Calendar

Programs & Events

June

Thursday, June 2, 6pm
The Makers Series: Glassblowing
With Lauren Prescott, Manager of Collections and Interpretation, RJD & Alfred Aubut, Jr.
Learn about the history of glass-blowing, and New Bedford’s impact on the art form. A glass blower who once worked for Pairpoint Glass Company illuminates the process which has basically remained unchanged over thousands of years. This event is free.

Thursday, June 9, 5:30pm
Garden Tour
Rick Finneran, RJD’s Lead Gardener gives a 30-minute tour in the garden, addressing design elements, rose care, and the history of the neighborhood. This event is free as part of AHA Night.

Saturday, June 11, 6pm – 9pm
All That Glitters:  A Garden Party at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Music of the Gilded Age provided by New Bedford Festival Theatre

Join us for a sparkling evening of entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the historic garden of the RJD Museum. Proceeds from this event support the Museum’s community outreach, education programs and historic preservation. Purchase Tickets by May 31.

Can’t make our date? Support the RJD by donating in lieu of a ticket.

Support this event through your SPONSORSHIP.
Thank You to our Sponsors!

BayCoast Bank
Sylvia Group an Alera Group Company
Diana Henry Realty
Howe Allen Real Estate

Sunday, June 19, 10am – 3pm
BuyBlackNB Pop-Up Vendor Market
BuyBlackNB will host their second annual Juneteenth event with a hand selected diverse group of vendors. Celebrate the summer and enjoy art, food, clothing, children’s entertainment and handmade goods! The popular 360 Photo Booth returns and fathers can enjoy a massage. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Free admission.


July

Thursday, July 14, 6pm – 7pm
Music in the Garden
With Musicians from New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy live music on the tented patio. Bring your lawn chairs to listen from the garden area. Picnickers welcome. This event is part of AHA Night. Donations are accepted in lieu of a ticket fee (suggested $10).

Saturday, July 16, 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 at the door: $10 per item / $25 for three items.

Thursday, July 21, 11:30am – noon
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion parlors, or garden, for an engaging half hour of stories for the whole family. After the stories, take home a family fun craft kit to collaborate and create together! RJD Family Storytime will run every third Thursday of the month, through November. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24
Plays in the Garden
With Your Theatre
For reservations and more information, call Your Theatre: 508-993-0772.


August

Wednesday, August 10, 6pm
A Midsummer Members Reception
RJD Museum Members are invited to enjoy refreshments on the porch of the mansion, overlooking the parterre rose garden. A special members-only preview of the Reverie Theatre Group’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows at 7pm, on the tented patio.

RSVP by Friday, August 5: email Hillary Fortin or call 508-997-1401

August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, & 20, 7:30pm
Shakespeare in NB Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Reverie Theatre Group, formerly the Glass Horse Project, proudly presents another thrilling summer of Shakespeare in New Bedford! Join us in a fanciful forest outside Athens where sprites and fairies laugh and frolic, where magic lies in the earth, and love is in the air. The RJD’s tented garden patio is the perfect setting for you to enjoy one of the Bard’s most popular and whimsical comedies. Through bog, through bush, through brake, through brier, we’re here to play. Donations of any amount are accepted in lieu of a fee.

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

This project received a Wicked Cool Places grant, facilitated by New Bedford Creative and the NBEDC, and funded by the City of New Bedford’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, with additional support from Bristol County Savings Bank, Barr Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and MassDevelopment’s “TDI Creative Cities Initiative.”

Thursday, August 18, 11:30am – noon
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion parlors, or garden, for an engaging half hour of stories for the whole family. After the stories, take home a family fun craft kit to collaborate and create together! RJD Family Storytime will run every third Thursday of the month, through November. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Sunday, August 21, 12pm – 3pm
Open House at the Mansions
In Partnership with DATMA and the James Arnold Mansion (JAM)
The two mansions connected by County Street and marriage (James Arnold married Sarah Rotch, daughter of William Rotch Jr.) are co-hosting a free day of activities. RJD features tours of the house, lemonade on the terrace, and lawn games. At the James Arnold Mansion, visitors can tour the house and grounds, learn about the Arnolds’ passion for horticulture and their once 11-acre garden, hear about future landscape plans, and enjoy some fruit punch and cookies. Learn more about DATMA’s Shelter 2022 programming and public art tours at the event. Free.

Saturday and Sunday, August 27 & 28
Plays in the Garden
With Your Theatre
For reservations and more information, call Your Theatre: 508-993-0772.


