More than a dozen South Coast authors will sign and sell their books at the second annual Millicent’s Book Fair, Saturday, 12/9, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. in the Millicent Library auditorium, Center and Walnut Streets, Fairhaven. Eight authors will read from their works from 12 to 2.
The readings will kick off with Maureen Boyle reading from Shallow Graves, about the New Bedford highway murders, followed by Beth Luey, reading from House Stories, nonfiction short stories about the people who lived in historic Fairhaven houses. They will be followed by J. A. Hijiya A Piece of Valiant Dust: An Essay in Living; George Holt and Elizabeth Palm, Run Away to Glory; Sheri Breault Kreitner, Secrets of Syn; James Marlow, Seeing Auras; Jaimy Mauricio, Beyond 2012: Watch Where You’re Going; and Red Cummings, Murder, Manslaughter, and Mayhem in the South Coast; Jacqué Stoddard, The Eagle’s Claw, Blinding Deception, and Vision: The Path to Danger.
Other participating authors include Cheryl Aguiar, Great Horned Owlets Rescue; Steve Berg, A Christian in Loved; Gioia Dimock, Whaling in Massachusetts; Richard Cutler, Course Correction; Robert Demanche, The Last of the Fairhaven Coasters; Michael Dyer, Original Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt.
Email friendsofmillicentlibrary@ gmail.com for more information
Old Time Holiday
Fairhaven’s 22nd Old Time Holiday will include a variety of events, with the highlight being a group of holiday fairs and the Town Hall Shops on Saturday, 12/9. (See ad on back cover.)
First organized by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism in 1998, the Old-Time Holiday is a cooperative effort between many of the town’s non profit groups.
The majority of the events take place on Saturday, when fairs and marketplaces and other activities are held in the Town Hall, the First Congregational Church, the Unitarian Memorial Church, Our Lady’s Haven and The Millicent Library in the historical center of town. Visitors can shop for arts and crafts, gifts, food items, and enjoy holiday luncheons, musical entertainment and more.
On Sunday afternoon there will be a House Tour sponsored by the Fairhaven Historical Society and a Service of Lessons and Carols at the Unitarian Memorial Church.
For details on all events visit http://fairhaventours.com/fairhaven-old-time-holiday/ or call the Fairhaven Office of Tourism, 508-979-4085
Santa, lights & more in New Bedford
The City of New Bedford has many holiday events scheduled, including New Year’s celebration.
For complete details, visit http:// www.newbedford-ma.gov/ blog/news/new-bedford-celebrate-2017-holiday-season-many-festive-community-events/
A New England Nutcracker, New Bedford Ballet: NBB Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase Street through December 10. Tickets: $12 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and children. For detials, visit www. newbedfordballet.org.
Children’s New Bedford Bookfest: Sat. & Sun., 12/ 9 & 10, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Groundwork!, 1213 Purchase St. Features 20 authors and booksellers and 10 specially selected illustrators
Holiday House Tour: Sat., 12/9 9, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours begin at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street.An elegant pre-tour brunch at the Wamsutta Club will be served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with a holiday raffle and silent auction.
Reservations recommended but not required. Call the Wamsutta Club directly at 508-997-7431 to make your reservation.
Annual Santa Sightings 5K Fun Run and Walk!: Sat., 12/9, 12:30 p.m. (youth run) and 1 p.m. (Santa Run 5K) Starts at MacArthur Drive and Union Street Visit http://www. nbsantarun.com
A Christmas Carol: Sat., 12/9, 1 & 7 p.m. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street. Tickets: $19/ $27/ $37. Call 508-997-5664 x123
AHA! City Sidewalks: Thurs., 12/14, Downtown New Bedford. Photos with Santa, Caroling and Crafts, Santa’s Workshop, Story time and more. Visit http://www. ahanewbedford.org/ for complete list of the many events in Downtown New Bedford.
Breakfast with Santa & Friends: Sat. & Sun., 12/16 & 17, Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn Street. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, share your wish list with Santa and meet some of the Zoo’s favorite resident animals. Free train and carousel rides, weather permitting, are included. Space is limited, so reserve your spot. Zoo Members: $20 per person. Non-members: $25 per person, includes Zoo admission. Children under 1 are free. Visit www.bpzoo.org .
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s Family Holiday Pops Concert: Sat., 12/16, at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street. Tickets: $20 / $28 / $35 / $43. Students 22 & under: $10 are available at Box Office. Visit www.zeiterion.org Come celebrate the holiday season with the NBSO in this fun, festive concert! The Family Holiday Pops Concerts feature all the holiday music you love, played by our great orchestra. With our family-friendly atmosphere and choice of performance times, this is the perfect family holiday outing. Make your holiday season sparkle with a special experience only the NBSO can provide.
Tree Lighting: Bullard Street Neighborhood Association, Sat., 12/17, at 6:30 p.m., Riverside Park on the corner of Belleville Avenue and Tallman Street
Custom House Square Shop Saturday: Sat, 12/17, Noon–5:00 p.m., Custom House Square (Intersection of William Street and Acushnet Avenue in the Historic Downtown) Downtown will be full of holiday spirit, with an array of festive activities in and around Custom House Square including: Free horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus on the big red sled, and much more. Visit www. destinationnewbedford.org/events
Candelight Service: Seamen’s Bethel Christmas Candlelight Service, featuring Sisters in Song, Sun., 12/17, at 4:00 p.m., Seamen’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill
City Celebrates! New Year’s Eve: Sun., 12/31, Downtown New Bedford Ring in the New Year with amazing street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters, and much more. City Celebrates! details, including the spectacular fireworks display from State Pier on New Bedford’s waterfront, will be announced later this month.
Free Holiday Parking
In an effort to encourage everyone to do their holiday shopping in New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell has announced that New Bedford will again offer a special Holiday Parking Program Through Monday, January 1, 2018, the City of New Bedford will offer FREE parking at your first metered space for up to two hours in both the Downtown and on Acushnet Avenue, or up to two hours FREE parking at the Elm Street Garage, and the Zeiterion Garage!
Questions regarding the Holiday Parking Program should be directed to the Traffic Commission Office at (508) 961-3153.
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