Calendar

Programs & Events

MAY

Thursday, May 13, 5:30pm
History Happy Hour (VIRTUAL program)
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 the classic Mai Tai – have rum, orange and almond liqueurs on hand if you want to mix from home.  Suggested donation: $5 Members / $8 Public. Register in advance for this VIRTUAL event.

Tuesday, May 18, 1pm (please note change of format)
Harriet Jacobs In New Bedford
Book Talk with Peggi Medeiros (VIRTUAL program)
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. The link to the virtual event will be sent to you once you have registered on line.

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
All-Request Alfresco
Bring a picnic, relax on our lawn, and request your fave music from DJ Jessikerrr. Inside the mansion, enjoy twenty-minute “express” tours by RJD docents. 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

Wednesday July 21, 10am – 11am
Doodles Creative Session, at RJD (Ages 5 – 7)
Story Time Tea Party & Kindness Rock Painting
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. Advance Registration Recommended: $10 per class / $25 per series.

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, or register in advance: $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. Advance registration recommended: $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. Advance registration recommended: $10.


September

Thursday, September 9, 5pm – 7pm
All Request Alfresco
Bring a picnic, relax on our lawn, and request your fave music from DJ Jessikerrr. This event is free as part of AHA Night

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 learning. Class fee: $60 (includes supplies) / $25 (bring your own). Registration required at least one week in advance of class date.

Sunday, September 12, 2pm
English Roses for New England Gardens
Angelina and Mike Chute, Guest Speakers
David Austin, a nurseryman from Shropshire England, combined the charm and fragrance of old garden roses with the vibrant color and remondancy (repeat bloom) of modern roses. He called these remarkable plants “English Roses” and they are now grown all over the world. This presentation covers the history of English roses as well as the unique David Austin breeding program. Our speakers address old favorites as well as new introductions plus several varieties that are known to grow well in New England gardens. Your ticket fees support the care and maintenance of RJD’s historic garden.

Purchase Tickets: $20 (includes lecture & pre-lecture refreshment).
$70 Floribunda Experience (includes lecture, signed book by the speakers “Roses for New Englan

d”, and reception following the lecture)Saturday,

Save the Date! Don’t Be Late!
September 18, 6 – 9pm

Amelia in Wonderland Cocktail Party
Details coming soon about our Wonderland-themed fall fundraiser.

Saturday, September 25, 11am – 2pm
Queen of Hearts Garden Party

The Wonderland theme continues with day of lawn games and food trucks.


Sunday, September 26, 10am – 12pm

Madhatter Tea Party
“Oh my ears and whiskers!” This tea party comes complete with pocket watches and Alice herself.

Thursday, September 23, 5pm
Annual Meeting
Join the museum’s staff, board, Corporators and fellow members for a look back at the past year of museum activities. Free admission.


October

Saturday, October 2, 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 13, 5pm – 8pm
RotchtoberFest
Carve and contribute a pumpkin for the Great Pumpkin Parade (please bring your own pumpkin). Enjoy seasonal ales in the RJD garden and nosh from local food trucks. All ages are welcome to this autumnal event. Details coming this summer.

Thursday, October 14, 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 taken at site: $5 Individuals / $10 Family. This event is also part of AHA night.

Friday, October 15, 6pm
Mystery at the Mansion
Save the date for the third annual event!

Thursday, October 21, 10:30am – 11:30am
Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again
VIRTUAL Lecture with Page Dickey
In partnership with the Garden Club of Buzzards Bay
Page Dickey is a gardener, garden designer and author of several books about gardening. Hear from the author about her newest book. Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again, describes leaving a beloved garden of thirty-four years, finding a home in the northwest corner of Connecticut, and falling in love with its land. Fee: $10 Members / $13 Public. The link to participate will be sent to registered individuals.



November

Saturday, November 6, 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 museum admission.

Thursday November 11, 5:30pm
Preservation Success Stories VIRTUAL Talk
Join Dawn Salerno, Executive Director, and her guests who will talk about particular successes they’ve had in their efforts to preserve historic sites. This event is free as part of AHA Night. Register for this Virtual Event.

Friday, November 26, 5pm – 8pm
Friday Night Brights
Visit the RJD garden for family-friendly fun, music and refreshment. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and seasonal accessories. The Cookie Challenge returns this year where weekend-warrior bakers bring batches of their favorite cookie recipes for you to sample and judge. The decorated mansion will also be open as space allows for touring. Suggested donation: $5 individual / $10 family.

Tuesday, November 30, 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

Sunday, December 5, 3pm
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.

Thursday, December 9, 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 free as a part of AHA night.

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