Jun
6
Thu
Concert: John Conolly and Rob van Sante @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Concert: John Conolly and Rob van Sante @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

John Conolly, the man of “Fiddler’s Green” and his long-time stage partner Rob van Sante, will be appearing at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

John Conolly honed his songwriting craft on the docks of Grimsby, a once bustling fishing port perched at the mouth of the Humber River on the North Sea. As he watched the fishing fleet limp into oblivion with the demise of a once-thriving industry, he began to chronicle the stories of the men who worked on the boats and along the docks. Fiddlers’ Green, which was popularized in the 1960s by an Irish group calling themselves The Dubliners, has become firmly entrenched in the canon of maritime music.  These days Conolly performs his own material with warmth, good humor and lilting accompaniment on guitar and melodeon. While Conolly’s best-known songs have been performed and recorded by many famous artistes, there is always a special buzz in hearing them sung by the man who wrote them and hearing the latest ditty to fall from his pen.

Joining John on stage will be Rob van Sante, whose precise guitar work and strong vocals add a richness and depth to Conolly’s performance.
Dutch-born van Sante has been part of the British folk scene for the last 45 years, and is a noted producer, recording engineer and session musician.

We’ve heard it said about John Conolly:
“If there were ever a Campaign for Real Folk-Singers, John Conolly is the sort of act it would promote—his hand-crafted songs sit well with his easy-going charm and sense of humour, making him a firm favourite with both audiences and fellow musicians . . .”
(Bradford Topic Folk Club – established over 60 years, so they’ve seen ’em all!)

Jun
8
Sat
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece. The owner will leave with their originals along with a digital copy of the scans on a flash drive. The Center is 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.

Jun
13
Thu
Lost and Found Discussion Panel @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lost and Found Discussion Panel @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Lost and Found: Safety and Surveillance in the Fishing Industry

This discussion panel is part of the Center’s Wheelhouse Technology from Sounding Leads to Satellites exhibit and program series exploring the evolution of communication, navigation and fish finding and the impact of those changes on the fishing community. The exhibit opens on April 11th and will remain on display through July 7th.

Over the past century, new technologies have allowed New Bedford’s fleet to arrive on the grounds faster, fish safer, and communicate more easily. But at what cost? This exhibit considers the evolution and impact of technological change on the industry, the community, and the fish. In addition to considering the science behind devices such as EPIRB, SONAR, and LORAN, the exhibit and programs will consider topics such as Technology & Privacy, Dependence on Technology, and Technology & Sustainability.

This program is part of an exhibit and series exploring the evolution and impact of technological change in the fishing industry. Funding for the exhibit and program series was provided by a National Maritime Heritage Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a project grant from Mass Humanities, a state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and grants from Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and New Bedford Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council. The Center is grateful to Chris Electronics and the School for Marine Science and Technology for their extraordinary in-kind support, and the members of the fishing community who loaned or donated artifacts and shared their knowledge.

Jun
19
Wed
Trivia Night @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Trivia Night
Tease your brain! Bring a team or join one here, questions will be nautical themed (geography, astronomy, mythology, music and movies, and more!).
5 rounds of trivia, $5 beers, and $5 admission! Sponsored by Chris Electronics and Moby Dick Brewing, Co.

Jun
21
Fri
Dock-u-mentaries: Voices in the Fog @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: Voices in the Fog @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

“Voices in the Fog” (2016) is a documentary research project that consists of interviews of former Portuguese cod fisherman, in which they talk about memories, stories and anecdotes of life in the high seas. The “New Bedford Chapter” introduces subjects who immigrated to the United States to build their lives and continue their careers on American soil.

The documentary features English subtitles. Director Pedro Marnoto, Assistant Director Hugo Marques and cinematography by Hugo Marques, Pedro Marnoto. Production was by PAPS (Portuguese American Post-Graduate Society), Arte Institute.

Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

Jun
29
Sat
Unusual Catches Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Unusual Catches Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

New England’s fishermen harvest millions of pounds of seafood each year. Anyone who has fished for any length of time has a story about something unexpected that came up in the net. From bottles, pottery, and tools to bones, fossils and even bombs, remarkable objects are continuously pulled up from the deep.

Visit us on Saturday, June 29 from 1:00pm-4:00pm while a team of maritime archeologists are at the Center examining treasures from the deep.

CALLING ALL FISHERMEN!

Have you found unexpected items in your nets or dredges and don’t know what they are? If so, bring them in and a team of maritime archeologists will be at the Center to examine your artifacts and possibly solve the mystery!

For more information please contact the Center at 508-993-8894 or email programs@fishingheritagecenter.org.

Jul
13
Sat
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece. The owner will leave with their originals along with a digital copy of the scans on a flash drive. The Center is 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.

Jul
18
Thu
Seafood Soiree @ Wamsutta Club at the James Arnold Mansion
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Seafood Soiree @ Wamsutta Club at the James Arnold Mansion

This annual event celebrates the bounty of the sea by offering attendees the opportunity to taste more than a dozen signature seafood appetizers, prepared with local seafood and seasonal ingredients by the area’s finest chefs.

Enjoy live music by The Hot Club Cheese Roll which plays a mix of jazz standards and more contemporary hits interpreted in the gypsy jazz style.

The event also features chance and live auctions, a cash bar, and dessert/coffee station.

The main focus of this event is to get the public excited about eating (local) seafood, help promote the New Bedford Seafood brand, and raise funds to support the Center’s mission of telling the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs and archives.

Sep
5
Thu
Concert: North Sea Gas @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Concert: North Sea Gas @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

“North Sea Gas”, Dave Gilfillan, Grant Simpson, Ronnie (Mac) McDonald, is one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment!

They have released 19 albums with “When We Go Rolling Home” being the most recent and are constantly adding new material to their shows. Their album, “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland” was Album of the Year at Celtic Radio in the U.S., winning first place in the “Jigs and Reels” category as well for the set of tunes on the album. They also hold Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association for: “Dark Island;” “Lochanside;” “Glencoe Massacre;” “Edinburgh Toon;” “Rosslyn;” “Tak A Dram Afore Ye Go;” and “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland.”

Their show, and their albums, consists of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together in a style all their own along with their humor and story- telling. This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and many other destinations both in and outside of their home in Scotland. Every year there are appearances on TV and Radio on both sides of the Atlantic including “Late Night Saturday,” “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour,” and “Song of the Mountains” shown on select PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV stations in the U.S.

Here’s what Celtic Radio – Boston said about “North Sea Gas”: “The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies.”

Tickets are $12/members, $15/non-members. Available on-line, at the Center gift shop, and at the door. Doors open at 6:30. On street parking is free!