Your Weekend: Illuminati, Rt. 18 a speakeasy and more…

Rt. 18 has a sound

FRIDAY, OCT. 20 – Bruce Springsteen can have Rt. 9 – we’ve got Rt. 18! Tonight, Rt. 18 the band play Knuckle Heads (85 MacArthur Dr., NB).  “We will be playing your favorite ‘80s, ‘90s, Pop Rock, Alternative, Dance and Country at Knuckle Heads Bar & Grill on Friday, October 20th starting at 9pm! We’ll see you there,” they write. Yeah – they’re sprung from cages, too…

The Illuminati want you

SATURDAY, OCT. 21 – Freemason Lodges across Massachusetts throw open their doors today for tours and possible membership –  including New Bedford’s own Masonic Lodge at County and Unions Streets. It ain’t easy to enter – this being a super-secret millennium-or-so-old group. Register for a chance to tour area Lodges (Fairhaven’s rocks) at this link – and learn (a bit) more about Freemasonry while you’re there.

Thou Shalt Knot

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 – Only in New Bedford at the world-famous Whaling Museum would you find something like this – a day-long symposium on the art of tying knots! Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters will tie you up from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. – but it will as much fun as you’ll ever have with rope – without a brass bed in the room. Join experts from the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT), and the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP) for “Thou Shalt Knot: A Symposium on Knotting Matters.” The symposium at the Whaling Museum coincides with the Museum’s exhibition “Thou Shalt Knot: Clifford W. Ashley” and explores the practical, cultural and literary aspects of knots. Cost to attend the “Thou Shalt Knot” symposium is $25 for Whaling Museum members and $35 for non-members. To register call 508-997-0046 ext.100 or visit

24 Hour Halloween Project

SATURDAY, OCT. 21 – The Collective NB holds a Halloween version of their popular 24-hour projects this evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Halloween 24 Hour Project – with Costume Contest – invites you to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve by getting scary with the theatrical troupe. Tickets are $10, first show is at 7:00 and the ever-slurry stumble through will be at 9:00. Doors at 6:30 and 8:30 respectively. All plays will be written, produced, and performed within 24 hrs. Come in costume to either show and have the chance to win a prize. All costumes will be judged by the cast and crew so put on your best one and head on down to Gallery X located at 169 William Street, NB. Make a reservation at “Tell us what show you’d like to attend and how many people are in your party and get two free raffle tickets,” Collective writes.


SATURDAY, OCT. 21 – NB-AGLY (New Bedford Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth) hosts a Halloween Dance tonight at the First Unitarian Church (71 8th Street, NB) from 7:00-10:00 p.m. It’s for young adults aged 14-24 only – with free pizza and snacks!

Break out the cowboy boots…

SUNDAY, OCT. 22 – Who doesn’t need more Country Line Dancing in their life? VFW Poirier Post at 281 Appleton Street provides today with the 5th Annual Country Line Dancing Hoedown from 1:00-5:00 p.m. It’s not only fun – but a benefit for the terrific group, Mercy Meals and More. Tickets are $10, and the hoedown features the local award winning country band, South County Line and Caroline Burns from Adam Levine’s Team on NBC’s, The Voice, Season 10.

Sunday Speakeasy

SUNDAY, OCT. 22 – It’s back to Gallery X for another special event: Sunday Speakeasy. The Moldy Suitcases and The Hot Club Cheese Roll will perform music inspired by the sounds of the first half of the 20th century. Doors open at 3; music starts at 3:30. $5 suggested donation and bonus merch from either/both bands for donations above and beyond, they let us know. Get a taste of Hot Club Cheese Roll below, performing the jazz standard, “Confessin.”

YOUR WEEKEND: Ropeworks, Beer on the Pier, wrestling and more…


In this corner…

FRIDAY, OCT. 13 – House of Bricks Pro Wrestling and Independent Wrestling host Flashback Friday matches tonight at Moose Lodge 914 (119 Rockdale Avenue, NB). The bell sounds at 7:00 p.m. (doors at open at 6:00 p.m.) and $10 gets you ringside. The main event? A heavyweight championship match between “The Outlaw Moonshiner” and “The Saturday Night Delight.” We’ll give the edge to ‘The Outlaw’ since it’s Friday night….

