Visitors Bureau Blog
It’s known as the “biggest night-out” of the year; partly in that the entire nation is given the next day off to recoup over a 20-lb turkey and a round-table of extended family you’re “thankful” for only sharing thanks with once a year. That’s right, I’m talking Thanksgiving Eve and all of the bar crawling, turkey stuffing and Black Friday shopping in between. Every year we endure the same old traditions brought on by American history textbooks and national retail endorsements, but this year, this year we’re breaking the trend. Here’s a guide to some alternative holiday weekend plans to consider if visiting Southeastern MA:
In just two days on November 21st, New Bedford Open Studios (NBOS) will host its North End Opening Party from 5-9p at Hatch St. Studios. If you missed last month’s Open Studios series event in the South End, you’re going to want to redeem yourself by making it to this one. Booming with music, live performances, local food sponsored by Destination Soups (um, who would miss that?) and, of course, a free art showcase (happening Saturday and Sunday) from a collective of eclectic talents that make New Bedford one of the most happening art scenes in the country- this is the event of the season! Following the Opening Party, the North End’s Open Studios series will be held on November 22nd, 10a-5p & November 23rd, 11a-5p at Hatch St. and Ropeworks.
You can enter for a chance to win the NE Patriots Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes Two Tickets To The 12/14/14/ NE Patriots Vs. Miami Dolphins Game Two Nights at the Holiday Inn Mansfield Two dinners ($100 total value); $50 gift certificate to Pike’s Peak Mining Co. in Mansfield and a $50 gift certificate to another great area restaurant. SWEEPSTAKES RULES: NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Eligibility: The Patriots Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is only open to those people who fulfill the following requirements: A. Must be 21 years or older and a citizen of the United States of America B. Must fill in the online sweepstakes page before November 30, 2014, which is the official end date of the sweepstakes
At the annual Chowder Festival at the State Pier in New Bedford, MA, several local eateries took up the challenge to serve their traditional New England clam chowder for the bragging rights to be judged the best of the best. Spoiler Alert: Venus de Milo ranked No. 1. The following restaurants made the top chowdahs: Venus de Milo in Swansea, MA -
Bummed Oktoberfest has passed? Wonder where all the brews have gone... Southeastern Massachusetts still boasts plenty of places to savor that special beer whether it's a nano-brewery or tavern. Here are a few of our favorites based on the all-important drinking environment, selection and, of course, taste. Let's start with a nano-brewery in Berkley..
Nationally acclaimed music and lifestyle publication, Complex Magazine named New Bedford, MA one of the top-ten cities for creatives to move to. The article was published back in September and has been making its rounds all over social media ever since. The magazine's 'City Guide' write-up of New Bedford mentioned that "New Bedford is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with creative people flocking from the admittedly artist heavy city for environs that are more intuitively peaceful." The article also said, "The city boasts what the state calls a 'creative economy,' which makes it a perfect place for entrepreneurs." Check out the article by clicking the link below, and give us your feedback on Facebook by tagging the Southeastern Massachusetts Convention & Visitors Bureau and Complex Magazine.
New Bedford Celebrates Frederick Douglass and his Journey from Slavery to the Heights of the Abolitionist Movement Experience the dynamic legacy of the Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad in New Bedford. Douglass, a noted orator, writer, publisher, politician, entrepreneur, political activist, and advisor to Presidents, began his free life in New Bedford after escaping from slavery via the Underground Railroad. Explore New Bedford’s role in shaping his destiny as the most important black American leader of the 19th century, through performing arts, museum exhibits, historic landmarks, film and literature! The New Bedford Historical Society, The New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center come together to present programs highlighting Douglass remarkable life throughout the month of February 2014.
If you're looking to add a little bit of awesome, impressive and spectacular to your next outing, make sail for Battleship Cove in Fall River. And there's no better time than fall to visit — the weather is beautiful and the summer crowds have thinned. The focal point of Battleship Cove is the majestic USS Massachusetts, known as "Big Mamie" to her crew during World War II, whose big guns were believed to have fired the U.S. Navy's first and last 16-inch shells of WWII. "When everyone comes on board the USS Massachusetts, the wow factor is the guns — those huge 16-inch guns are right in your face!" said Paula Hague, Group Sales Manager at Battleship Cove.
Got an itch to scratch? Then you're bound to find something to satisfy it at the Raynham Flea — even if you're looking for nothing in particular. Fall is a great time to visit the Raynham Flea, New England's premier flea market and one of the largest anywhere. The Flea is more than just shopping — it's the thrill of negotiating your own bargain. "Bartering is quite alive," said Christine Kelley, Raynham Flea's General Manager. "Instead of dealing with Macy's, you're dealing with Mark!" Hundreds of vendors on over 10 acres offer up everything, new and gently used, from electronics and video games to gold and sterling jewelry to collectible bears, fishing tackle and antiques. And while you're shopping, you can get your jewelry or cell phone fixed. You might even find a suit of armor! "If you're looking for it, chances are we've got it," Kelley said. "And we always promise a fun time!"
In a land not very far away at all, there's a castle that's filled with dinosaurs, music and storytellers. It's the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River! "This is where children play and adults learn to play again," said Jo-Anne Sbrega, the museum's Executive Director. Each room in the museum is a different hands-on adventure. One minute you can be a paleontologist and another you can be a rock star. In the Dinosaur Room, you can dig for fossils, scale a climbing wall and explore a dinosaur cave. In Violet's Music Room, a classic children's book comes to life where children of all ages can put on their own show using the room's video and TV equipment. "The kids love Violet's Music Room, but it's especially fun to watch the parents and grandparents go up there and perform when nobody is looking," Sbrega said. "I think they are discovering their inner rock star!"