WHALE Event Calendar 2016

We hope you join us this year for an event!

Stay tuned for updates.

Saturday, May 21
Downtown Historic District
HQ: WayPoint Event Center
“Building Neighborhoods, Preserving Our History”: Local Historic Preservation Conference 2016 For Preservation Month, the New Bedford Historical Society and Waterfront Historic Area League have initiated a partnership for a local preservation conference. The day will include tours, panels and feature New Bedford projects as a case study of community revitalization. Topics and tours will prompt discussions that apply to all New Bedford neighborhoods. Admission is open to the public, with registration. We will welcome Brent Leggs from the National Trust for Historic Preservation as our keynote speaker.


Wednesday, May 25
WayPoint Event Center
WHALE’s 54th Annual Meeting Come review WHALE’s current projects, now leveraging over $9 million into New Bedford’s neighborhoods. This year, we welcome Joe Thomas, Co-Founder and Publisher of Spinner Publications. Since 1981, the publishing house has recorded and sold books about New Bedford’s history and culture. Their work has featured many WHALE initiatives including their most recent release, the second volume of “A Picture History of New Bedford”.


Thursday, May 26
New Bedford Whaling Museum
NBWM “Second Half” Lecture Series: Preserving New Bedford’s Story Explore the topics of revitalization and historic preservation in New Bedford from the perspective of the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE). Gain an understanding of the impacts of urban renewal, the evolution of downtown through history, the development of the creative economy, and WHALE’s current restoration initiatives.


Thursday, June 9 WHALE @ AHA! For Placemaking Now & Then we’ll host “Look Up and Whaddaya See?” Talk with Professor Meego, Pupperetis. From 6:00-7:00pm at Custom House Square Park stop by for a quick children’s chat on placemaking with Meego the puppet. We’ll talk about what makes a “place” and the cool nooks and crannies all around you.


Friday, June 17
Co-Creative Center, 139 Union St.
Urban Soiree Trade in green pastures for cobblestones and a peek into of the developing Co-Creative Center. This year, our spring fundraiser will highlight the vacant historic space, now to be transformed into 10,000 square-foot artist center that will foster New Bedford’s creative economy development.  All proceeds will benefit the project’s construction.


Thursday, July 14 WHALE @ AHA! Our annual scavenger hunt is back for Kid’s Rule! Night.


Thursday, August 11 WHALE @ AHA! #FindYourPark! The Corson Building, now the NB Whaling National Historical Park, was once a WHALE project. They will be celebrating its 20th birthday as a national park. 


Friday, September 16
Allen C. Public Gardens
WHALE 26th Annual Wine Festival & Silent Auction Now known as one of the largest wine festivals in Massachusetts, the benefit opens at the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens. The festival will offer world-class wine, beer and food with specialties from the region’s finest restaurants and caterers. Last year, we welcomed twenty vendors and offered 100 wines to try, including a beer selection.Tastings are presented by Crush Fine Wines. The silent auction with over 75 items will accept bids for antiques, collectibles, artwork and unique gifts. Proceeds will benefit our mission to save New Bedford’s history and architectural heritage.


Thursday, October 13 WHALE @ AHA! For Walkabouts night, be prepared for a tour.


Thursday, November 10 WHALE @ AHA! Build a Historic House with WHALE.  Choose a style from the our “Towers, Turrets, & Tenements” coloring book. For “Made in NB” children will get to choose and put together a particular architectural style seen in and around New Bedford and decorate their house while learning about their city’s cultural heritage.


Thursday, December 8 WHALE @ AHA! With the theme of City Sidewalks, we’re going to take a closer look at cobblestones.