Join us for the annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. An experience you don’t want to miss, you’ll relive the famous, action-packed narrative and be transported back in time on the search for the elusive white whale.
In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum hosts two mini-marathons on January 4: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts.
The 2020 Moby-Dick Marathon is dedicated to the late David Blanchette, a talented artist, illustrator, author, and long-time volunteer at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
The Marathon reading itself starts on Saturday, 1/4/20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Bourne Building of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740; 508-997-0046. The reading ends at approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday, 1/5. The marathon is FREE.
For more information, visit https://www.whalingmuseum.org/ programs/24th-annual-moby-dick-marathon/#schedule
Schedule of Events
Friday, January 3
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Moby-Dick Marathon Opening Night Kick off this year’s Moby-Dick Marathon by enjoying a meal well-suited for hungry sailors and a lively presentation by Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Melville Scholar, titled Herman Melville: Sailor, Writer, Metaphysician, followed by a Q&A.
TICKETED EVENT: Limited seating available. Must purchase tickets by December 30. Purchase Tickets Online or call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100. Members $45/Non-Members: $55/ Volunteers: $30
Saturday, January 4
From 9:30 a.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday* All Saturday and Sunday events are free and open to the public. Guests may come and go as needed through the Museum’s main entrance.
9:30 a.m. Stump the Scholars Bring your most challenging Melville-related questions and try to stump Melville scholars. Cook Memorial Theater (Lower Level)
10 a.m.: Children’s Mini-Marathon Harbor View Gallery (Upper Level)
11:30 a.m.: Extracts Read by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. Bourne Building (Main Level)
12 noon: The Main Attraction Bourne Building (Main Level)
1:30 p.m.: Father Mapple’s Sermon Seamen’s Bethel (Reserved seating at Bethel and livestream in Cook Memorial Theater)
2:15 p.m.: Main Marathon Continues Harbor View Gallery (Upper Level)
2:30 p.m.: Chat with Melville Scholars Wattles Family Gallery (Lower Level)
3 pm Portuguese Marathon Bourne Building (Main Level)
5–9 p.m.: Cousin Hosea’s Chowder Hall and the Decanter Taproom Recharge and warm up with New Bedford’s best soups and brews. Jacobs Family Gallery (Lower Level)
7 p.m.: Midnight on the Forecastle (chapter 40) Performed by Culture*Park. Cook Memorial Theater (Lower Level)
Sunday, January 5
8 a.m.: The 20th-Hour Treat Get fueled up for the home stretch. Classroom (Main Level)
9:30 a.m.: Chat with Melville scholars Wattles Family Gallery (Lower Level)
1 pm: The Last Chapter The final words are read and prizes are given out to the hearty souls who stayed for the entire marathon. Harbor View Gallery (Upper Level)
*Times are approximate and are dependent on the reading pace of the Marathon.
Access live streaming of the Marathon at (https://www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/24th-annual-moby-dick-marathon/moby-dick-marathon-youtube-livestream-2020/)
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