Calendar

Programs & Events

APRIL

Thursday, April 08, 5:30pm
Growing Roses Organically
Talk by Dr. Paul Raymond
Grow beautiful roses without a lot of chemicals.  Dr. Raymond has been growing roses for over ten years and is a certified Consulting Rosarian of the American Rose Society. He will explain a fundamental holistic approach to easy rose care, from planting to cutting.  Watch this recorded talk on YouTube.

Wednesday April 14, 5:30pm
The Physical Science of Climate Change
Lecture by Dr. Peter Raymond
Join us to learn about the history of climate change science and how modern-day greenhouse gas concentrations are maintained. Dr. Raymond is a professor of Ecosystem Ecology at the Yale School of the Environment where he studies greenhouse gas exchange between ecosystems and the atmosphere and teaches The Physical Science of Climate Change. Pay on line: $8 Members / $10 Public

 


MAY

Sunday, May 9, 11am
Mothers’ Day Tea
Enjoy a Spring outing in the historic garden of the Museum. Parties of two to six people are welcome for a seating under the tent. Your ticket fee includes tea, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. Spring dress encouraged! Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by May 5. Reserve your table on-line, or contact Jessica Serpa, 508-997-1401 jbrodeur@rjdmuseum.orgSeating is limited for your safety. Should the first seating fill a second seating at 12:15pm will be made available. 48 hours notice is required to receive a refund for canceled reservations.

Thursday, May 13, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour
The 2021 season of H3 invites a local personality to talk about their favorite object in the RJD Museum: this month’s guest is Jesse Holstein, Concert Master at the NBSO. As a complement to their talk, Museum staff adds historical context about the same object. Rounding out happy hour, Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru, does a demonstration of mixology magic. Join him to mix (and taste) a cocktail from the comfort of your kitchen.  Suggested donation: $5 Members / $8 Public. Register in advance for this VIRTUAL event.

Tuesday, May 18, 1pm
Harriet Jacobs In New Bedford
Talk and Book-Signing with Peggi Medeiros
In 1861, Harriet Ann Jacobs published a masterpiece, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Her book is the first and only narrative to give voice to a woman who escaped slavery. Cornelia Grinnell Willis not only purchased Harriet’s freedom, but she also developed a bond with Harriet and her daughter, Louisa, that lasted a lifetime. Join author and local historian Peggi Medeiros as she traces the fascinating lives of the Jacobs, Grinnell and Willis families in and out of New Bedford. Fee: $5 Members / $8 Public / Free with purchase of book. This event will run in the garden, under the tent.

Thursday, May 20, 7pm
Annual Student Jazz Concert
New Bedford High School Band, Directed by Tim Mason
The museum hosts New Bedford’s musical talent. Enjoy a broad range of musical styles. This concert is held on the lawn: picnics, blankets and camping chairs encouraged!  Arriver earlier for better seating. Rain Date: May 24. Free.



JUNE

Thursday, June 10, 5:30pm – 7pm
Open House at the Mansion
Drop by the estate at 396 County Street for brief guided tours of the mansion, lawn games, and refreshments. This on-site event is free as a part of AHA night.

Sunday, June 13, 2pm
Chamber Music in the Garden (Please note change in program)
With Jesse Holstein and Ealain McMullin
Enjoy an afternoon of music for strings. Ishirini is the Swahili word for “Twenty.” It is also the title of American composer Alvin Singleton’s pithy fanfare for two violins from 2003. Grazyna Bacewicz’s short suite of Duets on Folk Themes from 1946 are a more modern harmonic language that embraces harmonic dissonance. 

Based upon classical and folk music from Armenia and Turkey as well original material, Kristapor Najarian’s “A Tale for Two Violins” was written in 2014 to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. It is a six movement suite filled with folklore and evocative sound worlds.

The program concludes with an entertaining version of Munro Leaf’s classic children’s story of Ferdinand the Bull for violin and narrator, with music by Alan Ridout. This concert takes place rain or shine, on the tented patio. Purchase Tickets On Line: $10 Members / $15 Public.

Sunday, June 20, 7pm
Solstice Poetry Reading
Join local poets to hear their latest work read live, amongst the roses of the RJD garden. This event will run in the garden. Donations accepted in lieu of a fee.

Wednesday, June 23, 12pm
Garden Tour
Enjoy your lunch break amongst roses, in the parterre garden of the Museum. Rick Finneran, RJD’s Manager of Facilities, gives a 30-minute tour in the garden, addressing design elements, rose care, and the history of the neighborhood. Donations accepted in lieu of fee.

Friday, June 25, 8am – 9am
Yoga in the Garden
With YMCA instructor, Nicole Winning
Experience the restorative ambiance of RJD’s historic gardens, from your first opening breath of awareness to final savasana. The instructor will lead a Vinyasa class suitable for any level of yogi. Increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness in this unique urban garden setting. Register for this course by visiting the YMCA website. Free for YMCA members / $10 per class, Public & Drop-in.

Saturday, June 26, 11am – 12pm
Summer Reading Kickoff Party
With New Bedford Free Public Library
Stop by the grounds of the Museum today for some family fun while your child signs up for the Summer Reading Program through New Bedford Free Public Library. Enjoy magician, Scott Jameson, and free admission to the Mansion. Children of all ages are welcome to attend with their adult caregivers. Free.