September

Thursday, September 8, 5pm – 7pm
The Five Pillars of Hip Hop
A Partnership between New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park & 3rd Eye Youth Empowerment

This is the last of five monthly events exploring the Pillars of Hip Hop (mcing, djing, b-people, graffiti, knowledge) through performance, visual art, and sharing. Find out more about the Five Pillars, and the history and origin of these traditions. The event in the garden includes live music, spoken word and art. Know a young person who might be interested in participating in this event? Drop a line to Third Eye at: info@3rdEyEUnlimited.org. This event is free as part of AHA Night and is open to all ages. Check out other events in the series which runs every second Thursday, from May through September.

Thursday, September 15, 11:30am – noon
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion parlors, or garden, for an engaging half hour of stories for the whole family. After the stories, take home a family fun craft kit to collaborate and create together! RJD Family Storytime will run every third Thursday of the month, through November. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Thursday, September 15, 5pm
Annual Meeting & Reception
Join the museum’s staff, board, Corporators and fellow members for a look back at the past year of museum activities. Free admission.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
September 22, 23, & 24, 7pm

Locally Sourced: A Night of Homegrown Performance
The Collective’s Summer Series

Over the course of the last year, local performing group, The Collective, has been creating new poems, songs, and ten-minute plays for their infamous 1440 Projects. These projects condensed the creative process into 24 hours, culminating in a single performance. For this open-air summer series in the RJD gardens, The Collective presents the cream of the crop: each piece has been reworked and fine-tuned from the original version into a fully-produced theatrical experience. Ticketing and details can be found at thecollectivenb.org.


October

Saturday, October 1, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Various RJD docents and staff conduct tours. Free with the price of admission.

Wednesday, October 12, 5pm – 7pm
Rotchtoberfest
Carve or paint and contribute a pumpkin for the Great Pumpkin Parade (please bring your own pumpkin). The Museum provides carving tools, paint and inspiration. Not carving? Enjoy lawn games, and donuts and cider. All ages are welcome to this free autumnal event. 

Thursday, October 13, 4pm – 8pm
The Great Pumpkin Parade
Visit the grounds 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. Refreshments served. Suggested donation: $5 Individuals / $10 Family. This event is also part of AHA night.

Thursday, October 20, 11:30am – noon
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion parlors, or garden, for an engaging half hour of stories for the whole family. After the stories, take home a family fun craft kit to collaborate and create together! RJD Family Storytime will run every third Thursday of the month, through November. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Friday & Saturday, October 21, 22, 6pm
Mystery at the Mansion: Gala
Save the date for the fourth annual event! The Collective returns with an all new mystery to solve in this participatory theatrical event. The setting this year is a fictional museum gala where guests can expect a red carpet, paparazzi, and plenty of suspects. Details coming in September.


November

Saturday, November 5, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Various RJD docents and staff conduct tours. Free with the price of admission.

Thursday, November 10
Game Night
4-6pm, Family Games
6-8pm, 21+ Games
Assemble some teammates and head to the RJD Mansion. The early hours feature family-oriented games. The later hours are for 21+ games. Bring your favorite board game, Magic Deck and beverages (no red wine or Twister in the mansion please!) The Museum provides classic board games and teammates as needed, plus low-priced snacks for the evening. This event is free as part of AHA Night.

Thursday, November 17, 11:30am – noon
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion parlors, or garden, for an engaging half hour of stories for the whole family. After the stories, take home a family fun craft kit to collaborate and create together! RJD Family Storytime will run every third Thursday of the month, through November. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Friday, November 25, 4pm – 7pm
Friday Night Brights
Visit the RJD for family-friendly fun, music and refreshment. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and seasonal accessories. The Cookie Challenge is in its third year where weekend-warrior bakers bring batches of their favorite cookie recipes for you to sample and judge. Activities will be outside, weather permitting. The decorated mansion will also be open as space allows for touring. Suggested donation: $5 individual / $10 family.

Sunday, November 27, 1pm
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, desserts, and admission to the Museum. Recommended for ages 5 and up, with adult companion. $25 Member adult / $30 Public adult /$10 per child; advance reservations required.

Tuesday, November 29
Seatings available at 2pm & 4pm
Afternoon Tea in the Parlors
Enjoy tea and scones in the festively decorated double parlors of the mansion. Festive dress is encouraged. Fee includes tea, desserts, and admission to the Museum. $25 Members / $30 Public; advance reservations required.


December

Thursday, December 8, 4pm – 6pm
Christmas on County
Drop in to see the decked halls of the mansion and hear from docents about some of the holiday customs held by residents of the house. This event is part of AHA night. Donations are accepted in lieu of a fee.

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