Tour The Ropeworks

SATURDAY, OCT. 14 & SUNDAY, OCT. 15 – The Ropeworks condo building at 123 Sawyer Street boasts an amazing roster of artists and was and is a cool example of urban adaptive reuse. The former rope factory was transformed into the creative Mecca it is today thanks to the vision of the Buck family – Norman, Adam and Irene, the last a cultural leader in the city for years as the director of ArtWorks! The public is invited to tour this awesome building in the city’s north end from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sat. Oct. 14 and Sun. Oct. 15. See art in the studios where it is created at this free, open to the public weekend event. A few years back, renowned glass artist and resident Tracy Barbosa asked this writer to volunteer to work the door during a previous tour. In a bit of supreme serendipity, Groundwork! co-founder Dena Haden walked in that day – and a great friend and colleague was found and made. Ropeworks is that kind of place…more tour details here.

Beer on the Pier

SATURDAY, OCT. 14 – The South Coast Business Alliance hosts their 12th annual Oktoberfest today from 3:00 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. Yep – you’ll get home before turning into a pumpkin at midnight. Oktoberfest happens on State Pier, NB and features over 20 regional and national breweries, food trucks and entertainment. Tickets required; get some here.

Incognito turns 13

SATURDAY, OCT. 14 – The nifty Incognito bar and eatery has been adding something special to The Ave – as in Acushnet Avenue, NB – for 13 years. Tonight, they celebrate that anniversary with a special evening of food and entertainment. There will be a complimentary buffet 6:00-8:00 p.m. and  Deejay Dizzy spins from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. 21+/ Proper ID/ No Cover Charge! And be prepared for a Champagne toast at 1606-1610 Acushnet Avenue. (P.S. Get deets on their popular Sunday drag brunch while you’re there, too! Next edition is the very next day, Sun. Oct. 15.)

Fall Photography at Haskell Public Gardens

SUNDAY, OCT. 15 – Join former Trustees photographer, Mark Gardner for a fall photography workshop at Haskell Public Gardens today from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The Gardens inform us that, “Mark is an award-winning photographer whose work has been published in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Architectural Digest, and South Shore Living among others.” He’ll be teaching you an inexpensive way to take your photography to the next level using off-camera flash, they write, in addition to introducing you to some other basic tips. Preregistration is required and participants must bring their own cameras and other equipment. Contact events manager Maura O’Gara with questions or to check for cancellation due to inclement weather (; 508-668-6136). Meet at the Welcome Center, near Shawmut Avenue entrance. If you’d like to contact Mark directly, visit his website at

UPCOMING at Groundwork!

YOUR WEEKEND: Song, art and chowder…

From Scotland to New Bedford (in a roundabout way….)

FRIDAY, OCT. 6 – The Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street, NB) hosts musician Debra Cowan tonight in concert 7:00-8:30 p.m. Nice story: Following a life-long desire to sing and perform, Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school math teacher in 1997 and went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for six months. There she learned the art of unaccompanied singing and upon her return to the USA in 1998 began traveling all over New England performing at any open mike within 100 miles of her new home in Springfield, Massachusetts. Tickets are $8.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members and may be purchased at the Center Gift Shop or online here.

A Brush with Death

SATURDAY, OCT. 7 – The New Bedford Preservation Society leads a New Bedford Artists and Artisans Tour – through Rural Cemetery! It’s a look back at the bygone bones of those who came before the term “Creative Economy” was ever uttered. Yours truly will be one of the guides. From 1:00-4:00pm, also expect historic portrayals in period costume at several of the grave sites of New Bedford’s internationally famous artists and artisans including but not limited to: painters William Allen Wall, Robert Swain, Frances Gifford, Albert Cook Church and female painter Minna Grumbt Webb, early African American photographer James Reed as well as glass artisans Gundersen brothers Hjalmar and Robert. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by cash or check at the Grape Street Rural Cemetery gate on the day of tour. A $2 discount will be given to New Bedford Preservation Society members. (Rain date is Sunday October 8th from 1pm to 4pm.)

