hour show is?! Where have you been for the last two years?! Not at Gallery X (169 William Street) where again tonight at 6:30 p.m. – and then again at 8:30 p.m. – the theatrical troupe performs a play that’s written, rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. We love The Collective NB – so are happy it’s a Valentine-themed show. $10 at the door gets you in.

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 – Artist Will Wolf – who we were happy to host once upon a time right here in the Groundwork! Gallery – debuts his solo show, Organic Decay at Colo Colo Gallery this afternoon with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The gallery, located in Kilburn Mills Studios at 127 W. Rodney French Boulevard, writes, “In his recent body of work Wolf explores abstraction and personal narrative through his use of materials and exploration of new technologies in painting.”

A Mid-Winter’s YOUR WEEKEND

Weekend Pass

SATURDAY, FEB. 10 – We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that, in addition to fun, you can also practice some coworking now during Your Weekend. Indulge your side-hustle right here at Groundwork!, as we open on the weekend to guests for the month of February. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy spacious tables, fast wi-fi and free hot coffee from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend Pass rates and further info can be found here.

Buzzards Bay Brewing goes acoustic

SATURDAY, FEB. 10 – David Alves – who has a nice habit of performing for diners at Cotali Mar restaurant on New Bedford’s Acushnet Avenue – goes acoustic at a different venue today that we’re equally fond of: Buzzards Bay Brewing. Come hear Dave in the heated factory from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Buzzard’s Bay Brewing is located at 98 Horseneck Road; learn more about Alves at www.davealvesmusic.com.

Stand Up for Women

SATURDAY, FEB. 10 – The Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts does Stand Up for Women tonight – a night of women’s comedy benefiting women. “Stand Up For Women is a fun and laughter filled fundraiser offering entertainment by nationally recognized comedians Kelly MacFarland and Andrea Henry,” they write. Online ticket sales have ended – but, if available, you can get them at the door when you head to Seaport Inn & Marina Grand Ballroom (110 Middle Street, Fairhaven) at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Cupid’s Drag Brunch

SUNDAY, FEB. 11 – Incognito gets into a Valentine’s Day mood for this month’s Drag Brunch. No doubt the queens from Providence – Jacqueline DiMera, LaDiva Jonz and Vilet – will have some fun with Cupid’s arrows. Make your reservations early (it often sells out) by calling 508-993-3933 and head to 1606-10 Acushnet Avenue for brunch from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. this Sunday.

Armoury Sale

SUNDAY, FEB. 11 – The Armoury Wargames & Hobbies (58 Conduit St, NB) is clearing out their backroom – so that means a flea market! They write, “Attention all gamers: The Armoury is clearing out our back room and we have a bunch of stuff that has to go to make room for the new store! Here is what is going down: From 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. we are going to have a super sale on anything gaming related and other stuff that simply can’t come with us… “ You can check out what they’re selling on the Facebook event page here.

Frederick Douglass Read-a-thon

SUNDAY, FEB. 11 – Another of New Bedford’s claims to literary fame is celebrated today from 2:00-6:00 p.m. as the New Bedford Historical Society hosts the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass with their annual Community Read-a-thon. Free and open to the public at the First Unitarian Church at Union and County Streets.

Say “Hello Out There” to YOUR WEEKEND

VALENTINE’S CABARET

FRIDAY, FEB. 2 – Overhead Arts calls two of New Bedford’s renovated mill buildings home, in a certain sense. It’s main performing arts space is located in Hatch Street Studios, but it began life and still holds some special events at The Ropeworks, 123 Sawyer Street. It’s there tonight that they’ll be hosting a Valentine’s Cabaret, which they invite you to in this way: Bring a date or go stag to this circus night out, featuring Overhead Arts adult students, staff, and friends. Adults only (18+), BYOB. Stick around after the show for a pop-up dance party!” Tickets are $15, and you can get them here. Proceeds will benefit Overhead Arts’ 2018 Community Projects, including free youth circus workshops and public performances.

