Calendar

Programs & Events

May

Saturday, May 4, 9am – 1pm
Garden Club of Buzzards Bay Annual Plant Sale
Local gardeners will have the opportunity to buy beautifully curated plants grown by the Garden Club of Buzzards Bay (GCBB)  in the greenhouse located on the grounds of the RJD Museum. Shoppers will be able to buy colorful and varied annuals, an array of popular geraniums and special coleus, striking succulents, heirloom tomatoes, and herbs as well as unusual perennials from Club members’ gardens. The sale takes place on Museum grounds.  Proceeds from the sale benefit community projects through the GCBB’s Grants Program. 

Thursday, May 9, 5:30pm
The Carpenter’s Son
PROGRAM UPDATE: This presentation will be given by Sage Lamade, Manager of Collections & Interpretation, and Dawn Salerno, Executive Director, instead of the originally scheduled speaker. 
Get a glimpse of museum collections and archives from an insider’s perspective. The Carpenter’s Son, a painting by Edward Simmons, would only return to the walls of the RJD Museum after it had been terribly vandalized and painstakingly restored. Speakers will address briefly how the painting came to the RJD, as well as its symbolism and compositional elements. Donations are accepted in lieu of a fee, as part of AHA Night.

Saturday, May 11, 1pm – 3pm
Mothers’ Day Tea
Catered by Milward Tea Room
Enjoy tea, scones, tea sandwiches and sweets on the tented patio in the garden. Festive spring attire is encouraged. Parties may strike a pose in the historic gardens for a photographic memento of the day. Photos by maggie by the millimeter. Your fee includes tea service, admission to the Museum and one digital portrait in the garden. See what’s on the menu.. Parties of 8 guests may reserve a table; smaller parties may be seated with other parties. Ticket sales for this event have closed.

Wednesday, May 15, 12pm – 12:30pm
Family Storytime

In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion 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! Family Storytime will run third Wednesdays of every month, through June. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30pm reception; 6pm talk
The Birds of Dog; An Historical Novel Based on Mostly True Events
Author’s Illustrated Talk & Book-Signing
“The Birds of Dog” opens in the early days of The Boston Society of Natural History and simmers with remarkable lost stories about America’s emerging sciences and its first scientists. The Society eventually evolved into Boston’s Museum of Science. Science journalist Ann B. Parson will relate some of the amazing but forgotten sagas & milestones captured in her newest book, which ends with the launch of The Audubon Society. Arrive early to the tented patio for refreshments. Books will be available for purchase ($20 + tax) and signing at the event. This event is free but an RSVP is requested: HFortin [at] rjdmuseum [dot] org / 508-997-1401.

Tuesday, May 21, 7pm
Modern Music Concert in the Garden

With New Bedford High School Jazz Band, Steel Band, and Rock Band
This concert features student musicians from New Bedford High School performing various pieces of jazz, and contemporary repertoire from the last 100 years. The New Bedford High School Jazz Band is an after-school ensemble directed by Tim Mason specializing in multiple styles of jazz and improvisation. The New Bedford High School Steel Band is an after-school band, grades 6-12, conducted by Lee Dias. They perform contemporary music steeped in the traditions of Trinidad and Tobago. The New Bedford High School Rock Band is directed by Tom O’Leary and performs tasteful modern music from different eras of Rock and Roll History. Free admission; general seating on the lawn and patio.


June

Friday, June 7, 6pm – 9pm
County Fair

Join us in the historic garden for a carnival-themed event, complete with classic carnival games, a fortune-teller and county-fair inspired food and snacks. Wear your county fair best. Catering by Traveler’s Ale House.

Your ticket fee includes food and entertainment. A cash bar is available. Proceeds from this event support the Museum’s educational, community outreach, and preservation efforts. RSVP by June 1.
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Wednesday, June 12, 12pm – 12:30pm
Family Storytime

In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the mansion 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! Family Storytime will run third Wednesdays of every month, through June. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Thursday, June 13, 5pm – 7pm
A Bloomsday Celebration

Bloomsday is a celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce. Observed annually in Dublin, the day will be celebrated at RJD with Rick Finneran, Lead Gardener. Rick will give a 45-minute tour in the RJD’s garden followed by a walking tour to explore nearby gardens, church bells, and the literary history of the neighborhood. The group will visit Our Lady of Assumption, The Friends Meeting House, and The Unitarian Church among others. Join for either, or both tours. This event is free as part of AHA night.