Labyrinth of Desire

Work by Michael Walden

SATURDAY, OCT. 7 – S & G Project Gallery at Hatch Street Studios opens their latest show with a reception this evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. – and it looks amazing. “Labyrinth of Desire” features the work of Michael Walden, the painter and print maker living and working in Westport. This show is an extension of and progression from a recent solo show he had in New York City at the  terrific Leslie-Lohman Museum’s Prince Street Project. Press materials for the show state, “This body of work explores a journey of emancipation from the constraints of societal conformity, a paragon presented to the world only to be overshadowed by a gaze of disillusionment and feelings of estrangement and malaise. Realizing that desire in all its forms is about the pursuit of happiness, and understanding that it is attained just before it is lost.” S & G Project Gallery is located in Rm 306a in Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch Street, NB a block and half off Acushnet Avenue heading east. For those familiar with the building, step assured: the elevator is manned on opening nights!


SUNDAY, OCT. 8 – The 12th annual Chowderfest returns to State Pier on the NB waterfront this afternoon from noon-5:00 p.m. It’s really very simple: over 20 restaurants and caterers that will be serving up sample-sized portions of their best clam and seafood chowders, kale soup, signature soups, and stuffed quahogs. So – come hungry! The ‘fest also features non stop live musical entertainment, free children’s craft activities and the annual YMCA lobster race. Vendors will be serving local beers, wines, specialty cocktails, soft drinks, ice cream and desserts. Tickets are $15 in advance (you can get them at the YMCA or Freestone’s), $18 day of, $5 for children 6-12, free for 5 and younger.


THURSDAY, OCT. 12 – If it’s the second Thursday of the month, then it’s AHA! New Bedford night! Groundwork!’s latest art opening is part of the fun. Come to 1213 Purchase Street to catch the Opening Reception  of “Other Worlds” from 6:00-8:00pm. From the event listing: Other Worlds is an exhibition of painting and prints by four recent graduates of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The visual works of Zachary M. White, Bruce Bailey, Will Wolf, and L. Noah Barrett will be accompanied by the original compositions of sound artist Christopher Bailey. Each artist featured brings a unique perspective in regards to their materials, methods, and imagery ranging from semi-representational to fully abstract.” See more here. Find the full AHA! New Bedford schedule here.

YOUR WEEKEND: Ladies on the road; Queens on the stage; Green for sale…

Furniture + Objects + Soup!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – Artist Liz Welch talks Furniture + Objects this morning from 11:00-11:30am at CVPA UMass Star Store Campus (715 Purchase Street). “Welch will be specifically discussing her approach to furniture design, in addition to her artistic and design practice,” CVPA states. “This presentation will inspire the Digital Fabrication students, who are currently working on absurdist flat-pack chair designs of their own. Anyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy this presentation.” We suggest hitting Liz up and then heading around the corner to Union Street and Destination Soups for lunch right after!

If you plant it, it will grow….

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – Haskell Public Gardens (787 Shawmut Avenue) holds their Fall Plant Sale today from 9:00am-1:00pm. “The selection brings back memories of Allen Haskell’s offerings and will be sold along with pumpkins and garden gear in the newly renovated garden shop. And don’t forget, Trustees members automatically get 10% off. Tours of the gardens will be offered during the sale, free admission. Groundworkers hit the Spring sale and made off with some good green!

Spokeswomen on the road

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30 – Spokeswomen Cycling holds a 25-mile ride from north New Bedford to and through the woods of Freetown today. Meet at 9:00am at the Mt. Pleasant Street Park & Ride (just beyond Kings Highway) and then head out of town. “Bring your water bottle, snack, a spare tube and your smile!” they write. Also, “come 15 minutes early to set up your bike and greet your fellow SpokesWomen.” Learn more about the group here.


