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JULY 

Thursday, July 9,  5pm – 6pm
artMOBILE at the RJD
New Bedford Art Museum’s brightly colored artMOBILE van travels to 396 County Street, where it will park in the RJD’s circular driveway, delivering free art activities. The artMOBILE is a mobile studio, offering free art lessons and supply kits. Children are welcome to pick up a kit and work at a table overlooking the RJD rose garden. Kits can also be taken home. Guests visiting tonight are asked to wear a mask and practice proper distancing as local signs will indicate.

Wednesday, July 15, 12pm
Give Me a Bloomin’ Break
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 and rose care. These tours will be restricted in numbers to allow for social distancing. Free.

Saturday, July 18, 9 am – 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. Fee at the door: $10 per item / $25 for three items.

About the Appraisers
Frank McNamee has over 40 years of experience in the antiques and appraisal business. He is a graduate of the Appraisal Studies Program at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the H. F. Dupont Winterthur Winter Institute Museum School.  He is owner of the Marion Antique Shop.
Alfred J. Walker is a retired art dealer, connoisseur and collector. For 25 years, he owned and operated Alfred J. Walker Fine Arts, Newbury Street, Boston. He has handled works by C.H. Gifford, William Bradford, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, William Allen Wall and many others.
Paula Deane is a veteran antiques and jewelry dealer with over 40 years experience in the business.  Her specialties include high-end vintage jewelry and country antiques.


AUGUST

Virtual Series, August 3 – 8, 7pm
Beware the Ides: A Socially-Distant Shakespeare Series. 
The RJD welcomes New Bedford’s free Shakespeare program, Shakespeare in NB. Please check back for details. This program is supported in part by grants from the New Bedford Local Cultural Council, Fairhaven Local Cultural Council, Dartmouth Local Cultural Council, Mattapoisett Local Cultural Council , Rochester Local Cultural Council and Acushnet Local Cultural Council – all local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Wednesday, August 12, 12pm
Give Me a Bloomin’ Break
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 and rose care. These tours will be restricted in numbers to allow for social distancing. Free.

Thursday, August 20,  3pm
Talk: Daniel Drayton & Photius Fisk
George Kontanis, RJD Docent
Daniel Drayton became known for helping enslaved individuals escape to northern ports in the early to mid 1800s. He is now buried in New Bedford’s Rural Cemetery where his monument has been recently restored. Several men, including Photius Fisk, had a role in Drayton’s honoring.  Hear more about the life of Drayton and Fisk’s efforts to remember him.  Free with the price of museum admission.


SEPTEMBER

Thursday, September 10, 5:00pm
Annual Meeting & Reception
Join the museum’s staff, board, Corporators and fellow members for a look back at the past year of museum activities and enjoy a special talk with Carrie Taylor, Director, Lippitt House Museum.  Free admission.

To Labor for the Common Good: Recontextualizing the Historic House Museum Experience

Lippitt House has been a landmark for over 150 years – a reflection of the great wealth created in 19th century Providence from manufacturing. But what relevancy does a Victorian mansion have today in our post-industrial age?  Ms. Taylor will discuss the evolving role of historic house museums as a community resource and efforts to engage community through innovative partnerships and programs. This talk is also part of AHA night.

Carrie Taylor came to Providence’s Lippitt House Museum to be its first director in 2013. Prior to leading Lippitt House, Carrie was Registrar and then Collections Manager at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home outside of Charlottesville, Virginia for 15 years. Before moving to Virginia she worked in the Curatorial Department at the Atlanta History Center. She was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in History.  She then earned a master’s degree in Public History with a Museums Studies concentration from the University of South Carolina where she held a graduate assistantship at McKissick Museum in Columbia. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Association for State and Local History, the New England Museum Association and the Victorian Society in America. She serves on the Board of the Friends of the Brown University Library and is a graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration.

Tuesday, September 15, 5:30pm
VIRTUAL History Happy Hour: The Herschel Island Baseball League
Mark Procknik, Librarian, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Nick Serpa, Bartender
H3 is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa will recommend a brew or two for you to share from home while you watch. During Arctic whaling voyages when the winter ice made cruising for whales difficult, whalemen needed to pass the time until spring. During the winter of 1895, they formed an informal baseball league with scores and statistics recorded in a journal kept by Captain Hartson Bodfish. Suggested donation: $5 Members/ $10 Public. Click here to register for this online event.

