New Bedford’s whaling days come alive all summer with Ruth and Abby, two New Bedford women from the 1850s ladies. You can listen as they discuss the issues of the day, chat with them about life in the 1850s, or make vintage crafts with them. They will be strolling the streets, picnicking in the park, and even playing a rousing game of croquet! The ladies offer these free programs Thursday through Sunday from July 12 through September 2. The park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford.
On Thursdays evenings, from 5:00-6:30, just before the weekly concert at 7:30 PM, they’ll be chatting with visitors in the park garden about almost any topic you can think of. On Friday afternoons, from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, they will be picnicking in and around the visitor center area. Bring your lunch and talk about whatever’s on your mind. On Saturday mornings, from 10 AM-12:00 noon, Ruth and Abby stroll the streets of downtown New Bedford. From 12:00-2:00 PM on Saturdays, they offer hands-on, fun crafts that complement the maritime craft demonstrations during that same time. On Sunday afternoons, from 2:00-4:00 PM, the ladies play croquet and other lawn games (weather permitting). All of these programs are free and open to the public.