Groups join forces to present William Street Bow to Stern Festival
New Bedford, MA—On Saturday, September 28, 2019 the Downtown New Bedford neighborhood will be alive with music, history, arts, and culture at the first ever William Street Bow to Stern Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. spanning Upper and Lower William Street from Eighth Street to the Waterfront.
The event represents a dynamic new collaboration between the Upper William Street Neighborhood Festival, DATMA, and the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Activities are free and family friendly.
Bow: Big Boats, Little Boats is presented by the Fishing Heritage Center in partnership with the Community Economic Development Center. Through exhibits, demonstrations, walking tours, dockside vessel tours, author readings, and performances, the event will showcase industry skills, fisheries science, and sustainable seafood. A display of model fishing boats will complement the Center’s fall exhibit F/V Innovation, which chronicles the history of vessels and gear and honors the contributions of local industry innovators. Other activities will take place in and around the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (38 Bethel Street), on Steamship Pier (walking and vessel tours), and City Pier 3 (harbor tours) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A concert of maritime music will take place at the Seamen’s Bethel, (15 Johnny Cake Hill) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. featuring the New Bedford Sea Chantey Chorus, Ana Vinagre Ensemble, and the Johnson Girls. Major sponsors for Big Boats, Little Boats include the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of New Bedford through a Wicked Cool Places Grant. For full details, visit: fishingheritagecenter.org/festival/.
To: Marking the close of the 8,000-square foot kinetic Skynet sculpture, Silver Current by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) will be the bridge between upper and lower Williams Street. Come see Silver Current at Custom House Square for an afternoon performance by musicians from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Relax on your picnic blanket or lawn chairs while wind instruments fill the air and DATMA volunteers provide silver pinwheels for the kids. Silver Current is part of a program series called, Summer Winds brought to us by the following supporters; Bay Coast Bank, Eegcowles Foundation, Art New England, SouthCoast Health, SouthCoast Media Group, Fiber Optic Center, Community Foundation of SE Mass, Bristol County Savings Bank, Amica Insurance, The Publics Radio, and the City of New Bedford. For more information about DATMA and Silver Current, visit: datma.org.
Stern: During the 4th Annual Upper Williams Street Festival, running from 11am to 5pm, the Upper William and Eighth Street neighborhood will be host to activities for children in the garden of the First Unitarian Universalist Church along with the First Baptist Church (future Steeple Playhouse), Gallery X and Tryworks hosting musical and theatrical performances throughout the day. Also at Gallery X there will be 2 Art exhibits, “The Symmetry of Art and Music” and the “Art of Barbara Leger”. Free vendor space for local artists, craft makers, nonprofits and food trucks along with street performers will round out this exciting annual event. All this would not be possible without the support of the Sponsors of the event NBLCC, United Way’s Community Building Mini-Grants Program, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, Webster Bank, Sid Wainer Produce, The Island Foundation & Fiber Optic Center along with several private donors. For more information on Gallery X, visit: galleryx.org.
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