Calendar

Programs & Events

December

Saturday, December 3, 9am – 2pm
Holiday Greens Market
The Garden Club of Buzzards Bay will hold a holiday greens market at the RJD. Wreaths, holiday decorations, and cuttings will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public.

 

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.

 


 

January
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 18, noon
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.

Thursdays, 11am – 12:15pm, January 19 to February 9
Yoga and Breathwork for Seniors
With Juliet Loranger, School of Yoga New Bedford 
This series is curated for folks that are in a later stage of life and are curious about how yoga can contribute to the vitality of daily movement. Each class includes a discussion on joint care and breathing; adaptive methods for standing, seated, and supine yoga poses; and overall conversation about movement and stillness in relation to yoga and aging.

Juliet is an expert in the field of yoga and is able to share a broad band of information that is based on evidence and progresses being made through research. She has adapted the well-loved yoga practice to be educational so students can garnish a practice for themselves that feels doable and valuable. This class is open to both those new to yoga and those who have familiarity with yoga. Fee:  $95 (four-week series.) Registration required.


February

Thursday, February 9, 4:30pm – 6pm
Behind-The-Scenes: The Laundry Room & Summer Kitchen
Get a glimpse of museum areas and objects not normally on view. The lower level of the Museum used to function as the laundry area and summer kitchen. See the spaces as they are now, as well as historic photos of both areas during the Duff era. Warm up with some tea while visiting. Admission is free as a part of AHA night.

Sunday, February 12, 1pm
Valentines Concert
Austin Burns and Michelle Gordon
Michelle Gordon and Austin Burns return to the RJD parlors with a concert of love songs. Gordon is a talented pianist, teacher, and music minister for The Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Burns is a vocalist who plays a variety of instruments. He is also a teacher and music minister for Pilgrim United Church of Christ in New Bedford. Fee: $10 Members / $15 Public. General seating; advance registration recommended. Reserve a sweetheart table! $50 flat fee for two: includes flowers and chocolates. Limited availability.

Wednesday, February 15, noon
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, February, 15, 5:30pm
Finding the Spark to Light the Fire
Virtual Lecture with Katina Fontes
Currently, many historic sites are digging deeper into their archives to tell more diverse and inclusive stories. At the same time, visitors and donors with deep connections to the dominant narratives of these sites wonder, “Why are you ‘canceling’ the history that I love?” They also question the value of history from different perspectives and experiences. During this program, Katina Fontes will discuss the benefits of expanding stories at historic sites and share some of her program design experiences at The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. Suggested donation (in lieu of fee): $10. Click HERE to register for this virtual event.


March

Thursday, March 9, 4:30pm – 6pm
Behind the Scenes: The Attic and Cupola
Get a glimpse of museum areas and objects not normally on view. The third floor housed domestic staff during the Jones residency, and the cupola was added at the same time for its vantage point over the harbor.  Warm up with some tea while visiting. Admission is free as a part of AHA night.

Wednesday, March 15, noon
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, March 15, 5:30
Dr. Marie Equi’s New Bedford 1872-1892
Hybrid Talk by Aneshia Savino
Before Dr. Marie Equi became known for her labor and anti-war activism, and a life spent with and loving women, she grew up in New Bedford. This talk explores the city during a time when whaling fleets were shrinking and textile mills were on the rise. It will also reveal the radical roots of Equi’s fighting spirit. Suggested donation in lieu of a fee: $10.

Aneshia (she/her) is a New Bedford High School graduate who earned her B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She curates and installs the Marie Equi Zine Library, is a Community Board Member of the Queer Arts Council of New Bedford, and works out of a restored textile mill in New Bedford, where she and her partner live with their cat. 

This talk will be held in person at the Museum, and also by Zoom. Click HERE to register for the Virtual Talk.

Saturday, March 18, 1pm – 4pm
Open House at the Mansion
Drop by the estate at 396 County Street for brief guided tours of the mansion and refreshments. Enter a drawing to win a Museum membership and take home a goody-bag! 

Free admission.

 


April

Thursday, April 13, 4:30pm – 6pm
Behind the Scenes: Under Where?
Get a glimpse of museum areas and objects not normally on view.  Manager of Collections and Interpretation, Lauren Prescott, shows undergarments from the collection and how they would have been layered. Enjoy refreshments while visiting. Admission is free as a part of AHA night.

Sunday, April 16, 1pm
Chamber Music in the Parlors
With New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Musicians
The double parlors of the RJD Mansion were used for musical performances by both Jones and Duff families. Enjoy an afternoon of music in the parlors with an NBSO woodwind quintet. Fee: $10 Members / $15 Public.  Advance registration recommended.

Wednesday, April 19, noon
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, April 20, 5:30pm
Surveying the Furniture of Jules Allard
Virtual Talk with Kedra Kearis and Ben Bowery
The Preservation Society of Newport County holds the largest collection of works by designer Jules Allard, whose businesses in Paris and New York catered to a clientele of wealthy, socially ambitious Americans. Hear from two resident Fellows, Kedra Kearis and Ben Bowery, who have been conducting an extensive survey of Allard furniture designs for Newport Gilded Age mansions like The Breakers and Marble House. Suggested donation in lieu of a fee: $10Click HERE to register for this Virtual Talk.


May

Thursday, May 11, 4:30pm – 6pm
Behind the Scenes: Oddities from the Attic
Get a glimpse of museum areas and objects not normally on view. Manager of Collections and Interpretation, Lauren Prescott, pulls a few oddities from collections storage and explains how objects end up at museums. Prepare to be surprised!  Enjoy refreshments while visiting. Admission is free as a part of AHA night.

Saturday, May 13, 1pm
Mother’s Day Tea
Enjoy a Spring outing in the historic garden of the Museum. Parties of two to eight people are welcome for seating under the tent. Your ticket fee includes tea, tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and admission to the Museum House. Spring hats and dress encouraged! Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by May 5. Reserve your seats on line, or call the Museum.  48 hours notice is required to receive a refund for canceled reservations.

Tuesday, May 16th, 7pm
Concert in the Garden
With New Bedford High School Jazz Band, String Orchestra and Steel Band
This concert features student musicians from New Bedford High School performing various pieces of jazz, classical, and contemporary repertoire from the last 200 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 String Orchestra is an after-school ensemble grades 9-12 under the direction of Loredana Mello. 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. Free admission; general seating on the lawn and patio.

Wednesday, May 17, noon
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 June. Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.


June

Thursday, June 8, 5:30pm
Rose Garden Tour
Rick Finneran, RJD’s Lead Gardener gives a 45-minute tour in the garden, addressing rose propagation, and the history of the neighborhood. He’ll also share his tips for drying roses. This event is free as part of AHA night.

 

Save Our Date! June 9
The Annual Garden Party of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House
Our annual party in the garden includes seasonal hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and great décor as well as fun and creative ways to support the Museum.

Details coming by May 1.

Saturday, June 17, 11am – 4pm
BuyBlackNB Pop-Up Vendor Market
Join BuyBlackNB on Juneteenth weekend in the gardens of the RJD. Shop a curated selection of local Black-owned businesses while enjoying music, giveaways, networking, and community building. Free.

Wednesday, June 21, noon
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! Open to all ages with accompanying adult. Free.

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