Queen(s) for a night

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – The fabulous Queens of the Southcoast drag group heads back to the Panthers Athletic & Social Club for a show tonight. Doors open at 9:00pm and there’s a $10 cover. Hosted by Hosted by Jaihla Rhodes & CrystalDiamonds with Special Guest: Alida Von-Diva.

Z party

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 – The Zeiterion Theatre turns 35 years old today with a block party and free screening of the 1982 movie, “E.T.” Get the complete scoop in this previous post, “35 Years of the Z!”

Comedy X

BONUS – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 4 – Make it a Hump Day to remember. Head to Gallery X, 169 William Street, for Comedy X Standup Comedy Showcase, hosted by New Bedford’s Christopher Swanson and featuring “some of the finest comic talent from the farthest reaches of New England!” The show starts at 8:00pm; tickets are $10.


Mark your calendar NOW for two big events coming to GROUNDWORK!

First up is Oktoberfest at Groundwork! – an Open House day on Wednesday, October 25 featuring Free coworking; Workshops; Networking; Chair massages; Mindfulness session; Office yoga; Seasonal beer & cider; Ping pong, Games & music and Membership promotions and deals. Groundwork! is New Bedford’s only coworking space. It offers flexible work stations, meeting rooms, events, community and more to entrepreneurs, start-ups, independent contractors, freelancers, small businesses and others. Come find out all about it from 10:00am until 6:00pm at this free, all day event on Wednesday, October 25.

That weekend, on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, Groundwork! Hosts the Children’s New Bedford Book Festival featuring some of the best regional authors and illustrators around. The free and open to the public bookfest happens from noon-4:00pm each day. Follow for details.

YOUR WEEKEND: One last taste of Summer and more…

Personal Space Opens

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – “PERSONAL SPACE,” portraits by artist Daniel Kornrumpf opens tonight in the Groundwork! Gallery with a free, open to the public reception from 6:00-8:00pm. Read more about the man, the work and the show in this previous blog post.

Working Waterfront returns

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – The wonderful WORKING WATERFRONT FESTIVAL returns to the city today! Taking place from 11:00am-6:00pm, the festival happens on Steamship Pier and at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Psst…free parking at Elm Street Garage with free shuttle between the Center and Steamship Pier. Visit for all the details about performers, authors, cooking demos, activities and more.

Y.O.U. are invited

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – If you missed #NBx2: The New Bedford Neighborhood Bus tour on Sun. Sept. 17, then you missed checking out the brilliant Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) in the city’s South End on Brock Avenue. But fear not; they’re having an Open House and Celebration today from 2:00-5:00pm! Address is 224 Brock  – the nifty Victory Park Warming House by the pond.

Fish Fry for a cause

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – The PIlgrim United Church (635 Purchase Street) holds a FISH FRY supper tonight from 6:00-8:30pm – and here’s why: Help bring HOPE to the Homeless,” they write. “ Join us for a delicious fresh haddock and scallop dinner, thanks to the generosity of our New Bedford fishermen. All proceeds go to Mercy Meals and More, who operate New Bedfords only daily breakfast program for those in need. Your support helps us serve an average of 1800 hungry neighbors per month. Tickets are $10 each and are available the night of the dinner or by contacting Debra Basse at 508-287-7128.”

Tuneful trio at Groundwork!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – The multi-faceted Shelley Cardoos steps away from E for All and come out from behind the counter at Hippo to step in front of the mic tonight. She’ll be performing original songs during a performance at Groundwork! (1213 Purchase Street/enter through Maxfield Street entrance) along with NXNS and another multi-faceted person, Carl Simmons. Shelley tells us that some of the tunes she’ll be singing were written over a decade ago – so this is kind of like a career retrospective concert! Showtime is 8:00pm; cover is $5.

Reggae on West Beach

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – While it’s sad to see summer ‘17 pass into the history books, you’ve got one last chance to get your groove going by Clarks Cove with REGGAE ON WEST BEACH. The last edition of the popular summer phenomenon happens on what is forecast to be a summer-like afternoon. The tunes start to spin at 2:30 pm this time around to accommodate the earlier sunset and close the series at 6:30pm. Look for all the action on the beach pavilion across from Hazelwood Park on W. Rodney French Boulevard – including some terrific food trucks.