Hello Out There…

THROUGH SUNDAY, FEB. 4 – “Hello Out There” is what some of New Bedford’s brightest lights want to say to you at YOUR THEATRE this weekend. The company is pairing a drama and a comedy for an evening (or Sunday afternoon matinee) of short plays with a punch. “Hello Out There” features two of our favorite people – Nick LeBlanc and Danny Sallom – in intense roles. “Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Wexel” goes for the laughs. We’re sure by the end of the evening the entire cast (and crew) will be counted among some of our favorite people! Get directions and tickets to Your Theatre here.

WEEKEND PASS

SATURDAY, FEB. 3 – We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that, in addition to fun, you can also practice some coworking now during Your Weekend. Indulge your side-hustle right here at Groundwork!, as we open on the weekend to guests for the month of February. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy spacious tables, fast wi-fi and free hot coffee from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend Pass rates and further info can be found here.

LIFE DRAWING

SUNDAY, FEB. 4 – Pirates of Brooklyn host and afternoon of “Adult Nude Open Life Drawing” at the New Bedford Art Museum today from noon-2:00 p.m. Artists should bring their own drawing and painting gear. Long and short poses with 18+ models (and 18+ only invited) are being offered – but no instruction. The Art Museum is located at 608 Pleasant Street, downtown NB.

PLEASE BE SEATED…

BONUS PICK: The first AHA! New Bedford of 2018 happens this evening, THURSDAY, FEB. 8. “Please Be Seated” throughout downtown New Bedford for a variety of performances, discussions, film screenings, music and much more – as always. AHA! Is a a free event and you can check out the entire line-up here. Groundwork! Gallery invited patrons to visit our current exhibition, new watercolors by the city’s Carl Simmons, during the evening.

Coworking on the weekends is here. Get a Groundwork! weekend pass:

Have you been wanting to check out coworking at Groundwork! – but haven’t had the opportunity during the regular work week?

The Groundwork! Weekend Pass is your ticket to coworking this winter.

During the month of February, Groundwork! will be open to guests on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day for a special non-member, guest rate of $40 for one entire weekend or $25 for any weekend day of your choosing.

Got a start-up business plan to write? Working on a thesis or school project? Been contemplating writing a novel? Or, do you just want to beat cabin fever and get some work done on the weekend – without the temptation to binge-watch on Netflix?

Whatever your need, spacious tables, fast wi-fi and hot coffee await you. GW member and  blogger Steven Froias will be here to greet you and get you settled in.

Swing by at your leisure and get your pass when you arrive any Saturday or Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on these  dates:

  • Sat. Feb. 3 & Sun. Feb. 4
  • Sat. Feb. 10 & Sun. Feb. 11
  • Sat. Feb. 17 & Sun. Feb. 18
  • Sat. Feb. 24 & Sun. Feb. 15

The weekend pass is good for one weekend. Credit or debit cards accepted, or cash. You will receive a Groundwork Guest password upon arrival to access wi-fi. Staff will be present to greet you and provide any assistance you may need.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.

Please use the Maxfield Street entrance. Groundwork! is located in the Quest Center at 1213 Purchase Street, New Bedford and street parking is abundant on weekends.

Please note: No other special promotions or discounts can be applied to the Weekend Pass. Free day passes do not apply to weekends.

YOUR WEEKEND: Films, vids, fiddles and zines…

Black Made That

FRIDAY, JAN. 26 – Big Picture Anthems holds a video release party right here at Groundwork! Tonight for “Black Made That!” The film focuses on black inventors, and is a part of the #STEAMtheStreets program, which seeks to inspire underrepresented youth to build, design, and engineer their future. The night’s line-up includes Music and energy by DJ Anghelli and special live performances by YAP! and others. The video screens at 7:00 p.m. sharp. This free event (with pizza) is an all ages happening that starts at 6:00 and finishes up at 8:30 p.m.

An Evening with Patti Smith

FRIDAY, JAN. 26 – Iconic musician – and now author – Patti Smith comes to the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford tonight. (You know – it’s just nice to write that!) Smith will offer “an intimate evening of readings, personal stories, and songs related” to her new book, Devotion. Her previous books include the memoir Just Kids, which received a National Book Award, and M Train, a critically acclaimed New York Times best-seller. All attendees will receive a copy of the new book, Devotion, included in the ticket price. (Though it’s noted that this is NOT a book-signing event!) All tickets are just $30 – and you can get them here.

