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Tryworks weekend

FRIDAY, MAY 12 through SUNDAY, MAY 14 – It’s a weekend-long reunion, celebration and revival for the legendary Tryworks coffeehouse, which was New Bedford’s folk music epicenter for decades and marks its 50th anniversary this year. You can get all the background on Tryworks in this terrific Lauren Daley Spotlight article from Coastin’ in The Standard-Times. Then, check out the following events happening at the First Unitarian Church in NB at Union and County Streets: FRIDAY – 7:00pm – Open Hoot: come hear music and memories about Tryworks; SATURDAY – Social gathering begins at 4:00pm, POTLUCK dinner at 5, Open Hoot continues at 7; SUNDAY – Special service at 11:00am celebrates the 50th anniversary of Tryworks.

Up, up in the sky…

FRIDAY, MAY 12 – Overhead Arts, the aerial performing arts center founded by Teresa Kochis, holds their Spring adult showcase tonight from 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Adult students will present works-in-progress in this showcase. The $10 tickets benefit Overhead Arts’ 2017 Community Projects. Plus, it’s a party; stick around after for some showcasing and feel free to BYOB! Overhead Arts is located on the second floor of Hatch Street Studios, 88 Hatch Street in the north end off Acushnet Avenue.

Fish Scan

SATURDAY, MAY 13 – Clean out your closets, drawers and maybe raid grandma’s attic for photos and ephemera related to the fishing industry. Today, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center wants to scan it all for their archives – and your digital viewing pleasure. Here’s how it works: Bring your material to the center at 38 Bethel Street, NB from 10am-12noon and leave it with them. They’ll scan it, keep a copy for their use and then return your original material to you – and a thumb drive for you to keep with the scans. Scanning Day is free and open to the public – and the center reminds everyone that, “These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry.”

Mom’s Rule

SUNDAY, MAY 14 – It’s Mother’s Day – and we’re big fans of mothers here at Groundwork! Co-founders Sarah Athanas and Dena Haden have moms who rock, and your own faithful scribe’s parental unit would never be confused for Joan Crawford. We recommend showing mom a good time at any number of New Bedford brunch spots or eateries – or maybe a brew pub if the old gal is down with it.


BONUS PICK: WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 – Groundwork! member and By Any Means Visionary founder, Ben Gilbarg is launching a new initiative this coming week – which always means something good for the community at large. Tonight right here at Groundwork!, the public is invited to a presentation and reception for  #STEAMtheSTREETS from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Here’s the 411: STEAMtheSTREETS is a national awareness campaign using music, video and star power to inspire underrepresented youth to pursue STEM/STEAM career pathways. Ben writes, “Over 1.4 million tech. jobs will go unfilled in the year 2020 if we don’t build the proper career pipelines. Only 25% of schools offer high quality computer science programs. Without the education and exposure, many young people think that technology jobs are scary or out of touch or just not for them. On Wed. May 17, at New Bedford’s co-working space – Groundwork, Big Picture Anthems will be holding a presentation and reception for the dynamic outreach campaign #STEAMtheSTREETS. Hear more about the campaign and ways you can get involved. Interact with our live panel, and share in the Q & A and reception portions of the event. No Problemo and Mary’s Steamed Cheeseburgers will provide complimentary food. This event is FREE. To read our deck and watch our video, visit”

Steven Froias