Mark your calendar NOW for two big events coming to GROUNDWORK!

First up is Oktoberfest at Groundwork! – an Open House day on Wednesday, October 25 featuring Free coworking; Workshops; Networking; Chair massages; Mindfulness session; Office yoga; Seasonal beer & cider; Ping pong, Games & music and Membership promotions and deals. Groundwork! is New Bedford’s only coworking space. It offers flexible work stations, meeting rooms, events, community and more to entrepreneurs, start-ups, independent contractors, freelancers, small businesses and others. Come find out all about it from 10:00am until 6:00pm at this free, all day event on Wednesday, October 25.

That weekend, on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, Groundwork! Hosts the Children’s New Bedford Book Festival featuring some of the best regional authors and illustrators around. The free and open to the public bookfest happens from noon-4:00pm each day. Follow for details.

Take the Blue Lane to YOUR WEEKEND

A holiday weekend always means a dearth of “official” events. So here’s some things to do that are slightly off-grid but fun….

First Friday

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1 – The first Friday of the month finds Groundwork! Co-workers at the world-famous DIPPER CAFE down the street from us at 1367 Purchase Street. Feel free to join is for our own unofficial First Friday Happy Hour beginning at 5:00pm. A of Sam Adams Summer Ale will only run you $3.75; the peanuts are free.

Farmers Market

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2 – Be sure to check out the New Bedford Farmers Market at gracious Clasky Common Park while the bounty is still at its peak. The market is open every Saturday here from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

The Blue Lane

ANY DAY you want to…is a good day to travel The Blue Lane – New Bedford’s recently inaugurated scenic highway along the waterfront encompassing the Covewalk from W. Rodney French Boulevard and the Harborwalk over on the East side. In between find walking and bike lanes along the beach and through Fort Rodman. The last few miles of the Blue Lane are still in our collective imagination – the Riverwalk up north. But you can fill in the gaps on bike with a straight run along (but not on) Rt. 18 to the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge and Pope’s Island.

CIRCA wear

SATURDAY or SUNDAY: Need some Back to School clothes? Check out the almost-underground vintage store, CIRCA at 204 Court Street. A simple door open from 11-5 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday opens into a panorama of past fashion. For those in the know and on the Get Down, CIRCA is where it’s at. Check out their website here.

NBx2: The New Bedford Neighborhood Bus Tour

FALL PREVIEW: Groundwork! is hitting the road on Sunday, September 17, 2017. We’re pleased to sponsor NBx2: The New Bedford Neighborhood Bus Tour on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 with the support of MassDevelopment. Here’s the quick 411: Get on the bus for a fresh look at some of the people, places and ideas that drive New Bedford forward. We’ll start downtown and then hit the North, West, and South End neighborhoods in a chartered bus with tour guides, Mark Fuller of the New Bedford Preservation Society and Carl Simmons of the Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library. Seat are limited; RSVP here and look for a blog post with even more of the scoop soon.

Until then, enjoy the last long holiday weekend of summer!

YOUR WEEKEND: Biorhythms, Roll & Bowl, Sinatra and more…

The Hollihock Writers Conference

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 – You’ll find out lots more about HOLLIHOCK in this previous blog post, but it doesn’t hurt to remind readers that this fabulous conference begins this morning at 11:00am at the Star Store campus of UMass Dartmouth in downtown NB. Read all about it here.

4 years of Biorhythms

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 – The new S & G PROJECT GALLERY in Hatch Street Studios (88 Hatch Street in New Bedford’s north end) holds an opening reception for artist Brooke Mullins Doherty’s “Biorhythms” tonight from 5:00-8:00pm – and it looks wild. Here’s the story: For the past four years, the artist has been exploring events in her life through a weekly monotype series of prints – Biorhythms. The prints are trace monotypes, combining the positive print of white paper with drawn ink lines with the negative reversal of the image that is left on the inked plate. She followed a changing set of rules within each year’s prints that guide her process and imagery, but the overall rules involve taking time to reflect on her week and its most significant occurrence before making the print, which provides visual form to her life as well as structure to her studio routine. The entire four year series will be on display for the first time in this show.