Old Time Fiddle Session

SATURDAY, JAN. 27 – You’ll have to cross the bridge for this one – but that’s okay. A lot of members of this group came our way – to Groundwork!, in fact – for a special Old Time Fiddle Session/Breaking Up Christmas afternoon back on Dec. 30, 2017. This afternoon, the strings will be hot again, this time at Brick in Fairhaven when the Old Time Fiddle Session gets together to perform for their monthly meet-up. It happens from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 213 Huttleston Avenue – and they write, “hell yes, you can and should bring your guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, or banjo. Come cut some tunes with us, lend an ear, or just meet up with a friend in a mighty fun spot.” Oh – the coal-fired, brick oven pizza is fantastic, too – as patrons of the downtown New Bedford location know.

LGBTQ Winter Film Series launches

SUNDAY, JAN. 28 – The New Bedford LGBTQ Winter Film series launches this afternoon with a screening of “I Am Not Your Negro” at 2:00 p.m. Hosted by South Coast LGBTQ Network and other local organizations at the New Bedford Art Museum (608 Pleasant Street), the film is the first in a series that will take place the last Sunday of the month through April. They are free and discussion afterwards is encouraged. “I Am Not Your Negro” profiles the writer and American legend, James Baldwin. “Looking at the intersection of race and homosexuality, his writings and this adaptation provide context for how Baldwin’s work is relevant today,” event promo materials state. Trailer below.

Z.archive Exhibit

BONUS PICK: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31 – This one is outside of New Bedford, too – but will most likely feature a fair amount of work from the city. Today from 6:00-7:00 p.m., the Claire T. Carney Library Archives on the UMass Dartmouth campus holds an opening reception for an exhibit of zines. Zines are self-published, small-circulation, handmade magazines or books; they often cover unconventional topics – such as New Bedford’s “A Little Magazine, which will be part of the exhibit. Artists and designers were invited to contribute their zines to the show.The library notes in a press release that zines have come in from all over the region, country and world – and will become part of its permanent collection after the show. “The zines are a variety of sizes, shapes, and mediums, with wide ranging subjects,” they write. “From art world critiques to sad football fans and everything in between, there’s something for everyone at this exhibit.”

YOUR WEEKEND: Women on the march…

“I coulda been a contender!”

FRIDAY, JAN. 19 – Classic film screenings are – sadly – rare in New Bedford. So don’t miss the chance to catch one at New Bedford Whaling National Park (33 William Street) tonight at 7:00 p.m. Marlon Brando stars in Elia Kazan’s “On The Waterfront” in an Oscar-winning role. The film has been dubbed a “masterpiece of urban poetry” – and we certainly agree with that assessment. Shown as part of the DockUMentaries free film series with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

Women’s March New Bedford

SATURDAY, JAN. 20 – On the first anniversary of the legendary Women’s March, New Bedford marks the occasion with a march beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Custom House Square Park. A full line-up of participating supporters, groups and organizations can be found on the Facebook event page here, where organizers write: In all areas, ATMA (Action Together Massachusetts) and all March affiliates stand for equal rights, religious tolerance, freedom of the press, science, inclusivity, social justice, economic freedom, and fundamental human decency.”

New New Bedford Watercolor Drawings

SATURDAY, JAN. 20 – The first show of 2018 in the Groundwork! Gallery opens tonight with a reception from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Works by Carl Simmons are featured – and he was featured in this previous blog post.

Brady BBQ

SUNDAY, JAN. 21 – No Joke Smoke BBQ sets up a pop-up shop in New Bedford today at Mary’s Steamed Hamburgers, 288 Union Street. No Joke hails from Swansea, and is known for their special BBQ sauce, Made with “seasonal ingredients from local farmers and, of course, lots of love.” They’ll be offering a special bill of fare perfect for game day, including party packs, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Get Buzzed

BONUS PICK: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 – The monthly NOT working event, Business Buzz visits a new spot tonight that’s getting a lot of buzz of its own. Come join Groundworkers, Civic Support and Southcoast Chamber members at Pub 6T5 at 736 Ashley Boulevard from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for some fun, food, cocktails and casual networking. Pub 6T5 is where the former 6th Bristol Club was located – but its blazing a delicious new culinary trail of its own in New Bedford’s North End and earning rave reviews. Come get a taste this evening!

