12 Things To Do This Weekend (May 16-May 18)

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Last I checked the saying was “April showers bring May flowers.” Apparently, just for New England it’s been modified: “April showers bring May showers.” Harumph. After a shower or two on Friday we’ll have some morning rain followed by a cloudy day. We’ll take it! Sunday there will be a “stray” afternoon shower. Overall temperatures will be perfect in the upper 60s. These showers are nothing that will hold any of us who have fun stuff to do and exciting events to attend! Bring that umbrella and have at it!

As always, click on the title for more or detailed information on the event. Most of the events were pulled from our event calendar where you can find hundreds of local area events each month. The event calendar is FREE, so if you are a local business, and not taking advantage of FREE publicity, shame on you! Are you a local business and want to sponsor this high traffic, weekend guide? Contact info@newbedfordguide.com for more details. Have an event to add? Check out our tutorial. For more info, you can click on each title. Know of another event this weekend? Post a reply!


Friday, May 16th

Your Theatre Inc.: “Squabbles” (8:00pm)
A Never-Too-Old-For-Love Comedy pitting father-in-law against mother-in-law. Tickets $15, $13 senior, students and military. For further information call (508) 993-0772.


Saturday, May 17th

26th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend at the Whaling Museum (9:00am-9:00pm)
This year’s event will kick-off on Friday, May 16, with the 5th Annual Nautical Antiques Show. The Nautical Antiques Show features an exclusive, high quality sale of marine antiques including scrimshaw, nautical instruments and tools, whaling logbooks, ship models, photos, paintings, prints, New Bedford memorabilia and much more. The Antiques Show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Admission to the show is $5 and is free of charge for Scrimshaw Weekend attendees, Museum members, and with daily admission to the Museum.

Paint this very image with your friends over wine at Painting w/ a Splash!

Annual Plant Sale (Acushnet) (9:00 & 12:00pm)
Rain or shine at the Acushnet Senior Center, 59 1/2 So. Main St. Perennial, herbs annuals, shrubs, vegetables and more. Proceeds benefit the Greater New Bedford Garden Club Scholarship Fund. Phone: 5089980280. Email: acushnetcoa@acushnet.ma.us.

Dollar-a-bag book sale (Fairhaven) (9:00-10:00am)
Oxford Book Haven and Cafe. Coffee and desserts also available, All proceeds go to the Church of the Good Shepherd. 357 Main St.

1st Annual Ricketson’s Day (10:30am-3:00pm)
Guided nature walks throughout the day will include the opening of a new trail system at the park. Participants will learn to identify native plants and learn how native ecosystems support the bird population including the migrating birds traveling through our area now. Families can also participate in Nature Scavenger Hunts, and “Rural Calendar” counts by recording bird counts and bloom times continuing a Ricketson tradition. The Marion Institute is sponsoring a talk on proper pruning of fruit trees at the site of the newly planted orchard. Read more…

Westport Historical Society presents “The Mills of Westport.” (Westport) (2:00-3:00pm)
Hosts Tony Connors who will present “The Mills of Westport.” Connors will provide an overview of the development of the Westport Manufacturing Company and Mill No. 2. A walk around Forge Pond Conservation area will follow program. Suggested donation $5. Space limited, pre-register at www.wphistory.org or at (508) 636-6011.

Painting with a Splash: Van Gogh Colorful Sky w/ Ann (3:00pm)
Welcome to Painting with a Splash Where you are the artist! Painting with a Splash is the newest addition to Historic Whaling City Downtown New Bedford. Bringing you an experience of art as entertainment. Add a little wine (BYOB) that will surely tap into your creative side. With step by step instruction and a little music, you and your friends will create the evenings featured painting with a splash of your own uniqueness. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Just a desire to have fun.


Sunday, May 18th

26th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend at the Whaling Museum (9:30am-12:30pm)
This year’s event will kick-off on Friday, May 16, with the 5th Annual Nautical Antiques Show. The Nautical Antiques Show features an exclusive, high quality sale of marine antiques including scrimshaw, nautical instruments and tools, whaling logbooks, ship models, photos, paintings, prints, New Bedford memorabilia and much more. The Antiques Show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Admission to the show is $5 and is free of charge for Scrimshaw Weekend attendees, Museum members, and with daily admission to the Museum.

Tea, pastry, and spirit-fueld conversation

Painting with a Splash: Moonlit Tree & St. James St. John School Fundraiser (2:00 & 5:30pm)
Welcome to Painting with a Splash Where you are the artist! Painting with a Splash is the newest addition to Historic Whaling City Downtown New Bedford. Bringing you an experience of art as entertainment. Add a little wine (BYOB) that will surely tap into your creative side. With step by step instruction and a little music, you and your friends will create the evenings featured painting with a splash of your own uniqueness. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Just a desire to have fun.

The 55th annual Acushnet Art Show (Acushnet) (1:00pm)
Takes place at the Council On Aging located at 29 1/2 Main St. Acushnet. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

15th Annual Pet Fest (11:00am-3:00 pm)
The Coalition for Animals needs your help to raise money for the benefit of injured, sick, homeless, abandoned and neglected animals! Join them for the 15th Annual Pet Fest and Walf for animals with the Future of Health Expo at Buttonwood Park, 745 Rockdale Avenue. Rain or shine!

Crescent Moon Holistic Therapy Shoppe Tea Social (1:00-2:00 pm)
Head to Crescent Moon for an afternoon of tea, pastry, and spirit-fueled conversation. This is a great opportunity to look at the intersections of spirituality, religion, health, meditation, and healing modalities.

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