Dog Days (in 24 hours)

SATURDAY, AUG. 26 – The COLLECTIVE NB puts on another of their signature 24-hour play projects tonight at Gallery X (169 William Street, NB). It involves four new plays and the first show is at 7:00pm with the doors opening at 6:30pm – and the stumble through starting at 9:00pm with the doors opening at 8:30pm. As always, all of these plays will have been written rehearsed and performed within 24 hours. “It is spontaneous raw theatre!” they say. Yes, it is! It’s also a BYOB event with a suggested donation of $10.00.

Bowling & Rolling

SATURDAY, AUG. 26 – Downtown NB’s PURCHASE STREET RECORDS hosts a free night of music at Wonder Bowl (66 Hathaway Road, NB). San Dimas will be performing beginning at 9:00pm. Grab your bowling shoes and balls and come on down to bowl and roll – with ‘80s music, no less!

Let’s be Frank

SUNDAY, AUG. 27 – WBSM radio personality TAYLOR CORMIER has a not-so-secret passion for singing Sinatra. Today, he’ll be doing it twice at Carmine’s Italian Ristorante (72 N. Water Street, downtown NB). The smooth tunes come with a Sunday Buffet featuring crab-stuffed sole, chicken parmigiana, veal saltimbooca, appetizers, pizza, pasta and more. Seatings are at 4:00pm and 6:00pm. Tickets to the meal and performance are $60 each adult. For reservations, call 508-999-5555. Ring-a-ding-ding, baby.

Volume 3….

SUNDAY, AUG. 27 – It’s the last Sunday of the month and by now, you should know what that means. REGGAE ON WEST BEACH! Come back or visit for the first time this summer phenomenon featuring groovy tunes, smooth vibes and glorious sunshine (the weather forecast looks stellar again!). Reggae on West Beach at the pavilion on W. Rodney French Boulevard, NB happens from 3:00-7:00pm. Let it happen with you! You’ll only have one more chance to dance on Sunday, Sept. 24.

YOUR WEEKEND: 3rd Eye Open; E.T., pancakes and more…

Phone Home

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 – The Friends of Buttonwood Park bring that lovable little alien, “E.T.” to the lawn tonight. Let’s hope Trump’s ICE officers are looking the other way! Pictures in the Park starts at 7:30pm and the screening is free – but donations are always welcome. (UPDATE – At post time, the Friends decided to RESCHEDULE the screening due to impending rain. We’ll bring you the new date when it happens.)

Clean Sweep

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – The Veterans Transition House at the corner of Purchase and Willis Streets (a few blocks north of Groundwork!) is the starting point for Operation Clean Sweep this morning at 8:30am. Come prepared to pick up some trash and help keep New Bedford clean; pre-register here. (You get a free t-shirt if you do!) You’ll be provided with gloves and tools – and if you stick around until noon you can expect some free pizza from Domino’s, too.

Write Club

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – GNB Writers Block hosts Write Club today from noon – 3:00pm at Dream Out Loud Center, 1 Johnny Cake Hill (an inspiring location for writers!). Here’s what scribes should expect: The first hour and a half will consist of silent writing. The second hour will consist of pairing with a partner, and the two of you will offer helpful edits/edit suggestions, inspiration, and constructive criticism; the first half hour of that second hour will belong to you and your work, the next will belong to your partner. The last half hour of Write Club will involve each participant stating what they’ve accomplished during this session and what they intend to accomplish in the month preceding the next meeting.”

