Calendar

Programs & Events

 

DECEMBER

Sundays, December 1 & 8, 4pm
Mondays, December 2 and 9, 2pm 
Afternoon Tea in the Parlors

Enjoy tea and scones in the festively decorated double parlors of the mansion.  Your ticket fee includes admission to the museum. Festive dress is encouraged. On-line registration closes the Friday before each tea.  Purchase Tickets: $25 Members / $30 Public     Advance reservations required.


December 6, 4pm – 6pm
Fruitcake Friday

Before you rush home, stop by the museum for a look at the festive decorations, a browse through the museum shop, a sip of cider and a bite of everyone’s favorite holiday food.  Free with admission.

Sunday, December 15, 4pm
Children’s Tea
Bring your favorite doll or plushy animal friend for tea in the decorated parlors of the mansion. Dress-up is encouraged, but not at all required. Fee includes tea and desserts. Recommended for ages 5 and up, with adult companion. Purchase Tickets: $25 Member adult / $30 Public adult /$10 per child.



Happy New Year!


JANUARY

Sunday, January 19, 2pm
Concert: The Gilded Age
Austin Burns
The Gilded Age, a term coined by Mark Twain, was a time of unparalleled wealth where the newly emerged millionaire class owned all the means of production at the expense of the free market. This is a musical program for voice, guitar, piano, and melodica that draws striking parallels to today’s economic and political climate. Musical sets from the program reflect not only the struggle of the 99% but also the forgotten voices of women, African Americans, and refugees.Purchase tickets on line: $25 RJD Members / $30 Public / $10 Students with I.D.


FEBRUARY

Sunday, February 9, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff. Free with the price of admission.

Thursday, February 13, 5:30pm
Abolition Row Park Developments
Lee Blake, President, New Bedford Historical Society
The New Bedford Historical Society is developing Abolition Row Park on a blighted corner lot in the city’s downtown. The lot sits across the street from three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and at the opposite end of the street that connects to the RJD. Hear about the latest park development plans. Part of AHA Night. Free.

Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21
Vacation Week Activity
Children can drop in any time during public hours to play “Where’s William?”, a game of riddles that lead to treasures hidden around the house. Children accompanied by an adult are admitted free all week.

Wednesday, February 19, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour
Dawn Salerno, Executive Director, RJD
Belly up to the bar for a shot of history with a chaser of networking. RJD’s newest program offers a brief talk on a historical topic, along with tasty bites and beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards. Tonight, get up close to a 19th Century portrait of Hepsa Coffin Luce in the RJD’s collection and learn more about early American portrait painting. Purchase tickets on line: $15 (includes refreshment).

Saturday, February 29, 7pm
Leap-Day Concert
In partnership with NBSO
In Ireland, every February 29th, traditional roles were reversed: women were allowed to ask a man for marriage. The man was fined if he refused. NBSO musicians give a nod to the holiday in this concert of Irish and fiddle music. EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks plays fiddle and Peter Zay plays cello. Purchase tickets on line: $25 RJD Members / $30 Public.


 

MARCH

Sunday, March 8, 1pm – 4pm
Open House at the RJD and JAMI
The two mansions connected by marriage (James Arnold married Sarah Rotch, daughter of William Rotch, Jr.) offer free admission and guided tours of their interiors. RJD’s tour starts at 2pm. Refreshments served. Free. 

Thursday, March 12, 5:30pm
Tour: Shaking the Foundations
Walk through the RJD’s current exhibition exploring suffrage in New Bedford and other movements towards equality for women. Part of AHA Night. Free.

Thursday, March 19, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour: The Herschel Island Baseball League
Mark Procknik, Librarian, New Bedford Whaling Museum
Belly up to the bar for a shot of history with a chaser of networking. RJD’s newest program offers a brief talk on a historical topic, along with tasty bites and beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards.  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. Purchase tickets on line:: $15 (includes refreshment)


 APRIL

Thursday April 9, 5:30pm
Talk: Planting Trees for Sustainability
Justin Ohlson, New Bedford City Arborist
“People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people”, so says writer and journalism professor, Bryce Nelson. In consideration of Arbor Day, we present the city’s expert arborist and his practical tips on the correct process for planting trees. Part of AHA Night. Free.

Sunday, April 19, 2pm
Lecture: Historic House Window Treatment
Michael Chellel, The Studio: Period 19th Century Interiors
Hear from the speaker about appropriate historic window treatment based on his 40 years of experience and case studies at various museums and private homes. Purchase tickets on line: $8 Members / $10 Public.

Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24
School Vacation Week Activity
Children ages 7 and up, with adult companion, can drop in any time during public hours to play “Where’s William?”, a game of riddles that lead to treasures hidden around the house. Children accompanied by an adult are admitted free all week.

Sunday, April 26, 2pm
Concert: Springtime in New Bedford
Jesse Holstein and Jeff Louie
Join NBSO Concertmaster Jesse Holstein and pianist Jeff Louie for an early springtime recital at the RJD. Come early to walk the gardens before coming inside for three works that are a nice pairing with the thawing of snow and the budding of snowdrops. 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. Purchase tickets on line: $25 RJD Members / $30 Public


 MAY

Wednesday, May 6, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour
Belly up to the bar for a shot of history with a chaser of networking. RJD’s newest program offers a brief talk on a historical topic, along with tasty bites and beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards. Fee: $15 (includes refreshment).

Thursday, May 14, 5:30pm
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. Part of AHA Night. Free.

Sunday, May 17, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff. Free with the price of admission.

Tuesday, May 26, 7pm
Annual Student Jazz Concert
New Bedford High School Whaler Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, Directed by Tim Mason; The Global Learning Charter Public School Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Donald Richard, Music Director

The New Bedford High School Whaler Jazz Band is an auditioned musical that plays different styles of improvised music such as swing, funk, rock, Latin, and vocal jazz in traditional “big band” settings. The New Bedford High School Whaler Jazz combo is an advanced musical group that plays swing, funk, rock, Latin, and vocal jazz in small ensemble settings using advanced improvisation techniques. The GLCPS Jazz Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, and modern band musical styles. This concert is held under the tent, rain or shine. Free.



JUNE

Thursday, June 11, 5:30pm
Exhibition Opening
View RJD’s newest special exhibition of needlework. Refreshments served. Part of AHA Night. Free.

Saturday June 20, 6pm
Annual Party in the Garden

Friday, June 26, 7pm
Poetry Reading

 

 


Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance. The RJD is happy to honor FREE admission for four to all guests who present a valid EBT card.See full details at www.mass.gov/cardtoculture

Education Programs are funded by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation.

 

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