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YOUR WEEKEND: One last taste of Summer and more…

Personal Space Opens

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – “PERSONAL SPACE,” portraits by artist Daniel Kornrumpf opens tonight in the Groundwork! Gallery with a free, open to the public reception from 6:00-8:00pm. Read more about the man, the work and the show in this previous blog post.

Working Waterfront returns

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – The wonderful WORKING WATERFRONT FESTIVAL returns to the city today! Taking place from 11:00am-6:00pm, the festival happens on Steamship Pier and at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. Psst…free parking at Elm Street Garage with free shuttle between the Center and Steamship Pier. Visit for all the details about performers, authors, cooking demos, activities and more.

Y.O.U. are invited

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – If you missed #NBx2: The New Bedford Neighborhood Bus tour on Sun. Sept. 17, then you missed checking out the brilliant Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) in the city’s South End on Brock Avenue. But fear not; they’re having an Open House and Celebration today from 2:00-5:00pm! Address is 224 Brock  – the nifty Victory Park Warming House by the pond.

Fish Fry for a cause

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – The PIlgrim United Church (635 Purchase Street) holds a FISH FRY supper tonight from 6:00-8:30pm – and here’s why: Help bring HOPE to the Homeless,” they write. “ Join us for a delicious fresh haddock and scallop dinner, thanks to the generosity of our New Bedford fishermen. All proceeds go to Mercy Meals and More, who operate New Bedfords only daily breakfast program for those in need. Your support helps us serve an average of 1800 hungry neighbors per month. Tickets are $10 each and are available the night of the dinner or by contacting Debra Basse at 508-287-7128.”

Tuneful trio at Groundwork!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – The multi-faceted Shelley Cardoos steps away from E for All and come out from behind the counter at Hippo to step in front of the mic tonight. She’ll be performing original songs during a performance at Groundwork! (1213 Purchase Street/enter through Maxfield Street entrance) along with NXNS and another multi-faceted person, Carl Simmons. Shelley tells us that some of the tunes she’ll be singing were written over a decade ago – so this is kind of like a career retrospective concert! Showtime is 8:00pm; cover is $5.

Reggae on West Beach

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – While it’s sad to see summer ‘17 pass into the history books, you’ve got one last chance to get your groove going by Clarks Cove with REGGAE ON WEST BEACH. The last edition of the popular summer phenomenon happens on what is forecast to be a summer-like afternoon. The tunes start to spin at 2:30 pm this time around to accommodate the earlier sunset and close the series at 6:30pm. Look for all the action on the beach pavilion across from Hazelwood Park on W. Rodney French Boulevard – including some terrific food trucks.


Mark your calendar NOW for two big events coming to GROUNDWORK!

First up is Oktoberfest at Groundwork! – an Open House day on Wednesday, October 25 featuring Free coworking; Workshops; Networking; Chair massages; Mindfulness session; Office yoga; Seasonal beer & cider; Ping pong, Games & music and Membership promotions and deals. Groundwork! is New Bedford’s only coworking space. It offers flexible work stations, meeting rooms, events, community and more to entrepreneurs, start-ups, independent contractors, freelancers, small businesses and others. Come find out all about it from 10:00am until 6:00pm at this free, all day event on Wednesday, October 25.

That weekend, on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, Groundwork! Hosts the Children’s New Bedford Book Festival featuring some of the best regional authors and illustrators around. The free and open to the public bookfest happens from noon-4:00pm each day. Follow for details.

Steven Froias