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WHALE Event Calendar 2020

We hope you join us this year for an event!

Stay tuned for updates.

Historic Hooplah w/ WHALE

Thursday, May 7, June 18 & July 23 6:00-7:30

Join WHALE for Historic Hooplah – Cultivating Colors at Cultivator Shoals! Come for a fun and casual social hour to learn about important tips and services available to help guide you in your color choices.

We have an awesome group of guest speakers including Sherwin-Williams, Anne Louro the Preservation Planner for the City of New Bedford, Jan da Silva the Cultural Resource Specialist for the National Park Service, and Nuno Souza from Next Level Painting & Home Improvements.

Our Historic Hooplah event series line up includes:

“Knobs & Knockers” Historic Hardware 

305-307 Pleasant Street Restoration Soiree

Thursday, June 25 6:30-9:30

WHALE is excited to continue celebrating success in the South Central neighborhood at 305-307 Pleasant Street. All proceeds benefit our Neighborhood Restoration Program for WHALE to continue its work throughout New Bedford. Join the movement that is transforming our beautiful city and become a Soiree Host: 2020 Soiree Host Form


WHALE Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 14 5:30-7:30 at Cotali Mar Restaurante

Come celebrate another successful year for WHALE with new projects, staff, and board members at our annual meeting. Join us to honor the individuals and organizations who have excelled in their historic preservation efforts.

Enjoy a delicious selection of food provided by Cotali Mar Restaurante, as well as cash bar.

We look forward to having you join us for the evening!


Steeple Playhouse Fundraiser

Friday, May 29 6:30-9:30

WHALE and Your Theatre are excited to celebrate the restoration work completed so far and the work that is still left to be done at our 2020 Steeple Playhouse Fundraiser.

WHALE and Your Theatre are in the final phase of restoration for the First Baptist Church, but we need your help to complete the project and full-fill the community need of a performance venue in downtown. Join us in in restoring the largest preservation project in New Bedford.

Enjoy a night to remember filled with great friends, fun music and delicious food. Stay tuned for updates!


Roaring 20’s Beaux Arts Ball

Thursday, September 3 6:30-9:30

Have you ever wanted to see the view from the Zeiterion stage? Join us for our Roaring 20’s Beaux Arts Ball to enjoy a night on the stage!

WHALE is excited to announce our position as development advisor for the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and celebrate the project with a night to remember on Thursday, September 3 6:30 – 9:30.

Tickets include open bar, food, and live music. Stay tuned for updates!

Join our Soiree Host Program to receive tickets to the Beaux Arts Ball: 2020 Soiree Host Form

Events we’ve enjoyed

Masquerade Beaux Arts Ball- Celebrating the successful restoration of the beautiful and historic 148 Hawthorn Street with a festive and fun masquerade ball.

Legacy Dinner- Elegant sit-down cocktail hour and dinner to honor WHALE’s contributors over the years and raise funds for its future.

Annual Meeting- A night where guests can learn about WHALE’s previous and current projects as well as distinguished, nominated individuals and organizations who are awarded our preservation awards.

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.

Open House- On select nights, prior to the open of the lottery process, WHALE has invited community members to view the completed, renovated homes that are part of our first-time homebuyer program.

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