The Blues, brunch and more…YOUR WEEKEND

The Romanovs Return (?)

ONGOING through Sunday, Jan. 21 – Russia ruling family was murdered by the Bolsheviks a hundred years ago this year – or were they? Years later, a woman turned up in a Berlin asylum claiming to be Anastasia – the daughter of Czar Nicholas II who had escaped the execution. And – an international mystery and legend were born. Plus, a great movie and play! The play “Anastasia” is Your Theatre, Inc.’s latest offering, opening on Thurs. Jan. 11 and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 21. Check out their website for all performances and to get tickets.

Rt. 18 at the lanes

FRIDAY, JAN. 12 – Strikers Bar & Grill in Wonder Ball (66 Hathaway Road, NB) is a hopping place with league play on the lanes and awesome bands in the bar throughout the winter. Tonight, local favorites Rt. 18 make some noise starting at 9:00 p.m. playing your favorite ‘80s, ‘90s Top 40, Dance, Alternative and Country music.

Author talk

SATURDAY, JAN. 13 – It’s a painful chapter in the city’s history – but evil sometimes must be confronted if not exposed. Author Maureen Boyle does just that in her book, Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer. That killer stalked vulnerable women in the city back in the 1980s, when Boyle was a reporter for The Standard-Times. This afternoon from 3:00-4:00 p.m., she’ll discuss her book and that time at an Author Talk presented by the New Bedford Free Public Library downtown at 618 Pleasant Street.

The Blues

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 – Doug’s House of Harmony at 818 Kempton Street, about a block east of Rockdale Avenue, is a newish addition to the city’s nightclub scene that is hosting some interesting acts. Tonight, come check out “The Blues with Professor Harp” from 9:00-midnight and discover this nice, neighborhood pub with a great sound.

Ladies who brunch

SUNDAY, JAN. 14 – Incognito club and eatery (1606-10 Acushnet Avenue, NB) puts some sizzle into Sunday with another one of their popular Drag Brunches today from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On the menu are fierce femmes and eggs. Performing for you will be the queens of Providence: Jacqueline DiMera, La Diva Jonz and Vi’let. Tix for brunch and show are $20 per person. Call 508-993-3933 for reservations.

Beyond Selfies…

BONUS PICK: Downtown New Bedford Inc. (dNB Inc.) comes to Groundwork! Tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a special presentation to help you get your digital groove going in 2018. The Instagram for Business Workshop “is designed to help you leverage Instagram to grow your business and brand,” they write. They’ll be working with The Insta Edit for the workshop, and you can find out more about them here. As for dNB inc., look at downtownnb.org. Tickets to The Instagram for Business Workshop are as follows: FREE for dNB Inc & Groundwork members (admit one, per member or business); $25 for non-members and extra tickets. Get them here.

YOUR WEEKEND: Plan your escape…

 

#mdm22: The Moby-Dick Marathon

Beginning FRIDAY, JAN. 5 – When you live with something, you can begin to take it for granted. That’s how some of us may feel from time to time about New Bedford’s connection to the American literary classic, Moby-Dick. But that connection and the celebration surrounding it is a meaningful one – and a distinguishing characteristic of the city.

This weekend’s annual Moby-Dick Marathon, Friday through Sunday at the New Bedford Whaling Museum has, in recent years, been often copied but never quite duplicated. This place and this city is the only appropriate spot on the map for a cover-to-cover, live Moby-Dick reading. That’s why hundreds attend the event every year.

This year, Melville maniacs get their proper due on opening night with a screening of “Call us Ishmael” – a documentary dedicated to followers of the book and writer. (Preview below.)

And then the rest of the weekend concerns itself with the business at hand as it gets down to business with the reading of this amazing novel as only New Bedford can do it – with authenticity, diversity and passion.