3rd Eye Open

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 – New Bedford’s hip-hop festival returns to the city this year after a hiatus. You’ll find it throughout downtown, and it’s a packed schedule. Here’s what to expect:

Schedule of Events:
/// Live graffiti and murals, throughout the day in Wing’s Court & Custom House Park
/// Cypher in the Street, popping up throughout the day
-///No Problemo & Solstice Skateboarding host a Skate Jam in the New Bedford YMCA parking lot, time TBD
/// Live screen printing in Wing’s Court, time TBD – Buy a tshirt for $20 or BYOPrintable and have it screened for $10
/// 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, hosted by A’s before J’s Program, sponsored by Christian Fellowship Center and Carter’s Clothing & Footwear, 9am start time in Carter’s parking lot
/// Custom House Kids Carnival presented by Doodles Creative Session, 10am-2pm in Custom House Park. Activities include: Mass Attack Roller Derby demos; Kindness Rock Garden; Facepainting; Dance Party with Still ILL Productions; 3rd EyE Open Scavenger Hunt with Creative Oasis: Destination Painting & Mobile Art Sessions; Lawn Games with LIFE FUNdamentals; Mini-Golf with New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches; Cooper Demo & the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 1850s Ladies ; Interactive Art Installation with New Bedford Art Museum; Play Dough Party with Children’s Art Lab; Giant STEM Games & Troll Ball with Mastermind Adventures & more!
/// Soap Scrimshaw on the New Bedford Whaling Museum plaza, 10am-noon
/// New Bedford YMCA Mermaid Swim, 11am-noon
/// Books Come To LIfe: 4 fun events at the New Bedford Free Public Library, 11am-4pm
/// Dance Jam: Battles, Cyphers & Team Exhibitions, noon-7pm in Wing’s Court
/// Activism & Resistance Doc Watch presented by Friends of the New Bedford Free Public Library, watch “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” noon-2pm in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park theater
/// Hip Hop Yoga at 1pm & Reggae Yoga at 2pm, presented by Erin Poyant Yoga in Custom House Park
/// EforAll South Coast Pitch Contest, 2-4pm at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park visitor center
/// Live music stage, 3-7:30pm in Custom House Park
/// Open Up Your 3rd EyE Sunset Guided Meditation with Clarity Wellness, meet in Custom House Park at 7:30pm

More event info, volunteer sign-up and donation opportunities at


SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 – Mercy Meals holds a pancake breakfast fundraiser late this morning at Pilgrim United Church (635 Purchase Street). Mercy Meals does good work – and a stack of hotcakes may be just what the doctor ordered after a full day of hip-hop-ing! The griddle sizzles from 11:30am until 2:00pm – ticket/donation is $10.

YOUR WEEKEND: From Funny Please to Finest Kind…

Scroll below for world premiere screening info.

IPO in blubber

FRIDAY, AUG. 11 – Before Silicon Valley there was…New Bedford, Massachusetts! A one-day symposium, “Economics of Whaling: The Whaling Industry as the First Venture Capital Business Model in the United States” takes place all day today (9:00am-5:00pm) at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “The Whaling Economics Symposium will convene professors, historians and businessmen to discuss the success of this 19th century American global enterprise and the application of this unique business to modern finance,” they write. RSVP and tickets required; do it here.

Summer Sounds/Yoga

FRIDAY, Aug. 11 – Two recurring favorites tonight: The Summer Sounds Series hosts Whiskey Affair beginning at 6:00pm on State Pier, New Bedford and Yoga in the Park happens in the Rotch Duff Jones House garden, also at 6:00pm. Decide which you need more!

Gluten-Free Brazilians

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 – Here’s something new: Seabra Supermarket at 41 Rockdale Avenue, NB hosts a Gluten-Free tasting hosted by Brazilian Crepe from 1:00-3:00pm. In case that doesn’t register, they write, “Gluten-Free / Lactose-Free / Sugar-Free / No Preservatives / Nut-Free / Soy-Free / Peanut-Free / Sodium-Free / Vegan / Paleo.” So there!


SATURDAY, Aug. 12 – Cuttyhunk Ferry Company and CARE, Southcoast team up for “Sail with CARE” – a fundraising cruise to benefit the animal rescue shelter. Pull away from the dock at 66 State Pier, NB at 5:45pm and expect raffles, a cash bar, the sunset and music by Carlin Tripp (a treat!). Get $35.00 tickets here.

