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Port Society News
New Bedford Port Society

News from the historic Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home in New Bedford, MA, USA

Celebrate the Season at the Seamen’s Bethel

Christmas Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 3:00 Pm

“Sisters in Song” led by Leslie Piper

Refreshments Immediately Following

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Celtic Concert

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:00 Pm

Robbie O’Connell & Aoife Clancy

Refreshments Immediately Following

Ticket available at Baker Books and Euro

$25.00 admission to benefit the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Fund

Special Tour of the Seamen’s Bethel and Historic District on AHA! May 10, 2012

Join preservation architect Joe Booth, from JMBA+Architects, on an Architect’s tour through the landmark Seamen’s Bethel, well-known as being oft-visited by Whalers and was made famous in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Joe Booth, a New Bedford Architect for over 30 years, has been working to restore the structure and maintain the history of this more than 175-year-old church. 5pm

Waterfront Historic Area League presents an Architectural Preservation Trolley Tour. Join WHALE  for a fun ride around historic New Bedford to see magnificent architecture and amazing preservation projects.  This one-hour tour leaves from the National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street) at 6pm. Seating is limited, first come first served.  Co-sponsored by WHALE and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.

2012 Guidelines for the Port Society’s Ladies Branch Scholarships

The Ladies’ Branch of the New Bedford Port Society

Educational Scholarship Application 

2012 Guidelines for Scholarships (Undergraduate Programs Only)

All requirements must be documented in order to be eligible for consideration.

  1. Show Financial Need.  (Include a summary of the size of your family residing at home, number currently enrolled in college, any significant financial circumstances.  Greatest consideration is based on financial need.)
  2. Provide a recent copy of Transcript of Grades
  3. Must be a resident of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester prior to attending undergraduate program.
  4. Meet one or more of the following criteria:
    1. Document family ties to the sea
    2. Acceptance letter from a Maritime Academy
    3. Major in Marine Science
  5. Submit a typed or neatly handwritten educational resume containing no less than 100 words describing your future intentions, areas of study and where you have been accepted.
  6. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 6, 2012 and must be mailed directly to:

 The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
Attn: Ladies Branch Scholarship Application
63 Union Street
New Bedford, MA  02740

♦  A change in the disbursement of scholarship money was implemented last year.  All monies will be disbursed to students in good standing with their second semester tuition payment. 

Applicants may reapply yearly meeting the above criteria to be eligible for consideration.

Any inquiries can be made directly to lbnbportsociety@yahoo.com

By-Laws state: The object of Our Corporation shall be to provide financial assistance for the education of needy and deserving students giving first consideration to families of descendants of seamen.  Our policy has been to consider only applications of students from the Greater New Bedford area.

Maritime Music in the Bethel with Tom Kastle and Jon Campbell on June 4, 2011

Please join us for a rare local appearance of maritime musicians Tom Kastle and Jon Campbell at the Seamen’s Bethel on June 4, 2011.

Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, tall ship sailor, and teller of tales based in the Great Lakes who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Pacific. He toured as half of Tom & Chris Kastle for two decades, producing a dozen recordings and a soundtrack for PBS (WTTW-TV Chicago). He has one foot in the singer/songwriter world where his original songs run from the romantic to the nautical. His ballad “Cold Winds” has been covered by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands. The other foot is firmly planted in the traditional maritime world where he is a shanty singer and US Coast Guard licensed captain. Last Winter, Tom had a speaking role in the Candid Concert Opera production of Die Fledermaus. When ashore, he lives in a 19th century log cottage on the shore of Lake Mendota just outside Madison, WI.

Jon Campbell’s music and poetry has mostly to do with contemporary issues along the coast of New England. At times humorous, at times poignant, his subjects include regional cuisine, the fisheries, tourists,waterfront antics and cranky Yankees. He has appeared annually at the Working Waterfront Festival, as well as the Astoria Fisher Poets Gathering.

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2011 New Bedford Port Society’s Ladies Branch Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The deadline for the the New Bedford Port Society’s Ladies Branch Undergraduate Scholarship Program is April 8, 2011. Each year a scholarship is awarded to a deserving undergraduate from the Greater New Bedford area.

From the Ladies Branch By-Laws:

The object of Our Corporation shall be to provide financial assistance for the education of needy and deserving students giving first consideration to families of descendants of seamen. Our policy has been to consider only applications of students from the Greater New Bedford area.