Sunday, September 27, 2pm
Early Fall Concert
Jesse Holstein and Jeff Louie
Join NBSO Concertmaster Jesse Holstein and pianist Jeff Louie for three works that are a nice pairing with the coming of autumn. J.S Bach’s warm and gracious A-major Sonata will open the program followed by Beethoven’s playful and capricious Sonata in G-major. To close the program will be Igor Stravinsky’s homage to the Baroque with his Suite Italienne based on his ballet “Pulcinella” which premiered in Paris in 1920.  $20 RJD Members / $25 Public. This event subject to change.

Performers:

A native son of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, Jesse Holstein went to Oberlin for his undergraduate studies with Marilyn McDonald. He then went to NEC in Boston to get his master’s degree studying with James Buswell. Since 2001, Jesse has been a Resident Musician for Community MusicWorks-a youth and family-mentoring program that provides free instruments, lessons and a variety of programs in the West-End and South Side of Providence. He is the Concertmaster of the New Bedford Symphony and is on the faculty of Brown University.

Jeffrey Louie is an accomplished instrumentalist, composer, and arranger across a wide range of musical disciplines. A virtuoso pianist and violinist, he has soloed on both instruments with numerous Boston-area orchestras and has served as principal second violinist for the Yale Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic. He is a BMI Student Composers Award winner, and at Yale he received the Wrexham Prize in Music and the Abraham Beechman Cox Prize for music composition. He is also a singer/songwriter and guitarist, as well as a versatile arranger and session musician for a diverse roster of ensembles and recording artists.



OCTOBER

Saturday, October 3, 10am – 4pm
Open House

Come explore the mansion and enjoy programming throughout the day. Exhibiting artist, Faith Baci, will be doing a tatting demonstration from 11am to 1pm.  Donations accepted in lieu of admission. Please call ahead to schedule your visit time.

 

Thursday, October 8, 5:30pm
Dr. Marie Equi and the Suffrage Movement
Dan Everton, Historian

Who is Dr. Marie Equi? Did you know New Bedford had a suffrage march on 8th Street? Equi has gained attention lately given her role as an activist in the suffrage movement and her inclusion in New Bedford’s Lighting the Way tour. Part of AHA night. Free. Register for this online event.

 

Thursday, October 15, 4pm – 8pm 
The Great Pumpkin Parade

Visit the grounds of the RJD (396 County Street) to see a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, carved with care by community members. Inside the mansion, children can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Capacity limits will be enforced. Refreshments served. Suggested donation: $5 Individuals / $10 Family.

Tuesday, October 20, 3pm
VIRTUAL Tambour Talk
Judy Lund

Tambour, from the French word for “drum”, is a type of chain stitch embroidery. One of its practitioners and an artist with work on display in the current exhibition, Sewful Work, will demonstrate the method and speak about some work in her own collection. Suggested donation: $5 Members/ $10 Public. Register for this on line event. 

Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 pm
VIRTUAL History Happy Hour
New Bedford’s LGBTQ Archive
Dan Everton, Historian
Nick Serpa, Bartender
H3 is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa will recommend a brew or two for you to share from home while you watch. With its launch in June 2020, the New Bedford LGBTQ+ Archive has led to insights about the history and lives of the LGBTQ+ community in New Bedford. Learn about its inception, what has been collected, and how the archive contributes to a larger national and academic conversation about this often overlooked history. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $10 Public. Register for this on line event. 


November

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30pm
Virtual
History Happy Hour: The Black Sheep by Francis Davis Millet
Alexandra Copeland, Art Curator, New Bedford Free Public Library
Nick Serpa, Bartender
H3 is a brief talk on a historical topic accompanied by a virtual beer tasting. Local bartender, Nick Serpa will recommend a brew or two for you to share from home while you watch. Hear about an artwork in the NBFPL collection, including tragic details from the piece’s acquisition after the artist’s death aboard the Titanic. Suggested donation: $5 Members / $10 Public. Register for this on line event.

Thursday, November 12, 5:30pm
New Bedford Through Photo Journalism

Peter Pereira
A career photographer and former photojournalist speaks about his work over the years. Part of AHA night. Free. Register for this on line event.

 

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