Find the full schedule of events for the 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon here – and grab some carpet for an overnight stay with fellow travelers this weekend at the truly world-famous New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Holiday Hangover

SATURDAY, JAN. 6 – Multi-dimensional Shelley Cardoos is at it again. The entrepreneur extraordinaire, downtown business owner, artist, wrestling aficionado…and musician dons that hat tonight to perform some songs right here at Groundwork! It’s the Holiday Hangover Show – and features Shelley along with NXNES and Sarah Donner for an intimate evening of live music. Doors at 7:30 p.m.; $5 cover.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE VIGIL

SUNDAY, JAN. 7 – Sure – it’s easy to romanticize the slaughter of mammals a hundred + years after the fact, but let’s face it: Whaling was a savage business. So – what’s savage in our own day and age? Boston Animal Save thinks a slaughterhouse is savage – and they invite like-minded people to join them every Sunday from noon-2:00 p.m. as they hold a vigil at the construction site of the new Westport slaughterhouse, the Livestock Institute of Southern New England. Address is 275 State Road, Westport MA. The site is next to Mid City Steel (make sure it is the main Mid City Steel building and not the annex!). Parking is available at a defunct business across the road.

They write on the Facebook event page: This is a 100% peaceful vigil. We stand on public property in front of the sign announcing the USDA approved slaughterhouse. We have some signs available but you are encouraged to bring your own.

“We will be here every Sunday until construction stops or the slaughterhouse is shut down. All animals feel pain and fear – and since humans can live long, healthy lives without animal products, killing animals for meat is unnecessary cruelty. Meat is the #1 cause of global warming and is a main cause of water pollution. Animal proteins are directly related to the biggest killers of Americans: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. To create another slaughterhouse and expand upon the animal agriculture industry is not only cruel; it is simply irresponsible.

“Westport has already received public attention for recent animal cruelty cases. Let us stop animal cruelty from occurring in this town. Let’s raise objection and awareness in this community to the slaughterhouse construction project. Let’s shut this slaughterhouse down.”

Miracle or Monster?

TUESDAY, JAN. 9 – BONUS PICK: The New Bedford Science Cafe moves to Greasy Luck Brewpub this month with “Synthetic Biology; Miracle or Monster?” tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The once-a-month cafes are “monthly gatherings at a downtown pub with one or two scientists who share insights on a topic; informal discussion follows. Open to everyone. Café-goers range from scientists and students to those who are simply curious about the evening’s topic.” Dr. James Griffith, former chair of UMass-D’s medical laboratory science, will lend insights into: “Redesigning micro-organisms into life forms that produce rice, rubber, vanillin (used in vanilla extract) and more” this evening. It’s free – except for the ale!

YOUR WEEKEND…with Jingle, Mingle and more

 

A Very Dipper Christmas

FRIDAY, DEC. 15 – The world-famous DIPPER CAFE, right down the street from Groundwork at 1367 Purchase Street, holds their Christmas party tonight from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Swing by and enjoy special holiday shots, the Eggnog and Jack Frost. They also plan a buffet and some music for your dancing feet. The Dipper is the neighborhood pub you need in your life, whether you know it or not!

Jingle Mingle – on skates!

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Mass Attack Roller Derby holds their third annual Jingle Mingle today at Rose Alley Ale House (94 Front Street, NB). The holiday event will feature Kegs and Eggs (9-11am), an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest (6pm-8pm), and is “a great time to meet and greet with the women of Mass Attack Roller Derby,” they write. “League members will be present all day to answer questions and spread some holiday cheer! Come enjoy the day with us, from breakfast to last call, and help support our 2018 season.” Want to know more about MARD? Click here!