Downloadable Scholarship Guidelines and Application (PDF)

Any inquiries can be made directly to ladiesbranch@portsociety.org.

For more information about the Ladies Branch of the New Bedford Port Society, please visit the Ladies Branch webpage.

Baroque Concert to Raise Funds for Seamen’s Bethel Restoration

The Committee to Restore the Seamen’s Bethel will host the final program in its three-concert series at 3 p.m. April 3.

In cooperation with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Héloïse Degrugillier, recorder, and Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord, will perform a concert of 17th- and 18th-century French baroque music to welcome spring. The New Bedford Port Society and its Ladies’ Branch are presenting the concerts to raise funds for urgently needed repairs to the historic house of worship.

A tea will follow, with the national park’s “Ruth” and “Abby,” who portray 19th-century whaler’s wives, serving as hostesses.

Degrugillier has worked extensively as both a recorder performer and teacher throughout Europe and the United States. She has performed with leading period ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, Newport Baroque, Harmonious Blacksmith, and the Dunya Ensemble. She also enjoys an active teaching career, working with the Amherst Early Music Festival, Boston Recorder Society, Recorder Guild of New York, Pinewoods Early Music Week, and others. She recently completed her studies in the Alexander Technique and has a Master’s in Music from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She studied recorder with Heiko ter Scheggett, Saskia Coolen, and Pedro Memelsdorff.

Cienniwa’s harpsichord playing has been called “expert” (Boston EDGE), and the Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote that “not everyone can capture the Baroque French style as Cienniwa does.” In recent years, he has appeared at Harvard, MIT, Yale, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine and with Grammy Award-winning uilleann piper Jerry O’Sullivan. An advocate of new music, he has premiered harpsichord works by Larry Thomas Bell and choral works by Karl Henning. As conductor, he leads Sine Nomine choral ensemble and the choruses at Framingham State College and Mount Ida College. As organist and conductor, he is music director at First Church in Boston, where he can be heard weekly on WERS (88.9 FM) Boston.

The 1831 Seamen’s Bethel, renowned as the Whalemen’s Chapel in Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” is suffering from water and insect damage, and costly rehabilitation is required. Thanks to the sponsorship of Isaksen Fishing Corp., New Bedford Ship Supply and the Ladies’ Branch., 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the restoration fund.
Tickets, priced at $20 each, are available online at http://seamensbethel.eventbrite.com, from EURO/Phoenix in Fairhaven, Baker Books in Dartmouth, or from Peter Haley, director of the Seamen’s Bethel and Mariners’ Home, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays by calling (508) 992-3295.

All tax-deductible donations for the project are welcome. Checks can be made out to the Port Society, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 and marked Building Restoration Fund.

For more information, visit www.portsociety.org or call (508) 992-3295.

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15th Moby-Dick Marathon this weekend!

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting it’s 15th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon this weekend.  If you want a real Melville experience stop by the Seamen’s Bethel, sit in his pew and listen to Chapters 7-9. Here’s what Beth Perdue wrote in today’s Standard Times:

Being in the Bethel, the inspiration for this scene, is reason enough to make the trip up Johnny Cake Hill to hear the famous sermon by Father Mapple. The sermon, full of fire and brimstone and delivered with passion for the past few years by Rev. Dr. Edward R. Dufresne, is another great reason. If that’s not enough, the hymn (from the 1956 film) that kicks off the sermon will be sung by Joanna McQuillan Weeks, local choir singer and secretary of the Ladies’ Branch of the New Bedford Port Society.

Scheduled time: 1:20 pm Saturday, January 8, 2011

For a complete and updated schedule visit the Whaling Museum’s blog.  You can follow the Moby-Dick Marathon on Twitter (#mdm15) and while you’re at it you should follow the Port Society too!

Christmas Candle Light Service, December 12th, 3:00 PM

The Board of Managers of the New Bedford Port Society cordially invite you to join us for a very special Christmas Candle Light Service on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM at the Seamen’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.

Rev. Kenneth MacMillen, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church presiding.
Organist: Frank Mederios
Soloist: Thomas Hegleland

Refreshments after the service by the Ladies Branch of the New Bedford Port Society, Candace L. Heald, president of the Ladies Branch.