Funny Please at the Moose

SATURDAY, AUG. 12 – The performance art and comedy troupe, Funny Please celebrates their first anniversary with a show tonight at the Moose Lodge 914, 119 Rockdale Avenue, NB from 9:00-11:00pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Get a Funny Please preview at their website.

Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry

SUNDAY, AUG. 13 – Here’s a big event that invites us all to show some pride in #newbedfordseafood: The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center presents the world premiere of “Finest Kind: The New Bedford Fishing Industry” tonight at 7:00pm. The screening will be held at Greasy Luck Brewery located at 791 Purchase Street, NB. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to purchase a meal before the screening. The film will begin at 7:00pm followed by a facilitated discussion with some of those featured in the film and director Kevin Kertscher. The screening is presented free of charge. Free parking is available on the street. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

A year in the making, this original documentary was produced by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center itself. Written and directed by Kevin Kertscher of Big Ocean Media, the film interweaves interviews, historic and contemporary footage, and photographs to provide a sense of the rich history and culture of the New Bedford/Fairhaven fishing industry. The expression “Finest Kind” was commonly used in New England fishing communities to mean “the best”. We agree!

YOUR WEEKEND…Groundwork! at the Feast!

Groundwork! at the Feast!

BEGINNING THURSDAY, AUG. 3 – I sometimes use “world famous” as a bit of an inside joke and statement of aspiration – but not in this case. The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is indeed “world famous” – the largest Portuguese feast in the world! Right here in New Bedford.

You don’t really need my help to check out the Feast. It’s pretty straightforward. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 3 and concluding on Sunday, Aug. 6, it takes place a few blocks east of Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford’s north end at the Madeiran feast grounds. You can find everything you need to know about the Feast on their website.

The only thing I will draw your attention to is the fact that Groundworkers will be marching in the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament Parade on Sunday, Aug. 6 with fellow members from E for All Southcoast. So be sure to check us all out in our Groundwork! T-shirts as we beat it down The Ave before finding an open flame at the pit for some BBQing. The Parade begins at 2:00pm and travels one mile down Acushnet Avenue from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds.

With the weekend being dominated by the – world famous! – Portuguese Feast, other events are sparse. But here’s a few things to keep on your radar…

Wellness Walk

SATURDAY, AUG. 5 – The fantastic New Bedford Wellness Initiative holds another of their fun – and beneficial – Wellness Walks this morning from 10:00am – 12noon around Buttonwood Park. Fire up your Fitbitss and meet in the parking area in front of the zoo.

Downtown Ceili

SATURDAY, AUG. 5 – The First Unitarian Church at Union and County Streets, NB holds another Downtown Ceili tonight from 7:00-10:00pm. “Play us some songs (originals or covers, traditional or not!), sing us something, read a poem, tell a story, pretty much anything goes! Don’t feel like being the center of attention? Just come and hang out and listen!,” they write. Okay.

Sunday Morning Stroll

SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – Get outside and take a Sunday Stroll with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health at the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust – DNRT‘s Parsons Reserve. During these mid-morning walks, held one Sunday each month, you’ll get some fresh air and exercise while learning how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and explore the outdoors.

America’s Autoclinik at Hazelwood Park

SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – Here’s a good story: A group of mechanics are raising funds in New Bedford to open an Auto Repair Shop that functions as a co-op and which will serve members of the community who hail from Central, South as well as North America. Today at Hazelwood Park in the south end of NB, they are holding a fundraising Beach BBQ (Hazelwood is across from West Beach, where the popular Reggae on the Beach afternoons take place) from 11:00am to 3:00pm. They write, “We are nearly halfway to our fundraising goal to purchase a building for our shop, thanks to donations and loans from our community! Come celebrate with us and help us reach the finish line! Bring the kids for biking and swimming – and donations for food and to help buy a building for Americas Autoclinik! If you can’t attend, but would like to donate, visit our donation page.”