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YOUR WEEKEND: Make it legendary

Rotch Duff Yoga

FRIDAY, JULY 14 – It’s a busy Friday – so stretching yourself to accommodate everything on your schedule may require…some stretching. As in YOGA in the GARDEN, happening from 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Rotch Duff Jones House, 396 County Street, NB. Find out more here.

Maps & Legends = ART

FRIDAY, JULY 14 – It’s a big night for art in New Bedford. Groundwork! member – and your blogger – Steven Froias (me!) is debuting “Maps & Legends Two: If by sea…” at Haskell Public Gardens, 787 Shawmut Avenue, NB from 5:00-800pm. It’s the second edition of what’s becoming an annual tradition at the park. This time around, the focus is on two artists of distinction: Sculptor Kelly Zelen and Cartographer/Printmaker Zachary M. White. Their work will fill three historic greenhouses on this Trustees property. For the opening, New Bedford residents have been invited to share their very own New Bedford Legends during a storytelling hour moderated by Shelley Cardoos beginning at 6:00pm. Come hear and see under the open skies at this free opening event. And, if you have a story to share, come prepared to speak! (NOTE: Given this crazy New England weather, should it rain events associated with the opening will simply move to Thurs. Aug. 17 – the date AHA! New Bedford, The Trustees and the Community Foundation hold a community picnic fun-raiser at the park from 6:00-8:00pm. Details at

Meanwhile, two miles across town, the newly-opened S & G Project Gallery at 88 Hatch Street – the Hatch Street Studios building – holds an opening reception for “Fluctuations in the Electric Fluid,” New Developments in the Electrostatic Series by Kim Gatesman, also from 5:00-8:00pm. “Gatesman’s current body of work explores the fundamental forces of electricity and magnetism,” S & G writes. “Through experimentation and the use of both traditional and digital printmaking techniques, she makes these unseen physical forces visible and discovers a vocabulary of marks that are produced when these forces are manipulated.” The gallery is located in Rm 306a.

Food Trucks Galore

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – The inaugural New Bedford Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival happens today down at scenic Fort Taber from noon-5:00pm. It features “some of New England’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, and dozens of regional and national craft breweries,” according to PR material. Look for an artisan market and expect lawn games, too. This is a ticketed event and the cost varies according to whether you want food or food and beer. More info here.

Downtown Cieli

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – The First Unitarian Church hosts another of their groovy Downtown Cielis tonight from 7:00-10:00pm  – this time in the church garden located at the corner of Union and County Streets. “Play us some songs (originals or covers, traditional or not!), sing us something, read a poem, tell a story, pretty much anything goes! Don’t feel like being the center of attention? Just come and hang out and listen!” they write. Yeah – that’s the vibe.

New Bedford’s Gay Cheers!

SATURDAY, JULY 15 – Le Place has been a fixture serving New Bedford’s LGBTQ community for 35 years – and tonight they celebrate that anniversary with a party that begins at 4:00pm and last until the wee hours. Located at 20 Kenyon Street, Le Place has been a community gathering point and place of entertainment in the city and is currently the longest-operating ‘gay bar’ on the SouthCoast. In fact, it’s New Bedford’s gay Cheers! – and here’s to another 35 years in the city!

Steven Froias