New Bedford Port Society President: Phillip Mello

“A Celtic Christmas” with Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy

Robbie O'Connell and Aoife Clancy

The Ladies Branch and the Board of Managers of the New Bedford Port Society invite you to the Seamen’s Bethel on the evening of December 21, 2010, the Winter Solstice, for the second event of the Concert Series for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Project. One hundred (100) percent of the proceeds received from this concert series go to the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Project Fund.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 21, Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy will present “A Celtic Christmas.” Here’s a chance to celebrate the winter solstice with two renowned Celtic musicians in the intimate setting of the Seamen’s Bethel.

Aoife Clancy (pronounced “Eefa”) brings a refreshing new voice to folk music, one that ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Aoife comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in County Tipperary, Ireland, where her musical career began at an early age. Her father Bobby Clancy, of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands at age 10, and by age 14 was playing with her father in nearby pubs.

A former member of the acclaimed group Cherish the Ladies, for the past four years the SouthCoast resident has toured extensively, doing no fewer than 200 dates a year throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops. Now with seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the divas of Irish and contemporary folk music.

As Mike Jackson of the Canberra Times remarked, “she has a breadth of styles that make her concerts fascinating. Her singing would melt packed ice with its warmth and richness.”

Robbie O’Connell, Aoife’s cousin, has been described as “a national treasure” by Ireland’s top music magazine, Hot Press, which calls him “… a man blessed with an enviable turn of phrase and a gift for melody bestowed on only the few.”

Robbie was born in Waterford, Ireland, and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where his parents had a small hotel. He began to play guitar and sing at 13 and soon became a regular performer at the hotel’s weekly folk concerts.

He has performed solo; with groups such as the Clancy Brothers, Mick Moloney and Jimmy Keane, and The Green Fields of America; and with his cousins Aoife and Donal Clancy as The Clancy Legacy. He has taught songwriting at a number of workshops and festivals, and is currently working on a new solo CD of his own compositions.

About the Seamen’s Bethel

The 1831 building, renowned as the Whalemen’s Chapel in Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” is suffering from water and insect damage, and costly rehabilitation is required. Thanks to the sponsorship of Isaksen Fishing Corp., New Bedford Ship Supply and the Ladies’ Branch of the New Bedford Port Society, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Project Fund.

Tickets, priced at $25 each, are available below or online at http://seamensbethel.eventbrite.com, from EURO/Phoenix in Fairhaven, Baker Books in Dartmouth, or from Peter Haley, director of the Seamen’s Bethel and Mariners’ Home, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays by calling (508) 992-3295.

All tax-deductible donations for the project are welcome. Checks can be made out to the Port Society, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 and marked Building Restoration Fund.

For more information, visit www.portsociety.org or call (508) 992-3295.

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Dillon & Crooks present an evening of traditional maritime song, story and tales of the Port of New Bedford

The Ladies Branch and Board of Managers of the New Bedford Port Society are pleased to invite you to join us on Thursday , October 21 at 7 PM for “an evening of traditional maritime song, story and tales of the Port of New Bedford” with Dillon Bustin and the Rum-Soaked Crooks. This will be is the first event of The Concert Series for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Fund.  Ticket are $25 and can be ordered below or at the Port Society’s Mariner Home, 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford (508.992.3295)

Dillon Bustin

Dillon Bustin, former folklorist for the Commonwealth and storyteller extraordinaire who has created the story of George Fred Tilton joins with Tom Goux, Dan Lanier and Jacek Sulanowski of the Rum-Soaked Crooks to provide an evening of traditional maritime song, story and tales of the Port of New Bedford.

Rum Soaked Crooks

The Rum Soaked Crooks  ~ Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski, Dan Lanier and Iain Geddes have been cruising the New England shoreline (and beyond) for the last three decades and have inflicted much musical and poetic damage with a pungent mix of sailors’ chanteys, ballads and ditties.  There is often irrefutable evidence left in their wake: victims leaving the scene with toes tapping and choruses ringing in their heads, as they happily hum and whistle all the way home.

The Crooks have shared their songs and stories, both historical and contemporary, at festivals and maritime events across the country and in Europe, and have recorded on the Smithsonian-Folkways and Whaling City Sound labels.Their repertoire spans four centuries of Yankee seafaring and contains an extensive collection of Cape and Islands sea songs and poetry.

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