WHALE Event Calendar 2018

We hope you join us this year for an event!

Stay tuned for updates.

Wine SoireeCo-Creative Center

Friday, September 14th 2018

Co-Creative Center, 137 Union Street, New Bedford

Following in the footsteps of our popular Wine Festival, the 2018 edition will be held in our newly opened CO-Creative Center and feature a selection of wines. Featuring Architect Katherine Duff, studio2sustain, and CO+ Manager Dena Haden.

Legacy Dinner

Thursday, October 18th 2018

Waypoint Event Center, 185 MacArthur Dr, New Bedford

WHALE has been saving and restoring historic buildings in New Bedford for almost 60 years. The Legacy Dinner is intended to honor the pioneers who helped to form WHALE in 1962, establishing New Bedford’s history and culture as a vital part of the city’s landscape.

 148 Hawthorn 148 HawthornStreet Soiree

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

148 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford

Leander Plummer was a New Bedford native and one of the founders of the New Bedford Cordage Company.His son, Leander A. Plummer II, was a locally well-known artist who made elaborate, wood-carved “relief paintings” inspired by the fish and wildlife of New Bedford. Featuring Architect Katherine Duff, studio2sustain.

Holiday Soiree, First Baptist ChurchFirst Baptist Church

Thursday, December 6th,  2018

First Baptist Church, 149 William Street, New Bedford

The First Baptist Church is now considered the most important building in the city that is in danger of being lost. WHALE has led a team effort to re-purpose the church as a collaborate performing venue while also retaining a home for the congregation. Featuring Architect Tom Peterman, Peterman Architects.


WHALE has hosted fun and educational activities for AHA! to celebrate the history and architecture of New Bedford. Please join us during the following AHA! nights (check back; schedule may change, locations to be announced). All AHA! events are FREE!

Events we’ve enjoyed

Nostalgia Nights – View WHALE’s photo collection and listen to historic era music.

Architectural Bingo – Win prizes, learn and test your architectural lingo.

“Historic Paints and Finishes” – Lectures in honor of Historic Preservation Month.

Kid’s Rule Scavenger Hunt Search for historic architectural details on downtown New Bedford’s historic buildings. Discover which historic buildings WHALE has saved over the last 50 years. Win a prize!

Build a historic house from the WHALE’s “Towers, Turrets, & Tenements” book- Receive one of these great books illustrated by Arthur Moniz. Children get to choose and put together a particular architectural style seen in and around New Bedford and decorate Christmas style while learning about their city’s cultural heritage.

Site Visits of Current Projects- On select nights WHALE has opened up a restoration in progress for a “peak in” of its plans and development timeline. Current sites include the Co-Creative Center and First Baptist Church.