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WHALE Event Calendar 2018

We hope you join us this year for an event!

Stay tuned for updates.

Wine Soiree

Thursday, September 27th 2018; 5:30- 8:30 PM

Co-Creative Center, 137 Union Street, New Bedford

RSVP to 508-997-1776 or

Following in the footsteps of our popular Wine Festival, the 2018 edition features an open bar of selected fine wine, craft beer, and cocktails in WHALE’s newly opened Co-Creative Center. The Wine Soiree will take place on Thursday, September 27th. Want to see how the project was envisioned and restored, or to talk about the exciting things happening now that the CO+ is open? Come and speak with Architect Kathryn Duff, studio2sustain, and CO+ Manager Dena Haden.

Tickets are limited; buy yours today! Tickets are $75 per. To purchase tickets, please  click the “Buy Now” button below.

Tickets Include:

  • Open bar, wine, beer, & cocktails.
  • Culinary specialties by the region’s finest restaurants & caterers
  • Live Jazz with Lori Gomes
  • Silent Auction

All proceeds will go to benefit our neighborhood restoration program. All donations to WHALE are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


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.

To learn more, click here.


 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 Kathryn 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.

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