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Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, see fishermen's contests, and watch a cooking demonstrations. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.
Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Festival held rain or shine!
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival are teaming up to offer 2 one-week summer camp programs for New Bedford children ages 9-10 (entering grades 4 & 5 in the fall of 2013).
Designed to give kids an introduction to the history and culture of the working port from whaling days to the present, camp activities will include: hands-on marine science, arts and crafts, daily fieldtrips, chantey singing and more. The free camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the weeks of August 5th and August 12th will be based out of the National Park's Corson Maritime Learning Center (located adjacent to the Visitor Center on William Street).
Interested families must complete and submit an application form by June 24th. Campers will be selected through a lottery process and notified by July 1st.
Films about the working waterfront are presented on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.
The next programs in the series are:
No Pretty Prayer explores the gritty character of an old seaside neighborhood in the oldest seaport in America. Known locally as the Fort, the enclave has long served as the working heart of Gloucester, Massachusetts' marine industrial economy and as home to the city's Sicilian community. The film examines how this mix of industry and culture has fused the character of this place and its people over the past one hundred years. With the threat of neighborhood gentrification as a haunting backdrop, the film invites viewers to contemplate what it means to sustain cherished roots to a humble place that the broader world threatens to erase and forget in time.
Film maker, Sal Zerilli, and long time Gloucester resident, Jimmy Tarantino, will lead a discussion following the screening.
VOICES FROM THE PORT is a series of short audio pieces based on oral histories collected as part of the Working Waterfront Documentation Project. The programs are designed to provide a window into the history and culture of the working port, and encourage listeners to visit New Bedford, America's #1 Port to learn more. The project was made possible with funding from Mass Humanities.