Apr
4
Thu
Concert: Jon Campbell @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Concert: Jon Campbell @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Jon Campbell owned a workboat before he owned a car. In those days bay scallops, clams, and quahogs, flounder and lobsters were abundant in the coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay. Regulations were few and the commercial fisheries were still represented by independent men in wooden Eastern Rigs.

For the past 25 years Jon has been writing and performing music based on the wide range of experience available to those people living in coastal regions, the tourists, the cuisine, the fisheries, cranky Yankees and an assortment of humorous and poignant characters.

Jon was recently inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $12/member, $15/non-member and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com

Apr
13
Sat
Scanning Day @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 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.

Apr
16
Tue
Sailor’s Valentine Style Shell Art Workshop @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sailor's Valentine Style Shell Art Workshop @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Bring your mom, daughter, sister, or best friend and create a set of matching pendants or hair clips that even a mermaid would love to wear! Finished pieces make wonderful Mother’s Day, Easter, or birthday presents.

Learn to embellish a beautiful necklace pendant or hair clip in the Victorian style setting of the 1800’s Sailors Valentine art form. This workshop, taught by shell artisan Melonie Massa, will offer hands-on, friendly assistance while teaching you techniques (and secrets) she has honed after a decade of creating this vintage art form. Melonie will also bring some of her most precious tiny sea treasures for you to use! Participants will go home with their natural shell art creation freshly resined and boxed, with a storycard about Sailors Valentines. Your creation will need 2 days undisturbed to cure fully. The resin adds incredible strength to your finished design and also preserves the natural colors of these treasures from the Sea!

Please feel free to bring something very tiny from the Sea of your own that you’d like to incorporate into your piece. Beginners, ages 12 and up, are warmly welcomed! Pre-registration is required – class maximum of 12 participants.

Apr
19
Fri
Dock-u-mentaries: Finding and Avoiding Fish @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: Finding and Avoiding Fish @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, is pleased to present Finding and Avoiding Fish as the Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Is technology destroying or sustaining the commercial fishing industry? Attend this presentation of collaborative research being done by SMAST fisheries scientists and members of the regional fishing industry to answer that very question.

Researchers from SMAST’s Marine Fisheries Field Research Group continue to pioneer the use of high-resolution photo, video and artificial intelligence technologies to survey fish and shellfish species and develop fishing gear and practices that minimize by-catch and damage to habitat.

This program is part of a series exploring the evolution and impact of technological change in the fishing industry and is funded in part by a grant from Mass Humanities.

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.

May
2
Thu
Concert: Art Tebbetts @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Concert: Art Tebbetts @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

New Bedford’s Troubadour live at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center!
For more than 40 years, Art Tebbetts has provided SouthCoast music fans with wit, warmth, and skill as a guitarist and vocalist. His roots in the local community go back to his college days and his repertoire of music includes folk music, pop, and rock ‘n roll. For this performance, Art will delve into his collection of nautical songs to present an engaging and fun evening of music.

May
17
Fri
Dock-u-mentaries: Reef Assassin @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: Reef Assassin @ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Take the journey! Watch the full-feature lionfish documentary that inspired the naming of a US Congressional bill.

Meet the players – Activists are desperately trying to convince government officials to adopt an ingenious lionfish population program. But is it too radical?

Meet the people who experienced the unthinkable – People in Newfoundland who lived through a fishery collapse tell the story of how their lives and culture and economy were changed forever – and they warn US government officials not to make the same mistakes that they did.

Meet the congressman ready to fight – One determined elected official vaults the lionfish issue from the state to federal level but needs our support to turn a creative, sustainable idea into reality.

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.

May
23
Thu
Film: Lobster War @ New Bedford Whaling Museum
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Film: Lobster War @ New Bedford Whaling Museum

Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds (USA, 74 min, Color)
Presented in partnership with the New Bedford Whaling Museum

“Lobster War” is a must-watch, award-winning feature-length documentary film about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone were traditionally fished by US lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.

Directed by David Abel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, and Andy Laub, an award-winning documentarian, producers of the acclaimed Discovery channel documentary “Sacred Cod”.

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!)