June 1, 2017
  • An Evening of Maritime Music from the Chesapeak Bay and Beyond

    June 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    Chesapeake maven Janie Meneely and traditional balladeer Rob van Sante join forces for an evening of maritime music from the Bay and Beyond. Commonly seen playing with the likes of Alan Reid (of The Battlefield Band) or John Connolly (who penned Fiddlers Green), Rob adds his virtuoso guitar to the array of Janies originals, while Janie adds vocal harmonies to Robs traditional ballads.

    Janie has been singing about the Chesapeake for going on (gasp!) 30 years now, chronicling Bay history or poking fun at sailors traditions. The death of her husband two years ago left her without a musical partner, so this collaboration heralds the start of something new. www.janiemeneely.com.

    Dutch-born Rob is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano, so its no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, working with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker . . . the list goes on. www.reidvansante.com

    Both are delighted to bring you a few hours of maritime music, merriment and mayhem, and invite you to sing along. Tickets are $8/members $10/non members. Purchase at the Center or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2926806

    Part of our performance series co-produced by the Center and the Community Economic Development Center.

    This program series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


June 8, 2017
  • Taken Out to Sea Exhibit Opening- AHA

    June 8, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    Join us for the opening reception of Taken Out to Sea. The exhibit will run until July 30, 2017.

    Come see the original, at-sea photography of commercial fishermen. For many years, fishermen could not truly share their unique view of our world with their loved ones at home. With the advance of camera technology, fishermen can capture and share images of life at sea, opening up their world to us all. This exhibit highlights their world through their photos and words.

    Free admission!

    This exhibit is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


June 16, 2017
  • Dock-U-Mentaries: Hudson Shad

    June 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Join the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for Shad and Sardines. Hudson Shad (1974) is documentary chronicling the work of legendary folk legend, Pete Seeger, and the “River Keepers” to clean up the Hudson River, keeping the waters clean enough for the shad to thrive. The film contains rare footage of shad fishermen at work on the Hudson. Presented in the National Park Theater.
    Free admission.


June 24, 2017
  • Big Boats, Little Boats

    June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    Our Anniversary Weekend celebration kicks off with Big Boats, Little Boats! Featuring displays of model fishing vessels made by fishermen; walking tours of the working waterfront; and dockside vessel tours of working vessels. Free children's activities and more! Free admission.


  • Souls of the Sea Concert: A Benefit for the Center

    June 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    Enjoy an evening of the music by The Souls of the Sea - a concert to benefit the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

    The Souls of the Sea Trio performs musical tributes to the lives and experiences of the fishermen of the North Atlantic and their families. The original and musically diverse songs are unique interpretations of life around the working waterfront, both yesterday and today. The three nationally acclaimed musicians, singers and songwriters are based in America’s oldest seaport, Gloucester Massachusetts, and perform throughout the Northeast.

    Allen Estes (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin)
    Allen has co-written and performed songs for The Souls of the Sea since its inception. Besides his lead vocals in several genres, Allen plays guitar, harmonica, piano, banjo, and mandolin. He has lectured in songwriting and performance at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and has co-written songs with Tammy Wynette and Shania Twain. Allen has also been opening act for Bonnie Raitt, J Geils, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush, Earl Scruggs, and Waylon Jennings.

    Sal Baglio (guitars, vocals)
    Sal is the well-known founder, lead singer /songwriter and guitarist for the famous STOMPERS. He has been a featured guitarist for The Souls of the Sea since its first production. Sal has also played with the Beach Boys, and has appeared on many recordings with artists such as Tom Hambridge and Johnny Winter.

    Matt Leavenworth (fiddle, vocals)
    Voted best fiddler and best mandolin player in numerous Boston Country Music Awards, Matt has played with stars such as John Anderson, Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band, and Marty Haggard. He received a Gold Album Award for his session work at Atlantic Records and has toured extensively in the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Matt has been a regular featured performer for The Souls of the Sea for the past 16 years.

    Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Center or online at www.fishingheritagecenter.org.


June 25, 2017
  • 1st Anniversary Celebration

    June 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    Join us as we celebrate of the Center's 1st Anniversary! Free children's activities 11am - 2pm, cake & ice cream from Oxford Creamery, food by the OxCart, and more! Free admission.