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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!
Plan your festival weekend! The 56 page guide contains a complete schedule of events, map, menu, list of exhibitors, bios of participating authors and performers as well as several articles related to our 2014 theme, a special feature of fishing family photographs, and quotes from our oral history archive.
This year we were fortunate to receive funding from Mass Humanities to support the work of a Scholar in Residence, Diana Lempel, to listen to our Narrative Stage audio recordings and help us use them to understand family and community identity in the commercial fishing industry. She shares some of her discoveries in this on line exhibit.
Films about the working waterfront are screened 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.
Partial funding for Dock-u-mentaries is provided by the
Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - Henry H. Crapo Foundation Fund
Black Captains of the Chesapeake explores the lives and work of a group of African American head boat captains sailing out of Kent Narrows, Maryland who for over 50 years have been carrying out fishing parties on the Chesapeake Bay. We learn of their early days as watermen harvesting the bay of its once plentiful bounty of crabs, oysters and clams, and why they now rely on the fishing trade alone. These captains discuss the dangers on the bay, their total commitment to their work, and the fast failing future they fear for the bay.
Produced and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker and Howard University Associate Professor, Steven Torriano Berry. Mr. Berry will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.
Mr. Berry will also be leading a FREE film making workshop for middle school students called Video Basics: Telling A Visual Story on Friday, February 20th from 2-4 PM at the Corson Maritime Learning Center. Click here for more details.
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.