Wednesday, June 30, 5pm
The Garden Tourist: Lecture and Book Signing with Author Jana Milbocker
Do you enjoy touring beautiful gardens? We will show you the best public gardens, nursery display gardens, and private gardens open to the public in the Northeast to visit for inspiration! Learn about each garden’s highlights, ideal times to visit, and enjoy a visual tour of each amazing destination. Arrive at 5pm for refreshments in the garden. Lecture begins at 5:30pm under the tent. Register: $10 Members / $15 Public.


JULY

Fridays, through August 27, 8am – 9am
Yoga in the Garden
With YMCA instructor, Nicole Winning
Experience the restorative ambiance of RJD’s historic gardens, from your first opening breath of awareness to final savasana. The instructor will lead a Vinyasa class suitable for any level of yogi. Increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness in this unique urban garden setting. Register for this course by visiting the YMCA website. Free for YMCA members / $10 per class, Public & Drop-in.

Mondays July 12, 26, August 9, 23, and Sunday September 12, 9:30am – noon
Plein Air Painting in the Garden
With Instructor, Devin McLaughlin
Paint in the beautiful gardens of the Rotch-Jones-Duff estate. “En plein air”, meaning, in the open air, allows you to paint from direct observation. Students with no experience, as well as those with some experience, are welcome. The instructor will concentrate on working individually with students in order to maximize individual learningJoin any day for a single class experience, or register for the series. Single class fee: $70 (includes supplies) / $35 (bring your own). Five-class series fee: $275 (includes supplies) / $150 (bring your own supplies). Registration required at least one week in advance of class date.  Enroll on  line.

Thursday, July 8, 4pm –6pm
House Tour Express!

Drop in any time to enjoy a twenty-minute tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Various RJD Docents and staff conduct tours. This event is free as part of  AHA Night.

Saturday, July 17, 9am – Noon
Appraisal Day
Do you have a family heirloom?  Paintings passed down to you by a relative? Or a great flea market find? Discover their potential worth with the help of an expert appraiser. Appraisals will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Appraisers: Frank McNamee, Alfred J. Walker, Paula Dean. Fee payable at the door: $10 per item / $25 for three items.

Thursday, July 22 & Friday, July 23, 7pm
192021-A Vaudeville Redux
The Collective rings in the return of the roaring 20’s by reviving one of the decade’s most popular theatrical forms: Vaudeville! Enjoy old favorites with a modern twist and original sketches and acts that pay homage to the performers of old. And break out the pinstripes and flapper dresses because not only is this a show, it’s a 1920’s themed shindig. Contact The Collective with questions and for tickets. TheCollectiveNB@gmail.com / TheCollectiveNB.org.

Sunday, July 25, 6:30pm
Dances of Freedom & Nature:Revisiting Florence Fleming Noyes 1871-1928
Performance, With Opening Remarks by Noyes School of Rhythm
In the 1910s, Florence Fleming Noyes created dances inspired by music, myth, and nature. A visible women’s suffrage performer, she choreographed the 1913 Suffrage Allegory, performed as part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association march on Washington, and the 1914 Dance of Freedom, performed for suffrage leader Anna Howard Shaw at New York’s Biltmore Hotel. Honoring the centennial of the 19th Amendment, dance artist Meg Brooker reconstructs Noyes’s iconic dances inspired by freedom and nature for performance on the RJD grounds by a group of Noyes Rhythm dancers. Founded in 1912, The Noyes School of Rhythm is dedicated to preserving and passing on Noyes’s work as a dance artist and movement educator. General seating; rain or shine. Fee payable at the door: $8 Members / $12 Public / Students with ID Free.


August

Wednesday August 4, 10am – 11am
Doodles Creative Session at RJD (Ages 5 – 7)
Colorful Yoga
Children are invited to explore, play, and create with instructor Samia Walker in the garden of the RJD. Caregivers must stay on site during this class and advance registration is recommended due to limited space. Fee: $10.

Fridays through August 27, 8am – 9am
Yoga in the Garden
With YMCA instructor, Nicole Winning
Experience the restorative ambiance of RJD’s historic gardens, from your first opening breath of awareness to final savasana. The instructor will lead a Vinyasa class suitable for any level of yogi. Increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness in this unique urban garden setting. Register for this course by visiting the YMCA website. Fee: Free for YMCA members / $10 per class, Public & Drop-in.

Mondays August 9 & 23, 9:30am – noon
Plein Air Painting in the Garden
With Instructor, Devin McLaughlin
Paint in the beautiful gardens of the Rotch-Jones-Duff estate. “En plein air”, meaning, in the open air, allows you to paint from direct observation. Students with no experience, as well as those with some experience, are welcome. The instructor will concentrate on working individually with students in order to maximize individual learning. Join single or multiple class dates. Single class fee: $70 (includes supplies) / $35 (bring your own). Registration required at least one week in advance of class date.

August 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 7pm
Shakespeare in NB Presents: As You Like It
The Glass Horse Project
Join us for a frolic in the forest this summer: William Shakespeare’s romantic, pastoral comedy As You Like It! In a tale of mistaken identities, melancholic lords, and a multitude of laughs, As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden.  Performances will take place on the RJD’s covered patio. Donations accepted in lieu of a fee.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Dartmouth, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, and New Bedford Cultural Councils, local agencies, which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Wednesday, August 25, 10am – 11am
Doodles Creative Session at RJD (Ages 5 – 7)
Calm, Cool, and Collected: DIY Essential Oil Rollers & Mandala Art
Children are invited to explore, play, and create with instructor Samia Walker in the garden of the RJD. Caregivers must stay on site during this class and advance registration is recommended due to limited space. Register in advance: $10.

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