MVP, Scrimshaw & TL6

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Here’s another annual event that’s much anticipated: TL6 the Gallery (at 100 William Street, downtown NB) hosts two of their artists for ART in ACTION today from noon – 6:00 p.m. Come see MVB Printmaker and Scrimshaw Pottery demonstrate their trades. “Witness the creation of hand stitched leather bound books by Michael Vincent Bushy. Watch as Ben Gaboury draws detailed scrimshaw inspired images on his pottery,” TL6 entices us with…

Steven & Beth do Cocoa at the Common

SATURDAY, DEC. 16 – Catch the Clasky Common Park Holiday Light Display this evening – and grab a cup of free cocoa from yours truly and partner-in-chocolate, Bethany Santos-Fauteux. We’ll be manning Destination Soup’s Cocoa at the Common concession from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Read more about Cocoa at the Common here.) Myself and Beth, who works at DSoups, are all in with #NBW3 – The Ward 3 Project. But don’t mind crossing the border into Ward 4 for a good cause and a good time! Come play with us!

God bless us, every one

SUNDAY, DEC. 17 – The Glass Horse Theatre Project gets into the spirit of the season this afternoon at 3:00pm and then again at 7:00 p.m. That’s when they’ll be holding staged readings of “A Christmas Carol” at Gallery X (169 William Street, NB) It’s a new adaptation by local Southcoast playwright, Jess Wilson of the Dickens classic. And, it’s a benefit for their upcoming season – so don’t be a Scrooge. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Small Works, Bookfest, Holiday Houses…and a brass band!

It’s a special (early) edition of YOUR WEEKEND this week – since Groundwork! is all over it! The coworking facility goes overtime beginning on Friday with a weekend full of special events.

On Friday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m., it’s a big opening reception for the Small Works show. That’s the one that was featured in a previous blog post, “Small Works=Big Idea.” It features over 150 works of small (12” x 12”) art from local, regional and national artists.

All the art is priced $200 or under and, since it’s the gift-buying season, is available to bring home right away after purchase. Literally, select a piece of original art you like – for yourself or as a gift – buy it and take it home.

During the Opening Reception, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. this Friday, a late edition to the festivities promises to put some jungle into the mingle. The Southcoast Brass Band trio contacted us out of the blue offering to play the opening! They’ll be playing holiday favorites from 6:00-8:00.

If you can’t make the opening, you don’t have to kiss our brass; you’re invited back on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 when we host the Children’s New Bedford Bookfest from noon-4:00 p.m. each day. And yes, the Small Works show (or what’s left of it after Friday night) will still be up and the art available for sale.

You’ll also find compelling books for children of all ages from local and regional authors and illustrators. The line up is as follows: Kathleen Souza, Michael Cifello, Maryellen Worrell, Elizabeth Larsen, Susan Nelson, Deb Arnold, Eric Sturtevant, Susan Drayton, Anne Soares, Stephanie Klimov, Jessie Nickerson Designs, Electrikk Clothing, and Subtext Books

We’re also pleased to host UMass Dartmouth’s Tagus Press, with their recent Children’s History of Portugal. And a children’s bookfest wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by ‘The Goat Lady’ – the beautiful book by artist Jane Bregoli.

Other goodies abound during the free, open to the public bookfest. Downtown New Bedford’s artisan gift store, Hippo will be offering select gifts for sale. As with previous bookfests, Destination Soups will be set up in the kitchen, offering their page-turning menu of grilled cheese, soup and more to guests.

Like the Small Works show, the Children’s Bookfest is designed to offer patrons affordable – and meaningful – gift-buying options. The Children’s History of Portugal, for instance, is a beautifully written and illustrated book that’s only $10.

But the introduction to reading – at any age – is priceless. So on Saturday, the bookfest is pleased to also host the New Bedford Free Public Library. They’ll be able to sign you or your kids up for a library card from right here at Groundwork! (Bring proof of residency!)

Many different elements of this weekend at Groundwork! – art, music, reading, food and just plain fun – meld together to collectively form a special New Bedford moment. It’s full of people who enrich our culture all year long. The skill of our writers, artists, merchants and musicians is a unique blend – and we’re happy to host so much talent under our roof this weekend.

In an even broader context, it’s also the weekend of the New Bedford Preservation Society’s Holiday House Tour – on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Details here.) And, Groundwork is located at 1213 Purchase Street, just  few blocks south of the historic Clasky Common Christmas Light Display.

Take it all in before or after visiting us for the Small Works show and the Children’s New Bedford Bookfest.

That sounds like a December to Remember.