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Holiday Stroll

Beginning Friday, Dec. 1 – I wrote about the downtown New Bedford Holiday Shop & Stroll in an earlier post this week, but this huge, festive event deserves another shout-out. The schedule over two days (find it here) is filled with the type of eclectic events you’d expect from AHA! New Bedford – because they put it together! It also marks the official debut of Groundwork! as an AHA! partner; our Small Works show will be open tonight, Friday, Dec. 1 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. – begin or end your evening here! On Saturday, Dec. 2, run all over the downtown and put some jingle into your mingle.

A (Portuguese) Holiday Gathering

FRIDAY, DEC. 1 – The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture/ Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth along with the Department of Portuguese, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives, Azores Airlines and the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford cordially invites you their Holiday Gathering tonight from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The free event is being catered by Inner Bay Café and Grille and a raffle offers the opportunity to win round-trip airfare to Portugal courtesy of Azores Airlines. Tagus Press has been well-represented at Groundwork!’s bookfests with some great titles; they’ll be here again on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 with their “Children’s History of Portugal.” Tonight, you can get a sneak peek during the Gathering, held at Portuguese Consulate, Camões Room, 628 Pleasant Street, 2nd floor.

Free Booze!

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 – Douglas Wine & Spirits in the Fieldstone Plaza at 550 Kings Highway invites you to join them for their “Grand Holiday Tasting” of wine, beer and spirits and refreshments today from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Yeah – this will get you into the holiday mood! But remembers to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the St. Mary’s Church of New Bedford and St. Vincent de Paul Society food drive. When you give, you receive.

It’s a Wonderful Life

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 – Who doesn’t like “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Bet your bottom Bailey dollar you’ll like it even more on the big screen – where it will be tonight at the Zeiterion Theatre. For free, no less – no reservations required. It screens at 7:00 p.m. – you can hit the downtown Christmas tree lighting after the Holiday Shop & Stroll at 5:00 p.m. then head into the warm and fuzzy indoors.

 Acoustic on the Ave

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 – Cotali Mar resturant at 1178 Acushnet Avenue is but one of the thriving eating establishments defining this faded commercial corridor’s future as a prime dining destination. Tonight, they add some music to their usual menu of fine Portuguese dining. Acoustic guitarist and songwriter, David Alves performs in the lounge from 8:00-11:00 p.m. The jazz standards, covers and original tunes come free with your dinner. Get a taste with the video below:

Clasky Common Holiday Lighting

SUNDAY, DEC. 3 – I also covered this in a previous blog post – but it’s too good not to share again. The beloved holiday light display at Clasky Common Park gets lit today at 5:00 p.m. – and there’s a new addition to the bright lights: Destination Soups launches their free, Cocoa at the Common concession today, too! Read the full story here.

Judith Klein turns Nine

SUNDAY, DEC. 3 – A beautiful spot in Kilburn Mills Studios, Judith Klein Gallery (tucked away in the back of the former mill at 127 W. Rodney French Blvd.) celebrates its ninth anniversary with what it does best – and Opening Reception for a new exhibit. In all, 14 artists will have work for sale in the show – and they all invite you to come check it out today from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Steven Froias