July

Saturdays at 8am, July 6 through September 28
Yoga in the Garden
With New Bedford YMCA Instructors
Enjoy a mindful morning stretch in the garden throughout the summer. Yoga can help increase flexibility, strength, stability, calmness, and focus. Bring a mat and water. YMCA Southcoast Members: Free / Other Participants:  $10. Advance payment is requested.

Thursday, July 11, 5pm – 7pm
The Bee’s Mead
Hosted by the RJD’s NextGen Committee
Bring the family for an evening of festivities including lawn games, make-and-take crafts and refreshment. Learn more about bee keeping from the Bristol County Beekeepers Association. This event is free as part of AHA Night.

Wednesday, July 17, Noon – 12:30pm
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the 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! Family Storytime will run third Wednesdays of every month, through December. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Sunday, July 21, Noon
Music in the Garden
With New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s Emma Lee Holmes-Hicks and Peter Zay
Enjoy a summer selection of music from Emma Lee Holmes-Hicks, violin, and Peter Zay, cello and guitar. Bring your lawn chairs to listen from the garden area.  Picnickers welcome. Tickets available at the door: $15.


August

Saturdays at 8am, August 3 through September 28Yoga in the Garden
With New Bedford YMCA Instructors
Enjoy a mindful morning stretch in the garden throughout the summer. Yoga can help increase flexibility, strength, stability, calmness, and focus. Bring a mat and water. YMCA Southcoast Members: Free / Other Participants:  $10. Advance payment is requested.

Thursday, August 8, 5pm – 7pm
Exhibition Reception

See the newest exhibition at the RJD which focuses on the lives of the three Jones sisters, Sarah, Amelia and Emma. This event is free as part of AHA night.

 

August 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 7:30pm
August 25, 2pm – Sensory-friendly Matinee
Shakespeare in NB Presents: Twelfth Night
In Partnership with Reverie Theatre Group
Celebrating its fifth year of bringing the Bard’s most poignant plays to audiences of all ages and walks of life at the RJD, Reverie presents a powerful and fresh take on Shakespeare’s timeless tale. Audiences will experience the iconic love triangle between Viola, Duke Orsino, and Olivia set during the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance, a cultural and intellectual revival of African American art, politics, scholarship and  music. Illyria will take the form of a thriving jazz club, as Jamie Roballo directs this classic story of love, loss, deception, and identity. Donations of any amount are accepted in lieu of a fee.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Acushnet, Dartmouth, Mattapoisett, and New Bedford Cultural Councils, local agencies, which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. It is also supported in part by the Wicked Cool Places grant funded by the City of New Bedford, through American Rescue Plan awards, and its Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, and is facilitated by New Bedford Creative at the NBEDC.

Sunday, August 18, 12pm – 3pm
Open House at the Mansions
In partnership with the James Arnold Mansion
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, and lawn games. At the James and Sarah Arnold Mansion visitors will tour the house and grounds, learn about our historic trees and our plans for future enhancements of the Grounds, and enjoy fruit punch and cookies. Free.

Wednesday, August 21, Noon – 12:30pm
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
Meet in the 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! Family Storytime will run third Wednesdays of every month, through December. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.


September

Saturdays at 8am, September 7 through 28
Yoga in the Garden
With New Bedford YMCA Instructors
Enjoy a mindful morning stretch in the garden throughout the summer. Yoga can help increase flexibility, strength, stability, calmness, and focus. Bring a mat and water. YMCA Southcoast Members: Free / Other Participants:  $10. Advance payment is requested.

Thursday, September 12, 5pm – 7:30pm
Five Pillars of Hip Hop
Hosted by 3rd EyE Unlimited & New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
This last of five monthly events exploring the Pillars of Hip Hop will focus on Knowledge. The evening features live performances by creative collective, NBPAC , Xtreme Hip Hop Step, and Sleepless In New England, as well as live graffiti painting by New Bedford muralist Eden Soares, giveaways, and more! As always, this Pillars event is family friendly and free as part of AHA Night. 

Wednesday, September 18, Noon – 12:30pm
Family Storytime
In Partnership with the New Bedford Free Public Library
See July listing for details. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

Thursday, September 19, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Annual Meeting 
Join the museum’s staff, board, Corporators and fellow members for a look back at the past year of museum activities. RJD Research Fellow, Beatrice Alder, will share stories discovered about the domestic staff at 396 County Street. Free admission.

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