May 24, 2018
  • Boundless - New Bedford Premiere

    May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Come and support the Center!

    Boundless is a new play by Alison Wells that explores how local fishermen navigate the rough waters of politics, science, economics and tradition to survive in today’s world. Created from interviews with Cape Cod fishermen, their families and the organizations that keep them fishing, Boundless takes us into the heart of their story. With music by Peter Hodgson and Alison Wells, this staged reading brings the stories to life.
     

    This staged reading is a fundraiser for the Center.  Tickets are on sale at the Center gift shop or on line.
    $20 members $25 non members

    A pre-show reception for ticket holders will take place from 5:30 - 6:30 at the Center. Doors open at the theater at 6:30.

    Presented with support from New Bedford Whaling Museum

     

June 2, 2018
  • Resident Artist: Manny Vinagre - Portuguese Decorative Knotwork

    June 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Come see artist Manny Vinagre demonstrate decorative knot work, a skill that evolved from using the seaman’s knots he learned to tie in escola profisional de pesca “fish school” some 50 years earlier. Using synthetic rope in a range of colors, Manny creates intricately woven cintos (belts) and bolsas (bags) of his own design. He starts each piece by looping several strands of rope onto a wooden dowel. Using a pico, a small, hand-carved, wooden tool attached to his waist with a cord, he makes a loom on which to develop his creations. Each belt or bag is unique, with original patterns created through the use of color and texture, that Manny plans out in his head for each piece. Free admission

     

June 7, 2018
  • A Day in the Life with David Robinson

    June 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    The Center presents marine archaeologist David Robinson as he shares his story and discusses his work on the wooden sailing vessels uncovered in New Bedford Harbor during the EPA harbor dredging project.

    He has served since 2003 as principal investigator on multiple marine, intertidal, and terrestrial archaeological investigations in the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site (NBHSS), working on behalf of the U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This work in the harbor has included the marine archaeological recovery, documentation, and analysis of the remains of three historical wooden sailing vessels dating from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries. 

    Free to members, $5for non-members.

     

June 9, 2018
  • Scanning Day

    June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

    We invite the public to bring their fishing related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. NBFHC staff and volunteers will scan your materials and record any information you share about what you bring. You will leave with your originals along with a digital copy on a flash drive. We are working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry. This event is free and open to the public.

     

  • Resident Artist: Manny Vinagre - Portuguese Decorative Knotwork

    June 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Come see artist Manny Vinagre demonstrate decorative knot work, a skill that evolved from using the seaman’s knots he learned to tie in escola profisional de pesca “fish school” some 50 years earlier. Using synthetic rope in a range of colors, Manny creates intricately woven cintos (belts) and bolsas (bags) of his own design. He starts each piece by looping several strands of rope onto a wooden dowel. Using a pico, a small, hand-carved, wooden tool attached to his waist with a cord, he makes a loom on which to develop his creations. Each belt or bag is unique, with original patterns created through the use of color and texture, that Manny plans out in his head for each piece. Free admission

     

  • Free Cooking Demonstration by Maria Lawton at Kyler's Catch Seafood Market

    June 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Kyler's Catch Seafood Market, 2 Washburn St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and New Bedford Port Authority are teaming up to present a series of free seafood cooking demonstrations and classes. Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, these programs are designed to promote the New Bedford Seafood brand, educate the public about local, abundant and underutilized species,and inspire local residents to explore a wider variety of seafood choices while building a market for these species.

    Chef and author Maria Lawton, Azorean Cooking: From My Family Table to Yours, will demonstrate a recipe for Fresh Hake poached in onion, garlic, and tomato sauce(Bacalhau fresco escalfado com molho de tomatecebola, alho). The demonstration will be followed by a tasting opportunity. Signed copies of Ms. Lawton’s book will be available for sale.

     

June 14, 2018
  • Local History Guild Conversation

    June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Enjoy a stimulating Local History Guild Conversation on AHA! Night as Center Director Laura Orleans and Millicent Library archivist Deb Charpentier discuss their work focused on the history of the commercial fishing industry.

    Free admission.

     

June 15, 2018
  • Dock-U-Mentaries: The Lonely Doryman

    June 15, 2018 @ 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 The Lonely Doryman (1967).  For over four centuries, young Portuguese fishermen have followed their fathers to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and Greenland to fish the cold waters for cod.Intrepid men, set off for the Banks on schooners under full sail, then adrift in a flat-bottomed dory, they bait the hundred of hooks of their long-line, oblivious to fog, rain and Arctic wind, they labor 18 hours a day and haul up cod by the score.

    Retired fisherman Manny Vinagre was a part of the White Fleet prior to immigrating to America. He will share tales of life in the fleet post viewing.

    At the National Park Theater. Free admission.

     

June 16, 2018
  • Resident Artist: Manny Catulo model boat builder

    June 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Come see resident artist Manny Catulo demonstrate the art of model boat making. He recreates the traditional fishing boats that plied the waters of Portugal prior to World War II. These wooden boats predate the engine and were propelled by oar and sail. Manny’s detailed models begin as planked hulls and are then brightly painted in traditional blues, greens, and reds. Manny carves miniature oars, creates tiny anchors, fishing nets complete with floats and sinkers and even bailers. He will also have model boats on display.

    Free admission!

     

June 22, 2018
  • Sharks Come Cruisin' Release Party

    June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

    Sharks Come Cruisin' will rock the Center as they celebrate the release of their new record! Love sea shanties, Irish and folk music with a bit of a punk twist? Then you will love this concert!

    Come hear Sharks Come Cruisin' as they celebrate the release of their newest album, When I Get Home From Across The Sea.

    Sharks Come Cruisin' plays an energetic mix of original and traditional sing-along songs, keeping the themes of audience participation and celebration at the center of their music and live performances. SCC has played several festivals (including the Working Waterfront Festival!) up and down the Eastcoast, from Florida to Maine and host the monthly PVD Shanty Sing in their hometown of Providence RI.

    Tickets are $10 (ages 13) kids 12 and under are FREE!
    Doors open at 6:30. General admission.

    Purchase at the Center or on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3448043